Monday, 30 October 2017

Non-Fiction Audiobook Recommendations

Non-Fiction Audiobook Recommedations

Since it's coming up for #nonfictionnovember I thought I would share some non-fiction recommendations, and since I tend to do all my non-fiction reading (listening?) via audiobook, I thought I'd focus on my audiobook favourites! 

Disclaimer before I even start, pretty much all the non-fiction I read/listen to is "celebrity", so if that isn't something you're interested in, this post is probably not for you! Althoooooooooooough, maybe read it anyway as you might find something you fancy (you definitely won't have already read it, will you?!) but also, if you reeeeeeeally don't want to stick around, please come back soon!

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson

The Gender Games is written and read by fantastic author Juno Dawson (so you know you're off to a good start). In this engaging audiobook, Juno discusses her own gender transition, plus society's attitude to gender, and gender transition. It also naturally includes a little bit of autobiographical background.

I found Juno super enjoyable to listen to, and I really enjoyed the overall positive vibe while discussing such a serious topic, which is often tackled with the emphasis on the negative (which is not to be understated, but it was good to hear of a good experience too). 

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

On the subject of serious topics being tackled with a positive lens, here we have Wishful Drinking; Carrie Fisher discussing her life and battling her (self-confessed) many additions. Carrie is a joy to listen to, and is very candid about her life, but tackles sharing her often wondrous, sometimes sad journey with lots of joy and energy. 

Shrill by Lindy West

Sticking with serious topics for just a little longer dear reader, I'd highly recommend Shrill by Lindy West. Shrill is a collection of essays, detailing Lindy's experience with fat prejudice, mental illness, feminism abortion and internet trolls, and that's just for starters.

Lindy is always frank, sometimes funny and seldom shy. Her stories were engaging, thought provoking and where possible, enjoyable. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in any of the above mentioned topics.

The Diva Rules by Michelle Visage

Now after those, you might be ready for a slice of fun, and The Diva Rules is the perfect pick me up.

The Diva Rules is half memoir, half self help guide. Michelle's goal is to leave you feeling confident and motivated in any and all situations and she really does achieve it! I love Michelle's enthusiasm, you can really sense, through her narration, she just wants everyone to be happy and confident.

This is the perfect listen for when you just need a big kick up the bum!

Modern Romance by Aziz Anzari 

Modern Romance is a bit of diversion from the other books on this list, as it's not self help and/or a memoir, but a close look at "modern romance" - how do people find love across the world?

Aziz is obviously a fantastic narrator, and brings a fun attitude to the topic of finding love, even when some of the information in this book can be a little disheartening! It certainly is an interesting and somewhat unique look at how finding love has changed and adapted over the years and it's a good read if you're looking for something a little different (or maybe just a new love!)

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes 

The Year of Yes, is one I have read fairly recently and I was really pleasantly surprised by it, so I had to include it.

Shonda is the creator of such (amazing) shows as: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, and here she tells the story of her year of saying YES to everything, yup, everything. 

Shonda explains how this effected her life in expected, and unexpected, ways, and provides some tidbits of great advice along the way. 

I also loved that Shonda included the real live recordings of speeches which she mentioned throughout the book, it was far more engaging than just listening to them being read out out of context as you might in other books.

I came away from this one feeling really inspired, so if you are after a spot of motivation or a splash of inspiration, make this book the next one you read.

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