Welcome everyone to the first post in a new series I’ll be doing this year. I’ve spoken before about how I’m lucky enough to be part of Libro.fm’s ACL program, which gives me access to a number of audiobooks per month, often before the books are released. So in 2021, every two months I’ll be sharing any of the audiobooks I picked up during that time and we’ll talk about why I picked them and if I’ve started them and so on. So let’s talk about the ones from January and February.
The Listening Path by Julia Cameron
This was the only one I decided to pick up in January. I already had quite a few audios leftover from 2020 and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with ones I wasn’t sure about. I picked up this one because I’ve been interested in reading The Artist’s Way for years, but also because my hope is that 2021 will be a great way for me creatively. I’m hoping to dedicate more time to my writing this year as well as branching out into a few other creative hobbies, so I’m hoping that this book and The Artist’s Way will help me do just that. I haven’t started this one yet, but I did just buy an eBook copy of The Artist’s Way and I’ve already started working with it. I’ll be talking more about that once I’ve reached the end of it, and I’ll probably end up picking this one up after that.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Now into my February picks. I basically did the opposite of what I said last month and ended up with four of the available books. This one happened to be one of my most anticipated books for the year. It has an absolutely stunning cover as you can see and it says it’s recommended for fans of Angie Thomas. It’s a YA contemporary/mystery-thriller that follows a biracial girl who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere—not in her hometown, or on the Ojibwe reservation. Something happens that leads her to witness a shocking murder and as the murders pile up, she begins to investigates and learns what ‘it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.’
Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
I just had my library reservation of How To Be An Antiracist come in this morning, which turned out to be kind of perfect timing. I’ve never read anything from either of these authors before and I’m glad to finally get to them. I believe this one is almost like an anthology with the chapters being written by different authors, historians and scholars. I’m not quite sure how that will work or even who is included (no names are listed on Goodreads), but I’m very interested by that as a form. There is so much to American history that I don’t know—we were never taught about it in school and even if we were, we would not have been given this perspective. I’m excited to read it, but also to see how it goes as an audibook with all these different authors.
Women and Other Monsters by Jess Zimmerman
Staying with the non-fiction here, this is probably the one on the list I’m most excited for. This is just my jam, you know? I love mythology, and my favourite type of history is women’s history. I’m hoping this will take a look at the topic from more than just a white perspective—this topic lends itself so well to discussions of women of colour, the LGBTQ+ community and of course, disabled women. I have quite a few other books that talk about the relationship between the term ‘monstrous’ and disabled women in particular (thank you Honours thesis!), so I’m hoping this will add a mythological spin into that collection. I’m hoping to start this one shortly and if it turns out to include these things, I’ll definitely be talking about it more. I suppose if it doesn’t have those things, there’s a high chance I’ll end up talking about it for different reasons.
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp
Honestly, I love a good YA about food and cooking. This sounds a little like With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo and I’m honestly here for that. The female protagonist, Penelope, wants to be a pastry chef and I’m quite happy to read pages and pages about pastries. Goodreads reviews of this are talking about how it’s a little darker than the synopsis may suggest, but there are some great discussions on family expectations, community and mental health. I’m also a big fan of mental health representation in YA, so here’s hoping the representation is here is healthy and realistic. I think this might be one to save for a later date when I’m not going through a rough patch, but I’m still incredibly excited for it.
So those are the audiobooks I picked out for January and February. As mentioned, I’ll be doing this bi-monthly so I’ll share my next update in April. I’d love to know if you’d be interested in me doing a little wrap-up if I’ve read any of these audiobooks in that April post or whether you’d prefer to see a separate post once I’ve read a few?