Books Young Adult

My Top 5 Audiobooks for Young Adult Readers (Listeners)

My Top 5 Audiobooks for
Young Adult Readers (Listeners)



If you’re like me, you’re always consuming books. Whether hardcover, paperback, e-reader, phone, or audiobook, reading can be done ANYWHERE. I love consuming audiobooks in the car, but you can really listen to them no matter what you’re doing. If you like to listen to audiobooks as much as I do, here are my top 5 suggestions, compiled with help from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Also several of these books contain diversity so WINNING.

1. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. The third novel in the Peculiar Children series is read by Kirby Heyborne and this dude is GREAT with voices. I mean like it took me a while to figure out whether he was English or not; his English accent was ON POINT. And his scary guy voices? Oh em gee!


2.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is a great read because if you’re in love with a book or a book series you can relate to our heroine. Also? The handsome-voiced Maxwell Caulfield (from the second Grease movie) helps narrate and he is swoon worthy.


3. The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld is read by Alan Cumming. If you’re not sure who he is, no worries. Just plug your earphones in and listen. He can do the voices so convincingly I forgot that he was a Scot doing a German accent. Amazing!


4. The Hobbit by JR Tolkien. If you’re not a fan of second breakfast or the hobbit life, give this book a try. The narrator is Rob Inglis and he does so many excellent voices you forget it’s just one guy reading. Plus, his voice of Golem is so disgustingly gross that you will wet your pants. It’s the best thing you hate to listen to.


5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire. Dudes, run out and get this book now. Like NOW. You know why? Cuz it’s read by Lin Manuel Miranda! The story is so awesome and the fact that Manuel-Miranda can speak Spanish (he is a native speaker) puts the book over the top for me! I lived in Texas for 10 years and his voice brought me back to those good old days. Plus the story is so ding dang good.


Here’s a bonus: if you’ve already read one of these books, download any book written by Neil Gaiman himself. Because he reads most of his books and there is nothing like hearing the author inflect the words just where they want them to go. It’s kinda like Neil reading you a bedtime story. Full of ghosties and weird things, but whatever right?


Diversity Reading Challenge

Stop what you’re doing and read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, NOW

Aristotle and Dante Discover
the Secrets of the Universe


Aristotle and Dante has been on my TBR for a short time and I’m so DING DANG happy that I finally got to read it. My advice to you? Stop and read it NOW. Go straight to your local independent bookstore and snag a copy of this gem now. You won’t be sorry.

You know I love opening lines, right?

ONE SUMMER NIGHT I FELL ASLEEP, HOPING THE WORLD would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same. I threw off the sheets and lay there as the heat poured in through my open window.

You can just feel the eye crust in your eyes, right?  There’s so much more of this and it just keeps getting better. Ari and Dante are young Mexican American teens in El Paso Texas in the mid 80s. If you’ve ever been to El Paso you’ll understand how empty you can feel as a young gay teen boy in the 80s in El Paso. It’s practically a social death sentence. Fortunately Ari and Dante meet and form a friendship that will make you yearn for a close friend. You’ll cry ugly tears like a big baby and you’ll cheer oh so loudly at their triumphs.

Being a gay teen is tough enough. Add in Texas and the 80s and you’ve got a setting that that will stay with you forever. Also? Lin Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton)  reads the book. SWOOOOOOOON!!!!  Here’s a good addition to your Diversity Reading Challenge list.