Happy Monday!

Today in my Best Reads of 2022 I want to talk about audiobooks that amazed me!

About half my reads are audiobooks so I must have listened to around 70 audiobooks this year and yet, I narrowed it down to three exceptional audiobooks! And two are narrated by the exceptional Julia Whelan!

As I have already talked about them a few days ago, I’ll go with a quote for each book today!

“It was okay to win as long as I acted surprised when I did and attributed it to luck. I should never let on how much I wanted to win or, worse, that I believed I deserved to win. And I should never, under any circumstances, admit that I did not believe all of my opponents were just as worthy as I was. The bulk of the commentators… they wanted a woman whose eyes would tear up with gratitude, as if she owed them her victory, as if she owed them everything she had.”
― Taylor Jenkins Reid, Carrie Soto Is Back

“I came to Oxford looking for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience. I chose to experience a lifetime.
I know that one day he will lose to the waterfall, slip behind its turbulent curtain forever, lost to me like something out of a fairy tale. But in our story, there’s no villain, no witch, no fairy godmother, no moral imperative or cautionary conclusion. No happily-ever-after.
It just is. It’s life.
The water keeps flowing as we come and go.
We were never forever, Jamie and I. Nothing is in this life. But if you love someone and are loved by someone, you might find forever after.
Whatever and wherever it is.”
― Julia Whelan, My Oxford Year

“You’re of use because you’re more than a weapon. When your wife died, she didn’t just give you a vendetta. She gave you her dream. You’re its keeper. Its maker. So don’t be spitting anger and hate. You’re not fighting against them, no matter what Harmony says. You’re fighting for Eo’s dream, for your family that is still alive, your people.”
― Pierce Brown, Red Rising

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I’ll need to try these, they all sound great! I tried reading Red Rising in physical copy a few years ago and couldn’t focus so I’d stopped, but I’m thinking I may have better luck with the audiobook (as I usually do).

  2. I think I did listen to My Oxford Year. That was a few years ago. I remember the story, but not the narration (I never take note of that), but I did recently listen to The Lions of Little Rock and Whelan was the narrator. It was great.