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Top Ten Tuesday // The best audiobooks I’ve read this year

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme:

September 29: Favorite Book Quotes

A few months ago, I wrote a post about book quotes so instead, for today’s post, I’m sharing 10 of the best audiobooks I’ve read this year.

The Subtweet

Cover for The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

I read this as one of Charvi’s book club picks earlier this year and I really enjoyed the character-driven nature of the story. Both main characters are musicians, struggling with the pressures of the music industry. Both are women of colour, one is trans, and both try to rebuild their friendship after social media tears it apart.

The Kiss Quotient

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The narrative for this story was incredibly readable on audio and the dialogue was fun. This book discusses autism and stigma against sex workers and the author is also autistic, so it’s own voices. I liked the dual POV, with two different narrators for the two main characters, as it really built up the growing attraction between them.

The Black Tides of Heaven

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I’m sure everyone and their pet cat has heard me talk about how much I adore this series, but I’m going to say it once more for the crowd at the back.


And it’s fantastic on audio. The narrator’s voice matches the tone of the story so well.

All Boys Aren’t Blue

Cover for All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson.

This is a YA memoir about George M. Johnson’s experiences growing up as a Black, queer teen. It’s without a doubt one of the most powerful audiobooks I’ve listened to this year because George narrated their own experiences.

Get a life Chloe Brown

Cover for Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.

This is one of my favourite romances of 2020 and Talia Hibbert has become one of my favourite new authors.


Cover for Slay by Brittney Morris.

Going into Slay, I thought I would enjoy the story, but I’m not much of a gamer so I didn’t know how much I would connect with the gaming scenes. But I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the story and the gaming battles had me enrapt. The narration is great the book discusses in detail what it’s like to be a Black woman in gaming.

Punching the Air

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This might be the #1 audiobook I’ve read in 2020. The story is written in verse and you can really hear that in the audio narration; at times it almost reads like a slam poem. The narrator’s voice is resonant and powerful and I honestly can’t recommend this one enough.

Upright Women Wanted

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This is definitely one of the most unique and memorable books I’ve read this year. I’ve seen a few people say they found it tricky to keep up with the story on audio but I actually found the opposite to be true, for me. The audio narration really drew me into the story and I loved the different voices for different characters.

How to be an Antiracist

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This is another audiobook that’s read by the author and it works so well. Ibram X. Kendi’s lyrical narration adds power to the discussions in the book and makes everything he’s saying even more personal because it comes from him himself.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Cover for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The final book on this list had to be Evelyn Hugo. I read this for the first time back in February and I listened to the audio from start to finish. I rated it 5 stars because the writing, plot, and characters were all perfectly narrated in the audio.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, which have been your favourites in 2020 so far?

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday // The best audiobooks I’ve read this year

  1. Great list! I struggle with audiobooks a lot but I’ve been wanting to give them more of a try. I actually downloaded Punching the Air the other day and I think it’s read by the actor who played Yusef Salaam in the movie, which makes me more eager to give it a go! Glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Eep, so happy that you loved The Subtweet! And it’s great that you got to listen to it since it’s so centered around music 😍
    I’m really looking forward to reading or listening to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so many people keep recommending it! Let’s hope I get to it by the end of this year 🙈

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