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We’ve put together some of our favorite titles from the Libro.fm bestseller list and found the perfect book recommendations for what to read next.
Fiction | Nonfiction
If you liked Mexican Gothic, try The Hacienda.
If you love atmospheric gothic novels like Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena-Garcia, then Isabel Cañas’ The Hacienda needs to be moved up on your audiobook list. Intense and hypnotic, it’s an engrossing and suspenseful thriller you won’t be able to stop listening to.
If you liked The Sentence, try The Red Arrow.
Louise Erdich’s The Sentence is a mesmerizing and stunning novel of grief, passion, and female identity. If you’re looking for another audiobook that is equally timely and dives into the human psyche, then The Red Arrow by William Brewer is the book for you. An existential read, Brewer’s prose will force you to reevaluate the world around you.
If you liked Writers & Lovers, try The Odyssey.
There is nothing that I love more than a fictional story about the pleasures and dangers of growing up. If you loved Lily King’s Writers & Lovers and want more smart and vulnerable protagonists, then take a listen to The Odyssey by Lara Williams. Filled with questions about capitalism, adulthood, and finding purpose, Williams’ leading heroine is completely original and delightfully mischievous.
If you liked Conversations with Friends, try Acts of Service.
In preparation of the Hulu adaption of Conversations with Friends, you may have already re-listened to the audiobook of Sally Rooney’s hit book. If you’re craving more stories that dissect unexpected connections and friendship, give Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman a listen. Centered around an impulsive lead, Eve seems to make all the wrong choices until an affair forces her to confront her worst enemy: herself. Just like Rooney’s novel you will instantly become absorbed into these characters’ lives and inadequacies.
If you liked Trust, try The Immortal King Rao.
If you’ve sped through Trust by Hernan Diaz and are still astonished by his ability to captivate while paying homage to history, then you will equally be amazed by Vauhini Vara’s storytelling in The Immortal King Rao. Similar to Diaz’s novel, the book is intricate, complex, and a complete wonder.
If you liked Crying in H-Mart, try Miss Chloe.
If you’re still recovering from Michelle Zauner’s beautiful and bare memoir Crying in H-Mart but want to continue your cathartic journey of identity and family, then grab a box of tissues and read Miss Chloe by A.J. Verdelle. It’s a profound memoir that explores grief, creative life, and a literary friendship with Toni Morrison, which left a lasting impact on Verdelle’s life.
If you liked Cultish, try Some of My Best Friends.
I don’t know what I’m more obsessed with: modern day cults or exceptionally written non-fiction essays. Cutlish by Amanda Montell offers both. It’s a fascinating investigative look into how cults are primarily language-driven and their effects on culture as a whole. Tajja Isen’s collection of essays Some of My Best Friends will also linguistically draw you in. While the collection is not focused on a fanatic subgroup, if you enjoyed Montell’s witty page-turner, you will love Isen’s humorous take on cultural criticism and social justice.
If you liked Shit, Actually, try The Nineties.
With humor and irreverence, Shit, Actually by Lindy West sets the standard for film criticism. Listening to the book felt like opening a time-capsule to an awkward era of culture and cinema. If you’re still feeling nostalgic after listening to Shit, Actually, then your next audiobook should be The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman. An equally comedic take on one of the most cringe-worthy decades, Klosterman covers it all in this book: film, music, politics, and even Oprah. No topic is left untouched.
If you liked Braiding Sweetgrass, try Life on the Rocks.
I think most of us can agree that Braiding Sweetgrass is nonfiction canon. If you’ve already listened to Kimmerer’s heartbreakingly beautiful work regarding ecological consciousness and are looking for even more recommendations about our connection to the natural world, look no further! Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs by Juli Berwald is an evocative exploration into coral reefs and how they are the microcosm of our planet. Meditative and inspiring, it’s a book that will only further your appreciation for the wonders of the world and challenge you to protect it.
If you liked Essential Labor, try Fight Like Hell.
Essential Labor is one of the most vital books to come out from the pandemic. If you loved Garbes’ poignantly examination of the role of mothering and the potential it brings to a more equitable future, then Fight Like Hell by Kim Kelly is your next essential audiobook listen. An intersectional look into the American Labor Movement, it will inspire you to take notice of our current economic reckoning and demand more for the working class.
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