Audiobook Binge: 13 Audiobooks in 7 Days

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So, I think I’m single-handedly keeping Audible in business this month.

Don’t tell my husband, but I downloaded 13… that’s right… THIRTEEN audiobooks this month alone.

Guys. I got 1 audiobook a month with the membership I had. Obviously, I’ve updated my account to 2 books a month, but seriously. I bought 13 audiobooks this month.

Do you know how many I’ve read/listened to out of those 13? 4.

I’ve listened to 4 audiobooks in 7 days.

I blame Mariana Zapata.

Trying to figure out what audiobook to download with that one measly credit is always a struggle. I use my TBR ASAP list on Goodreads and add those books to my Audible Wishlist, then from there, I narrow down which books are the most expensive and put them in order by how badly I want to read them. It’s definitely a long process.

Anyway, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me won that battle for my monthly credit and when I blew through that incredibly long book, I craved more. I needed more. So, I downloaded two more MZ books.

And I blew through those.

“WTF?” You might say. “Did you do nothing with your life aside from listen to audiobooks?” My answer, “Yeah, maybe.”

Mostly, like I said, it is MZ’s fault. Not just because the books are addictive, but because the books I read first, Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, had very athletically driven characters and they really motivated me to work out. And I listen to audiobooks while I workout. (And when I clean, drive, and do other mindless tasks.)

I also had a couple very late nights. One even ending at 3:30am. I wanted to die the next day, but it was so worth finding out what happened with Kulti.

Anyway, this was just a long-winded introduction to the main event: my July audiobook haul!

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Learn more about this book here | Read my Review here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Why I Bought It

This was highly recommended by my lovely friends in the Sally Thorne’s Flamethrowers Facebook group for those of us who are obsessed with The Hating Game. I knew that if these ladies suggested a book, it must be good since they love THG as much as I do. And though the synopsis didn’t draw me in, I kept hearing about this book on Goodreads, so I decided to finally give it a shot and boy am I glad I did!

 

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Lingus by Mariana Zapata

Learn more about this book here | Read my Review here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn’t know. “My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn.”

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she’s both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

Why I Bought It

I’d heard so much about Mariana Zapata from my Goodreads friends and the THG-lover friends that I stalked MZ and read the descriptions for all of her books. This one caught my eye for sure!

 

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible | Read my review here
Synopsis from Goodreads

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

Why I Bought It

This was another book that a lot of Goodreads friends rated highly (and I trust all my Goodreads buddies!) But, ultimately, it was the idea of a fling in an elevator — so intriguing! I didn’t realize this was so short. I bought this because it was so cheap and that’s why!

 

Bossman by Vi Keeland

Boss Man by Vi Keeland

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

Why I Bought It

My THG-loving friends highly recommend Vi Keeland and when I asked which book I should start with, this one was suggested. Not going to lie, the synopsis didn’t really draw me in, but I trust anyone who loves THG as much as I did! I’m listening to this one now and so far I’m not disappointed!

 

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Why I Bought It

I’d just devoured two of MZ’s books and immediately craved more. #feedthebeast

 

Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Under Locke

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me.

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.

And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.

… she should have chosen the strip club.

Why I Bought It

Because MZ. That is all.

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and t he Boy Next Door

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Why I Bought It

I finally read Anna and the French Kiss and loved it! I heard great things about the sequels, so I’ve been lusting after them for awhile.

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Why I Bought It

Aside from loving the first book in the series, a friend from Goodreads told me that this book was fantastic. Also, I already liked Isla from the first book! I also can’t wait to check in with the old characters I loved.

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Why I Bought It

Rainbow is an insta-read author of mine after I read Eleanor and Park. This book has been so hyped on Tumblr, I just had to read it! Fun fact: for the longest time I was pronouncing this in my head as “Fang Girl.” I thought it was about vampires. #truestory

 

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Wait for It

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible | Read my Review
Synopsis from Goodreads

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

Why I Bought It

MZ is insta-read. I don’t ask questions. I just buy whatever has “by Mariana Zapata” next to it.

 

Trust by Jana Aston

Trust

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room.

Why I Bought It

Ever since Audible had Wrong (the first in this series) as their daily deal for, like, $2 and I bought it (it was on my Goodreads TBR shelf), I fell in love with this series and its laugh out loud cringe-worthy moments. I blew through the first two in this series and needed to finish it out!

 

Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

Friends without Benefits

Learn more about this book here | Find it on Audible
Synopsis from Goodreads

Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Why I Bought It

Penny won me over with the first book in this series. I got the ebook for free and was freakishly surprised by how much I loved the book. This series is very popular among my Goodreads family, so I definitely can’t wait to finish all the books in it!

So, what books have you purchased recently? And why?

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