Great Audiobook Listens for the Summer

June is Audiobook Month! I love listening to audiobooks. You can listen to them while you are cooking, exercising, commuting…just with so many activities! When I hit a wall in my reading, audiobooks are a great way to get back into it. The narrators do amazing job telling these stories that you as the “listener” feel just as compelling and engaging if you were reading it in print. Whether you are looking for your first audiobook to listen to or great recommendations to get your summer off on the right start, here some audio listens that show why audiobooks are truly awesome:

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: June 8

Welcome to What I’ve Been Reading Lately, a feature where I’ll be giving short reviews of what I’m currently reading:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: June Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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Books to Read This Month: June Edition

Read with PRIDE in June! We finally made it halfway through 2021! Along with June being Pride Month, recognition of Juneteenth, Caribbean American Heritage Month, Audiobook Month and African-American Music Appreciation Month (did I get it all?), June is also the perfect time to start making your list of reads for your 2021 summer reading! This may be the summer we get to actually go outside but that doesn’t mean the time we spend outside shouldn’t involve reading as well. And this month, we have a slew of new releases that will entertain you both inside and outside. Check out these new books that range from beautiful poetry to realistic contemporary fiction:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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Fiction Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

The conversation around mental health does not end on June 1. Having an open and honest discussion around this important topic is much needed, especially when we want to break the stigma and hide the assumptions surrounding the topic. Dealing with mental health issues of my own, I tend to gravitate towards books that discuss it painfully but in a beautiful that will start ignite conversations.

So if you are looking for those books that help you examine mental health beyond, here is a great starter pack:

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Your Mental Health Matters: Books Recommendations For Returning to Work

If you are like me, you are most likely returning to a full-time workweek. Working from home is not an option anymore, and the balance between work and life will start to diminish. You feel that this is all happening too fast, and the world is closing in. As we return to what people have termed the “new normal”, the rush to return may put our mental health and wellbeing on the backburner. But in fact, it is more important than ever to care about ourselves. If this pandemic taught us anything, we need to focus more on ourselves, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

So, if you are looking for ways to help ease back into your return to work and understand the importance of mental health, here some great book recommendations that will guide you:

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Book Review: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez

Format: Paperback

Pages: 411 pages

Published: March 5, 2020 (first published March 7th 2019)

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Nonfiction, Feminism, Sociology, Science, Politics

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