5 Audiobooks to Listen to Now

One of the best things I've spent money on this year was an Audible subscription. Let's be clear - I love snuggling up with a good book, but my time is shy these days. So I said what the heck, let me give this a go. I'm able to listen to books while I work, cook, clean, and wonder where all of missing socks end up - you know all of the things that make me a great adult.

Any-who...whether you're a reader or listener, here's my reading list. This go round most of the selections are by Black women authors.

Reading List

1. Feeding the Soul by Tabitha Brown

Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom is rich with personal stories and inspirational quotes, and sprinkled with a few easy vegan recipes. In this life-changing book, Tabitha shares the wisdom she gained from her own journey, showing readers how to make a life for themselves that is rooted in nonjudgmental kindness and love, both for themselves and for others.

Tabitha grounds her lessons in stories about her own life, career, faith, and family in this funny, down-to-earth book, built around the catchphrases that her fans know and love

2. You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union

You've Got Anything Stronger?: Stories shows you how this ever-changing life presents challenges, even as it gives moments of pure joy. Gabrielle takes you on a girl’s night at Chateau Marmont, and she also talks to Isis, her character from Bring It On. For the first time, Gabrielle truly opens up about her surrogacy journey and the birth of Kaavia James Union Wade. And she takes on racist institutions and practices in the entertainment industry, asking for equality and real accountability.

You Got Anything Stronger? is her at her most vulnerable. She has recently found true strength in that vulnerability, and wants to share that power with you here, through this book.

3. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sund and Be Your Own Person is a poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir exploring Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn’t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican and gay). And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes, an unexpected introvert, achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. And how you can, too.

4. More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) is a riveting and timely memoir, where the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.

Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough.

5. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

If you get through this list and are looking for more selections, be sure to check out my other reading list.

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I'm Santeka - a colorful, outspoken Southern woman that landed in New Jersey. Welcome to my corner of the internet where I share travel, food fun, DIY, design, and daily magic!


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