My favorite of this genre have been history of science type books.
- Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- The Disappearing Spoon
- Gulp (many of Mary Roach’s books fit )
- I read and absolutely went gaga for all of the Call the Midwives books
- Emperor of All Maladies (I’m actually still working on this one, the history of cancer…sucks)
But recently I’ve noticed the other trend in my read-listening- memoirs. I LOVE them. I like hearing about other people’s lives. It has made me realize a) I have led a very lucky and charmed life and b) I will likely never be great.
Some of the good ones in this genre
- When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
- A Queer and Pleasant Danger, Kate Bornstein
- The Sound of Gravel, Ruth Wariner
Fiction is the hardest via audiobook for me but I like rereading classics this way. It is easier when you know the story a bit.
I have read or reread quite a few:
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin (I am considering writing a thesis with the rough title “ Mulattos and their Role in Abolition” because rereading it I was stricken that one of the main storylines was about a boy being sold away from his mother and by the description of his lineage he is nearly the same percentage black as Andrew)
- The Jungle, Upton Sinclair.
- Slaughterhouse Five
New fiction definitely stays with me less but has been pretty fun.
- The audiobook of The Martian was fantastic
- Where’d you go Bernadette àSpoiler: She didn’t go anywhere fast enough for me
- Still Alice- that was a horror book
- In the Unlikely Event- this is the new Judy Blume book and it also scared the heck out of me.