Saturday, 21 March 2015

4 Podcasts I Am Loving

My life has been really busy lately. I'm planning a wedding, looking for somewhere to live, and starting a new job in 9 days time! When I'm overloaded, I sometimes find that books, rather than being an escape, can feel like an extra thing To Do. It was getting to the point when I would get on my morning train, get out a book, and then spend the next 20 minutes staring out the window!

Fortunately, to stem that gap before I get into reading again, I have discovered podcasts. Now, I know that it is really really late to jump on this bandwagon, but I can't help it. Technology does not come easily to me! I've been listening to 4 different podcasts, and though I know I am only scratching the surface when it comes to the medium, I'm really enjoying having a little window into a world I haven't seen before.

1. This American Life
I initially was going to listen to Serial, which is The Thing Everyone Is Talking About, at least on the internet. But I got a bit turned off by all the hype, and plus I'm not really into true crime, and OK the real reason is that I got spoiled and I already know the ending. Anyway! This American Life is kind of the parent podcast of Serial. Each week they pick a different theme and tell a few stories based around the theme. They can be really topical, like this one about race relations between police and the black community. Or just interesting and fun to listen to, like this one, Amateur Hour, about being completely unqualified for a situation, but going for it anyway. I learn something every time I listen, and the narration always make me feel like I'm on a journey with the presenters.

2. Bookish Blether
This is a much more home-made podcast, it's basically recordings of conversations between Holly and Nicola, friends who love books. I like it because it reminds me of the original idea behind this blog - Feli and I chatting about what we love and what we find interesting. I like hearing what they're reading, particularly as they definitely have their ears a bit more to the ground in the bookish world than I do! They also chat about reading habits and I am particularly jealous of Holly's spreadsheet 
where she charts everything she reads!

3. Reading Lives
Another bookish podcast, this one is run by Jeff O'Neal, the Editor of BookRiot. It features interviews with 'interesting people who love books'. How could I resist? It basically charts their reading lives from childhood to present day, and it's always fascinating hearing what people read at different stages of their lives. I always pick up a tonne of recommendations every time I listen. My favourite episode so far has probably been an interview with Mahvesh Murad, a book critic and voice artist who lives in Pakistan. She spent part of her childhood in the UK so it was interesting to see where her experience connects with mine and where it differs.

4. Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
Basically just two men bickering about films, this is the podcast version of a show on BBC 5 Live, all about new film releases. It's been going for some ridiculous amount of time so I am very late to the party, in fact some friends who love films have been trying to get me to listen for ages. I have finally succumbed! I love the chatty style, and Mark Kermode has a massive brain full of films so every review feels like a history lesson. They also feature a lot of listener reviews so you get to hear a lot of different opinions on each new release.

So those are my current listens, but I would love to hear any recommendations! What are you listening to?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors We've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme run by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they give us a title for a list and we give them some answers!

Check out this week's top ten after the jump!

Friday, 28 February 2014

In the Suitcase...

Lately I've really been making use of my local library. I've been trying to branch out in my reading, you know, move away from the young adult section just a tiny bit. Here are my latest reads:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (actually a re-read but it's SO GOOD)
Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (I read this post on her tumblr about being judged because she wrote fan fiction and it made me want to read her books)
Silas Marner by George Eliot (I wanted to catch up on some classics and Eliot was my choice)
Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott (I read another book from this publisher - Text Classics - and it was so good that now whenever I see that yellow spine I pick them up)

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (I actually got this as part of a Melina Marchetta Valentines project on tumblr - it was very exciting to get through the post!)
The Circle Opens by Tamora Pierce (I'm gradually working my way through Tamora Pierce, she's written so many books in so many universes that it's usually just down to luck as to whether I've found them in a bookshop or library)
Utopian Dreams by Tobias Jones (This is part of my branching out - into NON FICTION. Deep breaths are needed. I find non-fiction really hard to get through but this one sounds like there'll be a lot of narrative running through so we'll see how it goes!)
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (Evie Wyld gets the BEST covers. I LOVED her other novel After the fire, a still small voice so I've been hanging round the 'W' section in the library waiting for this one to come back in. And it worked!)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow

'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we pick the book we just can't wait to get our hands on next.

Check out this week's pick after the jump!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Sorry everybody, we've been pretty terrible bloggers lately, but in our defence, real-life stuff has been happening at double speed. New cities, new countries, new jobs, you name we've done it! So here's a lovely WoW to ease us back in. 

'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we pick the book we just can't wait to get our hands on next.

Check our this week's pick after the jump!