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June – Podcasts of the Month

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge listener of podcasts. I am currently subscribed to 40+ and they are all so good! It’s hard to pick favorites, but if I had to narrow it down, these are my favorites for the month:

Science Solved It: The Ghost Trees – On the fringes of the redwood forests of California, live what people call Ghost Trees. These redwoods look like albino trees. These trees lack chlorophyll and if you remember anything from high school biology, you know that trees need chlorophyll to survive. It’s how they make their food! So how do these ghost trees survive? Well, they think they’ve figured it out. Give it a listen to find out!

Human Race: Don’t Call it a Comeback – I am not a runner, but I adore this podcast. Every episode is inspiring, but this on in particular really pulled on the heartstrings. And maybe even inspired me to take up running. Because any excuse I may have pales in comparison to what the subject of this episode is going through. And he’s still running.

Classical Classroom, Episode 72: You Don’t Know Fifth! – Classical Classroom has long been one of my favorite podcasts. I love a lot of things and music and history are very high on that list! CC has been fascinating as it teaches so many things; history, and theory, and more. This episode was so interesting, being all about Beethoven (who is fascinating anyway) and the long history of the 5th. There’s so much more to Beethoven than his brilliance and his deafness.

Levar Burton Reads, Episode 1: Kin – Reading Rainbow. For adults. As a child of Reading Rainbow, I can have nothing but love love love for this podcast. Each episode so far has been a gem. Levar is such a great reader and the three stories he’s picked so far were diverse and amazing. And I don’t usually care for short stories! In short, I can’t wait for more.

Very Bad Words: Talking Sh*t – I’m sorry, but there is nothing as satisfying as a well-placed curse word (if they don’t insult you, very few bother me) and I can think of nothing so satisfying as learning the history of cursing. This is a very new podcast; Talking Sh*t is the first episode! As the favorite curse word of my grandmother, and she rarely if ever cursed, I was excited this was the subject of the first episode. And it was great! If they stay this good, this cast will be fucking awesome! 😛

Sidedoor: If These Bones Could Talk – There are over 154 million treasures in the Smithsonian. I’ve been to the Smithsonian 3 times in my life. So, I’ve missed a lot, as I’m sure you have as well. Sidedoor goes into the “sidedoor” of the Smithsonian to bring these treasures to light. It just started its second season and If These Bones Could Talk just goes to show that this cast is only going to get stronger and stronger. These bones are those of Robert Kennicott, 19th century collector for the Smithsonian and now, also, a permanent display.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?

Books

Summer TBR

Summer TBR

So many of my book blogger friends are making lists of books to read for summer and I just can’t resist doing it to. A LOT of my books are already packed up for our move, but, so far these have managed to avoid the box (except one, which is an audiobook because, even though I do own it, it IS in a box. Somewhere.).

  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, read by Jonathan Pryce
  • His Only Son by Leopoldo Alas
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  • A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

With moving coming up and a busy summer planned around it, I’m shooting to read 5 of these. If I get through 5, I will definitely call it a winner. Do any of these jump out at you? What should I definitely read?

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Currently \\ June 18, 2017

Reading: I am deep into An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and it is just incredible. I’m still working on More Was Lost by Eleanor Perenyi, which is so good.

Watching: The daughter and I are still working our way through Sherlock. She loves it, but is frustrated that she can only watch one episode a night!

We also went to see Wonder Woman yesterday and holy cow! It was so good! The boy was punching away in his seat and the girl had stars in her eyes. So good.

Listening: I started My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier this week. I’m reading it with some other blogging friends. It’s read by Jonathan Pryce and he is an amazing reader. So so so good.

Playing: Sims Freeplay. It is taking up way too much of my time but daaaang it’s fun.

Eating: The kids are making Daddy breakfast for Father’s Day and my son is frying me an egg. Pray it’s over hard. I don’t like runny yolks!

Loving: Air conditioning!

Looking Forward: Moving? Sometimes I think it’ll never happen.

Books

It’s Monday! 

Yesterday, I mentioned that I’m listening to Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and reading More Than This by Eleanor PerenyiSince then, I went and added a book because I just can’t leave well enough alone, can I?

Last night, after the kids had gone to sleep, I found myself wide awake. I blame a late coffee. I needed it, okay? Anyway, I didn’t want to watch anything and I didn’t want to turn any lights on, so I opened my iPad. After trying a couple books, one stuck. And stuck FAST. I read the first 50 pages of The Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Good Golly Miss Molly Is It GOOD. Where’s my iPad, cause I need to start reading again.

What magic are you reading this week?

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Currently \\ June 4, 2017

Reading: I started collecting and reading NYRB books this year and I’m reading More Was Lost: A Memoir by Eleanor Perenyi right now. It follows the author and her husband’s lives post WWII in Czechoslovakia. It is wonderful.

Watching: Saturday, my daughter walked in while I was starting to watch the new season of Sherlock, since it finally hit Netflix. She watched the whole first episode with me and was completely lost. So, we’ve gone back to season 1 and she is so hooked. I can’t believe how young Cumberback and Bilbo look!

Listening: I started Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Friday. It’s read by Xe Sands and, of course, I was immediately hooked. God, I love her voice. The book is pretty fun too.

Playing: SIMS Freeplay on my phone! Way too much!

Eating: Too much! Ha! We have a new Mexican restaurant in town and I am hooked on their carnitas. I could go for some right now!

Loving: there is a storm brewing outside right now and one of the only things I love about summer are the storms!

Looking Forward: Moving!! It should be soon now!

Books

Monthly Review – May 2017

Hi there! Sorry, I didn’t mean to disappear. Daughter lost my Chromebook charger, which basically meant blogging life ground to a halt. And here I was, excited to do a month in review!

24. George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, read by Brian Kilmeade
25. A Separation by Katie Kitamura, read by Katherine Waterston
26. The Summer Book by Tove Janssen
27. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
28. House of Names by Colm Toíbín, read by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, and Pippa Nixon
29. Giant Days, Issue 26 by John Allison
30. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

May was, without a doubt, my best reading month in 2017 (so far, I hope!). I read 6 books and all of them were great. Min Jin Lee knocked it out of the park with Pachinko (it may be my favorite book of the year) (I know it’s early to say that) (I don’t care), The Summer Book was every bit as charming as I thought it would be, House of Names was an unexpected (and enjoyable) return to historical fiction, which I used to adore but haven’t read much of in years, and Fredrik Backman just NEVER disappoints me. Bear Town was no exception. All in all, a great month. Here’s hoping June is just as fantastic!

Other activities in May include wrapping up my class Books and Images at my alma mater. It was so fun and I learned a lot about making books. I also started watching Community with my daughter and it is just hilarious. Donald Glover slays me. And I watched the movie Bad Moms with Mila Kunis and it made me feel a little better about myself. Some days I need all the help I can get!

How was your reading in May? Any standouts I need to know about?