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Hey everyone, it’s Saturday and time for another “Favorites” blog post!

Today I thought we’d give YouTube a break and talk about podcasts. Back in 2011 I wrote the post “My Ten Favourite Podcasts” but since then some of these podcasts have ended and some have been replaced.

So without adieu here are my new favorite podcasts in no particular order.


1. Global News

Global News is a daily BBC podcast that gives you the best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world.

It is updated twice a day, every day and provides me with all the information I need to be up to date on current events.


2. Daily Tech News Show (DTNS)

The Daily Tech News Show is a daily podcast that delivers the essential headlines in tech news that day combined with analysis from top names in technology.

It is updated on weekdays and is quite informative. Tom Merritt does a great job hosting the show and brings a lot of interesting people on to help him dissect the day’s news. This podcast is great for keeping up on what’s going on in the tech world each day.


3. This Week in Tech (TWIT)

This Week in Tech is a weekly podcast hosted by Leo Laporte and his friends. Each week he has a different set of tech experts in the studio with him where they discuss the top tech stories of the week.

This one made it onto my list the last time and remains there because it keeps me up to date on the week’s tech news. It really goes in-depth with the aid of experts to explain the significance of each headline and the impact it will likely have on the world and the tech community.


4. We Have Concerns

We Have Concerns is a weekly podcast hosted by Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni. Each week they take interesting articles and discuss all the wonder and dread hidden inside these seemingly innocuous things.

It is updated twice sometimes three times per week and is quite hilarious. The hosts are so funny and likable and they play off each other very well. While this isn’t a news podcast per say it does introduce me to news articles I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.



5. Friday Night Comedy

Friday Night Comedy is a weekly podcast which features either The News Quiz or The Now Show.

The News Quiz is hosted by Sandi Toksvig and is a topical panel quiz show where the questions are taken from the week’s news stories.

The Now Show is hosted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis and is a satirical take on the week’s news stories. It consists of a mixture of skits, songs, stand up, monologue and sketches.

It doesn’t matter which one BBC chooses to send out, I enjoy both shows. They’re hilarious and even more so when you actually know the news story they’re making fun of. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with world news just listening to these shows would give you a very good idea of what you missed.


6. Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week is a weekly show that presents an episode of the latest comedy show making the rounds on BBC Radio 4.

The people at Radio 4 have a knack for picking great comedies and so you won’t have to worry about an off week, they’re all hilarious.



7. Books on the Nightstand

Books on the Nightstand is a weekly podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman where they give book recommendations and offer their listeners with an inside scoop into the world of publishing and books.

This podcast has everything a book lover would want, recommendations, book news and fun and interesting discussions.


8. Sword and Laser

The Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres.

It is updated weekly and is so fun to listen to. The book discussions, author interviews, book club picks and great community makes this a must listen podcast for book lovers.



9. The Archers

The Archers is radio drama on BBC Radio 4 and has been around for over 60 years.

It can be enjoyed in podcast form either in daily fifteen minute bites or weekly as an omnibus. Personally I prefer the omnibus because I really get to enjoy all the drama of the past week without constant cliffhangers.

It’s an amazing radio drama and I recommend everyone give it a listen especially if you like soap operas.


10. This American Life

This American Life is a radio show on WBEZ Chicago that can be downloaded as a podcast. The show is hosted by Ira Glass and he picks a theme each week and then brings the listeners varying stories surrounding that singular theme.

I love listening to this show because I always feel inspired and more knowledgeable after listening. This show introduces me to things I would never have gone looking for hence broadening my general knowledge of the world and helping me to form opinions and thoughts on each topic.

After every show I’m always like, you’ve GOT to listen to this. It’s that good.

Do you listen to podcasts?

What are some of your favorites?

Did any of these make your list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂



Happy Friday everyone!

It is time for my weekly series, “Best of the Week”. In this post I will share with you all the things I’ve been loving this week in the hopes of introducing you to something amazing.

So lets get started!


I was poking around YouTube as I often do when I found these two gems, Seth MacFarlane doing his Family Guy voices and Adam Levine singing Sesame Street in the voice of the late, great Michael Jackson among other things.



TV Shows/Movies

This week I’ve been watching Season 3 of Scandal and Season 1 of The Originals on Netflix to gear up for their premiere. However the big news in this category has got to be the fact that all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix. *cue the happy music*

This is one of my favorite series of all time and starting October 1st I will be able to binge watch to my heart’s content. Stars Hollow here I come!



I haven’t been listening to much music this week however the theme song for Outlander has been stuck in my head all week. It is such a beautiful song and very fitting for the series.


Unfortunately I haven’t been in much of a reading mood this week so there are no books to share.

What are you obsessing about this week?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Friday! 🙂

It’s Saturday and time for another favorites blog post.

Today I want to introduce you to my favorite booktubers on YouTube. A booktuber is essentially a YouTuber that talks mainly about books. They do reviews, book related tags, read-alongs, readathons, book hauls etc.

Booktube is great because the videos posted are as informative as a blog post but you get to see the person and get a better sense of what they think of the books they’re talking about. Another perk is YouTube’s interactive nature and the fact that telling someone about your favorite book is more natural verbally.

So without further ado, here in no particular order are five of my favorite booktubers.

1. Katytastic

Kat is a fun and energetic booktuber. Her energy and love for books are a prominent part of her videos and she does great book reviews and hauls.


2. Little Book Owl

Catriona is Australian and the nicest booktuber you’ll ever see. She is so fun and enthusiastic about books and reading. It makes watching her videos quite entertaining and as a result as soon as I see a new video up I watch it immediately.


3. Novella Zoo

Novella is a quirky and funny Canadian who recently burst onto the Booktube stage. She hasn’t uploaded a ton of videos but I have enjoyed the ones she has uploaded very much.


4. Peruse Project

Regan is a proud Texan book lover. She loves historical fiction and is a sucker for anything bookish. She is fun and silly and she makes you smile with every video.


5. The Readables

Priscilla is into books and animation. She’s also very entertaining in her videos and her pop up animation for her videos are amazing. I really enjoy watching her reviews as I find them very thought provoking and interesting.


Honorable Mentions:

1. Jesse the Reader

Jesse is one of the few boys I see on Booktube and I think he does a great job representing the males. He isn’t shy about reading romance books and I think that is awesome. His videos are also very fun to watch.

2. Padfoot and Prongs 07

Raeleen is clearly a Harry Potter lover from her username but other than that she makes great videos and is quite entertaining to watch.

3. Ariel Bissett

Ariel Bissett is a bundle of joy. She is such a fun and endearing person. She is so passionate about books and booktube and she’s just refreshing to watch. I also really love her reviews, very insightful.

Are you a fan of the booktube community?

Who’s your favorite booktuber?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy viewing! 🙂


Hey guys, it’s Friday!!!

Today I will be kicking off yet another new series for the blog, the “Best of the Week” series. Every Friday I will be sharing what I’ve been loving during the week. It’ll mostly consist of media; clips, songs, shows, etc however it won’t be limited to this at all.

So without further ado lets jump into the first list!


As per usual, YouTube takes up a lot of my time. I just get so lost in my subscription box and the recommended videos, it’s ridiculous. However my favorite video this week has been Superwoman‘s parent’s reaction to Nicki Minaj‘s music video for Anaconda. It is hilarious and a must see!


TV Shows/Movies

I haven’t been watching a lot of movies or TV shows this week however I am obsessed with the new series Outlander on Starz. It is so amazing and Jamie is so swoon worthy and his accent, his accent would bring girls to their knees. Below I have provided a fan video with a mash up of a lot of Claire and Jamie’s moments together.



I’ve found myself reverting to my teen self and so this week I was obsessed with N’sync’s last album, Celebrity. I’ve been listening to it over and over and just enjoying the fun upbeat songs, the break up songs and of course the beautiful ballads on the album. It makes me sad that they broke up.


Also I’ve been loving Michael Jackson’s songs Speechless and Heaven Can Wait. Those songs hit me right in the heart! Beautiful songs by a legendary singer.



Finally I’ve also been jamming out to songs from movies such as I Will Follow Him from Sister Act and Prince Ali from Aladdin.




For some reason all I’ve wanted to read this week is manga, lots and lots of manga. And not just any manga but romance based, school life, drama ridden manga, which as far as I’m concerned are the best ones.

The two I powered through this week are:

1. Asa Made Motto by Shin Yumachi

Synopsis: Mitsuru is gentle and kind, and he’s deeply in love with Aoi. Ryo, Mitsuru’s twin brother, is stoic and brutish and loves to tease and torment Aoi. The choice should be clear, so why does Aoi find herself so much more attracted to Ryo…?! (Taken from Manga Reader)


2. Gakuen Ouji by Jun Yuzuki

Synopsis: The stage is set in the prestigious Private Jyoushioka High School — or more commonly known as Joshi High. It became co-educational a few years ago, but females still heavily outnumber the males. The number of males could be easily counted. While one would think males would be pampered in such a harem school, the reality is far from being heavenly. It was the world of female domination. (Taken from Manga Reader)

What are you obsessing about this week?

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Hey guys!

Long time no see…again. I know, I know! I keep trying to be consistent with this blog but life is very demanding and she does not like to share. I will however attempt once more to be more consistent in my updates. If not once a day, at the very least once per week. *pinky promise*

So yesterday I hit the big 2-5, the proverbial beginning of the end.

Or so I thought when I was a kid but truth be told we’re not living in the 17th century where the life expectancy was 35. I, theoretically, have a long and happy life ahead of me.

So what does the quarter quell signal the end of exactly?

The end of partying and wild abandon? The end of frivolous spending and dependency? For most people, yes.

This is the year that you’ll reassess your life and redefine your goals. You’ll take stock of what you have accomplished, what you haven’t, why you haven’t and how you go about fixing that.

You’ll start transitioning from having a job to having a career, start thinking about having kids (or not having kids), getting married and buying a house, being independent and debt free.

It’s quite a lot to take in and it normally results in a mid-twenties crisis but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.

So cheers to the beginning of the end, I’ll see you on the other side a better and stronger person!

Keep calm and carry on! 🙂


Hey guys! It’s Friday and guess what?!?!

My Happy Playlist is back! *happy dance*

As I stated before music is a big part of my life, it keeps me settled, grounded and more importantly happy.

Each week I’ll be sharing with you the songs that I’ve had on repeat that have been helping me to move my feet.

This week my songs of choice have been:

1. Classic by MKTO


2. Still Into You by Paramore


3. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz


4. The Man by Aloe Blacc


5. Happy by Pharrell


What’s helping you to move your feet this week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday! 🙂


I love lists and so when I saw this list on AWrestlingWriter’s blog Out of the Well I just had to do it.

Below I have listed 20 Random Facts About Me and if you choose to do this yourself be sure to put a link in the comments below so I can check them out.

1. I love stationary! Books, notepads, diaries, pens, pencils, pretty much anything you can find in an office supply store will have me squealing in delight.

2. I love books! Print, electronic, audio, I don’t discriminate, books are my first love.

3. I love lists! I love making them, I love reading them. Nothing keeps me on a website longer than lists, trust me!

4. I hate cucumbers but I love pickles. Can you spot the connection?

5. I love photography. I love taking pictures as well as looking at great photos.

6. I have the smallest feet in my house and that is counting my younger brother who is still growing.

7. I love tall guys, this is probably because I’m only 5’3″.

8. I don’t like going out to parties, I love the getting ready part but about an hour after getting there I’m normally like, okay, I’m over this let’s go!

9. I’m not a fan of makeup, light makeup is fine but heavy makeup especially really badly done ones just seem fake.

10. I have spontaneous dance parties like the ones in “Fangirl” all the time. Don’t get the reference? Stop what you’re doing right now and read it. I’ll wait! 🙂

11. I’m not a fan of pink simply because it is universally seen as a girl’s favourite colour. That being said pink is a great colour, it’s my go to nail polish colour and it fits my complexion.

12. My favourite colour is purple and I was in purple house in high school. Oh and you get a complimentary high-five for wearing something purple.

13. I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!! I also make HP references all the time.

14. I love trying to figure out where I’ve seen an actor/actress before when watching a movie/show.

15. I love trivia games and quizzes, especially pop culture ones.

16. My favourite wild animal is a cheetah, I love the fact that they are able to move so fast at a drop of a hat.

17. I love dogs!!!! Cats are adorable however they tend to have limits to their affection and dogs do not, they love you all the time and they are always down to play and or be petted.

18. I love music, all genres!

19. I love learning new things and the structure of school.

20. I cannot for the life of me whistle.

Are any of these true for you?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂


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