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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.

News

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.

 

Comedy

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.

 

Books

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.

 

Other

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! 🙂

 

I have always liked the concept of a book club. A place for like minded individuals to get together and discuss their passion for books. Each month the club picks a book to read together and then discuss in earnest at a prearranged time. It is an amazing concept.

The beauty of a book club is that it introduces you to books and genres you wouldn’t normally consider and allows you to dig deeper into the book with discussions. It also just allows you to revel in a book because you have a set of people who want to talk about the awesome plot twist or the great ending.

Unfortunately I have never been a part of a book club. I’ve discussed books with my friends and family that were also into reading but it was never at a structured time and we never read the books we discussed concurrently.

So imagine my delight when I discovered online book clubs. The beauty of a book club without the actual need to be in the same location or be invited. This concept was made even better with discussion boards on sites such as Goodreads which allowed anyone to join the club and discuss the book pick of the month with a very welcoming book community.

Choosing a book club to join is a very daunting task because there are so many of them and a lot are niche based however once you find one that you like it is an amazing experience. I highly recommend using Goodreads’ group page as a jumping off point for finding the book club that is best for you.

I read a lot of different genres and so I decided to join five different book clubs that focused on my favorite genres as well as a genre I wanted to read more of.

Below I have listed them in case you want to check them out.

1. Sword & Laser

I came across this book club while searching for a new bookish podcast to pass the time. After stumbling across Sword & Laser, which I discovered is hosted by two of my favorite tech personalities Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, I found that it was also a book club on Goodreads and joined immediately. They read Sci-Fi and fantasy novels each month which are two of my favorite genres.

 

2. Vaginal Fantasy Book Club

After listening to Sword & Laser for a while I realized Veronica also co-hosted another book club, Vaginal Fantasy that specialized in reading romance novels filled with smut which is again right up my alley. The other hosts are Felicia Day (yes, that Felicia Day), Bonnie Burton and Kiala Kazebee.

 

3. Catching Up on Classics (and lots more!)

This book club I found poking around on Goodreads in search of a club that would inspire me to read more classics. They have quite a few picks each month and even a long pick which runs for two months as a number of classics are indeed tomes.

 

4. Little Book Club

This group was recently formed by Katrina (Little Book Owl) on YouTube due to an overwhelming request for it. Each month a theme is voted upon and once chosen, a book fitting that theme is voted upon and that is our book pick for the month. As this book club was created due to fan request, most of the power is placed in the fan’s hands which is great.

 

5. Booksplosion Read-Along

This group was formed by a few booktubers (YouTube personalities that discuss books on their channel) and normally features books from the young adult genre.

Do you like book clubs?

Are you a part of a book club?

Is it a classic face to face one or is it online?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂


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