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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! 🙂



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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Today I want to debut a new series on the blog called “Favorites”.

What I aim to do with this series is to showcase things that I might not otherwise talk about but I really love and enjoy.

This week’s list is about my favorite YouTube personalities. When I see new videos from these channels in my subscription box I’m super excited and I will drop everything to go and watch them.

So in no particular order here are three of my favorite YouTube stars.

1. iiSuperwomanii

Lilly Singh aka Superwoman is a Canadian ball of sunshine. She is so cheerful, fun, optimistic, honest and down to earth. Her videos are hilarious as well as inspirational. She attempts to make you smile as well as reach for your dreams. Her down to earth mentality and funny quirks makes her videos very relatable and easy to enjoy.


2. sWooZie

Adande aka Swoozie is from Florida and probably one of the best storytellers of all time. His stories are hilarious and riddled with nerd and geek references. He normally portrays his stories through animation however he doesn’t miss a beat when he tells them in his normal human form. He is also very down to earth and fun to watch.


3. VlogBrothers

The Vlog Brothers are made up of Hank and John Green, two brothers who vlog for each and the world to keep in contact. And just in case you’re wondering, yes he’s that John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars among other books. Hank while not as well known to the non-YouTube public is a talented musician. I first saw them in a pre-roll ad and had to check them out. Their videos are informative as well as hilarious.


Honorable Mentions:

1. Humble the Poet

I discovered the awesomeness that is Humble the Poet after he did a song with Superwoman called #LEH. His videos are more inspirational and thought provoking than funny but they are quite good and I look forward to hearing his thoughts on different topics.

2. Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles is an actress, known around the YouTube sphere for many roles but most notable Lydia Bennett in the Lizzie Bennett Diaries. This is her personal channel and while not updated often is quite interesting. She has a mix of videos from behind the scenes to vlogs to unboxings but in each one her great personality shines through making them more interesting than they would initially seem.

3. Nerdy and Quirky

Sabrina is as her username explains nerdy and quirky. She makes fun and interesting videos with the humor you would expect from a quirky YouTuber.

Do you watch any of these YouTubers?

Who are your favorites?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy viewing! 🙂

Hey guys! It’s Friday!

Time for another LONG awaited lol, My Happy Playlist.

So this week I’ve been really into:

1. We Are Young – Fun feat. Janelle Monae

I first heard this song on Glee and I was like I know this song, I should know this song…but I didn’t know the song. Then YouTube was promoting it and I watched the video but I thought the video was so weird and not what I thought the video would be about at all. Finally I heard it on the radio and started singing along, it got stuck in my head and the rest is history.


2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

I first heard this song on a NOW That’s What I Call Music ad and I was singing along like I knew so, maybe that wasn’t the first time, or maybe it’s one of those one listen and you’re hooked songs. Either ways I loved it, I looked it up on YouTube and the video was so fun, I just had to have it. Makes me smile all the time. 🙂


3. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran

I believe it played in the ball scene in Vampire Diaries, season 3 but I fell in love with it watching a fan video with the song. Then I fell in love with the lyrics. Oh, how I love hearing it, makes we want love indeed especially with all the Vampire Diaries hotties. Swooon! 🙂


4. Call Me, Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Apparently this song is a hit and has been sweeping the nation by storm with endorsement from the Biebs himself but the first time I heard it was when Guy Ross interviewed her on NPR’s All Things Considered Weekends podcast. They played it in the background, she explained her inspiration, i.e. her boyfriend and I immediately went and looked it up on YouTube, it’s been a fav ever since, such a catchy song. The video is hilarious and twist at the end, lol. It’s gone so viral a bunch of celebs did parody videos on it, I like the one Selena, Justin, Ashley Tisdale and a bunch of their friends did, hilarious. 🙂



5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

I don’t even know where I heard this, probably one of my friends made me listen to it, but at any rate I love it, so slow and heart wrenching, makes me think. The video is….there, like she’s just walking slowly and singing, there really is nothing special about it. I’ve been told its in the Twilight movies, that won’t make me watch ’em but if that makes you want to listen to the song, all the better. 🙂


Well that’s what’s been helping me move my feet this week.

What about you, what are your favourite songs this week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂

Here I am thinking I need to stop procrastinating and start cranking out some posts for the week ahead only to check Plinky for some post ideas and see this prompt “List your favourite ways to procrastinate“.

LOL! It must be fate.

So without further adieu here are my top five favourite ways to procrastinate.

1. Playing Facebook games (FarmVille and CityVille)

2. Watching reality TV (or just TV in general)

3. Making elaborate to do lists and planning for the future.

4. Watching YouTube videos (from beauty gurus to nail gurus, to product reviews to vlogs, I watch them all)

5. Daydreaming because nothing says procrastinating quite like that.

These were just my top five.

What are yours?

Let me know in the comments below!

Have a good weekend! 🙂

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