PODCASTS I’M LISTENING TO
I devour podcasts like a hungry child, so hopefully these recommendations can become a two-way street. If you have any favourites I should check out, I’m all ears.
I discovered NPR’s Believed, which explores one of the largest sexual abuse cases in US history. You may have read about Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor when this story broke in 2016, but this podcast delves deep, taking listeners more than two decades back. A powerful series that had me in tears.
Griefcast with Cariad Lloyd is another favourite, and I’m now realising both are quite somber topics. Although technically this is a podcast about death and grieving, Cariad is a hilarious comedian, so I promise it makes for great listening. She has a huge back catalogue, so perhaps start of with a guest you’re familiar with to sink your teeth in.
WHAT I’M READING
If these lists serve to highlight one thing, it’s that I tend to read older books (as opposed to brand spanking new releases), one because I usually buy second hand books, and two because I still have a reading list I’ve yet to complete from ‘09. Not that new books are better or worse than old, it’s just my style! But hopefully it means if you want to pick up any of my recommendations you can do so easily.
The One-In-A-Million-Boy by Monica Wood. A unique tale about friendship that spans many generations. More elderly characters should be depicted as their witty/sassy selves. Good for the soul without being the least bit cheesy.
Teacher Man by Frank McCourt. Angela’s Ashes is one my all-time favourites, so after re-reading it last year (along with ‘Tis), I discovered Teacher Man, which is Frank McCourts memoir about his time teaching in New York. Honestly he is such a great story teller, he makes even the bleakest of moments real page-turners.
Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders. An eye-opening look into why your gut is just as important as your brain, written in simple terms any laymen could understand. A worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in their health.