It kills me that I have not finished the last few books I've started reading. The problem is that reading makes me fall asleep. During this cold and dark season, deciphering letters on a page knocks me out cold, like an adorable baby all bundled up on the subway, or tucked into my cozy crib (bed) at night. Being an avid reader can be a struggle.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: audiobooks and podcasts are the answer. I love being told a tale on my way to work and hanging out in the shower with friends who don't know who I am.
I want to give you some listening inspiration during these chilly times, so here's a roundup of my top ten audiobooks & podcasts this season. Please comment with your own faves.
How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black
Fave Eps: Megan Mullally / Amy Schumer
After diving very deeply into podcasts where the host overshares, like, a lot, MIB's relaxed and non-interrupty interview style is refreshing, leaving space for the guest to be the one who over-shares.
Fave Eps: The Toaster / Britney
Let Starlee Kine's quirkiness quench your thirst for some fun modern-day mystery. Light-hearted, lispy, and engaging, this podcast channels a brand of innocence, curiosity and earnestness that reminds me of Jason Schwartzman in Bored to Death.
Disclaimer: episodes 1-4 are great, 5-6 are not.
Fave Eps: Kirsten Dunst / Brie Larson
I know, I know, pretty much everyone knows about The Nerdist. I've mentioned this podcast on here before, but I loved these two interviews and I wanted to share. Conversational and lively with lots of episodes to sink your teeth into. Hang with your famous friends instead of talking to your super boring coworkers.
Fave Eps: Impossible to pick
I'm embarrassed to say that I'm about halfway through an epic re-watching of The Gilmore Girls paired with a side-by-side listening of The Gilmore Guys, two guys just talkin' about the GGs. I'm not embarrassed because of the show at all, I'm just embarrassed because of the amount of time I've spent on this. I'm about fifty 45-minute episodes of G-girls and fifty 1-hour episodes of G-guys in. Scary, but somehow saved by the fact that it feels like high school English class, Gilmore Girls is a classic and we go deep together: references, subtleties and ffffff-ffff-ffff-ashion.
Happy Sad Confused
Fave Eps: Winona Ryder / Ben Schwartz / Jason Schwartzman
My go-to for 30-minute, light-hearted celeb interviews. Maybe not the most intellectual, but it's better than OK Magazine and also it is free. The host is a movie buff, so they typically talk more about acting & stuff than anything, and it's pretty interesting.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
By Carrie Brownstein
I am more of a Portlandia CB fan than a Sleater-Kinney CB fan, and although she barely mentions the TV show in her memoir, I loved this book and I feel like I know the full CB so much better now. Raw, honest, and great narration, with a bonus Q&A at the end about what it was like recording the audiobook. Living in Portland, navigating music, band-mates, and growing up. Sometimes I'm amazed at how many lives people can have in one lifetime.
Letter to My Daughter
By Maya Angelou
This is a beautiful book. Stories that made my heart shiver and advice that enriched me. Hearing the words come out of Maya Angelou's mouth, as though we were on a long phone call together, made listening to this book an intimate experience. I learned a lot about Maya Angelou, and perhaps even more about myself.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now
By Meg Jay
I've only got about 6 months before I exit my twenties, but this book is full of great advice for anyone who ever feels like they're spinning in circles (everyone). Meg Jay has arguments against all of our excuses, addressing the paralysis that twenty-somethings experience from what seems like our endless options in life, new pressures and expectations. This book made me feel like I'd hung out with an awesome therapist, or maybe one of my very sage aunts, and they knew exactly what to say to calm me down.
Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi grew up in Baltimore, one of the most violent cities in America. In this beautiful letter to his teenage son, he breaks down the threat being made on black bodies throughout American history and today.
Poetic, atheist, bleak, and yes, I agree with Toni Morrison, required reading. .
The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
By Etgar Keret / Narrated by Alex Karpovsky
This is the only book included in my selections that is narrated by someone other than the author, and although I normally avoid that, this time it is more than okay. Alex Karpovsky does a beautiful job reading this memoir by Etgar Keret, taking place during the years between his son's birth and his father's death. Listening to this, I learnt about Israel, I learnt about the Holocaust, I learnt about America and I learnt about family.
Alright, your turn. What are you listening to lately?