I jumped on the podcast bandwagon about a year ago. I started commuting to work instead of just walking in the summer of 2017, and it took me a few months to get tired of just listening to music on the drives. So I found some podcasts.
These are the podcasts I’ve found and have really enjoyed.
The first one is called Potterless. It’s the story of a 25-year-old man reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. I binged for a few weeks and caught up to the present time, which stinks, because now I have to wait for him to release the next episode. He just started the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I’m so excited to hear what he thinks about the conclusion.
I’m also a pretty big fan of the show, Gilmore Girls; I’ve watched it through three or four or five times, and I found a podcast called Gilmore Guys that I’ve been enjoying. It’s two guys, Kevin and Demi. Kevin has always been a huge fan of the show, and Demi hasn’t ever seen it. The podcast is them taking the show one episode at a time and talking about it. They get cast and crew from the show, and it’s really cool to get some behind the scenes of the making of Gilmore Girls. I have to take frequent breaks from this one because lately, the episodes are three hours or more, and it gets too much for me. I’m at the point now where I’m just trying to power through to the end.
I’ve listened to a few episodes of Spirits, which is a show about two friends who drink spirits and talk about mythology. I’ve always been into mythology, so I enjoy this podcast, and it’s teaching me myths I didn’t know before. I quickly get annoyed by the boozy part of the podcast, so I take frequent breaks from this podcast too.
My husband and I recently discovered a fantastic true crime podcast called Up and Vanished. We’re in season one, where Payne Lindsey is breaking apart a case of a missing woman from 10 years ago. It’s really intense and can get sort of creepy with all the twists and turns and brings up a lot of good questions.
Over the weekend, I listened to the first episode of Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. It was good, and I’ll probably listen to more. Dax talks with celebrities about what it’s like to be alive and how messy life is for everyone. My issue with this is that these episodes are 2+ hours, and I struggle to get through them.
I also really like books, so I listen to two podcasts that are about books.
The first is by Modern Mrs. Darcy and is called What Should I Read Next? Anne brings readers on, asks them three books they love, one book they hate, what they’re currently reading, and what they want to change about their reading life. Then she gives them three book recommendations. This podcast gives me so many ideas as to what I should read next (ha!), so I’m thankful for that.
The second one about books, and the last podcast I’ll share, is called Overdue. Andrew and Craig read a new book each week, books that they’ve been meaning to read, and review the book. I just listened to the first episode on my way to work this morning, but it was about Of Mice and Men, which is in my top 20 list of favorite books, and I think they did a nice job discussing it.
I’ve found podcasts to be a great way to feed current passions and teach you about new things. I highly recommend listening to podcasts, even just when you’re washing dishes. You never know what you might find or learn.
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