Weekly Listens, #6

I listen to a lot of podcasts – a lot! – so I started a series rounding up the most interesting episodes I’ve heard recently. And I’m really enjoying these podcast roundups! This week, I learned about the amazing artistry and customization that went into the music of Seinfeld, one way to get to Mars that everyone’s overlooking, and super creepy Victorian Christmas cards.

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Circe – Madeline Miller

Rating: 4.5/5

A little late in reviewing, but this was one of my favorite reads last year! I’m a sucker for any kind of mythology so I had a feeling I would already like this, but it turned out even better than expected. Miller is so damn good at weaving together her story that I couldn’t put it down (I tore through it in 2 days!), and even though Circe wasn’t much of a character to me at first, I was thoroughly cheering for her by the end.

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Three Women – Lisa Taddeo

A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Rating: 1.5/5

Given all the hype this book got on Bookstagram, I thought it was going to be way better! But Bookstagram recs definitely been tossups for me, and it looks like this was another one of the disappointments. It wasn’t terrible, per se…just very underwhelming. I feel guilty for saying this, but the first thought I had after finishing was, “A decade of reporting and investigating for this?”

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Weekly Listens, #5

I listen to a lot of podcasts – a lot! – so I started a series rounding up the most interesting episodes I’ve heard recently. And I’m really enjoying these podcast roundups! I go through so many that oftentimes I worry that I don’t really internalize them and remember their contents, but jotting down short notes here helps with that a lot. This week, I learned about the amazing artistry and customization that went into the music of Seinfeld, one way to get to Mars that everyone’s overlooking, and super creepy Victorian Christmas cards.

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Weekly Listens, #4

I listen to a lot of podcasts – a lot! – so I started a series rounding up the most interesting episodes I’ve heard recently. And I’m really enjoying these podcast roundups! I go through so many that oftentimes I worry that I don’t really internalize them and remember their contents, but jotting down short notes here helps with that a lot. This week…

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There There – Tommy Orange

Rating: 4/5

What an insanely powerful book. When we think of Native Americans, we tend to think of 19th-century Cherokees on horseback and shooting arrows at bison, or perhaps something vague about moccasins and canoes and totem poles, maybe with colorful, feathered headdresses thrown in – all hopelessly dated stereotypes. Orange wrote this book to address this exact issue after noticing there’s next to nothing about modern-day Native American life in art/literature/general culture, and wanted to share what their lives really look like while putting it in the context of a novel. And the result is just devastating.

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Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb

Rating: 2.5/5

I was itching for a classic fantasy read so it only seemed natural to pick up one of the most classic books in the genre – Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. She gets a lot of love on /r/books so I figured it was as good a choice as any, but it turned out to be just meh for me.

What I liked:

  • Interesting world potential

What I didn’t like (and oh how much there is):

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Weekly Listens, #3

I listen to a lot of podcasts – a lot! – so I started a series rounding up the most interesting episodes I’ve heard recently. There were some great shows this week! Among others, there was America’s high school math curriculum and whether it works or not, the history of a polygamous “utopia” that turned into a famous tableware company (seriously), and the massive problem of millions of feral hogs running loose in the country. Yep, feral hogs.

Oneida: Utopia, LLC

A crazy look into how the Oneida tableware company originally started off as a polygamist commune in the 1850s!

Feral Hogs

Believe me when I say that I never thought I’d willingly listen to a podcast episode about feral hogs, of all things, but this one came recommended as one of the top episodes of 2019! And it was riveting. I had no idea feral hogs were such a huge problem in the southern U.S. and what kinds of solutions farmers have had to (unsuccessfully) resort to to remove them.

Footloose and Childfree

I wish that women who don’t have or want children weren’t as judged as much as they are. Personally I do want children, but I’ve noticed that the older I get, the further back I keep pushing it. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll realize that I love life just the way it already is, and that I don’t need children to make it fuller. Countless women have already made that decision, and they shouldn’t be thought of as “lesser” for it.

America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up

Being a math major myself, I really agree with the arguments in this episode – our country’s high school math curriculum of algebra, geometry, pre-calculus is really old-fashioned and should focus a lot more on data fluency and analysis.

Sharing a Cab

I recently started watching the show, which is excellent and made me want to listen to the podcast and then read the column (going backwards, I know). This episode was narrated by Greta Gerwig and while the content was a little weird, it was beautiful in its own way. It was a good reminder that you can love someone in the smallest ways.

Audio Guide to the Imperfections of a Perfect Masterpiece

Host Roman Mars teamed up with the Guggenheim for this terrific audio guide that you can actually listen to if you visit the museum! I haven’t been back in a while, so it was nice to virtually explore with him as he pointed out all these things I’d never before known about the Guggenheim. Now I’ll know what to look out for next time I visit.

Do you guys listen to any of these? Are there any podcasts you recommend? I’m always looking for more!

Books From My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for the prompts!

I love this prompt since it forced me to go through my GIANT TBR shelf on Goodreads and really think about the books I added. More often than not, I’ve long forgotten why I added something, so if I rediscover and am still excited about it, there’s a good chance it really belongs! This week, I picked an action-filled classic, a natural history book, and finally a cult-favorite cookbook despite having no photographs.

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