Listening to and Reading: Fall 2018

Now that it’s December and is looking like winter in Minnesota, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books and podcasts from over the fall! I didn’t finish many books over the fall (I’ve got several I’m in the middle of that I’m on hold lists from the library) so this list is much more podcast focused. Don’t forget to share your favorite books and podcasts in the comments!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I was so lucky to get on the waiting list for the audiobook version of this at the perfect time so I got to check it out on the same day it was released. It was an awesome listen about the Obama presidency from Michelle's POV and it brought things to m attention I wouldn’t have thought of before.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

I’ve been on mystery/thriller kick this summer and when I read this description, I had to read it. Especially when I saw it was also slated to be turned into a movie. It took a little bit to keep track of who was who but I was really pulled into the storyline and couldn’t get through it fast enough.

Sold in America

I first heard about Sold in America when the host, Noor Tagouri, was on an episode of another podcast favorite of mine Unladylike. They later had the first episode of Sold in America in their feed and I was immediately drawn in by it. It’s not the normal type of podcast I would listen to but Noor does an awesome job of navigating the world of selling sex in the United States and interviewing those in/who have been in the industry.

The Broadswords

I’ve been listening to this from almost the first episode and I’ve loved seeing this all-female DnD podcast grow during their first season. It’s an awesome story to listen to and I cannot wait for season 2!

Trends like These

This is my go-to weekly round-up of everything happening in the news. I’ve found that Travis, Brent, and Courtney do an awesome job of researching news stories (which I imagine can emotionally draining given the current news cycle) and presenting a round-up of everything going on. Plus, Courtney does the most amazing dramatic readings.

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Reading and Listening to: Summer 2018

Since I always listen to podcasts and have been on a reading spree this year, I wanted to introduce a new quarterly post about what I have enjoyed listening and reading to. This is by no means everything i’ve read and listened to but some of my favorites. Don’t forget to share your favorite summer reads and listens in the comments!


  • Ologies - Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln: Ologies has been a summer favorite of mine in general but I loved listening to this frank discussion of beauty standards. I’ve put Renee’s book Beauty Sick on hold at the library and can’t wait ot dig in.

  • Friends at the Table - Twilight Mirage: I’ve been listening to this season of Friends at the Table since Summer 2017 as it came out in real time. It’s a gorgeous example of storytelling through an actual play podcast. Be prepared for long episodes but it’s so worth it!

  • Go Fact Yourself: We love (and support) the Maximum Fun Network and Go Fact Yourself has been a great podcast to listen to. Mainly because I listen to this like I watch Jeopardy and try to play along.


  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I read this in four days, mostly over our camping trip to Cascade River State Park. It’s along the same vein as Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series but with the Queen of Hearts. So if you loved Wicked, I’d suggest picking up Heartless.

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I picked out this book without even realizing there was a movie coming out. I’m trying to expand my reading outside of white authors and decided to give it a try. I loved it and cannot wait to see the movie (plus read the rest of the series). I listened to the audiobook version and it had a great narrator (I’ve stopped listening to audiobooks solely due to the narrator before).

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: Another example of me trying to get out of my normal reading habits, this time adventuring into a different genre with World War I/World War II spy mystery. I loved the intertwining timelines and again, I listened to this and the narrator is awesome.

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June Faves

Just like that, the first month of summer is almost gone! Even though I haven’t been training for a race, it’s been another busy month between work, a vacation and life in general. But let’s get into some of my favorite things from this month!

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I’ve been on a reading streak this month between audio and e-books. It’s been a month of finding books I love for sure and I’m hoping this continues. The books I’ve been reading or listening to this month have been:

  • Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Swan

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Trail Running

Yes, trail running is popping up again. I cannot wait to get out for my next trail run. Until then, read about my first one and find out why I loved it so much!


Mike, Vinnie and I had so much fun hiking last weekend and we cannot wait to get out some more. Especially now that we have a Minnesota State Park sticker for the next year and there are so many great hikes within a couple hours of driving.

HamilKnit Hat

After having to re-knit my HamilKnit hat because it was too small, I finally finished it about a year after casting on the first one. It’s such a fun and easy knit (especially once I got into the main body) so now I’ve got to start on Mike’s since we are seeing Hamilton in early September!

Share your favorite things from June in the comments!