Although most people that know me know I am a big talker, I love to listen too and now I have a minimum of 2 hours to drive to my place of work every day, it means I have time to listen to a plethora of music, podcasts and audio books. Each month I want to let you know what I am listening to and every month I will try and review at least one of those things.

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Listening to in September – Music

This month I have been listening to a Musicals playlist Claire and I collaboratively put together on Spotify. I have been paying for Spotify for as long as I can remember and enjoy the freedom it gives me to listen to whatever I want, when I want. My favourite tracks are those from Rent (I am a dedicated Renthead), the News Boys (or Newsies as it’s know in America) and Dear Evan Hansen which I hope comes to the West End as it’s been critically acclaimed, with the music being as uplifting and catchy as the Greatest Showman was.

Listening to in September – Podcasts

I got back in to the Archers this month. Up until 2 years ago I used to listen to the omnibus every single week, without fail. There is something so luring about Ambridge, the farming community and the story lines that I re-joined (after doing a catch up of the story line since I left it) and listened once again. I have not been disappointed and found it really easy to get back in to. 1hr and 15 minutes of cute village escapism.

I also have been enjoying recently the Guilty Feminist Podcast. I don’t know how I found this but I sure it was just through searching popular podcosts on spotify or maybe even audible.  Once I had listened to 1 episode, which is around 1hr long, and I was hooked. They do live recordings and I hope to get to one in the future. The premise of this podcast, as it starts with the presenters saying ‘I’m a feminist, but…’ giving scenarios that we probably all have used or thought or done at one point but still flying the feminist flag. I like this style, it’s filled with culture and comedy and it’s balanced really well for me.

Listening to in September – Books

I love a trashy novel. We start off being read fairy tales and some of us continue reading the same sort of thing growing up. I have always loved that story where a girl might have some sort of tragedy or a big change happens, she meets a guy, she hates guy, she ends up in some sort of scenario where said guy comes to rescue and she miraculously realises she was in love with him the whole time. It’s predictable, mostly, but I do enjoy it.

I did however download Dawn O’ Porters book the Cows. I really enjoyed this novel. Had great twists and turns and I laughed hard at some points and was totally shocked at others. Definitely one I would recommend.

Another book I listened to, as I had been thinking about it a while but wasn’t sure, was Gail Honeyman’s first book, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. I will be doing a separate review on this as it really deserves a full write up.

I listened to it in a few days as I would have it on whilst cooking or in the bath.

Other books listened to this month were:

You can see a bit of a theme in the books I have mentioned but it’s just they are easy to dip in and out of if I find something I want to get stuck in to.

I also have a Stephen Fry – Mythos to get in to – although it’s beenhard going so far. I will keep trying. And Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler, the author of one of my favourite books, We are all completely beside ourselves.

My credit starts again on the 25th of the month so any recommendations would be great appreciated. I would love to broaden my horizons on book front.

I’m always looking for new things to listen to so please do jot a comment below if you have anything?

Leah

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