Many readers made goals at the beginning of 2017 to read a certain number of books. “Totally do-able” we all thought as we punched in those numbers on Goodreads. With the ambition of the new year, many have overestimated the amount of books they would read and have put it off until now. There is a month left to reach your goal. Are you nervous? Don’t be.
The radio station City World Radio Network could be just the help you needed to complete your goals. During the day, they will be playing audiobooks on air. While this isn’t reading it still can help you cheat your way to finishing those last ten books that you need to get to 2018 with your TBR goal met.
So far, they have been playing War and Peace by Tolstoy, a classic that many students need to read for class (and can get help for finals by listening to on air). They are taking suggestions for other novels on their twitter @CityWorldRadio or on their website.
CWRN will be playing Christmas and Hanukkah stories during December in order to celebrate holidays.
In celebration of its forty year anniversary, BBC Radio 4 will be releasing a new The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. The new series will be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.
Hexagonal Phase will be based off the 2009 Hitchhiker’s novel And Another Thing, written by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer. Colfer was handpicked by Douglas Adams’ widow to continue the series.
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Original cast members Simon Jones (Arthur), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), and Sandra Dickinson (Trillian) will all be returning. They’ll be joined by Absolutely Fabulous’ Jane Horrocks, and John Lloyd will be voicing the titular guide.
Regarding the reunion, Arthur actor Simon Jones said:
I never expected to still be searching for a decent cup of tea and some kind of answer to Life, the Universe and Everything almost a lifetime later. Still, the dressing-gown and towel may be a little threadbare, like my hair, but my voice, much to my surprise, hasn’t changed a decibel, and despite years in America, I can still talk Arthur’s ‘indignant-posh’.
The series was originally released on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, which then spawned the pop culture wildfire we all love today. Thank to BBC Radio we still have some time before we have to tell Hitchhiker’s Guide “So long…and thanks for all the dolphins.”
Forget your reading glasses at home? Have an hour long commute? As long as you have headphones, you never have to leave the world of books.
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“Bookclub” from BBC Radio is both enchanting and charming, and for more reasons than their desirable English accents. Featuring interviews from the authors of the specific novels they discuss, this is a great place to continue the life of a book even after you have finished reading.
2. The New Yorker Radio Hour
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“The New Yorker Radio Hour” is for those literary nerds who love the branding of this publishing company, claimed to be “the best of the best” by several sources. Complete with a catchy title, this WNYC production features more than just books. It also includes news, poems, short stories, and nearly any format of media literature that can be capitalized on.
3. The Guardian
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“The Guardian’s” bookish podcast is very sophisticated, featuring authors and readers having stimulating conversations about the societal inspiration behind books.
4. The Book Review
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“The New York Times” allows authors to lend more than their words to a read: it gives a voice to the pages. Covering books that fly off the shelf, many famous authors are on this podcast. The discussions dig deeper than the novel’s inspiration but reveal truths that may have otherwise gone unknown about the author.
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“Bookworm” explores books new and old, and comments on both intentions of the author through the novel and the public reaction to stories in general.
6. Lit Up
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“Lit Up” is a delightful podcast, featuring host Angie, who approaches all stories in a way that seems very intimate and personal. This podcast covers anything lit, and can be very addicted to stream episodes back-to-back-to-back.
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The unsettling podcast “Lore” isn’t for the faint of heart. Complemented by an eerie soundtrack, this podcast is great for people who love true-life scary stories.
8. Myths and Legends
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“Myths and Legends” is a great way to follow “Lore,” especially if you are stuck up at 3 am, patiently waiting for any disasters. This podcast has the stories we all wanted to hear as children, but they still provide ample amounts of entertainment for adults.
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Though you may not have met them, Andrew and Craig from “The Overdue Podcast” will soon become your closest virtual friends. With rapport that could shame Regis and Kelly, these two discuss books that one has read, the other hasn’t, and makes book discussions of even the least interesting books incredibly enjoyable.
10. So Many Damn Books
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Like lit? Try it blitzed, or at least maybe with a slight buzz. “So Many Damn Books” lets you drink (kind of not alone?) while listening to chatter about books. If, according to Ernest Hemingway, we are to write drunk and edit sober, maybe we should also listen drunk and read sober? This mature podcast is fun for the listeners, and it seems like the hosts too!
11. Books on the Nighstand
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Though it is sadly no longer being produced, “Books on a Nightstand” addressed the problem we all have with that stack of books that we meant to get to, but that grows into a monster of fonts, papers, and adventure. They don’t seek to help, but rather share more novels to add, making your stack become a teetering hazard. Because they have stopped production, maybe there is hope that you won’t be smothered by unread novel stacks? Still worth a listen through the archives.
12. Book Riot
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“Book Riot” gives you so many options. With their several different podcasts, you never have to pick just one genre, just one host, or just one episode. Scroll through the several podcasts shows they produce until you find the bookish one you have needed in your life.
13. Fresh Air
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“Fresh Air” is as its title states: a breath of fresh air. Covering books that range widely, this podcast exposes you to novels and authors you might not have otherwise been introduced to.