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Podcasts For When You Can’t Make It To Book Club

Books clubs are great. Just think about it, a group of friends that enjoy reading as much as you do; a free space to talk about anything and everything. They are amazing. But, with self-quarantining and social distancing, we don’t have the option of getting together with a group of friends. So, here are four podcasts to fill the book club shaped hole in your social life! 

  1.   Lit Society

Together, childhood friends Kari Herrera and Alexis Honoria talk about books, life struggles, and drama. According to their podcast trailer, we are welcome to join them as they use literature to “humorously explore pop culture and personal peculiarities with a dash of relatable cynicism.” If you want to read along, Kati and Alexis have the books they plan to read listed on their website under the ‘What We’re Reading’ tab. Their show is posted every Thursday on all major podcast outlets.

  1. What Should I Read Next?

While Anne Bogel isn’t recapping and discussing books to read, she does a great job of recommending them. According to the podcast’s description on Spotify, What Should I Read Next is for all the readers who’ve “ever finished a book and [have] faced the problem of not knowing what to read next.” So, how does Bogel recommend these books? Each week, Bogel interviews a different reader about books they love, hate, or are currently reading. With that information, she recommends books that the reader should read next. Bogel uploads new episodes every Tuesday.

  1. 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back

In a quirky, fun podcast, Conor Lastowka and Michael J. Nelson read books they know they won’t like. Unlike Lit Society, these boys announce their book choices as part of the podcast itself, allowing readers to read alongside the duo. They dedicate a couple of episodes to each book, giving thorough, funny commentary. It’s not clear if the podcast is on hiatus, seeing that they haven’t released an episode since March 10th; however, there are 70 episodes to hold you over for now.

  1. Black Chick Lit

Twice a month, Danielle and Mollie dive into discussions about books written by and for black women. The podcast stretches across all genres, from YA to Urban Fiction. In between book discussion episodes, Danielle and Mollie take the time to create BCL Chats episodes, where they discuss current events and “share their opinions about different aspects of reader life.” Uploads are usually at the beginning and end of each month.

Happy listening!

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Time Travel with the British Museum

Flights across the pond might only be about a hundred dollars, but virtual tours of the United Kingdom are free. Here are some fantastic tours from London and all around Briton, including some personal favorites. Now with intermittent food pairing choices! We’ll get through this.

 

The British Museum

Walk the halls, study the exhibits, and generally immerse yourself in one of London’s finest museums. Their fantastic scones? You’ll have to make your own. Plus, the entire Asian wing won’t be closed every time you go. I’m not bitter. Plan ahead for this one, because clotted cream takes TIME.

 

The Museum of the World

In other VERY cool things (and also at the British Museum), use this interactive timeline to browse historical artifacts by continent and date. Take a journey through centuries of design in Oceania, or see what everyone was doing in 1020 AD. Color coded and intuitive, I can’t wait to lose a whole day here.

 

The National Gallery

Not only can you wander the halls of the National Gallery, but you can click on paintings from the tour, for an immersive experience, and see close up images and information. Afterward, sit on your stoop and take this tour of Trafalgar Square. It looks sunny, but I wouldn’t rely on it.

 

The Tate Modern

These tours are going to include many museums I love, but goodness do I love the Tate Modern. It’s controversial, but I would save the Start Display for last. It’s kind of the greatest hits, and it’ll leave you starstruck, rather than starting with their most famous exhibits, and then wandering listless through the rest. I recommend a gunpowder green tea, and ending by a river, if you can find one.

 

The Natural History Museum 

Get up close and personal with dinosaurs and gorgeous architecture at the Natural History Museum in London. I mean it about the architecture, too. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something beautiful and fascinating. If you’re still feeling energized, pop around the corner to the Victoria and Albert Museum for heaps more virtual collections.

 

National Museum Scotland 

Just LOOK at that mezzanine. The National Museum of Scotland has absolutely everything, trains, ancient jawbones, washed out British sunlight. This place is at the top of my list as soon as we’re allowed to go outside again. I’m an absolute sucker for rain and vaulted ceilings.

 

National Museums Northern Ireland

Do you like famous historical dogs? Because I think I have a new obsession. Everything here looks fascinating and hard to pronounce. Add to the experience by pretending you got there by boat, listen to some Irish sea ambiance, aim some fans directly at your face, and splash brine everywhere if you’ve got it. If you can’t get to the heart of Belfast by boat, that’s knowledge I’m better off without.

 

National Museum Wales 

Claustrophobic, but want to learn the history of coal in Wales? This is the tour for you. One of the best coal mining museums in the UK, according to their website. For the authentic experience, put on some noise cancelling headphones and close yourself in a closet. The live tour is 300 feet underground, and as fascinating as it sounds, I could literally NEVER.

 

Historic Royal Palaces

I confess, I just wanted to know if it was possible to tour the Tower of London without becoming so waterlogged and cold that I have to dry my jacket under the hand driers. At least I can say I suffered. The answer is no, not really – you can’t tour specific sites, as far as I can tell, but you can view extensive galleries of gorgeous, detailed pictures.

 

Houses of Parliament

Do you like beautiful architecture and places that can’t be filmed for satire? I guess this needs to go on my list. Look at the tiles, with the lions of Anjou. And all the reliefs, I guess monarchs or saints. I definitely want to know more.

 

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