This is my first shot at this Feature & Follow Friday meme, but I have a feeling it’ll be very fun! This meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.com, and you can find all of the details in her most recent Feature & Follow post! But basically, people post in responses to a prompt every week, and then people vote on each others’ posts on that topic. The person with the most votes, is chosen as the next week’s feature.
This week’s featured blog is:
And this week’s prompt is:
What are your favorite podcasts – both bookish and non-bookish podcasts?
Well, before this prompt, I hadn’t really thought about listening to podcasts/bookish podcasts! But I decided that for the sake of this post, I would look around for some, and then pick my favourites.
The one’s I’ve found and really enjoyed are:
88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang
This was the first YA-related podcast that I found, and it is also the one which I enjoyed the most. The episode which I listened to is JENNY HAN: Redefining The Archetype of the ‘The All-American Girl’ and Hosting Your Own Writers’ Retreat, and I really enjoyed it! They discussed diversity in YA books, and how it’s amazing that Jenny Han’s books To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You are two of the very few books featuring Asian models on the cover! I am definitely a reader vying for more diversity in all books, and I’ve noticed for some time that a lot of books feature Caucasian heroines within and on their cover. It’s a problem, and it becomes very frustrating when I try to discuss this with people, and their first response is “But you’re white. Why do you care?” Trying to solve exclusion by excluding…is definitely not how this problem will be solved.
Needless to say, this podcast episode by Yin Chang has definitely left its mark on me, and I will definitely be listening to more of her episodes from now on!
I was very happy to find that there was a podcast dedicated entirely to Harry Potter (although I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was). And I started listening to their most recent episode (Episode #297: Tastes Like Lime), but had to turn it off when there was talk of possible Harry Potter and the Cursed Child spoilers. I’mnot accusing them of spoiling (because I didn’t listen long enough to know if they did or not), but yeah, I may have to listen to one of their older episodes.
Maybe I’m paranoid. I don’t know. But I do not like having books spoiled for me. And I have to say that spoiling is not always the fault of others, but also my own, for not treading carefully through the internets, haha.
It was interesting to hear that they’ve been making Muggle Cast podcasts for ELEVEN years. That’s dedication for sure. I’ll definitely have to listen to some of their episodes and see what is up with this podcast!
I found and listened to about 10 podcasts (mostly YA-themed), but I either didn’t like the hosts’ style, or I didn’t like the content (spoilers, not interesting, etc.). But I may find more podcasts which I enjoy in the future…now that I’ve become hooked to bookish podcasts.