I don't just read, I like to listen too!
Most recently I relistened to Loveless by Alice Oseman. It’s a fiction novel about a girl figuring out that she is aromantic asexual, and as someone who almost never sees themselves represented it is the most heart wrenching yet cathartic read. I recommend it constantly to everyone and have gotten 4 people so far to read it
Thanks for all the recommendations Tegan, I like podcasts and I need some new ones. But there’s so many now I never know where to turn. So this helps! 😊
This isn’t a podcast, but I thought as you mentioned a couple of podcasts revolving around the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I should recommend a drama series to you, it’s called It’s A Sin, and it’s a story that revolves around the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the UK. It also highlights a lot of the myths and misinformation that was spread about HIV/AIDS at the time. I will warn you, it’s very emotional, but it does feel like a must watch.
So yes I would recommend that. It’s written by Russell T Davies, who wrote the original Queer As Folk series.
Ooo that super secret project you went to Toronto for, has got me excited!! 😊👀
Oh, well, I listen to geek related Podcasts, things like that.🤓
Episode recaps are a favorite of mine too. I love Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey’s podcast Pants. Particularly when they recap the L Word episodes.
This was a cool list. I’m particularly interested in the first AIDS one. Thanks Tegan.💁🏻
Oh wait! How could I forget! My aaaabsolutely favorite book to listen to - so much so I've listen to it 3x and I never 're-read' - is The Anthropocene Reviewed. The world needs this book. I cried twice. You and Sara would love it and for different reasons/different chapters. And I think would have thoughtful commentary, too.
I'm not an avid podcast listener and I'm not a huge audiobook/reader anymore (unfortunately). But one podcast I really like is tig Notaro's podcast. She's hilarious, not sure if it's up your alley but just putting it out there. A super secret project in Toronto!!? I'm so curious what it is.
Had to delete my last comment because apparently waking and baking at 42 made me talk about podcasts, instead of books, on TRQ (Reads, I thought)! 😂 Then I went back and reread the header, and of course, I was right the first time: “LISTENS.” So, here are my two favorite podcasts: Serial and I’ll Be Gone in The Dark. The latter is a fav because I’m fascinated by the fact that the man committing the crimes worked and lived a few miles from where I do. Anyway, stay lit everyone! 😆 🤦🏽♀️ 😂
I think you're already a Samantha Irby fan? But if not, I HIGHLY recommend her essay collections on audio. She has a new one coming out in May and there are essays about '90s music and turning your life into a TV show I think will particularly resonate with you.
Podcast-wise, I've been listening to mostly Michael Hobbes content lol - You're Wrong About, Maintenance Phase, and If Books Could Kill. All amazing podcasts.
Thanks for the recommendations,
I’ll admit that I’d rather watch nonfiction than listen to things about it (I like listening to memoirs but not most other nonfiction).
If you want recommendations, I don’t have any for listening because as I’ve said before, I listen to books and when reading I prefer fiction. I have fictional recs on other ‘TRQ reads too’ posts. I found it interesting what you said about acting in audiobooks, because it sometimes annoys me if people don’t act in audiobooks, I’m not too fussy but it annoys me if for example a character is whispering something and then the person reading doesn’t whisper, I don’t expect them to yell but I want some emphasis if the character’s yelling! Apart from that the only thing that annoys me in terms of expression and all of that is if the person reads it worse than Siri does, by that I mean sounds like a fucking robot, that annoys the crap out of me, because for me that’s my only way of accessing books is to listen so if someone sounds like that I have three options, 1 stop listening to the book, 2 try to see if I can find a different reading of the book (I hate doing this, one because there hardly ever is one and two it’s more money wasted on a book I’m not sure I like yet), and 3 just try to keep going.
I love the way you and Sara read though! I’d love it if you could both start reading the posts again, I miss not having to meticulously follow along (in case Siri misses a comma or a full stop), I like to scroll and sort of follow along while looking at the pics you provide as part of your post.
Anyway thanks for the post!
Now I understand the comment you made to Sara in the interview at the end of the audiobook, ‘I hope I didn’t act too much’ because I was like ‘too much? Huh? What does she mean?’. Yes that’s how many times I’ve heard the audiobook. So looking forward to Junior high!
Phoenix, he/they/it, 16, Australia
PS: I wonder if the Toronto project is the same project you’ve been dropping hints about? I know you probably won’t say, still very exciting!
Hi Tegan, thanks for the tips on podcasts. My friend just wrote a book, and there's also a podcast. The title is "Perfectly Queer" by Jillian Abby. I went to the book launch last night. Check the book and podcast out, I think you will like them. The book is out on paperback and Kindle. Jill read and recorded the audiobook, but that won't be out until later on in the summer. That's all for now. Thanks for all your great info all the time. Later
Thanks for the suggestions, Tegan. I'm looking for some good listens on my upcoming trip. I tried to start Spare but couldn't, but I'll give it another go because it's still downloaded on my library app. As far as podcasts I've enjoyed, We Can Do Hard Things has been great. I've been meaning to listen more to If Books Could Kill, but so far have listened to only one about the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. It was truly hilarious because that book is so horrific on so many levels. Some self-help books I've read or listened to recently include the following; Thanks for the Feedback, Glow in the Fucking Dark, The Untethered Soul, and The Courage to be Disliked. All of them are great.
Ohh perfect timing, I'm flying to Italy on Sunday and I'll download for sure. Grazie
Audiobooks I recommend are
1: (another book about the AIDS crisis)All The Young Men which is Ruth Coker Burks memoir. Absolutely heartbreaking and incredibly moving.
2: Rememberings - Sinaed O’Connor
One of my favourite Podcasts is -
Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble, absolutely hilarious!
Wow, I admire your energy to clean and organize!! I’m definitely not one for doing that much anymore - even though I need to, ha. I was just at the age when people were contracting AIDS in the 80’s. It was terrifying!!! You were probably too young to remember that it turned our world upside down. It created a whole new sexual revolution, or one there lack of I should say. AZT was the drug that treated HIV but it cost $10,000 and was wildly expensive then. Many, many people died from AIDS back then. I feel fortunate that I wasn’t “active” at that time lol. I was a late bloomer. 😉 🙃 I usually read non-fiction as well but just got into a series of incredible novels by William Kent Krueger. He wrote 12 best sellers. I would highly recommend. Great guy too, as he had a book signing and I was able to meet him. And speaking of which, wish you were coming to Minneapolis but I am looking forward to the virtual visit! Not sure when that is though. Not even sure if you released that info yet.
completely unrelated, more a Sara's thing, but please help me with it.
I have two cds that used to belong to her, Matt Sharp by Matt Sharp and The Conformist by Patrick Dillet.
I grabbed them from her moving away cardboard box back in Montreal 2015.
There's nothing that attests that these were really belonging to her to someone else that's not me or her, and it would be nice to have a confirmation even via a message only.
I'd love it!
sure you'll help a loving fan,
I think the only audio book I've listened to is yours, I prefer reading than listening. I love podcasts but have so many to get through and not enough time, I'm still working my way through all of the ones you've been on since Crybaby was released and have them all saved so will get there eventually!
I recommend Like Minded Friends with Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen - they are two queer comedians who are friends in real life so it's just them chatting, the episodes are light hearted and really funny
Also, Call Me Mother - Shon Faye interviews queer elders to share their story
on the topic of the AIDS epidemic, a few years ago i listened to how to survive a plague by david france on audio. took me ages to finish bc it's so heavy and sad but really well done i thought, and i believe there's a documentary too.
my top memoirs i've listened to on audio would have to be where am i now? by mara wilson, wishful drinking by carrie fisher, and open book by jessica simpson (and high school ofc!). love celebrity memoirs in general where someone with an interesting life really digs in, and it adds so much to hear them read it. i think sometimes the genre can be looked down on esp if someone has a ghost writer but if someone is willing to be vulnerable and has more to say than just "here's a list of other famous ppl i met" i find them fascinating!