Summer…the perfect time to kick back and relax, and the perfect time to also catch up on the reading you’ve been missing out on while studying! Not only are books and podcasts a great way to pass time out on the lake or while exercising, they also encourage your brain to stay active and engaged, and many research studies show that reading books and listening to audio materials helps prevent depression and anxiety among teens and adults. We have rounded up our favorite new offerings below:
Serial: It’s remained a top podcast for a reason! We love the way the podcast shares important stories, and it’s hard to stop listening once you start. If you’ve never listened, be sure to start with season one, the story of Adnan Syed, and prepare to be totally captivated. You’ll be pulled in by the characters, and the way you will be left to come to your own conclusions. (Warning: Has language and adult situations surrounding a murder).
American Scandal: We love this one too, mostly because of the wide variety of stories and topics that you can choose from. Each leg of the series covers a different scandal in American history, and we are totally obsessed with the “Payola” one, which talks about the rise of modern radio and the financial scandals associated with it. It might sound boring, but it’s anything but. (Warning: has some language).*
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: Amazon has named this one of the best books of 2019, and we are pretty pumped to get our hands on it, too! Elizabeth Gilbert also wrote “Eat, pray, love”, and this one is another great work of fiction. It is about a young lady in the theater world in the 40’s in New York City. It’s full of glitz and glamour, and it sounds like the perfect book for a beach read.
Educated by Tara Westover: There is a reason this book has remained at the top of the bestseller list, and it’s because it’s amazing. It tells the tale of the author and her dysfunctional family, and their upbringing “off the grid”. She prevails through a number of hard circumstances, and it’s truly inspiring. You’ll be left feeling encouraged and amazed by her resiliency, and the things that she goes on to do in life, despite an unimaginable childhood. If you enjoyed The Glass Castle, you’ll love this autobiographical work, too.
Limetown: This is a fictional podcast, so it’s more of a radio theater type experience, but it’s the perfect thing for those long road trips..the time will pass in a flash! It tells the tale of a mysterious disappearance of masses of people, and you’ll be left wanting more, with every single episode. Make sure you download all the available episodes, because you won’t want to miss a single one.
*These are suggestions, and all the advertisements on the podcasts do not necessarily represent the professional views of Creations by Jewel as a business :)