Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June's Random Addictions

I've decided to start composing a list at the end of each month with my new favorites. These favorites might consist of books, podcasts, television shows, snacks, whatever! Obviously, this will be branching out a little from my previously, solely book related posts. Hope you guys enjoy the miscellany though!

Favorite YouTuber: Meghan Reinks 

Meghan's channel is my new addiction. Seriously, I went back and binge watched like 90% of her videos in a matter of days. To be honest, I'm pretty convinced we are best friends separated at birth. Seriously. She is me, and I am her. Is that weird? Probably, but hey, just calling it like I see it. Every time I see that she's posted a video, I drop everything and prepare to laugh at her antics.

Not only is she incredibly witty and hilarious, but she also provides heaps of inspirational advice for girls, from learning how to be confident to dealing with depression. I'm pretty sure I have a girl-crush on Miss Meghan, and I am definitely going to be subscribed to her channel for the rest of forever.

Visit Meghan's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/meghanrosette 


Favorite Podcast: Serial

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.
(taken from serialpodcast.org)

Recently, I've started commuting to a job in the city, and with traffic from hell blocking my route every morning, I end up spending a couple of hours in the car every day.

This horrendous commute was made a thousand times more bearable by the fascinating tale that is Serial. I'll admit it: at first, I was hesitant. Typically, I deal with traffic by blaring my favorite tunes and making sarcastic comments to the people who cut me off on the highway. Serial changed all of that.

I was hooked as soon as I clicked on the first episode. I listened to the entire podcast (a total of about 12 hours) in roughly three days. Unhealthy? Probably. Do I care? Not at all. I realize that I'm definitely jumping on this bandwagon late, but hey, better late than never.

Listen to the entire podcast here: http://serialpodcast.org/

Favorite Television Show: GIRLS

Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their mid-20s. Dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. (taken from hbo.com/girls)

Once again, this was one of those series that I adamantly said I would never really love. It's out there, with its explicit sex scenes, cursing, and general crudeness at certain points.

Having said that... this show is fantastic. I watched the first two seasons in less than a week (clearly, I have a problem with binge watching/listening...), and ever since then, I've been completely hooked.

The other day, I was trying to explain to someone why I like this show so much. I realized that it was truly the characters that reeled me in. They're authentic, raw, honest, and open. You can't not become interested in their lives, even if they are all hot messes. Seriously, every single one of these characters needs therapy. It's like watching a train wreck: it's horrendous and brutal, yet you can't look away.

That's all for this month, guys! Let me know if you like the idea of a monthly favorites post here at The Reading Addict!