The other day my sister in law (SIL) asked me what my favorite podcasts were. I had to think about it for a while. Podcasts are relatively new for me. I didn’t start listening to them until 2018 when my SIL’s husband told me about a Joe Rogan podcast on sleep. I listened to it and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been listening to podcasts ever since. Podcasts allow me to learn things while I’m either sitting idle or exercising.
I started listening to just Joe Rogan but I slowly started expanding my list of podcasts. When I started adding more podcasts, I stopped listening to Joe Rogan regularly because his podcasts are so long (usually between 2-3 hours long) . They’re good and I learn/laugh at each one I listen to but I wanted to be able to listen to other things (including audiobooks). I especially like podcasts where the person speaking has a lot of voice expression.
Here are the podcasts that I listen to regularly:
Freakonmics – various topics with expert interviews (I learn a lot from this one!)
This was the first book I chose to read for pleasure after completing my thesis. It was a quick read (only 266 pages) and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The book wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be a feel good chick lit type of book but it wasn’t. Overall, I would say it was a good book but because it was short, I didn’t feel like I was able to get to know all the characters in the book.
The book is about a woman, Dannie, that goes through life trying to plan and control every detail in her life after an unexpected tragedy in her life occurs when she was a child. Dannie “survived” that tragedy with the help of her best friend and lives life according plan including getting engaged to her boyfriend and landing a job at the law firm she’s always wanted to work at. On the night she gets engaged, she falls asleep and wakes up 5 years later in an apartment with a man that is not her boyfriend that just proposed.
When she wakes again, she is back in the present but can’t seem to forget the man that was in her dream. Without giving anything away…I will say that I cried a bit and when I got to the end, I was going to get so mad if it ended the way the book made it seem like it was going to end because it seemed wrong. It was a good book, but not the book I was looking for. I wanted something more upbeat. I would give it 3.5 stars and I would recommend reading it since it was such an easy read.
I’m back. Once again, it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted. A lot has happened since April 2017…so that means there’s a lot I need to post. But first and foremost…I finally finished my masters degree. That means I now have the time to write again and learn things I’ve been wanting to learn.
I can also read books for pleasure now rather than write my thesis. I still read books during school but I can read more. Yay! I have also decided that I still want to read books to learn things but at least now I don’t have my thesis hovering over me (and the books I read aren’t limited to machine learning or statistics).