Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Goodbye Books on the Nightstand

One of the first posts on this blog was a few book podcast recommendations, where I offered these kind words about Books on the Nightstand:

My favourite, and probably the one that has been around the longest and most influential, is Books on the Nightstand,  which is hosted by Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness, both of whom work for Random House but do this podcast as a personal project. This podcast is great for many reasons. One is the likability of the hosts, who come off not as bookish snobs but just people who love reading and managed to get the best jobs possible to satisfy this love. Another great thing about it is that they have very different tastes. Kingman is more into deep, emotional literary journeys, while Kindness has a greater interest in science fiction, graphic novels and quirky fiction. You get a nice range of book recommendations because of their distinct tastes. Anyways, each week they talk in depth about a particular reading issue, be it "why we read dark" or "fiction books within works of fiction", and while the structure is very loose and sometimes rambling, they manage to keep it quite engaging. 

Sadly yesterday's podcast announced that Ann and Michael are winding down the podcast. After 8 years of episodes they had grown a bit tired and decided it was the right time to move on.

Books on the Nightstand was one of the first book podcasts I found and I have been listening regularly for the last few years. Thanks to Ann and Michael I discovered and read some amazing books thanks to the many recommendations they have provided.

So here is wishing Ann and Michel the best of luck moving forward and thanking them for your hard work and passion for reading.

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