41 minutes | Apr 29th 2015

Podcast episode #17: Let’s read some childhood classics

Welcome to episode #17 of the To Do Lists of the Semi-Adult podcast where Rae and I talk about our favorite books that we read as children. Subscribe to this bi-weekly podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or by using our feed link.  This week we talk about our favorite books we read as children, and why they're the best. Some links are affiliate. So Rae and I both read the Baby Sitter's Club series, with Rae particularly favoring the mysteries.  Also Rae recently discovered a BSC mysteries wiki, so we can relive our youth there.  I also read the Nancy Drew books when I was younger. If you read them too, perhaps you will remember the prevalence of mud-covered license plates.  Speaking of series, Goosebumps is still around. Amd R.L. Stine is on Twitter! We also mentioned Harry Potter of course. I'm personally in the middle of a dilemma about whether or not to buy our turning-10-year-old nephew the first HP book for his birthday, but I'm not totally sure he'd read it and that could very well crush me and my all my hopes and dreams for the youth of America. As I was telling A.J. last night, Harry Potter isn't really about the great, magical plot, but about the important lessons imparted in the book -- like the importance of friends, and that doing the right thing isn't always easy, but it still must be done, and shining a light on goodness in the world.  Rae also mentioned Ella Enchanted as a really great book for lessons -- especially for girls, because it is all about gender roles. I mentioned To Kill a Mockingbird as one of the first books that exposed me to perspective in writing.  Don't forget Harper Lee's sequel is coming out this year!  And Frankenstein is also great, because Mary Shelley's husband tried to take all the credit for it, and it didn't work out too well for him. What did you guys like to read as children? In the lightning round, Rae mentioned her new Gap leggings and a new comic book she's reading, Bitch Planet.  Why is the comic book world so great at bringing social issues to light and the rest of the world is so far behind? Here's an article Rae found about the artist from Bitch Planet. I am not reading, but I am working on this super cool cross-stitch series on cities from around the world. The designs are by Satsuma Street.  I'm working on Tokoyo, but Paris and New York are done! So that’s what’s going on this week on the podcast. Will you be our Internet friend? Rae can be found at raesdays.com, on Instagra
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