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Boring Books for Bedtime

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Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly podcast created for people who have trouble relaxing, shutting off that chattering brain, and getting to sleep. Each episode is a reading of something that's rather boring, read in a rather boring way, to give your active mind something to focus on so you can just chill out and get some rest for once. Think relaxation, meditation, restfulness, and a touch of ASMR for those that dig that sort of thing. All readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading, catch us on Twitter @boringbookspod or on our Patreon. Just look for Boring Books for Bedtime. Enjoy!

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly podcast created for people who have trouble relaxing, shutting off that chattering brain, and getting to sleep. Each episode is a reading of something that's rather boring, read in a rather boring way, to give your active mind something to focus on so you can just chill out and get some rest for once. Think relaxation, meditation, restfulness, and a touch of ASMR for those that dig that sort of thing. All readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading, catch us on Twitter @boringbookspod or on our Patreon. Just look for Boring Books for Bedtime. Enjoy!

Location:

United States

Description:

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly podcast created for people who have trouble relaxing, shutting off that chattering brain, and getting to sleep. Each episode is a reading of something that's rather boring, read in a rather boring way, to give your active mind something to focus on so you can just chill out and get some rest for once. Think relaxation, meditation, restfulness, and a touch of ASMR for those that dig that sort of thing. All readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading, catch us on Twitter @boringbookspod or on our Patreon. Just look for Boring Books for Bedtime. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Contact:

727-742-2687


Episodes

On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Reading 1

2/10/2020
Tonight let's overcome sleeplessness with Darwin's revolutionary classic of evolutionary theory, which sounds a lot more riveting than this text actually is. Want to support us? Neat! Here's how: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Shop for Swag: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "On the Origin of Species" at Project...

Duration:00:57:56

A Study of Shakespeare, by Algernon Charles Swinburne

2/3/2020
Let's relax to the metrical musings of a great Victorian poet about a great Elizabethan playwright, in a wordy work that is mostly about how other Shakespearean scholars are...not great. Want to support us? Neat! Here's how: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Us a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Shop for Swag: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "A Study of Shakespeare" at Project...

Duration:00:54:13

The World Crisis, by Winston Churchill, Reading 1

1/27/2020
Tonight let's fall asleep to this complex recounting of the road to World War I, as told by Sir Winston Churchill. If this book proves anything, it's that we're not good at learning from history, but we are very good indeed at being bored by it. Want to support us? Neat! Here's how: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Us a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Shop for Swag: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Connect:...

Duration:01:04:57

Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, by Samuel Johnson

1/20/2020
Let Samuel Johnson take you on a relaxing 18th century tour of the beauties of Scotland, where we breakfast on whisky and consider the wonders of...shoes and kale? Aye! Want to support us? Neat! Here's how: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Us a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Shop for Swag: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland" at Project...

Duration:00:57:15

Bad Drains and How to Test Them

1/13/2020
Let's relax with practical advice about modern plumbing systems. And by modern, I mean 19th century, which was stinkier than you think. Indoor plumbing has come a long way. Want to support us? Neat! Here's how: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Us a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Shop for Swag: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "Bad Drains and How to Test Them" at Project...

Duration:01:00:36

The Ethics of Aristotle, Reading 1

1/6/2020
Let's kick off a relaxing 2020 with the snooze-inducing wonders of Aristotelian philosophy. To be fair, we never actually finish the ponderous introduction and learn about The Ethics, but I doubt you'll mind. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "The Ethics of Aristotle" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8438 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: “Boring Books for Bedtime” by Lee...

Duration:00:56:08

Time and Free Will, by Henri Bergson, Reading 1

12/30/2019
As the year draws to a close, let's relax with heady thoughts about time and free will. This reading won't help you understand either, but it will definitely send you to sleep. And isn't that the point? Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Time and Free Will" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56852 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII, is licensed under...

Duration:00:55:40

Old Christmas, by Washington Irving, Reading 2

12/23/2019
Let's return to this holiday-themed book we started last year, and sink into the calming, if laughably classist, vision of a traditional Christmas in merry old England. Happy holidays to one and all! Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Old Christmas" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20656 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Gentle Whisperings," by Lee Rosevere, licensed under...

Duration:00:42:32

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, Reading 1

12/16/2019
This evening, let go of stress and relax with this beloved philosophical work by Kahlil Gibran. What better time for his musings on kindness, gratitude, fellow-feeling and love? Enjoy. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "The Prophet" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58585 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Peace," by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC...

Duration:00:58:20

On Molecular and Microscopic Science, by Mary Somerville, Reading 1

12/9/2019
Relax to this work by Mary Somerville, the 19th century's "queen of science." An amazing book by an amazing woman that will...send you off to dreamland, frankly. Because, let's face it, chemistry described in long, discursive phrases is perfectly boring. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "On Molecular and Microscopic Science" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/57566 Connect on...

Duration:00:52:41

A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir, Reading 1

12/2/2019
Let's rest beneath the trees with one of the first environmentalists, John Muir. His relaxed rambles from Indiana to Florida contain quiet caves, leafy groves, and a rucksack full of rhapsodies about nature's beauties. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60749 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Cosmic Tingles,"...

Duration:00:55:11

Natural History, by Pliny the Elder, Reading 1

11/25/2019
Relax with random selections, from the nature of gods to the totally-not-at-all-made-up manticore, from Pliny the Elder's remarkable encyclopedia. Who knew the sum of all knowledge could be so sleep-inducing? Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Natural History" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/57493 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Exit Exit," by PCIII...

Duration:01:04:20

The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading 2

11/18/2019
Enter the dreamy world of the Wee Folk as we continue our reading of "The Coming of the Fairies". Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of that great logical thinker Sherlock Holmes, tries to prove that...actual fairies exist? Okay then! Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "The Coming of the Fairies" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/47506 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "earth 2...

Duration:01:03:19

American Pomology, Vol. 1, Apples, Reading 1

11/11/2019
Let's quietly celebrate the lengthening nights of autumn with this reading from "American Pomology," a 19th century study on apple-growing in America. Also, we discover that the word "fruits" is weirdly fun to say. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive episodes: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "American Pomology" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37596 Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Boring Books for Bedtime" by Lee...

Duration:00:52:51

The Travels of Marco Polo, Reading 1

11/4/2019
Tonight we journey into the mists of history with Marco Polo and his uncles as they journey across the world to the court of Kublai Khan and back again. The 13th century has never been so dreamy. This week's episode complements a new tale about Genghis Khan by one of my favorite YouTube ASMRtists, The French Whisperer. I encourage you to check him out for relaxation and sleep. He's wonderful! Visit The French Whisperer on...

Duration:01:08:07

An Account of the Salem Witch Trials, by Cotton Mather

10/28/2019
Let's take a spooky yet ponderous journey back to the 17th century witch craze in New England, as described by one of its prime movers, the Reverend Cotton Mather. If he was cursed with anything, it was a love for clauses. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "The Wonders of the Invisible World: An Account of the Salem Witch Trials" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28513 Follow and chat with us on...

Duration:00:55:32

1st Anniversary Episode: A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses, Reading 2

10/21/2019
It's our One Year Anniversary! Let's return to the book that kicked off our boring bedtime journey, and revel in the relaxation of A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses. Thank you to each and every one of you lovely listeners for supporting us. We look forward to boring you even more in the coming year. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" at Project...

Duration:00:59:49

Cassell's Book of Birds, Reading 1

10/14/2019
Fly away to relaxation on the wings of feathered friends with this week's reading, Cassell's Book of Birds. You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about bird tongues, if you make it that far. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Cassell's Book of Birds, Volume 1" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/48675 Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: “Ocean Tapping"...

Duration:00:54:57

Roadtown, by Edgar Chambless, Reading 1

10/7/2019
Tonight we get dreamy with the utopian urban planning vision of Edgar Chambless in Roadtown. A city a thousand miles long, built in a straight line? Why, it's the perfect solution for stress! Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Roadtown" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58964 Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: "Cosmic Tingles" by Lee Rosevere, licensed under...

Duration:00:54:46

Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Lewis, Reading 1

9/30/2019
Let a sea of stardust carry you to sleep as we read "Astronomy for Young Folks" and learn about constellations, planets, and the equinoctial points of the ecliptic. You know, kid stuff. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Read "Astronomy for Young Folks" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45112 Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Music: “Exit Exit" by PCIII, licensed under...

Duration:00:56:24