Friday Favorites – 6/4/21

Welcome to June! Summer is (unofficially) here! Time for reading in my hammock.

Just a couple of days ago I had not idea what I wanted to share with you today for Friday Favorites. My thoughts were all over the place. I subscribe to a lot of different podcast, so every day I log onto my podcast app and see what’s new. I add those that are “can’t miss” to my list (that way they don’t disappear on me after a set number of days if I haven’t had a chance to listen yet), remove the ones that don’t sound interesting, and otherwise do a quick organize of what’s what. Being an avid romance fan I noticed an episode titled The Clinch from the podcast 99% Invisible, but thought it unlikely they did a podcast about romance covers. Well, I was wrong. Here’s the description of that episode…

After Producer Katie Mingle’s mom wrote a romance novel, Katie set out to understand the romance genre and its classic covers. There was a lot to unpack.

Hmmm. I couldn’t tell what direction this was going to go. Was this going to be yet another disparaging take on the romance genre? Was one of my go-to podcasts going to tick me off with their “fresh take” on romance and romance fans? I was going to have to listen either way because I was beyond curious at this point, I was just hoping the episode wouldn’t sour me on my man Roman Mars. Within 5 minutes, I knew I’d be sharing this one with you guys. That’s when romance writer, reader, and podcast host Sarah MacLean was introduced and I knew the subject would be in good hands. I’m a huge fan of Sarah’s Fated Mates podcast and she always has wonderful and intuitive insight when it comes to romance and everything surrounding the genre.

So what is the clinch? I urge you to listen to the episode to find out. If you are already familiar with the clinch, you should still give a listen. And you can know going in, the people over at 99PI treat the subject with respect. Let me be clear, I didn’t doubt they’d be respectful. I just didn’t know if they’d truly have an understanding of the subject matter. They included in their reporting others from the industry, not only Sarah MacLean. I think they covered the topic quite well and it will be interesting and enjoyable for those who read romance and those who don’t. And you may even learn a thing or two, I know I did.

Here are links to a few of my other favorites from 99% invisible:

Built on Sand

Ten Thousand Years

The Sound of Sport

Those are just a few. If you haven’t listened to this podcast yet, you’re missing out. Roman and his crew always find a new and interesting angle to look at each topic they cover.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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