Picks of the Month: August 2014


Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too!

Picks of the Month is a day early this month, due to the last day of the month falling on a Sunday. I try not to have more than one post a day and I always like to participate in The Sunday Post on Sundays.

Welcome to Night Vale

“The city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Sommerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”

And so begins Welcome to Night Vale, the newest podcast I’ve downloaded. Most of the podcasts I listen to are discussions of TV shows, but I’m always on the lookout for new ones, especially non-TV ones. I love TV, but you can only listen to discussion of the same episode so many times, you know?

What is Welcome to Night Vale?

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

I first heard of WTNV on Fandom Wank when WTNV walked out of DashCon (for good reasons). I ended up on their site but for some reason decided not to download the podcast at that time. Then Stormy mentioned WTNV on Twitter and I decided to take a second look. I’m so glad I did! It’s very addicting and very, very strange. I’m working my way through it slowly, only allowing myself a couple of episodes a week so that I don’t run out of episodes in only a couple of weeks.

This is Falling by Ginger Scott Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Favorite books I read in August: Five stars to This is Falling by Ginger Scott and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.



  1. The whole Dashcon made me hysterical! It was so badly organized!

    I have WTNV on my Iphone but I just need to take time out to listen to it…

    I’m glad you like Anna and the French Kiss! I still need to to get to the rest of the companion series! :’) definitely worth the 5 stars you gave it!

    Thanks for sharing & have a good week! 🙂 xx

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