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Tonight we relax with The Woman and The Car, written in 1909 by racing pioneer Dorothy Levitt. If you stay awake, you, too, will know how to drive a single cylinder, 8 horsepower vehicle . . . with style! Music: "Gentle Whispering" by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY-NC Visit http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us (and earn yourself a very calming shoutout on the show). Enjoy!
Tonight we read one of the great foundational works of science, Dmitry Mendeleev's "Principles of Chemistry." So groundbreaking. So informative. So perfectly, mind-numbingly dense in the way that only 19th century scientific tomes can be. It's the perfect formula for sleep. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us (and earn yourself a very calming shoutout on the show). Enjoy! Music: "Exit Exit" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY
Let's immerse ourselves in the beauty of Persian poetry with The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald. It's all about living in the moment. And wine. So much wine. The poetry bit starts at 27:49, if you'd like to skip Fitzgerald's very 19th century intro, but why would you?   Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII, is licensed under CC All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us (and earn yourself a very calming shoutout on the show).
In this episode, we relax to the musings of the great Victorian classicist Benjamin Jowett, and his thoughts on Plato's "Republic". It's as perfectly ponderous as you imagine. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast.  Music: "Gentle Whispering" by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0
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 Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24063   Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod   Music: "Dream Loop" (DL Music) is licensed under CC   All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, send a recommendation on Twitter, on our website, or on Patreon. I'd love to hear from you!
Flow into the current of sleep on the genius of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in alternating electrical current. It runs our lives, but most of us have no clue how it works. This reading won't do a thing to change that, so feel free to drift off in peace.   Music: “Words or Silence 1” by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), is licensed under CC All Boring Books readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading, catch us on Twitter @boringbookspod, and get bonus perks for supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod. Thanks!
Drift off on a voyage of relaxation with one of the foundation texts of science fiction and fantasy--"The Blazing World," written by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, in 1668. Imaginative worldbuilding and early scientific inquiry is a perfect tonic for sleep.   Music: "Gentle Whispering" by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY-NC. Visit http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com   All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast.   
Let's get transcendental with Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature" and relax to his musings on beauty, language, and our connection with the perfection of our surroundings. Music: "Ocean Tapping" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY   All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast. 
This evening, let's relax to the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius, immortalized as both a genius and an unstable imbecile unfit for any duty whatsoever, proving that nothing in politics ever changes.   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 "The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Claudius" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6390 Music: "earth 2 earth," by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), is licensed under CC BY All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, send a recommendation on Twitter, on our website, or on Patreon. I'd love to hear from you!
Get pirated off to sleep with this early chronicle of the buccaneering life. Sounds riveting? Not to worry, me hearties, it was written in 1724. A booty of boring sentences be buried here! 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 Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "A General History of the Pirates" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/40580 Music: "Ocean Tapping" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, I'd love to hear from you!
Tonight we relax to the dulcet words of Stoic philosophy, and learn all about not stressing out over things that are beyond our influence. But mostly, we'll just go to sleep, which is kind of the point. 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 Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "The Enchiridion" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45109 Music: “Peace” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, I'd love to hear from you!
Tonight, let's take another calming dip into the curious 19th century world of the Sears Catalog. This time, we'll explore the Bicycle Department, and 1897's latest velocipedes, cycling suits, and quality guarantees. Plug in, and pedal to peace. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us. Enjoy!   Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Heaven_Be_Here/Heaven_Be_Here
In this episode, we read the first two chapters of “The Problems of Philosophy,” by Bertrand Russell. There's a lot of talk of tables, and more instances of the word "thus" than there really should be. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast. Enjoy!   Music: "Healing Dream", Solfeggioasis  
In this episode, we'll be bored by some housekeeping basics from "The Book of Household Management," a classic, and spectacularly detailed, guide from the pen of Mrs. Isabella Beeton. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast. Enjoy!   Music: "earth 2 earth," PCIII (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/earth2earth/)
To wrap up a month of Revisiting Relaxation, let's drift back through one of your favorite sleep-inducers, the Sears Catalog. Tonight's selection is a perfect pick for this podcast, and confirms that, truly, Sears was the Amazon of 1897.   Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod   Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod   Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII, is licensed under CC   All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, send a recommendation on Twitter, on our website, or on Patreon. I'd love to hear from you!
Let's cozy up to a hot cup of tea and steep our weary minds in this classic treatise on tea, culture and history. We all deserve a bit of sleep thanks to this Art of Peace. 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 Boring Books for Bedtime is happily sponsored by BetterHelp – affordable and private online counseling you can get anywhere, any time, the way that suits you best. Get 10% off your first month by visiting trybetterhelp.com/boringbooks. Connect: www.boringbookspod.com Read "The Book of Tea" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/769 Music: “Boring Books for Bedtime” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, contact me on our website!
Just a very quick update on monthly giveaways, our fantastic August prize from Libro.fm, and thoughts on keeping this podcast ad-free through your help. Thanks for listening! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW Music: “Relaxation Loop,” by Sounds Like An Earful https://soundslikeanearful.com/ If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.
Tonight, let's fall asleep to Charles Darwin's deep thoughts about the formation of dirt through the actions of earthworms, which is just as boring as you think it is. Annoying a worm with a bassoon has never been so dull. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us (and earn yourself a very calming shoutout on the show). Enjoy! Music: "Ocean Tapping" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY
In this episode, be lulled by "Hand Loom Weaving: A Manual for School and Home", and more early 20th century educational and moral philosophy than one might expect from a hand loom. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast.  Music: "Ocean Tapping" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY
In this episode, we read the first two chapters of "The Principles of Geology," by famed-but-mildly-ponderous geologist Sir Charles Lyell. Honestly, it was kind of interesting, but try not to notice. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us (and earn yourself a very quiet shoutout on the show). Enjoy! Music: "Dream Loop" (DL Music)
In this episode, we read several chapters from "A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses." It's every bit as mind-numbing as it sounds. All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also support us. Enjoy! Music: "Dream Loop" (DL Music)
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 BY http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com   All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation to help you overcome insomnia, anxiety and other sleep issues, send a recommendation on Twitter, on our website, or on Patreon. I'd love to hear from you!
Tonight we revisit one of our most popular books, Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. His advice for Stoic living continues to be a font of sleepy wisdom two millennia later. Enjoy!   Read "Meditations" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2680 Follow and chat with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/boringbookspod Support us on Patreon and get exclusive perks: https://www.patreon.com/boringbookspod Support us with a merch purchase at Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/boring-books-for-bedtime Music: “Boring Books for Bedtime" by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com   All Boring Books for Bedtime readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading for soft-spoken relaxation and sleep, send a recommendation on Twitter, on our website, or on Patreon. I'd love to hear from you!
In this episode, we return to the musings of the great Victorian classicist Benjamin Jowett, his analysis of Plato's "Republic", and a whole lot of socractical thinking about justice. Music: "Peace" by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0   All Boring Books 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 at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod, where you can also kindly support this podcast.   
Let's relax to the history of our marvelous world, from formless matter through the age of mighty dinosaurs, as described by the great H.G. Wells. It's the stuff of dreams.   Music: "Cosmic Tingles" by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0   All Boring Books readings are taken from works in the public domain. If you'd like to suggest a copyright-free reading, catch us on Twitter @boringbookspod, and get bonus perks for supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/boringbookspod. Thanks!
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Started
Oct 2nd, 2018
Latest Episode
Jul 27th, 2020
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Weekly
No. of Episodes
96
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About 1 hour
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