Boring Books for Bedtime Readings to Help You Sleep

By Sharon Handy

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 Aug 30, 2022
Amazing. learned way to much about household management. and then i fell aslep best night night podcast ive found in a good whi!e

Steve
 Feb 14, 2022
Truly unique podcast. It has coaxed me to sleep on countless occasions. Can't live without it.


 Jul 2, 2020

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Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly sleep podcast in which we calmly, quietly read something rather boring to help silence the brain chatter keeping you awake. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog—mostly nonfiction, mostly old, and a perfect blend of vaguely-but-not-too interesting If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.

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Farm Engines & How to Run Them, Part 5
45:13

Let’s relax and sleep with more from this much-requested guide for engineers. This time, we answer a long list of frequently asked questions and learn all the ways to blow up a boiler. Useful!

 

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Nov 21, 2022
Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott, Part 3
55:09

This week, by multiple requests, let’s trip back into Flatland, hear about the mighty Circles, and take a confounding journey to Lineland. What is the “world” anyway? It’s just a matter of perspective.

 

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Nov 14, 2022
The ABC of Relativity, by Bertrand Russell, Part 2
53:59

Let’s relax and sleep with more mysteries of relativity, like the speed of light, why time isn’t time, and how a fake train robbery reveals that simultaneity doesn’t exist. Except when it does.

 

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Nov 07, 2022
The Book of Werewolves, by Sabine Baring-Gould, Part 1
53:14

Let’s relax and sleep with this totally true and accurate history of werewolves in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Norse sagas. Curiously, few actual werewolves get mentioned, but someone does get turned into a yarn spinner. Spooky!

 

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Oct 31, 2022
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, Part 4
51:10

For our Four-Year Anniversary (wow!), let’s relax and sleep with more from Marcus Aurelius, including some thoughts about smelly armpits. Hey, personal diaries can't all be gems of wisdom.

 

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Oct 24, 2022
Spices, Their Histories, Part 2
51:43

Let’s relax with more from one of our most requested books, hear the histories of ginger, mustard, nutmeg, and mace, and learn how to fake them all. Looking at you, naughty Connecticut!

 

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Oct 17, 2022
Ten Acres Enough, by Edmund Morris, Part 2
53:19

We’re back from break! Let’s relax with more from a 19th century guide to running away to the country. This time, we buy a farm, fight peach worms, and praise the wisdom of wives, as one should.

 

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Oct 10, 2022
Relaxation Rewind! Science Primers, by Thomas Henry Huxley, Part 1
45:21

In this remastered episode, let's relax and sleep with this intro to science basics from one of the 19th century's greatest science champions. Also, we learn why water is a liquid!

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Oct 03, 2022
Relaxation Rewind! Bad Drains and How to Test Them, Part 1
56:57

In this remastered episode, let's relax with practical advice about modern plumbing systems. And by modern, I mean 19th century. Indoor plumbing has come a long way, thank goodness!

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Sep 26, 2022
Relaxation Rewind! A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir, Part 1
54:22

In this newly remastered episode, let's rest beneath the trees with one of the first environmentalists. His relaxed rambles from Indiana to Florida contain quiet caves, sleepy groves, and a rucksack full of rhapsodies about nature's beauties.

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Sep 19, 2022
Relaxation Rewind! The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, Part 1
56:41

In this newly remastered episode, rule over sleep with the pithy prose of Machiavelli. But first, a very long introduction to our author and the twisted papal politics of 15th century Italy. Yawn!

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Sep 12, 2022
Relaxation Rewind! The Color of a Great City, by Theodore Dreiser, Part 1
49:51

In this newly remastered episode, let’s journey back to New York City in the early 1900s with one of America’s great writers and his dreamy portrait of the city that never sleeps. Fingers crossed you will!

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Sep 05, 2022
Etiquette, by Emily Post, Part 3
50:55

Let’s return to this manual of manners, and learn how to pay a check, walk down a theater aisle, and navigate the social complexities of the opera box. Also, just…be nice. Good advice!

 

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Aug 29, 2022
Wild Flowers Worth Knowing, by Neltje Blanchan, Part 2
50:11

Let’s sink into the fields of sleep with more from this lovely and informative book on the varied beauty of wildflowers. A few may smell of corpses, but they’re no less wonders of nature!

 

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Aug 22, 2022
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, Part 1
53:52

Let’s relax with a much-requested book and drift off as Mr. Smith defines the division of labor, details the connections of commerce, and takes a swipe at the lie of meritocracy. Economical!

 

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Aug 15, 2022
The South American Tour, by Annie S. Peck, Part 1, REMASTERED
51:25

Let’s rewind to 2020 with a remastered version of this marvelous travelogue from an equally marvelous woman. Experience all the dreamy wonders of South America for a mere $1,000. Or more if you’re fancy and like magazines and air conditioning.

 

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Aug 08, 2022
Cottages, or HInts on Economical Building, Part 1
49:33

For our 200th episode, let’s get cozy and relax with advice on planning the perfect cottage. Which apparently includes a library, billiard room, and nursery. Sleepy simplicity!

 

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Aug 01, 2022
The Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Part 8 - Cookery
55:34

Let’s return to a sleepy favorite and relax with Mrs. Beeton's thoughts on a cook’s duties, French vocabulary, and asparagus. Also, we learn to make Bread Soup. Yay?

 

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Jul 25, 2022
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Martin Lewis, Part 6
48:15

Let’s celebrate the JWST with more from one of my favorite sleepy books. We hear about Jupiter’s moons, dissect Saturn’s rings, and consider whether the Moon could harbor life. Dreamy!

 

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Jul 18, 2022
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, Part 2
56:50

Let’s continue with our revolutionary relaxation courtesy of Thomas Paine, who has even more thoughts on breaking up with Britain and replacement systems for the republic. Yawn!

 

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Jul 11, 2022
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, Part 1
54:18

Let’s relax and sleep with this treatise on human rights and the failure of monarchical systems to reflect or ensure them. Plus, a lot of chatter that ties kings to…original sin? Whew!

 

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Jul 04, 2022
An Account of Egypt, by Herodotus, Part 2
46:45

Let’s travel the sands of sleep once again with Herodotus, and learn about flying serpents, fish migration, and the third-cheapest way to embalm your loved ones. It’s balmy bookishness for your weary mind.

 

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Jun 27, 2022
Moving Pictures - How They Are Made and Worked, Part 1
49:18

This week let’s relax with information about a revolution in visual entertainment and education. We learn about the persistence of vision and some history that led us to what we today call “movies.”

 

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Jun 20, 2022
REWIND! The Politics, by Aristotle, Part 1 (Remastered)
48:19

This week, while your reader tussles with a certain virus, let’s revisit a perfectly sleepy combo of ponderous Victorian introduction and ancient Greek philosophy, freshly remastered for your relaxation pleasure.

 

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Jun 13, 2022
REWIND! Bacteria, by Sir George Newman, Part 1 (Remastered)
50:29

This week, while your reader is laid up with a certain virus, let’s revisit one of my favorite sleepy science reads. Enjoy this remastered intro to a brand new branch of study (in 1899), bacteriology!

 

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Jun 06, 2022
The Book of the Ocean, by Ernest Ingersoll, Part 3
48:05

Let’s sail to sleep with more from this lovely work about the seas. This time, we learn the rigging of a schooner, praise the prowess of Pacific Islanders, and head to Iceland with Vikings.

 

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May 30, 2022
On Molecular and Microscopic Science, by Mary Somerville, Part 2
48:16

Let's relax with more sleepy science from a woman so talented that the word “scientist” was coined to describe her. This time, we learn about all the forces holding us together.

 

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May 23, 2022
A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 5
52:16

Let’s continue our sleepy stroll through history with the fall of Assyria, the literary bedrock of the Jews, and the birth of philosophy in Greece. Rather a lot to cram into an hour, but Wells makes it sound easy.

 

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May 16, 2022
Spices, Their Histories, Part 1
48:43

Let’s take a sleepy tour of the spice cabinet and the origins of allspice, chilies, cinnamon, and cloves, with a pinch of insight into faking spices with brick dust. Useful!

 

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May 09, 2022
Bird Biographies, by Alice E. Ball, Part 3
57:06

Let’s fly off to relaxation with more from this lovely book about our feathered friends. This time, we learn about the birds of early spring, and marvel at the sleepy songs of the sparrows.

 

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May 02, 2022
Our National Parks, by John Muir, Part 2
51:02

Let’s conclude a month of relaxing travels with more from this tour of America’s national parks, sleepily agog at the Grand Canyon and the weird grandeur of Yellowstone.

 

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Apr 25, 2022
Faery Lands of the South Seas, by Hall and Nordhoff, Part 1
46:16

Our month of relaxing voyages continues as we head to the distant South Seas. We set off first for sleepy Tahiti and meet a man with little history but a lot of chickens. And profuse apologies if I sound a bit stuffy. I am!

 

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Apr 18, 2022
Pictures From Italy, by Charles Dickens, Part 2
50:59

Let’s continue our month of relaxing voyages and rejoin Charles Dickens on his sleepy sojourn to Italy. On the way, we visit a dungeon, pass a madhouse, and end up bemused in Genoa.

 

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Apr 11, 2022
Mount Everest - The Reconnaissance of 1921, Part 2
46:20

Let’s kick off a month of relaxing travelogues with more from the first attempt to map the world’s tallest mountain. This time, we take the road from India to Tibet, marvel at flowered forests, and consider the leech.

 

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Apr 04, 2022
Ten Acres Enough, by Edmund Morris, Part 1
51:32

Let’s throw off the stress of city cares and head out into the country for a simpler life, which apparently was as much a desire back in the 1850s as it is today.

 

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Mar 28, 2022
The ABC of Relativity, by Bertrand Russell, Part 1
50:04

Let’s relax with some sleepy physics, as Bertrand Russell unravels the Theory of Relativity. Drugging people and putting them in balloons is somewhat mentioned. Science!

 

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Mar 21, 2022
1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Grocery Department
49:01

Let's grab a basket and take a relaxing stroll through the Grocery Department of the Amazon of its day. Coffee beans, cherry phosphate, canned gooseberries—Sears had it all.

 

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Mar 14, 2022
The Woman and The Car, by Dorothy Levitt, Part 2
52:15

Let’s motor to sleep with more from this wonderful manual for the lady driver, written by race car and speedboat champion Dorothy Levitt. Mechanics and manners are all you need!

 

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Mar 07, 2022
The Poetics of Aristotle, Part 2
55:40

Let’s return to the earliest known work on Western dramatic theory and learn about character, verbs, and why Homer is always right. Also “women can also be good,” which is…something? No worries, it gets a lot better after that.

 

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Feb 28, 2022
The Principles of Chemistry, by Dmitry Mendeleev, Part 3
40:30

Let’s return to the relaxing wonders of science with more from a foundational work of modern chemistry. This time, we finally finish…the introduction! It’s the perfect compound for sleep.

 

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Feb 21, 2022
Natures Garden for Victory and Peace, by George Washington Carver
50:38

This week, let’s appreciate the culinary wonders of weeds with this relaxing guide to nature’s bounty by George Washington Carver. Salads have never seemed so special.

 

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Feb 14, 2022
On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Part 3
48:52

Let’s return to sleepy science with more from Charles Darwin on domestic breeding, pigeon mating, and messy definitions. What is a species anyway? It’s a mystery!

 

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Feb 07, 2022
The Decoration of Houses, by Edith Wharton, Part 1
51:55

Sink into tasteful slumber this week with the history of home decor from the Queen of The Gilded Age. Basically, "like Italy and be rich" seems to sum it up.

 

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Jan 31, 2022
Farm Engines and How to Run Them, Part 4
54:26

Let’s relax and sleep with more from this bucolic delight, and learn about managing our traction engine, getting out of life’s inevitable ditches, and the qualities of a good grease.

 

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Jan 28, 2022
Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to Antiquities, Part 4
42:32

Let’s return to the sleepy sands of Egypt and finish our exploration of religious architecture, with symbolic temples, towering obelisks, and shrines that held...puppets, apparently? Who knew!

 

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Jan 17, 2022
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Martin Lewis, Part 5
47:22

Let’s return to the heavens and relax with some sleepy stardust about our solar system, learn a bit about our neighbor planets, and consider how they got here in the first place. Far out!

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Jan 10, 2022
Practical Mind Reading, by William Walker Atkinson, Part 2
56:26

Let’s sense our way to sleep with a book I forgot reading from! This time we learn exercises to hone our skills as psychic parlour performers, which was a for-real thing in 1907.

 

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Jan 03, 2022
The Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Part 7 (Maids, Dairy & Stable)
47:09

Let's dive back into one of your sleepy favorites, and learn about the life of the maid-of-all-work, the perfect dairy layout, and some fine advice about stable ventilation.

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Dec 27, 2021
Night and Moonlight & Walden Pond in Winter, by Henry David Thoreau
55:07

Let’s relax into the natural world with two essays by Henry David Thoreau, in which we take a poetic walk by moonlight, and then contemplate the wintry depths of Walden Pond. Transcendental!

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Dec 20, 2021
The Hive and the Honey Bee, by LL Langstroth, Part 2
44:37

Let’s once again be lulled to sleep by the hum of beautiful, busy bees, learn all about the workings of the queen bee, and hear every permutation of the word “fecund” possible.

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Dec 13, 2021
The History of Bread, by John Ashton, Part 3
43:00

Let’s return to the relaxing world of bread and fall asleep to European peasant loaves, the origin of the croissant, and the heraldry of London’s bread guilds. Delish!

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Dec 06, 2021
The Characters of Theophrastus, Part 2
01:02:12

Let’s relax with the second half of this classic of Greek literature, in which the great Theophrastus defines 30 character types found in literature and life. Trust me, you know a few.

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Nov 29, 2021
Our National Parks, by John Muir, Part 1
43:37

Let’s wander through the wonders of nature, as conservationist John Muir guides us through the wild spaces of the American West and the flower-filled tundra of Alaska. Honestly, friends, this one is just lovely.

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Nov 22, 2021
How to See the British Museum in Four Visits, Part 1
49:07

Let's take a relaxing wander through the mind-boggling British Museum, learn a bit about its origins, consider the mullingong, and ponder why our author holds such a low opinion of owls.

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Nov 15, 2021
REMASTERED - The Problems of Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell, Part 1
51:18

In this remastered episode from 2018, we revisit a relaxing work that poses interesting philosophical questions, like "When is a table not a table?" Don't worry, there's no actual answer, so you won't miss anything when you fall asleep.

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Nov 08, 2021
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, Part 2
59:39

Tonight, we conclude the mysterious happenings in Sleepy Hollow, which involve a surprising amount of charming detail about autumnal harvests, twittering birds, and pastries, come to find out.

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Oct 31, 2021
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, Part 1
53:56

Let's wrap ourselves in the secrets of Sleepy Hollow, which seem a lot less scary than cartoons would have us believe. Irving’s descriptions of country life are surprisingly relaxing.

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Oct 25, 2021
Wild Flowers Worth Knowing, by Neltje Blanchan, Part 1
50:16

Let’s sleep among the wildflowers with this relaxing tour through some lovely native American blooms, plus skunk cabbage and the murderous Jack-in-the-pulpit. Flowers…so much more than pretty!

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Oct 18, 2021
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, Part 2
53:14

Let’s return to this classic of social and political commentary from the 16th century. If you stay awake long enough, you’ll discover how little has changed in 500 years. So, no need to pay attention.  PS You're not seeing things. We have a new logo!

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Oct 11, 2021
A General History of the Pirates, by Daniel Defoe, Part 2
45:47

Let’s sail the high seas of sleep with more from this classic of pirate history. Enjoy a booty chest of boredom, including the story of Henry Avery, King of the Pirates, who was…a bit of a coward, come to find out.

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Oct 04, 2021
REMASTERED - American Pomology (Apples), Part 1
51:47

In this remastered episode, we revisit a perfectly sleepy book that celebrates a symbol of autumn. This 19th century ode to apples includes history, health advice, and a nod to Johnny Appleseed, because of course it does.

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Sep 27, 2021
Mars and Its Canals, by Percival Lowell, Part 2
40:30

Let’s relax and sleep with more studies of the beautiful red planet, including observations of its icy poles, which, unlike that whole “Mars has canals” thing, are actually correct.

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Sep 20, 2021
Pictures from Italy, by Charles Dickens, Part 1
51:34

Let’s relax and sleep on a journey with famed author Charles Dickens, as he wends his way to Italy to spend a year in Genoa. We don’t actually get there, but never mind. The journey is still a delight.

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Sep 13, 2021
The Book of the Ocean, by Ernest Ingersoll, Part 2
48:26

Let's rock to sleep on the waves as we learn all about the workings of tides, currents, climate, and the early history of boats. It’s an ocean of relaxing information, just for your tired mind.

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Sep 06, 2021
The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura, Part 3
01:03:34

Tonight, let’s relax and allow thoughts of art appreciation, the perfection of flowers, and the long reach of the tea masters to brew a beautiful elixir of sleep.

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Aug 30, 2021
Etiquette, by Emily Post, Part 2
53:04

This week, we relax and sleep with more from this classic guide to manners, and complete our education about proper introductions, handshakes, hat lifting, and the horrors of bundle-carrying.

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Aug 23, 2021
The Voyage of The Bounty to the South Sea, by Lt. William Bligh, Part 1
57:45

For our 150th episode, let’s take a relaxing trip to the South Seas aboard the good ship Bounty, which maybe you’ve heard of? Don’t worry, this bit’s mostly about breadfruit and bad weather. Sleep ahoy!

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Aug 16, 2021
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, Part 3
53:03

This week, let’s relax and sleep to more from this classic of Stoic philosophy, and hear all about the fleeting nature of fame, the foolishness of being too busy, and the briefness of our little lives.

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Aug 09, 2021
Bird Biographies, by Alice E. Ball, Part 2
51:47

Let’s relax with more sleepy studies of the birds of eastern North America, and discover our author’s surprisingly ardent admiration of the bobwhite, which is admittedly adorable.

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Aug 02, 2021
Symmes Theory of Concentric Spheres, Showing That The Earth Is Hollow, Part 2
51:06

Let’s relax and sleep with more from one of the weirder scientific theories ever conceived, that the Earth is hollow and filled with other inhabited words. Newton is mentioned, so you know it’s science.

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Jul 26, 2021
Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Part 6 (Housemaids)
58:24

Let's return to a sleepy favorite, and a day in the life of an upper and under housemaid. From blacking fire grates to making beds and buffing gilt frames with onions, it…sounds exhausting, if I’m honest.

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Jul 19, 2021
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Martin Lewis, Part 4
50:20

This week, we return to the relaxation of night skies, and drift to sleep with the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, the sweep of the Milky Way, and the beautiful mysteries of our Sun.

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Jul 12, 2021
The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, Part 3
55:13

Let’s take another relaxing wander through The Federalist Papers, and hear how ancient Greece and Germany are great examples of what not to do. So, no need to pay attention to that, I guess, which is convenient for a sleep podcast.

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Jul 05, 2021
The Hive and the Honey Bee, by LL Langstroth, Part 1
57:13

This week we learn the apiary arts from the Father of American Beekeeping. It’s all about treating your bees with kindness and respect, which is just good advice for life, really.

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Jun 28, 2021
The Travels of Marco Polo, Part 2
49:10

Let's continue our journey with Marco Polo along the Silk Road through Persia, and relax with totally, totally true facts about magical fogs, three kings, and a moving mountain.

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Jun 21, 2021
Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott, Part 2
01:03:13

Let's return to a sleepy satirical world of two dimensions, and learn about seeing, irregularity, and the dreaded perils of not being dull.

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Jun 14, 2021
Woodworking for Beginners, by Charles Wheeler, Part 2
47:41

Let's take "sawing wood" literally, and find relaxation and sleep with this handy manual of woodworking basics. You'll never look at lumber the same way again.

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Jun 07, 2021
The Wanderings of a Spiritualist, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Part 1
50:59

Let's relax and sleep to these ruminations on psychic phenomena and the afterlife. It's all about vibrations, etheric bodies and...an argument for returning Gibraltar to the Spanish? Sure, why not.

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May 31, 2021
Bacteria, by Sir George Newman, Part 1
51:20

Let's drift into the busy micro-world of bacteria. But first, a long and sleepy introduction to the history of bacteriology, so new, it’s barely history at all.

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May 24, 2021
A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 4
57:22

This week, let's continue our sleepy stroll through history's halls and relax with nomadic wanderers, seafarers, and the ever-shifting conquerors of the Cradle of Civilization. Dreamy!

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May 17, 2021
The History of Bread, by John Ashton, Part 2
54:26

Tonight, let’s continue sifting through the sleepy history of the staff of life, including Greek myths, Pompeii’s ruins, Chinese threshing, and chapati’s role in revolution.

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May 10, 2021
In Praise of Folly, by Erasmus, Part 1
52:59

This week, let's enjoy a renaissance of relaxation with the thoughts on Erasmus. This dense mix of social commentary and satire is the perfect solution for sleep.

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May 03, 2021
The Book of the Ocean, by Ernest Ingersoll, Part 1
50:05

This week, let's float away on gentle waves with this exploration of our oceans. It’s a lovely dip into marine science—some good, some…not, and all sleep-inducing.

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Apr 26, 2021
Biographical Sketch of Henry David Thoreau, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
01:09:21

Let's relax and sleep with a lengthy paean of praise written after the death of Thoreau by his contemporary, friend and worshipful admirer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. As obituaries go, it's...a lot.

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Apr 19, 2021
US Internal Revenue Service Pub 583, Starting a Business
52:08

Let’s relax with one of the dullest things ever read on this podcast. Like all IRS Publications, it's 50% information, 50% references to other publications, and 100% mind-numbing boredom. Which is why you're here, after all. Enjoy!

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Apr 12, 2021
The Characters of Theophrastus, Part 1
01:04:29

Let's relax and sleep with a classic of character conventions. This work may be millennia old, but you will definitely recognize these people. If you stay awake past the very long intro, that is.

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Apr 05, 2021
1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Millinery Department
50:56

Let's relax with a browse through the Millinery Department, and marvel at the most beautiful, stylish and economical hats ever offered to the public. At such low prices, resistance is futile.

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Mar 29, 2021
Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, by Samuel Johnson, Part 3
49:30

Let’s continue our relaxing journey through Scotland with Dr. Johnson, and learn all about cattle, kelp and the customary duties of the laird. Tha mi sgith!

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Mar 22, 2021
History of Animals, by Aristotle, Part 2
53:49

Let's return to Aristotle's sleep-inducing treatise on the animal world and his very, very detailed description of the human body, plus...elephants!

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Mar 15, 2021
Etiquette, by Emily Post, Part 1
57:45

Let’s sink into sleepy social niceties with this classic of manners, behavior and good breeding. If you ever wondered how to introduce a bishop at your fancy luncheon, Mrs. Post is here for you.

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Mar 08, 2021
Cassell's Book of Birds, Part 3, The Parrots
55:53

Let's drift off into the world of birds and learn all about parrots, the flying monkeys of the avian kingdom. I promise that makes sense if you stay awake long enough. But...unlikely.

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Mar 01, 2021
The Color of a Great City, by Theodore Dreiser, Part 1
50:17

Tonight, let’s journey back to New York City in the early 1900s with one of America’s great writers and his dreamy portrait of the city that never sleeps. Fingers crossed you will!

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Feb 22, 2021
Farm Engines and How to Run Them, Part 3
01:03:45

Let’s plow back into one of your surprisingly sleepy favorites, and harvest a bushel of instruction about the proper management of a traction steam engine. Useful!

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Feb 15, 2021
On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Part 2
54:09

Let’s return to Darwin's revolutionary classic, which sounds like it's going to be much more exciting than this exploration of pigeons, pears and sheep actually ends up being.

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Feb 08, 2021
Bicycling for Ladies, by Maria E. Ward, Part 2
58:02

Let's continue our relaxing ride through a dream of sleep-inducing detail about handling the newfangled bicycle. The word "knickerbockers" is also used to some effect.

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Feb 01, 2021
How to Listen to Music, by Henry E. Krehbiel, Part 1
49:01

Tonight, we fall into the rhythm of sleep with a book that works hard to put meaning into music but mostly just makes it boring. So...kind of perfect, really?

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Jan 25, 2021
Mars and Its Canals, by Percival Lowell, Part 1
01:02:31

Tonight we journey to our neighbor in the heavens, and begin a sleepy exploration of the "canals" of Mars, proving that even a great scientist can't be right about everything.

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Jan 18, 2021
Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to Antiquities, Part 3
46:46

Tonight, let's rejoin our caravan from sand to sandman and explore the ancient Egyptian temples of Karnak and Luxor. It's a dusty dream of a journey.

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Jan 11, 2021
The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura, Part 2
01:02:11

Tonight, let's consider the connection of Teaism and Taoism, relax into the refinement of the tea house, and let go of all our worries in something called the Abode of Vacancy. Enjoy!

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Jan 04, 2021
A Winter Walk, by Henry David Thoreau
57:39

Let's take a walk through wintry woods and skate down a frozen stream in this relaxing mix of prose and poetry. Thoreau captures all the beauty of a New England winter, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Dec 28, 2020
1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Musical Goods Department
54:31

Let's relax with this browse through the voluminous Musical Goods Department, and discover all the wonders of mandolins, music boxes and banjorines. Which is an actual thing. Who knew?

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Dec 21, 2020
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, Part 2
56:47

Tonight, we get sleepy with this second half of a philosophy classic, and discuss pleasure, pain and the power of friendship. It's like a cozy set of pajamas for your tired mind.

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Dec 14, 2020
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Martin Lewis, Part 3
58:20

Tonight, let's complete our sleepy voyage through the constellations as we learn about the stars seen from August through December, the ever-precessing pole star, and the wonder of novas. Heavenly!

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Dec 07, 2020
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, Part 1
52:50

Let's fall asleep with this classic of political philosophy from an executed saint, because what's more relaxing than that. Utopia details socio-economic issues that keep us up at night because...we don't live in Utopia. Surprise!

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Nov 30, 2020
The History of Bread, by John Ashton, Part 1
58:14

Tonight, let's relax with the story of one of the world's most basic foods. In this reading, we sleepily sift through the grains of early bread history, from prehistoric mills to matzo-making. Tasty!

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Nov 23, 2020
The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Part 5 (Final)
01:11:23

Tonight, we complete Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “skeptical” defense of fairies. Relax to fairy biology, fairy society, and the clairvoyant observations of one Bishop Leadbeater, whose claim to expertise seems to be an impressive beard. Science!

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Nov 16, 2020
The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Part 4
48:36

Let's flit away to sleep as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presents sightings to bolster his case that fairies are real, including one from Mrs. Violet Tweedale, owner of arguably the most English name ever.

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Nov 09, 2020
The Politics, by Aristotle, Part 1
49:22

Tonight, we relax and sleep with politics as poured from the pen of Aristotle 2,300 years ago. Once again, we wade through a very thorough introduction, and discover that there's nothing much new under the political sun.

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Nov 02, 2020
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Part 3 of 3
01:12:35

Tonight, we finish our 3-part wander through 19th century Edinburgh, side-eye "modern" architecture, climb Calton Hill, and cheat the whisky tax, as any good Scot should.

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Oct 26, 2020
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Part 2
55:11

Let's continue our sleepy sojourn to 19th century Edinburgh through the eyes of Robert Louis Stevenson. In Part 2, we listen to legends, ramble through Greyfriars, and muse on memories of rural places. Lovely.

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Oct 19, 2020
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Part 1
55:49

This week we start a relaxing, 3-part journey to 19th century Edinburgh with native son Robert Louis Stevenson. Towers and tenements, hills and a Hall of Lost Steps, it's a sleepy trip for your tired mind.

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Oct 12, 2020
Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Part 5 (Valets and Maids)
48:25

Tonight, we return to one of your favorite books, and head downstairs into the sleepy realm of service. What are the infinite duties of the lady's maid? How do you pack a trunk? Black a boot? Clean a ribbon with gin? These and more await your tired mind.

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Oct 05, 2020
The Principles of Chemistry, by Dmitry Mendeleev, Part 2
56:20

Tonight, return to the sleepy halls of science with more from this foundational work on chemistry. The philosopher's stone, phlogiston, and the first periodic table for our list-lovers—this relaxing book has it all.

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Sep 28, 2020
Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott, Part 1
59:23

Tonight, travel a straight line to sleep with this combination of mathematical musing and social satire. Victorian classism has never had such a dull, dreamy edge.

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Sep 21, 2020
The North Pole, by Robert E. Peary, Part 2
56:42

Tonight let's return to a relaxing travelogue and continue with Robert Peary's detailed account of the search for the North Pole. Trials, triumphs and...a plan to pipe soup across the Arctic? This book has it all!

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Sep 14, 2020
Lost Episode! A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 2
51:14

Tonight, we relax with The Lost H.G. Wells Episode, which mysteriously vanished six weeks after its release back in 2019. Why? Who knows! But this sleepy history of our marvelous world, from the appearance of birds to the first cousins of man, is too good to miss.

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Sep 07, 2020
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, Part 2
56:37

It's our 100th episode! Let's return to the relaxing words of Thoreau's classic, wander the quiet woods, meet some interesting characters, and fall to sleep with thoughts on civil disobedience. Good times!

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Aug 31, 2020
An Account of Egypt, by Herodotus, Part 1
51:40

Take a relaxing journey with Greek historian Herodotus as he reveals the wonders of Egypt. Clothing, crocodiles, calculations—all the sleep-inducing details of the ancient world are here.

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Aug 24, 2020
Grounds of Natural Philosophy, by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle
55:05

Relax and sleep with words from the wonderful Margaret Cavendish, and discover why science was once called "natural philosophy". So many ideas, so little clue what they mean.

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Aug 17, 2020
Bird Biographies, by Alice E. Ball, Part 1
52:06

Tonight, let your dreams take wing with this delightfully detailed yet poetic guide to the birds of eastern North America. A chorus of cardinals, crows and jays are all here to sing you to sleep.

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Aug 10, 2020
Quick Podcast Update and Announcements!
03:57

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!

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Aug 05, 2020
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, Part 1
56:22

Rule over insomnia and go to sleep with the pithy prose of Machiavelli. But first, a long introduction to the twisted papal politics of 15th century Italy that spawned this influential book. Yawn!

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Aug 03, 2020
The South American Tour, by Annie S. Peck, Part 1
53:03

Steam away to dreamland with this travel guide to South America by explorer, archaeologist and record-setting mountaineer Annie S. Peck. If you ever wondered what to pack for a four-month trip south of the Equator, look no further.

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Jul 27, 2020
Farm Engines and How To Run Them, Part 2
48:37

Let's relax to more from the not-at-all-exciting world of stuffing boxes and governor balls that make farm engines go. If 30 study questions for a steam engine operator test can't put you to sleep, nothing will.

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Jul 20, 2020
Plato's Republic: Introduction and Analysis, Part 3
56:41

Let's return to the musings of Victorian classicist Benjamin Jowett, his analysis of Plato's Republic, and a lot of sleepy Socratic opinions about the inappropriateness of flutes.

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Jul 13, 2020
Principles of Geology, by Sir Charles Lyell, Part 3
58:54

Tonight, we take another journey into a relaxing science classic, Principles of Geology. Let's erode away our stress, take a sleepy stroll through the halls of geological history, and ponder some rather odd theories about the formation of the land beneath our feet.

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Jul 06, 2020
The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison (Part 2)
50:10

Let Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots spark a revolution of sleep with arguments in favor of ratifying the US Constitution. If these words prove anything, it's that predicting what will become a Broadway hit is one of the great mysteries of our time.

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Jun 29, 2020
De Re Coquinaria (On Cooking), by Apicius, Part 1
57:33

Let's cook up a recipe for relaxation with De Re Coquinaria, by Roman author Apicius. It's an hour of honey, pepper, and fermented fish sauce, plus a lengthy rumination on Pompeii. Delish!

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Jun 22, 2020
Bicycling for Ladies, by Maria E. Ward, Part 1
54:53

Climb into the saddle of sleep and pedal to peace with this 1896 volume about the latest fad in exercise, bicycling! If you stay awake long enough, you'll know how a bicycle works, though why that's "for ladies," I cannot tell you.

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Jun 15, 2020
The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura, Part 1
50:59

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.

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Jun 08, 2020
The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Part 3
54:09

Let's return to Conan Doyle's dreamy world of the Wee Folk! Drift into sleep on the observations of a clairvoyant in the fairy glen, which are totally real and scientific. Totally. This episode is happily sponsored by BetterHelp – affordable and private online counseling you can get anywhere, any time, in the way that suits you best. Get 10% off your first month by visiting trybetterhelp.com/boringbooks.

 

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Jun 01, 2020
Cassell's Book of Birds, Part 2
53:37

Let anxiety and stress slip away like a bird on the wing as we find sleep with another listener favorite, Cassell's Book of Birds. Orders, anatomy and the "merry-thought" defined? Just what you dreamed of!

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May 25, 2020
Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, by Samuel Johnson, Part 2
59:19

It's a dreamy return to Samuel Johnson's 18th century tour of Scotland. Tonight, we explore stunning Skye, speculate on ancient fortresses, and consider Calvinism's deep mark on the land. Slainte!

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May 18, 2020
A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Part 3
55:08

Tonight, we jump into our sleepytime machine and let H.G. Wells carry us off into the dreamy history of Neolithic man. Agriculture, alphabets and just a dash of human sacrifice to keep your buzzing brain engaged.

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May 11, 2020
Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to Antiquities, Reading 2
01:01:38

Tonight, we continue our caravan from sand to sandman with the Manual of Egyptian Archaeology & Guide to Antiquities from 1895. It's everything you never knew you wanted about ancient temple columns, quarries and reservoirs.

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May 04, 2020
A General History of the Pirates, Part 1, by Daniel Defoe
56:26

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!

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Apr 27, 2020
The Enchiridion, by Epictetus (Complete Work)
01:26:51

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.

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Apr 20, 2020
1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Agricultural Tools Department
56:53

Harvest a good night's sleep with the agricultural tool offerings of one of our favorites, the 1897 Sears Catalog. Guaranteed to relax you with the most scientific methods of the age, or your purchase price cheerfully refunded!

 

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Apr 13, 2020
Symmes Theory of Concentric Spheres, Showing That The Earth Is Hollow
01:01:40

This evening, relax and sleep with one of the weirder scientific theories ever conceived, that the Earth is hollow and filled with other worlds. But first, there are 30 minutes of ambling preambles, because in 1826, of course there are. Enjoy!

 

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Apr 06, 2020
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Martin Lewis, Part 2
01:03:38

Tonight, we return to one of your favorite relaxing books, and take a tour of the spring and summer skies of the northern hemisphere. A calming cosmos bathed in starlight awaits you, sleepy, stressed out friend!

 

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Mar 30, 2020
Science Primers, by Thomas Henry Huxley, Reading 1
48:06

Tonight, let's find our happy place and sleep with this reading from an introduction to science basics, written by one of the 19th century's greatest science champions. Stay awake long enough, and you'll learn why water is a liquid!

 

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Mar 23, 2020
The Practice and Science of Drawing, by Harold Speed, Reading 1
51:17

Let's rest, relax and sleep with this lovely discourse about drawing. Which is mostly about art theory for the entire hour, if I'm honest. Mr. Speed was slow to get to the actual "drawing" part.

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Mar 16, 2020
The Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Reading 4 (In The Kitchen)
56:53

Tonight, we return to the wisdom of Mrs. Beeton, and relax with her discussion of a well-equipped kitchen, the perfection of weights and measures, and...the history of Pompeii? Sure, why not.

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Mar 09, 2020
The British Navy Book, by Cyril Field, Reading 1
46:26

Tonight, let's ride the relaxing waves of history and float through the history of the British Navy. From wee hide coracles to the sea-faring dragons of the Vikings, it's a lovely shanty of sleep.

 

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Mar 02, 2020
The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Claudius, by Suetonius
51:10

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.

 

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Feb 24, 2020
Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu, Reading 2
52:53

Tonight, let's relax with the second half of one of the world's most influential philosophical texts, the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu. The journey of a thousand dreams begins with a single snore.

 

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Feb 17, 2020
On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Reading 1
57:57

Tonight let's overcome sleeplessness with Darwin's revolutionary classic of evolutionary theory, which sounds a lot more riveting than this text actually is.

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Feb 10, 2020
A Study of Shakespeare, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
54:14

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.

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Feb 03, 2020
The World Crisis, by Winston Churchill, Reading 1
01:04:58

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.

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Jan 27, 2020
Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, by Samuel Johnson
57:16

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!

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Jan 20, 2020
Bad Drains and How to Test Them
01:00:37

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.

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Jan 13, 2020
The Ethics of Aristotle, Reading 1
56:09

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.

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Jan 06, 2020
Time and Free Will, by Henri Bergson, Reading 1
55:41

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?

 

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Dec 30, 2019
Old Christmas, by Washington Irving, Reading 2
42:33

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!

 

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Dec 23, 2019
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, Reading 1
58:21

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.

 

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Dec 16, 2019
On Molecular and Microscopic Science, by Mary Somerville, Reading 1
52:42

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.

 

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Dec 09, 2019
A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, by John Muir, Reading 1
55:12

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.

 

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Dec 02, 2019
Natural History, by Pliny the Elder, Reading 1
01:04:21

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?

 

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Nov 25, 2019
The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading 2
01:03:20

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!

 

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Nov 18, 2019
American Pomology, Vol. 1, Apples, Reading 1
52:53

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.

 

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Nov 11, 2019
The Travels of Marco Polo, Reading 1
01:08:08

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.

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Nov 04, 2019
An Account of the Salem Witch Trials, by Cotton Mather
55:33

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.

 

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Oct 28, 2019
1st Anniversary Episode: A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses, Reading 2
59:50

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.

 

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Oct 21, 2019
Cassell's Book of Birds, Reading 1
54:58

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.

 

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Oct 14, 2019
Roadtown, by Edgar Chambless, Reading 1
54:47

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!

 

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Oct 07, 2019
Astronomy for Young Folks, by Isabel Lewis, Reading 1
56:25

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.

 

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Sep 30, 2019
How to Get the Most Out of Your Victrola
54:57

Sink into slumber as we detail the musical miracle of the Victrola, "the world's greatest instrument," and dream of a distant world where music on demand is a life-changing novelty.

 

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Sep 23, 2019
The North Pole, by Robert E. Peary, Reading 1
01:11:12

Drift off in a world of snow and silence with Robert Peary's account of his trek to the world's northernmost point. But first, a rather lengthy history of Arctic exploration going back to the 1500s! Bundle up.

 

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Sep 16, 2019
The Cricket Field, or The History and Science of Cricket, Reading 1
58:42

Tonight we find sleep in sport with a detailed history of the game of cricket. This wander through the origins of England's national game is sure to bowl you over with boredom.

 

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Sep 09, 2019
1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalog, Books Department
58:23

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.

 

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Sep 02, 2019
The Principles of Geology, by Sir Charles Lyell, Reading 2
50:49

Tonight we revisit a relaxing science classic, The Principles of Geology, erode away stress with a stroll through the stony halls of geological history, and ponder some very odd theories about our planet.

 

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Aug 26, 2019
The Book of Household Management, by Isabella Beeton, Reading 3
01:03:46

Tonight, we return to the managerial wonder of Mrs. Beeton, and fall asleep to everything one needs to know to be a proper 19th century housekeeper, butler or footman. Who knew wine and wick-trimming could be so relaxing?

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Aug 19, 2019
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, Reading 2
55:11

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!

 

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Aug 12, 2019
History of Animals, by Aristotle, Reading 1
48:21

Let's relax to this work about the classification and characteristics of animals, as determined by Aristotle 2,300 years ago. We don't get to the part about spontaneous generation, but he does mention winged snakes and mammals growing from worms, so there's that.

 

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Jul 29, 2019
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, Reading 1
01:14:10

Let's drink deep of the relaxing words of Henry David Thoreau's classic "Walden". Wander the woods in sleepy solitude, where sweet dreams await you amidst the silent sentinels of the trees.

 

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Jul 22, 2019
Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to Antiquities, Reading 1
58:27

In this episode, we caravan from sand to sandman with the Manual of Egyptian Archaeology & Guide to Antiquities from 1895. It's everything you never wanted to know about pharaonic fortress design. Special thanks to listener Jeremy Zenith for this wonderful recommendation!

 

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Jul 15, 2019
Woodworking for Beginners, Reading 1
59:30

Let's gently hammer away at stress and saw our way into sleep with this manual for the amateur woodworker. In it, we'll learn why a list of tools for the beginner is a useless idea, followed immediately by a list of tools for the beginner, because of course it is.

 

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Jul 08, 2019
The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison
01:04:40

Let Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots spark a revolution of sleep with arguments in favor of ratifying the US Constitution. If these Federalist Papers prove anything, it's that predicting what will become a Broadway hit is one of the great mysteries of our time.

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Jul 01, 2019
Experiments in Alternating Current, by Nikola Tesla, Reading 1
45:42

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.

 

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Jun 24, 2019
Original Stories, by Mary Wollstonecraft, Reading 1
56:40

[Apologies, audio now corrected!] Relax to this spectacularly boring book by Mary Wollstonecraft, famed for her ideas about feminism, and not at all famed for her writing for children. If you manage to stay awake through "Original Stories," you'll likely know why. Children's literature has come a long way since 1790.

 

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Jun 17, 2019
The Advancement of Learning, by Francis Bacon, Reading 1
50:46

Lean into languor with "The Advancement of Learning," by great Elizabethan thinker Sir Francis Bacon, one of the originators of the scientific method. This honestly might be the densest thing I've ever read to you. See if you agree!

 

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Jun 10, 2019
Mount Everest, The Reconnaissance of 1921, Reading 1
51:25

Drift away through the Himalaya with the first major expedition to study Mount Everest, highest of high peaks in the Roof of the World. Why tackle Everest? If you can stay awake long enough, you may find out.

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Jun 03, 2019
The Coming of the Fairies, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Reading 1
55:09

Let your thoughts flit away as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the great Sherlock Holmes, tries to prove that actual fairies exist. No, really! It's a fascinating exercise in (not so) critical thinking, if you can stay awake long enough.

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May 27, 2019
The Blazing World, by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Reading 1
01:00:47

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.

 

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May 20, 2019
Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tze, Reading 1
39:33

This week we fulfill a listener request, and relax to one of the world's earliest and most influential philosophical texts, the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tze. If you stay awake long enough, perhaps you'll figure out what it all means, but don't hurt yourself.

 

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May 13, 2019
Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Reading 1
55:04

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.

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May 06, 2019
Media Purchase Terms and Conditions
01:00:22

Let's click "I agree" to the mind-numbing powers of legalese with this reading of the Terms and Conditions that accompany every purchase from a rather famous media company. After all, it's not like you were going to read it yourself.

 

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Apr 29, 2019
Plato's Republic: Introduction & Analysis, Reading 2
54:33

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.

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Apr 22, 2019
A Short History of the World, by H.G. Wells, Reading 1
49:43

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.

 

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Apr 15, 2019
Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin, Selected Readings 1
53:32

Float away on a cloud of Benjamin Franklin's scientific musings about our atmosphere, lightning, waterspouts, magnetic poles, and the wonderful utility of mathematics. A great mind working to calm your own busy thoughts--what could be better?

 

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Apr 08, 2019
How We Think, by John Dewey, Reading 1
42:17

Sink into sleep on a philosophical cloud with "How We Think," by renowned education reformer John Dewey. Nothing will get your brain to stop thinking faster than a bunch of talk about thinking. But try not to think about that.

 

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Apr 01, 2019
The Sidereal Messenger, by Galileo, Reading 1
49:12

Space out with a classic of astronomy, Galileo's "The Sidereal Messenger," in which he shares mankind's first observations of the Moon's surface, and heaps a mind-numbing amount of praise on his patron.

 

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Mar 25, 2019
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
51:44

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.

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Mar 18, 2019
The Woman and The Car, Reading 1
48:06

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!

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Mar 11, 2019
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, Reading 1
01:00:39

Tonight we drift off to a self-improvement classic--Meditations, by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Good Stoic advice never gets old, or less sleep inducing.

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Mar 04, 2019
Somnium, or The Dream
50:56

Let's drift off to Somnium, or The Dream, written in 1608 by Johannes Kepler. Considered the great-granddaddy of all science fiction, it's every bit as riveting as you think a story by a famed astronomer-mathematician would be. Science fiction has come a long, long way.

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Feb 25, 2019
Farm Engines & How To Run Them, Reading 1
50:01

If you've never, ever wondered how to operate a steam engine boiler, this 1903 book about farm equipment is the perfect way to engineer a good night's sleep.

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Feb 18, 2019
The Book of Household Management, Reading 2
48:40

Let's drift off to a new entry from one of our most popular volumes: The Book of Household Management, by Mrs. Isabella Beeton. Dinner parties, calling cards, and kid gloves have never been so relaxing.

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Music: “Watching Whales on the Moon” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY-NC. Visit http://leerosevere.bandcamp.com for this and other tracks.

Feb 11, 2019
Ten Books on Architecture, Reading 1
53:49

Tonight, we relax to a 2,000-year-old classic about architectural design. It's "Ten Books on Architecture," by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. Let this great Roman writer build you a bridge to sleep. There are also a few happy announcements. Enjoy!

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: “Peace” by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC

Feb 04, 2019
Darwin's Formation of Vegetable Mould By Worms
01:14:57

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

Jan 28, 2019
Principles of Chemistry, Reading 1
58:23

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

Jan 21, 2019
Practical Mind Reading, Reading 1
53:19

Tonight, we relax our brains with a tediously detailed description of the not-at-all questionable science of mind-reading. It's all about the ether! No, really, it's science. It says so in this book.

A note of gratitude to all of our listeners, who this past week helped push our podcast past the 10,000 download mark. Thank you for your support.

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: "Ambiment the Ambient" by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under CC BY

Jan 14, 2019
The Poetics of Aristotle, Reading 1
53:12

Tonight we sink into slumber with the fundamental structures of dramatic storytelling, as defined in mind-numbing detail by Aristotle in his "Poetics". It's the perfect plot 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: "earth 2 earth," PCIII is licensed under CC BY (freemusicarchive.org)

Jan 07, 2019
New Year's Eve Special: Time and Clocks, A History
56:44

Tonight we ring in the new year with a history of Time and Clocks, plus a dash of physics, from H.H. Cunynghame. It's definitely boring, yet we also learned, which is a great way to begin 2019.

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: "Cosmic Tingles" by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

Dec 31, 2018
2018 Holiday Special: Washington Irving's Old Christmas
59:47

On this eve of Christmas, let's drift off to this charming vision of a 19th century English holiday, complete with warm hearths, jolly company, and swags of holly and ivy. Happy holidays to you and yours, and thank you for listening.

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

Dec 24, 2018
1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalog, Bicycle Department
01:02:23

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

Dec 17, 2018
The Brehon Laws: A Legal Handbook, Reading 1
46:26

Tonight, let's fall asleep to the ancient origins of the Irish legal system, the "brehon laws". As we drift off, we'll also pass by some passive aggressive criticism about British control of Ireland, as only a solemn 19th century scholar of jurisprudence can express it.

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: "Exit Exit" by PCIII (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY

Dec 10, 2018
Hand Loom Weaving: A Manual for School & Home, Reading 1
51:49

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

Dec 03, 2018
Plato's Republic: Introduction & Analysis, Reading 1
50:58

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

Nov 26, 2018
Transatlantic Eastbound Passenger Sailings, 1925
01:05:28

This episode is specially dedicated to those who find lists and repetition relaxing. Instead of a book, we're reading the Joint List of Eastbound Transatlantic Passenger Sailings for December through April 1925. Bon voyage!

PS Apologies for mangling ship and city names, and for pronouncing Cobh as "cob" and not "cove" through half of the recording.

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: "Cosmic Tingles" by Lee Rosevere (freemusicarchive.org), licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

Nov 19, 2018
1872 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalog, Drugs Department
57:05

In this episode, we venture through some of the 700+ pages of the 1872 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalog, and discover everything there is to know about freight shipping. We also trip into the Drugs Department, which is both quite boring and mildly horrifying.

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Enjoy!

 

Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Heaven_Be_Here/Heaven_Be_Here

Nov 12, 2018
The Principles of Geology, Reading 1
57:17

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)

Nov 12, 2018
Loyalists of America and Their Times, Reading I
26:35

In this episode, we'll ramble through a chapter of "The Loyalists of America and Their Times," written by a Canadian, so that's fun. And really rather boring.

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Music: "Heaven Be Here," PCIII

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Heaven_Be_Here/Heaven_Be_Here

Nov 12, 2018
The Problems of Philosophy, Reading 1
43:38

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.

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Enjoy!

 

Music: "Healing Dream", Solfeggioasis

 

Nov 12, 2018
The Book of Household Management, Reading 1
38:53

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

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Nov 05, 2018
A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses, Reading I
47:30

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)

Oct 28, 2018