135 episodes

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly bedtime story podcast for the sleepless, the stressed, the anxious, the insomniacs--anyone who struggles with the endless brain chatter that keeps us up at night.

In each episode, we calmly, quietly read something that's rather boring. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog. If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.

Boring Books for Bedtime Sharon Handy

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 33 Ratings

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly bedtime story podcast for the sleepless, the stressed, the anxious, the insomniacs--anyone who struggles with the endless brain chatter that keeps us up at night.

In each episode, we calmly, quietly read something that's rather boring. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog. If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.

    In Praise of Folly, by Erasmus, Part 1

    In Praise of Folly, by Erasmus, Part 1

    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.
    Want to support us and help us stay ad-free? Neat!
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    Read "In Praise of Folly" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30201
    Music: “Dream Colours” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY
    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.

    The Book of the Ocean, by Ernest Ingersoll, Part 1

    The Book of the Ocean, by Ernest Ingersoll, Part 1

    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.
    Want to support us and help us stay ad-free? Neat!
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    Read "The Book of the Ocean" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56311
    Music: “Ocean Tapping” by PCIII, licensed under CC BY
    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.

    Biographical Sketch of Henry David Thoreau, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Biographical Sketch of Henry David Thoreau, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

    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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    Read "Excursions" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9846
    Music: “Boring Books for Bedtime,” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY https://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, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    US Internal Revenue Service Pub 583, Starting a Business

    US Internal Revenue Service Pub 583, Starting a Business

    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!
    Want to support us and help us stay ad-free? Neat!
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/boringbookspod
    Buy Me A Coffee: www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW
    Music by Lee Rosevere, licensed under CC BY (https://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, connect on our website, boringbookspod.com.

    The Characters of Theophrastus, Part 1

    The Characters of Theophrastus, Part 1

    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.
    Want to support us and help us stay ad-free? Neat!
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/boringbookspod
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    Read "The Characters of Theophrastus" at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58242
    Music: “earth 2 earth,” by PCIII, licensed under CC BY
    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.

    1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Millinery Department

    1897 Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog, Millinery Department

    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.
    Want to support us? Neat! Everyone who does so in March 2021 will be entered into a drawing for a hard copy of the 1897 Sears Catalog!
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    Buy Me A Coffee: www.buymeacoffee.com/d5kcMsW
    Music: “Heaven Be Here” by PCIII, licensed under CC BY
    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.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Kittyawsome! ,

The oceans waves crashing beneath my feet.

As sound and calm as the ocean waves crashing beneath me as calm as night as calm as sea this podcast is for me. I struggle with sometimes beinf stressed at night and this helps it is so calm and the voice is so relaxing. A truley pure podcast. I sujest this relaxing podcast for sleepless stressed people. It is garanteed to get you to sleep.

DinkyDani1 ,

insomnia cure

This is a fantastic show for insomnia. I particularly like the mrs beaton books. Kudos to the crew

loretta_noir ,

A soothing friend

Soothing voice, very calm cadence and topics are interesting enough to distract from thoughts but boring enough to let me drift off. Thanks for being my comfort in those lonely hours of the early morning.

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