Rank #1: E151: #151: Toxic Friendships, Maybe Wrapped Up in Murder
Amanda and Jenn discuss vacation reads for dads, toxic friendships, disabled characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
Attack of the Giant Baby and Other Stories by Kit Reed
1. I've been trying of late to read more feminist literature and novels from female perspectives. It's been pretty easy to find literary fiction to read, but I'm interested in reading some science fiction and fantasy novels with a feminist slant. I haven't had much luck finding them unless they are YA novels (I've read a few but to be completely honest YA just doesn't do it for me). Any recommendations?
2. Hello Ladies!
I am hoping you can help me find a good book for my father to read on his well-deserved vacation at the beginning of December. He said he really wants to relax and so wants something light-hearted. I’ve realized that when I want a nice light-hearted read I normally reach for YA, which I have a hard time picturing him reading.
I was already thinking of suggesting Becky Chambers and Lincoln in the Bardo (I realize the latter isn’t necessarily light-hearted but it just seems so up his alley I couldn’t resist).
Some books I know he’s enjoyed in the past include Cutting for Stone, various books by Ken Follet, and A Walk In the Woods. Something humorous would probably be good.
Thank you for your help and your wonderful show! I look forward to it every week!
3. Jenn and Amanda -
I've been realizing over the past year that my closest friendship is with a toxic person and I need to cut ties. We've been friends since college, were in each other's weddings, and have become moms together so it's hard for me to walk away, even though I know it's what's best for my own growth and health. It's left me feeling very lonely so I'm looking for books to fill the lonely void and help me heal (as only books can do). I enjoy most character-driven fiction, as long as there is one likable character to root for, and memoirs that read like fiction (i.e. The Glass Castle).
Thanks so much!
4. Hi! I love your podcast, you guys are great! Like with many people, my family can be hard to shop for. Think you can help with my brother? Some of his favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Matthew Woodring Stover, and Caitlín R. Kiernan. He is also a stickler for facts--he likes fantasy/horror elements, but if there are incorrect facts about real things (especially about history and politics) he'll decide a book is rubbish even if it's otherwise a good book. This means shopping for him can be anxiety producing. Help!
5. Hey Jenn,
Please help--the love of my literary life is Sarah Addison Allen and I've read everything she's written (including the free shorts on Amazon) multiple times and I find myself needing more books that feel like getting a warm hug. There is something about the pacing and the combination of unique characters and circumstances (a grumpy apple tree? Awesome! Giants? Great! Wallpaper with moodswings? Love it!). I also love that while there are some problems and conflicts, they are not so dark as to overshadow the entire novel and while urgent in the moment, don't detract from that warm-hug feeling. The light touches of magic in otherwise realistic fiction are the thing that keeps me wanting more.
Note: please not Beatriz Williams or Alice Hoffman. They keep getting recommended via goodreads, amazon and NoveList and for the life of me, I just can't seem to connect to their characters.
Also, I know that you're backlogged, so if you'd rather answer in an email than on the show, that is absolutely fine--I will be grateful for your recommendations whenever and wherever you can provide them.
6. Hi! I've been dealing with an undiagnosed chronic illness that has left me housebound for some time now. Reading about other disabled people's experiences has been eye-opening and comforting in that I'm not alone, but many of the books I've read (So Lucky, Invisible, Sick) have been difficult to read because they've touched on a lot of raw wounds. I'd really like to read something more lighthearted, but still featuring disability/chronic illness as a major plot point. I'm open to any genre, but own voices only please! Thank you!
7. Just an FYI my name is pronounced Crystal.
I am an avid reader of many genres. I find it hard to find mystery novels that I enjoy. I have read all of the Maisie Dobbs series and am a true lover of Sherlock Holmes. I would like recommendations of mysteries with interesting characters that don't seem pulpish. I hope that makes sense. Time, place, location are not a consideration.
The Tangled Tree by David Quammen
The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
Daughters of the Storm (Blood & Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins
Shark Drunk by Morten A Stroksnes
So Anyway by John Cleese
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (TW: extreme violence of basically every imaginable kind)
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby (rec'd by Susie D)
Friend With Benefits Zone by Laura Brown
Romances with disabled heroines: https://frolic.media/heroines-with-disabilities-six-romance-recs/
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer AshleyJenn
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (TW: graphic harm to children)
Oct 04 2018
Rank #2: E155: #155: Hardest of Nopes
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about books, houses as characters, female travelers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne
The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
1. I like books about books so much that I have a whole shelf on my good reads called books about books about books. I look forward to reading your recommendations for it but I wanted to put my hat in the ring. So in that vein:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Eyre Affair (and really the whole Thursday Next Series)
If on a Winters Night a Traveler
Love the podcast!
2. Dear Jen and Amanda,
I wrote to you a few months ago for book recs to help with my recent break up and boy did you deliver the goods! You helped me out of a sad time and reading slump, and made me push through.
I've decided to go travelling through Europe alone (but armed with my kindle) and would love some recommendations on solo travel from a female perspective/women taking over the universe/generally fierce women to accompany me through my travels.
Thanks for being two bad ass women and keeping me company throughout my tumultuous but exciting year.
3. Hi Ladies,
I love it when houses are characters in books. Some personal favorites are Jane Eyre, du Maurier's Rebecca and The Likeness by Tana French. I've also loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson as well as The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Could you recommend some great books that feature houses as characters? Happy to read any genre. Bonus points if it's haunted!
4. Hi! I am getting ready to travel to Antarctica in early November and would love some recommendations for books to read either before I go or while I'm there. I've read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple and am about to start "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing. I like to go into an adventure with a good historical and scientific background, so I'm open to pretty much anything (fiction or non-fiction) that will get me excited for what I'm about to see and experience!
5. Hi! Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) has me wanting to tap into my Mexican-American roots. I want to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. Especially in this political climate that tries to vilify these communities. Can you recommend any nonfiction about Central and South America to tap into the complex history and culture. Bonus points if available on audio. <3
6. Help! My dad LOVES Sherman Alexie and not only does he keep telling me I should read him, (which, just no) but I don't think he's read ANY other Native authors. I'd love to help him expand his horizons in this arena, but I'm having a hard time coming up with something he'd like since our tastes are very different. I love scifi and fantasy, but he's not super into that. I've read a lot of Joseph Bruchac, some Tim Tingle, and of course Rebecca Roanhorse. He does not find my recommendations very appealing. From what I can gather about what he's shared with me, what he likes about Alexie's writing is his humor and the poignant personal narrative. Do you have any recommendations for books or Native authors who fit this bill?
7. My 9-year-old daughter is a voracious reader. She loved Harry Potter and is almost finished with all of Rick Riordan's novels. What series should she start next? (It does not have to be a fantasy series.)
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C Dao (Nov 6)
Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
Sex with Shakespeare by Jillian Keenan
Possession by AS Byatt
The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine
Guidebook to Relative Strangers by Camille T. Dungy
The Shining by Stephen King
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Big Dead Place by Nicholas Johnson (Also please enjoy this news story: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/scientist-remote-antarctic-outpost-stabs-13490682)
South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (tw: suicide)
Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar (rec’d by Rincey)
Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Nov 01 2018
Rank #3: E130: #130: Authors Whose Brain We Are Frightened Of
Amanda and Jenn discuss action-packed sci-fi, NYC stories, mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. Hey Amanda and Jenn!
I'm looking for a good book for my boyfriend. He's never really enjoyed reading but is trying to change that, particularly because his sister and I just gush over books every time we're around each other and I think he wants in on the fun.
He's mentioned that he might be interested in something like Stephen King, but the size of the books are too intimidating.
I think he would particularly enjoy mysteries or thrillers, but any genre is welcome. The most important thing is that the books are not too long and they are easy to get through -- so no complicated structures or long lists of characters.
Thanks for all you do,
2. Hi guys! Tracy here. First, love your show and I’m so excited to get some book recs from you! I’m traveling to Greece with my mom who is newly divorced (after 40 years) from my dad. She is working on being independent and finding herself. I’m looking for books about mother, daughter relationships, independent women and any stories about Greece in general that might help me appreciate the country when we’re there in July. I’m not into religion, YA or love stories. Bonus for strong women main characters. TBR includes Have Mother, Will Travel. Thanks much!!
3. Hi! I'm just about to finish grad school, and will be starting an internship in NYC in September (on my 30th birthday!). I would love to spend the summer reading books set in NYC to give me a feel for the city and some history and to help me make a list of things to do and see there. I'd prefer fiction but am fine with non-fiction. I just finished the Golem and the Jinni and loved it (can't remember any other books I've read set in NYC...sorry not helpful).
Thanks so much!
4. A friend recommended “A Secret History” by Donna Tartt and it changed my life. What other books can I read about an outsider joining a friend group that has deep secrets (secrets that might involve the occult or murder), secrets that ultimately make or break the group and the narrator? I also enjoyed “Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whittamore and “The Anatomy of Dreams” by Chloe Benjamin.
5. Hi guys,
I love your show and it's introduced me to so many authors and books!! (Some favorites that you've mentioned are Bird Box, Hex, and Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, so many thanks for bringing me book joy!)
Last year, I read "After Her" by Joyce Maynard and LOVED IT. I was haunted by the story of two sisters who lure a serial killer in the hopes of helping their dad, town detective or sheriff (idk), who is slowly unraveling under the strain of solving the case. The beautiful portrayal of the sisters' relationship, the super interesting serial killer facet, and the vivid Northern California setting helped make this book one of my favorites of last year.
I'm looking for a read-alike. The closest I've gotten is "Descent" by Tim Johnston, which was good, but I need more! So a literary novel with some sort of murder mystery but also a strong bond between siblings is what I desire. Extra points for vivid setting. (I've already read Attica Locke, by the way, and she is everything).
6. Hi! I'm starting a ~think deeper~ book club and I need a book to recommend for our early March read. I have a little bit of a weird request, perhaps... We just saw the play Hand to God (amazing puppet play set in a church...) and I am looking for a book about the creepier side of evangelist Christian communities and churches. Several of us were raised Christian and in the Deep South, and respect people's rights to believe what they want. BUT. As ex-Christians we're fascinated with evangelical Christians who engage in the more ~magical~ and performative acts (being possessed by the holy spirit, speaking in tongues, camping in tent cities) etc. I also recently saw the documentary Jesus Camp and it fueled my interest even more. I would really like to read more about these kinds of communities, double points for creepiness and/or magical realism/fantasy.
(Christian-based cults are also very much interesting to me.)
7. I would like to get more into science fiction. I've read the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi and loved it. I tried reading a Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and couldn't finish it. If you have any fast-paced, action-packed science fic recommendations I would really appreciate it! Thanks.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (trigger warning: child abuse, suicidal ideation, self-harm, domestic violence)
A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go by Amanda Summer
Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon
If We Were Villains by ML Rio
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (trigger warning: domestic violence)
Infomocracy by Malka Older
Bone Street Rumba series by Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues #1)
May 03 2018
Rank #4: E139: #139: Summer Camp Volcano
Amanda and Jenn discuss New England novels, book club options, immigration narratives, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. Hello, friends!
My fourteen year old niece is going to be a senator one day and this July her other aunt and I are taking her on a road trip to eight New England universities including most of the Ivy Leagues. I am a folklorist and Other Aunt is an architectural historian, so together we are definitely into the old, the spooky, the magical, and the historical. We want to show her the coolest, weirdest, most inspired time ever. So far we have gotten The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell and would like to find more books that are in that vein -- entertaining and engaging and relevant to what we are road tripping through. Books about or by women and/or people of color are a gigantic plus. Some of the cities we'll be visiting include Boston, Salem, Plymouth, Providence, Portland, and Hanover.
Thank you sooooo much! Looking forward to your recommendations!
2. I am traveling to the US for the first time (Brazilian girl, here) and I will be going to Atlanta for a work event. I don't know much about the city and would like some reading recommendations to get to know a little bit about it.
If you can recommend some contemporary fiction - I looove walking through a city and finding places from books - that would be great. Since I have a History degree, I am totally down for history books as well.
I am not the biggest fan of historical romances but I am glad to read them if they can help understand the place a little more.
Thank you in advance. I really love the show and love getting my to-read list as immense as possible. Congratulations on doing a lovely podcast :)
All the best,
3. Hello lovely ladies!
It would be great if we could get some recommendations before June, but we understand you get a lot of requests so no worries if it's late.
My book club reads two books with the same basic premise and compares how each author played with the concept. Past books include We All Looked Up & The Age of Miracles (coming of age in the apocalypse) and Annihilation & The Vorrh (mysterious forest changes you if you enter). We are currently reading a trio of portal fantasy with Every Heart a Doorway, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and Coraline. We are looking for suggestions for our next pair of books. You can get as creative as you want; we're open to anything. Bonus points for books with queer characters and nothing too depressing, please.
Thanks and happy reading!!
Dual Wielding Book Club
4. Hello! I am a fairly new listener to your show and love it, keep up the great work.
So, I have had a hell of a year. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in January and passed away in April. My mother was diagnosed with Dementia in February. To say my life has been turned upside down is an understatement.
I have always been an avid reader. I can read anything and usually do close to 100 a year. But, since all of this I only seem to be able to read books about death and dementia. I don't care if it is fiction or not, in fact I would like to bring some fiction into it as I have been leaning on Non-fiction so far. But they give me comfort. Since my husband passed I have started and put down about 30 books. The only 3 I have been able to read, and loved were:
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard
The 36 Hour Day by Nancy L Mace
I want more. As I said, fiction is fine too. Just being able to relate to the story is comforting right now. I love to read and have been so frustrated. I thought I could read some brain candy to help me escape, but I haven't been able to. So, acknowledging that I need to read this very specific niche, I thought I would pass it to you ladies for ideas.
5. Hi Amanda and Jenn,
I have listened to you from day 1 and enjoy your podcast a lot. I wrote once before but it was roughly 120 podcasts ago so I think I might be cleared to ask again.
Our immigration policy is clearly a long standing human rights violation and I hate it but I also feel really uninformed on what might be better so I'm looking for books. There are countries many of these asylum seekers are from (Honduras and El Salvador are referenced a lot) and I vaguely know the US has interfered in Central/Latin American countries over the years. My working assumption is we have contributed to the socio-economic issues but I'd like to be more informed on the history and what might be done to better stabilize the region. Additionally I'd like to read about how we as a country could have a more open and humane immigration system that didn't cage families and add to their trauma.
I've tried some googling but it isn't working and while I'd love to go around tweeting at smart people asking them to help me that might be rude.
6. I'm looking for a book club pick! To start, book club rules say that it should be by a woman with a female POV/focus.
I recently turned 25 and am having a traditional Millennial mid-twenties crisis. I would love to read and discuss a book that talks about that kind of moment in a way that touches on my current struggles (recently quit a job, confused about life direction, romance on the back burner but is that really where I want it to be, am I a real adult yet.......?!?!) but that can also be enjoyed by the women in my book club who are rather past that moment (think age 30 and married with children). Please nothing that is overly goofy or dismissive or disingenuous or preachy. I would prefer something that is not based around only romantic relationship(s) or lack thereof but also isn't just about "single girl making it in the big city." I would like something that might end optimistically but doesn't tie everything up in a perfect neat bow, because life. I'm thinking of something kind of in the vein of The Bell Jar but without the complete mental breakdown.
I feel like these parameters lean towards a novel or memoir, but a short story or essay collection would be totally welcome too. We've recently had a lot of success with short story collections in the book club.
Am I being way too picky? Sorry! It's only because I don't know exactly what I am looking for and am currently in a major reading slump! Feel free to take some of these requests more lightly and just use your expert judgement.
Thank you, thank you!
7. Hi! Firstly, I just wanted to say that I recently started listening to the show and I love it! I’m currently trying to make my way through the entire backlog, but I’ve only managed to listen to around 14 episodes so far but I’m determined to listen to them all. Anyway, I’m a big mood reader and now that summer’s here all I want to read is YA contemporary romance set during the season. I recently read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian and loved it, especially due to the feminist themes in the book. Kasie West, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith, and Maureen Goo are all hit or miss with me and the only contemporary author I’ve consistently enjoyed is Sarah Dessen. Do you have any recommendations for YA contemporary romances with feminist themes? I prefer YA but I’m also willing to try adult if you know of any really good ones.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #5: Get Booked Ep. #118: Two Demi-Gods Going For A Walk
Feb 13 2018
Rank #6: E161: #161: All Great Women Carry Snacks
Amanda and Rebecca discuss Westerns, nonfiction, friend stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
1. I'm writing because my brother is a 22 year old Marine, and we've recently had a number of fights about race/gender/social justice. Basically, I think he doesn't believe that racism is really real, and he also believes a lot of wild evolutionary psychology stuff about the differences between men and women. I'm a queer white cis woman in a relationship with a woman of color and he thinks all of my political beliefs are too radical to take seriously, so I'm looking for a book that might get through to him. I'm sick of these conversations, but I don't want to give up without making some reading recommendations, so I want to send him a book for Christmas. In an ideal world I could give him The New Jim Crow, or any number of incredible works of feminist theory, but he definitely won't read them.
He's not a huge reader, but he's been working his way through the Commandant's Professional Reading List https://grc-usmcu.libguides.com/usmc-reading-list (recommended readings for Marines) and recently mentioned that he was enjoying "Principles" by Ray Dalio? I think he's kind of into self-improvement stuff. Maybe needless to say, I'm at a loss.
Some possible criteria:
- nonfiction is probably preferable, and it would be great if it had some kind of military connection.
- I hate saying this, but should be by an author with some kind of credentials that resonate with him (e.g. someone who isn't a vocal radical feminist).
I know this is a broad question, but I'm really struggling, so any recs would be super appreciated.
Thanks so much,
2. I am looking for a good book for my stepmom to give for Christmas. Since I only see her once a year for Christmas, I only know two things about her: she’s Jewish and is a hippie. Can you guys recommend a book that has those two things? Thanks!
I love your podcast and have discovered so many great books because of it!
I'm between jobs at the moment and have been considered a career switch. I'm looking for any book recommendations that have a similar situation in them - something that could maybe inspire me, make me laugh or just feel better in general. I don't usually read memoirs and would prefer fiction recommendations!
4. I have recently finished watching the TV show Justified and I LOVED it. I have also read and loved a few YA books lately that I think could be called westerns: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist; Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman.
I am really craving a book that gives me what I loved from the Justified television show (moral grey areas; complicated relationships; prickly characters; law enforcement vs criminals, with people you root for on both sides of the law; sharp, witty dialogue), preferably with a female main character and a Western feel. And I am not big on romance so if there is little to none of that, even better!
I do not have a preference between YA or adult, and I also don't have a preference between present day/contemporary setting or historical.
I am fine with violence in books.
Since the TV show Justified is based on an Elmore Leonard short story about the character Raylan Givens, I read one of Leonard’s books featuring Raylan Givens (Pronto), but it didn't scratch that itch.
Thank you and I am very excited to hear any recommendations!
5. Help! I was just listening to the most recent Get Booked and question 1 was about a woman going through a painful and complicated separation needing a sweet, hopeful love story. I am, unfortunately, in the exact same situation. I, personally, do not enjoy Kate Morton’s books or historical fiction as a rule or witches, really for that matter. Do you have any other recommendations for this request?
I’ve never read a romance novel but am open to trying one. I recently read One Day in December and that is just the kind of book I’m looking for, I think.
Thanks for participating in my quest for happiness again :)
6. Hi there! I love the show, but this is my first time writing in. I am looking for some non-fiction recs for my boyfriend. He typically reads sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers, but recently commented how he doesn't know much about non-fiction and has always found them rather dry. He loves Murakami, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, etc., so I'm looking for non-fiction books that read more in that flavor. I recently gave him Martha Wells' Murderbot book 1 and he loved that. He's interested in food, and distilling, and psychology, so those topics might be helpful. Thank you so much!!!
7. Hello! I've been filling out my "to read" list, and I'm at a loss for books to fill a certain category that I've been craving. What I'm really looking for are books about platonic relationships that are as strong as most romances are written. I'm not opposed to a good romance, but I'd like a few suggestions where romantic love is not the focus, and instead the plot centers around found-family friendships and best-friend-as-soulmate stories. Any suggestions for me? Thanks for your time!
Best American Travel Writing edited by Cheryl Strayed
Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
Chemistry by Weike Wang
Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg
Dec 20 2018
Rank #7: E137: #137: Octavia Butler Read-alikes
Amanda and Jenn discuss Octavia Butler read-alikes in this week's episode of Get Booked.
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (trigger warning: sexual assault)
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (trigger warning: domestic violence)
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
The Machineries of Empire, Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit #1) (trigger warnings: torture, rape, coercion, suicide)
(R)evolution series by Stephanie Saulter (Gemsigns #1) (trigger warning: hate crimes)
MEM by Bethany C. Morrow
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (June 26th) (trigger warning: harm to children)
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
American War by Omar El Akkad
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older
Jun 21 2018
Rank #8: E169: #169: Banter and Murder
Jenn and guest Sarah Davis discuss book club picks, dancers, capital punishment, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
1. My book club is working on compiling a list of our upcoming books by the end of February. We have had a lot of books that really hurt the momentum of our group, and recently have had a streak of really great books that have gotten us all excited again.
The books we have enjoyed are: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Artemis by Andy Weir, Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
The books that have made us collectively lose steam are: The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by George O’Neilly, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon.
Do you have any suggestions for us? We enjoy both non fiction and fiction. We have some readers that read almost exclusively non-fiction and some that read almost exclusively fiction.
2. Hey there! I’ve been a long time fan of your podcast, but this is the first time I’m actually looking for a personal recommendation. Recently I’ve read The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey and I immediately fell in love. Ever since I’ve been trying to find books that deal with similar topics or themes, but nothing managed to live up to it. So, here’s what I’m looking for: books dealing with ballet or any kind of activity the main character is really obsessed with (I’m open to ideas), books that talk about some more philosophical ideas that don’t go over one’s head, character driven stories and a strong character voice (preferably from a female point of view). I already have Sally Rooney’s books on my TBR, I’ve read Donna Tartt, Elena Ferrante and My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Any ideas what I should pick up next? Thanks in advance! xoxo
3. Hey Amanda & Jenn –
Thanks for all you do at Book Riot for us readers out there!
I’m hoping you can help me find more reading material on capital punishment. My interest in it peaked when I was reading Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) and I later followed it up with The Sun Does Shine (Anthony Ray Hinton). I’d prefer non-fiction but I’ll take whatever you can give me! Thanks so much.
4. Hi Jenn and Amanda! I was wondering if you could help me find some mystery/suspense books that involved two detectives who are a married couple. I’ve been binging through Agatha Christie’s “Tommy and Tuppence” series and I’m absolutely obsessed with their dynamic. Anything that involves a married couple (or romantic couple) solving crimes together and bantering is right up my alley! Thank you!
5. I recently read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and absolutely loved it! I am looking for recommendations for books that take place in old timey Hollywood that might be similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I enjoy stories told from different points of view, time jumping from present to past and wouldn’t say no to some mystery. Thank you in advance for your help!
Looking forward to your recommendations.
6. I really loved the book The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and the movie Arrival is one of my favorites because I love the glimpses that both works give of linguists.
I am looking for more books about linguists/linguistics. Fiction or non-fiction, as long as the non-fiction is accessible to a ‘regular’ non-academic.
7. Hi Get Booked Ladies!
I’m kind of obsessed with the works of Ray Bradbury, specifically Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. I can’t seem to find any other books that capture the same sort of nostalgia and enigmatic, subtle magic that those books portrayed so wonderfully. Help please!!!
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Disoriental by Negar Djavadi, translated by Tina A. Kover
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Pointe by Brandy Colbert (tw: eating disorders)
Dancer by Colum McCann
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
The Study of Animal Languages by Lindsay Stern
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
Feb 21 2019
Rank #9: E198: This One Is The Queerest
Amanda and Jenn discuss queer reads, graphic novels, management advice, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
Here’s to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army by Carla Kelly (rec’d by Kate)
Boom Town by Sam Anderson (rec’d by Miranda)
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (rec’d by Miranda)
How Not To Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg (rec’d by Miranda)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (rec’d by Miranda)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (rec’d by Miranda)
The Tairen Soul series by C. L. Wilson (rec’d by Victoria)
1. So I’m from Australia and it’s currently winter where I am in August at the moment but in October that’s when it’ll be spring and I’m going on vacation to somewhere where it’s sunny, hot and relaxing atmosphere!
I was hoping you girls could recommend me some books to bring for the trip
Summer books are good, I also like thriller and horror, weird for summer but oh well!
I like authors like Taylor Jenkins Reid
No YA if you can
2. Time Sensitive: My son is turning 15 next week and I always get him a book (or five) for his birthday. This past year, he’s really been into graphic novels: he loved Scott Pilgrim (and the movie) and having read The Watchmen myself some years ago, I gave him a copy and he loved it. We have Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and Marvel 1602 in the house (which I have not yet read yet), but I am looking for some other graphic novels he might enjoy. Any suggestions?
3. Hello Get Booked friends! Last year I was #blessed to get a job at my dream company, and am currently moving from entry-level to mid-career level responsibilities (aka “Big Kid stuff” as I like to think to stave off imposter syndrome). I have such a supportive work community as I grow into these new responsibilities, but I am wondering if you could recommend books (fiction or non-fiction) with practical advice for women stepping into leadership and “big-girl” responsibilities for the first time. I’ve read Lean In, You are a Badass, and a lot of Brene Brown, and tested the waters of some general business books, but I’d love the practical, Millennial perspective of women moving from entry-level to a management role (and managing people) for the first time.
4. Aloha Ladies!
This podcast has been a godsend for me as I’ve recently rediscovered my love for books after a long hiatus. With my re-entry into the world of bibliophiles, my best friend and I created a long-distance book club (Hawaii to Boston!) with some other wonderful women who were interested. I’ve never been part of a book club before and am so nervous about picking an interesting read that will spark discussion. There are no restrictions on genre, author, etc., but I would prefer to select a book that’s written by a woman. My personal preferences lean heavily towards fantasy (not sure that’s the best for a group), true crime and mystery/thrillers. Any suggestions for books that will drive thought-provoking discussion would be greatly appreciated!
5. Hello! I have a wonderful colleague who is preparing to adopt a child from Colombia. She doesn’t know a great deal yet, but knows that the child will be around 8-10 years old. I would love to get her some books that they could read aloud together. My colleague and her family are all currently taking Spanish classes, and the child will be in the process of learning English. Any thoughts on a good read that might help to ease the adjustments that will be happening in some small way? Thanks so much, for this and for your great recs in general!
6. hi, i’ve been a fan for a while and so i’m looking for recommendations by authors who are not from the u.s., or more specifically just anything from the other side of the world. i have so little international books, it feels like i’m limiting myself to one country, one kind of book. i recently read “gumiho” by kat cho, which i really liked, and am reading “i am not your perfect mexican daughter” by erika sanchez, a book which i’m relating to a lot since i am latinx. some books i really like/love are “the rest of us just live here” by patrick ness, “eliza and her monsters” by francesca zappia, and any series/book that rick riordan has worked on or presented. i’m open to any genre though i have a tendency to like books that mix the real world with a bit of fantasy/supernatural. bonus if there is lgbt and mental illness rep in the book.
7. I am looking for a new book/books to read after finishing the books by Nina LaCour. I like books with queer characters (especially wlw and trans characters) set in western cities (LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland) where the city plays a big part of the book. I have read “Little and Lion” “Juliet takes a breath” and “when dimple met rishi”
Love the show! Thanks so much
Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (tw: slavery and violence inherent therein, harm to children, rape, incest)
Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub (tw: depression, suicide)
Lazarus Vol 1 by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos (cw: nudity/prostitution)
No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Molly West Duffy
Ask A Manager by Alison Green (and the online columns!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (tw: torture, harm to children, gore)
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Lupe Vargas and Her Super Best Friend / Lupe Vargas y Su Super Mejor Amiga by Amy Costales, Alexandra Artigas
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, transl. by Ginny Tapley Takemori
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
About a Girl (Metamorphoses #3) by Sarah McCarry
Sep 19 2019
Rank #10: Get Booked Ep. #119: Gruesome But Funny
Feb 20 2018
Rank #11: E166: #166: Everyone is Punchable
Amanda and Jenn discuss cozy reads, morally complicated characters, small-town stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
Maid by Stephanie Land (rec'd by Jessica from Insiders)
Eat Yourself Calm by Gill Paul (rec'd by Morgan)
1. It’s almost my brother’s birthday. He’s finishing up the Dune series and he really likes the dynamic of a villain who has to do good in order to ultimately do evil. He’s looking for more books with this concept or vice versa (good guy doing bad to do good). I’m a former bookseller myself, but I’ve got nothing. He’s also a linguist, if that helps. I realize this is super specific, but I’m really hoping you guys can help me be the best sister for his birthday.
Please no YA or romance. I’ve linked his goodreads so you can see what he normally reads. Thank you!
2. Hi! I’m looking for literary fiction audiobooks that are so engrossing they’ll help me forget, say, that I’m doing household chores or facing a stressful day at work. The books that have fit this bill for me in the past are: The Nix, The Changeling, The Miniaturist, Swing Time, The Circle, and Rebecca.
Under 12 hours
No graphic sex scenes
Light to no cursing
Thank you for your podcast!!
3. I really love small town stories and I have been searching for one to really grab my attention. I prefer something darker and more serious in tone. I love books like Beartown or J.K. Rowling's A Casual Vacancy where a close knit community gets unraveled by an event. I prefer books that don't focus on a single character, but rather explore relationships and different perspectives within a small community. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my TBR but I would love more recommendations for small town stories.
I've discovered that I have a curious but extremely distinct affinity for non-fiction books that cover broad history through a narrow lens. I feel like I'm struggling to describe exactly what type of books I mean, but when you hear some titles, you'll get it. Examples that I've loved in the past are Tom Standage's "History of the World in 6 glasses" and "An Edible History of Humanity"; "At Home" by Bill Bryson; "Consider the Fork" by Bee Wilson, and most works by Mary Roach and Simon Garfield.
I love love love reading about history, but I've never been a huge fan of biography/autobiography or books that dive too deep into a single event. I guess I love the big picture/global view (most bang for my buck, maybe?), but with a fun and unique thread tying history together in a way I had never considered before.
Looking forward to your suggestions! Thanks so much!
5. Hi! I'm a big fan of your podcast and have had submitted questions before, your recommendations are always great. I am a middle school teacher and I have recently started a Dungeons and Dragons club at my school, and the response has been overwhelming. I expected 8-10 kids to sign up but I actually had over 30! As we begin to play D&D and other RPGs, I'd love to be able to have an "inspiration library" stocked with fantasy/adventure books. Obviously, I need titles from Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and JK Rowling but I would love to include books with strong female and minority protagonists. I want my new club to be inclusive to everyone and my goal is to provide something for everyone.
You always say to mention if you're under time constraints so while I hope the club lasts for a long while, I'd like to start compiling my library soon. Any recommendations you could provide would be appreciated.
Thanks so much!
6. A peculiar request: I am especially fond of books where humans are aided by talking cats. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a good example, as are many of the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce. I would love suggestions for other books with human-cat partnerships. Thank you!
-Crazy Cat Lady
7. Cozy nothings?
It could be the weather or just the year, but I've been enjoying "nothing of contention happens" books recently.
My go to series for this is The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun which is set in a fictional small town and focuses primarily on the day to day life of people there (technically it's a cozy mystery, but the mystery is pretty minimal). Other examples would be Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Agatha Christie (before the murder kicks in) and the Mitford series.
Contemporary or classical, adult lit series preferred, and bonus points if they're on audio.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic series (A Darker Shade of Magic)
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (tw: institutionalized homophobia, torture)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Pandemic by Sonia Shah
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Sabriel by Garth Nix
100 Books with Cats post
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Flavia De Luce series by Alan Bradley (#1: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (rec’d by Jeff)
Jan 31 2019
Rank #12: E123: Short Story Special
Amanda and Jenn discuss all the short stories in this week's special episode of Get Booked!
This episode is sponsored by Random House.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
1. I am a librarian who runs a book club for teens, one that reads primarily science fiction/fantasy/magical realism. I am looking for short story collections that would appeal to the group.
Previous hits with the groups include The Martian by Andy Weir, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Jackaby by William Ritter, and Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman.
2. I've fallen in love with short stories through podcasts (like Levar Burton Reads or The Writers Voice). They're my favorite to listen to at work. I'd like some recommendations of must read authors or collections! More podcast recommendations wouldn't be amiss either. Thanks! -Catherine
3. I normally hate short stories and have tried reading several collections hoping I could find a place for them in my heart. Most of the collections are YA and contain stories by various authors. While I'll like some of the stories, overall the reading experience isn't very good. Recently I decided to give another short story a try, so I read The Grownup by Gillian Flynn and it was not only the best short story I've ever read, but one of my favorite reads of the year. Can you recommend any short stories or collections that are similar to Gillian Flynn's writing or just have lots of twists and turns? Thanks!
Short stories are something I've always enjoyed writing, but I haven't read very many. I want to start to read them more so that my own writing will improve.
The only short story I remember reading very vividly is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. I read it in school and found it really brilliant. I'm looking for more literary style short stories that display the authors command of the prose and structure.
Anthologies would be ideal, but I'm open to single story suggestions as well.
5. Hi there-
I've recently started reading short story and anthology collections, and I'm loving them. My recent favorite has been Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu. I'm interested in expanding into other genres though, but I'm having trouble finding many Sci-Fi/Fantasy collections. I've seen a number of Lovecraft's short story collections, but not much else. Especially not for Fantasy. Any recommendations for some action packed short stories?
Bonus points for any possible YA fantasy short story collections- I found one recently and I'd love to find more!
6. Hi! I am a voracious reader and have really enjoyed listening to your recommendations since discovering your podcast :) My question... When reading fiction, I have historically preferred full-length books over short stories. However, I have recently read and loved several short story collections (Knockemstick by Donald Ray Pollack, Tenth of December by George Saunders, Five Carat Soul by James McBride), and now I want to expand my horizons in this category. What short story authors or collections would you recommend? I don't mind dark or creepy and the only genre I typically tend not to gravitate toward is romance. Thanks in advance!
I like reading short stories before bed-reading helps my mind unwind, but if a novel is too interesting I will stay up late reading rather than put it down. Short fiction has an obvious place to stop, but I’m running out of ideas to try next.
I love Jhumpa Lahiri, and What it Means When a Man Falls From The Sky was Amazing. I also liked Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s collection of short stories, The Thing Around Your Neck.
I read Carmen Maria Machado’s book, Her Body and Other Parties, as well as Helen Oyeyemi but found some of the stories too creepy for before bed.
Do you have any more ideas for short fiction, ideally with a global perspective, that isn’t going to give me nightmares?
The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg (recently announced transition to Daniel, but book is listed under Mallory)
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, incl. stories by Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake
What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
podcast: Reading Women
Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade
We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, edited by Sarah Weinman
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
Tender by Sofia Samatar
Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, edited by John Joseph Adams and Charles Yu
Gutshot by Amelia Gray
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
In the Country by Mia Alvar
The Djinn Falls in Love And Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin
Mar 20 2018
Rank #13: E207: The Holiday Show
Amanda and Jenn give book recommendations for holiday gift-giving.
This episode is sponsored by TBR, The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali, a heart-rending story of family, love, and fate, available from Gallery Books, and TALION PUBLISHING LLC, publishers of the thrilling Talion Series by J.K. Franko.
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa(rec’d by Cari)
Anything by Haruki Murakami (rec’d by Cari)
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (rec’d by Brooke)
1. My boyfriend says that he is inspired by my quest to read more books in 2019 and wants to follow suit next year. However, he has no idea where to begin. I was hoping to get him some Christmas gifts that could point him in the right direction. I know he likes fantasy and graphic novels, specifically The Adventure Zone and anything Marvel. He’s also a very philosophical mind and loves to read really complicated books about existence and consciousness. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks so much!
2. Hello! I’m looking for a book for my brother for Christmas! Maybe a comedy mystery? To give you an idea of his style – He likes Terry Pratchett but not Neil Gaiman. He enjoyed the Rivers of London Series and The Bartimaeus Trilogy. He likes authors such as Chris Riddell, Trenton Lee Stewart, Marie Brennan and Scott Westerfeld. It’s been difficult to find something that lines up with his particular brand of dry humour without it going too far and becoming cliché or eye-rolling (e.g. Genevieve Cogman or early Jasper Fforde). Any help would be much appreciated!
3. I’m wanting to get my mom a book for Christmas this year and was not sure how close to the time you want a time sensitive marking, but thought better safe than sorry. My mom’s absolute favorite book series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and she enjoys historical romances. She really likes fantasy like Lord of the Rings and is a major Star Wars fan, although she generally doesn’t read sci fi. Love the podcast and can’t wait to see what you wonderful people come up with.
4. Every year, from December 1st to 25th I go into full Christmas mode. All my free time goes into Christmas activities, and I only want to read holiday books. It’s silly, I know, but I just like it. It’s not a religious thing for me and I am open to other mid winter holiday tradition stories. I usually reread Christmas passages from novels i’ve marked in the past (I.e., Little House on Prairie Christmas chapters or the Christmas tree story from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) or end up reading tons of picture books and short stories because that’s what i’ve found easily, but I’d like a novel or two this year. I love historical fiction, middle grade, literary fiction, ya. Do you have any recs for me for December?
-Reading Around the Christmas Tree
5. Ok, so my cousin is turning 15 in January and she loves to read. My plan for her Christmas present this year is getting her different books about growing up, mental health and other topics relevant for starting high school and starting to plan for the future. She loves the Harry Potter series (surprise, surprise), the geek girl series, Divergent series and other fantasy or dystopian books. She isn’t really into heavy romances but doesn’t mind some. I’ve already thought of giving her If you come softly by Jacqueline Woodson
6. Hey bookish friends!
For the Christmas holidays I will be traveling with my boyfriend to stay with his mother in Barcelona. This will be my first international trip. While I am trying to keep my expectations low, I think it could be fun to read a novel that takes place in Spain, maybe even Barcelona. We will be traveling to nearby cities, but staying in Barcelona. Do you have any recommendations for novels that take place preferably in modern Spain with a female protagonist? When I try looking up novels all I find are older historical fictions written by men. Any help is much appreciated.
Thanks a bunch!
-Barcelona Bookish Adventures
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Loyal League series (An Extraordinary Union #1) by Alyssa Cole
City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy) by S.A. Chakraborty
If the Fates Allow, edited by Annie Harper
The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue (rec’d by Tirzah)
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy, edited by Kelly Jensen
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Dog Day by Alicia Gimenez Bartlett, translated by Nicholas Caistor (tw animal abuse)
The Time in Between by Maria Dueñas, transl. by Daniel Hahn
Nov 14 2019
Rank #14: E208: Obsessed With Trees
Amanda and Jenn discuss what to read after Where The Crawdad Sings, time travel fiction, challenging reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (rec’d by Miranda)
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (rec’d by Miranda)
1. Hi, I was wondering if you had any recommendations for fun murder mystery novels that are well written and not too dark. I did not enjoy Gone Girl because it was too dark. I love Agatha Christie and have read a good portion of her novels. I am looking for new mysteries that are fun. I recently watched the movie “Clue” and something similar in book format would be great ☺️
2. Hello! I am hoping you’ll help me with some new book or series ideas for my husband, who is the type of person who will re-read (and re-listen) to the same books over and over… and over. He also tends to read book series geared towards younger readers. Being an elementary school teacher (currently teaching 6th grade), he likes to recommend & talk books with his students. His all-time favorites include Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and just about everything by Rick Riordan. He’s also enjoyed Game of Thrones, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman. For stand-alone books, Dark Matter & Ready Player One are recent hits. He’s drawn towards multi-book series because of the rich world-building and loves books seeped in mythology.
Plot twist! He also loves U.S. history, particularly about the gold rush and the american revolution. I think he might be into a fantasy adventure with a historical slant. Alexander Hamilton with a talking dog sidekick in a time machine saving the world? He’d probably read that! I’d love to see him continue to explore new worlds, characters, and ideas so the plan is to gift him some new books for the holidays. Thank you so much in advance!
3. Hi there!
Every Christmas I give each of my kids a book that reflects something going on in their lives during the past year. Over the years the collection of books for each child has provided great memories of their interests, accomplishments and dreams. When they were younger it was easier to find books about learning to ride a bike, a cookbook about cakes, or a collection of poems about nature. As they have gotten older, their interests have naturally become more narrowed and specific. I’m hoping you can help me find a book for my oldest daughter, who is 19. This past year she completed an internship where she cared for and trained carnivores at a wildlife park and breeding program. She worked daily feeding and tending to lions, tigers, bears and cheetahs. It was amazing to see her growth over the period of the internship, I’ve never seen her more happy, confident or driven. I’d love to find a book for her about a person who has a similar positive experience with wild animals. I’m open to non-fiction or fiction but would mostly hope for something that continues to inspire her as she works toward her college degree in zoology and on to a career in this field. I have done some searching on my own but often recommendations come back for veterinary medicine and I’m hoping for something more specifically related to care and conservation of animals.
Thank you in advance for your recommendations!
4. I want to get my mom a book her birthday. She works as a director at a basketball camp and one of her jobs is mentoring and organizing the counsellors. She likes self-help type books and I want to find one that’s about leadership in a summer camp or basketball setting, or about mentoring and working with teenagers or young adults. I love your podcast and listen to it every week!
I’m looking for a recommendation after finishing reading “Where the crawdads sing” by Delia Owens. I absolutely loved this book, which surprised me as I usually read more plot driven books and don’t usually like descriptions like ” beautiful prose”, “lyrical” and so on. I found myself completely absorbed in the story, loved the language and even underlined some of the sentences. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but I loved that it didn’t contain too many characters, some I could root for, and most of, all the mother nature. The nature scenes were my favourites to read and get lost in. I am going on a backpacking trip to South America next month and looking for a good read. Can you please recommend something similar? Thanks so much!
6. I recently enjoyed 11.22.63 and the Doomsday book and am looking for more good historical time travel fiction. Kindred is already on my to read list and I read the first Outlander book and found it a bit less consensual than I prefer my romances. Any suggestions for entertaining historical time travel books?
7. Each year, I like to tackle a big, scary book—not scary in the sense that the book is frightening (though I’m not opposed to that), more that the book’s physical weight, complexity, and/or subject matter tend to intimidate readers. I’ve previously read Infinite Jest, East of Eden, A Little Life, The Goldfinch, Ulysses, Moby-Dick, etc. I’ve also read shorter work that would qualify, like Joanna Russ’s Female Man. There are a lot of lists on the Internet of the most difficult books, but those lists are largely white and male and I’m looking for something that isn’t. I know I could pick up War and Peace (and probably should read it eventually) but I really want to read as few books by white dudes in 2018 as possible. Can you point me in the direction of heady, challenging doorstopper fiction that meets this criteria? I’m not adverse to any particular genre, I just want to dig into a really difficult book.
Thanks in advance!
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (tw: ableist language and slurs around mental health)
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
American Hippo by Sarah Gailey
Steve and Me by Terri Irwin
The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
Sum it Up by Pat Summit
Wolfpack by Abby Wambach
Deep Creek by Pam Houston
The Overstory by Richard Powers (tw: suicide)
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko (tw: for everything)
Nov 21 2019
Rank #15: E162: #162: Resolution Reading
Amanda and Jenn discuss books to help with your New Year’s resolutions in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Pride by Ibi Ziboi
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Jan 03 2019
Rank #16: E160: #160: Bury Yourself in Snuggies
Amanda and Jenn give more holiday recs and discuss some wintery reads in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
The Maze at Windermere (Sibyl from Insiders)
Strange Practice (Sara M from Insiders)
1. I’m looking for a wintertime book that is atmospheric and immersive that will make me feel the harshness of winter and want to cuddle up with my book and hot chocolate. I’m not looking for something heartwarming, just something reflective of the cold weather and set during Christmastime if possible. The only book I can think of that is similar to the reading experience I’m thinking of is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Thanks!
2. Just want to say I love the podcast and also love “All The Books!” too and listen to both religiously. My to-read list has now exploded exponentially so thanks. So much so that I’m considering taking a less interesting but better paid job just to fund my girlfriend’s and my reading and library building obsession.
After a brief year or so hiatus from reading, my now girlfriend got me back into reading in a big way. I’m hoping to find a book for her for Christmas (or whenever) to inspire her in return. Her favourite books are:
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman,
World War Z – Max Brooks
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman,
Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
And (of course):
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
She also really likes the look of quirky horror books like Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero and is really into books with realistic female portrayal and which aren’t washed with male only lead characters.
Other than that she’s hoping to write a thesis on
apocalyptic fiction, so obviously she loves that too!
Thank you in advance!
3. I am looking for a book for my father in law and my father in law's partner. My father in law likes inspirational books that can also be applied to business. His partner is kind of a Cowboy, I was thinking of a book about the outdoors or a contemporary book about cowboys. If you could help I would greatly appreciate it, especially for the cowboy.
4. I am starting to look for book gifts for the holidays and need help finding a book for one friend in particular. She really loves jigsaw puzzles, so I'm wondering if there are any books you've enjoyed that include a female character who loves jigsaw puzzles. Something like The Friday Night Knitting Club but for puzzlers maybe? Does such a thing exist?
5. I am a newish listener. I discovered the book riot podcasts this summer and I have been loving them. Recently I have been making my way through your archives. I love listening to your recommendations and always secretly hope to hear books I also recommend or have at least read.
Finally my request. I have been meaning to do this request ever since I started listening to your podcast. If this is too tight of a deadline, I could always use your recommendations for next Christmas. As you might have guessed I am obsessed with books. I love sharing what I am reading or hearing about what others are reading. Christmas is a great time to share this passion. My dad and my twin niece and nephew are the ones that I have a request for.
Dad: A lot of my conversations with my parents are around the books we are reading. My mom is part of a book club but I feel through the years my dad and I have sort have started our own informal book club. One of the times my dad visited me he borrowed one of my many bookmarks and wrote a recommendation list on the back, some of those books were "Trinity" Leon Uris, "Sometimes a Great Notion" Ken Kesey, "Dune" Frank Herbert, "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse, and "Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver. One of our favourite authors is Richard Wagamese and we both admire Wab Kinew but my dad struggled with his memoir. He enjoys books that spark conversation and he has an interest in First Nations as he is living in an area that is dominantly First Nations (hence Richard Wagamese and Wab Kinew) but he is also interested in other topical issues. He has read Naomi Klein (found it a bit dense), The Best Laid Plans Terry Fallis andI got him Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari once for Christmas (he read it but had to take breaks). This year my dad is turning 70 (on Christmas) and I am getting him Richard Wagamese's final book but I am hoping through this jumbled paragraph that you might have another recommendation.
The twins: The not as long list. My niece and nephew are 6 turning 7 late January. They are still at an age where I feel comfortable buying books instead of giving them gift cards for books. Last year for their birthday I gave them Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. They loved both these books. They love story time and interacting with the books (asking questions, making observations, telling stories). I was wondering if you had any other books along this vein with kids being creative and building or being artistic. My nephew likes to draw and has a vivid imagination. My niece likes to ask deep questions. Thank you for your amazing show
6. Hi I’m looking for some help, choosing a Christmas present for my Mum. She loves Patricia Briggs and Kelley Armstrong and has also really enjoyed Carrie Vaughn, Ben Aaronavitch, Kim Harrison and Rachel Vincent. Illona Andrews, Melissa Marr, Jim Butcher, Holly Black and Karen Chance got a meh reaction. JR ward and Laurel Hamilton are a no go (too much sex before you get any plot) Over the last decade I’ve also covered Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, Charlaine Harris, Lilith St Crow, Rachel Caine, Julie Kagawa and Richelle mead to varying degrees of success. She has just spent August devouring Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series and has moved on to the Cryptozoology set for the autumn. In order to pay her back for introducing me to Anne MacCaffrey when I was 12 I’m looking for something that may have slipped under the radar that she will enjoy. Bonus if there are lots of back catalogue for the author.
Thanks for your previous excellent recommendations for my Vegas trip. Fingers crossed you can help me find some new reads for my Mum.
7. I am looking for recommendations on what I call low urban fantasy. Stories where wizards and golems and all manner of weird things exist in the contemporary world, but rather than being a separate secret world with large-scale organizations, they exist in isolation and largely in secret on the fringes of society. The magic isn't some separate, arcane practice, but rather comes from or integrates everyday practices like poker or watching TV. The wonders themselves tend to be less spectacular and more like fudging reality a bit. The protagonists tend to be morally grey and less than savory.
I've only found a couple of works that have scratched this particular itch (the work of Tim Powers, the roleplaying game Unknown Armies), and I would really appreciate any suggestions you could give. I would really like any suggestions that incorporate history into the magic (e.g. the death of Bugsy Siegel as an arcane ritual in Powers' Last Call). Also, books that do not feature straight white guys as the protagonist would be a nice change of pace.
Gunsmoke & Glamour by Hillary Monahan
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (tw: suicide, domestic violence, harm to children)
Fledgling by Octavia E Butler (tw: pedophilia, sort of)
Severance by Ling Ma
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Death Safe by Edgar Wallace
The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble
Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker (tw: suicide, self-harm)
Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
Dec 13 2018
Rank #17: E142: #142: High Stakes With Eye Shadow
Amanda and Jenn discuss mystery audiobooks, sea otters, fun sci-fi, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. Hello there!
I’m going on a road trip with my husband and in-laws in August and would love to listen to a family-friendly mystery audiobook. Murder is ok as long as it’s not too gruesome and please no sex!
I love your show so much and look forward to listening every week!
Thanks so much for your time,
2. Dear Jenn and Amanda,
I am going to Kyuquot British Columbia for a kayaking trip in August and would love any reading recommendations for books about this area or sea otters. I am currently reading Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and have read The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. I work from home and your podcast is my treat for when I can take it a little bit easier at work.
3. Hi, I’d love book recommendations for if you loved the guardians of the galaxy movies. Fun sci-fi with great characters. I’ve already enjoyed Long way to a small angry planet. Also sorry if this has been asked before. Thanks :)
One of my favorite books in recent years is "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" and its sequel. I love the colorful characters, the themes of found family and searching for your place in the world, and the general feeling that everybody is just kinder and more open-minded in the future. Most of all I just find the mellow slice-of-life tone really relaxing to read after a long stressful day. Although I loved the rich sci-fi worldbuilding in this series, I'm open to reading books with a similar tone in other settings and genres.
4. I have recently gotten very interested in the ideas behind and process of translating. It started with the release of Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey and the surrounding media buzz. Follow that up with a conversation about ASL interpreting, some Jhumpa Lahiri, and an internet rabbit hole about Harry Potter books in translation, and I want to deep dive into something about a literary translator, whether it be fiction, memoir, non-fiction, whatever. I’m finding it difficult to look up suggestions on the internet because the results tend to either be the works in translation themselves or how-to type guides, which just isn’t quite what I’m looking for.
5. Hi ladies:
I'm looking for angry women book recommendations. I want to read a book that centers a woman speaking on the things that make them angry. Fiction/non-fiction will do. Bonus points for books in translation.
Thanks in advance,
an angry woman
6. Hey Y'all,
I'm a college student studying English and therefore spend a large amount of time reading intense literary books, which don't get me wrong, is the light of my soul. However, now that summer is here some of my favorite recreational books to read are ones that include a complicated villain romance. I know it's completely cliche, but it never fails to hit the spot when I'm looking for something light. Two of my favorites are Warner from the Shatter Me series and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I'm completely fine with anything YA, but would be interested if there's this type of relationship dynamic in adult fiction and a queer twist on the relationship would be much appreciated if you could think of anything.
7. Hello! I realized recently I deeply enjoy books and media about groups of people who support and have a deep and unconditional love for each other, especially in abnormal circumstances. Some examples of this I particularly loved are the Harry Potter books and A Little Life, and the shows Sense8 and Orphan Black. I prefer literary fiction, science fiction, and contemporary YA, and I also prefer if there are queer people in a book. What are some other books with tight, loving groups and found families? Thank you!
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeish
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
The World Between Two Covers by Ann Morgan
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat
The Professional by Kresley Cole, rec’d by Trisha and Jess
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
Aug 02 2018
Rank #18: E156: #156: Several Generations of Angst
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about the arts, kid-friendly audiobooks, Victorian-esque reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. I love your show! I was really getting into a slump of only reading the highly marketed books. You help me broaden my bookshelf so thanks!
My husband and I recently start "reading" books together. He listens to the audio book because he is a busy MA student and drives a lot while I enjoy reading physically.
We just finished Bird Box and both really enjoyed it! My husband is the finicky reader. He enjoys Stephen King and thrillers. We have Dark Matter by Blake Crouch on our to read list. I tried recommending Into the Drowning Deep, but the mermaids were too far (even though I think he would love it).
We would like recommendations for thrillers/suspense with some supernatural happenings and at least one likeable/smart character. He has read most of Stephen King where as I really enjoy fantasy novels. I can do most horror/suspense. Sci Fi could be doable if it had the right characters. Please stay in the adult category as my husband does not enjoy "teen angst".
Side note: I would just need a trigger warning for violence against women and children (which you always provide).
Thank you in advance!
--Kyla and Kyle
2. I would love ideas for books that are relationship focused but have intellectual conversation, like my favorite movies - Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight. What I love about those is that you feel so much intimacy and tension - the way one tiny thing could make everything fall apart.
I have On Chesil Beach on my radar already. Normal People by Sally Rooney also came close to what I'm hoping for.
3. Hi Ladies! Love the podcast!
I have loved the Dana Stabenow, Kate Shugak mysteries. Though I love her series, I would love a recommendation for a Native American own voices author from Alaska or North Western Canada. I prefer fiction, and it does not have to be a mystery.
4. I’m looking for recommendations for my school’s book club. We are a group of high school educators who enjoy reading broadly, so we have tried to have books that delve into different departments’ interests like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (science) or Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (History).
I would love some book recommendations where the text is heavily influenced by art or music to better represent those departments. Bonus points for diverse authors or perspectives!
In the past we have also loved Station Eleven, Enrique’s Journey, The Nightingale, Educated and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.
Thanks in advance for your help!
5. Hi! I've recently discovered audio books as an excellent way to get more books in my life on my commute every morning. I drop my kids off at two different places and I'm usually in the car for about an hour. My difficulty is finding something that I enjoy but is also appropriate for my kids to listen to, they are 2 1/2 and 4 but are VERY observant and like to mimic what they hear. So far I've listened to Blackout by Connie Willis and the The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. I love fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, and mystery. Any recommendations you have would be awesome, thank you!
6. My dad loves traditional sci-fi. Heinlein is his favorite author ever, but he also enjoys Zelazny, Asimov, etc. I'm hoping to find new authors for him, and have had some success with the Expanse, The Martian, and with books by Elizabeth Moon. However, the Vorkosigan books, the Murderbot Diaries, Red Mars, and the Honor Harrington books all fell flat for him. Do you have suggestions for modern books in the classic sci-fi style?
--Books for Space Dad
7. Hiii! :) I'm wondering if you know of any books similar to the Victorian "sensation novels" such as Lady Audley's Secret, Wilkie Collins' books etc, but which reflect modern values. I find I'm completely charmed by the trope that I call "mild mannered Victorian gentleman reluctantly and/or accidentally solves a crime," that isn't gritty or over the top but still has a lot of unforseen twists; however, I've grown so tired of books that only have white straight characters. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
--Mild Mannered Modern Reader
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (TW: violence against women and children (and everyone))
Stephen King read-alikes episode
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (TW: graphic violence, harm to women and children)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (rec’d by Jessica and Michelle)
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough (tw: rape)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (rec’d by Jamie C)
Nov 08 2018
Rank #19: E138: #138: Full-Frontal Ben Affleck
Amanda and María Cristina recommend light books in translation, books for breakups, reads about saints, and more.
This episode is sponsored by My Plain Jane and Harry's Trees.
The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice Dekobra, translated by Neal Wainwright
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer and translated by (wait for it…) Ursula K. LeGuin
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Sister Teresa by Barbara Mujica
The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie
My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otawa
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel by Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
Want by Cindy Pon
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
Jun 28 2018
Rank #20: E124: #124: Mushroom Wives and Vampire Boyfriends
Amanda and Jenn discuss fun magical reads, trilogies, non-scary true crime, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
I’m looking for a book that is fun, light, and possibly magical. While I do love books that deal with important and often heavy issues, several people in my family are battling major health issues that are pretty heavy. So I’m looking for a book to escape from all that when I need a little pick me up. I recently read The Invisible Library and loved it! Where’d you go Bernadette, Ready Player One, The Night Circus, and Harry Potter are some of my favorites. I want something I can spend some time with so please no short stories or graphic novels. I can’t wait to hear what you recommend!
2. For a trip in April!
Hi, Get Booked! The orchestra I perform with is going on tour to Peru, Argentina and Uruguay next month and I’d love to read a novel or two set in the countries where we’ll be. I’m also writing my dissertation, so lighter, fun reads would be appreciated. Nothing supernatural please.
3. Hi, I’m looking for a good trilogy to read. I’m participating in a Litsy Reading Challenge and one of the categories is read a trilogy. It can be YA or not, preferably not. I really liked The Grisha trilogy. I tried the first in Blood of Eden series (The Immortal Rules) and didn’t care for it. I’ve read all the popular YA ones like hunger games, divergent, etc. My favorite genres are fantasy, mystery and Historical fiction. Thanks in advance!
4. I'm participating in the read harder challenge and I'm a bit anxious just thinking about the true crime book. Could you recommend a nonviolent true crime book for anxious wimps like me? Maybe a heist or something?
5. Hi Ladies!
My best friend's birthday in in three weeks and I'm stumped. I've exhausted my knowledge of big-gothic-isolated-house-psychological thrillers (her FAVORITE in all caps). I've given her Rebecca, The Haunting of Hill House, The Silent Companions, The Woman in Black, The Essex Serpent and most of Wilkie Collins. Creepy and / or serious is great, but odd or quirky is okay - her favorite movie is Clue, so an Edward Gorey vibe is great too.
Thanks so much!
6. TIME SENSITIVE for EARLY APRIL. I’ll be going to the French Quarter in New Orleans for an academic conference this April (Fun fact: the academic conference coincides with both WWE’s Wrestlemania and the city’s French Quarter festival, so I can only imagine who my neighbors at the hostel will be!!). Could you recommend any books or authors to check out if I wanna get to know the city ahead of time? Personally, I don’t know where to start because Nola ticks so many of my interests: jazz, mysticism/magic (vampires, voodoo, graveyards tours etc.), black culture & history, French Creole & Cajun culture, great food…all wrapped up in a small city that remains to be beautiful post-Katrina.
Thank you for answering everyone’s questions every episode!!
7. URGENT!!!! Please help! My brother in law is going on a month long rafting trip down the Grand Canyon and I want to get him a book to bring. He's a fan of Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, western/mountain man stories, the classics. I think he would also enjoy interesting non-fiction. I would love to get him the perfect book to accompany in this adventure.
Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza
The Beauty by Aliya Whitely
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Death Going Down by Maria Angelica Bosco translated by Lucy Greaves
The Hare by Cesar Aira
Shades of Magic by VE Schwab
The Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemisin (trigger warning: harm to children)
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Post: books set in New Orleans
Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams
Half An Inch of Water by Percival Everett
Mar 22 2018