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Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.

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Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.

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By t.s.h.2020 - Mar 11 2020
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This is probably my favorite show from the Book Riot suite of podcasts. I love Jenn and Amanda, their humor and wit. I also love the unique recommendations. I’ll never be able to read all the great books I’ve learned about here. ;)

So good!

By charikael - Jan 09 2020
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My only complaint is that they recommend SO MANY good books and I cannot read fast enough! 😫

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By t.s.h.2020 - Mar 11 2020
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This is probably my favorite show from the Book Riot suite of podcasts. I love Jenn and Amanda, their humor and wit. I also love the unique recommendations. I’ll never be able to read all the great books I’ve learned about here. ;)

So good!

By charikael - Jan 09 2020
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My only complaint is that they recommend SO MANY good books and I cannot read fast enough! 😫
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Rank #1: E198: This One Is The Queerest

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Amanda and Jenn discuss queer reads, graphic novels, management advice, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by our Mystery/Thriller giveawayAll That’s Dead by Stuart McBride, and Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee, read by Oliver Wyman.

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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!

Many Mahalos!


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 #2: E186: #186: What's The Word For Cute-Sad?

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Norwegian authors, multigenerational family novels, thrillers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored The Guest Book by Sarah Blake and Audible.

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Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh (rec’d by Caroline)


1. Hey Get Booked! Thank you for the invaluable service you provide. I’m traveling to Norway for a few weeks this summer and I’d like to read a novel set in Norway and by a Norwegian author. Ideally it would have a strong sense of place. I’m trying not to read books by cis men, so if you could avoid them, that would be great! I like most genres, but I’m not interested in children’s or middle grade books. YA might be okay if it isn’t about teen romance. Books I’ve read and loved recently include the Broken Earth Trilogy, Trail of Lightning, Normal People, Mr. Splitfoot, Everything Under, Unmarriageable, and Made for Love.


2. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

I am very afraid of flying and have a work trip coming up (11h flight). I need a book that will keep me hooked for hours but won’t build up my anxiety.

I do have a few restrictions: I recently went through a traumatic event and anything including/mentioning shootings or terrorism will trigger my anxiety. So please nothing including these topics. Of course, I would also like to avoid anything involving a plane crash 😀

I usually reach for thrillers when traveling but I’m open to any genre. Some of my favorite books I read in the last couple years are: This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Circe by Madeleine Miller, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and of course, all of Gillian Flynn’s books.



3. I recently made the transition from reading majority YA to majority adult fiction and am still figuring out my reading tastes, however, just this week I started reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and it’s ticking a lot of boxes. I’m really enjoying how the novel explores the journey of one family through various decades, countries and historical events. I was hoping you’d be able to recommend more books which also follow characters across many years as they live through turbulent historical and political times. Bonus points for non-American settings and lgbt themes if possible (and please, less incest).

(Extra info: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne is already on my TBR, and I’ve listened to most of your previous episodes so if you’ve mentioned a book a few times, I’m probably already aware of it. Love the podcast by the way!)


4. Hi Amanda and Jen!

I’m going on a vacation with the boyfriend this month and am looking for some beach reads. I’ve recently loved authors like Jasmine Guillory where I can breeze through the book and that still include strong female leads. BUT I’m wondering if there are books that will soothe my big relationship fear of being in a committed relationship when an intriguing new person swoops in to steal either me or my partner, having been the true soulmate all along. Are there any books when a character meets someone new but decides to stay with their significant other and is happier for it? Do those exist? I absolutely adore your podcast for inspiring me to seek books my heart needs instead of just passively receiving whatever I find in stores!

Wishing you all the best,


5. Hello! I love this pod!! I’m reading War for the Oaks based on a rec from Jenn for another request, and am enjoying it immensely. I wish I’d had it early last year when I sunk into a comfortable mode of fey in the “modern” day, with Stiefvater’s Ballad, Dean’s Tam Lin, and Wynne Jones’s Fire and Hemlock. Do you have any recs for books with this sort of theme, and tone? Not so much a fan of Terri Windling, Holly Black and Charles de Lint. Love love Robin McKinley and Helen Oyeyemi. Please something without explicit sexual or violent content. Thank you!!

-no name

6. My 10 year old son, 13 year old daughter and I listen to audiobooks every day on the drive to and from school, but it’s become increasingly difficult to find books that all of us like. His genre is mischievous boys making trouble. Hers is middle grade or YA fantasy. Mine is literary fiction. I need well-written and well-narrated; he wants funny and exciting but not scary; she’s the most flexible. Past successes are Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, The Terrible Two series, The Mysterious Benedict Society series, the Greenglass House series, Better Nate Than Ever series, True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, The Wednesday Wars, Imaginarium Geographica series, and obviously Harry Potter. Weirdly, neither of them liked Narnia, His Dark Materials, or Artemis Fowl. Daily drives without a good book are not fun around here! Help, please!!


7. I’m a Christian and I’m also an immigrant-loving feminist. Since the 2016 election I’ve found myself increasingly distanced from the Evangelical community because I just can’t stomach their continued support of evil men and hateful policies. Sometimes I think I’m ready to give up on the Church, but I’m not ready to give up on God. I guess I just feel alone and since I always take comfort in reading, I’m looking for books by or about someone who loves Jesus and also hangs out with gays and Muslims and shows up to all the Women’s Marches. I’ve recently read everything by Rachel Held Evans, and I’m heartbroken over her death. Please tell me there’s someone else like her out there somewhere. Thank you so much!


Books Discussed

The Faster I Walk the Smaller I Am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, Kerri A. Pierce (Translator)

The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdattar #1) by Sigrid Undset, translated by Tiina Nunnally

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (tw: incest and suicide)

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Post: Multigenerational Family Novels

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas

The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

Unraveling by Karen Lord (tw: mentions of violence, incl. harm to children, but nothing too explicit)

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

God Land by Lyz Lenz (out August 1)

Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber (rec’d by Amanda)

Jun 20 2019



Rank #3: E129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward

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Apr 26 2018



Rank #4: Get Booked Ep. #78: All Mysteries, All Thrillers, All the Time

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Amanda, Jenn, and guest expert Katie discuss mysteries and thrillers! This episode is sponsored by Start Up by Doree Shafrir and Perfect by Cecilia Ahern.

Apr 25 2017



Rank #5: E221: Critiques of Fascist Government Plus Tentacles

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Latinx authors in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez, on sale now from Catapult, Flatiron Books, publisher of The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner, and Sourcebooks.

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The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne (rec’d by Stacy)

The Afterward by EK Johnston (rec’d by Cara)

Books Discussed

Crashing Into Her by Mia Sosa

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz (tw: child abuse, domestic violence, self harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, rape, homophobia, struggles with mental illness, addiction)

We Set the Dark on Fire & We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (tw: assault & abuse of women, homophobia)

Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra, transl by Achy Obejas

Carved in Bone by Michael Nava (tw: use of slurs, violent homophobia, intimate partner violence, rape, suicide attempts, internalized homophobia)

Yuyi Morales

Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez

Diamond City by Francesca Flores

Dominicana by Angie Cruz (tw domestic violence)

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (tw violence against women)

Planet for Rent by Yoss, translated by David Frye

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Mar 05 2020



Rank #6: Get Booked Ep. #28: Gasping Into the Book

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Amanda and Jenn recommend AI sci-fi, funny books, political nonfiction, and more on this week's Get Booked!

May 12 2016



Rank #7: E128: #128: Nonfiction Galore

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Jenn is joined by Kim Ukura and Alice Burton, hosts of the For Real podcast, for a special nonfiction-themed episode!

This episode is sponsored by Rebound by Kwame Johnson and the Bruno Johnson Series by David Putnam.

Enter our mystery giveaway!


1. Hi there,

This never-ending winter has me looking forward to the vacation I've planned for this June and I have visions of laying on the beach for days at a time with a good book. I'm not worried about being able to find good vacation reading material for myself, but my wife is a much pickier reader. Can you help me find a book that will keep her entertained so I can relax with my own book? She loves nonfiction and particularly enjoys heavy topics like the holocaust, dictatorships, and cults. Recent reads she has enjoyed include Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler and Without You, There is No Us: Undercover Amongst the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. I recently put The Road to Jonestown and Lilac Girls in her hands, but neither of those worked for her.

Thanks in advance for your help!



2. I'm a single woman in my mid-30s and, while I am fine with my single status and enjoying my life as it is, almost all of my friends are partnering off and having children. I was feeling blue about it until I read Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies and Kate Bolick's Spinster, and am now looking for more reads that celebrate single women, especially single women without children. I'm looking specifically for books with female protagonists who get to enjoy a happy ending without being coupled off or having kids, or where the happy ending is not focused on coupledom (though it's fine if there's a relationship in the story). I read all fiction genres except horror and I also enjoy nonfiction, especially memoirs and biographies.

Thanks in advance. I love the podcast!


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I just have to say y'all are the best, and I love this podcast so much. My to be read list grows every day (mostly because I just discovered this podcast so I am just binging my way through it :))

I have a request for a book for my boyfriend. He likes to read, but he's a really slow reader (this was my way of saying, he likes to read but doesn't read a lot, you know?), and we just moved in together and I noticed that almost all of his books are by straight white males. My new years resolution is to get him only books by...not straight white males.

So. He likes fantasy and science fiction. (He loved the Name of the Wind, I think he liked Game of Thrones.) But I've already recommended him Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin is on my to-read list.

He also LOVES true crime and nonfiction/historical-ish books, like Devil in the White City. (I also already got him Killers of the Flower Moon before I made my resolution. Whoops.)

Any recommendations are so welcome, in these genres or feel free to go crazy.



4. I've been feeling the inadequacy of my high school level American History education lately, as I've been listening to a lot of podcasts that have happened to bring up Asian American historical events that I realize I know very little about. I would like to brush up on my Asian American history in general but I don't know where to start. Do you have any nonfiction recs in this area, both in the overview theme and more specific and particular events and ethnic groups? Thank you much!


5. I am getting very interested in language itself. This began with just loving novels with beautiful and pithy prose (so rec's in that vein are certainly welcome). Now I'm increasingly interested in linguistics and philology. While I'm so far fascinated by Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct", I am hoping for books (nonfiction, memoirs, essay collections, or even novels) more welcoming to the lay linguist. For instance, Bill Bryson's "The Mother Tongue" is very much the sort of thing I'm hoping for more of, and I am currently working through and enamored by Jhumpa Lahiri's beautiful "In Other Words". So, where do I go when I finish that one? Thanks y'all!


6. Hi-ya!

I am trying to be a less stupid white person. Recently I have read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates, the March series by Congressman John Lewis, and the quite excellent satire, I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett. I loved them all, and would like to read more like them. I am planning to read more satires like Welcome to Braggsville, The Sellout, and Blackass, but are there other books on race that you can recommend, fiction or nonfiction? I would especially love some gems from the past that I may have missed, or something written by a woman!

Many thanks!!


Books Discussed

Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson

Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel (trigger warning: discussion of rape)

The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell

The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia

“Stories of Your Life” from Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

From #blacklivesmatter To Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #8: E207: The Holiday Show

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Amanda and Jenn give book recommendations for holiday gift-giving.

This episode is sponsored by TBRThe 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.

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Manazuru and The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami (rec’d by Cari and Brooke)

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

Turbulence & Resistance by Samit Basu

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 #9: E188: Being Terrified Is My Jam

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Jenn and Kelly discuss camping reads, transhumanist SF, healthy cookbooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fmGreen Chef, and The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean.

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1. Hello Ladies,

I have been an avid listener and a growing book devour-er since starting to listen to all sorts of awesome bookish podcasts such as yourselves.

This past weekend I DEVOURED Kitchen Counter Cooking School, am anxiously awaiting Garlic and Sapphires and since then have fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole of food, diet and health.

I have recently found out that I am both Gluten and Lactose Intolerant and after watching Rotten and Veducated online I now want to go Vegan – OMG have you watched these?!?

I have downloaded, but have yet to start reading The Skeptical Vegan, but are there any other books that you (or Miss Liberty) can recommend that would help me on my merry way?

Hungry for Advice,



Hello, I love your podcast. Thank you for doing it! I am wanting to eat healthier. I am interested in cookbooks that focus on healthy meals but on a budget. I am not opposed to cookbooks that feature vegetarian or vegan meals but don’t want something that focuses on “fad diets”. Thank you!


2. Hello –

I’m a public librarian serving our local middle school. I have a 7th grade teacher looking for read-a-likes to S.E. Hinton’s THE OUTSIDERS. They do not want other S.E. Hinton titles, yet still want titles that are age-appropriate for a 7th grade public school. The titles I find tend to be more appropriate for high school, and not middle grade (for example, David Arnold’s KIDS OF APPETITE, which is not an option for classroom use due to language).

Any thoughts or assistance appreciated.

Thank you


3. Amanda & Jenn –

I love your show and have found many great recs for my TBR and titles for my classroom library. I’m a ninth grade English teacher and my students do independent reading throughout the year. It is amazing to see their diverse interests, but one common love by many this past year has been The Martian by Andy Weir. I never know what to suggest to them next after this book and many times they have book hangovers after this read. Help me help them find a read alike for this novel!

Thank you.


4. Hi ladies! I’ve asked questions in the show before and was super happy with the recs (especially Her Body and Other Parties, amazing!) so thank you so much and also I’m back for more. I’ve been in a real non fiction kick lately and would love some recommendations for non fiction, especially historical, that reads like a novel/is very readable. In addition to that I would really prefer to read something in translation or about other countries since I’m not american or particularly interested in US history. Bonus points for greek, french, or south american history/historical figures, but not essential.


5. Hi! Love your podcast! I’m a PhD student so I spend all my life reading heavy academic texts, and it means my pleasure reading is suffering, I’m reading lots of chick lit because it’s so predictable it doesn’t matter that I’m exhausted!

I’m after some recommendations of things that are easy to read but a bit more exciting. When I do have the energy I love thriller/crime books and YA (especially queer fiction). Not so keen on fantasy/sci fi. Fave authors are probably Becky Abertalli and Rachel Abbott


6. I’m looking for book recommendations for an upcoming camping trip. It will be just me and my husband relaxing in the woods, hiking etc. Last year I read Undaunted Courage and really loved reading about their journey while I had a much more modern adventure. Doesn’t necessarily have to be nonfiction but does have to be paperback (easy to carry). Thanks!


7. Hello! I’ve been growing more interested in reading transhuman science fiction. Specifically books that feature mind hacking, mind uploading, or resleeving into artificial bodies. Some similar books I’ve read are Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love.

It would be a bonus if the recommendations included either romance or horror, and double bonus if they feature LBGTQ characters and issues!


Books Discussed

Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee

The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

Feed by MT Anderson

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Jul 11 2019



Rank #10: Get Booked Ep. #26: House-Wife, But Also Assassin

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Jenn and guest Swapna recommend comics for kids, superhero
novels, graphic memoirs and more on this week's Get Booked.

Apr 28 2016

1hr 3mins


Rank #11: E191: Alpha in the Sheets, Beta in the Streets

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Amanda and Jenn discuss chapter books about girls, thrillers, undersea stories, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, One Good Deed by David Baldacci, and Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson.

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Serial Killers: Murder Without Mercy by Nigel Blundell (rec’d by Sharon)

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik (rec’d by Sibyl)

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (rec’d by Sibyl)

Spoonbenders by Darryl Gregory (rec’d by Sibyl)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (rec’d by Sibyl)


1. Hi Amanda and Jenn, I’m such a big fan of the show and your recs are always must-adds for my TBR! I tend to buy most of my books at library book sales, used bookstores, etc, where there are a lot of random books in a big mish-mash. It makes me sad when I see a favorite but lesser-known book in a pile, being passed over again and again for new hyped up releases. I’d love to know, if you were at a used bookstore, what would be the book that would make you want to pull it out of the pile and hold it up like Simba in The Lion King while announcing to everyone “this is the one! Please take this one home!”


2. I am thinking about moving to Manchester, England to start a graduate program in September, so I am looking for contemporary fiction or nonfiction books set in Manchester that would give me insight into the city and introduce me to writers from the region. Since I cannot visit the city before starting the program I think reading could help calm my nerves a bit (as it tends to do). When I lived in Paris I read 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster and really enjoyed the Parisian and literary references. I have read novels set in other European cities but would really appreciate recommendations specific to Manchester. It would be a nice addition if one of the recommendations had a non-white, non-male protagonist and author. Thank you! I really enjoy listening to the podcast and expanding my TBR pile.


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn. Hoping you can smash another recommendation for me. I recently bought my friend’s daughter the Phoebe the Unicorn books and successfully turned a tentative reader into a certified book worm. She even posted me her own little thank you note, it was the cutest. I’m keen to get her some new books to keep up the streak.

She comes from an extended family where she is surrounded by young mums and examples of motherhood and homemaking, and while this is lovely, I know her mum is keen to make sure she knows that having children is not the only path available to her. Could you recommend some books to keep her inspired, whatever her path may be. I particularly want to combat the kind of troubling comments I know she’s come up against already in her young life, such as ‘little boys become doctors, little girls become nurses’ 🙁

She’s pretty into street dance, maths, baking and her family’s landrover. Nothing too scary please. She’s 8 years old, turning 9 in December. Availability in the UK a must.


4. I’m looking for recommendations for my book club. We tend to gravitate towards mysteries and thrillers, the darker the better. Books we’ve read in the past include: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld, The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor, Force of Nature by Jane Harper. My group really really enjoyed Confessions by Kanae Minato. We like lots of twists and the switching perspectives. Thank you for your help! Love your show 🙂


5. I just tore through City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty and am having trouble moving on! Nothing I pick up is holding my interest, and I find myself dreaming of a big book set in a foreign land, with magic and friendship and intrigue. Can you recommend something that will help fill the hole in my reading heart until the third book comes out in 2020? I am game for almost anything except horror (I am a wimp!). Recent book loves in addition to these two include The Night Circus, Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, Circe by Madeline Miller and everything by Becky Chambers. You’ll see a lot of familiar titles on my Goodreads – a Fair number of the books on my TBR (and those I’ve read over the last couple of years) are your fault – in a really good way! Thank you!


6. Hello! First of all, I would like to say how much I LOVE your podcast. I have been listening since the beginning, and my TBR is forever growing. Who can ever really be “done” with their TBR? So here is my first recommendation request after all this time: Recently I have become fascinated with underwater exploration and all things under the sea. It is a whole different world, and is equal parts exciting and terrifying to me. I have not read many books dealing with underwater adventure, but would love more options to pick up. I read Josh Malerman’s A House At The Bottom of The Lake and loved how uneasy it made me feel as I was reading it. Exploring open water is something I would never do in real life, so I need to read about it! I love all things magical realism and science fiction, but wouldn’t be opposed to an adventure as well! Hoping for more fictional recommendations than non-fiction. Thank you so much in advance!!

All the best,


7. Howdy! I love your podcast! I read a lot of books across a broad range of genres, but I’m looking for recommendations for romances with guys who are bossy/controlling in bed. I’ve really enjoyed Willing Victim, Brutal Game, and After Hours by Cara McKenna. I also enjoyed Lori Foster’s romances with alpha-guy leads. I’m not into the full-on Fifty Shades of Gray-esque BDSM thing–that’s too much, especially when the control bleeds out of the bedroom and into the rest of life. I have a strong preference for heterosexual relationships. Bonus points for recs that include fantasy elements or virgins, but those aren’t required. Thanks ladies!



My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar (tw: sexual assault)

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson (tw: child abuse)

Lola Levine is Not Mean by Monica Brown

The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Wollestonecraft Detective Agency #1) by Jordan Stratford, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (rec’d by Karina of Kidlit These Days)

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Low by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, Dave McCaig

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Aug 01 2019



Rank #12: Get Booked Ep. #48: In The Mood For Pumpkins

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Amanda and Jenn discuss fall books, science & technology history, novels about cults, and more on this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by What the Dickens?! by Bryan Kozlowski and The Case of the Defunct Adjunct by Frankie Bow.

Sep 29 2016



Rank #13: E166: #166: Everyone is Punchable

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Amanda and Jenn discuss cozy reads, morally complicated characters, small-town stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, The Plotters by Un-su Kim, and At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino.

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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.


4. Hi,

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 #14: E208: Obsessed With Trees

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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.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalThe Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson, and Care/Of.

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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!


5. Hi,

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: Get Booked Episode #11: The Night Circus Void

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Amanda and Jenn recommend books to read after college, what to read to fill the void left by The Night Circus, and more. This episode is sponsored by Jakob's Colors by Lindsay Hawdon and the Book Riot Store.

Jan 14 2016

1hr 4mins


Rank #16: Get Booked Ep. #25: Bromance on the High Seas

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Amanda and Jenn recommend excellent biographies, books for those who have lost a dog, and more on this week's Get Booked!

Apr 21 2016

1hr 1min


Rank #17: Get Booked Ep. #32: Heart Feels

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Amanda and Jenn recommend fun history books, fairytale retellings for adults, and more! This episode is sponsored by The Fireman by Joe Hill and Book Riot Live.

Jun 09 2016

1hr 1min


Rank #18: E220: Social Justice Lady Factory

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books about refugees, fantasy series, indie horror, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, Mariner Books, and Flatiron Books, publisher of Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore.

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1. Hi ladies,

New listener, so sorry if you’ve answered this question already. I am temporarily relocating for work to a place I’ve never been where I don’t know anyone, and I need a good rec to help with the transition. I’m looking for an epic saga in which to get lost. I want multiple books, huge stakes, big cohesive story. The problem I often run into w/ theses types of stories is I am often let down by the ending. If I’m going to invest this much time and energy into a book, I want it to be worth it. I want to miss the characters when they are gone. I tend to lean toward fantasy, but it’s not a must, so long as the ending is realistic and satisfying, and prefer some sort of magic or mystic component or creature. I read a lot of YA, but also not a must. Adult themes okay as long as it’s not too graphic. I get bored with intricate battle sequences and too much imagery. What I care about are character driven, relationship driven stories. My absolute favorite is the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. Anything by her actually, I read all her books. Do you have any recs along these same lines? Bonus points if it’s available in audiobook.

Other series I enjoyed:
– Harry Potter
– Fever Series (1st 5 books) – Karen Marie Moning
– Seven Water Series – Juliet Marillier
– Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Meyer
– Songs of Lioness – Tamora Pierce
– Hunger Games
– Graceling – Kristen Cashore (didn’t love book #3, but I loved the first one so much, it gets a bit of a pass)
– Daughter of Smoke and Bone series – Laini Taylor
– Queen’s Thief – Megan Whelan Turner

Series that fell short:
– Divergent Series
– Inheritance Cycle
– Caraval – Stephanie Garber
– Lord of the Rings (Don’t hate, great story, just too much imagery)
– City of Bones Series – CassandraClare
– The Maze Runner – James Dashner
– Twilight Saga – Stephanie Meyer.
– Incerceron – Catherine Fisher

Thanks in advance,


2. Hello ladies. I work closely with the grade 6 English teachers at our school. We do a lit circle at the end of the year and we are wanting to give the students a choice of books. We are wanting to do a theme around refugees or being displaced. So far we have “Refugee” and “A Long Walk to Water”. It might even be great to have any about First Nations. We are a school in Vancouver, Canada.
Thank you for any great ideas.

3. I am looking for a response before the end of 2020. 😊I am a little stumped about the Read a horror book published by an indie press task for the 2020 Read Harder challenge. I have a very low tolerance for scary material and I don’t have as many reviews to go by as horror books published by mainstream presses. Some books I have enjoyed in the pseudo-horror genre are The Picture of Dorian Gray, books and stories by Neil Gaiman, and Misery by Stephen King. Thanks for your help!


4. Hi! I was looking for more books like Sarah MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. I loved the first two books and am so excited for the third. I also really loved Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster. I guess I’m really looking for a historical romance (or historical fantasy?) featuring criminals (preferably with accents). I’d prefer something with a HEA/HFN ending because when the world is a scary dumpster fire, it’s nice to know in advance that things will work out ok in a book. Thank you so much!

BTW, your podcast made me willing to try romance again after my first encounter was not ideal. It was a vintage title that was often non consensual and yucky. I’d assumed they were all like this until listening to you two and Rebecca on All the Books talk about romance that was feminist. Thank you for opening my reading life.


5. My 4yo just finished his first chapter book! (Listening, that is. No prodigies over here.)

I’d checked out James and the Giant Peach from the library for myself. I somehow never read Roald Dahl as a kid, so I’m filling that cultural knowledge gap now. Anyway, my little guy saw the cover and thought it was a book for him, so we gave it a shot. (After I’d read it first, of course. Dahl isn’t the author I would have picked to start him on, based on what I do know about his books, but this one was pretty tame.)

Up until now we’ve been reading nothing but picture books, and I really didn’t think he’d have the patience to sit and listen, or the attention span to keep coming back day after day, but he proved me wrong.

He’s now super excited about chapter books, which I love! But I have no idea where to go next! Since I know these types of books aren’t really meant as read-alouds and are aimed at older kids, I’m second-guessing myself on content. I’m mostly of the mindset that I don’t want to restrict my kids, and we can discuss anything that’s confusing or disturbing, but even though I feel like I’m on the open-minded end of the parental spectrum, that’s been pretty hypothetical up until now.

So, parental insecurities aside, can you give me any recommendations for chapter books that are exciting and imaginative and also appropriate for a preschooler? I’d love something published in the last 25-30 years, since I have NO clue what kid lit has been doing since I was one, but that’s more a want than a need.

He turns five at the beginning of April, and I’d love to start gifting him his very own “big kid” books.


6. Helllllooo, I have read a few recommendations from you two now and have enjoyed them all and I was hoping you can help me out again!
I have recently bought a house and have been finding longer books really hard to finish/motivation to read is lacking (it literally took three months to read The Way of Kings pt 1).
So I am asking for short books (<300 pages). Some I have enjoyed previously are the Murderbot Diaries, Wayward Children, and The Collector series. I already have The Deep on my tbr.
I would read almost any genre (including Non-Fiction) but prefer something either shocking (cue The Collector series) or whimsical/magical.
If I can buy a physical copy to support the author that would be a bonus too!

Thank you so much in advance!


7. Hello ladies! I’m a big fan of the show and I come WITH A CRY FOR HELP. As any other twenty year old girl today, technology takes up a lot of my time and energy, but over the last two years or so I feel like I’ve grown somewhat addicted to stimulus. I can’t remember the last time I felt bored, as I’m always listening to/reading/watching something, and the feeling of just doing something without distractions has become so uncomfortable to me. This has taken a really big toll on my ability to do the things I’m really passionate about doing, such as writing and making music. Those are pretty much impossible when you can’t do anything without having a youtube video on the background. I’d like a book that would help me fix this problem. I’ve read some books about mindfulness and disconnecting, but they seem very focused on explaining why those things are important and how they’ll improve your life, but I have yet to find something that’ll actually help me to get out of this habit. Looking for something that will actually help me feel comfortable with the quiet again and stop constantly craving distraction, something with actual tips or instructions on how to enjoy slower, less stimulating activities when living in a world where entertainment is a click away. Thank you so much for always giving us amazing recs and hope you can help me with this one!



The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff (TW rape, gender-based violence)

the Kate Daniels series (Magic Bites #1) by Ilona Andrews

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Books About the Immigrant Experience post

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (tw: mention of rape/sexual assault, genocide of indigenous populations, medical experimentation)

North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer Press)

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk)

London Underground series (From Duke Till Dawn #1) by Eva Leigh

Captured by Beverly Jenkins (tw: violence related to slavery, incl. reference to forced breeding)

Sam Wu is Not Afraid series by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed

The Last-Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles and Dapo Adeola

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Falling In Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson (tw: sexual assault)

Indistractable by Nir Eyal

Calm and Headspace apps

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

Feb 27 2020



Rank #19: Get Booked Episode #5: Asking for Audiobooks

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This episode covers food writing, audiobooks, essay collections, and more. The guest is bookseller Hannah Oliver Depp. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio and ROOM the movie.

Nov 05 2015

1hr 2mins


Rank #20: E210: Project Runway Meets Mulan

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Amanda and Jenn discuss magical seamstresses, feminist weddings, foodie fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, JIMMY Patterson Books, publisher of Ali Cross by James Patterson, and the Read Harder Challenge.

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All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (rec’d by Jaimee)

A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan (rec’d by Teresa)

Time and Again by Jack Finney (rec’d by Sibyl)

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (rec’d by Sibyl)


1. I love fantasy & science fiction and have read the genre for years, but it seems like all I can find is the Not Like Other Girls™ character. Unlike Other Girls she doesn’t like sewing or embroidery and would rather be sword fighting and is always getting in trouble for her unladylike behavior.

My question is; Where are the stories about those other girls?

I personally love sewing and I’m a quilter myself. I love working with fabric, it speaks to me. Are you going to go fight a dragon wearing nothing but a shift? How long are you going to survive a post-apocalyptic winter wearing jeans and a tee shirt? Who is creating the elaborate costumes for the time travelers?

The closest books I’ve been able to find so far are The Backstagers graphic novels/books and the Behind the Scenes!! manga by Bisco Hatori.

Thank you for your time!


2. Hi ladies,

I absolutely love the podcast and wanted to reach out with a request for a recommendation. Recently my (cis male) partner and I have decided that we are going to get married in the new year. We are both feminists, atheists, and working hard to decrease our consumerism and live in environmentally friendly ways, so we are avoiding the wedding industrial complex as much as possible and plan to marry at the town hall with our immediate families present. As a big reader, I often go to books during major life steps to seek advice and guidance, but I am not seeing myself represented in many books about marriage. I have previously read Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert and really loved that book, and I am looking for something similar that is a thoughtful and positive nonfiction book on marriage that may offer advice and insight to those who are genuinely working to have an equal and (apparently) kind of radical partnership that isn’t defined by the trappings of a wedding or organized religion. Your recommendations would be amazing!

Thank you so much,


3. My sister Ruth is a chef/caterer. She has read EVERY memoir, biography, history, technical and cookbook known to the universe. What she hasn’t read is any Fiction that immerses food within the story. Please don’t go for the obvious choices: Danler, Hesser, Reichl, etc. What I’m looking for is a variety of genres/authors that have great food descriptions as part of the story. Literary Fiction a plus and something crazy like SciFi can be fun too. Take your best shot! Grazzi!

-Wynne (she/her)

4. I have been adamant for years that I don’t like romance books. They are too mushy and are not for me. Then I somehow was talked into reading Red, White, and Royal Blue. And now I like romances (??) *sigh* Obviously I need help and direction. LGBT is a major plus but not required. I’ve tried the Kiss Quotient and did not like it at all. When I first came out I read Sing You Home. It was ok but not great. I really like the wit and character building in RWRB. Please help.



5. Hello! I’m a teenager who’s very confused about a lot of things. Some examples are why people like mushrooms, how the current political climate came to be, and figuring out what crowds I identify with.

At the moment, I’m looking for some books that offer different perspectives, or some books that would make me buy merchandise and rant on instagram. Right now, my reading taste leans toward memoirs, YA fiction, dystopian, and sci-fi! Some of my favorite reads are The Giver, Yellow Star, The Hate U Give, Bad Boy, and Ender’s Game!

I’m quite tired of books that have the main protag have this boring and predictable romance with a random side character. I would love some books with interesting romances or no romance at all!

In addition, I would love books that include complex villains! Thanks!


6. I recently reread Maurice and then watched the Jane Eyre miniseries and it got me to thinking about romance, and then forbidden romance. I haven’t read much romance, but I’m into the idea of reading a romance with a forbidden romance with a servant or governess or whatever. Can you guys recommend any good historical romances to scratch that itch? I know almost nothing of the genre, and have only read Courtney Milan, and some ill advised reads back in middle school days.

Thank you two for all your hard work!

P.S. I just realized Fingersmith fits this ask, but rest assured I have read it and watched the amazing movie (which if you haven’t seen GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW). I guess I have a forbidden romance with servants fetish??? Go figure.


7. I’m currently looking for a tragic story (more depressing the better) for a cathartic experience. Themes like suicide, self -harm, any kind of assault and abuse are totally fine and anything that would leave me in tears is just what I need. I have a month long vacation coming in few weeks and I’d prefer a lengthy book that’s not too slow paced.



Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Torn by Rowenna Miller

Something New by Lucy Knisley (rec’d by Aly)

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

The Cheffe by Marie NDiaye, transl. by Jordan Stump

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (tw: domestic abuse)

Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

The Professor by Charlotte Stein

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (TW: harm to children, suicide, child sexual abuse)

Heart Berries by Therese Marie Mailhot (tw: self-harm, domestic violence, struggles with mental health)

Dec 12 2019