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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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Amazing - full TBR

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Love this podcast - every episode adds to my TBR pile. Their recommendations are varied and thoughtful - perfect show for book lovers

So good!

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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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411 Ratings
Average Ratings

Amazing - full TBR

By dinopine - Feb 05 2020
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Love this podcast - every episode adds to my TBR pile. Their recommendations are varied and thoughtful - perfect show for book lovers

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

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Apr 26 2018



Rank #2: 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 #3: E155: #155: Hardest of Nopes

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books about books, houses as characters, female travelers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Knitter's Dictionary, and Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

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)

Mister Pip

If on a Winters Night a Traveler

Cloud Atlas

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!

Best, Kristi

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!

Thank you!


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:

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 #4: 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.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.


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 #5: E145: #145: Underground Pregnant Lady Smugglers

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Amanda and Jenn discuss rich people problems, pregnant protagonists, book-slump busters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Love Letters to Jane’s World by Paige Braddock, and How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes.


Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence


1. Good morning,

I'm going on a trip to France (Paris/Strasbourg) in November and looking for book recs for the summer, preferably historical fiction or mystery. We'll be visiting several palaces, so books related to the monarchy would be great. I'm pretty well-read on British/Scottish history but pretty ignorant on French history. (Totally on board for rich people problems :) Recent faves are the Lytton trilogy (Penny Vincenzi), Life After Life (Kate Atkinson), The Diviners series (Libba Bray), Rules of Civility (Amor Towles), Flight of Gemma Hardy (Margaret Livesey), anything by Tana French. I've checked off Atonement/the Nightingale/Everyone Brave is Forgiven.

Thanks so much! Love the show!


2. Hi Ladies!

Like Amanda I really love the rich people problems types of books, from YA books like the Map of Fates series and Gossip Girl to The Vacationers, Rich and Pretty, The Nest, and most recently the Kevin Kwan series Crazy Rich Asians (amazing on audio). I love the fashion and luxury and over the top feel of these books, they’re just... fun and a nice escape from reality. Can you provide me with some recommendations (preferably contemporary settings)?


3. Hey y'all! I love the podcast. This year I decided to read more and I love getting deep cut recs that I'd have never found on my own.

I'm writing to ask about audiobook recommendations, specifically audiobooks with full cast productions such as American Gods, His Dark Materials, and Lincoln in the Bardo. I find that full cast productions are especially engrossing! Please no abridgments or dramatizations. I'm also not a huge fan of sci fi, I'm just not into space!

Thank you so much :)


4. Greetings, magical unicorns! I am interested in books with pregnant protagonists. The kind where they are doing something badass. Not necessarily fighting crime or saving humanity, but living their lives and being kickass while also growing a human. Some examples that comes to mind are "The Fireman," "Persons Unknown," or even the latest Spider-Woman comic where Jessica Drew was a badass pregnant superhero. These ladies are not sitting around on fainting couches because they feel fragile. They're taking life by the horns and not letting a little thing like the miracle of life stop them.


5. Hi Jenn and Amanda!

I moved recently and joined a new book group full of smart, engaged women in their thirties and early forties. All of us have full-time jobs and some of the members have young kids (one of the women has a full-time job, an 18-month old, AND is getting her MBA!) Needless to say, everyone has good intentions to read the books each month, but with everyone's busy schedules, sometimes only one or two of us actually finds the time to actually do it.

I am hoping you can provide a couple of suggestions for books that will entice the entire group to read the whole book. We read fiction and nonfiction, although the group seems to prefer fiction, and nothing too long would help the cause. One of the group's absolutely favorite reads was A Man Called Ove and we recently read Three Junes by Julia Glass which the people who read it really enjoyed but some of the members tried to start it and couldn't get into it.

Thanks for any suggestions you have!


6. I am an avid reader but, unfortunately, have not been able to read for the past few months. It's getting harder for me to get back to reading. I started with Beloved, but I found it heavy and not very engaging. My favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird and Eat, Pray, Love. Hoping that you can help :)


7. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

First, love the podcast! I recently finished The Magicians Trilogy and absolutely loved it! Could you please recommend more fantasy books like this series? I was originally drawn to the series because I had heard it was “Harry Potter for grown-ups” but what I really liked about these books was that they were moody and gritty in addition to whimsical, and the characters flawed and complex. If it helps, I also loved the Abhorsen books by Garth Nix and the Night Circus, and I disliked The Paper Magician and The Book of Lost Things. No YA please, and bonus points for a female protagonist. Thank you!


Books Discussed

My Own Devices by Dessa (out Sept. 8)

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich (WIT:

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Versailles by Kathryn Davis

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, translated by Marilyn Booth

People Like Us by Dominick Dunne (his Recommended episode)

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (26 hours, have fun!)

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (audio rec’d by Nita Basu, 11 hours), trigger warning for suicidal ideation

Heartless by Gail Carriger

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: war crimes, rape, mandated sterilization, child abuse)

Aug 23 2018



Rank #6: E127: #127: East of Eden With Less Plot

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Amanda and Jenn discuss the Tudors, feminism, audiobooks and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran, published by Quirk Books, and Book Riot Insiders.

You can enter our mystery giveaway at


1. Help! I cannot find scifi/ fantasy short stories on audio! I listened to your podcast a few weeks ago on short stories and I tried to find The Merry Spinster, Tender, and the Best American Sci/fi/fantasy, none of which are on audio. All I can find are Neil Gaiman and Ken Liu :( I would love to introduce short stories to my scifi/fantasy book club but I, personally, need an audiobook.


2. I'm spending all of May traipsing through various European cities (namely: London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Rome, and Paris) and am looking for something that talks to / is about / brings up the vibe of walking through European cities, getting off the beaten path (i.e. going where tourists don't go), and just generally living in or exploring these cities. Can you tell that I can't wait to get on that plane and start my vacation already?! I'm thinking something with the vibe of Lauren Elkin's "Flaneuse" and Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast", so I'm also happy to have a bit of history involved. Open to any genre, except maybe true crime since I'll be traveling on my own some of the time and maybe don't want to be too freaked out to go out at night? Can't wait to hear what you come up with, and thank you so much!


3. I'm traveling to Wales in May for a two-week study abroad program as part of my creative writing MFA. Other than Dylan Thomas, what should I read to set the mood?

The only Welsh book I can remember reading is Among Others by Jo Walton, which I loved. I'd especially be interested in anything with passages about Wales' natural beauty and anything about sheep and the wool trade, as I'm also a knitter. Folk stories might be fun, and I'm open to poetry as well.

Thanks so much!


4. Hi! I’d like to get my mother-in-law a book for her birthday. She likes non-fiction british history, esp the Tudor period. She had read some historical fiction from this era, but really prefers non-fiction. She has read so much of this particular genre, so I was thinking it should be fairly new. Any suggestions?



5. I'm hoping you can help me with a dilemma I'm having. Recent events have inspired me to read more about feminism and books with feminist themes. I'm also a stay at home mom to three kids under the age of five (including twin boys, fist bump). I guess what I'm trying to say is, I have a difficult time reconciling feminist ideology with the amount of time I spend making sandwiches. This is a choice I made and I have a supportive, equal parenting partner in my husband, but I just can't help wondering if I'm selling out somehow. I'd love book recommendations that can help me navigate this. Thank you so much!


6. Hey Get Booked!

I've been getting rly frustrated recently w/ mlm bks stories written by women. Maybe it's too much fanfiction, which is entirely possible, but either way -- I'd love some gay books by gay male-identifying authors. Specifically: romances. With sex. That, hopefully, being written by men from the community, isn't fetishized. Preferably low on angst? I rly hope y'all can find me some good bks bc I'm finding google impossible.

Thanks so much for your time!!!


7. My last "re-reading" of Sherlock Holmes stories was on audio. Listening on audio made me more aware of different aspects of the stories, including Doyle's use of extended storytelling in many different voices beyond Holmes and Watson (e.g. witnesses, clients). Can you think of any more books that are just crying out to be "re-read" in audio? This can be due to the nature of the book or because of a particular audio performance. I lean towards literary fiction and crime fiction.



Books Discussed

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette De Bodard (part of Xuya universe)

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

Changing Heaven by Jane Urquhart

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Get In Trouble by Kelly Link

An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza, translated by Nick Caistor

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

Crown of Blood by Nicola Tallis

Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann

After Birth by Elisa Albert

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Hot Head by Damon Suede (rec’d by Trisha Brown)

For Real by Alexis Hall

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (post for reference)

Apr 12 2018



Rank #7: E140: #140: Drinking Tea and Saying Rude Things Nicely

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Amanda and Jenn discuss fiction about the Azores, wine books, lighter reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Recommended and Book Riot Insiders.


1. Hello! My husband and I will be traveling to the Azores in September 2018 and I would love to get my hands on a “page turner” that takes place on one of the islands. I love historical fiction, murder mysteries, contemporary fiction, and non fiction (as long as it reads like a novel). I’m good with 300-500 pages but I like to keep things moving so over 500 seems like homework to me. No issues with triggers. I love your podcast and can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Thank you,


2. I really want to get a book for a friend of mine before I leave town. I don’t know when I will see her next after I leave so I am anxious to get it right! I sneakily asked her about her favourite books and, after the usual “how could I ever choose”, this was her response:

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, Authors: Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss

I look forward to your response!!!!


3. Hi there! Thank you for the show and all of your wonderful recommendations! I am hoping you can help me out with what might be a niche request – I would love to read something that includes an interracial, interfaith relationship or family. It does not need to be any specific race/ethnicity or faiths, but if it can include these two components, that would be great – either fiction or non-fiction is great. Thank you!


4. Hi Ladies,

I’m looking for recs for my Mom. She’s a voracious mystery reader: she flies through books very quickly. I gave her Flavia de Luce after loving it (and hearing about it through you!) and she finished the series in about a week and asked me for more. I shared a recent episode with her where you recommended IQ, and she loved that as well: she read both of those, and we’re back at square one.

She’s read a lot of the huge names (full leather bound collection of Agatha Christies, loves Rex Stout and other classics, read all of the Costco-display level best sellers like Sue Grafton, JD Robb, Robert Galbraith, Janet Evanovich, Clive Cussler, etc)

Her other favorite series is the Dresden Files: I think she likes rogue type main characters who work alone and stories set in richly written worlds/cities. She likes more mystery than thriller, although she enjoys it when they intermix.

Thanks for all you do! I look forward to each Thursday (and now so does my Mom) 🙂


5. Hey Ladies! I love wine, but I’m much more of a connoisseur of quantity, not quality. A big fan of Cardbordeaux! I’d like to know more about wine and what makes wine “good.” Can you recommend any readable non-fiction (or fiction if it’s very informative) about wine that isn’t too pretentious?


6. I was talking with my sister recently and she mentioned that I should read books that aren’t so dark and heavy. Having a bit of time to think about it, she is right and I need to lighten up my reading. Do you or your listeners have any ideas as to make my reading not so heavy? Some of the books that I have enjoyed are A Town Like Alice, Jane Eyre, Outlander, Burial Rites, Crime and Punishment, Alias Grace, To Kill A Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Tale of Two Cities, Station Eleven, A Discovery of Witches, the Harry Potter series, among others.


7. I recently read a book that totally blew my mind – I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It had such an effect on me that I immediately re read it .

I’m looking for similar books….unsettling, creepy and with an overwhelming sense of “something’s not right here” dread.

I already read Bird Box, Head Full Of Ghosts and House Of Leaves.

Please help this fellow book nerd. Thanks, and Stay awesome.


Books Discussed

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Chi’s Sweet Adventure by Konami Kanata

Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin, translated Andrew Bromfield

Death at the Water’s Edge by Miriam Winthrop

The Stone Raft by Jose Saramago

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (tw: scenes of domestic violence/physical child abuse)

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Cork Dork by Biana Bosker

The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Witchmark by CL Polk

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Jul 19 2018



Rank #8: E147: #147: Authors in a Trench Coat

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Sep 06 2018



Rank #9: E130: #130: Authors Whose Brain We Are Frightened Of

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Amanda and Jenn discuss action-packed sci-fi, NYC stories, mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny and The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck.


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.

--Lauren W

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).

Thank you!

--Camille D

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.


Books Discussed

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

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg (plus Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell)

If We Were Villains by ML Rio

Books Like The Secret History post

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 #10: E143: #143: The Weirdest Book I Own

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Amanda and Jenn discuss novels about the Balkans, contemporary YA, really weird books, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and Megabat by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich.


1. Hello Ladies!

My friend and I are going on a trip to the Balkans (Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Belgravia, Macedonia and Albania). We love historical fiction or narrative non-fiction and would love to read more about these countries before visiting.



2. Looking for an interesting essay collection for the Read Harder Challenge!


3. Hello from Canada! I love your show :)

I'm looking for book recommendations for my sister. She's in her late 20s, and has described herself as "enjoys reading, not books shopping, but only likes weird stuff". She seems to like John Wyndham books...Books that are weird, creepy, not very sci fi, and not very magical- something more in between. I suggested the Library at Mount Char (one of the weirdest I own), but she was turned off due to the title and perhaps my poor pitch. She will pick up Dark Matter, and the Southern Reach Trilogy due to my persistence. but I'm not sure they are right for her. Please help!


4. Hi ladies!

I just finished Retta’s So Close To Being The Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know and loved it. I was hoping you could recommend something similar. I loved the behind the scenes stories and comedic tone. I’ve also read and enjoyed books by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Anna Kendrick.


5. Hello ladies!! Love your podcast and look forward to listening to it every week at work!! I love your passion for books and helping people find new books!! Anyways, I am in the process of pursuing my dream and writing my first novel, however I would love your thoughts on books for creativity and writing. I've read Big Magic, and Stephen King's novel on writing, so anything that could help with encouragement and motivation would be lovely! Open to nonfiction and fiction! Thank you so much!!


6. Hello,

I love to listening to YA novels and could use some new recommendations. I have recently listened to and enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, And What I Saw and How I Lied.

I also really enjoy Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park is the only one I have left to read and it is currently on my to be listened to list, as well as Dumplin'.



7. Thanks to Read Harder, I've read 2 books this year - Pachinko and Do Not Say We Have Nothing - which really made me realize that I know very little about 20th century East Asian history. I'm looking for nonfiction to give me some more grounding in the topic. It doesn't have to specifically be about the Japanese colonization of Korea or the Cultural Revolution, I'd be happy with anything compelling and readable about 19th or 20th century China, Japan, Korea, or even southeast Asia. Thanks!


Books Discussed

Girl At War by Sara Novic

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (tw: child abuse)

The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (tw: rape)

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley (rec’d by Attica Locke on Recommended)

Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Anger is a Gift, narrated and written by Mark Oshiro

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin

Aug 09 2018



Rank #11: E146: #146: Southern Women Fight the Patriarchy

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Amanda and Jenn discuss romantic comedies, books about strong women, non-murdery true crime, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Sadie by Courtney Summers, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and Chica Chocolate.


For Bess who wants full cast audiobooks: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo both have great full cast recordings and I think they would work well for someone who liked His Dark Materials.

--Insider Sibyl

For the same person, anything by Tamora Pierce. At least one of her books was specifically written for audio and at least some were done by the company Full Cast Audio, who frankly has a lot of good middle grade fantasy stuff.

--Insider Alanna


1. Hello!

I’m a huge fan of your podcast! I was hoping you could help me find some books to get me through a sort of stressful time. For the next two months I’m going to be working three jobs in two states - with 7 hours of travel each way when I switch states every week! I’m hoping to find some lighthearted yet well-written romantic comedies to help me de-stress during the long bus rides.

I am open to almost any genre, as long as it’s smartly written. I love Jane Austen (though not Austen retellings unless they involve zombies), Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Eleanor Oliphant, and This is Where I Leave You. Stardust is my favorite Neil Gaiman novel. I was less keen on Attachments and Eligible because they felt a bit heavy handed/cheesy.

It’s been tough to find the right balance of lighthearted without being too sugary, so I would love any suggestions!



2. Hello, ladies!

I'm looking for a book about strong women that has a specific flavor to it. I can't describe it exactly, but books that have that feeling that I've read are The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. I love books that focus on women's relationships with each other, bonus points if it's historical fiction. Thanks in advance!


3. Hi,

My mother retired a couple of years ago, and has been using some of her newfound free time to read a lot more. I am one of her main sources of reading recommendations, and am wondering if there is some stuff out there that I am missing that she might love. My recommendations tend to mostly be SFF, historical fiction, and non-fiction, with some YA that usually overlaps with SFF or historical. She also reads mysteries, but I am not looking for recommendations in that genre at this time.

One of my main goals in my recommendations has been writer and character diversity: there are enough recommendation lists out there of books by straight white guys. We are also both white women, so I feel that it is important for us to educate ourselves on the stories and perspectives of people different from ourselves.

Now, I am going to give a lot of examples of books she has read, because I worry about getting a recommendation back of something she has read. Of the books I have recommended, she has loved The Night Circus, A Tale for the Time Being, The Queen of the Night, Bad Feminist/ Difficult Women, The Signature of All Things, Tears We Cannot Stop, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, and Homegoing. She has also really liked books by Nnedi Okorafor, Connie Willis, Donna Tartt, Ruta Sepetys, Elizabeth Wein, Kate Atkinson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Junot Diaz, Stacey Lee, Carlos Ruiz Zafron, and Ursula Le Guin, as well as You Can’t Touch My Hair, The Library at Mount Char, Never Let Me Go, Swing Time, Greenglass House, We Need New Names, Americanah, Lab Girl, Another Brooklyn, Garden of Evening Mists, and Kindred.

Books she just liked: Station Eleven, An Unnecessary Woman, Rise of the Rocket Girls, Everything Leads to You, Ninefox Gambit, Bone Witch, and Boy, Snow, Bird.

Books already on my suggestion list: Shrill, Radium Girls, I contain Multitudes, Behold The Dreamers, Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, The New Jim Crow, Men Explain things to me, Pachinko, Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong, The Cooking Gene, the Winged Histories, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The Hate U Give, Infomocracy, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Uprooted, Speak by Louisa Hall, The Fifth Season, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, George by Alex Gino, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Too Like the Lightning, Electric Arches, Labyrinth Lost, N.K. Jemisin, Zen Cho, and Jesmyn Ward.

I would prefer backlist recommendations I may have missed, as I am pretty good at keeping up with new releases and determining if they seem interesting to either one or both of us.



4. Hi! I'm wanting to read more fantasy and sci fi books as they're two of my favorite genres even though I haven't read a ton of books from either. I grew up reading Harry Potter. I've recently read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and mostly enjoyed them but I was very disappointed in the lack of female characters. I would love to read a fantasy or scifi book where several of the main characters are women, and that isn't graphically violent and doesn't include explicit sex scenes. I've read and enjoyed the first two books in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer (reading 3 now) and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. Thanks!!


5. Hi, I'm looking for an audiobook for the Dr. I work for. He and his family with children aging from 18 to 6 years of age travel by car often. I'm looking for an adventure even a true life adventure, that would capture the attention of the children as well as the adults without a lot of swearing as they are a religious family. I know it's last minute. Your help is much appreciated


6. I need a recommendation to fulfill the Read Harder Challenge #2, a book of true crime. So far a lot of what I'm finding is things about serial killers or school shootings and for various reasons, books about murders, shootings, extreme violence etc are too triggering for me to get into a this point in life. But surely there must be true crime books about other topics? If it were a movie, I'd think something like Oceans 11 or Catch Me if You Can. Books about abductions or kidnapping are okay as long as they aren't too grisly or graphic. Thanks in advance for your help!


7. Greetings, Jenn and Amanda! This is perhaps oddly specific, but I have recently realized that a premise I always love, whether in movie, TV, or books, is “unlikely group stranded together somewhere due to inclement weather.” I have always loved huge snowstorms and the resulting inability to go anywhere or do anything but hang out at home and read. I love seeing or reading about characters in a similar situation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a snowstorm that’s keeping the characters stranded, but that’s my favorite. I am open to any genre, but prefer romantic or other interesting interpersonal plot points to scary ones (i.e. group of people stranded by snowstorm deals with deranged killer on the loose).

I love your show and I thank you!


Books Discussed

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (out Sept 25)

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz (TW: eating disorder)

The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis (rec’d by Jess)

The Big Bang Symphony by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Aug 30 2018



Rank #12: E149: #149: Licking Wallpaper Paste

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Jenn and Liberty discuss cozy mysteries, books set in Malaysia, readalikes for Amélie and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

The show can also be found on Stitcher here.


1. I really love the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, I love their feel. Maybe you could recommend something with a similar feel? Friendship and a great cast of characters, and not just action but also domestic things and hobbies and maybe some gentle humour.

I would also love to find a book with a badass character such as the main protagonist of the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie.


2. Hello there! I have recently been picking up a few cozy mysteries and I'm finding that I really enjoy the idea of these murder mysteries where nothing truly terrible happens (aside from the murder). I was wondering though, do you have any recommendations for cozies that have younger protagonists? I picked up Death by Dumpling on Liberty's recommendation on her show, and really liked it! Bonus points if it's bookish!

tldr; cozy mysteries with protags in their 20s or so?

Thank you so much! I love the show!


3. Hello,

I am a photographer and will be traveling to Kuala Lumpur for a photo festival in October. I would love to find some good books based in Malaysia to read prior to and during my trip. I usually read fiction, but I love nonfiction as well; especially Bill Bryson-esque travel writing. I am not very picky about what I read, but would prefer something that isn't too much of a "love story". My favorites range from Harry Potter to The Martian to Fahrenheit 451, so fantasy/sci-fi/magical realism are definitely up my alley, but I love a good mystery or realistic drama also. I know Malaysia is a fairly small country, so I will also accept books based in Singapore, Thailand, or the other small Asian countries surrounding Malaysia, but Malaysia based books would be preferred.

Thank you!


4. One of my favorite movies is Amélie. I was wondering if you two know of any similar books? I don't need or even necessarily want the book to have the same kind of plot, but I'm more interested in the atmospheric quirkiness that Amélie captures so perfectly. Bonus points of the books is in France because I'm a bit of a francophile, but location doesn't actually matter all that much to me.



5. Hi, I'm a long time listener, first time question-asker. I regularly pause to download kindle samples or go ahead and buy the book :)

I am looking for chapter books/longer pictures books to read to my 3 year old son. (I am part way through listening to the early kid recommendation episode.) My husband read the Hobbit aloud and when Toby asked for a reread he essentially wanted the scenes where they were eating dinner (ie less scary things). We recently read and enjoyed the Mrs Noodlekugel series, we read the Thomas and Friends original books/stories, and we are currently in our Cars phase. (we have not yet read the Princess in Black series). I have the Wild Robot from the library but am thinking of pre-reading some to see if that's right. He has a decent attention span but after the Hobbit I want to make sure we're more level appropriate.

Thank you!


6. Hello Ladies!

Thank you so much for doing this podcast-l have read so many new books because of your recommendations.

I'm looking for new books for my husband. He's enjoyed The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, and various YA non-fiction titles like Red Bandana and books on Jack London. His reading time is limited so shorter books that aren't too dense would be ideal. He likes history, adventure, and booze. Any recs would be greatly appreciated.

If you have time, my son is 9 and will only read graphic novels. He loves Doug TenNapel and Dav Pilkey. Any other age appropriate authors we could binge read? He's read Amulet and Bone and enjoyed both.

Thank you so much for your time. I love your show and can't wait to hear what you come up with!


7. Hello,

I am looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, to learn more about the trans community and gender fluidity. I hope I'm not coming across as rude or offensive; I am just not trans or gender fluid myself, and so don't know much about either of these communities. Nonfiction explaining the science of the transition process or the ideas of gender would be great; I'd also be interested in a memoir of someone who has transitioned or experiences gender fluidity. I'm open for whatever fiction you'd suggest as well. Thanks!


Books Discussed

How Long Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

All Systems Red (Murderbot #1) by Martha Wells

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

A Trifle Dead by Livia Day

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan (trigger warning: child abuse)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson (tw: suicidal ideation)

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Knights vs Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman

Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen by Jazz Jennings

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (trigger warning: child abuse)

Sep 20 2018



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.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.


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: E206: The Golden Girls Meets Dexter

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books about female sociopaths, horror, romance picks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by TBRFlatiron Books, and Quantum by international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green


1. Hello Jenn and Amanda!

Thank you so much for all of your recommendations. I find myself looking forward to hearing a new episode all week!

I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland, but haven’t been able to make it there yet. I was wondering if you could recommend for me a book that will teach me some of the regional history of Ireland, bonus for a multigenerational family saga where someone emigrates to America.

Some books I’ve loved with a similar feel to what I’m looking for are: The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Mexico or Texas by James Michener and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. I enjoy fantasy, police procedurals, steampunk, YA, cozy mysteries and historical fiction, but I’ll read anything you recommend! Extra bonus points for a great audiobook option.

Thanks so much!


2. Hi guys! Thanks so much for this podcast, I love it!

So, I’ve only just recently started reading and watching horror. When I was a kid I was frightened very easily and stayed away from horror entirely, and up until this year I was under the impression I was still easily spooked. Turns out not so much! I have watched so much horror that other people have assured me is the scariest thing they’ve ever seen and I’m just like… uh??? No??? What’s scary???

I watched and read Haunting of Hill House recently and loved both but didn’t so much as feel vaguely unsettled when reading/watching it even in the dead of night. Same goes for It and the other Stephen King books I’ve read, the Quiet Place, and bunch of other horror movies.

I really like Pan’s Labyrinth and all of Del Toro’s films (though again, wasn’t scared), as well as It, and The Haunting of Hill House. I just haven’t been scared. Do you guys know of any books that will just scare the living hell out of me?

I’m really only interested in horror books with some sort of supernatural element by the way, I don’t have much interest in horror rooted in reality. Also, please don’t recommend Bird Box. I haven’t seen or read it, but to be perfectly honest the premise just does not interest me in the slightest.


3. Hello Ladies!

I find myself really wanting to read some sort of romance, but just can’t find the right thing. I really loved Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I enjoyed Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. And I tried When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Upside of Unrequited, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which were okay. I also read The Selection which I did not like. I’ve read several mediocre adult romances (mostly stuff that I got for free, which may be where I’ve gone wrong) and do have Ramona Blue, Song of Achilles, Kiss Quotient, and The Wedding Date on my list (taken from previous recommendations here and on other Book Riot podcasts). I seem to do best when I stick with YA, but would definitely be open things more in the adult realm. Audiobook is a plus. No sexual violence please, I’m okay with passing mention, but nothing explicit on the page.

Thank you! Love the show!


4. Hi ladies! I’ve recently started to dabble in some dark thriller reading, the book that set me on this path was Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. I loved the darkness of the kidnapping and the imprisonment, and the things she forced upon her prisoner (no judgement guys!) and the twists and innerworkings of the antagonist. Also enjoyed The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine, where the bad guy got what she wanted and ultimately deserved all at the same time. I think I’m leaning more towards the bad guy winning. After years of reading fluffy, happy romances I’m really enjoying delving into this dark side of books. Not too much into the mystery/detective work aspect but more into reading something that is just so unthinkable and messed up and leaving me shocked due to the unspeakable acts these characters do. I’ve tried the Death of Mrs. Westaway and while it had some aspects I liked, it missed the mark for me. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall was an interesting read but kind of fell flat, would’ve liked a bit more action. Also liked The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham. I have the Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena & The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks on my to-read list. Thanks!


5. I just finished The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles after having it on my tbr for a long while (from get booked maybe?) and loved it. I think I have also realized a favorite relationship trope and would love some other romance recommendations that feature: a straight laced, discreet, or serious character who “gets in over their head” with a livelier partner who distracts them from work, compels them to be honest, and/or otherwise coaxes them into opening up or stretching boundaries.

(In this book the partner is quite assertive in doing this – A-OK, A+ – but a flirt might do this more subtly as well.)

I’ll certainly be looking into this author further and other examples include Bound with Honor by Megan Mulry. The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastien is also on my radar. I like historical settings obviously, but contemporary might be interesting for a change too. (Don’t know yet if they qualify but The Hating Game and Fight or Flight are also on my radar.)

LGBT or straight is fine but I would prefer a light tone and no trigger warnings. Thank you!


6. Hi!

I’m looking for some funny, witty, dry humor and sarcastic audio books. I have read Heartburn, a gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, and where’d you go Bernadette. Each of these had me laughing out loud as I walked through the grocery store. I love fiction and would like to stay with that. The more back list the better. I borrow my audio books from the library. Newer books either aren’t available or have a long wait list. I dropped my goodreads list but I’m terrible at tracking with that. I track with your journal but I threw a few of some of my recent books on there.

Thanks so much!!


7. Dark. Creepy. Surreal, but written in plain, clear prose. I love a Southern Gothic. I loved Night Film, Murakami’s After Dark. Also loved The Woman in the Window and all of Gillian Flynn. I don’t mind a dark tale, but prefer to avoid graphic depictions of violence toward women/children/animals.



Milkman by Anna Burns

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (rec’d by Jess Woodbury)

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten, translation by Marlaine Delargy

Tampa by Alissa Nutting (tw: child abuse)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley

Nov 07 2019



Rank #16: E132: #132: I'm About to Ruin Christmas For You

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Samoan literature, evil kids, contemporary YA, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney

and The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle Series #1) by Ted Dekker.


1. One of my best friends just got accepted to volunteer with the Peace Corps in Samoa. For her birthday, I want to give her a book that will get her (extra) hyped about the experience; she's already done a ton of research so I'm not necessarily looking for something informative so much as something that's just fun!

I would love something focused on Samoa/South Pacific (that should probably skip the stranded-on-a-tropical-island trope because we're trying to be excited here). I was thinking of something more contemporary than Margaret Mead or Robert Louis Stevenson--maybe even something Own Voices but doesn't have to be. It doesn't necessarily have to relate to Peace Corps/volunteering/etc., but that would be cool too.

She reads mostly fiction and some memoir but not a lot of straight non-fiction. Recently, she's been reading and enjoying books like "The Bees" by Laline Paull, "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer, and "Young Jane Young" by Gabrielle Zevin. Some of her forever favorites are "Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller, "The Girls from Corona Del Mar" by Rufi Thorpe, "Egg and Spoon" by Gregory Maguire, and anything Tom Robbins.

Thank you!


2. I've always had depression, so at this point it seems like old hat, but recently I've been suffering with massive amounts of anxiety. Like, heart palpitating, ears rushing, feel dizzy and panicking over literally nothing. I am doing yoga, and I stopped eating meat, I journal every day, and I've read the self help books but honestly sometimes nothing helps except to distract myself until it goes away.

What I'm looking for is basically a great audiobook (maybe a mystery?) with little to no real conflict that is fun. I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Lumberjanes, Steven Universe, and Adventure Time...

I'm looking for something that is a sweet and fun romp but in no way causes the "are they gonna survive/are they sad that their families are dead" sort of anxiety that is both illogical and sadly my new reality. I loved Anne of Green Gables, but even that was kind of too much post- the first book.

Note: I've read Hyperbole and a Half, Furiously Happy, The Year of Yes, and a lot of the other popular "self help" style books, but really what I'm looking for is good fun distraction.

Please help my poor crazy brain,


3. Hello,

I'm looking for fiction about evil children.

One of my all-time favorite books is 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' by Lionel Shriver. I had an intense, visceral reaction to the title character in this novel, and the ending absolutely ripped my heart out. It made me want to read all I could about evil kids, but I wasn't able to find much. I read 'The Bad Seed' and 'Rosemary's Baby', and although those could both be classified as Horror, I was much more horrified by Kevin. I'm also hoping for something more contemporary.

Do you guys have anything in mind that will fill my need for bad babies? Thank you!


4. Hi there-

I work in a bookstore and conduct a YA bookclub. We've read and loved books of multiple different genres. While we mostly stick to YA, we've recently started venturing into Sci-fi and Fantasy picks.

Some of our past favorites have been Mosquitoland, Eleanor and Park, The Kids of Appetite, Cinder, Scorpio Races, House of the Scorpion, The Martian and Ready Player One. We've also read lots of Historical YA fiction like The Book Thief, Chains and Under a Painted Sky. While we've thoroughly enjoyed most of these books, we keep bumping into two problems with YA picks:

1. We enjoy the heavier themes of some contemporary and historical fic YA, like examinations on race, mental illness, and troubling family dynamics. But we've read too many that have described sexual violence (often familial) in very graphic detail.

2. Sometimes wading through the YA section, it's difficult to find books that are written well and don't follow the typical YA tropes. We're very tired of love triangles- especially in the fantasy and dystopian genres.

Do you have any suggestions for a group of 15-16 year olds who love YA and Sci-fi/Fantasy but are tired of these particular topics? Bonus points for Fantasy picks.


5. Hi Jenn and Amanda!

I have recently started a book club at my local non-profit for our volunteers. I work for Voices for Children (CASA), which assigns volunteers to look out for the best interests of children in foster care. So far we have read The Glass Castle, Evicted, and My Name is Leon. We have future picks of The Hate U Give, Dreamland, The Language of Flowers, and Lost Children of Wilder. Any suggestions for books about children in foster care/or any topics that deal with social justice/welfare (non-fiction/or fiction) would be great!


6. Hello! I am a devote reader of literary fiction but want to get into contemporary YA. Where's a girl to start? For guidance, some of my favourite reads of the past year include Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series; What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; Goodbye, Vitamin; The Secret History; A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing; and The Lonely Hearts Hotel. And though I haven't read much, my favourite YAs include This One Summer and Another Brooklyn. Help!


7. Hey ladies!

Recently, I have experienced some love life turmoil and being a big fan of book therapy, I was wondering if you knew of any books about unrequited crushes, or the friends to lover trope not working out. I prefer contemporary over fantasy if possible. Thank you!


Books Discussed

Welcome Home, edited by Eric Smith

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt

Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel (tw: domestic violence)

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore (rec by Nita)

N0s4A2 by Joe Hill

The Dinner by Herman Koch, translated by Sam Garrett

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sánchez (tw: self harm and suicide)

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (tw: child abuse)

May 17 2018



Rank #17: E144: #144: Undead Beast Army

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Amanda and Jenn discuss light nonfiction, novels in verse, thrillers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Temper by Nicky Drayden and Book Riot Insiders.


The Translator's Invisibility: A History of Translation by Lawrence Venuti

The Translator by Nina Schuyler


1. I typically read fantasy/science fiction books, but I have recently been trying to branch out. So recently, I read Cork-Dork by Bianca Bosker, which I found both charming and informative. Can you recommend similar nonfiction books? When I say similar I don't necessarily mean the topic, but rather in style. I loved the experience of a light non-fiction book where I felt I was joining the author in their immersive learning process about a particular topic. I am not looking for anything that is emotionally heavy, but rather something that sparks the desire to learn about something new.

Thank you,


2. Hello Amanda and Jenn! (And possibly, Liberty and/or Rebecca!)

I'm writing to request help with birthday gifts for my niece and nephew. They have birthdays in early September.

1) NIECE - She will be 6. She likes books but doesn't reach for them herself. If I'm reading a book out loud, she drops what she's doing and will come sit by me to listen to the story. She has an older sister who is a bookworm, and she feels left out if anyone talks about books and she can't join in. She has started learning to read and will sound out letters with her parents or me. But she is self-conscious about it and hasn't really learned to enjoy a story yet because of that. Despite these difficulties, she is a great little girl - so curious about the world! She is very quick at math, loves riddles, and is very extroverted. She loves to wear matching accessories with her dresses. She once told me that her most favorite thing in the world is to eat dinner every day with her family.

2) NEPHEW - He will be 4. He loves to be read to. He especially likes picture books with a good dose of facts with fiction, e.g. Pop's Bridge (his favorite). I would like to buy him another picture book about famous bridges. No car/train/plane/construction/emergency vehicle books, please. He has all of them and insists that he's moving on from that phase of life (we have our doubts based on observations but haven't said anything either way).

Hope this request isn't too long! Thanks for your help!


3. Hello Ladies,

I am curious if you could recommend any novels told in verse? I have recently read and enjoyed The Watch that Ends the Night and Long Way Down (which was excellent on audio as read by Jason Reynolds himself). When I was younger and much angstier, I also read and enjoyed several Ellen Hopkins books which, upon reflection, are in line with what I want in regards to form, but not content.

Aside from avoiding exploitative melodrama, I don’t have any particular topics or genres in mind for this request. The Poet X is already on my list.

Thank you for the show, which always keeps my TBR way too long!


4. Hello!

I tend to read a lot of "literary" fiction, but I love a page-turning psychological thriller every now and then. Unfortunately, all the thrillers I read seem to be by white (usually British, but sometimes American) women. Can you please recommend some twisty thrillers by people of color (still women, if possible!)? Just to clarify, I have read and enjoyed authors including Attica Locke and Sujata Massey, but I'm looking for more of a pure thriller (along the lines of B.A. Paris, Clare Mackintosh, etc.) - something fun and easy to read, not a cerebral mystery. I know you addressed a similar question for mysteries a few weeks ago, which really helped my TBR, but still didn't quite hit my thriller fix.



5. My sister loved The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne and she is pining for another long drawn out depressing story (my take ;)). She also loves East of Eden and The Awakening.



6. I'm a fairly recent romance reader, and I have a few go-to authors (Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai come to mind immediately). I've recently been reading Courtney Milan's Worth series, and Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series. I love them both, and the thing that has drawn me in the most isn't so much the romantic relationships, but the family dynamics, secrets, and intrigues. I'm especially a sucker for reunion scenes with lost or estranged family members. Do you know of other romance series that center around families with similar themes? If it wasn't clear from my list of authors, I have a strong preference for romance with a feminist bent. Any romance subgenre is good.


7. Most of the time I prefer more “serious” novels, but when I’m in a reading slump (or just exhausted from a heavy book), I like to pick up quick indulgent reads to get me back on track. The last few times this has happened, I’ve picked books like Kiera Cass’s The Selection series and Jillian Dodd’s Spy Girl series. Unfortunately, both have kind of let me down—I love the premises: strong female lead, escapist settings, some political conspiracy, sort of wish fulfillment-y in that a “regular” girl ends up hanging out with royalty, etc. However, I feel like these books miss so many opportunities to really be amazing: the girls get so caught up in the romances that the political intrigue gets put on the back burner (though I don’t mind some romance!), they are very white/heteronormative, and the lead (especially in The Selection) doesn’t have much of a growth arc even though the story totally sets up the possibility. Can you recommend some similar but, uh, better options? Doesn’t have to be YA (maybe that’s part of my problem) or series but should be something I can read in only a few sittings!



Books Discussed:

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Changeless by Gail Carriger

The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Here to There and Me To You by Cheryl Keely

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper

It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Aug 16 2018



Rank #18: E126: #126: In Which Trees Are Bad

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Amanda and Jenn discuss nature and magic, satire, the Scottish Highlands, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring from KCP Loft and The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell.


1. Hi ladies, I love your podcast and was hoping you could help me to find a book for my holiday. I'm going to spend four days in a cabin in the North Yorkshire moors. And I would like to find an atmospheric book where nature and magic feature prominently.

However most of the books that I immediately thought of, uprooted by Naomi Novik, the bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden, and wintersong by S. Jae Jones, I have already read and I'd like to read something new. I love romance, magical realism, fantasy, and fairytale retellings, and I look forward to hearing what you might suggest.



2. Hello ladies!

I am writing to you in desperate need of new authors. I am a die hard fan of Chris Bohjalian and love thought provoking fiction novels. One of the things I love about Bohjalian is that he writes about a number of subjects and his endings are very unexpected. Do you know of any similar authors in style??



3. Hey Amanda and Jenn,

I am heading to Scotland In April for my 30th birthday. I would like some suggestions on either Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction books about Scotland. I love the Outlander series so anything about the highlands would be great. I also love reading about the history of castles. Thanks


4. My dad and I are going on a 13 hour road trip and I'm looking for an audiobook in the fantasy genre, which we both love, with social justice themes and/or characters who cope with loss without too much angst. He loves stories in all forms, but hasn't read in many years. He's a workaholic and a hermit, but a hopeless romantic and he leans toward well-known authors like Terry Brooks, Scott Card, and Tolkien. I lean more toward magical realism. My favorites recently have been Angel of Losses and The Golem and the Jinni. Thanks!


5. My husband wasn't much of a reader until he found Kurt Vonnegut, and then he read everything the man ever wrote. Now he's at a loss on what to read next and none of my recommendations appeal to him. What can I suggest that will fill that place in his reading life? I know I don't even have to ask with y'all, but POC and women authors would be great!



6. Hello!

I'm going off to grad school in the fall in evolutionary biology. I am looking for books that explore science and laboratory life, fiction or nonfiction. I enjoy reading about realistic depictions of the scientific mentality, the interpersonal relationships involved in working and living in the lab and field, and uncovering scientific breakthroughs, even when it breaks bad. If it does go well, though, even better, particularly since I read a lot of science fiction and the science always seems to go wrong. I'm not concerned with scientific accuracy. Examples of books like this I've read and enjoyed are Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, and The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara. If I could get recommendations by this summer so I could have time before grad school to read them before I'm actually trapped in a lab, that would be great.

Thank you!


7. Hi Jenn and Amanda,

I’ve been a fan of your show for awhile and you ladies have definitely made my TBR list grow!

I am a high school English teacher in a small southern town where I do not fit in at all being the northern hippie teacher I am. I’m struggling to find novels of “literary merit” that will be approved by the small town southern school board that I will have to go through to obtain new novels. My student do not love the usual 10th grade literature such as Lord of the Flies or Shakespeare’s Caesar and I’d love something to add to my curriculum next year.

Thank you in advance,


Books Discussed

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Give Work by Leila Janah

The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer

Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Colson Whitehead

Dara Horn

Scotland: An Autobiography by Rosemary Goring

Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Apr 05 2018



Rank #19: E161: #161: All Great Women Carry Snacks

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Amanda and Rebecca discuss Westerns, nonfiction, friend stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalHunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard, and Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

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 (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!


3. Hey!

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!


Books Discussed

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 #20: E204: Whatever, Parents Are Stupid

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Amanda and Jenn discuss lady scientists, teen superheroes, books on racism, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by our Blind Date with a BookPenguin Teen, and The Best American Short Stories 2019 audiobook, guest edited by Anthony Doerr, series edited by Heidi Pitlor.

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1. I am sort of a huge fan of Stephen King novels. Every spooky season I try to make time to read at least one of them. I adore his writing style and his world building. Another big plus for me in his novels specifically are the characters he creates and develops. However, the more I read his work, the more I cringe at some of the blatant sexism/ racism/ homophobia throughout them. I was wondering if you could recommend me some horror/ thriller novels that have the same elements of a King novel, but don’t have any of the other stuff. Bonus points for women authors, LGBT authors, or authors of color.


2. Hi Ladies, thanks again for that Dad-book rec! He was not a scared baby deer about a lady author and I was so pumped!

So I’m coming in hot with a specific ask – I am a playwright and currently working on a research based project with high school students. We are collaborating and creating a devised piece about lady scientists! WAHOO!! It’s really cool and I’m looking for some books highlighting these incredible ladies. I am focusing on “The Cosmos” so I have Hidden Figures, Radium Girls, and Rise of the Rocket Girls – I am finding Rise of the Rocket Girls really focuses on the looks and love lives of the ladies and not so much about the barriers that were systematically in place to prevent them or shame them from joining the STEM workforce. I’m also interested in the POC perspective in this area. I’m looking for more lady authors and books that also might appeal to my young adult students.

Thank you so much and big love from Philly!!


3. Hello! Can you rec me some YA superhero stories with diverse casts that aren’t by Marvel or DC? Ensemble cast preferred–things like Young Justice, Young Avengers, or Teen Titans, but not those things! Comic books or novels are both fine. Thank you!


4. Please help me find a book for my mom. She’s trying to be woke, but is having problems understanding. For instance, she doesn’t understand how slavery of black people in the U.S. could still affect anyone today and doesn’t grasp all of the institutional racism that still occurs today. Perhaps an #OwnVoices book could help her grasp the issues that people who aren’t white and/or straight face.


5. Hi!

I’m Brazilian, and love to read about latinx lives in North America — Colombian, Porto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, you name it —, mainly because I enjoy seeing what other latinx cultures have in common with Brazilian culture, and also because it is the closest to my culture I can find. I have never found a Brazilian immigrant in entertainment, be it books, tv shows, movies or broadway shows. As much as I love reading about my latinx siblings, I can’t help but feel a little bit left out, since Brazil is the only country in Latin America that speaks Portuguese. If you could, I would love to read a book, preferably YA but I’d love anything really, with a Brazilian character whose culture is important to them.

Thank you so much,


6. I love listening to your weekly podcast. I hope this is a new-ish question for you both. I have surprisingly enjoyed books where the author goes on a trip that is physically or emotionally draining. Throughout their journey they discover new things about themselves and discuss the aspects of humans that need to explore and push themselves. I loved both Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Both books have stuck with me years later. I hope you can help me locate other interesting books along this topic.

Thank so much!


7. My boyfriend and I have recently started reading books together but it has been difficult finding things we both enjoy. He is a fan of fast paced high fantasy stories that have similar lore to Dungeons and Dragons. I prefer more slow-burn, character driven stories that have science fiction themes. We are both fans of Jeff Vandermeer, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and The Stand and Pet Semetary by Stephen King. Can you please recommend a science fiction/ fantasy book that has enough action to satisfy my boyfriend and interesting characters that I can enjoy? Thanks in advance!



Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Stephen King Readalikes episode

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Promised the Moon by Stephanie Nolen

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad) by CB Lee

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Crow Blue by Adriana Lisboa, transl. by Alison Entrekin

3% on Netflix

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Gamechanger by LX Beckett

The Outside by Ada Hoffmann

Oct 24 2019