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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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All of your book podcast dreams

By a must for your podcast subscription! - May 22 2020
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Smart podcast that you need in your life! Thoughtful hosts with endless recommendations and good energy. Highly recommend

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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All of your book podcast dreams

By a must for your podcast subscription! - May 22 2020
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Smart podcast that you need in your life! Thoughtful hosts with endless recommendations and good energy. Highly recommend

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

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

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

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


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


2. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

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

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

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



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

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


4. Hi Amanda and Jen!

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

Wishing you all the best,


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

-no name

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


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


Books Discussed

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

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

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Post: Multigenerational Family Novels

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas

The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

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

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

God Land by Lyz Lenz (out August 1)

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

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Jun 20 2019



Rank #2: E183: #183: Game of Thrones Readalikes

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Amanda and Jenn discuss comps for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by AudibleRebel by Beverly Jenkins, and We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal.

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Books Discussed

Dune by Frank Herbert (tw torture, child abuse)

Jade City by Fonda Lee (tw: child abuse)

The Acacia Series (The War With the Mein #1) by David Anthony Durham (tw: child slavery)

The Machineries of Empire (Ninefox Gambit #1) by Yoon Ha Lee (tw: coercion, rape, body horror)

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (tw: torture)

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (tw: torture, slavery)


The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (tw: torture, homophobia)

The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: war crimes incl. rape, genocide, forced sterilization)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin

Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

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May 30 2019



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Rank #3: E178: #178: A Comedy of Manners, Also With Pirates

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Amanda and Jenn discuss series, Raven Cycle read-alikes, funny reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libro.fmWilliam Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future by Ian Doescher, and Book Riot Insiders.

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The Address by Fiona Davis, rec’d by Suzanne

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1. Dear Ladies of the Bookish Bend,

I need your help finding a romance/erotica book that isn’t going to send me into fits of rage. I used to read more in the late aughts, but things got out of hand with the tropey, poorly researched, non-representative crap that was being churned out. So I’ve actively avoided the genre(s) for some time. Below is a list of things that are acceptable (YES) and a list of things that send me into rage fits (NO).


* Yes, adults. Not YA, not New Adult (whatever these mean these days), but Adult. Like, give me some thirty or forty year olds living their best lives (or not).

* Yes, chemistry then sex and not the other way around.

* Yes, sex that is described and not told.

* Yes, written by a WOC.

* Yes, would love a black Woman as the romantic female lead. And interracial romance is a huge plus.


* No love triangles. The trope is overdone & unimaginative. Not to mention, annoying. I don’t read romance or erotica to hate all the characters at the end.

* No instant sex then trying to make a nonsensical relationship work to keep having sex.

* No ridiculous miscommunications leading to silly drama to fill pages rather than a well-developed plot.

* No “deeply troubled” for whatever reason man that has to be saved by a woman in any capacity. So, no women being martyrs for dudes. There is enough of that IRL.

Unpopular opinion, I don’t like The Wedding Date for reasons I’m open to discussing at some other time. I love mysteries, books about books, books about food/restaurants, books set in England or France. I’d prefer there be no children involved, but it’s not a hard limit. Having done my own research, I know it will be difficult to hit all these criteria, but I have faith your collective book knowledge can find me something that won’t make me want to toss the book at the wall! I have linked my Goodreads as well.

Thank you for your time,

Neurotic About Erotica

2. I used to love reading trilogies and series when I was a kid and I miss the feeling of finishing a book and knowing that there’s more to discover. However, most adult trilogies and series seem to be published in genres I don’t particularly enjoy: fantasy, romance and science fiction. Can you recommend a series or trilogy for adults in another genre? I do enjoy historical fiction and read mostly literary fiction. Some crime or mystery elements are fine, but ideally shouldn’t be the focal point.

FYI, I tried Old Filth and Sea of Poppies and didn’t enjoy either of them. The Gilead series is on my list already, as is the ‘A Rising Man’ series thanks to a BR recommendation.

Thanks so much in advance!


3. Hi ladies,

I’m writing with a recommendation request for my wife. She was a voracious reader growing up, but for a variety of reasons has become a reluctant reader now in her late 20s and struggles to focus long enough to really get into a book. I’m not trying to change her, but I often hear her talking about ideas she would be interested to explore more deeply and I think, “there’s a book for that!” We recently got into comics. Her current favorite titles are Lumberjanes and Doctor Aphra. She’s a big fan of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Timeless, and Dan Brown books. So I think something with some history, political intrigue, and a pinch of darkness would be up her alley. LGBT representation is a plus. Please no dragons if you make a high fantasy pick.

Many thanks!


4. Books similar to the Raven Cycle


5. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I recently started your podcast because one of my friends from my book club recommended it (and wow is running on the treadmill way more joyful now!). Work has been very emotionally taxing the last year, and I have been setting more and more time aside for reading. I have found myself falling in love with books with tasty language, most recently A Gentleman in Moscow (and Rules of Civility), The Secret History, and Circe (and Song of Achilles, which I know was mentioned in your last podcast). All seem to live in times almost apart from our own. I would love a recommendation for a book that offers a similar escape with a setting that lives in its own time/space, but mostly with the lyrical detail of A Gentleman in Moscow. Thank you again for your work!


6. Hello! (Yes, this is a second request — I can’t believe this one didn’t occur to me) I’m heading home to Malaysia for a VERY short visit in a few months (before fleeing to Europe, per my other request). It’s my first time back in five years, and may or may not involve seeing family for the first time in longer than that (there’s a complicated family situation there). I’m pretty anxious about this visit, both because of the complicated family situation and because (sigh) I have none of the things that my culture requires of a good Malay woman: I’m unmarried, there’s currently no boyfriend on the scene, there will be no babies from me, I’m not religious, and no, I’m not moving back home. Ever. I’m dreading all the questions and the (possibly imaginary) disapproval, basically. Can you recommend a book that might help prepare me for this trip, or at least help me tackle all these anxieties, both imagined and real? Thank you so much!


7. Hi!

I have really gotten into WWI and WWI historical fiction, which is great but also heavy. I would love some good audio books that will make me laugh out loud. I love all kinds of humor but sarcasm and dry humor are my favorites. I’ve listened to heartburn and a gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue. I also love crazy rich Asians and Jen Hatmaker. I prefer fiction but will try nonfiction. I rent audio books from my library’s app so please no new releases. Including my goodreads link. Thank you so much!


Books Discussed

The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy (#1 is All the Pretty Horses)

Master & Commander (Aubrey-Maturin #1) by Patrick O’Brian

Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (tw: torture, violence, war)

Zero Sum Game by SL Huang

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (tw: child abuse)

Milkman by Anna Burns

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

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Apr 25 2019



Rank #4: Get Booked Episode #117: If You're Into Dew

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Finnish literature, mental illness, enemies-to-lovers stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay and Comic Bento.   Questions   1. I’m heading on a trip to Finland at the end of February and I’d love to read some Finnish fiction, translated to English please! I’d love something with a strong sense of place to familiarize me with the environment/culture/weather etc. My favourite books are easy enough to fall into and ones where the characters stay with you long after the story ends. I’m generally a literary fiction reader but happily read other things except for romance and scific/fantasy (as a rule). If it helps, some of my favourite authors are Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews, Peter Heller, A.M. Homes, Wally Lamb, David Benioff and Willy Vlautin. Thanks for the help! --Julie   2. Hi! I love your podcast and listen to your show every week! I just finished Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and loved Aza's perspective. I live with mental illness as does she, and I really enjoyed reading a story where the character accepts her mental illness and still struggles even though she is in recovery. I really like the non-linear way the book looks at her condition. Do you know of any other books where the main character has a mental illness, but does not exactly "defeat" it and instead learns to accept themselves? I have read I Can't Promise You a Rose Garden and enjoyed that. (Sidenote, I have read many books about people with eating disorders and I would prefer recommendations that do not include that topic.) Thanks! --Sara   3. I love fiction by what I like to think of as provocative and sometimes offensive people of faith. I love books where the author writes about his or her faith tradition from a place of love, but aren't afraid to ask the messy questions, air the dirty laundry, and treat belief like the complicated, untidy, yet deeply meaningful thing that it is. Some of my favorite authors that I'd put in this category are Chaim Potok, Fyodor Dostoevksy, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh & Levi S. Peterson. I love would to read more fiction like this. I read widely and would be comfortable with any genre except horror. Thanks! --Erin   4. Recently I read Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it, but it did leave me wanting to find a good historical romance or fiction in a similar vein. The main reason I did not enjoy the book was because I felt the relationship in the book was not strong enough. I have two requests, and I hope they aren't too much. I'd like the book to be set in the ancient world (Greece, Egypt, Rome), and I want a strong relationship (F/M M/M and F/F are all fine). I don't want instant love, or an undeveloped relationship- I really want to be able to root for the relationship. And before you mention it, I have read (and loved) The Song of Achilles. Thanks for the awesome show guys! I can't wait to hear your recommendations. --Anon   5. Hello: I am not a big romance reader. I very rarely pick up a romance. I struggle with historical fiction, so historical romance is really not my thing. However, I recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorn and loved the contemporary romance. It was an "enemy to lovers" type books, so I enjoyed the banter and the humor. Disclaimer: some portions were problematic, so I do not mean to say that it was perfect. But, it did keep me reading. I would like some similar recommendations. I would prefer contemporary romance, but I'll take anything I can get that explores the "enemy to lovers" theme. Thanks, --Awful at Romance Reading   6. Thank you for an awesome podcast. I suffer from depression and considering the world’s political climate, I will continue to suffer for some time. I study humanitarian action in crisis and I love to read books that are topic heavy, such as Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or The color Purple by Alice Walker or an anthology about racism in Sweden (I'm from Stockholm). Although the books are so good and I can't get enough (I also have ADHD which makes me unable to give up on these books but at the same time considering my depression they also make me sadder and unable to heal right now). I feel like I need something to break this habit while trying to get better and read book that’ll make me laugh or not think. I love novels about dance (favourites include Mao’s last dancer by Li Cunxin, A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman and Taking flight by Michaela DePrince) and novels from comedians like Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres or How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad. I’m giving you free hands, just remember – depressed, cannot stop reading awesome heavy novels, need something else though. And also, if you HAPPEN BY CHANCE to know a book about or featuring a person (not cis-gender white male) with ADHD, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks! --Emilie   7. Hi Amanda and Jenn! Thanks for a wonderful podcast! One of my favorite books is Sweetland by Michael Crummey. I enjoyed that it was set on an island, was very atmospheric, and beautifully dealt with loss and isolation. I also liked how nature was a large part of the book. I'm wondering if you have suggestions for something similar? Thanks so much for your time! --Carrie   Books Discussed The Other Lands (Acacia #2) by David Anthony Durham Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna The Summer Book by Tove Jansson I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erica L Sanchez (trigger warning: self-harm) Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (trigger warning: sexual assault) The Mothers by Brit Bennett The Captive Prince trilogy by CS Pacat (all the trigger warnings) Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great #1) by Mary Renault, recommended by Alexander Chee (Reading My Way Out of the Closet) Hold Me by Courtney Milan Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren Yes Please by Amy Poehler Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett Galore by Michael Crummey All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

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Feb 07 2018



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Amanda and Jenn discuss Moroccan authors, secret societies, nonfiction audiobooks, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and our library cart giveaway.   Questions   1. Hi! I'm going on a trip to Morocco in March and I'm looking for some books to read to get me in the mood and help me better appreciate the culture/history as I travel. I read most genres apart from sci fi and horror, but would particularly like something in the land of literary/historical fiction or nonfiction. Even better if it is by a Moroccan author. Thanks in advance for the recs and I love the show! --Sara   2. Hi Jen and Amanda! My friends and I have toyed with the idea of starting a book club for years, and I was finally able to corral everyone into one group text to schedule our first meet-up (which will be around mid-January)! All the details have been decided, except for the most important item, which is choosing the actual book that we'll read. My friends believe that, because I reached out and organized the event, I should also have the responsibility of selecting the first book. I can't handle the pressure of this first world problem, so I'm asking for your help. We're all women in our mid-twenties who are in various stages in our careers and personal lives, but we're all in agreement about the genres we're into: romance, mystery/thriller, and travel/adventure. Any suggestions on how to kick off our book club would be greatly appreciated! Bonus points if these books tackle the awkward quarter-life crisis themes that we all experience in our mid-twenties. Thanks! --Colby   3. Hello! I am looking for your thoughts/recommendations on the read harder challenge task of “classic of genre fiction.” I was thinking of doubling up on this task and Oprah’s book club pick “I Know This Much Is True” by Wally Lamb” Would it count for classic ? Do you have any other recommendations for this task ? --Stef   4. Hello, I am looking for novels about things like conspiracy theories and secret societies and such--kind of like the Da Vinci code, but well written (and I guess a bit more "literary"). I tried The Name of the Rose, but found it way too dry, and also didn't like the Rabbit Back Literature Society. I've read and enjoyed all of Marisha Pessl's books, and Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr bookstore. The Dante Club is on my TBR. --Danielle   5. I love the recommendations you guys give. I love nonfiction audiobooks. But I have trouble finding new ones to listen to. My favorites are The Gene and The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Quiet:The Power of introverts, Grit by Angela Duckworth, and THe End of Average by Todd Rose. I am just not sure where to go from here. I have Isaac's Storm and When Breath Becomes Air on my TBR. --Stacey   6. Hello! I love all things book riot, but especially this podcast! Your recommendations fuel my never ending TBR list, and it brings me so much joy to hear others as excited about books as I am! Now I would love to hear your thoughts on cozy mysteries! I am in grad school right now for occupational therapy, so these light hearted stories (aside from all the murder and deception) seem like something that I could really get into to distract me from my persistent neurofatigue. This is a new genre that I have delved into recently, specifically the magic potion mystery series by Heather Blake. I love the aspects of the small town, hitching post, that is depicted in the series, and the quirky characters. Are there any specific cozy mystery series you guys love? I think I stared at the shelf in the mystery section of the bookstore for a solid hour before I settled on Heather Blake's series. There is so much out there! I need more direction! Thanks so much, --Brittany, tired grad student   7. Hello all! I recently discovered the show and am loving all of the good, odd-to-find recommendations I wouldn't normally have heard of. I am the solo mom of a beautiful toddler who is both American and African (her father is from Ethiopia where I used to live). Do you know of any books that talk about raising strong, proud biracial or bi-cultural children? TIA! --M   Books Discussed I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun, translated by Andre Nafis-Sahely Laila Lalami on Moroccan literature Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (trigger warning: sexual assault) The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff Dune by Frank Herbert Genre fiction classics post One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Gregory Rabassa The Secret History by Donna Tartt Labyrinth by Kate Mosse The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author, cosigned by contributor Ashley Holstrom A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton (rec’d by Sarah Nicolas) My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios

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Jan 30 2018



Rank #6: E180: #180: Your Most Goth High School Boyfriend

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Amanda and Jenn discuss funny audiobooks, Marvel reads, monsters, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersHer Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins, and Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum.

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The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante (rec’d by Michelle)


1. Hello!

My daughter is 10 and in the 5th grade. She has recently discovered all the Marvel movies and has watched them over and over. Some of the movies are a little…intense…but the genie is well out of the bottle, so . (I can’t say I’m too sad, because I love them also.) She also loves the TV show Agents of SHIELD.

She recently asked me if she could read some of the Marvel graphic novels/comics. I haven’t read a lot myself—some Thor, Vision, and Black Panther, all of which I enjoyed very much. I handed her my Black Panther (Ta-Nehisi Coates), but she had trouble understanding it. The Thor and Vision I have read are graphic in the sex and violence department, which I’m not super crazy about her reading.

So… Are there any Marvel graphic novels appropriate for her age group? And before you rec Ms Marvel, she really wants to read about these MCU characters she has fallen in love with. A little about her: She’s a prolific reader of fantasy, with particular loves for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. She is reading The List, the Unwanteds series, and the School of Good and Evil series right now (and she’s always re-reading Harry Potter!). Anything you can recommend would be awesome!



2. My name is Candice, & my partner and I are driving from San Antonio, TX to Colorado Springs, CO for our first vacation.

We would like to listen to an audiobook or two along the way; however, we would like something that we can both enjoy. Extra points for a book set in Colorado or with a Road tripping theme, though it is not required.

We are both POCs, so an author that reflects that would be ideal.

Trigger warnings include any form of sexual assault/abuse.

To help: He’s an avid D&D player, and his reading likes include “Gritty Fantasy, Speculative Sci-Fi, & Witty Comedy”.

His favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Issac Asimov, William Gibson, & Douglas Adams. He also really enjoyed the book Captain Freedom.

My all-time favorite series is the Wayward Children Novellas by Seanan McGuire (Beneath the Sugar Sky was my Fav) & the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers is a close follow-up.

I am currently reading How Long ‘til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin, and cannot get enough of it.

Other Science Fiction & Fantasy books of note for me are Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Circe by Madeline Miller, Roses and Rot by Kat Howard, & The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel.

I also really love atmospheric thrillers & horror novels (the creepier the better).

And if it helps, we both loved the Netflix show Russian Doll.

Thank you so much for your book recommendation assistance!


3. I am currently in a reading drought. I am hoping that you will help me find a new series to enjoy. I have enjoyed Still Alice (Lisa Genova), an ember in the ashes (sabba tahir), snow child (eowyn ivey), the giver (Louis Lowry) and the Tattooist Of auschwitz (heather morris).

Please help me find something similar. The snow child and the giver are my two all time favorite books. Open to anything minus non-fiction

Thank you.


4. I am traveling to West Virginia in July for two reasons: 1. To visit my husbands family and 2. To do research for a short story that I’m writing about a haunted coal mine. For both these reasons, I want to learn a lot more about West Virginian culture, life, history, etc. I have already read Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina and The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake by Breece D’J Pancake and enjoyed both very much. I am not super picky, especially for something like this where I’m just trying to absorb as much knowledge about the history, culture, and how it shaped the lives of those in the region.

I look forward to your recommendations — thanks!


5. Hi all,

I’m looking for some read-alikes for my sister and me.

For my sister, I’m looking for a good book to get her as a graduation present. Her all-time favorite book is Girl Reading by Katie Ward, and I’ve heard her complain on multiple occasions that she can’t find anything else quite like it—which I would love to change! She generally tends towards magical realism, feminist literature, and something-is-slightly-off type plots (like in Never Let You Go by Kazuo Ishiguro).

For me, I have a serious book hangover from Isabel Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea. I originally picked it up because it deals with the Haitian Revolution (I lived in Haiti for a year) but was just blown away by the style and mood of it; I’ve never so wanted to describe a book as sensual! I liked how the time moved so fluidly and the view points shifted subtlety but distinctly and also smaller details, such as the masterful way that Allende handled the continued rape of the main character, a slave woman, both as off-hand in the way that it would be treated at the time and yet as absolutely brutal and despicable. It doesn’t have to be set in the same era/place or deal with the same themes of slavery, etc; I just want something to make me Feel like this book did!



6. Hello ! I Need some audiobooks recommendations.

Something I can easily follow while doing my housework after baby goes to bed. One audiobook I LOVED was “The Year of Yes”

I Would really like something non fiction again. Maybe some humour or a memoir but Nothing too sad please.



7. Hello wonderful people,

I’m trying to deal with lots of the things right now. My wife is traveling a lot and I miss her. So I’m escaping into the world of monsters. Specifically 1890s-1920s monster hunter goodness.

I recently read S.A. Sidor’s fury from the tomb and the Beast of Nightfell Hall as well as the 4 books in Rick Yancey’s Monstrumolgist series and am looking for more in that vein.

I love the arcane vocabulary in those books as well as the sense of the exoticism of travel in the days before tv/ the internet. I also ADORE the relationship between Will Henry and Pellinore in the Monstrumologist. It’s so tortured and full of love and yet so horrible and that poor kid.

Monsters are great but what I really need is a sense of the mysterious as well as a horrible sociopathic nihilist narrator voice combined with the inevitable longing for love and human connection. But monsters too if you can manage it.

Thank you very very much and I hope you and everybody else has a great day.


Books Discussed

Captain Marvel Vol 1: In Pursuit of Flight, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Dexter Soy and Emma Rios

Spidey Vol. 1: First Day by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Nick Bradshaw

Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal by Preeti Chhibber, illustrated by George Clements and Stéphane Kardos (out June 4)

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (TW mention of sexual assault)

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (TW homophobia)

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (TW PTSD)

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (many trigger warnings)

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Borderline by Mishell Baker (tw: suicide, self-harm)

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May 09 2019



Rank #7: Get Booked Ep. #110: Jane Austen Readalikes

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In honor of Jane Austen's birthday on December 16, Amanda and Jenn recommend their favorite readalikes in this week's Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Life is Like A Musical by Tim Federle and The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.   Books Discussed: The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray Heartstone by Elle Katharine White The Living is Easy by Dorothy West The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian Longbourn by Jo Baker Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey & Maturin series (Master & Commander #1) Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James For Real by Alexis Hall These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer Top 20 Giveaway!

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Dec 12 2017



Rank #8: E129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward

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Apr 26 2018



Rank #9: E120: A Snowflake And A Cinnamon Bun

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Amanda and Jenn discuss baby shower books, true crime, short stories on audio, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Vale by Brian D. Anderson and A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena.


1. Details:

My mom is throwing me a book-themed baby shower which I am very excited about. She wants to give all the guests a book as part of the party favors. The guest list is an interesting mix of people; men and women will be there, but most of the guests will be women over 40 with a handful of people my own age (I'll be 30 when the shower happens). The men who will be there like Game of Thrones, but some like video games and comic books while others like military stories. I don't want my mom to spend too much on books, so I'm thinking paperbacks are the way to go.


Do you have any suggestions for books that can appeal to pretty much anyone? Or something for the men and something else for the women?

Thank you,


2. Hey Ladies,

This has been a wonderful week for me because I saw Black Panther TWICE and I just finished my second reading of "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory . And I'm realizing I'd love your help in finding some new books, especially books that center black characters as joyful and thriving and not always dealing with the "struggle" of being black.

Black Panther showed this amazingly beautiful world where black people are smart and strong. The Wedding Date was a story about a black woman who is desired, loved, and respected in her budding relationship with a white man.

As a black women, I'm realizing that I need more books like "The Wedding Date" because I'm weary of books and movies that center the narrative around the hardships of being black.

I'd love to see if you can suggest some books like "The Wedding Date". I'd love more chick lit with a black woman protagonist and extra points for multi-racial interracial relationships.

In the past I've loved Nana Malone and Theodora Taylor. I've also read "Black Rainbow" by J.J. McAvoy I'm open to fantasy with black female protagonists too, just as long as there's a love story involved, too.


3. I realized after listening to a few podcasts (Serial, Murder on Orchard Street, Dirty John), and watching TV shows (Making a Murderer) that I love True Crime. It is genre that I have never read before. Would love some recommendations. Thank you for this awesome show!


4. Hi Get Booked folks! I recently discovered your podcast and love listening to it on my drive. My TBR is getting uber long, which is great since I've got an extended holiday coming up in Nov and again in Dec!

I've recently discovered dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic novels, and have to say I'm totally in love. Some of my favorites are Oryx and Crake, Brave New World, Wind-Up Girl, Water Knife, Handmaid's Tale, 1984, and right now I'm reading An Excess Male. I would love some recommendations that fall along those lines.


5. Hi ladies!

In the years since I graduated college, I’ve tried to make a concerted effort to continue educating myself. I’m particularly interested in women’s and gender studies, social justice issues, and using history to inform our current political moment. The problem is I’m finding it very difficult to get through the nonfiction books I’m picking up. I do most of my reading during my commute or lunch break, whenever I can fit it in. But when I’ve tried reading nonfiction in short bursts like this, I’ve found that I don’t retain anything I’ve read. I’ve tried books of essays (most recently Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist) and had more success, but the segmented nature makes it hard to keep up momentum; I’ll finish an essay, put the book down, and not return to it for weeks. So, I’m looking for suggestions for narrative nonfiction that will keep me more easily engaged. Any help is much appreciated!


6. Hi.

I want to read more books about and/or written by POC. I love fiction, YA, and sometimes non-fiction. No graphic novels please.

I love books about culture and every day day. I also love fantasy and magic. Mostly I just want to expand my library to include POC, different cultures, and life through a different perspective.


7. Thanks for the awesome recommendations on your podcast; I would like to "read" more audiobooks, but they don't fit well into my current lifestyle. I'm thinking that short story collections on audiobook would be a good way to go. Do you have any recommendations?


Books Discussed

Mem by Bethany C Morrow (May 22 2018)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Name That Movie by Paul Rogers

The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T Carter (rec’d by Jamie C)

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St. Onge

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (recommended by Liberty), trigger warnings: rape and murder

The Power by Naomi Alderman (trigger warning: sexual violence)

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford (tw: self harm, discussion of suicide)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Sherlock Holmes

Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin (rec from Katie on the Audiobooks newsletter)

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Mar 01 2018



Rank #10: E218: Fated Mates And Lots Of Romance

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Amanda and Jenn are joined by Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop of the Fated Mates podcast in this romance special episode!

This episode is sponsored by Book Marks, a customizable journal to record your reading lifeSourcebooks, and Two Lines Press.

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1. Hello! I love your show. I’m looking for a fantastic romp. I love light, hilarious reads like Tessa Dare and the book I’m currently reading, My Fake Rake, which is utterly brilliant. I also love a SFF romp, like How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse and Jodi Taylor’s books. That’s the mental place I’m in. Can you recommend some great romps, in any genre? Thank you!

2. I love listening to your show and have found so many great books at your suggestion. I finally got to read Red, White, and Royal Blue over my holiday break and i loved it. I would love another book like this one.


3. I’ve been in a bit of romance reading slump. I love the genre, but keep ending up with books that annoy the hell out of me. Things that frustrate me: years and years of pining, finally moving on, just to go right back to the person they pined after; power imbalances between characters (no boss/subordinate stuff, and I especially can’t stand when someone falls in love with their damn therapist); super-alpha dudes (I like a lot of Kristen Ashley’s female characters, but I want to bury most of her men alive). I prefer contemporary romance – I can’t get into historical stuff, and for some reason, I just don’t care for any royalty related stuff either. Books/authors I’ve really enjoyed are Alisha Rai’s The Right Swipe and Forbidden Hearts series, Alexa Martin’s Playbook series, Jasmine Guillory, Yolanda Wallace, Zoey Castile’s Happy Ending’s Series, Penny Reid, and Helen Hoang. I’m interested in m/m, m/f, f/f, or any other variation, so it doesn’t have to be only hetero romance. I prefer more comedic/lighter stuff to heavy drama, but don’t mind some seriousness and my favorite tropes involve forbidden love, friends to lovers, and in a m/f romance, dudes who absolutely worship their ladies.



4. Hi! I recently found your podcast and I love it. Thanks for sharing your insights and expanding my reading horizons.

I’m looking for a sexy book. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a romance or have descriptions of sex in it, but I would like something with a sexy vibe/feel to it. I know this is a bit of a vague request, and I’m having a hard time nailing down what exactly I’m looking for, so let me share some of my preferences:
– I tend to read and enjoy a lot of literary fiction. I also like SFF and have recently started reading romance (but haven’t found anything yet in that genre that scratches this itch).
– I’m a little tired of the very young woman/older man trope, but will go back to it if you feel strongly about your recommendation. Same with the virgin trope.
– I can do spooky but not gory.
– I have no preference on when the book was published.

So I’m kind of asking: What is the sexiest book you’ve read? I know this might not elicit the same response to my request, but maybe it’s a good starting point.

Thanks for all you do! Keep up the good work!


The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston

One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

How To Be a Movie Star by TJ Klune (tw: discussion of suicidal thoughts & depression)

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

Band Sinister by KJ Charles

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (tw: discussion of rape & assault, racism & police encounters, fears around disability, miscarriage and difficulties with pregnancy)

Scoring Off the Field by Naima Simone

Wrong Bed, Right Roommate by Rebecca Brooks

One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Priest by Sierra Simone

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

The Vegas Top Guns series by Katie Porter

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

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Feb 13 2020



Rank #11: E128: #128: Nonfiction Galore

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

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

Enter our mystery giveaway!


1. Hi there,

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

Thanks in advance for your help!



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

Thanks in advance. I love the podcast!


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


6. Hi-ya!

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

Many thanks!!


Books Discussed

Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

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

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

The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

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

The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

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

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

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

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

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

From #blacklivesmatter To Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Apr 19 2018

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Rank #12: Get Booked Ep. #112: Son Of A Fancypants

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Amanda and Jenn discuss international reads, Star Trek readalikes, bisexual characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti and OwlCrate. Enter our Best of 2017 books giveaway! bookriot.com/bookriottop20   Questions 1. Hi girls! I love reading about people from different countries or people currently living in different countries and would love a recommendation! I'm trying to find something that isn’t about war or racism. Maybe something a little more lighthearted- if that exists. I love both fiction and nonfiction and am very open to translated works, poetry, plays, short story collections, etc. None of my book friends have been able to help, but I'm hoping you can :) Thank you! --Bianca   2. Hi Amanda & Jenn, I'm looking for a recommendation for my book club. We're all women ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-sixties and, as individuals, read everything from literary fiction to romance to science fiction and fantasy. We've only been meeting for the past 6 months so we're still figuring out what types of books work best. Right now, we've read Where'd You Go Bernadette (which everyone really enjoyed), Small Great Things (most people liked), Elsie and Mairi Go to War (awful, didn't even finish), Exit West (another strong pick), When Dimple Met Rishi (good, but not substantial enough), and God: A Human History (haven't discussed yet, but from our group emails, I'm thinking it's a bit too academic). Contemporary fiction with interesting, strong female protagonists seems to be our sweet spot. We have The Mothers on our to-read list as well as A Gentleman in Moscow, My Cousin Rachel and The Summer Before the War. We read diversely, don't shy away from difficult/sensitive subjects, nonfiction is ok but we've read a decent amount lately, and prefer adult to YA. Thanks so much! --Megan   3. Hi there - I'll be moving to the Bay Area soon for a software engineering program, and I'm a little nervous about feeling lonely/missing home. I'd love some recommendations for: escapist/comforting reads and/or fiction with an awesome female lead and/or books set in San Francisco. I've been reading through the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire and have enjoyed them. I'm also planning to take Sourdough by Robin Sloan with me. I enjoy most sci-fi/fantasy and read a lot of literary fiction as well. Some of my favorite authors are Miriam Toews, Mary Doria Russell, Peter Heller and Connie Willis. Thanks for your help and for the show - this podcast has helped me find so many great books! --Rachel   4. What sci-fi books would you recommend to someone who loves Star Trek? I've of course read some of the novelizations, but I'd like to read some novels that are unconnected but have a similar enough feel to Star Trek. I love the space exploration, philosophy, and different alien races working together, but most of all I loved the idealized future. It seems every futuristic novel I read, we all live in a terrible future that is terrible, and OH LOOK AT HOW EVIL TECHNOLOGY IS. There are no words to describe how tired I am of that. Thanks in advanced guys. I can't wait to hear your recs. --Eliza   5. Hi, I recently listened to your podcast about biography recommendations and can't wait to check out Cleopatra. I would love some other great biographies/memoirs about women. I would prefer people of color or/not already widely famous people. For example, I loved Stolen Lives; Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. Thanks! --Carrie   6. I'm on a search for bisexual characters in literature (who actually call themselves bi- too often authors try to skirt around the word). I'm bisexual myself and I'm craving representation. I find so many gay and lesbian characters, but rarely bi. I don't mind if the character is in a same sex or opposite sex relationship, I would just really like to read about a bi character. Also, while I would love to see some bi women, I encounter bi women much more than I encounter bi men, so I would appreciate it if your suggestions had both genders (if that is at all possible). Thank you so much, and I absolutely adore the show. --Virginia   7. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I love listening to your podcast! Im wondering if you can recommend some books set in the Middle East. I recently read When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi and loved it. I'd particularly like books told from the perspective of a female character(s). Thanks! --Becky   Books Discussed Sunshine by Robin McKinley A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, translated by Lola Rogers The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (rec’d by Rebecca) White Oleander by Janet Fitch Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Wallbanger by Alice Clayton A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold Provenance by Ann Leckie Wild Swans by Jung Chang Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 100 Must Read Bisexual Books post Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

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Jan 03 2018



Rank #13: Get Booked Ep. #115: Pirates Make Everything Better

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Haitian authors, Canadian nonfiction, book club options, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Eternal Life by Dara Horn.   Questions 1. Hi ladies, I love the podcast and all your recommendations. I have an upcoming trip to India for work and I need some recommendations on what to take with me. I will be traveling with a group of MAWGs (middle aged white guys) coworkers who are a bit oblivious, bro-y, and can be exhausting when being around for long period of times. The idea of long-term travel with these people is a bit overwhelming and stressing me out. Do you have any book-ish escapes with strong female characters that can make this trip a little less daunting? Brownie points if they involve India in some form. I’m drawing a blank on ideas and everyone I ask recommends books that I know will make me angry and ranty (not the tone I’m going for on this trip). I’d appreciate any ideas you two have. Many thanks! --Brenna   2. Hi Ladies, Can you recommend books by Haitian authors or authors from other "s***hole" countries? For some reason I have an urge to read books by Haitian or African authors. I've already read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I LOVED. --Paul   3. Hello! My friend doesn't read very much but she wants to read more. The last book she read and loved was The Time Traveler's Wife. Can you recommend other adventure-romance style books that are similar to that? I've suggested The Night Circus and My Name is Memory, so far. I'm a new listener to Get Booked, after becoming hooked on All the Books and The Book Riot Podcast. Thanks for all the great book talks! Thank you, thank you! --Lindsey   4. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I apologize if this is a repeated topic, but I searched the Book Riot site and didn't see anything that was what I was looking for. I live and work in NY, but the company I work for recently acquired some business in Canada. I'll soon be the staff manager of some employees living and working in Canada, which is exciting! I'm looking forward to learning about the employment laws, HR policies, etc of another country... but I realized that I know very, very little about Canada. I don't know any Canadian history, hardly any current (or recent events), and my cultural knowledge is limited to how great Trudeau seems. Can you help? I'm looking for readable, engaging non-fiction that focuses on Canada's history, current events, or culture. It'd be fine if it focused on a specific event or topic, at this point any knowledge will be a plus! Also willing to try out fiction reqs if you have them. Thank you! Sarah   5. Hello from Ireland! I was hoping you could recommend me books written by Native Americans. They can be fiction or non-fiction as long as the author is actually Native American (especially after Wind River left me with a bad taste in my mouth). I am looking for atmospheric books with well drawn characters. Open to all genres but wouldn't want anything that is very violent or disturbing. Thanks, Sophie   6. Hi Jenn/Amanda, Recently my little sister and I both moved back to live with our parents. It's been a rough couple of years. Anyway, my Mom has been wanting to do a book club for a while now and so I suggested that maybe the three of us could do our own book club. Now, the problem is to find a book we can all agree on.... My Mom loves an interesting mystery. Doesn't have to be a murder. She enjoys historical very much as well. So historical mysteries are probably best. My sister is more of a picky reader. She likes more romance. She also gets bored really easy. It has to grab her from the first chapter or she'll toss it aside and never pick it back up. I'm a bit more open with books. I enjoy everything. Except maybe gore and zombies. I do like a creepy aspect to a mystery. I do love creepy or spooky mysteries. The book I'm thinking of is sort of like The Diviners by Libba Bray? Or Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. If you can come up with some recs for us it would be great! I'm at a loss as to what will work! Thank you!!!! --Maeg   7. Good morning ladies! I love your podcast and I am an avid listener every week! Thank you for all the book recommendations! I am usually pretty good at recommending books for other people. My family usually comes to me asking what to read next. Just recently my aunt approached me to ask what books would be suitable for my 11 year old cousin. Usually this wouldn't phase me as I can come up with at least 10 off the top of my head that would be suitable for any other child, however, my cousin doesn't like any sad plot points, death or major illness so she refuses to read things like Charlotte's Web and other classics like that. I've come up with a short list but am having trouble coming up with anything that I know for sure will interest her. She is very sensitive about things that might be scary or sad so I am basically looking for something like a grown up Magic Tree House. Ideally I would need this in the next couple days, if you can swing it but no pressure! I'm happy to get your recommendations whenever you have a moment to answer as I think I might have a few in the meantime to tide her over. Thank you so much for being a bright spot in my week and keep the recommendations coming! Happy reading! --Rebecca   Books Discussed Year One by Nora Roberts (The Stand or The Strain) Make Trouble by Cecile Richards Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre, translated by Kaiama L. Glover The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (rec’d by Angel Cruz) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell Testimony by Robbie Robertson One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul Murder on the Red River by Marcie R Rendon The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen

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Jan 23 2018



Rank #14: Get Booked Ep. #78: All Mysteries, All Thrillers, All the Time

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

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Apr 25 2017



Rank #15: E207: The Holiday Show

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

This episode is sponsored by TBRThe Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali, a heart-rending story of family, love, and fate, available from Gallery Books, and TALION PUBLISHING LLC, publishers of the thrilling Talion Series by J.K. Franko.

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

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa(rec’d by Cari)

Anything by Haruki Murakami (rec’d by Cari)

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (rec’d by Brooke)


1. My boyfriend says that he is inspired by my quest to read more books in 2019 and wants to follow suit next year. However, he has no idea where to begin. I was hoping to get him some Christmas gifts that could point him in the right direction. I know he likes fantasy and graphic novels, specifically The Adventure Zone and anything Marvel. He’s also a very philosophical mind and loves to read really complicated books about existence and consciousness. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks so much!


2. Hello! I’m looking for a book for my brother for Christmas! Maybe a comedy mystery? To give you an idea of his style – He likes Terry Pratchett but not Neil Gaiman. He enjoyed the Rivers of London Series and The Bartimaeus Trilogy. He likes authors such as Chris Riddell, Trenton Lee Stewart, Marie Brennan and Scott Westerfeld. It’s been difficult to find something that lines up with his particular brand of dry humour without it going too far and becoming cliché or eye-rolling (e.g. Genevieve Cogman or early Jasper Fforde). Any help would be much appreciated!


3. I’m wanting to get my mom a book for Christmas this year and was not sure how close to the time you want a time sensitive marking, but thought better safe than sorry. My mom’s absolute favorite book series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and she enjoys historical romances. She really likes fantasy like Lord of the Rings and is a major Star Wars fan, although she generally doesn’t read sci fi. Love the podcast and can’t wait to see what you wonderful people come up with.


4. Every year, from December 1st to 25th I go into full Christmas mode. All my free time goes into Christmas activities, and I only want to read holiday books. It’s silly, I know, but I just like it. It’s not a religious thing for me and I am open to other mid winter holiday tradition stories. I usually reread Christmas passages from novels i’ve marked in the past (I.e., Little House on Prairie Christmas chapters or the Christmas tree story from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) or end up reading tons of picture books and short stories because that’s what i’ve found easily, but I’d like a novel or two this year. I love historical fiction, middle grade, literary fiction, ya. Do you have any recs for me for December?

-Reading Around the Christmas Tree

5. Ok, so my cousin is turning 15 in January and she loves to read. My plan for her Christmas present this year is getting her different books about growing up, mental health and other topics relevant for starting high school and starting to plan for the future. She loves the Harry Potter series (surprise, surprise), the geek girl series, Divergent series and other fantasy or dystopian books. She isn’t really into heavy romances but doesn’t mind some. I’ve already thought of giving her If you come softly by Jacqueline Woodson


6. Hey bookish friends!

For the Christmas holidays I will be traveling with my boyfriend to stay with his mother in Barcelona. This will be my first international trip. While I am trying to keep my expectations low, I think it could be fun to read a novel that takes place in Spain, maybe even Barcelona. We will be traveling to nearby cities, but staying in Barcelona. Do you have any recommendations for novels that take place preferably in modern Spain with a female protagonist? When I try looking up novels all I find are older historical fictions written by men. Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks a bunch!

-Barcelona Bookish Adventures


How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

Turbulence & Resistance by Samit Basu

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Loyal League series (An Extraordinary Union #1) by Alyssa Cole

City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy) by S.A. Chakraborty

If the Fates Allow, edited by Annie Harper

The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue (rec’d by Tirzah)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy, edited by Kelly Jensen

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Dog Day by Alicia Gimenez Bartlett, translated by Nicholas Caistor (tw animal abuse)

The Time in Between by Maria Dueñas, transl. by Daniel Hahn

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Nov 14 2019



Rank #16: 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

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Sep 19 2019



Rank #17: E226: Sympathy Crying and Science Adventures

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Amanda and Jenn discuss platonic relationship reads, great chapter books, political memoirs, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Flatiron Books, publishers of Miss Austen by Gill Hornby, and Wednesday Books.

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An Equal Music, by Vikrim Seth and The Fionavar Tapestry series by Guy Gavriel Kay (The Summer Tree #1) (rec'd by Alicia)

Sourdough by Robin Sloan (rec'd by Roxane)


1. Hello, I was wondering if you have any book suggestions that are based around or feature a strong platonic relationship that will make me cry. It could be friends, teacher-student, wise man-little boy or anything else! I enjoy mostly literary fiction and historical fiction, but I'm open to all the genres. I also wanted to mention that I'm a big fan of all your podcasts and I appreciate what you do in love of books!


2. Hey ladies!
I'm looking for recommendations for simple chapter books for my 6yo sisters to read to themselves. All the children's books lists seem to be either picture books or the kind of middle grade that's closer to YA - where do you look if you want something in between?!
My other siblings and I all read a lot as kids (we didn't have YouTube as a distraction!), but these two (while very intelligent and perceptive) haven't particularly shown much interest in books and their reading level is quite far below where ours was at that age/where my mother thinks it should be.
They'll listen to anything if we read it aloud to them: we've enjoyed things like Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch, Megan McDonald's Judy Moody, Beverly Cleary's Ramona series and Patricia C. Wrede's Dealing with Dragons when (the last one with heavy on-the-fly editing in some places!), and we've already been down the Roald Dahl route too. They're fine rereading things that have been previously read to them, but so far pretty much all they've managed to read for themselves from the get-go are the Rainbow Fairies and Airy Fairy series, so something in that vein/maybe slightly more advanced would be great!
Thank you so much for all you do - my TBR has never recovered since I discovered this podcast, and I'm hoping that one day my sisters will be able to say the same :)


3. I am moving from being a 4th grade teacher to a 5th grade teacher next year, which means I will be teaching US history for the first time. I need some good books to read over the summer to refresh my knowledge and give me a better understanding of US history outside of the list-of-white-men-violating-human-rights-and-calling-it-progress history I was taught in school. The only US history I’ve learned about since leaving school is Hamilton or Hamilton-adjacent. I’ve already read Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, and I’ve got a copy of The Half Has Never Been Told, but some good, engaging nonfiction about US history not from the view of old white men would be appreciated. Bonus points if there’s a good audiobook.

-What Did I Miss

4. Hi friends!

I've been going through some mental health challenges this year that have affected my self-motivation, particularly when it comes to reading. I am trying to push past some of these barriers, but with any difficult journey, I want to start small. So I need some recommendations that will be a guaranteed win for me as I begin to reignite my passion for reading on the reg.

Here are some books I've read over the past couple of years that I couldn't put down:

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Little Fires Everywhere & Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
To All the Boys I Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I clearly love romance and YA with a touch of mystery, hijinks and lots of feelings. So books with any or all of those vibes are great!
I also like memoirs by cool people (Jonathan Van Ness, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, Lindy West, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kahling, etc.)
Female, non-binary, trans authors are a plus!

Thank you both!


5. Hello, My name is Chris. I am usually a big fantasy buff, I just want to get lost in a new universe, new magic, new characters. Recently I have read the seven sisters series which is not my usual jam but I am in love! The characters, the writing, the world discovery... It has made me a new historical fiction fan. I am looking for a big fat series to get lost in. A new world to discover, hopefully magical. I don't mind going through big novels. I just want to get lost in a new world, get attached to new characters, with huge plot twists, unexpected deaths maybe... I want to get lost in that world (Harry Potter-ish world building). If it's not fantasy I do not mind, as long as the plot is addictive and fast paced.


6. Hello Amanda and Jenn,

I love fantasy. I love renaissance period looking fairies and witches and elves and idiot human main characters who go into the forest and find a fully set table with every food imaginable and just go "yeah, nothing strange or magical about this, I will simply eat this sparkling bread and go back home to my normal human life" and then are surprised when the fairy queen kidnaps them and is like "you ate our enchanted food and belong to us now"???

While I love all of the above, what I don't love is how prevalent racism, antisemitism, misogyny, and homophobia are in these genres, particularly when they're written by men or white women.

When I voiced this in a Facebook group, a dudebro responded saying "So you expect writers to cater to your liberal snowflake fantasy? Let's be realistic, racism and sexism exists EVERYWHERE." but like, he's talking about elves and magic?

So anyways, what I'd love to find is a fantasy book that has magic and fairies but is also my liberal snowflake fantasy where no woman gets kidnapped and abused, there are no racist or antisemitic caricatures, and everyone lives happily ever after. Bonus points if written by a woman and has nonwhite or female main characters.

Sorry for the super long email and thank you in advance! I always love your recs!

-Dee :)

7. Hi, Amanda and Jenn! I love your show.
I am usually a fiction reader but lately I have read The Education of An Idealist by Samantha Power and Becoming by Michelle Obama, both of which I really enjoyed. However, they are both about women in the Obama administration, and I am interested in autobiographies or memoirs about women who are maybe on the other side of the political spectrum. But also nobody completely far-right, if that makes sense. I want to get more than just one side of an argument but also from a woman's perspective.

Books Discussed

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen

Thea Stilton series by Thea and Geronimo Stilton

Great Chapter Books post

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, beloved of Liberty

These Truths by Jill Lepore

The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

The Tufa series by Alex Bledsoe (The Hum and the Shiver #1)

The Acacia series by David Anthony Durham (The War with the Mein #1)

Dealing with Dragons series by Patricia Wrede (rec’d by Aly)

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

No Higher Honor by Condoleezza Rice

Lazy B by Sandra Day O’Connor (rec’d by Jeff)

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Apr 09 2020



Rank #18: Get Booked Ep. #109: So Here's What Happened

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Amanda and Jenn discuss stocking-stuffer books, seasonal short stories, romances, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by No Time To Spare, new essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, and OwlCrate.   Questions   1. Hi Jenn and Amanda, I’m looking for some good romances for the holiday season. All my life I’ve had my internal misogyny telling me that romance was a waste of time and bad writing, but I’m ready to get out there and expand my horizons. I mostly read YA and nonfiction, but I’m open to anything with a fun plot. I’m in the mood to curl up with something cute and fluffy. I’m not afraid of something steamy but I’d like the story to be more about fun and intimacy then the steamy throws in the sheets. My favorite romantic thing ever is the show Hart of Dixie, just to give you a vague idea of what I like. I’m sorry this is super vague, I can’t wait to see what you guys recommend though! Happy Reading, --Morgan   2. Hi - Love the show. I am looking for small books - literally small for stocking stuffer size that are still good, interesting, fun. Also working with a broad group (i.e. varying political, religious positions) so not trying to start a battle or anything, but fun things - poetry, mindfulness, just delightful things to ponder? Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks! --Shannon   3.  Time sensitive! “Get Booked” is one of my highlights every Thursday, so I’m reaching out! I need help with Christmas gifts. My boyfriend has read so many different things, that I can’t even begin. I’d like a few recommendations based on stuff he loves. Fiction: all time favorite is Matthew Stover’s series Heroes Die & Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series. Nonfiction: he’s very into paranormal testimonies, David Sedaris, Henry Rollins, and anything about survival. He loves science fiction, ultra violence, and modern day conspiracy theories. I’m excited to see what you come up with because I’d be clueless unless I asked him! Thanks a lot! --Jessica   4. Hello Ladies! I am a huge fan of the podcast and tune in every week to your recommendations and witty comments! You are wonderful and make my work week brighter! I would consider myself a bookworm but definitely more like a tsunduko person. However I have gotten into the habit of reading short stories before bed since I tend to fall asleep in the middle of reading and it makes me less frustrated and guilty if I need to back track the next night. As the holiday season approaches, I am looking for a short story collection to help me get into the spirit, either about winter, snow, Christmas, or something along those lines. I read My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories last year and loved it but having a hard time finding something this year. I love historical fiction, fantasy, YA, contemporary literature, and obviously short story collections. Not a huge fan of crime, thrillers, or horror. So anything that could help out this bookworm to get to sleep would be fantastic! Thank you in advance! Love you both! Sincerely, --Kaitlin   5. Hi there, Love your podcast and listen to it all the time. I'm trying to get a head start on my holiday shopping and I'm looking for a book suggestion for my mom. She's a pretty steady reader - has read most of the classics and is in an active book club so she often has read the currently popular books. She enjoyed the P.G Wodehouse series and loved Remains of the Day. Her very favourite book is Grapes of Wrath. Hoping to find something she is unfamiliar with that she can really dive into. She is a violence abuse counselor and often really heavy subject matter is hard for her to get through in her pleasure reading. Also no horror please. Thanks --Sarah   6. Time Sensitive (hopefully before Christmas): My husband is really hard to pick books for and I'm needing recommendations. He really likes coming of age stories and short stories that are connected together by the same characters. He really doesn't like books with extremely long chapters that don't have a good stopping point within them. Some examples of books he has loved are: The Road Cormac McCarthy, anything by David Sedaris or Davy Rothbart, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Palo Alto by James Franco. --Sarah   7. Hi Amanda and Jenn- I am hoping you may be able to offer me a recommendation in time for the holiday gift buying season! A friend and I purchase a book for one another every Christmas. We usually pick something that we loved and thought the other person would love as well. This year, I thought you may be able to help! Here’s some info about my friend: She’s a 30 year old recent grad school graduate living in upstate NY. She works in the Human Services field and is originally from Puerto Rico. She loves Harry Potter. She usually reads YA or fantasy books, but she is really driven by stories that have characters you get to know well and fall in love with. I’m hoping to find her a book featuring a quirky underdog that wins out in the end despite facing life’s inevitable obstacles. It would be better if it didn’t feature sexual violence if possible. Love your podcast and looking forward to the recommendations! Thanks! --Brian   Books Discussed Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tiny books post: https://bookriot.com/2017/10/06/miniature-books-for-tiny-libraries/ All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monson and Jory John Letters For the Year by Lea Redmond The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (all the trigger warnings) Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant The Last Chance Christmas Ball anthology Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas We the Animals by Justin Torres Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Want by Cindy Pon

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Dec 06 2017



Rank #19: E219: Unintentional Casablanca References

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Amanda and Jenn discuss long distance romances, read-alikes for Tamora Pierce, punny titles, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Marks, a customizable journal to record your reading life, William Morrow Paperbacks, publisher of The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day, and Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton, published by Avon Books.

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1. Hello!
Last year I read all the Tamora Pierce books and I loved them (thanks Jenn for the strong rec on these)! I’m currently reading Novice Dragoneer and also enjoying it. Can you rec me a good comp for Tamora Pierce? I’ve listened to all the Get Booked episodes so something that’s never been recommended would be awesome. Also, bonus points for a series or multiple books, I read through the Tamora Pierce books so fast!


2. I will be traveling throughout Oregon in 2020, and would love to prepare by reading some books that take place mostly in Oregon. I love ALL genres, so feel free to go wild with the recs!

Thank you!

3. Hi I’m Adah and I am 10 years old and I really like books with lots of suspense and where you just can’t stop turning page after page it’s usually realistic fiction or mystery ex: the tale of despereaux, the marvelous journey of Edward Tulane, just under the clouds and the wild robot. I would like more books like that. P.S. I really like your podcast, Thank you,

4. I am an asexual woman with a crush on my male best friend. Can you recommend a good friends-to-lovers read that is not all about sex? The characters do not need to be asexual but I prefer more of a slow burn where sex is only at the end if at all. Thank you!


5. Hello,

First of all, I would like to say that I love your podcast and have been listening to it while I work (I spend a lot of time copying and pasting to excel spreadsheets as a research assistant).

My boyfriend of 2 years recently graduated and was asked by the company he works for to move to another state. I am stuck in one spot because I am finishing my college degree and have decided to pursue my master’s. I am determined to believe that love prevails, and that, no matter what anyone says, I’m not naive for putting so much hope into what will be a long distance relationship of several years.

I’d love some recommendations for new adult books about long distance relationships. They can be sweet or angsty. What matters to me is a relationship that feels passionate and true, and a story that seems realistic, like something I could believe in for myself.

Thank you so much!


6. Hi, this year I want to get back into big fantasy/paranormal books. Last year I read mostly romance since I finished the Throne of Glass series in very quick succession and need a break. I’ve read and liked Percy Jackson, Red Queen, Three Dark Crowns, and the Vampire Academy (mostly, I had some issues with the way it ended). I have also read the first 4 books of the Outlander series but I’ve found that is something I rather watch than read along with Game of Thrones. I’ll read just about anything. Thanks so much.


7. Hi there! I have a TIME SENSITIVE request, I need recommendations by June 2020 if possible. I have decided to do the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 2020 and am struggling to find a book for the prompt “a book with a pun in the title.”
Here are my general criteria:
–No m/f romance (f/f or m/m is fine)
–Generally prefer nonfiction, literary fiction/contemporary fiction, historical fiction, but am willing to try just about anything other than cozy mysteries or m/f romance.
Thank you

Books Discussed

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Riddle-Master of Hed series, Patricia McKillip

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (tw violence, harm to animals)

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Dragons in a Bag by Zeta Elliott

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (tw aphobia)

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (tw torture and whatnot)

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale (tw: abuse & cruelty, torture, prejudice, racism, self-harm, discussion of rape)

The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

Here’s Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos

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Feb 20 2020



Rank #20: E175: #175: People and Not-So-People

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Jenn and guest Kelly Jensen discuss reads about anxiety, foodie books, Disney read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling, and You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook.

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1. Hi!

So, up until recently I hadn’t thought about what “type” of books I like most. The more I read, the more I find myself getting emotionally sucked into books about a dark or otherwise serious subject matter told from a child’s/teen/young person’s point of view. Examples would be Room, and To Kill A Mockingbird. I love “reading between the lines” and picking up on subtle hints and clues to what’s going on in the story, rather than outright descriptions told from an adult or omniscient narrator. I’m a mental health therapist and I work predominantly with teenagers who have been through some sort of, so it’s kind of obvious where my pull towards these books comes from.

The book doesn’t have to be about major traumatic events (abuse, neglect, rape, etc), just serious subject matter that a young person is dealing with and trying to interpret and work through.

Thank you so much!!!!


2. I am looking for African-American, Bi-sexual, and women with disabilities, literature. I love fiction, some fantasy some siFi, romantic suspense, and both mysteries and thrillers. oh and classic literature, and women’s fiction. Some Young Adult is okay. No Paranormal, or aliens having human babies, no cloning, and weird stories. yuck! I am blind so the books must be available in an accessible format.


3. Hello. I work at a nonprofit hunger relief organization and am looking for recommendations for our staff book club. Specifically, I am hoping you have some ideas for a graphic novel or graphic nonfiction book about any of the following topics, ideally in combination: food, nutrition, nonprofits, social justice, equity, or inclusion. We have read two books so far, Big Hunger and Behind the Kitchen Door, and have a good list of future options, but I thought it might be nice to try something less wordy at some point. Must be appropriate for discussion in a work setting. Can be something we could read all at once or in installments. Thank you for the tips and for the amazing show!

-Leah R

4. I love watching documentaries (my favorite film genre) and reading non fiction as well as science fiction. I recently read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and loved them both. Currently I am reading Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and loving it as well. (Side note, if you haven’t seen the HBO documentary made from the book you are truly missing out) I am worried I wouldn’t be able to find any more weird non fiction & science fiction to read once I am done with Going Clear. Any suggestions would be super helpful.


5. Hi,

I’m always on the lookout for great book recommendations for my amazing niece. She loves YA fantasy (Throne of Glass is one of her favorite series) and Disney. Her favorite princess is Mulan, so she really likes strong female characters. She’s African American, so I would love to find a book for her featuring a non-white protagonist, since they are underrepresented in fiction and thus hard to come by.

Any help you can give me is wonderful. I hate to give her gift cards for her birthday or Christmas because it feels so impersonal to me.



6. So I need help trying to find books similar to my favorites. I LOVE Marcus Zusak, author of “I Am the Messenger” and “The Book Thief”.

I love the writing style, the quip literary remarks, the funny quotes and how the actual physical writing is different (fonts, margins, etc.).

I also enjoy how closely I become connected to the characters. They are ones I won’t soon forget.

They are both books I’ve read and recommend to everyone and now I’m looking for other books that are as similar to him as possible.


7. Hello! I was recently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I’m hoping you can recommend some books that have characters with that diagnosis or something similar. I am not picky whether it’s YA, or fantasy, or whatever, but I do tend to lean more towards YA. A memoir would be particularly interesting.

Thank you!


Books Discussed

The Vela S1 by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, SL Huang, and Rivers Solomon

The Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and illustrated by Renee Nault

Kidlit These Days podcast

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

So Lucky by Nicola Griffith

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Meal by Blue Dellaquanti, illustrated by Soleil Ho (rec’d by Elisa)

Comic Books With Recipes post

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Themby Jennifer Wright

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolfe

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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Apr 04 2019