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Love it but audio is horrible

By Rachelsife - Nov 27 2019
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I absolutely love this podcast. I’ve gotten such good recommendations from them. However, I knocked off two stars because I cannot believe how bad the audio quality is. One mic is obviously lesser than the other and I’m constantly blasting my volume for one of the hosts and then lowering it for the other. This is a podcast... audio quality is EVERYTHING. Great content but sometimes it’s just too annoying to listen to. Please invest in a better mic

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Making my way through back catalogue and found lots of great reads. Thanks for great podcast!

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Love it but audio is horrible

By Rachelsife - Nov 27 2019
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I absolutely love this podcast. I’ve gotten such good recommendations from them. However, I knocked off two stars because I cannot believe how bad the audio quality is. One mic is obviously lesser than the other and I’m constantly blasting my volume for one of the hosts and then lowering it for the other. This is a podcast... audio quality is EVERYTHING. Great content but sometimes it’s just too annoying to listen to. Please invest in a better mic

Love this!

By 718_kc - Mar 15 2019
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Making my way through back catalogue and found lots of great reads. Thanks for great podcast!

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209: Emo Heroines

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Jenn and guest Louise Johnson discuss unconventional heroines, cozy Hanukkah stories, children’s books about tolerance, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 ChallengeSponsored by Voracious and Little, Brown and Company, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi, with Fierce Reads.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK & LINKS

Paradox Bound by Peter Cline (rec’d by Stephanie)

Stephanie’s Get Booked spreadsheet: bit.ly/getbookedrecs

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman (rec’d by Stephanie)

The Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie (rec’d by Stephanie)

The River by Peter Heller (rec’d by Elizabeth and Kayce)

Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched by Amy Sutherland (rec’d by Molly)

Beyond Basketball: Keywords for Success by Mike Krzyzewski and Jamie Krzyzewski Spatola

QUESTIONS

1. Hello Jen and Amanda,

I’m STRUGGLING because everywhere I go right now (shops, bookstagram, etc) I’m seeing Christmas books, which is great except that I can’t relate because I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m Jewish but surprisingly, there are no ‘cosy cute and fun Hanukkah reads’ readily available to me.

I’m looking for some holiday reads that have that cozy feeling, and are funny and/or heartwarming but NOT centred around Christmas.

Books I like that have a similar vibe are A Christmas Carol, Moominland Midwinter, and most of Hans Christian Andersen’s books. I haven’t really read more contemporary fiction because I just haven’t been able to relate to it, but I would love if you could find something contemporary, bonus points if it actually has a Jewish character (double bonus if it’s written by or about a woman!)

Sorry for the long question! I love your podcast and look forward to seeing your recommendations.

-Diana 🙂

2. Hi all,

I am a philosophy professor at a large public school and I will be teaching a course called Ethics and Disability next semester. I would really like my students to read a #OwnVoices book by an author with either a visible or invisible disability that features a character with a disability. I would prefer a quick read, since the book will be a part of a larger syllabus. Either fiction or nonfiction would be fine!

Thanks so much! I love, love, love the podcast.

All the best,

-Katie

3. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

I love listening to your show and it is often one of the highlights of my week. I have been in a reading funk for a while and am in need of some great recommendations to get me back to my usual book-lovin’ state. In particular, I am in the mood for historical fiction (only not medieval England stuff) and adventure (e.g. superheroes, pirates, swashbucklers, time travelers, etc.). I am partial to gutsy female heroines and read adult, YA, middle-grade, etc. But I’m not in the mood for graphic novels. Bonus points if you have recommendations for series. Thanks! 🙂

-Mona

4. Hello! I discovered this podcast about two months ago and have completely caught up on all episodes. My TBR list has tripled as a result. I love listening and learning about new genres, authors, etc. You ladies make it so enjoyable and your energy is contagious.

I have two requests. The first is for children’s books that introduce children to the fact that families come in all different types. The second is for books about how boys and girls don’t need to only do “boy” things or “girl” things.

My daughter is 4 years old. My husband and I try our best to teach her that “love is love is love” and that boys and girls do not have to only like “boy” things and “girl” things. Lately she has made comments about how boys marrying boys is weird, or that boys can’t do ballet. I really don’t know where she is getting these ideas because I know in our house we don’t believe that. When she does make these comments, we correct her.

My husband I read to her every night. I am hoping for any kind of children’s book that can explain that families come in all types and that boys and girls can do what ever they want. I want my daughter to grow up with an open heart and open mind. Please help. Thank you.

-Autumn

5. Hi Jenn & Amanda!

I love history and especially enjoy reading about strong, smart female leaders and rulers. The vast majority of the books I’ve found are about English and French queens/mistresses/duchesses etc, or occasionally Cleopatra. I’d like to branch out and would love it if you could recommend books about powerful women of Non-European history. Any historical period is fine, although I usually gravitate toward ancient or medieval history. Nonfiction is preferred, but I would be open to well researched historical fiction as well. Thanks for your help!

-Sara

6. Hi there!

I have a major book hangover from Hannah Kent’s “Burial Rites,” and would love to know about more books that are about and/or set in Iceland or Scandinavia more generally.

Time period is not important to me, I’m just fascinated by the landscape and culture. I’ll take fiction and non-fiction alike, as long as it’s interesting.

Apologies if you’ve already answered this question and I’ve just forgotten! I absolutely love your show and thanks for all the work you do at Book Riot!

Hugs,

-Chandra in Minnesota

7. I’m in grad school for teaching languages (English and Spanish) and have taken a few linguistics classes in both languages. I recently read ‘The Schwa Was Here’ by Neal Shusterman and am currently reading Ella Minnow Pea. I would love to know if there are more fiction books out there that play with language, whether with word play like Ella Minnow Pea or through personifying the language, as Mr Shusterman did. Some of my favorite reads are books about books so I would love to expand that to include books about language.

-Kate

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell

Eva Ibbotson – Madensky Square or A Countess Below Stairs

The Pretty One by Keah Maria Brown

The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Barton-Smith

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Everything by Susie Day (Pea’s Book of Best Friends)

The Empress by Ruby Lal

The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

The Otherlife by Julia Gray

The Moomins by Tove Jansson

Lexicon by Max Barry

A Void by Georges Perec

My Name is Mina by David Almond

Dec 05 2019

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208: Obsessed With Trees

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Amanda and Jenn discuss what to read after Where The Crawdad Sings, time travel fiction, challenging reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

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

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (rec’d by Miranda)

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (rec’d by Miranda)

QUESTIONS

1. Hi, I was wondering if you had any recommendations for fun murder mystery novels that are well written and not too dark. I did not enjoy Gone Girl because it was too dark. I love Agatha Christie and have read a good portion of her novels. I am looking for new mysteries that are fun. I recently watched the movie “Clue” and something similar in book format would be great ☺️

-Kaitlin

2. Hello! I am hoping you’ll help me with some new book or series ideas for my husband, who is the type of person who will re-read (and re-listen) to the same books over and over… and over. He also tends to read book series geared towards younger readers. Being an elementary school teacher (currently teaching 6th grade), he likes to recommend & talk books with his students. His all-time favorites include Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and just about everything by Rick Riordan. He’s also enjoyed Game of Thrones, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman. For stand-alone books, Dark Matter & Ready Player One are recent hits. He’s drawn towards multi-book series because of the rich world-building and loves books seeped in mythology.

Plot twist! He also loves U.S. history, particularly about the gold rush and the american revolution. I think he might be into a fantasy adventure with a historical slant. Alexander Hamilton with a talking dog sidekick in a time machine saving the world? He’d probably read that! I’d love to see him continue to explore new worlds, characters, and ideas so the plan is to gift him some new books for the holidays. Thank you so much in advance!

-Katie

3. Hi there!

Every Christmas I give each of my kids a book that reflects something going on in their lives during the past year. Over the years the collection of books for each child has provided great memories of their interests, accomplishments and dreams. When they were younger it was easier to find books about learning to ride a bike, a cookbook about cakes, or a collection of poems about nature. As they have gotten older, their interests have naturally become more narrowed and specific. I’m hoping you can help me find a book for my oldest daughter, who is 19. This past year she completed an internship where she cared for and trained carnivores at a wildlife park and breeding program. She worked daily feeding and tending to lions, tigers, bears and cheetahs. It was amazing to see her growth over the period of the internship, I’ve never seen her more happy, confident or driven. I’d love to find a book for her about a person who has a similar positive experience with wild animals. I’m open to non-fiction or fiction but would mostly hope for something that continues to inspire her as she works toward her college degree in zoology and on to a career in this field. I have done some searching on my own but often recommendations come back for veterinary medicine and I’m hoping for something more specifically related to care and conservation of animals.

Thank you in advance for your recommendations!

-Heather

4. I want to get my mom a book her birthday. She works as a director at a basketball camp and one of her jobs is mentoring and organizing the counsellors. She likes self-help type books and I want to find one that’s about leadership in a summer camp or basketball setting, or about mentoring and working with teenagers or young adults. I love your podcast and listen to it every week!

-Shannon

5. Hi,

I’m looking for a recommendation after finishing reading “Where the crawdads sing” by Delia Owens. I absolutely loved this book, which surprised me as I usually read more plot driven books and don’t usually like descriptions like ” beautiful prose”, “lyrical” and so on. I found myself completely absorbed in the story, loved the language and even underlined some of the sentences. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but I loved that it didn’t contain too many characters, some I could root for, and most of, all the mother nature. The nature scenes were my favourites to read and get lost in. I am going on a backpacking trip to South America next month and looking for a good read. Can you please recommend something similar? Thanks so much!

-Kat

6. I recently enjoyed 11.22.63 and the Doomsday book and am looking for more good historical time travel fiction. Kindred is already on my to read list and I read the first Outlander book and found it a bit less consensual than I prefer my romances. Any suggestions for entertaining historical time travel books?

-Shaina

7. Each year, I like to tackle a big, scary book—not scary in the sense that the book is frightening (though I’m not opposed to that), more that the book’s physical weight, complexity, and/or subject matter tend to intimidate readers. I’ve previously read Infinite Jest, East of Eden, A Little Life, The Goldfinch, Ulysses, Moby-Dick, etc. I’ve also read shorter work that would qualify, like Joanna Russ’s Female Man. There are a lot of lists on the Internet of the most difficult books, but those lists are largely white and male and I’m looking for something that isn’t. I know I could pick up War and Peace (and probably should read it eventually) but I really want to read as few books by white dudes in 2018 as possible. Can you point me in the direction of heady, challenging doorstopper fiction that meets this criteria? I’m not adverse to any particular genre, I just want to dig into a really difficult book.

Thanks in advance!

-Meredith

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (tw: ableist language and slurs around mental health)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

American Hippo by Sarah Gailey

Steve and Me by Terri Irwin

The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton

Sum it Up by Pat Summit

Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

Deep Creek by Pam Houston

The Overstory by Richard Powers (tw: suicide)

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko (tw: for everything)

Nov 21 2019

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207: The Holiday Show

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

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

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

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)

QUESTIONS

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!

-Emily

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!

-Danielle

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.

-Stephanie

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

-Hanna

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

BOOKS DISCUSSED

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

Turbulence & Resistance by Samit Basu

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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

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

If the Fates Allow, edited by Annie Harper

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

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

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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

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

Nov 14 2019

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206: The Golden Girls Meets Dexter

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

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

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

QUESTIONS

1. Hello Jenn and Amanda!

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

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

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

Thanks so much!

-Jennie

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

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

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

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

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

-Katharine

3. Hello Ladies!

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

Thank you! Love the show!

-April

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

-Andrea

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

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

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

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

-Jessica

6. Hi!

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

Thanks so much!!

-Jessica

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

-Gina

BOOKS

Milkman by Anna Burns

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

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

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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

Tampa by Alissa Nutting (tw: child abuse)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley

Nov 07 2019

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205: The Office But With Dead People

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books about ghosts, secret societies, folklore, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Blind Date With a BookOrdinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz, now available from Algonquin Books, and All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

Last of the Wine by Mary Renault, and really anything by her (rec’d by Scarlett)

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (rec’d by Scarlett)

Julian by Gore Vidal (rec’d by Scarlett)

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (rec’d by Scarlett)

QUESTIONS

1. My dad retired this year, and previous to 2019 had NEVER READ A BOOK- like, no joke-not even at school! But this year, he started picking up books (3 to be exact) and asked for “a book” for his birthday.

So .. he’s not really sure what he likes in books- he read two memoirs (old rock n roll guys) and one hyper local history about the town he grew up in.

He’s probably not a fiction guy, or ready for fiction.

It’s such a clean slate I’m overwhelmed by where to go with this! He likes classic cars, late night tv, SNL, Will Ferrell sense of humor, he worked in television for 40 years, local to both/either Cleveland Ohio and Portland Maine. Not into politics.

A note: I am planning on getting him Kitchen Confidential because I mentioned it to him & he thought that sounded fun.

-Cate

2. Hello! I’m going to try to be as concise as possible with a sensitive ask. My cousin recently confided in me that she has started the transition from male to female. She is in her early 30s, so transition has some unique obstacles, and she has been open about her past struggles with depression and anxiety. So far family has been accepting as she has slowly confided various family members but I’m worried about some of our more religious family. I’ve been looking for books to help me support her as an ally. I have read some intersectional feminist works (Janet Mock and Whipping Girl by Julia Serano) but would like book recommendations more focused on transitioning later in life. I’m hoping for nonfiction but will take fiction as well. I’m a pharmacist so I’m also open to something more academic/scientific too. Thanks for your help!

-Dianna

3. Hey! My English teacher said that if we put in a request here we would get some extra credit. We’re an obnoxious class and she loves this podcast so I thought I’d err on the side of caution. (You’ve responded to a request of hers in an episode before, her name is Kirsten. She was the one with the weird book list). I also would like a book recommendation because my bookshelf has been read and re-read numerous times over. Some of my favorite books are The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Ender’s Game series, and those weird Star Trek novels William Shatner wrote. Also if you have any strange, out of place books that don’t really have a spot on bookshelves, that’d be awesome too. Thanks!

-Sam

4. Happy spoopy season! I’m looking for recommendations for fiction with ghosts as main / significant characters or fiction about ghost hunting. I really enjoyed City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab and I’m interested in reading other books like it. I’m open to YA and adult fiction, although I tend to prefer YA most of the time. Thanks for your help! 👻

-Katie

5. I’m looking for a readalike for one of my favorite video games, Secret World Legends. TL;DR, you swallow a bee, wake up with magical powers, and begin fighting paranormal entities for one of three secret societies (including the modern Knights Templar and Illuminati). It’s set in the real world and you learn a lot about some real-world folklore and mythology while playing it and solving the often difficult investigation missions. I would love something that’s fiction that has this sort of gothic, creepy vibe or not-dry nonfiction about secret societies or the folklore/mythology of New England, Egypt, Transylvania, Japan, or Africa (the places we visit in the game). Thank you!

-Samantha

6. I recently read Convenience Store Woman and fell completely in love with it. The character was incredibly interesting to read about, but I think what I really loved about it was the “everyday life in Japan” aspect of it. It reminded me of another favorite- My year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki, as well as A Tale for the Time Being. I loved how page-turner-y these books were while still allowing space on the page to focus on the food, the sounds, and the intimate details of everyday life in places I don’t live. Any recs like these? Bonus points for more Asian authors in translation, tho doesn’t necessarily need to be Japanese. Double Bonus for magical realism.

-Weatherly

7. Hi ladies,

This has been a dud of a reading year for me so I’ve been hoping to compile a list of books for next year that I will love. Some of the books I’ve read this year and loved include:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hessee

-Lauren

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Bossypants by Tina Fey

If I Understood You Would I Have This Look On My Face by Alan Alda (plus, Clear+Vivid podcast)

Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox (rec’d by Jess)

Sorted by Jackson Bird

She’s Not There by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Wayward Children series (Every Heart a Doorway #1) by Seanan McGuire

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (tw: self-harm, family violence)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Spellbook of Katrina Von Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (tw: graphic violence)

Mãn by Kim Thuy, translated by Sheila Fischman

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (tw: body horror, graphic violence)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (tw: homophobia)

The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas

Oct 31 2019

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204: Whatever, Parents Are Stupid

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

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

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

QUESTIONS

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

-Jana

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

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

Thank you so much and big love from Philly!!

-Stephanie

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

-Anne

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

-Lacey

5. Hi!

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

Thank you so much,

-Maria

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

Thank so much!

-Nicole

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

-Jana

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Stephen King Readalikes episode

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Promised the Moon by Stephanie Nolen

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad) by CB Lee

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Crow Blue by Adriana Lisboa, transl. by Alison Entrekin

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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Gamechanger by LX Beckett

The Outside by Ada Hoffmann

Oct 24 2019

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203: Not Gonna Tell You How To Feel About Caesar

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Amanda and Jenn discuss poetry, dinosaur books for grown-ups, Roman historical fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by our Blind Date with a Book giveawayQuantum by international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, and Change is the only Constant by Ben Orlin, in Hardcover from Black Dog and Leventhal.

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FEEDBACK

Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy, by Angela Garbes (rec’d by Cameron)

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, by Meaghan O’Connell (rec’d by Cameron)

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Years and Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott (rec’d by Cameron)

Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul (rec’d by Sarah)

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf (rec’d by Ashely)

QUESTIONS

1. Dinosaurs! I’ve recently realized (thanks to having a little one in the house) that the world of dinosaurs has passed me by since my school days. They have feathers‽ There are dinosaurs bigger and meaner than T-rex‽ Brontosaurus exists again‽ Please help fill my knowledge gap with a fun read to catch me up on at least some small part of what I’ve missed in the dinosaur world in the last…*cough*…few years!

-Kayla

2. Hello, my younger sister and I are going on our Birthright trips to Israel this winter, and I’m looking for some great books to read during all the traveling. I would love if I could find a book set in Israel, past or present that I haven’t read yet. When I’m traveling I generally prefer fantasy, science fiction, or mystery, but I will read anything anybody from Book Riot recommends. I really haven’t read any books set in Israel, or inspired by it, so I think anything you suggest will be new to me. Side note, y’all and the entire Book Riot family are awesome!!

-Liza

3. I find myself in the odd position of loving fantasy books about necromancy while also having a phobia of ghosts. I LOVE the Abhorsen books by Garth Nix, and I recently had the opportunity to read an ARC of Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal. They both are perfect examples of the necromantic fantasy that works for me. Do you know of other books that deal with this subject without tropes that will give me horrible nightmares (poltergeists, haunted houses, etc)? Thank you!

-Phasmophic

4. I’m looking for recommendations of poetry or otherwise that is similar to anything by Amanda Lovelace or Rupi Kaur. I’ve already inhaled the newest release by Amanda Lovelace and wouldn’t mind something a little more lighthearted to contrast the heavy topics both authors write about.

Thank you!

-Elin

5. Hi Ladies! I’m wondering if you can suggest some fun action/thriller type audiobooks by people of color – something in the vein of Dan Brown, with some puzzles and some action, but generally just a fun ride. I like to listen to audio books while I work, and these types of books make the day speed by.

Thanks!

-Jaimie

6. Hi! I am currently reading Mary Beard’s SPQR and loving it! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for historical fiction set in ancient Rome or Greece. I’ve read a good amount of fantasy set in those eras, but would love recommendations for something a little more historical and a little less fantasy. Thank you so much!

-Nikita

7. Hello! I’m a big fan of the podcast (and of Book Riot), and I was hoping you could help me out. I don’t read a lot of romance, but I recently read Hot Head by Damon Suede (because I heard about it from you, I think!), and I really liked it. I’m looking for something similar, so I can stop rereading it: LGBTQ (no preference), pining, friends-to-lovers, etc. I would prefer something WITHOUT a ton of homophobia and WITH a happy ending. I’m open to any sub-genre. Sex is fine, but I’m looking for something with a good story, too. Thanks in advance!

-Michelle

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte

The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

To the End of the Land by David Grossman, transl by Jessica Cohen

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Oct 17 2019

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202: My Cinnamon Roll Children

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Amanda and Jenn discuss more Halloween reads, asexual representation, solo female travelers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a BookSugar Run by Mesha Maren, now in paperback from Algonquin Books, and Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes and illustrated by Martin O’Neill.

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FEEDBACK

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (rec’d by Nicole)

Carol Goodman’s books: Lake of Dead LanguagesSeduction of Water, and Ghost Orchid (rec’d by Laura)

QUESTIONS

1. I’d like to try a steamy romance novel where sex is described. I know very little about this genre and its classification or how to find something I would like. I am currently reading Victoria Dahl’s Taking the Heat but wondering if there are books that don’t use slang for body parts or at least don’t use the word “filthy” to describe sex acts. Is that a thing? I’m intentional with language and I want something more positive. Also, are there romance setups among happily married people? I noticed arranged or forced marriages seems to be a trope, but that really wasn’t what I was after. Maybe what I am looking for is not called a romance novel? Can you recommend a book or even link to help? My searches are not getting me where I want to be.

-Wish I Weren’t Blushing

2. Time Sensitive – Mid-October please

Hello! I’m searching for a book that captures all of the Halloween/fall feelings: chill air, crisp leaves, dark shadows, and just all the pumpkins. I’d love something set around New England during Halloween/autumn in general. Please recommend a novel. I’m open to YA, romance, literary fiction…something with a bit of creep factor without being full blown horror. Books I’ve read like this and loved are Sawkill Girls, The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel, Devouring Grey, Hocus Pocus, The Hollow/The Haunted, The Children of Night and Nothing series, Practical Magic/Rules of Magic, and The Lantern’s Ember. Please help me find another Halloween book.

-Heather

3. hello! i’ve been craving for some lighthearted witchy reads lately. i’ve read “labyrinth lost” by zoraida córdova, “children of blood and bone” by tomi adeyemi which are great, and have in my tbr pile “the bone witch” and “the heart forger” by rin chupeco. all these titles are pretty dark and, while i love my books that have witches constantly raising the dead, i could really use some bubbly, cute, less ‘everyone is gonna kill me’ witchy reads. (and if you could sprinkle in some lgbt in there, that would be amazing).

-Myra

4. I identify as asexual and don’t often get to see that aspect of myself reflected on the page. I’ve scoured the internet and read everything I could find with ace characters: Let’s Talk About Love, Tash Hearts Tolstoy, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to name a few. But the lists are fairly limited. I’m open to books that don’t explicitly use the term “asexual” but that have characters that lend themselves to being read as ace (a favorite of mine is Kaz from Six of Crows, for example). Unfortunately, that’s a very difficult thing to search for. Can you recommend any more books that feature characters I might see myself in? I’m open to any genre. Apologies in advance for the difficult question.

– Teresa

5. Hey!

Love the podcast! I’m graduating from PT school next spring and am considering some solo international travel to celebrate. I’m fairly well-traveled but have never gone on my own so I’m looking for books about solo travel, fiction or non-fiction, particularly by and for women. Does not have to be specific to a certain location as I haven’t decided where I’m going yet (so I wouldn’t turn down recommendations about that, either 🙂 )!

Thanks so much!

-Cassidy

6. I recently read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and enjoyed every page of it. Lately I’ve been looking for something similar to read. I really liked the main character’s outlook on life and how he mastered art de vivre. I’d love something that is written as beautifully as this particular book and features a character that knows how to enjoy life (a hedonist if you will).

I’d prefer something contemporary, with lovable characters and I’d rather it didn’t include heavy topics (such as war, assault, etc). I’m fine with murdery stuff though 🙂

My other all time favorite is The Secret History by Donna Tartt, thought I’d mention it to give you a better idea of what kind of writing I enjoy.

Thanks in advance!

Hope you are having a lovely day!

Best,

-Ekaterina

7. I am writing for steampunk book recommendations. I have read most of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series and I’m not sure where to go from there. I read a wide range of genres, alternating between literary fiction, suspense/thriller, fantasy, YA and contemporary fiction. I am open to most anything however shy away from gruesome violent storylines.

Some of my favorite authors are Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Karon, Stephen King and Ann Patchett. The last few books I have enjoyed include The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson.

I really love books that take place in a small town where everyone gets in to each other’s business yet pull together when one of their own is in need of help.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

-Maggie

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (TW: rape, grooming, just lots of extremely not ok goings-on with underage people)

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan (tw: miscarriage)

Rachel Kramer Bussel

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

When in Romance episode on asexual characters

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (rec’d by Nikki and Susie)

Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Oct 10 2019

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201: My Spook-Meter Is Delicate

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Amanda and Jenn discuss gothic reads, motherhood memoirs, fun sci-fi, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Read This BookRebel by Marie Lu, and Soho Teen.

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FEEDBACK

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (rec’d by Alicia)

QUESTIONS

1. Hello!

I am looking for a book that gives me the same feeling as The Black Tapes Podcast. Basically, a journalist gets pulled into a dark story dealing with demons that may have turned their attention to her. I read Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts and that was close. Really anything paranormal that’s got a reality spin could work!

-Lora

2.Hello Ladies! Thank you for the show!

As the fall approaches I find myself wanting to wrap up in a blanket and read something spooky. I don’t read much horror and am not even 100% sure that’s the right descriptor for what I mean. I want something to creep me out, but that doesn’t rely on body horror and excessive gore to do it.

Books I’ve enjoyed in the past with this general feeling include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the Fireman, Frankenstein, One Bloody Thing After Another, The Hellbound Heart.

I did not like Bird Box or Final Girls and generally haven’t enjoyed Stephen King’s work. I don’t generally like to read true crime & I don’t think I’m looking for something that falls in the thriller category.

Please no books that contain sexual assault.

Thanks!

-April

3.Hi! I am traveling to Prague on October 11th while I’m visiting my motherland, Poland, and I was wondering if you knew any books that are set in Prague where the city is very present. I know Lani Taylor has a trilogy set there so I would love to hear any other suggestions. Preferably adult but if the YA is great with no romance as a main plot, that would be good too. Thank you so much!

-Fabiola

4. Okay, I’ve got a tough one for ya. I’ve been searching for books that have a certain atmosphere and tone. Think Rebecca or In a Lonely Place. I love dark midcentury writing and also grim gothic atmospheres. I’ve read much of Hughes’ and Highsmith’s backlists not to mention those of other authors I discovered reading the Women Crime Writers of the 1940s/50s anthologies (which I loved). I’m looking for something a little different than traditional hard boiled noir. I’m more of a psychological suspense fan. I guess I’m just in love with the quaint old time-y writing of the 40s, 50s and 60s and looking for new discoveries. Bonus points if the novel is set on dark windy coastal shores.

Thank you in advance and for all the great recommendations I’ve gotten from you all in the past!

-Lisa

5. Amanda and Jenn,

I have been listening to the show since 2018 when I was off-work due to a work-related injury, and I listened to the entire backlist in a few months. I went on to devour All the Books, SFF Yeah!, Read or Dead, Hey YA, and their respective backlists- needless to say, I am a fan. My TBR thanks you both (as well your colleagues)!

QUESTION: I am treating myself to a birthday request. After wracking my brain for what I finally wanted to ask, I decided I am looking for a traditional slasher in an isolated location; think along the lines of the “Scream” movies, and the show “Harper’s Island”. I recently read “Ten” by Gretchen McNeil, and that really scratched the itch. Anything you could suggest would be very much appreciated!

BONUS: My favourite month for themed reading is October, I love all the autumn feels of doing Halloween/creepy/scary reading. Already on the list are “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier (with my book club), “Sawkill Girls” by Claire Legrande, “Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman, “The Murders of Molly Southborne” by Tade Thompson. As well as potentially “Hex” by Thomas Heuvelt, and “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Any favourites you might have for some October reading would be great, as my October reading may or may not trail into November!

I wanted to share my Goodreads, but alas, it is not up-to-date. I know my question was really specific, but just for clarity, I read across all genres, but I do not particularly love historical fiction. I am also working two jobs, and recently started my Masters degree, so I don’t have a ton of time for huge tomes.

Thank-you so much for the work you do, and taking my TBR and love of reading to the next level! 🙂

Sincerely,

-Kachina Wicks

6. I just found out I’m pregnant with my first child, and even though I wanted and tried for this, I find myself terrified. I’m worrying about all the things—my risk of miscarriage, being pregnant, childbirth, parenting— I’m just a ball of anxiety. I have just about every pregnancy book ever written, but do you have any memoirs, Mary Roach-esque nonfiction about the science of pregnancy, or happy fiction about pregnancy/parenting an infant?

-Kaitlyn

7. Hi ladies!

I recently started listening and stumbled upon your episode about Fifth Element-ish sci-fi. I took your book rec for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and absolutely loved it (bought the second and third books already). I’d love more recommendations that follow along the same lines, specifically the space setting and character development.

Thanks,

-Lizzy

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Ring by Koji Suzuki, transl by Robert B. Rohmer and Glynne Walley

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp (rec’d by Liberty)

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, transl. by Michael Henry Heim

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

The Blue Jay’s Dance by Louise Erdrich

Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin

Finder by Suzanne Palmer

The Wrong Stars (Axiom #1) by Tim Pratt

Oct 03 2019

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200: Bonus: Un-Recommendable Books

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In this special bonus episode, Amanda and Jenn recommend some of their favorite books that are otherwise impossible to recommend.

This episode is sponsored by our Mystery/Thriller GiveawayBlinkist, and Libro.fm.

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FEEDBACK

Amazing librarian Stephanie makes an amazing Get Booked spreadsheet!

BOOKS DISCUSSED

Love and Trouble by Claire Dederer (tw sexual assault)

The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter

Somewhere in the Middle by Deborah Francisco Douglas

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka

How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman

Clandestine in Chile by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Summer Cooking by Elizabeth David

Meeting Faith by Faith Adiele

Witches, Sluts, Feminists by Kristen J. Sollee

Star Trek The Next Generation: Dark Mirror by Diane Duane

Guano by Louis Carmain, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Red or Dead by David Peace

Sep 30 2019

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