Rank #1: 17 - The Perfect Nanny
Ripped right from the headlines, we've read and are discussing The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. If you're looking to read the book and some how have not had the very first line, or premise "spoiled," you might want to read the book first.
Will Corinne go to jail for missing jury duty? Will Becca ever order her contact lenses? Subscribe to find out!
Our next discussion is After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry. Find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us!
Mar 13 2018
Rank #2: 28 - Children of Blood and Bone
We read this year's YA sensation, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and... we've got some questions.
Next time we will be discussing Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami. Get it and read it and talk to us about it.
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Aug 14 2018
Rank #3: 57 - Trick Mirror
This is a long one, but it's only because we could not shut up about Trick Mirror and Jia Tolentino. We opine, we contradict ourselves, then we contradict our contradictions. But it's all just being self-reflective of our own self-delusions. You may not believe you need another thinkpiece on the internet and social media, but trust us, you need this book. Millennials, this episode is dedicated especially to you.
Our next book discussion will be on Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Sep 24 2019
Rank #4: 44 - My Sister, the Serial Killer
We talk about a very fun and very quick read, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Also we have news! We just launched a Patreon and if you're interested in helping support the podcast you can check it out at www.patreon.com/thebookstore. We love you.
Our next read has us returning to our incest obsessed Queen of Bonkerstown when we read Heaven by V.C. Andrews.
Mar 26 2019
Rank #5: 42 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation
This one might be a little divisive. We read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh and talk about loving books with characters who are gross and mean.
This discussion will include topics related to sexual assault and drug addiction.
Our next book discussion will be Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Get it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #6: 32 - The Haunting of Hill House
Sorry we're late, but here's the all new discussion of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House! How does it compare to other scary stories? Is it the first American Haunted House novel? Is it SCARY? What about the Mystery Spot? I didn't even make a joke about female orgasm and I said Mystery Spot like 15 times!!!
Our next discussion will be about The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. You can also read Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft to prepare, but be forewarned, it is hella racist.
Oct 10 2018
Rank #7: 42.5 - What We're Reading and Recommending
This week we're here to tell you about good books that we've recently read that you should read, too.
Next week we are discussing Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, so read it along with us!
Books mentioned: Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-up by John Carreyrou Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Katalin Street by Magda Szabo
Watch Russian Doll
Mar 06 2019
Rank #8: 22.5 - 12 Rules for Spotting Red Flag Books
A wise woman once said, "Sometimes books can tell you a lot about a person, and sometimes they can't, but sometimes they really can." And that wise person was Corinne. This week, Becca and Corinne are inspired by alt-right darling Jordan Peterson's sneaky best selling self-help book to talk about what books would make them run screaming from a date. Join us, and send your bad date stories!
Next discussion is I am Thunder by Muhammed Khan.
Bowles, Nellie. Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy. The New York Times.
Robinson, Nathan J. The Intellectual We Deserve. Current Affairs.
May 29 2018
Rank #9: 37 - Little Women
UPDATE 1/7/2020 - A listener reached out to us on twitter to ask why we believed Hannah Mullet to be black. As she, rightly pointed out, Hannah is Irish. Corinne clearly read the dialect Hannah speaks in incorrectly. It's been a good opportunity to re-examine biases and a reminder to read the text more closely. The episode has been edited to remove that part of the conversation in order to avoid confusion and unhelpful/incorrect information about the book.
How does the oldest book we've ever read for the podcast hold up to the test of time and to the test of Becca's childhood memories? Find out this week as we talk about old timey dating rituals and when it's appropriate to drink wine and find out which March sister we are.
Our next read will be Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.
Dec 18 2018
Rank #10: 30.5 - Cozy Attempts
We attempt to make cozy fall reading recommendations, but we're not exactly the coziest gals. We talk about tea, a tweet, and several books that remind us of fall, as well as what we'll be reading for All Horror October (Awoooooo!). You can find all of our reading recommendations and what we will be reading for All Horror October (awoooooo!) on the website: www.thebookstorepodcast.com.
Our next book discussion will be Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. You can get it at a used bookstore, probably.
Sep 18 2018
Rank #11: 22 - I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Today we discuss the wildly popular and relevant I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Some topics include: the interesting dilemma of publishing an unfinished manuscript posthumously, being self aware of true crime obsession, and how to be a better neighbor.
Our next book is I Am Thunder by Muhammed Khan.
May 22 2018
Rank #12: 47.5 - Audiobooks, Like Podcasts But Longer and Different
By popular demand: we discuss audiobooks, what we like, what we don't and how to get them.
Next time we will be discussing The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang. Get it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
May 14 2019
Rank #13: 63.5 - 2019 Year in Review
Here we are with reflections on our year in reading and talking about books. Auld Lang Syne and all that, too.
Next time we will be reading Scruples by Judith Krantz. You can find it at your local library or bookstore and read along with us.
Dec 31 2019
Rank #14: 52 (FIXED) - On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
This week we read and discuss On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Find out how we fared with this very poetic auto-novel and how we feel about teens being romantic in our general vicinities.
Next time we will be reading Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. Find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Jul 18 2019
Rank #15: 61.5 Holiday Book Giving Guide
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We are here to tell you what to buy! All the books mentioned will be on the website, which you can find here: https://www.thebookstorepodcast.com/
Our next book discussion will be Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, you can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us!
Nov 26 2019
Rank #16: 55 - The Nickel Boys
We're coming at this later than usual due to some serious technical difficulties (ok, fine! Corinne managed to talk an entire episode into a mic that was not recording), but here we are at last with our discussion and review of Colson Whitehead's novel The Nickel Boys. Here be spoilers: we warn you before the big one, but if you're particularly sensitive, we suggest you read the book before listening.
Our next discussion will be The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Aug 31 2019
Rank #17: 62 - Trust Exercise
Correction: We stated that this novel was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, but that is wrong. One of Susan Choi's previous novels was a finalist, not Trust Exercise. Sorry for destroying your trust in us.
However, this novel DID win the National Book Award for Fiction. We attempt to figure out why.
Lots of spoilers in this one, and here's an explicit content warning too.
Dec 03 2019
Rank #18: 48.5 - The Best Beach Reads Are Whatever You Read On A Beach
Here's a little shorty for you guys. This week we're excited about books that are coming out this summer, including a number of full length books from some of our favorite journalists and critics at large. We're here to break the stigma about summer reads and prove that like a beach body being the body you have, but in a bikini, the best beach reads are whatever book you are reading on the beach.
Next week we will be discussing The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. Read along with us!
May 28 2019
Rank #19: 50 - Sula
This week we read Sula by Toni Morrison and discuss the criticisms Morrison has faced throughout her impressive career.
Our next book discussion will be Women Talking by Miriam Toews.
Jun 18 2019
Rank #20: 24 - Less
This week we find out why Less by Andrew Sean Greer is more than just a lighthearted, Eat, Pray, Love novel or more than even just a book about a dude writer.
Our next few discussions are: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot, The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander, and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Ayedemi. Find them at your local bookstore or library and read along with us!
Jun 19 2018