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Book Club Appetizer is the snackable podcast to help you kick off your book club meetings or enhance your solo reading adventures. Every month, hosts Abbe and Emma—two book addicts from Read It Forward—select a tantalizing book that’s ripe for discussion, then recap the plot and characters, and invite the author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading.

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Book Club Appetizer is the snackable podcast to help you kick off your book club meetings or enhance your solo reading adventures. Every month, hosts Abbe and Emma—two book addicts from Read It Forward—select a tantalizing book that’s ripe for discussion, then recap the plot and characters, and invite the author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading.

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27 Ratings
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By Nicky Rivera - May 22 2017
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I wish there were two human beings having a natural dialogue available for this podcast. Instead we're left with two monotone readers. This podcast is devoid of color and charm.

Great reading recommends and the real authors!

By Jojo610 - Apr 11 2017
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So excited to find this podcast!!! Make more, please...please.

iTunes Ratings

27 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
5
2
1
2

Flat

By Nicky Rivera - May 22 2017
Read more
I wish there were two human beings having a natural dialogue available for this podcast. Instead we're left with two monotone readers. This podcast is devoid of color and charm.

Great reading recommends and the real authors!

By Jojo610 - Apr 11 2017
Read more
So excited to find this podcast!!! Make more, please...please.
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Book Club Appetizer

Latest release on Jul 17, 2018

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Book Club Appetizer is the snackable podcast to help you kick off your book club meetings or enhance your solo reading adventures. Every month, hosts Abbe and Emma—two book addicts from Read It Forward—select a tantalizing book that’s ripe for discussion, then recap the plot and characters, and invite the author into the studio for an interview and a brief reading.

Rank #1: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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We speak to author Amor Towles about his latest work of historical fiction A Gentleman in Moscow.

Jan 27 2017

27mins

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Rank #2: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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In this episode of Book Club Appetizer, Abbe and Emma discuss a new YA favorite—THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon—and chat with the author.

Dec 29 2016

24mins

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Rank #3: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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This month, we read The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and speak to author Jennifer Ryan about her characters and inspiration.

Feb 28 2017

32mins

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Rank #4: The Martian by Andy Weir

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This month, Abbe and Alana have Oscar fever. They discuss THE MARTIAN and chat with author Andy Weir. The episode wraps up with Andy reading a hilarious passage from the book.

Feb 29 2016

13mins

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Rank #5: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

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This month, Abbe and Alana read ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld, a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and discuss what has changed—and what hasn't—about marriage and courtship since Austen's day.

Sep 23 2016

25mins

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Rank #6: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

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In honor of the 10th episode of Book Club Appetizer, Abbe and Alana read DEAD WAKE and sat down with one of their all-time favorite authors, Erik Larson.

Aug 29 2016

21mins

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Rank #7: American Housewife by Helen Ellis

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This month Abbe and Alana put on their pearls and read American Housewife by Helen Ellis.

Mar 25 2016

13mins

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Rank #8: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

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Just in time for summer, Abbe and Alana read the latest from the wonderful Terry McMillan, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU. In this episode, we chat with the author to get her dating advice, explore the deeper themes in her books, and so much more.

Jun 23 2016

20mins

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Rank #9: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

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This month, Abbe and Alana read A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan. The engaging story centers on a bookworm mom whose life gets turned upside down. Happy reading and cheers!

Jan 29 2016

13mins

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Rank #10: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

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This month, we read THE AFTER PARTY by Anton DiSclafani, a work of historical fiction set in 1950s Houston, which examines the fraught relationship between two best friends.

Oct 28 2016

27mins

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Announcing the New and Improved Read it Forward Podcast

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Introducing the Read It Forward Podcast

Calling all book nerds and podcast junkies! Read it Forward has launched a new podcast to share even more great book recommendations with readers. The Read It Forward Podcast, which debuted earlier this summer, is hosted by site editors Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer. Each week, the pair brings Read It Forward to life in your earbuds as they chat about their favorite books alongside authors and special guests.

Authors this season include Fatima Farheen Mirza, Frances Mayes, Tommy Orange, Fiona Davis, and many others.

On the Read It Forward Podcast you’ll:

· Discover what’s on the TBR piles of your favorite authors
· Receive “Litscriptions” for your every mood from Book Doctor Stella.
· Test your bookish knowledge with trivia segments
· Learn about Read-Alikes to find your next book and lots more

“Read it Forward is all about helping people find their next great book. Starting a podcast felt like a natural progression to continue recommending great books through a variety of platforms. Emma and I love talking about books with one another and hearing from authors about their own books and the books on their TBR piles. The Read it Forward podcast hopefully feels like a conversation between book lovers that will help guide you to your next wonderful read.” —Abbe Wright, Editor of Read it Forward

The ten-episode season runs through August 6 with new episodes released on Mondays. Start listening today on Apple Podcasts and subscribe to never miss an episode.

Jul 17 2018

2mins

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu

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Read it Forward editors Abbe and Emma discuss going from no money to new money in THE WINDFALL by Diksha Basu and Abbe Wright interviews the author.

Jun 28 2017

23mins

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead by Barbara Bourland

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Abbe and Emma discuss the murder mystery I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD and Abbe interviews author Barbara Bourland about impossible standards of beauty and ethical fashion.

May 30 2017

30mins

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Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Abbe Wright interviews LGBTQ activist and author Jennifer Finney Boylan about her new novel, LONG BLACK VEIL, a thriller about the price of secrecy.

Apr 30 2017

48mins

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Celine by Peter Heller

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Emma and Abbe discuss CELINE by Peter Heller, the story of an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

Mar 31 2017

22mins

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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

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This month, we read The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and speak to author Jennifer Ryan about her characters and inspiration.

Feb 28 2017

32mins

Play

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Podcast cover
Read more

We speak to author Amor Towles about his latest work of historical fiction A Gentleman in Moscow.

Jan 27 2017

27mins

Play

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Podcast cover
Read more

In this episode of Book Club Appetizer, Abbe and Emma discuss a new YA favorite—THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon—and chat with the author.

Dec 29 2016

24mins

Play

The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang

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This month, we read THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD by Jade Chang, a novel about family, fortune and the American Dream—and what happens when it all disappears.

Nov 23 2016

26mins

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The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

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This month, we read THE AFTER PARTY by Anton DiSclafani, a work of historical fiction set in 1950s Houston, which examines the fraught relationship between two best friends.

Oct 28 2016

27mins

Play

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Podcast cover
Read more

This month, Abbe and Alana read ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld, a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and discuss what has changed—and what hasn't—about marriage and courtship since Austen's day.

Sep 23 2016

25mins

Play

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

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Read more

In honor of the 10th episode of Book Club Appetizer, Abbe and Alana read DEAD WAKE and sat down with one of their all-time favorite authors, Erik Larson.

Aug 29 2016

21mins

Play

Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard

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This month, Abbe and Alana read LISTEN TO ME by Hannah Pittard. Read along with them and meet the author of this stormy, summer read.

Jul 28 2016

21mins

Play

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

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Just in time for summer, Abbe and Alana read the latest from the wonderful Terry McMillan, I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT YOU. In this episode, we chat with the author to get her dating advice, explore the deeper themes in her books, and so much more.

Jun 23 2016

20mins

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The Assistants by Camille Perri

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This month, Abbe and Alana discuss the zeitgeist of the millennial working woman and read THE ASSISTANTS by Camille Perri. Visit ReadItForward.com/podcast for bonus book content, recipes, a Spotify playlist, and more.

May 25 2016

17mins

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Spinster by Kate Bolick

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In this month's episode, Abbe and Alana celebrate independence and feminism and read SPINSTER by Kate Bolick. Visit ReadItForward.com/podcast for bonus book content, recipes, a Spotify playlist, and more.

Apr 18 2016

15mins

Play

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

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This month Abbe and Alana put on their pearls and read American Housewife by Helen Ellis.

Mar 25 2016

13mins

Play

The Martian by Andy Weir

Podcast cover
Read more
This month, Abbe and Alana have Oscar fever. They discuss THE MARTIAN and chat with author Andy Weir. The episode wraps up with Andy reading a hilarious passage from the book.

Feb 29 2016

13mins

Play

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Podcast cover
Read more

This month, Abbe and Alana read A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan. The engaging story centers on a bookworm mom whose life gets turned upside down. Happy reading and cheers!

Jan 29 2016

13mins

Play

2 A.M at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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In the second episode of Book Club Appetizer, Abbe and Alana get into the holiday spirit with 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino.

Dec 17 2015

15mins

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iTunes Ratings

27 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
5
2
1
2

Flat

By Nicky Rivera - May 22 2017
Read more
I wish there were two human beings having a natural dialogue available for this podcast. Instead we're left with two monotone readers. This podcast is devoid of color and charm.

Great reading recommends and the real authors!

By Jojo610 - Apr 11 2017
Read more
So excited to find this podcast!!! Make more, please...please.