Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com
Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
Rank #1: E129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward.
Rank #2: E198: This One Is The Queerest.
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 giveaway, All That’s Dead by Stuart McBride, and Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee, read by Oliver Wyman.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.FEEDBACKHere’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)QUESTIONS1. 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 tripSummer books are good, I also like thriller and horror, weird for summer but oh well!I like authors like Taylor Jenkins ReidNo YA if you can-Tamika2. 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?-Neda3. 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.-Lauren4. 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!-Christina5. 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!-DK6. 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.-Ru7. 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-JoelleBOOKS DISCUSSEDConfessions 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 LarkPretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos (cw: nudity/prostitution)No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Molly West DuffyAsk A Manager by Alison Green (and the online columns!)An American Marriage by Tayari JonesThe Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (tw: torture, harm to children, gore)Juana and Lucas by Juana MedinaLupe Vargas and Her Super Best Friend / Lupe Vargas y Su Super Mejor Amiga by Amy Costales, Alexandra ArtigasConvenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, transl. by Ginny Tapley TakemoriGods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-GarciaPassing Strange by Ellen KlagesAbout a Girl (Metamorphoses #3) by Sarah McCarry
An audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
Rank #1: E9: #9: How to Hack the New York Times Bestseller List.
Last summer, an unknown book came out of nowhere to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult books. Its short time at the top exposed some flaws in bestseller lists and provoked questions about why we care so much about bestsellers.This episode is sponsored by:TryAudiobooks.comThe Female Persuasion by Meg WolitzerFurther reading:Constance Grady on the bestseller list landscapeLila Shapiro's profile of Lani SaremLila Shapiro's profile of Justina IrelandFollow Annotated on Instagram!
Rank #2: E8: #8: The Dictionary War.
In this episode, the story of Merriam-Webster's Third Edition, and fight about language it caused.This episode is sponsored by:TryAudiobooksI Was Anastasia by Ariel LawhonIf you have a moment, rating and/or review Annotated on Apple Podcasts is the best way to help get the word out about the show. If you have questions or comments about the show, email us at email@example.com.Follow Annotated on Instagram!
Recommended is a podcast featuring interesting people talking about their favorite books.
Rank #1: Recommended Ep. #2: Celeste Ng and Tara Clancy.
In this episode, Celeste Ng recommends The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Tara Clancy recommends The Wanderers by Richard Price. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins To enter the giveaway of all twelve of the books sponsoring this season of Recommended, go to FierceReadsRecommended.com.
Rank #2: #12: Nicky Drayden and Helen Ellis.
In this episode, Nicky Drayden and Helen Ellis talk about books that captured their attention in big ways.This episode is sponsored by William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future! and William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher.You can subscribe to Recommended in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.A transcript of this episode is available here.Books Discussed:Temper by Nicky DraydenNigerians in Space by Deji Bryce OlukotunAfter the Flare by Deji Bryce OlukotunSouthern Lady Code by Helen EllisWifey by Judy BlumeAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy BlumeForever by Judy BlumeLace by Shirley ConranThe Other Side of Midnight by Sidney SheldonHollywood Wives by Jackie CollinsThe Lord Won’t Mind by Gordon Merrick
The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.
Rank #1: Bonus Episode - Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror.
Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and best-selling authors to trace the history of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s classic. This special podcast episode unpacks the genius of Shelley’s novel, its origins and evolution—from the British Romantics to Black Lives Matter—to uncover how it’s helped us better understand ourselves, our humanity, and our future.
Rank #2: Anita Brookner and Dorothy Parker Walk into a Bar....
Your hosts wax rhapsodic about two of their mainstay favorite authors. Plus: Gwen takes "cozy intellectual" suggestions from a listener's email and Frank discovers a YouTube celebrity crush.
Read or Dead is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the worlds of mystery and thriller literature.
Rank #1: E66: Time for Our 2019 Mystery Favorites!.
Katie and Rincey talk about what mysteries they read this year that were their favorites.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot's Read Harder 2020 Challenge, Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza and If You Tell by Gregg Olsen.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspects newsletter!Books MentionedMiracle Creek by Angie KimThe Satapur Moonstone by Sujata MasseyTheme Music by T. Marie VandellyThe Whisper Man by Alex NorthHis Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae BurnetHeaven My Home by Attica LockeForce of Nature by Jane HarperThe Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia YuA Madness of Sunshine by Nalini SinghJust Watch Me by Jeff LindsayThe Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica WaltersYour House Will Pay by Steph ChaThe Lost Man by Jane HarperSay Nothing by Patrick Radden KeefeThe Queen by Josh Levin
Rank #2: Read or Dead Ep. #2: A Modern, Slightly Less Hairy, Sexy Hagrid.
Rincey and Katie talk about the difference between mysteries, thrillers, and suspense books and provide some recommendations for each genre and sub-genre. This episode is sponsored by The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight and The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone with Nick Sacco.
Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com
Rank #1: Episode 155: Literary Disco and the Apple, Tree.
This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod read and discuss a number of essays from a new collection, Apple, Tree: Writers On Their Parents, Edited by Lise Funderburg, the collection presents new essay from twenty-five writers, each examining their relationship with one or both of their parents. We discuss the essays by Ann Patchett, Daniel Mendelsohn, Mat Johnson, Kate Carroll de Gutes, and S. Bear Bergman.This week's sponsor is The Short Story Advent Calendar from Hingston and Olsen. Use promo code LITERARYDISCO for 10% off your purchase! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Episode 61: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Summer’s over and it’s time to get serious– grab a raft and float down a river while listening to us take on the Mark Twain classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
Rank #1: E24: #24: Lady Vengeance.
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Lost in Space reboot, Jacqueline Carey's latest book news, Mary Shelley, and lady vengeance.This episode is sponsored by Reborn by Lance Erlick and The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.You can enter the mystery giveaway here. News DiscussedYou can watch the new Mary Shelley Trailer.And there's a new edition of Frankenstein being published.Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart from Joscelin’s perspective.Follow-up: The HP game is coming April 25!There's a Lost In Space reboot Books DiscussedThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirMidnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (trigger warning: child abuse and sexual assault)
Rank #2: SFF Yeah Ep. #19: Very Long, Very Good Books.
Sharifah and Jenn discuss Firefly books, Star Wars news, writing retreats, and long books that are worth the read. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay. News: Firefly is getting books! Live-action Sword in the Stone might have a director Benioff & Weiss to write Star Wars films Star Wars Writers/Directors dominated by white men Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer George R.R. Martin starts 'Worldbuilder Scholarship' for aspiring fantasy, sci-fi writers Books Discussed: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (out March 6) Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Titles discussed are available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
Rank #1: Ep. #386 - JoJo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars.
On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with JoJo Moyes to discuss her brand new book, The Giver of Stars. In this live interview in front of a few hundred fellow nerds, they chat all about her research visiting Kentucky, the fascinating people she met, the intense research holes she falls down, and Jojo shares a harrowing story about a dog she rescued.
Rank #2: Ep. #353 - Lisa Taddeo author of THREE WOMEN.
Today on the podcast, Jill talks with Lisa Taddeo about her new book THREE WOMEN. This discuss what made Lisa want to write the book and what her process was. Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter. We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com
From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, Hey YA is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.
Rank #1: #46: Suzanne Collins OWNS The Mountain.
Eric and Kelly talk about their favorite YA books of the year so far, highlight 2019 YA comics, and scream about the upcoming Hunger Games prequel.This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm and The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schruen.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! Shownotes:“Untitled Panem Novel”We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah FaizalSlay by Brittney MorrisI’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly JonesLove Is One Of The Choices by Norma KleinWe Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay MejiaRayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee by Jeff ZentnerHeroine by Mindy McGinnisPatron Saints of Nothing by Randy RibayBlack Enough edited by Ibi ZoboiHot Dog Girl by Jennifer DuganLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero O’ConnellThe Giver by Lois LowryMooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy XuBloom by Kevin PanettaI Was Their American Dream by Malaka GharibSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
Rank #2: I Cried Waiting For My Pizza Today.
Eric and Kelly talk about trends in YA this year they’ve seen, as well as offer up some cool reading for summer and hot reading for winter.This episode is sponsored by #BookSquadGoals Podcast and The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! Show NotesSlay by Brittney MorrisThe Shipby Antonia HoneywellMoon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig RiceFamily Secrets by Norma KleinWilder Girls by Rory PowerRed Rising by Pierce BrownAcross The Universe by Beth RevisCinder by Marissa MeyerHeart of Iron by Ashley PostonNyxia by Scott ReitgenA Spark of White Fire by Sangu MandannaThe Gilded Wolves by Roshani ChokshiThe Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina KhanLove From A to Z by SK AliThe Weight of Our Sky by Hanna AlkafBright Burning Stars by AK Small Let’s Go Swimming On Doomsday by Natalie C. AndersnoWhen The Ground is Hard by Malla NunnDear Haiti With Love by Maika and Maritza Moulite in HaitiThe Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel KwaymullinaWicked Fox by Kat ChoSomewhere Only We Know by Maurene GooRebel Seoul and Rogue Heart by Axie OhBloody Seoul by Sonia PatelAvatar: The Last Airbender by FC YeeHis Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia AdlerIt’s A Whole Spiel edited by Laura Silverman and Katherine LockeRural Voices edited by Nora Shalaway CarpenterBlack Enough edited by Ibi ZoboiColor Outside The Lines edited by Sangu MandannaBlood and Salt by Kim LiggettTrapped by Michael NorthropThe Well’s End by Seth FishmanNotes From My Captivity by Kathy ParksShiver by Maggie StiefvaterWintersong by S Jae-JonesBlankets by Craig ThompsonEssex County by Jeff Lemire
Book Based Banter
Rank #1: Ep 169; BookTube & Daphne Du Maurier (With Two Special Guests).
After Thomas forgets that he and Simon were recording, Simon managed to find two fabulous guests to discuss BookTube and Daphne Du Maurier with. Who on earth could they be?Don’t forget you can find us on Twitter, Good Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereadersBookTube () Simon is joined by two of his lovely friends and fellow booktubers Mercedes, from MercysBookishMusings and Lauren from Lauren and the Books, who also spookily have their own book podcast too, Books and Blankets. In the first part of the show they talk about the world of booktube, how they got involved with it and how it has changed their lives.Daphne Du Maurier () In the second part of the show Simon, Mercedes and Lauren talk about one of their other mutual loves, the wonderful Daphne Du Maurier. They discuss how they came to read her, why they love her and have a natter about some of her books including Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The Birds and Other Stories and Jamaica Inn.Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.You can also support The Readers if you feel like it viawww.patreon.com/thereaders
Rank #2: Ep 183; Reading Improperly.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode Simon and Thomas talk about the things you don’t tend to talk about bookwise in proper company… does politics, sex or religion put you off reading a book? Don’t forget you can find us on Twitter, Good Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders Reading Improperly () Simon and Thomas discuss improper subjects in fiction in this episode of the podcast. They take three subjects you shouldn’t talk about on a first date, or even really in certain publics situations and see how they feel about them in books. Those subjects are sex, religion and politics… They would love your thoughts. Books Discussed on the Show () To follow. Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here. You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders
Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.
Rank #1: Ep 19: Ann Patchett On Humor, Heartbreak & "Commonwealth" .
Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. In 2012, Time Magazine named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World. The Bel Canto author recently joined "Just the Right Book" from her home in Nashville to talk about being a bookseller and about her most personal novel to date, Commonwealth. “My father was dying as I was writing this novel,” Ann tells Roxanne. “I knew he’d hate this book, but I knew I was writing it because he was never going to read it.” The specific actions of the characters are not the same, but the emotions are. “As my mother would say, ‘None of it happened, and all of it is true.’” Be sure to like us on Facebook and join our mailing list to hear more news about “Just the Right Book Podcast.” Books in this episode: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Roxanne's 22 Must-Read Books For The Summer .
Wondering what to read while the sun is out and the days are long? Roxanne has you covered with twenty-two hand-picked reads from biographies and self-help books to deliciously disturbing novels, beach reads and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Christopher (@cdhermelin) and Drew (@drewsof) talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through their never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in their hands.Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY. For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, visit somanydamnbooks.com
Rank #1: 91: Stephanie Danler (SWEETBITTER on Starz) & Lorrie Moore's ANAGRAMS.
Stephanie Danler drops by the Damn Library for a second go around, this time to talk the Sweetbitter television adaptation she created, now on Starz. We discuss the Disneyland of production, why writers' rooms are great, and how she doesn't really live in Los Angeles like her house would imply. Plus we got into Lorrie Moore's Anagrams, and its satellite stories, and the forgotten voids of the 80s. Christopher and Drew also overpromise on tote bags. contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com music: Disaster Magic - Get Raining (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: 20: Ferrante Fever / "My Brilliant Friend".
In which Drew and Christopher wonder what spumoni is (it's ice cream), talk about the books they bought, discuss Elena Ferrante and the first book in her Neapolitan saga, and they recommend books to each other, like usual. 15 seconds of a song: Mama by Lunchmoney Lewis also featured: Money by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Professional Booksellers. Casual Drinkers.
Rank #1: Ep11: Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, Books on the Nightstand & Penguin Random House.
Epigraph We are fucking thrilled to have Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman on Episode 11. Michael and Ann are the hosts of the late, great Books on the Nightstand podcast and sales reps for Penguin Random House. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In Which Ann Doesn’t Let Us Set Anything on Fire, Emma Makes Coworkers Awkward, Michael Activates Host Mode, and Kim Finds a Book Too Relevant We’re drinking Cider House Drools (local hard cider, shot of rum, dash of bitters). The alternate drink is the Out-cider (sub bourbon for rum). Or, if you’re Michael and rockin’ the cold medicine, tea. Ann had originally planned to have us drink Charles Dickens’s punch, which involves a shit ton of alcohol and, uh, fire. If you’re braver than we are, here’s the recipe: https://food52.com/blog/18626-the-punch-you-add-a-spoonful-of-fire-to-literally What We’re Reading: Emma is reading: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (Bonus reading! Check out The New Yorker article about the new Shirley Jackson bio: The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson) Michael is reading: Shadow Man by Alan Drew (pubs 23 May 2017... also mentioned: Gardens of Water) Ann is reading: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve (pubs 2 May 2017) Kim is reading: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle Emma and Kim just read Vicious by V E Schwab (shout out to book club!) Chapter I [11:00] In Which We Discuss the Noble Role of the Bookseller to Booksellers and How To Be an Introvert in a Socially-Focused Industry Ann and Michael work for this little publishing house you’ve probably never heard of named Penguin Random House. Yeah, we think they should have called themselves the Random Penguin House, too. Be among your people at BookRiot Live. They have designated reading rooms, for all y’all introverted book nerds. We see you. Chapter II [19:20] In Which We Unveil the Creation Story of Books on the Nightstand, Michael Issues a Mea Culpa for not Reading Ann’s Recs Sooner, and Kim Wonders About Knitting Podcasts Books on the Nightstand readers voted on what Michael should read over the summer. The results: So, due to popular demand, Michael finally read Ann’s recommendations from yeeeeeeears ago: Stoner by John Williams and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. He also recently discovered how great Stephen King is and treated himself to Salem’s Lot for Halloween. Ann recently reread The Secret History by Donna Tartt. She also loved The Nix by Nathan Hill and Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard Check out the last eight years of Books on the Nightstand episodes at their website: http://booksonthenightstand.com/podcasts. BTW, Booktopia is still alive via Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. Field trip? Michael’s Recent Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels/Graphica: The Vision by Tom King DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan Emma follows up with a rec for Joyride by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, then we all nerd out about Lumberjanes. (Seriously, y’all. it’s awesome.) Chapter III [35:10] In Which Ann Wants to Read The Road Set at a Boarding School, Kim is Uncomfortable with Magical Realism, and We Crush on Bookstores Ann’s book description guaranteed to get her reading: A dark and disturbing apocalyptic story collection of thrillers set in boarding schools. The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Secret Place by Tana French Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel The Road by Cormac McCarthy Favorite Short Story Collections Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Emma has to name drop Kelly Link (obvi) and everybody flips out. Ann: Tenth of December by George Saunders. She also loves the individual stories “Anything Helps” by Jess Walter (from We Live in Water) and “Governor’s Ball” by Ron Carlson (expanded upon in Ron Carlson Writes a Story) Desert Island/Station Eleven/Wild Books Michael used to say The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, but he doesn’t actually... like reading Shakespeare, so maybe not. So then he thought he’d pick 100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) by Ana Maria Spagna, illustrated by Brian Cronin. But, naw, nevermind. He’d bring DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. Ann would take The Complete Essays by Michel De Montaigne, because she got a crush on him due to How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Go-To Handsell Michael: Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Stoner by John Williams Ann - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (IT’S ABOUT JESUITS IN SPACE, GUYS) Bookseller Confessions Michael still hasn’t read Great Expectations. But, I mean, he read A Christmas Carol, so he’s read Dicken’s okay? Also, he hasn’t read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Neither has Emma. Or Kim. But we’ve read Alan Moore’s Watchmen, so that balances out, right? Right?? Ann convinced hundreds of people to read War and Peace with her, but only got to page 75. At least she’s inspiring. Bookstore Crushes Ann: Green Apple in San Francisco, CA (featured in Ep 8 with Pete Mulvihill) Michael: Powell’s Books in Portland, OR (featured in Ep 3 with Kevin Sampsell) Favorite literary podcasts The Readers Literary Disco What Should I Read Next Chapter IV [52:45] In Which Michael and Ann Tell Us About Two Three Books They Can’t Wait for Us to Read Michael: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Gilded Cage by Vic James (pubs 14 Feb 2017) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (pubs 28 March 2017) Ann: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (pubs 7 March 2017) American War by Omar El Akkad (pubs 4 April 2017) Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (pubs 23 May 2017) Epilogue [1:05:50] You can follow Ann and Michael on Twitter at: Ann: @annkingman Michael: @mkindness They’re also on Instagram, Litsy, and Goodreads, so look them up there. You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Aaaaaaand, we’re about to launch an Instagram account, so you should probably start following that @DrunkBooksellers. Our dear friend and fellow bookseller is in charge of it, and it’s gonna be weird and wonderful. Here’s a teaser: Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.
Rank #2: Ep 13: Bea & Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice.
Epigraph On this episode we discuss ALL THE ROMANCE BOOKS with Bea & Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice—America’s only Romance bookstore. The Ripped Bodice is celebrating their one year anniversary this month! This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. We now have an email newsletter! If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up HERE. Introduction In which we feel real fancy, learn more about geography, and can’t stop asking for recommendations. We’re drinking French 75s and feeling classy as fuck. We’re Reading Bea is reading Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose (out June 27). And she recently finished An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, which she thinks will be a great gateway romance (out March 28) about a female spy posing as a slave. Fun fact, Alyssa Cole lives in Martinique, and Kim and Emma’s geography lessons continue. Leah is reading Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham and Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl. Emma is reading Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt—a graphic foodie memoir that is weird and delicious. She also just started Kim & Kim by Magdalene Visaggio, which is a comic about punk rock bounty hunters in space. Kim is reading Love Is Love a graphic anthology written in response to the Orlando shooting curated by Marc Andreyko; an important, but difficult read. All proceeds for the book go to the victims, survivors, and families affected by the Orlando Pulse shooting. Which is to say, everyone should buy this book. She’s also reading The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (out April 18) a futuristic space Joan of Arc story, which hits weirdly close to home in its political content. We’re Excited About: Bea and Leah have so many frontlist romance novels to tell you about: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (more than worth a second mention and out March 28) Full Mountie (#3 in the Frisky Beavers series) by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller (out April 4) First in the Frisky Beavers series is Prime Minister “and is basically about if Justin Trudeau weren’t married and liked kinky sex.” Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin’; out May 9) The Thing About Love by Julie James (out April18) Julie James will be making an appearance at Ripped Bodice on her author tour! The Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (#3 in The Ravenels series, with the kids of characters from her Wallflowers series) Emma is excited for Tender by Sofia Samatar (writer of A Stranger in Olondria and out April 11 from Small Beer Press) and Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, which is the only book about polyamory she has read so she asked for more recs... SIDETRACK: Polyamory Recommendations Laid Bare by Lauren Dane (#1 in the Brown Family series) Maya Banks Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai Back to frontlist... Kim is looking forward to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chapter I [19:00] In which we discuss Bea & Leah’s Romance Origin Story, Talk Vaginal-Looking Covers, and Get ALL THE ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS Bea loved historical fiction (and historical fashion) and introduced Leah to The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn (which is great for people who want to test the waters of regency romance) First in the series is The Duke and I Leah ultimately came to love contemporary romances and became a hardcore romance fan with the help of Nora Roberts—The Bride Quartet series is one of her favorites First in the series is Vision in White Also mentioned: Julie James, whose newest book is The Thing About Love (mentioned earlier and out April 18) and Susan Elizabeth Phillips whose newest book is First Star I See Tonight Where to Start with Contemporary: First, what level of heat are you looking for? Super graphic and dirty? Or cloaked in metaphor? Not Quite As Dirty Nora Roberts It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. You know, the one with the boobs on the cover: Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (for geek fandom readers) Really Dirty Recs Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Series #1) by Christina Lauren Vampire Romance Recommendations (because we love Buffy) Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward (super dirty) Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper (funnier romance) The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper Famous people make appearances as vampires—people like Dick Cheney Witchbian Romances (because we love Willow) Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Vampire Sorority Sisters #1) (lesbian vampire sorority) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts Dark Witch (Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts Lunatic Fringe by Allison Moon (Kim rec: werewolf lesbian feminist) Two Sexy Nonfic Picks Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski Side note: Send us a pic of your favorite vaginal cover (via email or Twitter)! Like this: Non-Paranormal Queer/Diverse Recs Rebekah Weatherspoon (also has non-vampire lesbian romances) For Real by Alexis Hall (author of some gorgeous MM romances) Damon Suede writes super hot romances, which are frequently about firemen; his newest title is Lickety Split (out March 17) The Prince’s Psalm by Eric Shaw Quinn (a Biblical gay romance) First Position by Melissa Brayden (lesbian ballerinas) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (MM YA) Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (FF YA) The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian (gay regency) K.J. Charles (also writes gay regency, but they’re not all dukes) Wanted, A Gentleman is one of her newer titles The Spare and the Heir (Lords of Time #5) by Jenn LeBlanc (gay victorian) LeBlanc is also a photographer and illustrates many of her romances with super hot photos. Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai (mentioned earlier as poly rec) Trade Me by Courtney Milan (Cyclone #1) (contemporary romance with POC characters) The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan Beverly Jenkins writes African American historicals Breathless (Old West #2) is her newest release Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole, Piper Huguley, Lena Hart & more (an anthology of stories about black suffragettes) Silk, Swords, and Surrender by Jeannie Lin The Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin (about the ancient Chinese Tang dynasty & recommended if you liked the Netflix show Marco Polo. This series is even better with intrigue and sword fighting) Butterfly Swords is the first in the series Originally posted by l231 Chapter II [36:50] In which we chat about The Ripped Bodice, the romance community, and what it means to be feminist. -Fifty Shades of Gray, why they don’t sell it (it’s not a good representation of BDSM), and how they help customers find their next read after Fifty Shades -Ripped Bodice looks like a very fancy lingerie dressing room (yes, they have a fainting couch). The store is separated into 5 Zones, which are decorated to reflect their genre: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotica, and Everything Else -Sidelines: bookish things, but also things that will appeal to romance readers like stuff about feminism. Solid rec for Juniper & Ivy’s nerdy wood laser cut pieces. “Part of being a romance bookstore is being unapologetically feminist and sex positive” Chapter III [48:35] In which Bea goes hardcore practical for her Station Eleven pick, people are kinda boring (in a good way), and we talk sexy nonfiction. Bea’s Station Eleven pick is Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert. Leah is bringing “the most comprehensive survival guide [she] can find.” Originally posted by batesmotel On a desert island, Leah is bringing Happy Ever After Nora Roberts (#4 in the Bride Quartet) and Bea is bringing A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare. On their Wild adventure, Bea would bring one of Alison Weir’s “crazy tudor histories” and Leah would bring The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Anne Boleyn, a King’s Obsession (one of Weir’s newest books out May 16) Bookseller Confession: “Your tawdry thing that you think is super scandalous is really boring...” The Dirtiest Romance You’ve Read Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series First in the series: Backstage Pass J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series First in the series: Dark Lover Impossible Handsell Self-published titles with god-awful covers and non-fiction i.e. Come As Your Are by Emily Nagoski and Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring, and Navigating the Kink, Leather, and BDSM Communities by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams The Romance Books Every Bookseller Should Recommend Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan Also, have more than two romances and don’t laugh (or sneer) at your customers who are buying romance novels. Come on. Originally posted by yourreactiongifs Favorite Bookstores LA Bookstore: Diesel Childhood Bookstore: Women & Children First Not-Yet-Open Bookstores: The Queens Bookshop and Books Are Magic European Bookstores: Persephone Books (London) and Shakespeare & Co. (Paris) Favorite Literary Media The romance/life blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and their podcast Smart Podcast, Trashy Books Book Riot Girls at Library Heroes and Heartbreakers Romance Twitter—follow all your favorite authors on Twitter Epilogue [1:02:20] The Ripped Bodice can be found so many places on the internet the store’s website Instagram Twitter Facebook You can also sign up for the Ripped Bodice newsletter on their website—they’ve got events, recommendations, and a thing called Fitzwilliam’s Corner (that’s Fitzwilliam Waffles; he’s their dog, he is awesome, and he has his own Instagram). You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much. BONUS CONTENT We always have more content than we can fit into one hour and this time said content was extra interesting. So for all the people who read our show notes and/or subscribe to our newsletter, here are a few more recommendations from Bea & Leah Romances That Are Library/Bookstore-Adjacent Broken Resolutions (Lovestruck Librarians #1) by Olivia Dade Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (Girls Night Out #4) Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (Rock Kiss #1) (librarian falls in love with a rockstar) Romances About Publishing/Writing The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (publishing romance) Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh (#4 Wicked Quills of London) (historical where the woman writes erotica) How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries (#3 Hellions of Halstead Hall) (main character writes gothics)
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Rank #1: David Sedaris.
This week, Megan and Clay ask David Sedaris about the snapping turtle he tried to feed his benign tumor to (the turtle's name was Granddaddy; the serious drift in his new collection of essays, CALYPSO; and what his siblings think about being written about so often by him. Have you ever wondered why your grade school English teacher insisted you stop ending a sentence with a preposition? We have the answer. And our editors reveal their favorite new books!
Rank #2: Jill Lepore.
This week, we’re asking New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore about her great new book of the entire history of the U.S., These Truths, which our reviewer calls “a splendid rendering—filled with triumph, tragedy, and hope—that will please Lepore’s readers immensely and win her many new ones.” Megan and Clay also talk about the new Bob Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and our editors reveal their picks for the best reads this week!
Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work we’ve loved.
Rank #1: Interview with Anne Bogel.
When we started podcasting, everyone and her mother's brother asked if we listened to Anne Bogel's podcast What Should I Read Next? And rightly so. She has a great podcast where she talks with guests about some of their favorite books and recommends titles she thinks they'll love. We couldn't be more thrilled to chat with Anne about her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, her podcast, and her latest book, Reading People. And be sure to be on the look out for our episode on What Should I Read Next?, which will go live on May 1st. Books MentionedReading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everythingby Anne Bogel (Baker Books)The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin(Algonquin)Rules of Civilityby Amor Towles(Viking) OUR SPONSORThis episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders! In honor of Insiders’ first anniversary, Book Riot is running a special promotion from April 15-30. Get a two-week free trial of Insiders Novel Monthly or Annual! There’s no special code required, just sign up for Novel Monthly or Annual to start your trial. Head over to the Insiders' website for more info! About AnneSince founding her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, six years ago, Anne has emerged as a talented writer, a skilled community builder, and a trusted tastemaker. She has a knack for getting the right books into the hands of the right readers, which makes her opinions sought-after by authors, publishers, and media outlets. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Ep. 59 | Love Stories and Romance Novels.
Kendra and Sachi discuss love stories and romance novels. You can find a full version of our show notes here.Things MentionedThe Stella PrizeThe Ensemble Playlist on SpotifyCheck out our Patreon pageTressie McMillan CottomBooks MentionedThe Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryThe Ensemble by Aja GabelFirst Comes Marriage by Huda Al-MarashiAn American Marriage by Tayari JonesForbidden by Beverly JenkinsIndigo by Beverly JenkinsFlow by Kennedy RyanGrip by Kennedy RyanThe Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun WangThe Mango Bride by Marivi SolivenThick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan CottomFollow Our Guest, Bree Hill: YouTube | Instagram | TwitterMusic by Isaac Greene Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices