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Rank #1: 2: #2: How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?.
In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop...and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue? This episode is sponsored by: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Less by Andrew Sean Greer You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance from Sharifah Williams, Blair Anderson and Rita Meade. Our thanks to Josh Christie of Print: A Bookstore in Portland, Maine, Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association, Prof Ryan Rafaelli of Harvard’s Business School and Noelle Santos of The Lit Bar, coming soon to The Bronx.Follow Annotated on Instagram!
Rank #2: 3: #3: The World's Most Glamorous Librarian.
In this episode: the life of Belle da Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that would have ended her career. This episode is sponsored by: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott Blame by Jeff Abbott You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). Special thanks to: Andrea Mays, author of The Millonaire & The Bard Heidi Ardizzone, author of An Illuminated Life This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance by Rita Meade. ___________________________ You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice. Follow Annotated on Instagram!
Read or Dead is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the worlds of mystery and thriller literature.
Rank #1: 24: #24: Going Where the Amy Adams Train Takes Me.
Katie and Rincey talk about the shocking developments with the Golden State Killer case, how Amy Adams is starring in all the adaptations and discuss the Edgar Awards. This episode is sponsored by If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio and Enigma by Catherine Coulter.
Rank #2: 48: #48: Couples That Slay Together, Stay Together.
This episode, Katie and Rincey pick up mystery books featuring disabled protagonists.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and The Perfect Girlfriendby Karen Hamilton. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspectsnewsletter!Show NotesHot Series Package: Steve Zaillian Meets Patricia Highsmith’s Sociopath Tom RipleyComing soon: Winter Countsby David Heska Wanbli Weiden to your lists: an #ownvoices Native American thriller!Dan Mallory, Author Who Once Faked Being British, Nominated for British Book AwardDamien Power Tapped To Direct ‘No Exit’ Thriller For 20th Century FoxCrime Fiction Book List: Disabled isn’t UnableBooks MentionedBlood Harvest by S.J. BoltonBlackman’s Coffinby Mark De Castrique My Lovely Wifeby Samantha DowningMurder Lo Meinby Vivien ChienMurder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire HarmanThe Spectatorsby Jennifer DuBoisAsk Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery by Shelley NobleFrangipani Tree Mystery by Olvidia YuThe Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
Rank #1: 198: 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
Rank #2: 166: #166: Everyone is Punchable.
Amanda and Jenn discuss cozy reads, morally complicated characters, small-town stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, The Plotters by Un-su Kim, and At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. FeedbackMaid by Stephanie Land (rec'd by Jessica from Insiders)Eat Yourself Calm by Gill Paul (rec'd by Morgan) Questions1. It’s almost my brother’s birthday. He’s finishing up the Dune series and he really likes the dynamic of a villain who has to do good in order to ultimately do evil. He’s looking for more books with this concept or vice versa (good guy doing bad to do good). I’m a former bookseller myself, but I’ve got nothing. He’s also a linguist, if that helps. I realize this is super specific, but I’m really hoping you guys can help me be the best sister for his birthday.Please no YA or romance. I’ve linked his goodreads so you can see what he normally reads. Thank you!-Emma 2. Hi! I’m looking for literary fiction audiobooks that are so engrossing they’ll help me forget, say, that I’m doing household chores or facing a stressful day at work. The books that have fit this bill for me in the past are: The Nix, The Changeling, The Miniaturist, Swing Time, The Circle, and Rebecca.Preferences:Under 12 hoursNo graphic sex scenesLight to no cursingThank you for your podcast!!-Veronica 3. I really love small town stories and I have been searching for one to really grab my attention. I prefer something darker and more serious in tone. I love books like Beartown or J.K. Rowling's A Casual Vacancy where a close knit community gets unraveled by an event. I prefer books that don't focus on a single character, but rather explore relationships and different perspectives within a small community. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my TBR but I would love more recommendations for small town stories.-Marija 4. Hi,I've discovered that I have a curious but extremely distinct affinity for non-fiction books that cover broad history through a narrow lens. I feel like I'm struggling to describe exactly what type of books I mean, but when you hear some titles, you'll get it. Examples that I've loved in the past are Tom Standage's "History of the World in 6 glasses" and "An Edible History of Humanity"; "At Home" by Bill Bryson; "Consider the Fork" by Bee Wilson, and most works by Mary Roach and Simon Garfield.I love love love reading about history, but I've never been a huge fan of biography/autobiography or books that dive too deep into a single event. I guess I love the big picture/global view (most bang for my buck, maybe?), but with a fun and unique thread tying history together in a way I had never considered before.Looking forward to your suggestions! Thanks so much!-Kelly 5. Hi! I'm a big fan of your podcast and have had submitted questions before, your recommendations are always great. I am a middle school teacher and I have recently started a Dungeons and Dragons club at my school, and the response has been overwhelming. I expected 8-10 kids to sign up but I actually had over 30! As we begin to play D&D and other RPGs, I'd love to be able to have an "inspiration library" stocked with fantasy/adventure books. Obviously, I need titles from Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, and JK Rowling but I would love to include books with strong female and minority protagonists. I want my new club to be inclusive to everyone and my goal is to provide something for everyone.You always say to mention if you're under time constraints so while I hope the club lasts for a long while, I'd like to start compiling my library soon. Any recommendations you could provide would be appreciated.Thanks so much!-Matt6. A peculiar request: I am especially fond of books where humans are aided by talking cats. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a good example, as are many of the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce. I would love suggestions for other books with human-cat partnerships. Thank you!-Crazy Cat Lady 7. Cozy nothings?It could be the weather or just the year, but I've been enjoying "nothing of contention happens" books recently.My go to series for this is The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun which is set in a fictional small town and focuses primarily on the day to day life of people there (technically it's a cozy mystery, but the mystery is pretty minimal). Other examples would be Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Agatha Christie (before the murder kicks in) and the Mitford series.Contemporary or classical, adult lit series preferred, and bonus points if they're on audio.-Terry BooksBlack Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon JamesInsurrecto by Gina ApostolVE Schwab’s Shades of Magic series (A Darker Shade of Magic)The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (tw: institutionalized homophobia, torture)The Wanderers by Meg HowreyBurial Rites by Hannah KentInto the Water by Paula HawkinsThe Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah PittardHow the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas CahillPandemic by Sonia ShahDactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José OlderThe Jumbies by Tracey BaptisteSabriel by Garth Nix100 Books with Cats postMidnight Crossroad by Charlaine HarrisFlavia De Luce series by Alan Bradley (#1: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (rec’d by Jeff)
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: SFF Yeah Ep. #2: Genius Insane Ghost.
Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including the 2017 Bailey's Prize winner and The Passage casting, and talk favorite villains. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via iTunes here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. News The 2017 Bailey’s Winner is a science fiction novel A critique of the book from a BR writer The Hunger Games inspires a real life hero The Passage TV series casting: Zack Morris is Brad Wolgast Racebent casting of The Girl With All the Gifts Books Discussed: Favorite Villains Shuos Jedao from Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Lek from the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore The Beast from The Magicians by Lev Grossman Sydney from The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden Nimona from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Commandant/Keris Veturia and The Nightbringer from the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Rank #2: 24: #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)
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
Rank #1: #201: Psychological Steamer Trunks.
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about oxford commas, labor laws, ebook sales, a raft of adaptation news, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Caraval by Stephanie Gerber What It Takes by Shannon Stacey Links discussed in this episode: Hero of the week: 11-year-old St Louis boy starts book club for black boys to see themselves in books. Oxford Comma decides court case Kerry Washington to adapt The Mothers Girl in the Spider’s Web will be a total reboot w/ new actors Nnedi Okorafor says publisher whitewashed her cover Ebook sales continue to fall in UK Hachette partners w/ Wattpad to produce audiobooks Libro.fm - audiobook service for indie bookstores
Rank #2: #206: Dump Adjacent.
This week, Rebecca and Jeff talk about UK reading habits, a new Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, audiobook recommendations, the Salander dynasty, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick Audible Links discussed in this episode: Knopf announces 5th book in Millennium series Emergency Room for the mindWeird news: Insane Clown Posse being sued for plagiarizing poem from Chicken Soup for the Soul World Book Night Survey HBO making a Fahrenheit 451 movie
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: #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: 51: Welcome To College: Death Comes For Us All.
Kelly and Eric talk about YA books that’d make great picks for college freshman to prepare for their school lives, then scream about their huge fall YA TBR lists.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Mystery Giveaway, Have A Little Faith In Me by Sonia Hartl, and Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutheford.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 NOTESRebel Girls by Elizabeth KeenanHomecoming by Cynthia VoigtSSR PodcastJackpot by Nic StoneAmerican Panda by Gloria ChaoWe Are Okay by Nina LaCourRoomies by Sara Zarr and Tara AltebrandoThe Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy ColbertFinding Felicity by Stacy KadeWrecked by Maria PadianThe Magicians by Lev GrossmanFinal Draft by Riley RedgateQuiet by Susan Cain“Why YA Needs More Quitters”The Stars and The Blackness Between Them by Junauda PetrusHow to Be Remy Cameron by Julian WintersThe Grace Year by Kim LiggettVerify by Joelle CharbonneauRules for Vanishing by Kate Alice MarshallInto the Crooked Place by Alexandra ChristoWho Put This Song On? By Morgan ParkerTarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee ThorTimekeeper by Tara SimThirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura RubyThe Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole DavisWild Life: Dispatches From A Childhood of Baboons and Button Downs by Keena RobertsI Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz RishiOur Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
For Real is a biweekly nonfiction podcast that puts the spotlight on new books and old favorites that tell it like it is, or at least try to.
Rank #1: 8: #8 The Nonfiction of Book Expo.
This week, Kim and Alice do a recap of some of the best nonfiction of Book Expo America, the publishing industry's big trade show each spring.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Annotated and Recommended podcasts. Give them a listen! And don’t forget that Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 before June 21 to enter.FOLLOW UPLocking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.Dear Madam President by Jennifer PalmeriBombay Anna by Susan MorganNEW BOOKSWhat Would the Great Economists Do? by Linda Yueh (June 5, Picador)The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler (June 5, Doubleday)First in Line by Kate Andersen Brower (June 5, Harper)Woman at the Devil’s Door by Sarah Beth Hopton (June 1, Indiana University Press)BOOK EXPOThe Impatient Dr. Lange by Seema Yasmin (July 2018, Johns Hopkins University Press)Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit (September 2018, Haymarket)American Prisons by Shane Bauer (September 2018, Penguin)One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (September 2018, Bloomsbury)Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin (September 2018, Liveright)Born Criminal by Angelica Shirley Carpenter (September 2018, South Dakota Historical Society Press)Interior States by Meghan O'Gieblyn (October 2018, Anchor Books)8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens (October 2018, Overlook Press)How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman (October 2018, Liveright)BEA EDITOR'S BUZZ (Nonfiction)Small Animals by Kim Brooks (August 21, Flatiron Books)The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman (Sept. 11, Ecco/HarperCollins)There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald (October 2, Riverhead Books)Maid by Stephanie Land (January 2019, Hachette Books)READING NOWCity of Devils by Paul French (July 2018, Picador)The Truth About Animals by Lucy CookeOTHER TITLESSioux Women by Virginia Driving Hawk SneveNewjack by Ted ConoverUnder the Black Flag by David Cordingly
Rank #2: 4: #4 Short Nonfiction You Can Readathon.
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. #389 - November's biggest new book releases!.
Halloween has come and gone and so now turn our gaze to the books we plan on reading all November long. Books mentioned in this episode The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern The Witches are Coming by Lindy West The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White Little Weirds by Jenny Slate Beard Necessities by Penny Reid All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson The Innocents by Michael Crummey The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell It's Garry Shandling's Book by Judd Apatow The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer
Rank #2: Ep. #331 - May's Biggest new books! .
~It's gonna be MAYYYY~ Sorry, Justin. Today we're talking about the books we're most excited about that are coming out in May (oh my god, it's May)... You know the drill. Books Mentioned in this episode The Farm by Joanne Ramos The Bride Test by Helen Hoang The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman Cari Mora by Thomas Harris Middlegame by Seanan McGuire The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs Kingsbane by Claire LeGrand Biloxi by Mary Miller Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones Anna of Cleve by Alison Weir We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell The Obsoletes by Simeon Mills The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Again, but Better by Christine Riccio Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
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Rank #1: Reading Envy 166: On Brand with Karen.
Karen and Jenny discuss books they've read and liked recently, although Jenny was reading up to the minute we started recording because she wanted to talk about one of these books with Karen specifically. We talk about graphic novels in other languages, romance representation, and obscure science. And, as usual, we laugh a lot. Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 166: On Brand with KarenSubscribe to the podcast via this link: FeedburnerOr subscribe via Apple Podcasts by clicking: SubscribeOr listen through TuneIn Or listen on Google Play Listen via StitcherListen through Spotify Books discussed: Tomboy by Liz PrinceCantoras by Carolina de RobertisThe Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThaw by Elyse SpringerPaper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. VaughanThe Order of Time by Carlo RovelliOther mentions:Perla by Carolina de RobertisAnthony Bourdain's Uruguay episode of Parts UnknownThe Bride Test by Helen HoangThe Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangSmart Bitches, Trashy Books - Episode 357. Aro and Ace Representation...World Turned Upside Down by Elyse SpringerSaga (Compendium 1) series by Brian K. VaughanY: The Last Man series by Brian K. VaughanThe Rosie Effect by Graeme SimsionVampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen RussellFlorida by Lauren Groff The Flatshare by Beth O'LearyNormal People by Sally RooneyOrange World by Karen RussellSt. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen RussellTrail of Lightning by Rebecca RoanhorseRelated Episodes:Episode 004 - Home, Frightening and Banned with guest Karen AcostaEpisode 015 - The Time for Exclaiming Over Costumes with Jean and KarenEpisode 051 - Dreaming in Books with Karen AcostaEpisode 066 - When Time Stops with Karen AcostaEpisode 100 - 100 Reasons Why Episode 101 - A Different Kind of Time Travel with Karen AcostaEpisode 114 - Raised by Wolves with Karen Acosta Episode 145 - Things Get Dark with Bianca Escalante Episode 146 - Complicated, Crazy, and Loud with Karen Episode 151 - The Stories They Tell with Karen Stalk us online:Jenny at GoodreadsJenny on TwitterJenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and Litsy
Rank #2: Reading Envy 150: Rife with Storytelling with Sara.
Jenny and Sara combat humidity and allergies to get together to chat books. We cover escapes and intergalactic refugees, snakes and fish, serial killers and out of print reads. Jenny can't decide on a third book so discusses three more books, and Sara has a word bleeped out from a story too funny not to include.Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 150: Rife with Storytelling with SaraSubscribe to the podcast via this link: FeedburnerOr subscribe via Apple Podcasts by clicking: SubscribeOr listen through TuneIn Or listen on Google Play Listen via StitcherListen through Spotify Books discussed: The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee and David JohnThe Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, and SL HuangThe Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk, translated by Christopher MoseleyThe Deeper the Water, the Uglier the Fish by Katya ApekinaHotel by Arthur Hailey The Pisces by Melissa BroderPraise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFaddenMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Other mentions:Emily RoskoMagical Negro by Morgan Parker758 Books (St. Lucia)Airport by Arthur HaileyJust Kids by Patti SmithiHotel by Karen Tei YamashitaThe Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay FayeJames MichenerThe Goldfinch by Donna TarttSara's hospitality shelf in GoodreadsThe Women's Prize for FictionThe Shape of Water (film)BBC Trokosi documentaryThe Tournament of BooksNews of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia MarquezThe Tale of Genji by Murasaki ShikabuThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Parker Related Episodes:Episode 069 - Evil Librarian/SFBRP Crossover Episode with Luke Burrage and Juliane KunzendorfEpisode 122 - A Cylon Raider Shaped Hole in Your Heart with Sara BurnettEpisode 144 - For the Fans with Thomas of Hogglestock Episode 147 - Bonus Poetry Recommendations with LaurenStalk us online:Jenny at GoodreadsJenny on TwitterJenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and LitsySara is @addendumadventure on Instagram
Get the ultimate insider's scoop on the best new books. The editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not the books on the bestseller list are worth the read, give you behind-the-scenes insights, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.
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: Preet Bharara.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara joins us on this week’s episode to discuss Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law. Then our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
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: 18: Saeed Jones ("Prelude to Bruise") & "Citizen: An American Lyric".
BuzzFeed Literary Editor Saeed Jones drops by the Damn Library to talk about his PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award-winning collection "Prelude to Bruise", Claudia Rankin's incendiary "Citizen: An American Lyric", and whether or not art can change the world. 15 Seconds of a song: AG Cook, "Beautiful" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: 43: Stephanie Danler & "Bluets".
Stephanie Danler, author of the highly recommended Sweetbitter, joins the guys in the Damn Library for a chat about anything and everything. Food, identity, sex - you name it, they talk about it. TWO cocktails are imbibed and Maggie Nelson's exceptional Bluets is unanimously praised. 15 seconds of a song: "The Clearest Blue" - CHVRCHES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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: Peyton DisPlaced.
Another crossover episode with our fine friends from the Overdue podcast! Frank and Gwen join Craig and Andrew in Philadelphia to discuss the 1956 novel Peyton Place. Is it a classic? A soap opera? A groundbreaking statement about sexuality? Is it “ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle” — the first line of the book? You decide.
It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.
Rank #1: 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. Check out the website! www.thebookstorepodcast.com
Rank #2: 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.
Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com
Rank #1: Episode 69: Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography.
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Rank #2: Episode 3: Sweet Valley High & Klassics Korner.
Today, we get silly. We discuss the various merits and demerits of Sweet Valley High. We revisit the classics, but upon Julia’s insistence, we give it the stupid name “Classics Corner– with two K’s!” See, that makes it friendly and approachable… right?Let us know what you think in the comments, and please enjoy! 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)