Rank #1: Get Booked Ep. #78: All Mysteries, All Thrillers, All the Time
Rank #2: Get Booked Ep. #82: Audible Air Quotes
Rank #3: Get Booked Ep. #80: Do Love A Greek Chorus
Rank #4: 129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward
Rank #5: Get Booked Ep. #73: Mrs. Dalloway But Grosser
Rank #6: Get Booked Ep. #72: Because Of Murder
Rank #7: Get Booked Ep. #14: OMG I LOVE READING
Rank #8: 128: #128: Nonfiction Galore
Jenn is joined by Kim Ukura and Alice Burton, hosts of the For Real podcast, for a special nonfiction-themed episode!
Enter our mystery giveaway!
1. Hi there,
This never-ending winter has me looking forward to the vacation I've planned for this June and I have visions of laying on the beach for days at a time with a good book. I'm not worried about being able to find good vacation reading material for myself, but my wife is a much pickier reader. Can you help me find a book that will keep her entertained so I can relax with my own book? She loves nonfiction and particularly enjoys heavy topics like the holocaust, dictatorships, and cults. Recent reads she has enjoyed include Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler and Without You, There is No Us: Undercover Amongst the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. I recently put The Road to Jonestown and Lilac Girls in her hands, but neither of those worked for her.
Thanks in advance for your help!
2. I'm a single woman in my mid-30s and, while I am fine with my single status and enjoying my life as it is, almost all of my friends are partnering off and having children. I was feeling blue about it until I read Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies and Kate Bolick's Spinster, and am now looking for more reads that celebrate single women, especially single women without children. I'm looking specifically for books with female protagonists who get to enjoy a happy ending without being coupled off or having kids, or where the happy ending is not focused on coupledom (though it's fine if there's a relationship in the story). I read all fiction genres except horror and I also enjoy nonfiction, especially memoirs and biographies.
Thanks in advance. I love the podcast!
3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!
I just have to say y'all are the best, and I love this podcast so much. My to be read list grows every day (mostly because I just discovered this podcast so I am just binging my way through it :))
I have a request for a book for my boyfriend. He likes to read, but he's a really slow reader (this was my way of saying, he likes to read but doesn't read a lot, you know?), and we just moved in together and I noticed that almost all of his books are by straight white males. My new years resolution is to get him only books by...not straight white males.
So. He likes fantasy and science fiction. (He loved the Name of the Wind, I think he liked Game of Thrones.) But I've already recommended him Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin is on my to-read list.
He also LOVES true crime and nonfiction/historical-ish books, like Devil in the White City. (I also already got him Killers of the Flower Moon before I made my resolution. Whoops.)
Any recommendations are so welcome, in these genres or feel free to go crazy.
4. I've been feeling the inadequacy of my high school level American History education lately, as I've been listening to a lot of podcasts that have happened to bring up Asian American historical events that I realize I know very little about. I would like to brush up on my Asian American history in general but I don't know where to start. Do you have any nonfiction recs in this area, both in the overview theme and more specific and particular events and ethnic groups? Thank you much!
5. I am getting very interested in language itself. This began with just loving novels with beautiful and pithy prose (so rec's in that vein are certainly welcome). Now I'm increasingly interested in linguistics and philology. While I'm so far fascinated by Steven Pinker's "The Language Instinct", I am hoping for books (nonfiction, memoirs, essay collections, or even novels) more welcoming to the lay linguist. For instance, Bill Bryson's "The Mother Tongue" is very much the sort of thing I'm hoping for more of, and I am currently working through and enamored by Jhumpa Lahiri's beautiful "In Other Words". So, where do I go when I finish that one? Thanks y'all!
I am trying to be a less stupid white person. Recently I have read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates, the March series by Congressman John Lewis, and the quite excellent satire, I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett. I loved them all, and would like to read more like them. I am planning to read more satires like Welcome to Braggsville, The Sellout, and Blackass, but are there other books on race that you can recommend, fiction or nonfiction? I would especially love some gems from the past that I may have missed, or something written by a woman!
Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel (trigger warning: discussion of rape)
The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts
I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang
“Stories of Your Life” from Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
From #blacklivesmatter To Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Rank #9: 195: Hat Pins Are Involved
Amanda and Jenn discuss divorce reads, Latinx fiction, writing advice, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
Bad Neighbor by Molly O’Keefe (rec’d by Diana)
Cath Staincliffe (rec’d by Stephanie)
1. Hey guys!
I’ve recently been inspired to write my own novel and have started envisioning my story, characters and setting. However, as I’ve gotten started I’ve realized I have no idea how to write a book at all let alone a book that people might actually want to read. I’m looking for a book on how to write books, specifically how to design compelling characters, write dialogue, design settings, inspire emotion and just the basics of writing that every writer needs to know. I’ve read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and loved it. Im looking for other books to help guide my writing process. If it helps at all I’m hoping to write a character-driven coming of age novel. Thanks so much and I look forward to your suggestions!
– E. W.
2. Hello, ladies!
I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a lesbian regency romance?
I have read a few with male romance, and a ton with hetero romance, and I love these but haven’t heard of any featuring a lesbian romance…
I have read Sarah Waters and some other lesbian romance set in Victorian or early 20th century, but really hoping for a regency romp in the vein of Tessa Dare or Sarah MacLean, or Courtney Milan.
Thank you both!
3. Hey there!
I wanted to get into more books about true crime! It creeps me out but I like reading about it, it’s like watching shows about it, I can’t get enough! Could you guys recommend me some true crime books that’ll really be sending chills down my spine?
4. Hey bookish people!
My fiancé and I are taking a little bit of an unconventional honeymoon in October to Vancouver, Canada. I’m looking for recommendations for books that take place in that area. I love pretty much every genre except horror and romance, and I particularly enjoy stories (both fiction and nonfiction) that emphasize culture and food. Bonus points if it’s a cozy read that will go well with the gloomy October weather!
5. Hi Folks,
I am starting the process of divorcing my husband and I am looking for support and an example from books as I’m struggling to find those things in real life. I am not in an abusive situation, but I’ve finally realized that I deserve a partner, not a dependent. This realization doesn’t make the process easier. Especially because I don’t have any personal experience with divorce. No one among my family or close friends has gone through divorce. Not that I’m complaining, but I don’t have a personal pattern or example to see that one can have a fulfilling life afterwards.
I’m looking for examples of women or non-binary folks (just no dudes please) who have made it through divorce and come out the other side happy and successful (with or without a new partner). I’m open to nonfiction or fiction.
6. I’m looking at a job in Richmond, VA, and I’m a little bit apprehensive about leaving the midwest. I would love to read anything set in Virginia (but not DC) that would give me a sense of the place and its history, though I’m not looking for a Civil War history specifically. Readalikes from other parts of the country that I’ve enjoyed/appreciated include Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone; J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy; Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko; and Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer (in case that might have been a recommendation!). I don’t have a preference for fiction vs nonfiction, and I read most genres, but am particularly loving multigenerational family stories like Pachinko. Bonus points for LGBT characters.
7. Hi ladies, I adore the podcast!
I’m a first generation Latina American, and in the wake of the El Paso shooting (and all the hatred surrounding Mexicans and Hispanic people as a whole) I’ve found myself at something of a loss. Reading is a place I inevitably turn to, and I was hoping you two ladies could recommend me some fiction about Latinx characters. It’s something I’ve been doing all summer actually, trying to seek out Latinx authors, and I know you two will have great recommendations. I read pretty much any genre, though my favorite is fantasy. Some books I love and have read this summer are Water For Chocolate, The House on Mango Street, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and a bunch of Gabriel García Márquez. I also read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I loved, but even though it was a 5 star rating for me, I do feel you can tell it isn’t an own voices book, and right now I really need that.
I’m also Cuban, so if you know any good books about Cubans that would be a major bonus, but not necessary.
On Writing by Stephen King
Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian
Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (TW: violence against children)
American Predator by Maureen Callahan (tw: home invasion)
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen (tw: domestic violence & child abuse, pet death, disordered eating & drinking)
Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer
The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (out 9/17)
We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Rank #10: Get Booked Ep. #95: Hot Topic Whimsy
Rank #11: Get Booked Ep. #94: Harry Potter Meets Lord Of The Rings Meets Pokemon
Rank #12: Get Booked Ep. #97: Emo Kid Monster
Rank #13: Get Booked Ep. #87: Unicorns And Rainbows Coming To Eat You
Rank #14: Get Booked Ep. #102: Hard Cheese In Your Pocket
Rank #15: Get Booked Episode #11: The Night Circus Void
Rank #16: Get Booked Episode #5: Asking for Audiobooks
Rank #17: Get Booked Ep. #103: 200 Year Old Spoilers
Rank #18: 138: #138: Full-Frontal Ben Affleck
Amanda and María Cristina recommend light books in translation, books for breakups, reads about saints, and more.
This episode is sponsored by My Plain Jane and Harry's Trees.
The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice Dekobra, translated by Neal Wainwright
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer and translated by (wait for it…) Ursula K. LeGuin
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Sister Teresa by Barbara Mujica
The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie
My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otawa
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel by Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
Want by Cindy Pon
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
Rank #19: 143: #143: The Weirdest Book I Own
Amanda and Jenn discuss novels about the Balkans, contemporary YA, really weird books, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. Hello Ladies!
My friend and I are going on a trip to the Balkans (Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Belgravia, Macedonia and Albania). We love historical fiction or narrative non-fiction and would love to read more about these countries before visiting.
2. Looking for an interesting essay collection for the Read Harder Challenge!
3. Hello from Canada! I love your show :)
I'm looking for book recommendations for my sister. She's in her late 20s, and has described herself as "enjoys reading, not books shopping, but only likes weird stuff". She seems to like John Wyndham books...Books that are weird, creepy, not very sci fi, and not very magical- something more in between. I suggested the Library at Mount Char (one of the weirdest I own), but she was turned off due to the title and perhaps my poor pitch. She will pick up Dark Matter, and the Southern Reach Trilogy due to my persistence. but I'm not sure they are right for her. Please help!
4. Hi ladies!
I just finished Retta’s So Close To Being The Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know and loved it. I was hoping you could recommend something similar. I loved the behind the scenes stories and comedic tone. I’ve also read and enjoyed books by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Anna Kendrick.
5. Hello ladies!! Love your podcast and look forward to listening to it every week at work!! I love your passion for books and helping people find new books!! Anyways, I am in the process of pursuing my dream and writing my first novel, however I would love your thoughts on books for creativity and writing. I've read Big Magic, and Stephen King's novel on writing, so anything that could help with encouragement and motivation would be lovely! Open to nonfiction and fiction! Thank you so much!!
I love to listening to YA novels and could use some new recommendations. I have recently listened to and enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, And What I Saw and How I Lied.
I also really enjoy Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park is the only one I have left to read and it is currently on my to be listened to list, as well as Dumplin'.
7. Thanks to Read Harder, I've read 2 books this year - Pachinko and Do Not Say We Have Nothing - which really made me realize that I know very little about 20th century East Asian history. I'm looking for nonfiction to give me some more grounding in the topic. It doesn't have to specifically be about the Japanese colonization of Korea or the Cultural Revolution, I'd be happy with anything compelling and readable about 19th or 20th century China, Japan, Korea, or even southeast Asia. Thanks!
Girl At War by Sara Novic
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (tw: child abuse)
The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (tw: rape)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon
Anger is a Gift, narrated and written by Mark Oshiro
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin