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Greatest gift ever!!! Newly edited.

By JillBo411 - Jul 02 2019
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I see I’ve already reviewed but I want to add that I was the person who asked for the book about White Russians escaping when the Tsar fell. I loved your recommendations and had Lost Roses been out then I’m sure you would have named it. I’m just starting it now. Keep being awesome ladies!!! I love your reviews and I usually just add to my TBR list. But - a few months ago you recommended Vol 1-3 plus Children's Lit of Graphic Cannon. I ordered all four for my son who turns 28 this week. He has two young kids. I can honestly say that I have NEVER gotten him a better gift. He loves it!!! Though he may not come up for air and his wife may do me a harm!! 😉 Keep up the good work!!

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Making my way through back catalogue and found lots of great reads. Thanks for great podcast!

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341 Ratings
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11

Greatest gift ever!!! Newly edited.

By JillBo411 - Jul 02 2019
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I see I’ve already reviewed but I want to add that I was the person who asked for the book about White Russians escaping when the Tsar fell. I loved your recommendations and had Lost Roses been out then I’m sure you would have named it. I’m just starting it now. Keep being awesome ladies!!! I love your reviews and I usually just add to my TBR list. But - a few months ago you recommended Vol 1-3 plus Children's Lit of Graphic Cannon. I ordered all four for my son who turns 28 this week. He has two young kids. I can honestly say that I have NEVER gotten him a better gift. He loves it!!! Though he may not come up for air and his wife may do me a harm!! 😉 Keep up the good work!!

Love this!

By 718_kc - Mar 15 2019
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Making my way through back catalogue and found lots of great reads. Thanks for great podcast!
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Get Booked

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Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.

Rank #1: 192: Complicated Feeling About Bees

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Amanda and Jenn discuss political nonfiction, twin stories, nonbinary reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersLibro.fm and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

Chloe Poems’s Li’l Book O’ Manchester (rec’d by Arlene)

The Night Brother by Rosie Garland (rec’d by Arlene)

Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie (rec’d by Arlene)

QUESTIONS

1. I love books that take a look inside a certain industry. I’ve read Deep Sea and Foreign going about commercial shipping and Flower Confidential about the cut flower industry recently. I’ve previously read books about the funeral trade and restaurant/food industry. So I’m looking for more! Preferably ones that are about things that don’t immediately spring to mind. Thanks in advance.

-Anna

2. Fun, Light, Realistic YA – Not too fantastical or sci-fi. I’m looking for recommendations for my teenage daughters, ages 15 and 16 and I’m stumped. It seems we keep finding books with material that is too young for them too dark and serious. They have liked “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, “When Dimple Met Rishi” and the “Selection” series. They would love realistic fiction that isn’t teen romance but we are having a hard time finding anything fun that isn’t childish.

-Cami

3. I recently came out as nonbinary after several years of being out as queer/bi. I am looking for a book with queer or nonbinary characters, though that certainly doesn’t need to be the focus of the book. I would just like to see more of myself represented in the things I read, and I knew you two would do a fantastic job! I like a little bit of everything, and I don’t shy away from YA or children’s books (Jessica Love’s Julian is a Mermaid is what inspired me to come out as nonbinary!). I would just say no religious books, please, and bonus points if the book is written by a queer or nonbinary author. Side note – thank you for this beautiful podcast! I have found so many books because of it, and I just adore you two.

-Cheyenne

4. Hello Readerlicious Rock Stars!

First off, you folks are super awesome and I adore listening to your show. My identical twin sister and I love reading about twins and I’d love some twin-ish recommendations from you all for us to read together.

Some things to consider:

1) We’re open to any genre (other than horror) or reading level (middle grade and beyond).

2) Plots surrounding twins tend to be dark for some reason. Or, at least that seems to be the case with most twin books I’ve come across. A focus on fun/upbeat/kickass/bright/optimistic would be great. Please, no tragic death of one of the twins. That would be way too much of a bummer.

3) We’d love it if you could recommend some reads that don’t involve the typical good twin/bad twin trope. As twins who are constantly facing the ridiculous tendency for folks to categorize us/twins in that kind of binary way, it’d be great to read something that doesn’t do the same. How about BOTH twins being bright lights in the world?

4) Along the same lines as no twin death, I’m not a fan of any book that delves into serious abuse or tragic death of kids. As a mom of two cuties, it’s way too hard for me to read about kids and dark, tragic circumstances; i.e. abduction, murder, rape, etc.

5) We’re huge fans of strong, fabulous, outrageous, potentially super power grrls who kick ass. Characters who overcome hardship and beat a crappy system are definitely ones we’d love to root for.

Thank you!

-Nicole

5. Hello! I love your podcast! I am looking for a personal recommendation. Every so often I come upon a book or movie that broadens my mind and my heart. These books and movies usually have unconventional characters who become unlikely heroes. Strong character development, authenticity, and complexity are all fabulous, and magical realism is a bonus. Some of my favorites have in this genre have been The Seventh Gate by Richard Zimler, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Mink River by Brian Doyle, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I would love another one to devour and fall in love with. Thank you for your help 🙂

-Melissa

6. Hi Ladies, Thanks for always putting up a great show! I often pretend y’all are my girlfriends who are talking to me about books. 😉 This is my first time putting in a request, but it’s one that I’ve been wanting to submit for quite some time now. As an avid reader, I want nothing more than to read a book with my non-reader husband. My dream may soon be realized because he just asked me for some recommendations on books about politics. He reads a bunch of articles every day about politics (and sports) online, but is now ready to graduate to books! Do you have any book recommendations about U.S. politics that reads like fiction and are interesting enough to capture the attention of a non-reader? It can be about the current political climate or anything in the past as well. I can’t provide any books he’s liked since he’s a non-reader, but he does read a ton of articles and forums on reddit. I’m hoping this is enough info for you guys to go on, because I’m definitely lost on this one. THANK YOU!!

-Helen

7. Hi,

Recently both me and my sister have got into the slightly niche genre of eastern Asian authors writing about/from the point of view of animals. The includes books like The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, anything by Seonmi Hwang, The memoirs of a polar bear by Yoko Tawada and the travelling cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. I would like to get my sister another book of this kind but I’m running out of ideas and was wondering if you would be able to help? It doesn’t really matter where the authors are from its just the style that we enjoy although extra brownie points if they aren’t British/American as we read so many of these anyway!

Thanks love the show!

-Holly

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Fire Season by Philip Connors

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (TW: sexual assault)

The Tensorate series by JY Yang (Red Threads of Fortune #2)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Slayer by Kiersten White (some mentions of parental abuse)

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson

The Bees by Laline Paull

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (tw: harm to animals)

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Aug 08 2019
50 mins
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Rank #2: 191: Alpha in the Sheets, Beta in the Streets

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Amanda and Jenn discuss chapter books about girls, thrillers, undersea stories, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, One Good Deed by David Baldacci, and Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

FEEDBACK

Serial Killers: Murder Without Mercy by Nigel Blundell (rec’d by Sharon)

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik (rec’d by Sibyl)

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (rec’d by Sibyl)

Spoonbenders by Darryl Gregory (rec’d by Sibyl)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (rec’d by Sibyl)

QUESTIONS

1. Hi Amanda and Jenn, I’m such a big fan of the show and your recs are always must-adds for my TBR! I tend to buy most of my books at library book sales, used bookstores, etc, where there are a lot of random books in a big mish-mash. It makes me sad when I see a favorite but lesser-known book in a pile, being passed over again and again for new hyped up releases. I’d love to know, if you were at a used bookstore, what would be the book that would make you want to pull it out of the pile and hold it up like Simba in The Lion King while announcing to everyone “this is the one! Please take this one home!”

-Nicole

2. I am thinking about moving to Manchester, England to start a graduate program in September, so I am looking for contemporary fiction or nonfiction books set in Manchester that would give me insight into the city and introduce me to writers from the region. Since I cannot visit the city before starting the program I think reading could help calm my nerves a bit (as it tends to do). When I lived in Paris I read 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster and really enjoyed the Parisian and literary references. I have read novels set in other European cities but would really appreciate recommendations specific to Manchester. It would be a nice addition if one of the recommendations had a non-white, non-male protagonist and author. Thank you! I really enjoy listening to the podcast and expanding my TBR pile.

-Megan

3. Hi Amanda and Jenn. Hoping you can smash another recommendation for me. I recently bought my friend’s daughter the Phoebe the Unicorn books and successfully turned a tentative reader into a certified book worm. She even posted me her own little thank you note, it was the cutest. I’m keen to get her some new books to keep up the streak.

She comes from an extended family where she is surrounded by young mums and examples of motherhood and homemaking, and while this is lovely, I know her mum is keen to make sure she knows that having children is not the only path available to her. Could you recommend some books to keep her inspired, whatever her path may be. I particularly want to combat the kind of troubling comments I know she’s come up against already in her young life, such as ‘little boys become doctors, little girls become nurses’ 🙁

She’s pretty into street dance, maths, baking and her family’s landrover. Nothing too scary please. She’s 8 years old, turning 9 in December. Availability in the UK a must.

-Kim

4. I’m looking for recommendations for my book club. We tend to gravitate towards mysteries and thrillers, the darker the better. Books we’ve read in the past include: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld, The Dinner by Herman Koch, The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor, Force of Nature by Jane Harper. My group really really enjoyed Confessions by Kanae Minato. We like lots of twists and the switching perspectives. Thank you for your help! Love your show 🙂

-Earline

5. I just tore through City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty and am having trouble moving on! Nothing I pick up is holding my interest, and I find myself dreaming of a big book set in a foreign land, with magic and friendship and intrigue. Can you recommend something that will help fill the hole in my reading heart until the third book comes out in 2020? I am game for almost anything except horror (I am a wimp!). Recent book loves in addition to these two include The Night Circus, Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, Circe by Madeline Miller and everything by Becky Chambers. You’ll see a lot of familiar titles on my Goodreads – a Fair number of the books on my TBR (and those I’ve read over the last couple of years) are your fault – in a really good way! Thank you!

-Kristin

6. Hello! First of all, I would like to say how much I LOVE your podcast. I have been listening since the beginning, and my TBR is forever growing. Who can ever really be “done” with their TBR? So here is my first recommendation request after all this time: Recently I have become fascinated with underwater exploration and all things under the sea. It is a whole different world, and is equal parts exciting and terrifying to me. I have not read many books dealing with underwater adventure, but would love more options to pick up. I read Josh Malerman’s A House At The Bottom of The Lake and loved how uneasy it made me feel as I was reading it. Exploring open water is something I would never do in real life, so I need to read about it! I love all things magical realism and science fiction, but wouldn’t be opposed to an adventure as well! Hoping for more fictional recommendations than non-fiction. Thank you so much in advance!!

All the best,

-Brittany

7. Howdy! I love your podcast! I read a lot of books across a broad range of genres, but I’m looking for recommendations for romances with guys who are bossy/controlling in bed. I’ve really enjoyed Willing Victim, Brutal Game, and After Hours by Cara McKenna. I also enjoyed Lori Foster’s romances with alpha-guy leads. I’m not into the full-on Fifty Shades of Gray-esque BDSM thing–that’s too much, especially when the control bleeds out of the bedroom and into the rest of life. I have a strong preference for heterosexual relationships. Bonus points for recs that include fantasy elements or virgins, but those aren’t required. Thanks ladies!

-Kate

BOOKS DISCUSSED

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar (tw: sexual assault)

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson (tw: child abuse)

Lola Levine is Not Mean by Monica Brown

The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Wollestonecraft Detective Agency #1) by Jordan Stratford, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (rec’d by Karina of Kidlit These Days)

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Low by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, Dave McCaig

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Thirsty by Mia Hopkins

Aug 01 2019
53 mins
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Rank #3: Get Booked Ep. #26: House-Wife, But Also Assassin

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Jenn and guest Swapna recommend comics for kids, superhero
novels, graphic memoirs and more on this week's Get Booked.
Apr 28 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #4: Get Booked Ep. #98: Plucky Flapper Witch

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Amanda and Jenn discuss creepy reads, social justice ammunition, witchy reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust, Lit Chat from Book Riot and Abrams Noterie, and Brain Rules for Aging Well by John Medina. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   Questions 1. Hi, I'm getting married in November after a short engagement but I've already noticed that my fiancé and my mutual male friends have seemingly gone from referring to me by my name to calling me 'his bird' or 'his woman' (f* that s*). Any recommendations on books about maintaining your identity as a real human being after marriage? As a wise woman told me recently, "the only downside to getting married is that you become someone's wife". Cheers! --Nia   2. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I have a travel request. I'm going to Valencia, Spain this fall to visit a friend, and know very little about the region. My favorite way to get to know a new city is through historical fiction. Do you have any recommendations of historical fiction set in or near Valencia? --Ellen   3. I am in the process of ending a relationship of almost twenty years and I am trying to adjust to the idea of living on my own for the first time since my early twenties (I just turned 40). I am looking for books that might help me sort out my feelings about this process. Fiction or non-fiction is fine. I already have All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg on my TBR pile. I don't have kids and don't want them but stories that include kids are okay as long as the main focus is on the the adult. Thanks in advance. --Rachel   4. Hi ladies! We are looking for book recommendations for our co-worker and friend Emily. Her birthday is on October 11th and she is a huge fan of your show (she is the one who introduced each of us to it as well) and of all things books. She loves to read pretty much everything and anything. We would like to get her a book or two for her birthday and would love some recommendations. She really enjoys horror, true crime, mystery, and literary classics. Some books she has recently read and enjoyed are Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Insomnia by Stephen King, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (The three of us are planning on reading Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt per your recommendation from a previous episode, and are very excited by the way). Anything you could recommend would be great! Thanks in advance for your help! --Mallory and Jessica   5. Hey, Initially, I was asking for more books on race by #ownvoices because it's coming up in my classes so often, which are predominately white (and I am as well). What I'm now looking for is maybe some kind of history, memoir/biography, sociological study, really anything, that would be helpful in verbal combat with someone who is essentially the devil's advocate in a comment section, but believes in what he's saying. I know I won't change his mind but I'd like to have history and facts under my belt to help verbally kick his ass and destroy him. This MRA-dude, in a previous class, considered Janie sticking up for herself in Their Eyes Were Watching God 'terribly emasculating' for her husband and an awful thing to do to him. He is also *so sad* by our professor criticizing our country and most of our class agreeing with her (because apparently that's worse than Nazis - I made the mistake of creeping him on Facebook.) I own (but still need to read) They Can't Kill Us All, Rest in Power, and Warriors Don't Cry. I have read 12 Years a Slave, March Trilogy, Between the World and Me, and am anticipating We Were Eight Years in Power. I was originally thinking more along the lines of slavery and civil rights narratives, but now I think a better tactic would be to learn about the history of fascism and the constant fight for social justice. Any help is much appreciated, especially since he's not *technically* a Nazi and I can't just punch him during class. I love the show and have almost made my way through the all of the episodes! --Jane   6. This is a bit of a time sensitive request...One of my best friends has been married just over a year, and has recently found out that her husband wants a divorce. I really want to send her a book to help distract her... Any recommendations? She likes thrillers and YA fantasy. Bonus points if there's a strong feminist and/ or life will go on message. --Tina   7. I'm looking for some good Witch/female awesome themed books to get in the mood for fall and Halloween. I loved "The Discovery of Witches," "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and "The Night Circus." I'd prefer something in the fantasy realm but am really open to anything I can drink with some hot apple cider! Thank you! --Radhika   Books Discussed Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown The Poem of The Cid by Anonymous Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein Fen by Daisy Johnson White Rage by Carol Anderson The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed (trigger warning for everything, basically) The Djinn Falls in Love, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin Brimstone by Cherie Priest Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Sep 20 2017
49 mins
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Rank #5: Get Booked Ep. #78: All Mysteries, All Thrillers, All the Time

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Amanda, Jenn, and guest expert Katie discuss mysteries and thrillers! This episode is sponsored by Start Up by Doree Shafrir and Perfect by Cecilia Ahern.
Apr 25 2017
58 mins
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Rank #6: Get Booked Episode 1: Hungover From Hanya

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Get Booked: Episode One includes personalized reading recommendations for fans of A Little Life, readers wanting fairy tale retellings, and more. Jenn Northington is the guest host. This episode is sponsored by Entry Island by Peter May and Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon.
Sep 10 2015
45 mins
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Rank #7: Get Booked Ep. #102: Hard Cheese In Your Pocket

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Amanda and Jenn discuss grown-up American Girl stories, soft sci-fi, LGBTQ romance, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by What Counts As Love by Marian Crotty and 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant.     Questions 1. Hi, I have just finished the latest installment of the Throne of Glass series and have read everything by Sarah J Maas, I also love most of the whole dystopian YA female lead genre ( loved the Cinder series, all the Grisha books, Red Queen, Graceling etc.) I am 20 and would read a big range of books from pretty much any genre was wondering if you had any recommendations for similar books that aren't necessarily YA ( or are I'll read anything!). A series of an author who has a lot of books of a similar type would be brilliant as once I find something I love I devour it !! Love the podcast and thank you for your help, --Holly   2. Hi ladies! When doing some cleaning, I found dozens of American Girl doll books and I was struck with nostalgia. I LOVED these books growing up - I still attribute these books with my deep love of history. As I was holding these books lovingly, I immediately thought to ask you two if you had any recommendations for "grown up" American Girl doll books. Any suggestions for historical fiction featuring strong and spunky female characters? Thanks, love the show! --Chelsea   3. Hi Amanda and Jenn, Listening to the Book Riot podcasts has increased the number of books on my TBR pile steadily for the past couple of months, thanks for all the great recommendations! What I'd like to ask you: I've read Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow this year, and I loved it. I also read both of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers books and I loved them as well. Do you have any recommendations for soft sci-fi books? Thanks! --Jill (from Belgium)   4. Hello Amanda and Jenn, First of all, I love your podcast and have discovered many books and authors because of it. You guys both do an amazing job! My recommendation request is for my 7 year-old son. He recently read Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (thanks to your recommendation from a previous episode) and then made his way through the rest of her work with Sisters, Smile, and Drama. He's read all four of these books over the course of the last week and I would like to find some read-alikes, preferably that are part of a series, for him to read next. He has read all of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Captain Underpants series, and several of the Big Nate books. Thank you in advance and keep up the awesome work! --Angela   5. Hi! I'm looking for some sweet romance to dive into. I'm not much for the genre, but sometimes you just need something to squeal about. Preferably something lgbtqai - though not so much about coming out or such as a major plot detail. Something light but sweet and if the couple are non male that would also be a huge plus! Thanks! --Sonja   6. Amanda & Jenn, First off, I love the podcast! Thank you for all the great recommendations. I've written in a few times with requests, so sorry if you keep seeing my name pop up! This time I'm writing requesting recommendations for my 15 year old son. He is a rather reluctant reader but very much enjoys listening to audiobooks when we take road trips. If we don't finish the audiobook in the car he asks me to buy it for him to finish in book form. He mostly likes dystopian novels, preferably with some type of corrupt government. He's enjoyed 1984, A Clockwork Orange, Fahrenheit 451 & Ready Player One. Not in that theme he read & enjoyed The Outsiders. His book suggestions mostly come from what his friends are reading in school. I've tried a few times to pick up books I thought he would like but haven't been able to find anything he got in to. I tried The Maze Runner, The 5th Wave & I can't remember what else. Any suggestions? Thank you! --Valerie   7.I am not a "classics" reader (I didn't love Jane Eyre. I know -Who am I?!) I did like The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Can you recommend another classic or semi-classic to read next? --Andrea   Books Discussed Giveaway! bookriot.com/bookstoregiveaway The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin Moon Called by Patricia Briggs An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole Kopp Sisters books by Amy Stewart (Girl Waits With Gun) The Wanderers by Meg Howrey Provenance by Ann Leckie Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert (The School Is Alive) Chronicles of Claudette by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware) Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler Want by Cindy Pon Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Warcross by Marie Lu Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf The Living is Easy by Dorothy West
Oct 18 2017
46 mins
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Rank #8: 129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward

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Apr 26 2018
47 mins
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Rank #9: Get Booked Ep. #105: Bearded Charles Dickens Shaped Area In My Heart

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Southern fiction, Spanglish, portal fantasy, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew and Book Riot Insiders. Bookstore Giveaway: bookriot.com/bookstoregiveaway   Questions 1. I love love love novels written in Spanglish, both because I'm working on my Spanish, but also because I, too, live in a different community in which most people with whom I interact are bilingual and books like Junot Diaz's are exactly how we talk, albeit in a different language. My favorite genre is literary fiction, but I would take recommendations for good mysteries, YA, essay/poetry collections, or, if they're very well-written, fantasy or sci-fi. Bonus points for evoking a strong sense of place that immediately makes me want to book a trip wherever the book is set. Note: I'm not good with animal death, so either steer clear of that or at least include a trigger warning. Thanks! --Sarah   2. Hello Book Riot! I work at a college, and like a lot of colleges, each year our school assigns a summer reading book for the first-year students. I am just curious what books you two would recommend. What book, fiction or nonfiction, would you want every new college student to read? Thanks! Love the podcast. --Mel   3. Hello Amanda and Jenn! I love your show and all of your recommendations. I have one that I don't think you've covered yet. Growing up, I've always loved Alice & all the other wonderful characters in Wonderland and now, more recently, Neil Gaiman's Coraline and her freaky little alternate reality. I feel similarly about Peter Pan and Neverland, though I didn't read those books (only watched the movies. Oops!) I think they all appeal to this childhood desire to find a secret room or portal (my most common nighttime dream) that is fun, exciting, colorful, magical, and adventurous. If I'm real, it also appeals to my desire to escape the stress and terror of the world. Do you have any recommendations for similar books? Thank you!! P.S. I have read Harry Potter, the Secret Garden, etc. and while I enjoyed these books, I'm looking for something a little different than these. I've thought about reading the Narnia series, but still don't think it's quite what I want. I think I'd prefer something with one main character, even if there is a strong supportive cast, and also something that is a quicker read. --Kristin   4. Hi Jenn and Amanda, I love the podcast and look forward to it every week. I feel like the last few books I've read have been stories to "get through." I enjoy them, but don't find myself savoring words for words alone. I also find that I haven't read much romance lately. Could you recommend something where the language is as decadent as chocolate and there might be some will they/won't they romantic speculation? Favorite books include The Sugar Queen, Jane Eyre, The Blue Sword, and A Tale for the Time-Being. Thank you! --Devin   5. I recently read and loved both Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton and Startup by Doree Shafrir, and this latest Uber scandal has got me interested in more behind-the-scenes tech company/startup books. I read Dave Eggers' The Circle when it first came out and thought it was just kind of okay (though it feels sacrilegious to me to criticize Dave Eggers) - I need some strong characters to really hook me into a story, though it doesn't matter if they're likable or not. I'm much less interested in the technology-is-world-changing angle than I am in the company culture angle. Fiction or nonfiction doesn't matter to me - I'm just looking for a juicy story. Thanks in advance! --Amy   6. I recently plowed my way through War and Peace and I loved it! However, I've realized that I know nothing about the Napoleonic Wars or Russian history. I prefer historical fiction but I wouldn't say no to some readable nonfiction either. Thanks! --Rachael   7.  I absolutely love Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I recently read Whistling Past the Graveyard which had a similar storyline. Can you recommend any other books similar with a child/preteen narrator, set in the south with difficult family life? Thanks in advance. Love the show! --Eboni   Books Discussed Jade City by Fonda Lee Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Malinda Lo on Recommended) The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee Infomocracy by Malka Older Reset by Ellen Pao The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Queen of the Night and Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas) Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (ALL THE TRIGGER WARNINGS EVER) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Nov 08 2017
47 mins
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Rank #10: Get Booked Ep. #31: Read Harder

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Amanda and Jenn recommend books for the Read Harder and other book challenges! This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month Club and Pinhole Press.
Jun 02 2016
1 hour
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Rank #11: 147: #147: Authors in a Trench Coat

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Sep 06 2018
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Rank #12: Get Booked Ep. 21: Less Stabby For Sure

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Amanda and Jenn recommend fairy tales for grown-ups, examinations of marriage (with rage-filled lady protagonists), and more on this week’s Get Booked.
Mar 24 2016
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #13: Get Booked Ep. #32: Heart Feels

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Amanda and Jenn recommend fun history books, fairytale retellings for adults, and more! This episode is sponsored by The Fireman by Joe Hill and Book Riot Live.
Jun 09 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #14: Get Booked Ep. #106: George Eliot, So Weird

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Amanda and Jenn discuss Civil War reads, diverse middle-grade books, reading slumps, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Weregirl & Chimera by C.D. Bell. Bookstore giveaway!   Questions 1. Dear Amanda and Jenn, I am a middle school English teacher and I have a student looking for a book recommendations. She has read To Kill a Mockingbird, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Giver, and Would You Reach Me and enjoyed them all. She seems to like books that tackle serious social issues as well as science fiction. Our school library is a little outdated and doesn't offer much in the way of books with diverse characters, so I'd like to direct her to something more current and with diverse characters. Thanks in advance. I love the podcast! --Rebecca   2. Hey Amanda and Jenn! I'm having baby #3 in December, and I'm looking for books to read on my e-reader during the middle-of-the-night feedings. I somehow missed this reading opportunity with my first baby, but with baby #2 a few years ago I read so much! Including at least one of Ruth Reichl's memoirs, Molly Wizenberg's Delancey and Homemade Life, but also a bit of romance, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and some other novels. I'm open to fiction, non-fiction, genre, etc. The main guidelines are: *fairly easy reads - no complex character lists and maps, and nothing too literary or high-minded. *conducive to reading in short bursts - easy to dip in and out of. Nothing so page-turner-y that I'll stay up even longer. Short chapters or frequent text breaks are a bonus, but not required. *nothing scary, dark, bloody, gory, etc... i.e. nothing where the jacket says (or could say) "chilling" or "haunting" *cozy and charming, but not cheesy *definitely no sick or dying kids/babies/children/moms, or disasters/apocalypses/tragedies *available as ebook (Kindle) So, what books can you suggest for me to read in the middle of the night as I nurse my new baby? --Betsy   3. I am looking for books about the Civil War for my father's 60th birthday. My mother is taking him on a trip to Gettysburg and I want to give him some books that will go along with his trip. He prefers non-fiction and has already read and enjoyed Killer Angels. I was going to get him a copy of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy - but was hoping that you might have some other great recommendations! Thank you! Love the podcast! --Erin   4. Hi, Next year I am starting a feminist book club called SFF Fems that will read Science Fiction and Fantasy books by female authors only, with an emphasis on marginalised and own voice authors. Do you have any recommendations that would fit this criteria and make for great discussion at a book club meeting? Thanks so much --Tori   5. I'm trying to find books for my eleven year old daughter Cathy to read, but I'm a bit stumped. She's a voracious reader, and well above a usual eleven year old's reading level (this, just to be clear, isn't me being some annoying mom who likes to talk about how special my daughter is. She just happens to be ahead in reading.). She's read and loved Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Percy Jackson novels. She just read my copy of the Mists of Avalon and now has an obsession with arthurian legend. She loves history, and knights, and all that fun stuff, but I'm having a bit of trouble finding books for her. She's been reading some adult books on her own, and I'm very lax about what she's allowed to read and watch (the evidence being that I gave her The Mists of Avalon), and am not concerned about things being "appropriate" for her. We have a very open relationship and she comes to me with questions, we discuss what she's read, and honestly we are a very liberal family. However I would like to find her some age appropriate books as well, because I think it's important for her to read about characters her age to relate to. Everything we've been looking for together either doesn't interest her, or she finds condescending. Any ideas? I think some historical fiction would be good, but I just don't know what to look for. Thanks! --Jenna   6. Hi guys! I love the podcast and I'm so glad you're doing the show weekly now, it's my Friday treat to listen to you on the bus. I am in such a reading slump at the moment and I'm really hoping you can help. I had such a good reading year last year but since January, nothing is clicking with me. Could you suggest some books for getting out of a slump? I'm open to any genre, except horror (because I'm a wimp). If it helps, some books that I loved in 2015 were Spinster by Kate Bolick, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, A Fair Fight by Anna Freeman and The Queen of the Tearling. --Cat   7. Hello there! Not sure if you have already answered a question similar to this, but I figured I'd go ahead and ask anyway. I am a huge fan of The Gilmore Girls, and I was wondering if you guys know of any books that give the same overall feeling as the show. The fast-paced language, the quirky characters and small town feeling, intelligent women, etc. I am open to any and all genres! Thanks in advance! --Raven   Books Discussed Wolf-speaker (Immortals #2) by Tamora Pierce Get in Trouble by Kelly Link Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil Tijuana Book of the Dead by Luis Alberto Urrea Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue (the review on Book Riot) The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond Take the Lead by Alexis Daria The Passing of the Armies by Joshua Chamberlain Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (rec’d by Ta-Nehisi Coates) The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon No Good Deed by Kara Connolly Seeds of America trilogy (Chains #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead 27 Hours by Tristina Wright Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Nov 14 2017
48 mins
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Rank #15: 128: #128: Nonfiction Galore

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Jenn is joined by Kim Ukura and Alice Burton, hosts of the For Real podcast, for a special nonfiction-themed episode!

This episode is sponsored by Rebound by Kwame Johnson and the Bruno Johnson Series by David Putnam.

Enter our mystery giveaway!

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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!

Best,

--Brianna

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!

--Rebecca

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.

Best,

--Rachael

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!

--Rayne

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!

--Noah

6. Hi-ya!

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!

Many thanks!!

--K

Books Discussed

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

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson

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

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell

The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee

The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People by Helen Zia

“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

Apr 19 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #16: Get Booked Ep. #103: 200 Year Old Spoilers

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Amanda and Jenn discuss '80s sci-fi, family drama, working class classics, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Libby from OverDrive and Penguin Random House Audio.   Questions   1. Hello! This year, I’ve really been interested in seasonal reading. I find this super easy during Halloween but as I prep my TBR pile for November and December, I’m coming up short. I typically read YA and am looking for holiday reads that are inclusive of traditions and people. It seems that the options are fairly small in this regard so I’d be happy with books that just set a cozy/winter scene but also feature diverse characters. Thank you! --Caitlin   2. Hello again ladies! My group, Geek Girls, is doing an all 80s theme in the month of November so we are hoping to pick a scifi or fantasy book from the 80s for the book club. Any suggestions? Only stipulation, they must be available on audio. Happy Halloween! -Jeanne   3. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I just booked my dream trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen! I really want to read something set in these cities, but everything seems to be a crime thriller (great, but not always) or about 120 years old and written by Serious Old Men. Can you please recommend something set in one of these cities that doesn't fall in one of those two camps? For reference, some of my favourites are Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, and The Great Gatsby. So, if you know of any fun Scandinavian family sagas, please help me!!! Thank you! --Olivia   4. Hi Get Booked! I am a non-binary person and can never find books featuring characters that share that aspect of my identity. I'm not interested in reading books *about* being non-binary, but I would like to read about non-binary characters doing other stuff! I'm open to most genres -- no horror or gory crime stuff please! I'm also not big on biography/memoir, though don't seem to mind it when in graphic novel form or when it reads like fiction. I also can't get through really dense, long books. Thank you! --Frances   5. Hello ladies! I love the podcast and have gotten many great recs for my TBR from you all. After the garbage fire that was the 2016 election, I am feeling the need to better inform myself on some key issues. One that I am particularly interested in is immigration. I have read The Book Of Unknown Americans and Americanah, both of which were life-changing reads. I would like to read some non-fiction on this subject, especially as it relates to American immigration policies. Thanks for all your great work. --Heidi   6. I just discovered your podcast and really enjoyed it, it's great getting all the recommendation, I've added a lot to my TBR pile. I'm looking for some books that are like the prime time soaps from the 80's like Dallas and Dynasty, focusing on family and full of intrigue. Thanks, --Melissa   7. Hi, I recently finished reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, which I loved. It made me realise how fed up I am with reading about the English gentry and aristocracy. I am also really bored with books set in London and the Home Counties. I live in a post-industrial town called Chesterfield and want to read about towns like mine and the people that lived in them. I am looking for relatively unknown classics (I have read most of the famous English classics) or historical fiction novels set in towns and cities in the North of England about ordinary, working class people. I am primarily looking for books set in the 18th and 19th centuries. Cheers. --Amy     Books Discussed Bookstore giveaway! bookriot.com/bookstoregiveaway Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich SPQR by Mary Beard Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins Alanna by Tamora Pierce Dawn by Octavia Butler Number the Stars by Lois Lowry My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz Uncovering Ray by Edie Danford Undocumented by Aviva Chomsky In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique The Family Hightower by Brian Francis Slattery The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot David Peace
Oct 25 2017
43 mins
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Rank #17: Get Booked Ep. #108: Holiday Show: Swiss Army Recommendations

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Amanda and Jenn give their "Swiss Army" recommendations for the holiday season in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by TarcherPerigee, publisher of Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy, and Penguin Random House Audio.   Books Discussed Jagganath by Karen Tidbeck Autumn by Ali Smith The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Poetsch Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies The Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole (An Extraordinary Union #1) The Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai (Hate To Want You & Wrong to Need You ) Nasty Women, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown The Summoner series by Taran Matharu (The Novice #1) Warcross by Marie Lu Jade City by Fonda Lee The Chimes by Anna Smaill Dot Journaling, Rachel Wilkerson Miller Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Nov 29 2017
52 mins
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Rank #18: 149: #149: Licking Wallpaper Paste

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Jenn and Liberty discuss cozy mysteries, books set in Malaysia, readalikes for Amélie and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

The show can also be found on Stitcher here.

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1. I really love the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, I love their feel. Maybe you could recommend something with a similar feel? Friendship and a great cast of characters, and not just action but also domestic things and hobbies and maybe some gentle humour.

I would also love to find a book with a badass character such as the main protagonist of the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie.

--Anna

2. Hello there! I have recently been picking up a few cozy mysteries and I'm finding that I really enjoy the idea of these murder mysteries where nothing truly terrible happens (aside from the murder). I was wondering though, do you have any recommendations for cozies that have younger protagonists? I picked up Death by Dumpling on Liberty's recommendation on her show, and really liked it! Bonus points if it's bookish!

tldr; cozy mysteries with protags in their 20s or so?

Thank you so much! I love the show!

--Ashleigh

3. Hello,

I am a photographer and will be traveling to Kuala Lumpur for a photo festival in October. I would love to find some good books based in Malaysia to read prior to and during my trip. I usually read fiction, but I love nonfiction as well; especially Bill Bryson-esque travel writing. I am not very picky about what I read, but would prefer something that isn't too much of a "love story". My favorites range from Harry Potter to The Martian to Fahrenheit 451, so fantasy/sci-fi/magical realism are definitely up my alley, but I love a good mystery or realistic drama also. I know Malaysia is a fairly small country, so I will also accept books based in Singapore, Thailand, or the other small Asian countries surrounding Malaysia, but Malaysia based books would be preferred.

Thank you!

--Sean

4. One of my favorite movies is Amélie. I was wondering if you two know of any similar books? I don't need or even necessarily want the book to have the same kind of plot, but I'm more interested in the atmospheric quirkiness that Amélie captures so perfectly. Bonus points of the books is in France because I'm a bit of a francophile, but location doesn't actually matter all that much to me.

Thanks!

--Anon

5. Hi, I'm a long time listener, first time question-asker. I regularly pause to download kindle samples or go ahead and buy the book :)

I am looking for chapter books/longer pictures books to read to my 3 year old son. (I am part way through listening to the early kid recommendation episode.) My husband read the Hobbit aloud and when Toby asked for a reread he essentially wanted the scenes where they were eating dinner (ie less scary things). We recently read and enjoyed the Mrs Noodlekugel series, we read the Thomas and Friends original books/stories, and we are currently in our Cars phase. (we have not yet read the Princess in Black series). I have the Wild Robot from the library but am thinking of pre-reading some to see if that's right. He has a decent attention span but after the Hobbit I want to make sure we're more level appropriate.

Thank you!

--Rhiannon

6. Hello Ladies!

Thank you so much for doing this podcast-l have read so many new books because of your recommendations.

I'm looking for new books for my husband. He's enjoyed The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, and various YA non-fiction titles like Red Bandana and books on Jack London. His reading time is limited so shorter books that aren't too dense would be ideal. He likes history, adventure, and booze. Any recs would be greatly appreciated.

If you have time, my son is 9 and will only read graphic novels. He loves Doug TenNapel and Dav Pilkey. Any other age appropriate authors we could binge read? He's read Amulet and Bone and enjoyed both.

Thank you so much for your time. I love your show and can't wait to hear what you come up with!

--Michelle

7. Hello,

I am looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, to learn more about the trans community and gender fluidity. I hope I'm not coming across as rude or offensive; I am just not trans or gender fluid myself, and so don't know much about either of these communities. Nonfiction explaining the science of the transition process or the ideas of gender would be great; I'd also be interested in a memoir of someone who has transitioned or experiences gender fluidity. I'm open for whatever fiction you'd suggest as well. Thanks!

--Becca

Books Discussed

How Long Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

All Systems Red (Murderbot #1) by Martha Wells

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

A Trifle Dead by Livia Day

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan (trigger warning: child abuse)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson (tw: suicidal ideation)

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Knights vs Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman

Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen by Jazz Jennings

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (trigger warning: child abuse)

Sep 20 2018
41 mins
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Rank #19: Get Booked Ep. 22: Middle-Aged Moss Scientists

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Amanda and Jenn recommend short stories on audiobook, poetry collections for beginners, and more on this week’s Get Booked.
This episode is sponsored by TryAudiobooks.com and Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam.
Mar 31 2016
56 mins
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Rank #20: 140: #140: Drinking Tea and Saying Rude Things Nicely

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Amanda and Jenn discuss fiction about the Azores, wine books, lighter reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Recommended and Book Riot Insiders.


Questions

1. Hello! My husband and I will be traveling to the Azores in September 2018 and I would love to get my hands on a “page turner” that takes place on one of the islands. I love historical fiction, murder mysteries, contemporary fiction, and non fiction (as long as it reads like a novel). I’m good with 300-500 pages but I like to keep things moving so over 500 seems like homework to me. No issues with triggers. I love your podcast and can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Thank you,

–Robin

2. I really want to get a book for a friend of mine before I leave town. I don’t know when I will see her next after I leave so I am anxious to get it right! I sneakily asked her about her favourite books and, after the usual “how could I ever choose”, this was her response:

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, Authors: Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss

I look forward to your response!!!!

–Kate

3. Hi there! Thank you for the show and all of your wonderful recommendations! I am hoping you can help me out with what might be a niche request – I would love to read something that includes an interracial, interfaith relationship or family. It does not need to be any specific race/ethnicity or faiths, but if it can include these two components, that would be great – either fiction or non-fiction is great. Thank you!

–Emma

4. Hi Ladies,

I’m looking for recs for my Mom. She’s a voracious mystery reader: she flies through books very quickly. I gave her Flavia de Luce after loving it (and hearing about it through you!) and she finished the series in about a week and asked me for more. I shared a recent episode with her where you recommended IQ, and she loved that as well: she read both of those, and we’re back at square one.

She’s read a lot of the huge names (full leather bound collection of Agatha Christies, loves Rex Stout and other classics, read all of the Costco-display level best sellers like Sue Grafton, JD Robb, Robert Galbraith, Janet Evanovich, Clive Cussler, etc)

Her other favorite series is the Dresden Files: I think she likes rogue type main characters who work alone and stories set in richly written worlds/cities. She likes more mystery than thriller, although she enjoys it when they intermix.

Thanks for all you do! I look forward to each Thursday (and now so does my Mom) 🙂

–Lauren

5. Hey Ladies! I love wine, but I’m much more of a connoisseur of quantity, not quality. A big fan of Cardbordeaux! I’d like to know more about wine and what makes wine “good.” Can you recommend any readable non-fiction (or fiction if it’s very informative) about wine that isn’t too pretentious?

–Bess

6. I was talking with my sister recently and she mentioned that I should read books that aren’t so dark and heavy. Having a bit of time to think about it, she is right and I need to lighten up my reading. Do you or your listeners have any ideas as to make my reading not so heavy? Some of the books that I have enjoyed are A Town Like Alice, Jane Eyre, Outlander, Burial Rites, Crime and Punishment, Alias Grace, To Kill A Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Tale of Two Cities, Station Eleven, A Discovery of Witches, the Harry Potter series, among others.

–Melissa

7. I recently read a book that totally blew my mind – I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid. It had such an effect on me that I immediately re read it .

I’m looking for similar books….unsettling, creepy and with an overwhelming sense of “something’s not right here” dread.

I already read Bird Box, Head Full Of Ghosts and House Of Leaves.

Please help this fellow book nerd. Thanks, and Stay awesome.

–Holly

Books Discussed

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Chi’s Sweet Adventure by Konami Kanata

Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin, translated Andrew Bromfield

Death at the Water’s Edge by Miriam Winthrop

The Stone Raft by Jose Saramago

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (tw: scenes of domestic violence/physical child abuse)

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Cork Dork by Biana Bosker

The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Witchmark by CL Polk

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Jul 19 2018
50 mins
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