Rank #1: Get Booked Ep. #101: Soothing And Creepy
Oct 11 2017
Rank #2: 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.
Here’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)
1. 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 trip
Summer books are good, I also like thriller and horror, weird for summer but oh well!
I like authors like Taylor Jenkins Reid
No YA if you can
2. 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?
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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!
6. 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.
7. 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
Confessions 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 Lark
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos (cw: nudity/prostitution)
No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Molly West Duffy
Ask A Manager by Alison Green (and the online columns!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (tw: torture, harm to children, gore)
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Lupe Vargas and Her Super Best Friend / Lupe Vargas y Su Super Mejor Amiga by Amy Costales, Alexandra Artigas
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, transl. by Ginny Tapley Takemori
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
About a Girl (Metamorphoses #3) by Sarah McCarry
Sep 19 2019
Rank #3: 162: #162: Resolution Reading
Amanda and Jenn discuss books to help with your New Year’s resolutions in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Pride by Ibi Ziboi
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Jan 03 2019
Rank #4: Get Booked Ep. #34: Possibly a Secret Genius
Jun 23 2016
Rank #5: Get Booked Ep. #37: 1930s Version of YOLO
Jul 13 2016
Rank #6: 129: #129: Somebody's Dead So That's Awkward
Apr 26 2018
Rank #7: 151: #151: Toxic Friendships, Maybe Wrapped Up in Murder
Amanda and Jenn discuss vacation reads for dads, toxic friendships, disabled characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.
Attack of the Giant Baby and Other Stories by Kit Reed
1. I've been trying of late to read more feminist literature and novels from female perspectives. It's been pretty easy to find literary fiction to read, but I'm interested in reading some science fiction and fantasy novels with a feminist slant. I haven't had much luck finding them unless they are YA novels (I've read a few but to be completely honest YA just doesn't do it for me). Any recommendations?
2. Hello Ladies!
I am hoping you can help me find a good book for my father to read on his well-deserved vacation at the beginning of December. He said he really wants to relax and so wants something light-hearted. I’ve realized that when I want a nice light-hearted read I normally reach for YA, which I have a hard time picturing him reading.
I was already thinking of suggesting Becky Chambers and Lincoln in the Bardo (I realize the latter isn’t necessarily light-hearted but it just seems so up his alley I couldn’t resist).
Some books I know he’s enjoyed in the past include Cutting for Stone, various books by Ken Follet, and A Walk In the Woods. Something humorous would probably be good.
Thank you for your help and your wonderful show! I look forward to it every week!
3. Jenn and Amanda -
I've been realizing over the past year that my closest friendship is with a toxic person and I need to cut ties. We've been friends since college, were in each other's weddings, and have become moms together so it's hard for me to walk away, even though I know it's what's best for my own growth and health. It's left me feeling very lonely so I'm looking for books to fill the lonely void and help me heal (as only books can do). I enjoy most character-driven fiction, as long as there is one likable character to root for, and memoirs that read like fiction (i.e. The Glass Castle).
Thanks so much!
4. Hi! I love your podcast, you guys are great! Like with many people, my family can be hard to shop for. Think you can help with my brother? Some of his favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Matthew Woodring Stover, and Caitlín R. Kiernan. He is also a stickler for facts--he likes fantasy/horror elements, but if there are incorrect facts about real things (especially about history and politics) he'll decide a book is rubbish even if it's otherwise a good book. This means shopping for him can be anxiety producing. Help!
5. Hey Jenn,
Please help--the love of my literary life is Sarah Addison Allen and I've read everything she's written (including the free shorts on Amazon) multiple times and I find myself needing more books that feel like getting a warm hug. There is something about the pacing and the combination of unique characters and circumstances (a grumpy apple tree? Awesome! Giants? Great! Wallpaper with moodswings? Love it!). I also love that while there are some problems and conflicts, they are not so dark as to overshadow the entire novel and while urgent in the moment, don't detract from that warm-hug feeling. The light touches of magic in otherwise realistic fiction are the thing that keeps me wanting more.
Note: please not Beatriz Williams or Alice Hoffman. They keep getting recommended via goodreads, amazon and NoveList and for the life of me, I just can't seem to connect to their characters.
Also, I know that you're backlogged, so if you'd rather answer in an email than on the show, that is absolutely fine--I will be grateful for your recommendations whenever and wherever you can provide them.
6. Hi! I've been dealing with an undiagnosed chronic illness that has left me housebound for some time now. Reading about other disabled people's experiences has been eye-opening and comforting in that I'm not alone, but many of the books I've read (So Lucky, Invisible, Sick) have been difficult to read because they've touched on a lot of raw wounds. I'd really like to read something more lighthearted, but still featuring disability/chronic illness as a major plot point. I'm open to any genre, but own voices only please! Thank you!
7. Just an FYI my name is pronounced Crystal.
I am an avid reader of many genres. I find it hard to find mystery novels that I enjoy. I have read all of the Maisie Dobbs series and am a true lover of Sherlock Holmes. I would like recommendations of mysteries with interesting characters that don't seem pulpish. I hope that makes sense. Time, place, location are not a consideration.
The Tangled Tree by David Quammen
The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
Daughters of the Storm (Blood & Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins
Shark Drunk by Morten A Stroksnes
So Anyway by John Cleese
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (TW: extreme violence of basically every imaginable kind)
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby (rec'd by Susie D)
Friend With Benefits Zone by Laura Brown
Romances with disabled heroines: https://frolic.media/heroines-with-disabilities-six-romance-recs/
Death Below Stairs by Jennifer AshleyJenn
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (TW: graphic harm to children)
Oct 04 2018
Rank #8: 150: #150: Really Interesting Nonsense
Amanda and Jenn discuss fall mood reading, books about friendship, horror short stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
1. Hi there!
I’m looking for books that hit the sweet spot towards fulfilling my reading challenges for this year.
I’m trying to read at least 75% female authors and at least 75% non-US/UK/Canadian (especially trying to add books from new countries).
Therefore, I’ve been reading a lot of women in translation and finding a lot of great books, but I’ve come to realize that the vast majority of what I’ve been reading are new books from the very late 20th or 21st centuries. So I’m really digging now for recommendations that touch each decade of the 20th century and/or earlier.
Do you have any ideas for books or authors?
Some good books from the last year or two I’ve loved were “Fever Dream” by Samantha Schweblin (Argentina), Han Kang’s books from South Korea, Ali Smith’s Autumn (not helping my goal :), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I love listening to the show and learning about new books to add to my ever-growing TBR pile. But this request is for my husband. He's lately just gotten back into reading science fiction and I would love to surprise him with a new book for his birthday. He loves science fiction that mixes hard science with a good story. His recent obsession has been the Three Body Trilogy by Cixin Liu; he is also a big Arthur C. Clarke fan. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
I sent in this question a while back but I don’t think it was answered yet, so I thought I’d re-submit.
I’m seeking some eerie, atmospheric books to read this fall and winter. Bonus points for books set in rainy, stormy, dreary places. My most recently read books that fall into this type of category are “Rebecca” and “And Then There Were None,” and “The Woman in Cabin 10.”
I’m open to books from all eras, as well as both YA and adult novels.
Thanks a lot! And I’m sorry if I might have missed this question on a recent show.
My best friend and I no longer live anywhere near each other and may not for many years to come. One way we have maintained our bond is through reading books together. We love contemporary literature especially focused on women's experiences. I am specifically looking for some lovely books about female friendship. As teens we both loved and deeply bonded over the sisterhood of the traveling pants series but I'm now looking for something more geared towards adults and maintaining friendship through the trials of adulthood, including perhaps long distance friendship.
5. Hi there! I'm looking for recommendations for my cousin who loves books that look at the world or history honestly, but still make her laugh. Her all-time favorites are The Sellout, The Good Lord Bird, A Confederacy of Dunces, and most recently Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
She keeps asking me for some absurdist satire like those books, except written by and centered on women. I know of no books that fit the bill, especially none that speak to a more diverse experience (i.e., NOT Confessions of a Shopaholic). She's an intellectual, funny woman of color currently living in Europe, and I'd love to send her a couple books to accompany her on her travels. Please help!
6. Recently I’ve gotten into manga and I’ve been really loving the books I’ve been picking up. I’m reading Fullmetal Alchemist at the moment and have become obsessed.
It’s made me realize however how little I’ve read in translation by Japanese authors, and was wondering if you two had any novel recommendations. I read pretty much anything in any genre, so long as it’s engaging and well written I’m happy. Also before you ask I have read some Murakami. He’s a great author, but I’ve had difficulty with how he writes women. Thanks ladies!
7. Hello! I love your show and all of your recommendations. I have just started reading short story collections and, since I am a fan of horror books, I wonder if y'all would know of any horror short story collections (that are not Stephen King, already have all of those!). Thank you!
The Tangled Tree by David Quammen
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy
Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector (1970s, Brazil), transl. Stefan Tobler
Angelica Gorodischer (Argentina), Kalpa Imperial, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Weathering by Lucy Wood
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
Severance by Ling Ma
The Merry Spinster by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (published under Mallory Ortberg)
Penance by Kanae Minato, transl by Philip Gabriel
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami, transl. by Allison Markin Powell (rec’d by Pierce Alquist)
North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
Fen by Daisy Johnson
Sep 27 2018
Rank #9: Get Booked Ep. #62: Everyone Gets Eaten By Velociraptors
Jan 04 2017
Rank #10: Get Booked Ep. #114: Festering Demonic Influences
Jan 16 2018
Rank #11: 146: #146: Southern Women Fight the Patriarchy
Amanda and Jenn discuss romantic comedies, books about strong women, non-murdery true crime, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
For Bess who wants full cast audiobooks: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo both have great full cast recordings and I think they would work well for someone who liked His Dark Materials.
For the same person, anything by Tamora Pierce. At least one of her books was specifically written for audio and at least some were done by the company Full Cast Audio, who frankly has a lot of good middle grade fantasy stuff.
I’m a huge fan of your podcast! I was hoping you could help me find some books to get me through a sort of stressful time. For the next two months I’m going to be working three jobs in two states - with 7 hours of travel each way when I switch states every week! I’m hoping to find some lighthearted yet well-written romantic comedies to help me de-stress during the long bus rides.
I am open to almost any genre, as long as it’s smartly written. I love Jane Austen (though not Austen retellings unless they involve zombies), Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Eleanor Oliphant, and This is Where I Leave You. Stardust is my favorite Neil Gaiman novel. I was less keen on Attachments and Eligible because they felt a bit heavy handed/cheesy.
It’s been tough to find the right balance of lighthearted without being too sugary, so I would love any suggestions!
2. Hello, ladies!
I'm looking for a book about strong women that has a specific flavor to it. I can't describe it exactly, but books that have that feeling that I've read are The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. I love books that focus on women's relationships with each other, bonus points if it's historical fiction. Thanks in advance!
My mother retired a couple of years ago, and has been using some of her newfound free time to read a lot more. I am one of her main sources of reading recommendations, and am wondering if there is some stuff out there that I am missing that she might love. My recommendations tend to mostly be SFF, historical fiction, and non-fiction, with some YA that usually overlaps with SFF or historical. She also reads mysteries, but I am not looking for recommendations in that genre at this time.
One of my main goals in my recommendations has been writer and character diversity: there are enough recommendation lists out there of books by straight white guys. We are also both white women, so I feel that it is important for us to educate ourselves on the stories and perspectives of people different from ourselves.
Now, I am going to give a lot of examples of books she has read, because I worry about getting a recommendation back of something she has read. Of the books I have recommended, she has loved The Night Circus, A Tale for the Time Being, The Queen of the Night, Bad Feminist/ Difficult Women, The Signature of All Things, Tears We Cannot Stop, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, and Homegoing. She has also really liked books by Nnedi Okorafor, Connie Willis, Donna Tartt, Ruta Sepetys, Elizabeth Wein, Kate Atkinson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Junot Diaz, Stacey Lee, Carlos Ruiz Zafron, and Ursula Le Guin, as well as You Can’t Touch My Hair, The Library at Mount Char, Never Let Me Go, Swing Time, Greenglass House, We Need New Names, Americanah, Lab Girl, Another Brooklyn, Garden of Evening Mists, and Kindred.
Books she just liked: Station Eleven, An Unnecessary Woman, Rise of the Rocket Girls, Everything Leads to You, Ninefox Gambit, Bone Witch, and Boy, Snow, Bird.
Books already on my suggestion list: Shrill, Radium Girls, I contain Multitudes, Behold The Dreamers, Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, The New Jim Crow, Men Explain things to me, Pachinko, Inferior: How Science got Women Wrong, The Cooking Gene, the Winged Histories, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, The Hate U Give, Infomocracy, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Uprooted, Speak by Louisa Hall, The Fifth Season, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, George by Alex Gino, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Too Like the Lightning, Electric Arches, Labyrinth Lost, N.K. Jemisin, Zen Cho, and Jesmyn Ward.
I would prefer backlist recommendations I may have missed, as I am pretty good at keeping up with new releases and determining if they seem interesting to either one or both of us.
4. Hi! I'm wanting to read more fantasy and sci fi books as they're two of my favorite genres even though I haven't read a ton of books from either. I grew up reading Harry Potter. I've recently read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, and mostly enjoyed them but I was very disappointed in the lack of female characters. I would love to read a fantasy or scifi book where several of the main characters are women, and that isn't graphically violent and doesn't include explicit sex scenes. I've read and enjoyed the first two books in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer (reading 3 now) and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. Thanks!!
5. Hi, I'm looking for an audiobook for the Dr. I work for. He and his family with children aging from 18 to 6 years of age travel by car often. I'm looking for an adventure even a true life adventure, that would capture the attention of the children as well as the adults without a lot of swearing as they are a religious family. I know it's last minute. Your help is much appreciated
6. I need a recommendation to fulfill the Read Harder Challenge #2, a book of true crime. So far a lot of what I'm finding is things about serial killers or school shootings and for various reasons, books about murders, shootings, extreme violence etc are too triggering for me to get into a this point in life. But surely there must be true crime books about other topics? If it were a movie, I'd think something like Oceans 11 or Catch Me if You Can. Books about abductions or kidnapping are okay as long as they aren't too grisly or graphic. Thanks in advance for your help!
7. Greetings, Jenn and Amanda! This is perhaps oddly specific, but I have recently realized that a premise I always love, whether in movie, TV, or books, is “unlikely group stranded together somewhere due to inclement weather.” I have always loved huge snowstorms and the resulting inability to go anywhere or do anything but hang out at home and read. I love seeing or reading about characters in a similar situation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a snowstorm that’s keeping the characters stranded, but that’s my favorite. I am open to any genre, but prefer romantic or other interesting interpersonal plot points to scary ones (i.e. group of people stranded by snowstorm deals with deranged killer on the loose).
I love your show and I thank you!
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (out Sept 25)
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela
Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz (TW: eating disorder)
The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis (rec’d by Jess)
The Big Bang Symphony by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Aug 30 2018
Rank #12: 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
Apr 19 2018
Rank #13: Get Booked Ep. #66: Environmentalism With Dragons
Jan 31 2017
Rank #14: Get Booked Ep. #38: A Lot of Ennui
Jul 19 2016
Rank #15: 168: #168: Are You Sure This is YA? A Lot of People Die
Amanda and guest Mya Nunnally discuss mermaid literature, engrossing audiobooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
1. I teach 9th grade Honors English in Texas and am looking for a title to add to my novel unit for the spring semester. I currently have my classes choose between The Book Thief, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Ender’s Game. Ultimately I would like to find a book that hits a different level of interest for 15-16 year-olds, and can provide insight into a social issues research project that will close our unit. Preferably a book that is relatively similar in length to the other titles.
Love your podcast and thanks in advance for your input,
2. I am looking for fiction for my wife, who is a huge fan of heist movies, soap opera-levels of drama, and sexually liberated female protagonists. She doesn’t read fiction for the most part, but her favorite media include Ocean’s 8, Ms. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and the Netflix show Cable Girls. Her academic specialization is refugee studies and the Middle East, so if there are any recommendations that take feature either, that would be fantastic. Thank you for your assistance in my overly narrow search.
3. A few years ago, I bought a copy of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, brought it home, and placed it on the bookshelf in my bedroom. Much to my surprise, when I was trying to go to sleep that night, I realized it glows. (By the way, this book made it off my TBR list in record time because the glowing cover made it really difficult to ignore!)
Maybe a year later, I came across Radioactive by Lauren Redniss, which is a visual biography of Marie and Pierre Curie. This book also glows.
Ever since then, I have been on the lookout for more books that glow, but have been unsuccessful. I had high hopes for The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, but much to my disappointment, it does not. Do you know of any books that fit the bill?
I know this may be difficult, so in lieu of a luminescent read, I would also accept a book in which the reading experience goes beyond just words on the page. I’m thinking something along the lines of the “Miss Peregrine” series by Ransom Riggs which was inspired by old photographs and includes those photographs in the print edition. Another example is Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan which encompasses multiple stories, including a fairytale. The fairytale pages are formatted differently than the rest of the book, music is woven throughout the book, and actual harmonica music is included at the beginning of each section. House of Leaves seems like it would work, but I’m a total scaredy cat and horror books are just not my thing.
I like most genres (except horror), but tend to gravitate towards fantasy, historical fiction, and science nonfiction.
Thanks for your help!
4. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I travel from NC to TN at least once a month and it’s eight hours both ways. I usually download an audiobook that’s either 8 hrs or a little more or 16 hrs so I can read one or two going to and from. I download from my Libby app to dull the boredom and lately, I’ve been listening to what seems like the same book over and over again. I recently listened to The Other Woman by Sandie Jones followed by The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (I know I was late to that one). I’m just really not digging this rut of sad female English main characters in abusive relationships because it makes for a depressing drive! I think Amanda was the one who said she only listens to nonfiction on audio, and I’m okay with that (recently also listened to Hidden Figures & I’ll Be Gone In The Dark on audio as well) but it would have to be super engaging. Basically I just want a fun audiobook that has the potential to make me laugh out loud. Other audiobooks included YA reads like The Hate U Give; The Fault in Our Stars; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; The Cruel Prince. DNFed Fates and Furies because I’m weird about audiobook narrator voices. I’m interested in some fantasy/sci-fi if possible. My latest pick for this weekend is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I’ll take Audible reads but will be sad because I’m a poor library science grad student.
5. Hi! I’m trying to find some books for my 8 year old who reads at a 5th grade level. Most books in her age range bore her and trying to find more advanced books is tricky as she IS 8 so sometimes the subject matter can get a bit dicey. She really loves fantasy (HUGE Harry Potter fan!). She has specifically asked for books that are really thick and will take her awhile to read. Series books are a plus as she loves to really immerse herself in these characters and worlds. Thanks for your help!
6. Hi! I’m looking for read-a-likes of some favorite books but by authors of color. I don’t have a specific genre in mind that I’m requesting, so here’s a list of some favorites to give a sense of what I like, and you can choose your own adventure: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier, the Lady Astronaut series by Mary Robinette Kowal, and the Murderbot series by Martha Wells.
7. Hi, I’m sure you’ve gotten questions about mermaid books before, but I’m hoping specifically for recommendations that are not YA but more literary with mermaid themes. I’ve loved books like Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, or Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I’m a huge fan of Hoffman’s writing style even though (spoiler alert!) there was no real mermaid in the novel. I don’t necessarily need a romance element to enjoy the story, but it seems like all that’s out there is teen romance YA which is just not quite what I’m craving. If you have any recommendations at all for a richer, possibly mysterious read, I’d love to hear about it!! Thank you so much
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Zero Sum Game by S.L Huang
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren (TW abuse of children and animals)
The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Feb 14 2019
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May 19 2016
Rank #18: 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.
Maid by Stephanie Land (rec'd by Jessica from Insiders)
Eat Yourself Calm by Gill Paul (rec'd by Morgan)
1. 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!
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.
Under 12 hours
No graphic sex scenes
Light to no cursing
Thank you for your podcast!!
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.
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!
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!
6. 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.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
VE 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 Howrey
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Pandemic by Sonia Shah
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Sabriel by Garth Nix
100 Books with Cats post
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Flavia 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)
Jan 31 2019
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Nov 30 2016
Rank #20: Get Booked Ep. #60: Deep Thoughts With Ron Swanson
Dec 13 2016