Rank #1: 30.5 - Cozy Attempts
We attempt to make cozy fall reading recommendations, but we're not exactly the coziest gals. We talk about tea, a tweet, and several books that remind us of fall, as well as what we'll be reading for All Horror October (Awoooooo!). You can find all of our reading recommendations and what we will be reading for All Horror October (awoooooo!) on the website: www.thebookstorepodcast.com.
Our next book discussion will be Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. You can get it at a used bookstore, probably.
Sep 18 2018
Rank #2: 28 - Children of Blood and Bone
We read this year's YA sensation, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and... we've got some questions.
Next time we will be discussing Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami. Get it and read it and talk to us about it.
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Aug 14 2018
Rank #3: 42 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation
This one might be a little divisive. We read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh and talk about loving books with characters who are gross and mean.
This discussion will include topics related to sexual assault and drug addiction.
Our next book discussion will be Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Get it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #4: 42.5 - What We're Reading and Recommending
This week we're here to tell you about good books that we've recently read that you should read, too.
Next week we are discussing Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, so read it along with us!
Books mentioned: Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-up by John Carreyrou Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday The Summer Book by Tove Jansson Katalin Street by Magda Szabo
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Mar 06 2019
Rank #5: 16 - An American Marriage
We've got a spoiler free discussion and review of Tayari Jones's An American Marriage for our newest episode. It's a beautiful novel that changes every time we think about it. We picked this before Oprah announced it, so we'll be owning knowing that it was really good before anyone else, ok?
Our next discussion is going to be The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, so pick it up locally and read along with us.
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Feb 27 2018
Rank #6: 17 - The Perfect Nanny
Ripped right from the headlines, we've read and are discussing The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. If you're looking to read the book and some how have not had the very first line, or premise "spoiled," you might want to read the book first.
Will Corinne go to jail for missing jury duty? Will Becca ever order her contact lenses? Subscribe to find out!
Our next discussion is After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry. Find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us!
Mar 13 2018
Rank #7: 32 - The Haunting of Hill House
Sorry we're late, but here's the all new discussion of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House! How does it compare to other scary stories? Is it the first American Haunted House novel? Is it SCARY? What about the Mystery Spot? I didn't even make a joke about female orgasm and I said Mystery Spot like 15 times!!!
Our next discussion will be about The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. You can also read Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft to prepare, but be forewarned, it is hella racist.
Oct 10 2018
Rank #8: 36.5 - 2018 in Review: We Just Read More Books
It's that time of year again! Everyone's working on their best of lists and thinking about all of their reading accomplishments. It's basically an episode straight from high school: first we chat a little about some recent literary world scandals and internet gossip, and then we assign our book superlatives for 2018 readings. Let us know what your favorite books were! You can reach us through www.thebookstorepodcast.com.
Next time we will be discussing Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Get it and read along with us!
Dec 11 2018
Rank #9: 37 - Little Women
UPDATE 1/24/2019 - A listener reached out to us on twitter to ask why we believed Hannah Mullet to be black. As she, rightly pointed out, Hannah is Irish. Corinne clearly read the dialect Hannah speaks in incorrectly. It's been a good opportunity to re-examine biases and a reminder to read the text more closely. The episode remains unedited.
How does the oldest book we've ever read for the podcast hold up to the test of time and to the test of Becca's childhood memories? Find out this week as we talk about old timey dating rituals and when it's appropriate to drink wine and find out which March sister we are.
Our next read will be Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.
Dec 18 2018
Rank #10: 48.5 - The Best Beach Reads Are Whatever You Read On A Beach
Here's a little shorty for you guys. This week we're excited about books that are coming out this summer, including a number of full length books from some of our favorite journalists and critics at large. We're here to break the stigma about summer reads and prove that like a beach body being the body you have, but in a bikini, the best beach reads are whatever book you are reading on the beach.
Next week we will be discussing The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. Read along with us!
May 28 2019
Rank #11: 47.5 - Audiobooks, Like Podcasts But Longer and Different
By popular demand: we discuss audiobooks, what we like, what we don't and how to get them.
Next time we will be discussing The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang. Get it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
May 14 2019
Rank #12: 09 - Turtles All the Way Down
This week we have a very special guest: the guy who helps us produce this and also the guy who is married to Corinne, Josh Bourdon. We're discussing Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. And also John Green in general. And also mental illness, and being in high school, and other things tangential to the subject. But mostly Turtles All the Way Down. A reminder that this is a book club-like discussion and spoilers abound, if you're not looking for that, meet back up with us after you've read the book.
Our next book discussion is NK Jemisin's The Fifth Season. Find it at a library or your local independent bookstore and read along with us.
Nov 14 2017
Rank #13: 13 - Future Home of the Living God
Get prepared to hear us use our English degrees when we say "textual support" 1,000 times, friends. This week we discuss Louise Erdrich's misguided foray into the world of speculative fertility fiction with Future Home of the Living God. We gave it a go and did not get it! As always remember this is a book club like discussion: SPOILERS ABOUND.
Our next discussion will be about Thi Bui's 2017 graphic memoir The Best We Could Do. So go read it!
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Jan 16 2018
Rank #14: 20 - Swing Time
Well, Instagram voted and we read Swing Time by Zadie Smith. It was our first foray into her writing and probably not the best place to start. A paradoxical novel that somehow has a ton going on and nothing at all, we try to pull back the curtain in this week's discussion episode.
Next time we'll be reading Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya. And after that, I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
Apr 24 2018
Rank #15: 26 - Heart Berries
This week we discuss Terese Marie Mailhot's memoir Heart Berries. Listen to find out why it's unlike any memoir we've ever read.
A list of media related things we bring up: -Roxane Gay's Hunger-Native American memoirists Joy Harjo and Leslie Marmon Silko -Native American poet Natalie Diaz -Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche's TED Talk "The Danger of A Single Story" -Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special Nanette
Next time we'll be reading The Only Harmless Great Thing by Hannah Bolander.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #16: 55 - The Nickel Boys
We're coming at this later than usual due to some serious technical difficulties (ok, fine! Corinne managed to talk an entire episode into a mic that was not recording), but here we are at last with our discussion and review of Colson Whitehead's novel The Nickel Boys. Here be spoilers: we warn you before the big one, but if you're particularly sensitive, we suggest you read the book before listening.
Our next discussion will be The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Aug 31 2019
Rank #17: 22 - I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Today we discuss the wildly popular and relevant I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara. Some topics include: the interesting dilemma of publishing an unfinished manuscript posthumously, being self aware of true crime obsession, and how to be a better neighbor.
Our next book is I Am Thunder by Muhammed Khan.
May 22 2018
Rank #18: 44 - My Sister, the Serial Killer
We talk about a very fun and very quick read, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Also we have news! We just launched a Patreon and if you're interested in helping support the podcast you can check it out at www.patreon.com/thebookstore. We love you.
Our next read has us returning to our incest obsessed Queen of Bonkerstown when we read Heaven by V.C. Andrews.
Mar 26 2019
Rank #19: 49.5 - Authors Behaving Badly
There will be discussion of stuff that is not appropriate for children. And there will be brief mentions of eating disorders, just in case that's not for you.
We just can't turn down a scandal. This week what to do when you didn't fact check your book about Victorian history and how not to respond to a gracious yet negative review of your book. Also Corinne says a lot of things she never expected to say on the podcast.
Next week we will be reading and discussing Sula by Toni Morrison. You should absolutely buy it and read it along with us.
Jun 11 2019
Rank #20: 36 - There There
This time we read one of the most talked about books of the year, and one sure to be on lots of year end lists, as well as a contender for plenty of awards. Does There There by Tommy Orange stack up to the hype?
Next time we'll be chatting about Little Women, so brush off the copy you got for your birthday in 3rd grade and read along with us!
Dec 04 2018