Rank #1: #259: The Third Way
This week, Jeff and Rebecca wrestle with #metoo accusations against Junot Diaz, process the news that there will be no 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, acknowledge that Amazon doing a kids books subscription service is probably smart, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: The Nocturnal Meetings of Misplaced by R.J Garcia StoryWorth The Black Witch by Laurie Forest Links discussed in this episode: Annotated Episode #10: The Original Gone Girl Follow-up: Nobel Prize in lit canceled b/c of #metoo Publishers adding morality clauses to contracts in wake of #metoo Junot Diaz accused of #metoo misconduct Amazon’s new kids book subscription
Rank #2: #271: Pop a Squat Randomly
Rank #3: #266: Born in the Hot Seat
This week, Rebecca and special guest co-host Josh Christie discuss bookstores offering Airbnb rentals, Barack Obama's recent reading list, the ongoing audiobook boom, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff The Great Courses Plus Links discussed: Josh's bookstore Print in Portland, ME Georgia bookstore to welcome guests overnight BookBar/BookBeds in Denver, CO Barack Obama's recent reading list Audiobooks generated $2.8 billion in 2017 Study shows emotional responses to audiobooks are stronger than those to movies
Rank #4: Muppet Arm Confetti Cannon
Rank #5: #3: The Gandalf of Poetry
Jeff and Rebecca talk about finishing Dan Brown's Inferno, along with discussions Stephen King's new print-only novel, Amazon's foray into fan-fiction, turning unproduced movies into books, a hypothetical app to see what the people around you are reading, and the vagaries of airplane reading. This week's episode is sponsored by Nolet's Silver Dry Gin and Start Here, Volume 2.
Rank #6: #235: I Think I Hate This
In this episode, Jeff and Rebecca mull Barnes & Noble's new concept stores opening, Pokemon go but for Harry Potter, a new entrant in the US bookstore market, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Renegades by Marissa Meyer The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie OwlCrate Links discussed in this episode: Amazon best books of the year Indigo plans to enter US market LORD OF THE RINGS series at amazon? Harry Potter AR game coming from makers of Pokemon Go And all 8 HP movies coming to HBO in January New Barnes & Noble concept store w/ restaurant opens in Plano, TX
Rank #7: #260: 12 Angry Meta-Men
In this episode, Jeff and Rebecca follow-up about Junot Diaz and the TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD trial, go over 2017 publishing sales statistics, and blessedly find a hero of the week. This episode is sponsored by: The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker The Black Witch by Laurie Forest Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein
Rank #8: #9: Bad Job, Old Dudes
Jeff and Rebecca talk about which countries read the most, Jonathan Franzen's letter to The New York Times, lit snobs, film adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath and The Giver, E.B. White's candy getaway, and new books worth looking into. This episode is sponsored by Fire Knife Dancing by John Enright and Audible.com.
Rank #9: #7: You're in the Danger Zone
Jeff and Rebecca talk about a fashion shoot depicting the suicides of some famous women writers, most hated books, new German DRM, new books, and George Orwell the prankster. This week's episode is sponsored by The Diabolist by Layton Green and Audible.com.
Rank #10: #276: Unexpectedly Juicy
Jeff and Rebecca talk about juicy drama at Barnes & Noble, The New Academy shortlist, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Google Play Nobody Real by Steven Camden Read Harder Book Long Sadie by Courtney Summers Links discussed in this episode: Take our reader/listener survey Barnes & Noble drama! Former CEO sues for defamation and reveals a deal to sell the company fell through in June And B & N responds Finalists announced for the New Academy Prize in Literature (alternate Nobel) The Toronto Public Library has a bedtime story hotline
Rank #11: A New Meridian
This week, Jeff and Rebecca begrudgingly discuss the Harper Lee estate, imagine terrifying robot booksellers, express adaptation fatigue, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon Links discussed in this episode: Follow-up: Little Fires Everywhere goes to Hulu Alexie declines Carnegie Medal Harper Lee’s estate sues over Broadway version of Mockingbird Stats! Nearly 1 in 5 American now listen to audiobooks Bookstore staffed with robots to open in Beijing
Rank #12: Sticking it to the Man
This week, Jeff and Jenn talk about a strange snag in Circe pricing and #metoo related turmoil at the Nobel. This episode is sponsored by: Book Riot Insiders Links discussed in this episode: Will & Grace showrunner donates a whole bunch of Marlon Bundo books #metoo comes to the Nobel Prize
Rank #13: #261: Therapy for Immortals
This week, Jeff and Rebecca stay on the #metoo in publishing trail, discuss the rumors about the direction of Amazon's LORD OF THE RINGS series, mark the passing of Tom Wolfe, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo Penguin Random House Audio for Book Clubs Links discussed in this podcast: Follow-up: Junot Diaz quits as Pulitzer chair Follow-up on firing of AWP exec director RIP Tom Wolfe Waterstone's Accused of Pledge Not to Take on Independents Amazon’s new LOTR series to focus on young Aragorn
Rank #14: #254: Killing Goliath with the Tipping Point
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk season 2 of Annotated, the difficulty of doing personalized book recommendations at scale, the on-going concern about Amazon buy buttons, The New York Times coverage of #metoo in publishing, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: The Vestigial Heart by Carme Torras Instaread Links discussed in this episode: Annotated Season 2! NYT covers publishing’s response to sexual harassment Follow-up: Publishers urged to monitor Amazon buy buttons New Barnes & Noble app intended to make finding your next read less overwhelming
Rank #15: #16: Climax at the Climax
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about Elmore Leonard and Albert Murray, Barnes and Noble's Nook reversal, the largest publishers in the world, high school reading lists through the years, and new ways to experience...well you'll just have to listen. This week's episode is sponsored by Panorama City by Antoine Wilson.
Rank #16: #253: Gay Bunnies and Ingenuity
This week, Rebecca and Jenn discuss the rescinding of awards, diversity in romance, books about Marlon Bundo, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Force of Nature by Jane Harper Disarmed by Izzy Ezagui Educated by Tara Westover Links discussed in this episode: Follow-up: American Indian Literature Association rescinds Alexie’s 2008 Book of the Year Award Follow-up: The Paris Review seeks woman editor AWP dismisses executive director of more than 20 years Romance so white? John Oliver’s Mike Pence-trolling Bunny Book Steals #1 Spot from Comey Don Quixote helps uncensor a book
Rank #17: #304: Narrative Fissure
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk a major change to Amazon's pricing policy, an obvious but nonetheless interesting comment from George RR Martin, a library robot, the power and responsibility of tech platforms, and much more.
Rank #18: #238: 2017 Holiday Recommendation Show, Part 2
Jeff and Rebecca wrap up their 2017 Holiday recommendations. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks.com Reckless: The Petrified Flesh by Cornelia Funke Books recommended in this episode: Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas From the Hips by Rebecca Odes Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes Joy On Demand The Uterus is a Feature, not a Bug by Sarah Lacy The Startup Way by Eric Ries Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell Beloved by Toni Morrison Hunger by Roxane gay Night Comes to the Cumberlands by Henry Caudil An Untamed State by Roxane Gay Ramp Hollow by Steven Stoll You Had Me at Woof Afterglow by Eileen Myles Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozah Dumas The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser Alive Life of Pi by Yann Martel The Martian by Andy Weir The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling Complications by Atul Gawande You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond The White Swan Express: a story about adoption by Jean Davies Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng The Turner House by Angela Flourney Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
Rank #19: #217: Boundless Theories
This week, Rebecca and guest co-host Jenn discuss new standards for ebook accessibility, the men's rights activists who took on a feminist bookstore, and more. This episode sponsored by: The Cameron Brothers by Angelin Sydney Penguin Random House Audio Links discussed on the show: Follow-up: TSA cancelling pilot of screening procedure requiring passengers to remove books from carry-ons New standards for ebook accessibility MRAs take on a feminist bookstore and lose EarlyWord creates diversity catalogs HarperCollins diversity catalog Ingram diversity catalog Macmillan diversity catalog Norton diversity catalog PRH diversity catalog Humble Bundle's brag-worthy stats Game of Thrones episodes could be feature-length JRR Tolkien estate & Warner Brothers settle over LoTR slot games
Rank #20: #278: Finally, Gravitas
This week, Jeff and Rebecca mull Barnes & Noble's current "plan," show their ignorance of the bookselling landscape in the United Kingdom, marvel at the sales figures of Bob Woodward's Fear, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: The Great American Read Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton Links discussed in this episode: Book Riot's TBR For some reason, Barnes & Noble sees better times ahead Waterstones buys Foyles Strong start for Woodward’s FEAR Customer wins bookstore in raffle Owners of Ripped Bodice bookstore sign overall deal with Sony Pictures TV Data! Study of NYT’s “By the Book” column shows male writers are FOUR TIMES more likely to recommend books by men