February 20, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss long distance romances, read-alikes for Tamora Pierce, punny titles, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
February 17, 2020
This week on The Handsell, find out why Amanda thinks you should read Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble.
February 13, 2020
Amanda and Jenn are joined by Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop of the Fated Mates podcast in this romance special episode!
February 10, 2020
This week on The Handsell, Jenn recommends The Longshot by Katie Kitamura.
February 6, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about life after divorce, YA read-alouds, queer science fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
February 3, 2020
Amanda recommends Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper.
January 30, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss heroines in high fantasy, nonbinary reads, Swedish fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 23, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about mother-daughter relationships, climate change primers, engaging audiobooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 16, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss alternate history novels, more murder, culturally diverse romance, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 9, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss dark and twisty murder mysteries, books about the Vietnam War, literary women, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 2, 2020
Amanda and Jenn discuss their resolution reads for 2020, including getting outside more, forming or breaking habits, dealing with social media, and more.
December 19, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss Spanish history, mythology retellings, and more holiday recs in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
December 12, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss magical seamstresses, feminist weddings, foodie fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
December 5, 2019
Jenn and guest Louise Johnson discuss unconventional heroines, cozy Hanukkah stories, children’s books about tolerance, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
November 21, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss what to read after Where The Crawdad Sings, time travel fiction, challenging reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
November 14, 2019
Amanda and Jenn give book recommendations for holiday gift-giving.
November 7, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about female sociopaths, horror, romance picks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
October 31, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about ghosts, secret societies, folklore, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
October 24, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss lady scientists, teen superheroes, books on racism, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
October 17, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss poetry, dinosaur books for grown-ups, Roman historical fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
October 10, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss more Halloween reads, asexual representation, solo female travelers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
October 3, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss gothic reads, motherhood memoirs, fun sci-fi, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
September 30, 2019
In this special bonus episode, Amanda and Jenn recommend some of their favorite books that are otherwise impossible to recommend.
September 26, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss action heroines, bonkers plotlines, police procedurals, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
September 19, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss queer reads, graphic novels, management advice, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
September 12, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss spooky reads, books for teens, big city stories, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
September 5, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss fascinating nonfiction, plane reads, pioneer adventures, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
August 29, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss divorce reads, Latinx fiction, writing advice, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
August 22, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss dark fiction, humorous SF/F, women breaking down barriers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
August 15, 2019
Amanda and Vanessa discuss Italian comics, paranormal smut, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
August 8, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss political nonfiction, twin stories, nonbinary reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
August 1, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss chapter books about girls, thrillers, undersea stories, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
July 25, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss travel reads, super creepy books, mysteries, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
July 18, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss distracting reads, international parenting advice, Austen read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
July 11, 2019
Jenn and Kelly discuss camping reads, transhumanist SF, healthy cookbooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
June 27, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss audiobooks for the whole family, high-stakes sci-fi, experimental fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
June 20, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss Norwegian authors, multigenerational family novels, thrillers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
June 13, 2019
Amanda and Jenn do another round of nonfiction questions this week on Get Booked.
June 6, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss PNW stories, YA-friendly non-fiction, spare prose and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
May 30, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss comps for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
May 23, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss funny book club picks, audiobooks in translation, historical fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
May 16, 2019
Amanda and Sharifah discuss heartbreaking YA, real-life heist reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
May 9, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss funny audiobooks, Marvel reads, monsters, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
May 2, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss horror westerns, adventure novels, books in translation, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
April 25, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss series, Raven Cycle read-alikes, funny reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
April 18, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss queer protagonists, science reads by women of color, inspiring reads and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
April 11, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss short story collections, quirky mysteries, picture books, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
April 4, 2019
Jenn and guest Kelly Jensen discuss reads about anxiety, foodie books, Disney read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
March 28, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss reading for stress-relief, sciencey novels, books set in Belgium, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
March 21, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss the Scottish Highlands, books for introverts, Rent read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
March 14, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss travel and adventure stories, Romeo + Juliet read-alikes, books in translation, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
March 7, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss non-Eurocentric world history, diverse read-alikes for Vonnegut and Hemingway, and beginners romance in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
February 28, 2019
Amanda and Emily Martin discuss meal-worthy book club picks, Fifth Element-ish science fiction, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Audible , The Dysasters, and Devil's Daughter. Visit for more info about TBR! Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.   Questions   1. A group of local women just started a new book club and the idea is that each month the host will pick a book and they’ll also select a recipe to make that goes with the theme of the book and the other members will bring complimentary sides and of course wine. When it’s my turn to pick a title I want to pick a book that would be fun but also easy to find a main dish to pair with it. It would be great if the book could have a lot of good in it. Please nothing violent, dark or steamy. Thanks! -Sarah   2. Hello! Long time listener and lover of your show and bookriot! My friend is getting to reading and she asked if I knew any good books about sharks. She throws a huge shark week party. she's wants her book club pick in June to be in theme. Nonfiction and fiction are both welcome. Thank you! -Purplehairedbooknerd   3. My best friend is getting her PhD in climate science and generally has her head buried in academic journals. However, she has a soft spot for Harry Styles and really likes books about famous musicians/actors/princes meeting and falling in love with "normal" girls. She's read Public Relations (loved it), Backstage Pass (not so much), and The Unidentified Redhead series (liked them). Do you have any other recommendations for her birthday? Julie   4. I love the movie The Fifth Element and I'd love to read books with that same feel. I read over 100 books a year from all genres so I would be really interested to see if you pick something completely new to me. If you want to see what else I've read I'm Shelbycat on goodreads. Thank you! -Sarah   5. I love your show. I listen to all the current episodes and am going through the episodes I missed before I found it. My request is for a book telling the exact same story but from different points of view, so that everything you thought changes. I have read Gone Girl and The Summer House, but any other ones you can come up with would be great!! Thanks! Cindi   6. The past year I’ve been dealing with a bad relapse of my depression and I’ve tried reading a lot of self-help, inspirational, and soul searching books but my problem is that so many of them are TOO happy for me that I can’t relate enough. I did really love Hyperbole and a Half but I would like something a little deeper. Like a grumpy cat person living their best life just making it through. -Stephanie   7. I am starting an audiobook club at the library I work at and need some help planning out what to read the first year. I want of mix of fiction (mystery, SFF, thriller, etc.), non-fiction, adult, YA, and even Juvenile, but with a focus on characters and authors that are LGBTQ+, #ownvoices, or POC. Oh, and nothing longer than 8 hrs, please (I'm afraid I'll scare them away if I do anything longer at first). Thanks for always recommending amazing books on the podcast! Best Elizabeth   Books Discussed Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Meg by Steve Alten Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole The Selection by Kiera Cass The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
February 21, 2019
Jenn and guest Sarah Davis discuss book club picks, dancers, capital punishment, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
February 14, 2019
Amanda and guest Mya Nunnally discuss mermaid literature, engrossing audiobooks, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
February 7, 2019
Jenn and guest Christina Orlando discuss novels in verse, Hannibal read-alikes, fiction about Lyon, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 31, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss cozy reads, morally complicated characters, small-town stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
January 24, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss good “relationship reads,” Asian authors, classic retellings, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 17, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss business books, Puerto Rican reads, Vonnegut read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 10, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss LGBTQ comics, books about camping, motherhood, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
January 3, 2019
Amanda and Jenn discuss books to help with your New Year’s resolutions in this week’s episode of Get Booked.
December 20, 2018
Amanda and Rebecca discuss Westerns, nonfiction, friend stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
December 13, 2018
Amanda and Jenn give more holiday recs and discuss some wintery reads in this week's episode of Get Booked.
December 6, 2018
Amanda and Jenn give more holiday gift recommendations in this week's episode of Get Booked.
November 29, 2018
Amanda and Jenn answer holiday gift requests in this week's episode of Get Booked!
November 15, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss Australian historical fiction, psychopaths, comedic murder mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
November 8, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about the arts, kid-friendly audiobooks, Victorian-esque reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
November 1, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss books about books, houses as characters, female travelers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Knitter's Dictionary, and Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   Feedback The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor   Questions   1. I like books about books so much that I have a whole shelf on my good reads called books about books about books. I look forward to reading your recommendations for it but I wanted to put my hat in the ring. So in that vein: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Eyre Affair (and really the whole Thursday Next Series) Mister Pip If on a Winters Night a Traveler Cloud Atlas Love the podcast! Best, Miranda   2. Dear Jen and Amanda, I wrote to you a few months ago for book recs to help with my recent break up and boy did you deliver the goods! You helped me out of a sad time and reading slump, and made me push through. I've decided to go travelling through Europe alone (but armed with my kindle) and would love some recommendations on solo travel from a female perspective/women taking over the universe/generally fierce women to accompany me through my travels. Thanks for being two bad ass women and keeping me company throughout my tumultuous but exciting year. Love, Ron   3. Hi Ladies, I love it when houses are characters in books. Some personal favorites are Jane Eyre, du Maurier's Rebecca and The Likeness by Tana French. I've also loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson as well as The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Could you recommend some great books that feature houses as characters? Happy to read any genre. Bonus points if it's haunted! Best, Kristi   4. Hi! I am getting ready to travel to Antarctica in early November and would love some recommendations for books to read either before I go or while I'm there. I've read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple and am about to start "Endurance" by Alfred Lansing. I like to go into an adventure with a good historical and scientific background, so I'm open to pretty much anything (fiction or non-fiction) that will get me excited for what I'm about to see and experience! Thank you! Sydney   5. Hi! Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) has me wanting to tap into my Mexican-American roots. I want to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. Especially in this political climate that tries to vilify these communities. Can you recommend any nonfiction about Central and South America to tap into the complex history and culture. Bonus points if available on audio.
October 25, 2018
Amanda and Jenn give their picks for Stephen King read-alikes in this week's episode of Get Booked.
October 18, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss books set in New Mexico, horror with cars, political machinations, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.
October 11, 2018
Jenn and guest Vanessa Diaz discuss Portuguese novels, ghost stories, unreliable narrators, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell and Flight or Fright, edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent.   Questions:   1. Hello Amanda and Jenn, This month, after a harrowing vacation planning session wherein I blindly threw a dart at a map, I booked a flight to Portugal. Shortly, after booking my ticket, I realized I really don't know much about the country and its literature. Can you help me find something to read that's either set in Portugal or by a Portuguese author before my trip? I've read a number of books about Spain and books by Spanish authors, so I'd prefer to avoid overlap. Although I'm open to non-fiction, I would prefer a fiction recommendation. I read almost every genre within fiction, but I tend to avoid YA and romance. To give you a general feel for my taste in books, some of my all-time favourites books are: -A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara, -The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, -Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and -Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Many thanks, --Rebecca   2. Hi Amanda and Jenn, First I want to say I love your show and I read a lot of your recommendations. So I absolutely loved I Am Pilgrim and need some more books like it. I love books that have multiple plot lines that converge in the end. Please help me find some more books to put on my shelf. I will read anything except Romance. I prefer mystery and historical fiction. By the way if this finds its way on the show that would be great. Thanks --Brittney   3. Hi Guys! I’m looking for a book recs for good horror novels that involve ghosts. I’m a huge horror movie fan and particularly love ghost stories & found footage movies. In reading, however, I’ve stuck mostly with Urban & High Fantasy novels. I’m looking to expand my taste a bit this year and have also found that I’m running out of horror movies to watch. I’ve attempted a few Stephen King novels including “It" but have a hard time digesting the homophobia within towns make up. I understand where the novel comes from and usually don’t have a problem with being faced with the uglier side of humanity. However, because of that particular form of ugly, I’m extremely tentative when it comes to horror books. Can you recommend some horror novels centered around hauntings & ghost stories? Bonus if they include LGBT characters — particularly gay or lesbian couples. Thank you for your time, --Oddy   4. I am going through a difficult breakup and am finding escaping into reading a healthy way to deal with my feelings. I recently read The Night Circus for the first time and found it was a great book for me right now not necessarily because of the genre but because of the immersive environment the author creates and because the ending is generally happy. I started reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell hoping it would provide a similar imaginative environment but I'm finding the beginning a little slow. I am open to any genre of book as long as it is immersive and not depressing. Thank you for your help! --Lauren   5. Hi, I love your podcast, and I'm so happy it comes out every week now! I was wondering if you can help me find more books with an unreliable narrator. I have read Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, Await Your Reply, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. I particularly enjoy books when you don't actually know if the narrator is unreliable or not until you get into it as opposed to Mr Ripley where I knew from the start. Thanks! I await your reply. ;-) --Kaci   6. Books with borderline characters or any type of mental illness? --Sad reader   7. Hi gang, Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!!!!! My name is Agustin I´m looking for recommendations for books about libraries and or books or in which these elements are important to the plot.......... quite specific, sorry :( but i´m hooked and I crave these kinds of books!!!! Basically I´ve read: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins ALL THE NAMES by Jose Saramago THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Ecco (awesome!!) MR. PENUMBRA´S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafón And I don´t know about any other books along these lines. Never miss an episode! help me get booked, you are my only hope!!! :P love, --Agustin!   Books Discussed: Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak, art by Takeshi Miyazawa Improvement by Joan Silber Everything's Trash, But It's Ok by Phoebe Robinson Blindness by Jose Saramago (tw: sexual assault, violence, rape) The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (tw: racial violence, rape, harm to children) Affinity by Sarah Waters (tw: mention of suicide) The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall Borderline by Mishell Baker (tw: self harm, suicide) (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen Long Division by Kiese Laymon The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
October 4, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss vacation reads for dads, toxic friendships, disabled characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by TBR, A Nice Day for a Cowboy Wedding by Nicole Helm, and Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   Feedback Attack of the Giant Baby and Other Stories by Kit Reed The Best of Robert Bloch Richard Matheson   Questions   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? Thanks! --Genevive   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! --April   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! --Kate   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! --Anxious Sister   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. Thanks!! --Abbey   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! --Rachel   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.   Books Discussed 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 Swords & Spaceships newsletter and Goodreads shelf 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: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer AshleyJenn Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (TW: graphic harm to children)
September 27, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss fall mood reading, books about friendship, horror short stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by the GCP Clubcar and The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas.   Questions   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. Thanks :) --Patrik   2. Hello, 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! --Lee   3. Hello! 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. --Katie   4. Hello, 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. Thank you! --Rhiannon   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! --CoCo   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! --Anonymous   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! --Aldo   Books Discussed 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 Daniel H Wilson (Robopocalypse or Guardian Angels and Other Monsters) 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
September 20, 2018
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.   Questions   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)
September 13, 2018
Amanda and Alice talk nonfiction about the Civil Rights movement, memoirs of interesting people, and more in this week's (all nonfiction!) episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot's TBR, Nobody Real, and LibraryReads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   Feedback None this week! Questions   1. TL/DR: Looking for book recommendations for my mom. Any good nonfiction about civil war/reconstruction/Jim Crow-era? Longer story: This weekend during a visit with my parents, it became very evident that my mom (aged 69) has some cringe-worthy misconceptions about the origins of the Civil War ("It wasn't about slavery"), the relationships between slaves and slaveowners ("Many slaves loved for their masters"), and doesn't have an understanding of how current cycles of poverty can be traced back to how black Americans were treated after the Civil War. My father and I tried to help, but she's resistant to most things my dad says. I gave her my copy of Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States, but she actually asked (a win!) for books that could help her understand the plight of freed slaves after the Civil War. Can you help? TIA for any all assistance in updating my mom's education! Sincerely, Bevin 2. Your WWII suggestion, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, got me thinking about my own family history (though hopefully nothing so awful would come up). More than my own family history, I am interested in learning more about the places my ancestors are from, especially Germany (before the World Wars), the Phillippines, and Hawaii before it was a state. Historical fiction or non-fiction recs are both great, in any format. Thanks! -Kristin   3. I'm really interested in hiking and travel books. I've already read the current big two books: Wild and A Walk in the Woods, but I want to read more books like those, either fiction or non-fiction. Also road trip books would be good too. Thanks! Lily   4. I first read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil a few years ago, and although I have read and loved so many books since, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil still stands out as one of those books that completely captivated me. There were many things to love about it, but I especially loved how it made me feel completely immersed in the location, and how it allowed me to indulge in the idea that it was a mysterious and almost unreal place. I would love suggestions for either non-fiction or fiction that would give me that same feeling about a real-life location. Any ideas? Thanks! -Janine   5.  I'm looking for fiction and non-fiction epistolary novel recommendations. As a kid I absolutely loved the Dear America Series, but I'm having hard time YA or Adult books in that genre. Dangerous Liaisons and Dracula weren't my cup of tea. I enjoyed The Diary of Anne Frank, The Color Purple, Dear Thief, and I, Vampire. Thanks Olivia   6. I am not a huge reader, but I've been trying to read more non-fiction and recently read "an astronaut's guide to life" by chris hadfield. And it's basically about his personal journey that brought him to becoming an astronaut. More than anything I found this book really Inspiring and Motivating. I tried to look for more "motivating" books but all I found were self help and this is NOT what I want. I would really like to read more books like Hadfield's, about interesting people who have really great successful careers but also had to put in a lot of work to get there and who have interesting outlooks/attitudes on life. THIS is what really motivated me after reading Hadfield's book. Books written by women is also a big plus. Thank you so much for all your wonderful work. Violet   7. I've long been a huge fan of audiobooks but never thought non-fiction was in my wheelhouse. After being introduced to podcasts (like Get Booked!) - to my great surprise, I've discovered that I love listening to non-fiction selections. The catch is that the book needs to be as engaging as a podcast. Examples of recent audio books I've enjoyed as audiobooks are American Fire and Killer of the Flower Moon. I also love books with buzz. What recommendations can you share? -Lisa   Books Discussed Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray History of the Philippines by Luis Francia Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie, James Kirkup (translator) The Ridiculous Race: 26,000 Miles, 2 Guides, 1 Globe, No Airplanes by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs Make Trouble by Cecile Richards Happy Accidents: A Memoir by Jane Lynch Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman
August 30, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss romantic comedies, books about strong women, non-murdery true crime, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Sadie by Courtney Summers, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and Chica Chocolate.   Feedback 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. --Insider Sibyl 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. --Insider Alanna   Questions   1. Hello! 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! Thanks! --Andrea   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! --Therese   3. Hi, 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. Thanks! --Mary   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!! --Valerie   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 --Tiffany   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! --Jessica   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! --Darcy   Books Discussed   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
August 23, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss rich people problems, pregnant protagonists, book-slump busters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Love Letters to Jane’s World by Paige Braddock, and How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes.   Feedback Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence   Questions   1. Good morning, I'm going on a trip to France (Paris/Strasbourg) in November and looking for book recs for the summer, preferably historical fiction or mystery. We'll be visiting several palaces, so books related to the monarchy would be great. I'm pretty well-read on British/Scottish history but pretty ignorant on French history. (Totally on board for rich people problems :) Recent faves are the Lytton trilogy (Penny Vincenzi), Life After Life (Kate Atkinson), The Diviners series (Libba Bray), Rules of Civility (Amor Towles), Flight of Gemma Hardy (Margaret Livesey), anything by Tana French. I've checked off Atonement/the Nightingale/Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Thanks so much! Love the show! --Brittney   2. Hi Ladies! Like Amanda I really love the rich people problems types of books, from YA books like the Map of Fates series and Gossip Girl to The Vacationers, Rich and Pretty, The Nest, and most recently the Kevin Kwan series Crazy Rich Asians (amazing on audio). I love the fashion and luxury and over the top feel of these books, they’re just... fun and a nice escape from reality. Can you provide me with some recommendations (preferably contemporary settings)? --Jenn   3. Hey y'all! I love the podcast. This year I decided to read more and I love getting deep cut recs that I'd have never found on my own. I'm writing to ask about audiobook recommendations, specifically audiobooks with full cast productions such as American Gods, His Dark Materials, and Lincoln in the Bardo. I find that full cast productions are especially engrossing! Please no abridgments or dramatizations. I'm also not a huge fan of sci fi, I'm just not into space! Thank you so much :) --Bess   4. Greetings, magical unicorns! I am interested in books with pregnant protagonists. The kind where they are doing something badass. Not necessarily fighting crime or saving humanity, but living their lives and being kickass while also growing a human. Some examples that comes to mind are "The Fireman," "Persons Unknown," or even the latest Spider-Woman comic where Jessica Drew was a badass pregnant superhero. These ladies are not sitting around on fainting couches because they feel fragile. They're taking life by the horns and not letting a little thing like the miracle of life stop them. --Emily   5. Hi Jenn and Amanda! I moved recently and joined a new book group full of smart, engaged women in their thirties and early forties. All of us have full-time jobs and some of the members have young kids (one of the women has a full-time job, an 18-month old, AND is getting her MBA!) Needless to say, everyone has good intentions to read the books each month, but with everyone's busy schedules, sometimes only one or two of us actually finds the time to actually do it. I am hoping you can provide a couple of suggestions for books that will entice the entire group to read the whole book. We read fiction and nonfiction, although the group seems to prefer fiction, and nothing too long would help the cause. One of the group's absolutely favorite reads was A Man Called Ove and we recently read Three Junes by Julia Glass which the people who read it really enjoyed but some of the members tried to start it and couldn't get into it. Thanks for any suggestions you have! --Halle   6. I am an avid reader but, unfortunately, have not been able to read for the past few months. It's getting harder for me to get back to reading. I started with Beloved, but I found it heavy and not very engaging. My favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird and Eat, Pray, Love. Hoping that you can help :) --Shivani   7. Hi Amanda and Jenn, First, love the podcast! I recently finished The Magicians Trilogy and absolutely loved it! Could you please recommend more fantasy books like this series? I was originally drawn to the series because I had heard it was “Harry Potter for grown-ups” but what I really liked about these books was that they were moody and gritty in addition to whimsical, and the characters flawed and complex. If it helps, I also loved the Abhorsen books by Garth Nix and the Night Circus, and I disliked The Paper Magician and The Book of Lost Things. No YA please, and bonus points for a female protagonist. Thank you! --Heather   Books Discussed My Own Devices by Dessa (out Sept. 8) Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich (WIT: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran Versailles by Kathryn Davis Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, translated by Marilyn Booth People Like Us by Dominick Dunne (his Recommended episode) A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (26 hours, have fun!) Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (audio rec’d by Nita Basu, 11 hours), trigger warning for suicidal ideation Heartless by Gail Carriger Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: war crimes, rape, mandated sterilization, child abuse)
August 16, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss light nonfiction, novels in verse, thrillers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Temper by Nicky Drayden and Book Riot Insiders.   Feedback:   The Translator's Invisibility: A History of Translation by Lawrence Venuti The Translator by Nina Schuyler   Questions:   1. I typically read fantasy/science fiction books, but I have recently been trying to branch out. So recently, I read Cork-Dork by Bianca Bosker, which I found both charming and informative. Can you recommend similar nonfiction books? When I say similar I don't necessarily mean the topic, but rather in style. I loved the experience of a light non-fiction book where I felt I was joining the author in their immersive learning process about a particular topic. I am not looking for anything that is emotionally heavy, but rather something that sparks the desire to learn about something new. Thank you, --Jessica   2. Hello Amanda and Jenn! (And possibly, Liberty and/or Rebecca!) I'm writing to request help with birthday gifts for my niece and nephew. They have birthdays in early September. 1) NIECE - She will be 6. She likes books but doesn't reach for them herself. If I'm reading a book out loud, she drops what she's doing and will come sit by me to listen to the story. She has an older sister who is a bookworm, and she feels left out if anyone talks about books and she can't join in. She has started learning to read and will sound out letters with her parents or me. But she is self-conscious about it and hasn't really learned to enjoy a story yet because of that. Despite these difficulties, she is a great little girl - so curious about the world! She is very quick at math, loves riddles, and is very extroverted. She loves to wear matching accessories with her dresses. She once told me that her most favorite thing in the world is to eat dinner every day with her family. 2) NEPHEW - He will be 4. He loves to be read to. He especially likes picture books with a good dose of facts with fiction, e.g. Pop's Bridge (his favorite). I would like to buy him another picture book about famous bridges. No car/train/plane/construction/emergency vehicle books, please. He has all of them and insists that he's moving on from that phase of life (we have our doubts based on observations but haven't said anything either way). Hope this request isn't too long! Thanks for your help! --Sel   3. Hello Ladies, I am curious if you could recommend any novels told in verse? I have recently read and enjoyed The Watch that Ends the Night and Long Way Down (which was excellent on audio as read by Jason Reynolds himself). When I was younger and much angstier, I also read and enjoyed several Ellen Hopkins books which, upon reflection, are in line with what I want in regards to form, but not content. Aside from avoiding exploitative melodrama, I don’t have any particular topics or genres in mind for this request. The Poet X is already on my list. Thank you for the show, which always keeps my TBR way too long! --April   4. Hello! I tend to read a lot of "literary" fiction, but I love a page-turning psychological thriller every now and then. Unfortunately, all the thrillers I read seem to be by white (usually British, but sometimes American) women. Can you please recommend some twisty thrillers by people of color (still women, if possible!)? Just to clarify, I have read and enjoyed authors including Attica Locke and Sujata Massey, but I'm looking for more of a pure thriller (along the lines of B.A. Paris, Clare Mackintosh, etc.) - something fun and easy to read, not a cerebral mystery. I know you addressed a similar question for mysteries a few weeks ago, which really helped my TBR, but still didn't quite hit my thriller fix. Thanks! --Megan   5. My sister loved The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne and she is pining for another long drawn out depressing story (my take ;)). She also loves East of Eden and The Awakening. Thanks! --Maggie   6. I'm a fairly recent romance reader, and I have a few go-to authors (Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai come to mind immediately). I've recently been reading Courtney Milan's Worth series, and Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series. I love them both, and the thing that has drawn me in the most isn't so much the romantic relationships, but the family dynamics, secrets, and intrigues. I'm especially a sucker for reunion scenes with lost or estranged family members. Do you know of other romance series that center around families with similar themes? If it wasn't clear from my list of authors, I have a strong preference for romance with a feminist bent. Any romance subgenre is good. --Leslie   7. Most of the time I prefer more “serious” novels, but when I’m in a reading slump (or just exhausted from a heavy book), I like to pick up quick indulgent reads to get me back on track. The last few times this has happened, I’ve picked books like Kiera Cass’s The Selection series and Jillian Dodd’s Spy Girl series. Unfortunately, both have kind of let me down—I love the premises: strong female lead, escapist settings, some political conspiracy, sort of wish fulfillment-y in that a “regular” girl ends up hanging out with royalty, etc. However, I feel like these books miss so many opportunities to really be amazing: the girls get so caught up in the romances that the political intrigue gets put on the back burner (though I don’t mind some romance!), they are very white/heteronormative, and the lead (especially in The Selection) doesn’t have much of a growth arc even though the story totally sets up the possibility. Can you recommend some similar but, uh, better options? Doesn’t have to be YA (maybe that’s part of my problem) or series but should be something I can read in only a few sittings! Thanks! --Carol   Books Discussed: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse Changeless by Gail Carriger The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong Here to There and Me To You by Cheryl Keely Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal Yesterday by Felicia Yap Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper It Takes Two to Tumble (Seducing the Sedgwicks #1) by Cat Sebastian Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
August 9, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss novels about the Balkans, contemporary YA, really weird books, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and Megabat by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich.   Questions   1. Hello Ladies! My friend and I are going on a trip to the Balkans (Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia, Belgravia, Macedonia and Albania). We love historical fiction or narrative non-fiction and would love to read more about these countries before visiting. Thanks! -Britany   2. Looking for an interesting essay collection for the Read Harder Challenge! -Rachael   3. Hello from Canada! I love your show :) I'm looking for book recommendations for my sister. She's in her late 20s, and has described herself as "enjoys reading, not books shopping, but only likes weird stuff". She seems to like John Wyndham books...Books that are weird, creepy, not very sci fi, and not very magical- something more in between. I suggested the Library at Mount Char (one of the weirdest I own), but she was turned off due to the title and perhaps my poor pitch. She will pick up Dark Matter, and the Southern Reach Trilogy due to my persistence. but I'm not sure they are right for her. Please help! -Dominique   4. Hi ladies! I just finished Retta’s So Close To Being The Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know and loved it. I was hoping you could recommend something similar. I loved the behind the scenes stories and comedic tone. I’ve also read and enjoyed books by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Anna Kendrick. -Whitney   5. Hello ladies!! Love your podcast and look forward to listening to it every week at work!! I love your passion for books and helping people find new books!! Anyways, I am in the process of pursuing my dream and writing my first novel, however I would love your thoughts on books for creativity and writing. I've read Big Magic, and Stephen King's novel on writing, so anything that could help with encouragement and motivation would be lovely! Open to nonfiction and fiction! Thank you so much!! -Kaitlin   6. Hello, I love to listening to YA novels and could use some new recommendations. I have recently listened to and enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, And What I Saw and How I Lied. I also really enjoy Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park is the only one I have left to read and it is currently on my to be listened to list, as well as Dumplin'. Thanks! -Megan   7. Thanks to Read Harder, I've read 2 books this year - Pachinko and Do Not Say We Have Nothing - which really made me realize that I know very little about 20th century East Asian history. I'm looking for nonfiction to give me some more grounding in the topic. It doesn't have to specifically be about the Japanese colonization of Korea or the Cultural Revolution, I'd be happy with anything compelling and readable about 19th or 20th century China, Japan, Korea, or even southeast Asia. Thanks! -Laura   Books Discussed Girl At War by Sara Novic The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (tw: child abuse) The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley The Book of M by Peng Shepherd This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (tw: rape) Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley (rec’d by Attica Locke on Recommended) Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon Anger is a Gift, narrated and written by Mark Oshiro Wild Swans by Jung Chang The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin
August 2, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss mystery audiobooks, sea otters, fun sci-fi, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Suicide Club by Rachel Heng and Chica Chocolate.   Questions   1. Hello there! I’m going on a road trip with my husband and in-laws in August and would love to listen to a family-friendly mystery audiobook. Murder is ok as long as it’s not too gruesome and please no sex! I love your show so much and look forward to listening every week! Thanks so much for your time, --Lacey   2. Dear Jenn and Amanda, I am going to Kyuquot British Columbia for a kayaking trip in August and would love any reading recommendations for books about this area or sea otters. I am currently reading Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and have read The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. I work from home and your podcast is my treat for when I can take it a little bit easier at work. Thanks, --Erin   3. Hi, I’d love book recommendations for if you loved the guardians of the galaxy movies. Fun sci-fi with great characters. I’ve already enjoyed Long way to a small angry planet. Also sorry if this has been asked before. Thanks :) --Teghan AND One of my favorite books in recent years is "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" and its sequel. I love the colorful characters, the themes of found family and searching for your place in the world, and the general feeling that everybody is just kinder and more open-minded in the future. Most of all I just find the mellow slice-of-life tone really relaxing to read after a long stressful day. Although I loved the rich sci-fi worldbuilding in this series, I'm open to reading books with a similar tone in other settings and genres. --Tracey   4. I have recently gotten very interested in the ideas behind and process of translating. It started with the release of Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey and the surrounding media buzz. Follow that up with a conversation about ASL interpreting, some Jhumpa Lahiri, and an internet rabbit hole about Harry Potter books in translation, and I want to deep dive into something about a literary translator, whether it be fiction, memoir, non-fiction, whatever. I’m finding it difficult to look up suggestions on the internet because the results tend to either be the works in translation themselves or how-to type guides, which just isn’t quite what I’m looking for. Thank you! --Carol   5. Hi ladies: I'm looking for angry women book recommendations. I want to read a book that centers a woman speaking on the things that make them angry. Fiction/non-fiction will do. Bonus points for books in translation. Thanks in advance, an angry woman   6. Hey Y'all, I'm a college student studying English and therefore spend a large amount of time reading intense literary books, which don't get me wrong, is the light of my soul. However, now that summer is here some of my favorite recreational books to read are ones that include a complicated villain romance. I know it's completely cliche, but it never fails to hit the spot when I'm looking for something light. Two of my favorites are Warner from the Shatter Me series and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I'm completely fine with anything YA, but would be interested if there's this type of relationship dynamic in adult fiction and a queer twist on the relationship would be much appreciated if you could think of anything. Best, --Sunnie   7. Hello! I realized recently I deeply enjoy books and media about groups of people who support and have a deep and unconditional love for each other, especially in abnormal circumstances. Some examples of this I particularly loved are the Harry Potter books and A Little Life, and the shows Sense8 and Orphan Black. I prefer literary fiction, science fiction, and contemporary YA, and I also prefer if there are queer people in a book. What are some other books with tight, loving groups and found families? Thank you! --Ellie   Books Discussed Dread Nation by Justina Ireland The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeish Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers The World Between Two Covers by Ann Morgan An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud Excellent Women by Barbara Pym Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat The Professional by Kresley Cole, rec’d by Trisha and Jess Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
July 26, 2018
This week Jess Pryde joins Jenn for a special romance episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Engineering for Cats by Mac Delaney and our $500 YA Giveaway.   Questions   1. Hi Amanda and Jenn, Love the show! I've read so many great books based on your recommendations. I love to read romance novels, usually the steamier the better. But the thing I enjoy most about them is the sexual tension and building intimacy. I like to see that a couple actually cares for each other and it’s not just a one night stand. To give you an idea, some books that I've really enjoyed are Hold Me by Courtney Milan; Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai; Sarah J. Maas' Court of Thorns and Roses series; A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev; and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I know there's a ton more out there but would love to get your suggestions on some great ones. I'm open to pretty much anything. Thanks! --Becca   2. Hi ladies! I'm looking for a novel that contains a great love story. A lot of romances written today (both contemporary and historical) turn me off because it seems like the couple has an immediate attraction that results in inevitable sex scenes while complications still exist, and then the rest of the book is the main characters finding out how to have an actual relationship in addition to the sex, despite whatever plot devices are in their way. I think Jane Austen spoiled me. Call me old fashioned, but I want a couple that fall in love without having sex first! I especially like stories where the guy has been in love with the girl for a long time but doesn't think he has a chance for some reason. Think Molesley and Baxter from Downton Abbey (which I am STILL salty about not being resolved) or Professor Bhaer and Jo from Little Women. It doesn't have to be an old book and it doesn't have to be strictly romance; I'm perfectly willing to read any book as long as it makes me ACHE over several hundred pages for the prospective lovers to finally communicate their feelings! Thank you so much! P.S. I forgot to mention that I read A Distant Heart recently, and that's more in the realm of what I'm looking for since the sex came very late after the two had already had years of build up, but I'd still prefer a book where the profession of love comes before the sex! --Brannan   3. Dear Jenn and Amanda, I'm a huge fan of your show and Book Riot in general. I'm really looking forward to Book Riot Live! Thanks for being so amazing! I'm proudly a plus-sized/curvy (for lack of a better term) woman in her late twenties, and I was wondering if you had recommendations for books with female main characters who are also described this way. Growing up I really identified with Meg Murray because she felt out of place with her appearance like I did. Recently, I have loved reading Dumplin', Size 12 is Not Fat, Duff, and Bet Me because they featured characters I could relate to physically who were described positively and had a happy ending that didn't involve them losing a lot of weight. (I most recently read It Had To Be You, and didn't love it.) I loved the body positive message of each book, and I'm a sucker for a makeover sequence, but I have always hated reading books where the fat/chubby girl found happiness after losing a few pounds. I plan on reading Shrill and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, but I was wondering if you had any recommendations for fiction or romance books with more characters I could relate to that have enjoyable story lines. I have read too many non-fiction books and graphic novels, so I would prefer not to get books in those categories. I also have learned that I don't do well with reading books with unlikeable characters, for example, I struggled with Girl On the Train and Gone Girl. I'm sorry for this incredibly long email, but I would really appreciate any help that you could give me! Thank you so much! Sincerely, --M   4. Hi Amanda and Jenn! My TBR is getting ridiculous because of this podcast, but I still love it! I'm currently in grad school reading some very dry material about metadata, and I need something exciting to get me through this dull semester. Lately, I've been in the mood for some romance. Something non traditional like The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I love the slow and sexy build of the couple's relationship and how for the majority of the series they didn't trust each other, and fought all the time. However, they always had each other's back. I love how you never knew if they were going to kill or kiss each other. I haven't been able to find anything like this. I read all genres, so I'll take any recommendations you've got! Thanks! --Ana   5. Until listening to different book riot podcasts and reading this site I was prejudiced against romance novels. When I was in middle school and starting to explore adult literature, I was also curious about sex and found some romance books to read. My thirteen year old self however just picked whatever free ebook I could find so my parents wouldn't know what I was reading. Consequently I read some pretty bad novels, and have since considered romance "lesser literature" (yes yes I'm a bad person- but I'm trying to rectify the situation!). Also as I've gotten older I've found I find it harder and harder for a writer to convince me a romance is real, and I also enjoy a healthy dose of plot unrelated to romance. I fall on the snooty side of reading classics and literary fiction, but I want to expand my horizons. I love historical fiction so if you know of any good romance set it in the past that is a plus. But really I just want to know what you think are some good romance reads for beginners that will get me interested in the genre. Thanks! P.S. My favorite kinds of romance are the forbidden kind, and the love/hate thing (i.e. Han and Leia, or Starbuck and Apollo from Battlestar Galactica). Yes I'm a cliche. --Connie   6. Hello---I thought I was done with Romance (novels, not in real life, of course), but then I listened to your Podcast all about romance, decided to try a few you recommended and guess what? I am in love with Romance novels again! But--there are so many to choose from and I've been away from the genre for so long, I am hoping you can recommend some new ones for me. I am open to pretty much anything, but if you know of something kind of "Southern" and a bit more "intense" than some, that would be great. I'm also not adverse to same sex love stories --I read "Think of England" from your rec and loved it. Also Loved "Every Good Earl Deserves a Lover" and Julia Quinn's Bridgerton Series. Loved them, just looking for a little bit more intense (sex and story). Can you help me? Thanks so much. --Debbie in Nevada   7. After years of reading exclusively literary fiction or non-fiction, I stumbled upon the Romance genre and am finding it very interesting and, often, a lot of fun. I'd love to share this experience...perhaps even with my (adventurous) book club. Any recommendations for a book within the romance genre that would make a good book club pick? (Bonus if there is a reading guide available!) --BD   Books Discussed The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory After the Wedding by Courtney Milan A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert (tw: intimate partner violence) Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders (tw: flashbacks to domestic abuse) Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan Soulless by Gail Carriger Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole Chasing Moonlight by Raven St. Pierre Looking For Trouble by Victoria Dahl The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell
July 19, 2018
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
July 9, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss New England novels, book club options, immigration narratives, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Bluestone and Vine by Donna Kauffman and The Beginning of Everything by Andrea J. Buchanan.   Questions   1. Hello, friends! My fourteen year old niece is going to be a senator one day and this July her other aunt and I are taking her on a road trip to eight New England universities including most of the Ivy Leagues. I am a folklorist and Other Aunt is an architectural historian, so together we are definitely into the old, the spooky, the magical, and the historical. We want to show her the coolest, weirdest, most inspired time ever. So far we have gotten The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell and would like to find more books that are in that vein -- entertaining and engaging and relevant to what we are road tripping through. Books about or by women and/or people of color are a gigantic plus. Some of the cities we'll be visiting include Boston, Salem, Plymouth, Providence, Portland, and Hanover. Thank you sooooo much! Looking forward to your recommendations! --Erin   2. I am traveling to the US for the first time (Brazilian girl, here) and I will be going to Atlanta for a work event. I don't know much about the city and would like some reading recommendations to get to know a little bit about it. If you can recommend some contemporary fiction - I looove walking through a city and finding places from books - that would be great. Since I have a History degree, I am totally down for history books as well. I am not the biggest fan of historical romances but I am glad to read them if they can help understand the place a little more. Thank you in advance. I really love the show and love getting my to-read list as immense as possible. Congratulations on doing a lovely podcast :) All the best, --Marília   3. Hello lovely ladies! It would be great if we could get some recommendations before June, but we understand you get a lot of requests so no worries if it's late. My book club reads two books with the same basic premise and compares how each author played with the concept. Past books include We All Looked Up & The Age of Miracles (coming of age in the apocalypse) and Annihilation & The Vorrh (mysterious forest changes you if you enter). We are currently reading a trio of portal fantasy with Every Heart a Doorway, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and Coraline. We are looking for suggestions for our next pair of books. You can get as creative as you want; we're open to anything. Bonus points for books with queer characters and nothing too depressing, please. Thanks and happy reading!! Dual Wielding Book Club --Lana   4. Hello! I am a fairly new listener to your show and love it, keep up the great work. So, I have had a hell of a year. My husband was diagnosed with cancer in January and passed away in April. My mother was diagnosed with Dementia in February. To say my life has been turned upside down is an understatement. I have always been an avid reader. I can read anything and usually do close to 100 a year. But, since all of this I only seem to be able to read books about death and dementia. I don't care if it is fiction or not, in fact I would like to bring some fiction into it as I have been leaning on Non-fiction so far. But they give me comfort. Since my husband passed I have started and put down about 30 books. The only 3 I have been able to read, and loved were: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard The 36 Hour Day by Nancy L Mace I want more. As I said, fiction is fine too. Just being able to relate to the story is comforting right now. I love to read and have been so frustrated. I thought I could read some brain candy to help me escape, but I haven't been able to. So, acknowledging that I need to read this very specific niche, I thought I would pass it to you ladies for ideas. Thank you! --Andrea   5. Hi Amanda and Jenn, I have listened to you from day 1 and enjoy your podcast a lot. I wrote once before but it was roughly 120 podcasts ago so I think I might be cleared to ask again. Our immigration policy is clearly a long standing human rights violation and I hate it but I also feel really uninformed on what might be better so I'm looking for books. There are countries many of these asylum seekers are from (Honduras and El Salvador are referenced a lot) and I vaguely know the US has interfered in Central/Latin American countries over the years. My working assumption is we have contributed to the socio-economic issues but I'd like to be more informed on the history and what might be done to better stabilize the region. Additionally I'd like to read about how we as a country could have a more open and humane immigration system that didn't cage families and add to their trauma. I've tried some googling but it isn't working and while I'd love to go around tweeting at smart people asking them to help me that might be rude. Thanks! --Katie   6. I'm looking for a book club pick! To start, book club rules say that it should be by a woman with a female POV/focus. I recently turned 25 and am having a traditional Millennial mid-twenties crisis. I would love to read and discuss a book that talks about that kind of moment in a way that touches on my current struggles (recently quit a job, confused about life direction, romance on the back burner but is that really where I want it to be, am I a real adult yet.......?!?!) but that can also be enjoyed by the women in my book club who are rather past that moment (think age 30 and married with children). Please nothing that is overly goofy or dismissive or disingenuous or preachy. I would prefer something that is not based around only romantic relationship(s) or lack thereof but also isn't just about "single girl making it in the big city." I would like something that might end optimistically but doesn't tie everything up in a perfect neat bow, because life. I'm thinking of something kind of in the vein of The Bell Jar but without the complete mental breakdown. I feel like these parameters lean towards a novel or memoir, but a short story or essay collection would be totally welcome too. We've recently had a lot of success with short story collections in the book club. Am I being way too picky? Sorry! It's only because I don't know exactly what I am looking for and am currently in a major reading slump! Feel free to take some of these requests more lightly and just use your expert judgement. Thank you, thank you! --C   7. Hi! Firstly, I just wanted to say that I recently started listening to the show and I love it! I’m currently trying to make my way through the entire backlog, but I’ve only managed to listen to around 14 episodes so far but I’m determined to listen to them all. Anyway, I’m a big mood reader and now that summer’s here all I want to read is YA contemporary romance set during the season. I recently read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian and loved it, especially due to the feminist themes in the book. Kasie West, Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith, and Maureen Goo are all hit or miss with me and the only contemporary author I’ve consistently enjoyed is Sarah Dessen. Do you have any recommendations for YA contemporary romances with feminist themes? I prefer YA but I’m also willing to try adult if you know of any really good ones. Thank you! --Layla
June 28, 2018
Amanda and María Cristina recommend light books in translation, books for breakups, reads about saints, and more. This episode is sponsored by My Plain Jane and Harry's Trees. Books Discussed The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice Dekobra, translated by Neal Wainwright Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer and translated by (wait for it…) Ursula K. LeGuin Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse Sister Teresa by Barbara Mujica The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Paul Elie My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Otawa My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel by Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry Want by Cindy Pon Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu Bonfire by Krysten Ritter Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
June 21, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss Octavia Butler read-alikes in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li and Annotated. Books Discussed: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper NK Jemisin An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (trigger warning: sexual assault) Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (trigger warning: domestic violence) Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson The Machineries of Empire, Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit #1) (trigger warnings: torture, rape, coercion, suicide) (R)evolution series by Stephanie Saulter (Gemsigns #1) (trigger warning: hate crimes) MEM by Bethany C. Morrow Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (June 26th) (trigger warning: harm to children) Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead American War by Omar El Akkad Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older
June 14, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss disabled heroines, fast-paced audiobooks, Saga read-alikes, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen and We Are Gathered by Jamie Weisman.   Questions   1. I am looking for a book for a recommendation where the heroine has a disability. I am trying to find books where the person takes care of themselves, meaning they do not need someone to take care of them. I just do not like how some books make women with disability are helpless. I want to find a women empowerment centered story, that can give women in my community know we can do anything. Thank you for the time and recommendations. --Alicia   2. I'm going on vacation in July, and likely won't have a ton of time to read. I'm looking for some graphic novel/comics I can bring with me for those moments where I can sneak in a few reading minutes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Saga, but am having a hard time finding other graphic novels/comics that give me the same feelings and can hold my interest. I've tried Monstress and Ms. Marvel, and found they were ok, but not really my thing. I'm new (ish) to this genre, so I haven't read a whole lot in it. Thinking maybe something fantasy related, as I love to read in that genre, but it isn't a necessity. Thanks! --Sherry   3. My husband’s birthday is coming up end of June and I would love to gift him a great book. He mostly reads non fiction war history or science books (he’s a big fan of Jarod Diamond for example). He is a mountaineer, rock and ice climber and a huge outdoor person so enjoys stories about overcoming huge obstacles. He’s read a lot of books about Everest expeditions. When he wants to read something “for fun” he likes Stephen King or James Patterson. Hope you can help!! Thanks! --Heidi   4. I'm planning to challenge myself this summer on school break (I'm a history prof) and read around the world in 80 books. I'm good on Europe, Asia, much of Africa, and the Americas (of course, with some help from some of your previous show recommendations), but I'd like some recommendations from Australia/New Zealand, and perhaps a country that isn't usually a common setting, or a city that is often ignored by this type of atmospheric fiction or one I may not think of on my own. I'd like the physical setting to play an important part in the book; I really want to experience these places through reading, not just read something that could be Anycity, world edition. I'd love to get something by authors with an indigenous background, though women and LGBTQ authors are also encouraged. I'd prefer to have authors that are from the areas or have lived in them for significant periods of time. For this particular challenge, I'd like to read fiction. Favorite genres include mystery/noire (a "Witness the Night" type book would be amazing), I do like literary fiction, women-centered fiction that is feminist leaning and is funny, historical fiction without too much sex abuse--I'm so tired of my main characters getting sold into sex work--and books that center in some way around food and cooking such as "Like Water for Chocolate." I enjoy magical realism. No hurry! I won't be starting this until June, and I've got a number of books to start with before I need more. --Kate   5. Hello! I've recently started reading more romance novels and noticed that most of what I've read has featured men who align with pretty normative ideas of masculinity. I don't mean to say this is inherently bad or that the characters or books are misogynistic. Also, I will say we almost always get to see a softer side to these men. It's just the men aren't usually shown as soft from the get go, if that makes sense. I was just wondering if y'all could recommend any adult romance novels that feature men who exhibit gentleness as a prominent feature of their personality. I tend to read historical romance, but will be happy to take any recommendations. Thank you both so much & have a great day! --Jessica   6. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I'm looking for a good audiobook while i'm in public transportation. I've tried some audiobook and only few were able to keep me active. I've realise that most of it is because of the narrator. Some heavy old british accent made me sleepy! ahah I love fantasy but I prefer to read it instead of listen to it. I realise that I prefer shorter standalone audiobooks because their tends to have faster pace. Some examples of audiobooks that I've loved: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Some other example of books that i loved last year: The Hate U Give and The Night Circus Thank you so much! --Emilie   7. I recently started getting serious with a pretty fantastic guy. The thing is, he has two kids (7 and 9) and I'm a little freaked out about the prospect of being a stepmom. Do you have any book recommendations about navigating this territory? I'm good with fiction or non-fiction, any genres. Bonus if it there's some diversity in the picks as his kids are biracial and we are an interracial couple as well. Thanks ladies! --Amanda   Books Discussed Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi Friend (With Benefits) Zone by Laura Brown Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward Shark Drunk by Morten A. Stroksnes Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler The Bone People by Keri Hulme (tw: child abuse) That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry Here's a post about beta males in romance A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert (tw: discussion of abusive relationships) Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Stepmonster by Wednesday Martin Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman (tw: miscarriage)
June 7, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss unreliable narrators, romantic suspense, historical mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Shimmer by Carsten Stroud and Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson.   Questions   1. I recently began a mini book challenge with my 2 book worm friends. We each thought of ideas for the challenge and are tackling them together but have run into a bit of a dry spell. We are interested in looking at books with unreliable narrators as well as short stories or short story collections. Do you have any suggestions? --Sandra   2.Hey there! I'm looking for some recommendations on good WWI era books. I've read all the classics (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc). I've tried reading "The Guns of August" but its so dry it’s hard to get into. I'm fine with a perspective from any country involved in the conflict (though particularly interested in either German or British). I pretty much love any genre, just want to read a really good book! PS: Your fantasy recs are amazing, I've found so many great books listening to your advice, thanks! Thanks! --Radhi   3. Hello! My request is for a romance novel that I can get into. I've never really been a fan of the genre, but I really want to give it a shot, and I feel I just haven't found the right ones. I know it can't be that I'm averse to romance, because I've read plenty of stories that have romance, but that weren't categorized as romance perse. I think I may just have a hard time relating to the characters most of the time. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Jane the Virgin, which is BIG on romance, and I love the drama of it. So I was wondering if y'all could maybe find something along those lines, with the telenovela feel, and definitely a Latinx protagonist. Bonus points for queer representation as well. Thanks! --Meagan   4. Hello! I am currently in a reading slump and need help picking up the next amazing book that will keep me up way past my bed time. I'm looking for a mystery/suspense romance recommendation. I've recently read authors such as Nina Laurin, Loreth Anne White, Louisa Luna, B.A. Paris, Kristen Lepionka, and Peter Swanson which I have all enjoyed. Two of my most favorite books are Too Late by Colleen Hoover, and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker. Please no fantasy or sci-fi. Thanks in advance! --Kimberly   5. Hi! I'm a huge fan of the podcast! I'm working as a library aide in a college-prep high school with a diverse student body and high-achieving students. I've had some requests for the Rick Riordan books; in the interest of exposing my kids to authors and books that get less buzz and helping them bridge the gap between middle-grade and adult reads, I'm looking for something similar. Along the lines of "You liked Harry Potter, now try Akata Witch!" or "You liked Tolkein? How about The Tiger's Daughter?" Preferably with non-white authors and characters, at a YA or adult level. Thanks in advance, --Jessie   6. Hi - I'm a serious reader and love, love, love books! I usually read literary fiction - I love a good, deep story, that's well written and has characters that live with me off the page. I like books to be places where i can learn things in relaxed ways and expand my knowledge of the world. Recent books I've loved have been A Little Life / Home Going / Alias Grace and Pachinko. I recently read my first Fantasy / Sci Fi novel - The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin and to my surprised - i LOVED IT! I loved the world building, the strong female characters, the challenge it posed in how it was read, and it was so beautifully written. I also like the idea of there being 2 more books in the series for me to get my teeth into. This is a new genre for me - so id like some recommendations of where to go next - Im looking for SciFi / Fantasy - that's thoughtful, not male centric, mature (im not a lover of YA fiction) and tells a super well written story. Thank you so much --Mitch   7. Hello! I am a huge fan of the National Treasure movies, and I was a history major in college. I love mysteries, especially ones that put a spin on an historical event. I have read all of Dan Brown's books and I enjoy James Rollins as well. Do you have any recommendations that would fall into this category? I would love to be able to listen on audio, but any recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! --Jessica     Books Discussed Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, edited by Sarena Ulibarri The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland Coffee Boy by Austin Chant The Others series (Written in Red #1) by Anne Bishop The Merry Spinster by (Daniel) Mallory Ortberg The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear Take the Lead by Alexis Daria A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart All Beautiful Things by Nicki Salcedo Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: rape, war crimes) The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
May 31, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss naturey spec-fic, New England novels, escapist reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot's gift card giveaway and Book Riot Insiders.   Questions   1. I have been listening to your podcast for a long time now and I absolutely love it! I have a request for you. I love Fantasy genre and Sci-Fi (maybe even some post-apocalyptic). My favourite books have been Harry Potter, Lord of the rings, Sword of Truth and The Dresden Files. I am looking for something fresh to read in this genre, with a unique universe, new ideas and nice characters. I know it may sound a bit challenging but I would love to find something to read that is outside the mainstream Fantasy guidelines. Thank you and keep up the good work! --John   2. Hello! Thanks for all the work you put into your great podcast, my booklist has been growing exponentially every since I started following you! I am looking for book suggestions to help me further cope with and accept all the destruction and damage to the natural world that is rampant in human society. I love fiction but also appreciate non fiction. One of my favorite books is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer so anything like that would be appreciated. I'm also looking for comforting nature focused novels like those by Barbara Kingsolver, and thought provoking dystopia-style books where the natural world is a speculative character of its own like in Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach Trilogy. Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated! --Rhiannon   3. Looking for books by June 21. Hello, I'm headed to New England for 2 weeks in June. Would love some books to read while up there on vacation that are set in any of the New England States or about New England and its History. I do love books that give me all the feels and give me an emotional reaction. But I'm open to anything. I love literary fiction, historical fiction, women's lit and narrative non fiction. Some of my favorite books have been Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand, anything by Kristin Hannah, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Trail of Broken Wings (the author escapes me ...but if you haven't go read it)., When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, and this oldy but Goody The Story of a Bad Boy by Thomas Aldridge (I'm pretty sure the character Sailor Sam is my all time literary character), Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Thanks --Shona   4. Hi! I just blazed through Circe and am about half way through Song of Achilles. I have discovered I have a love of Greek mythology retelling. What book / series can you recommend to help me dive into Greek mythology? I prefer longer books so please no short stories (unless it’s a big collection) or graphic novels. Thanks so much! --Jessica   5. Hello! Request date of early September for my cousin's birthday. My cousin is a trans-man currently going through the physical transition. Recently, while discussing books, he lamented the lack of representation he is able to find in books (and other media). When he is able to find it, the stories always end poorly for the character (suicide, violence/abuse, drugs, etc.). He has read a few memoirs, but would really love a novel. Do you know of any that have a trans-man as the main character and a happy ending? Own-voices would be amazing. Thanks! --April   6. Hi! I just joined the insiders and have been hooked on this podcast for months now. I read anything and have been known to choose books by the covers. Something I haven’t really found is a book that includes Foster Families. I don’t shy away from anything. I have been a foster mom for just over a year now, I have two step children and one foster baby right now. So, good and bad are welcome. I would like one of each if possible. I love listening to you, keep up the great work you both are doing! Thank you, --Sherri   7. Hello, lovely ladies! I am graduating THIS WEEK with a Masters in Social Work, and loved (almost) every moment of it, but am ready for some serious escape-from-reality reading now. Based on your podcast I listened to the audio version of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway and LOVED the unique complexity of worlds with differing levels of logic, nonsense, wickedness and virtue as well as the absolute normalization of the whole queer spectrum, dead bodies, and that indescribable feeling of missing a place so badly you can’t go on with your life. I’m utterly, embarrassingly new to the fantasy genre and would love more recs for stories that are dark but in that “it’ll never happen to me or the people I’ll be working with as a social worker” kind of way :). Thank you!! --Melissa     Books Discussed Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (tw: child abuse) Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (tw: harm to children) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Queens of Renthia series by Sarah Beth Durst Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead On Beauty by Zadie Smith All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whitall Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews, rec’d by Jackson Bird Resources: trans recs on Goodreads, Transmission Podcast To The End of June by Cris Beam Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
May 24, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss pioneer fiction, distraction reads, slashers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and First Lessons by Lina J. Potter.   Questions   1. Hello! I am a literature and linguistics double major and am going to be taking 5 classes at an intensive this summer. I am looking for books that are easy to read and really draw you in. I love “The Vacationers,” “the Secret History,” and “the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” and am also a huge fan of classics but want something a bit easier to read than that. I am also looking for fiction books that take place during the rise of Irish Nationalism in the 1910s. I am reading Yeats and Joyce and would like books that will fill in a bit of background information. Thanks so much! –Quinn Elle   2. Hi, I’m looking for a specific type of book that I’m at a loss of where to find. I love love love the Little House on the Prairie series and I have not been able to find any others like it! I enjoy reading about how people lived in the pioneer days. I recently read The Snowchild which was a story of survival as well and I enjoyed that too. Please find me some books similar to those! I like fiction, nonfiction, historical, YA is fine, but please no short stories, poems, or graphic novels. Thanks so much in advance, I look forward to hearing what you recommend! –Susan   3. Hi gals, I believe you have covered something like this before, but I am not sure how to really search for without going through every past episode. Hoping you can help me! My cousin/bestie’s mother-in-law is starting chemotherapy and radiation and they would like to read something light and easy together. My cousin loved the Twilight series and she and her MiL like Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steele. Both of them, but especially her MiL are progressive and her MiL isn’t religious (my cousin believes in God but also isn’t overly religious). Do you have any uplifting books for them to read? I think they would prefer something that distracts them a bit from the cancer and the physical and emotional pain it causes, so I’d rather it not be about anyone dying or that focuses a large part of the plot on being ill. That said, if it is an uplifting story about someone overcoming a serious illness and you think it would be a good fit for them, I’d certainly consider it. Thank you very much, –Kristin   4. Hello Get Booked! I’m a longtime listener of all things Book Riot and am coming to you for a recommendation for my mother, whose birthday is right around the corner (along with Mother’s Day). To give you an idea, she’s an avid and curious reader who loves plants and gardening, food, historical fiction, cute/feel-good stories, and books with great writing. She also likes current books, books that are on the new releases/hot reads shelf at the library, that she hears about on NPR, etc. Some books that she’s really enjoyed have been Lab Girl, Stay With Me, The Sympathizer (loved the story/writing, didn’t like the ending), The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Goodbye Vitamin. What she doesn’t like are books that are heavy-handed with their message or that have an unrealistic/unrelatable plot (she didn’t like The Nightingale, The Family Fang, or Manhattan Beach). Hopefully that will help you/me out and I can nail her birthday gift this year!! Thanks so much, –Chloe   5. Hi! I have a book swap quickly approaching with a complete stranger. It’s a “slasher” themed swap (which I have understood to mean horror or dark psychological suspense). My partner has listed Stephen King, Grady Hendrix, Richard Laymon, Anne Rice, and James Newman as her favorite authors. She has read and enjoyed The Grip of It by Jac Jemc, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and Little Heaven by Nick Cutter. She did not particularly enjoy Final Girls by Riley Sager or Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones. Could you recommend a book or two for this swap that would make her day? Thanks! –Tanya   6. My sister is trying to get into reading and she keeps coming to me for book requests, which is great, but I’ve run out of ideas on what to suggest to her. She likes reading Nicholas Sparks, Sarah Dessen and John Green, but I believe at this point she’s read them all. She also thoroughly enjoyed Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, mostly because the plot line kept her interested and she loved the sections about the elephants. I got her Where’d You Go Bernedette for her birthday which she seemed excited for but she hasn’t read it yet. She loves the outdoors and animals and nature, she just needs a plot line that is going to keep her interested from beginning to end. Thank you! –Allyson   7. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I recently discovered this podcast and have been loving it. After binging several episodes, I was tempted to submit a request of my own. I’m in my late twenties and have never been in a relationship; the short way to put it is just that I make friends rather slowly, have never found the idea of romance that appealing, and haven’t yet met anyone to change my mind. I do want a partner though and have tentatively started dating, but I’m not finding the process much fun. I wonder if you could recommend a sweet-hearted story with an older, skeptical or inexperienced narrator with a similar mindset and a happy ending. (In the ballpark of The Rosie Project maybe? Have read Persuasion and Attachments.) I have seen contemporary stories about online dating mishaps, but even humorous takes on this aren’t that encouraging for me. Obviously a Romance would be fine, but it’s also okay for the relationship to be off to the side (enjoy general fiction, mysteries, SFF, and historical fiction). I’m fine with straight or LGBTQIA, steamy bits are welcome, and actually I’ve had some luck with fantasy settings where relationships are arranged/necessary for magical health, etc. No YA and please no trigger warnings. –KS   Books Discussed   The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt The Mothers by Brit Bennett Giveaway! Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich Burial Rites by Hannah Kent A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (TW: harm to children and basically everyone else also) Security by Gina Wohlsdorf (rec’d by Liberty) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
May 17, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss Samoan literature, evil kids, contemporary YA, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney and The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle Series #1) by Ted Dekker.   Questions 1. One of my best friends just got accepted to volunteer with the Peace Corps in Samoa. For her birthday, I want to give her a book that will get her (extra) hyped about the experience; she's already done a ton of research so I'm not necessarily looking for something informative so much as something that's just fun! I would love something focused on Samoa/South Pacific (that should probably skip the stranded-on-a-tropical-island trope because we're trying to be excited here). I was thinking of something more contemporary than Margaret Mead or Robert Louis Stevenson--maybe even something Own Voices but doesn't have to be. It doesn't necessarily have to relate to Peace Corps/volunteering/etc., but that would be cool too. She reads mostly fiction and some memoir but not a lot of straight non-fiction. Recently, she's been reading and enjoying books like "The Bees" by Laline Paull, "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer, and "Young Jane Young" by Gabrielle Zevin. Some of her forever favorites are "Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller, "The Girls from Corona Del Mar" by Rufi Thorpe, "Egg and Spoon" by Gregory Maguire, and anything Tom Robbins. Thank you! --Cel   2. I've always had depression, so at this point it seems like old hat, but recently I've been suffering with massive amounts of anxiety. Like, heart palpitating, ears rushing, feel dizzy and panicking over literally nothing. I am doing yoga, and I stopped eating meat, I journal every day, and I've read the self help books but honestly sometimes nothing helps except to distract myself until it goes away. What I'm looking for is basically a great audiobook (maybe a mystery?) with little to no real conflict that is fun. I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Lumberjanes, Steven Universe, and Adventure Time... I'm looking for something that is a sweet and fun romp but in no way causes the "are they gonna survive/are they sad that their families are dead" sort of anxiety that is both illogical and sadly my new reality. I loved Anne of Green Gables, but even that was kind of too much post- the first book. Note: I've read Hyperbole and a Half, Furiously Happy, The Year of Yes, and a lot of the other popular "self help" style books, but really what I'm looking for is good fun distraction. Please help my poor crazy brain, --W   3. Hello, I'm looking for fiction about evil children. One of my all-time favorite books is 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' by Lionel Shriver. I had an intense, visceral reaction to the title character in this novel, and the ending absolutely ripped my heart out. It made me want to read all I could about evil kids, but I wasn't able to find much. I read 'The Bad Seed' and 'Rosemary's Baby', and although those could both be classified as Horror, I was much more horrified by Kevin. I'm also hoping for something more contemporary. Do you guys have anything in mind that will fill my need for bad babies? Thank you! --Malarie   4. Hi there- I work in a bookstore and conduct a YA bookclub. We've read and loved books of multiple different genres. While we mostly stick to YA, we've recently started venturing into Sci-fi and Fantasy picks. Some of our past favorites have been Mosquitoland, Eleanor and Park, The Kids of Appetite, Cinder, Scorpio Races, House of the Scorpion, The Martian and Ready Player One. We've also read lots of Historical YA fiction like The Book Thief, Chains and Under a Painted Sky. While we've thoroughly enjoyed most of these books, we keep bumping into two problems with YA picks: 1. We enjoy the heavier themes of some contemporary and historical fic YA, like examinations on race, mental illness, and troubling family dynamics. But we've read too many that have described sexual violence (often familial) in very graphic detail. 2. Sometimes wading through the YA section, it's difficult to find books that are written well and don't follow the typical YA tropes. We're very tired of love triangles- especially in the fantasy and dystopian genres. Do you have any suggestions for a group of 15-16 year olds who love YA and Sci-fi/Fantasy but are tired of these particular topics? Bonus points for Fantasy picks. --Amber   5. Hi Jenn and Amanda! I have recently started a book club at my local non-profit for our volunteers. I work for Voices for Children (CASA), which assigns volunteers to look out for the best interests of children in foster care. So far we have read The Glass Castle, Evicted, and My Name is Leon. We have future picks of The Hate U Give, Dreamland, The Language of Flowers, and Lost Children of Wilder. Any suggestions for books about children in foster care/or any topics that deal with social justice/welfare (non-fiction/or fiction) would be great! --Emily   6. Hello! I am a devote reader of literary fiction but want to get into contemporary YA. Where's a girl to start? For guidance, some of my favourite reads of the past year include Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series; What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; Goodbye, Vitamin; The Secret History; A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing; and The Lonely Hearts Hotel. And though I haven't read much, my favourite YAs include This One Summer and Another Brooklyn. Help! --Caryn   7. Hey ladies! Recently, I have experienced some love life turmoil and being a big fan of book therapy, I was wondering if you knew of any books about unrequited crushes, or the friends to lover trope not working out. I prefer contemporary over fantasy if possible. Thank you! --Kristen     Books Discussed Welcome Home, edited by Eric Smith Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Sons for the Return Home by Albert Wendt Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel (tw: domestic violence) Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore (rec by Nita) N0s4A2 by Joe Hill The Dinner by Herman Koch, translated by Sam Garrett Dread Nation by Justina Ireland The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sánchez (tw: self harm and suicide) Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel (tw: child abuse)
May 10, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss fantasy, diverse kids books, awkward romances and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain and Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June.   Questions   1. My husband loves fantasy but hasn’t read much recently. He has a long road trip this summer and is looking for a new series to dive into on audio. His past favorites have included Game of Thrones (of course!), anything by Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Rice books and Lord of the Rings. I had him try NK Jemisin Fifth Season and he couldn’t get into it. Any thoughts?? --Sara   2. Hi! My "deadline" for this question is June 2018, that is the first birthday month :). Two of my best girl friends have made me the proudest Auntie of three beautiful little boys. Ages 4 years, 8 months, and 2 months old. I love to gift them books, I always try to send at least one for each birthday/Christmas. All three of my nephews are multiracial, and two (4 years old and 8 months old) are brothers. I want to gift them books that have one or more of the following themes: ~ unique story lines ~ characters that are not white (bonus points for multiracial characters) ~ Stories that provide a broader view of the world/culture curated for little people I do not have a very deep knowledge of children's literature and find myself a little stuck, can you suggest books/authors for me to gift to my nephews? Below is a sampling of the books I have gifted them in the past: ~ The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers~ The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko~ Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (decidedly too advanced for a two month old, but it is breathtakingly beautiful and he will grow into it!) Thanks! --Melissa   3. Hi Amanda, Hi Jenn I am taking woman's history, and my professor is focusing on American woman who influence history. She assigned a project on women we don't talk about but have influenced or changed society. I have been left wanting more because I want to learn more about women who have influence outside America. I would love to read more on Mexican women, British women, African American women who have influenced history. I have already read Code Girls, Wonder Woman, The Wolves at the Door, Headstrong. --Grace   4. Hello, my son's birthday is coming up towards the end of May, and I am looking for book recommendations. He will be turning 21. Lately, to my excitement,I have been able to find my way through a few books that we have both been able to form a connection over. We both seem to enjoy them and like talking about them together. But as of late I am now stuck. Could you help me with some recommendations? Among his favorites are the Night Circus by Morgenstern, and Little, Big by Crowley. I have not read those yet, but from how he describes them I would like to read them. Some books I gave him that we both like are the short story collections of Edgar Allan Poe, and Shirley Jackson. Also, the Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things ( which are a collection of Japanese ghost stories with a mythological and traditional background). Graphic novels are a big plus, because of his love for art. I'm not sure if this will help but we both like Tim Burton's work. Thank you for your help --Melissa   5. Hello! First things first, I absolutely love this podcast! Thank you so much for always have great recommendations! I have recently read "Me before you" by Jojo Moyes and really enjoyed it especially the controversial subject of assisted suicide that's legal in Switzerland. I have also previously read "The Universe Versus Alex Woods" by Gavin Extense that has the same subject in the book. I got very interested in this subject and haven't been able to find any great books that deal with this matter. I was wondering if you'd be able to help me with that! Thank you so so much! --Fabiola   6. Jenn and Amanda, Though I used to read a lot of urban fantasy romance in the past, more recently I tend to just dabble in romance. One of the things that I’ve really wanted to see is a heroine who is not instantly great at the sexy times. I thought I had found the perfect heroine in Lady Philippa in One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, but unfortunately as soon as the steamy scenes became physical, our heroine is very not awkward and somehow instinctually knows what to do. I don’t know if this is a weird request, but I think I would like to see some more awkward and not-intuitively-good-at-sex sexy times between the romance hero and heroine. Can you ladies help me out?? --B   7. Hello Ladies! I'm sure you've gotten a few of these already but... Black Panther, Afrofuturism, please! Black Panther has long been one of my favorite superheroes and I am so f****** pleased that the movie was so good and that so many people are excited about it. I've heard it described as afrofuturism which is a term I've heard before, but am maybe not as familiar with as I'd like to be. I think I'm a little more interested in a novel, but I'll take a comic if you've got one you are excited about. I'm not even sure if these qualify under that genre (as my understanding of the term is loose), but I've read N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy (well, the first two so far, third will be soon) & Octavia Butler is on my list. What have you got? Thank you! --Violet   Books Discussed So Lucky by Nicola Griffith (out May 15) History of the Philippines by Luis H. Francia The Detective Elouise Norton series by Rachel Howzell Hall A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch Shades of Magic series by VE Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic) The Acacia series by David Anthony Durham (The War with the Mein) A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery Empress by Ruby Lal Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book or Stardust or Sandman) Wayward Vol 1: String Theory by Jim Zub, Stephen Cummings, John Rauch “At Death’s Window” by Anne Lamott (in Grace (Eventually)) Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James How Not to Fall by Emily Foster Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Books Like Black Panther post A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
May 8, 2018
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May 3, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss action-packed sci-fi, NYC stories, mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny and The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck.   Questions   1. Hey Amanda and Jenn! I'm looking for a good book for my boyfriend. He's never really enjoyed reading but is trying to change that, particularly because his sister and I just gush over books every time we're around each other and I think he wants in on the fun. He's mentioned that he might be interested in something like Stephen King, but the size of the books are too intimidating. I think he would particularly enjoy mysteries or thrillers, but any genre is welcome. The most important thing is that the books are not too long and they are easy to get through -- so no complicated structures or long lists of characters. Thanks for all you do, --Morgan   2. Hi guys! Tracy here. First, love your show and I’m so excited to get some book recs from you! I’m traveling to Greece with my mom who is newly divorced (after 40 years) from my dad. She is working on being independent and finding herself. I’m looking for books about mother, daughter relationships, independent women and any stories about Greece in general that might help me appreciate the country when we’re there in July. I’m not into religion, YA or love stories. Bonus for strong women main characters. TBR includes Have Mother, Will Travel. Thanks much!! --Tracey   3. Hi! I'm just about to finish grad school, and will be starting an internship in NYC in September (on my 30th birthday!). I would love to spend the summer reading books set in NYC to give me a feel for the city and some history and to help me make a list of things to do and see there. I'd prefer fiction but am fine with non-fiction. I just finished the Golem and the Jinni and loved it (can't remember any other books I've read set in NYC...sorry not helpful). Thanks so much! --Elyse   4. A friend recommended “A Secret History” by Donna Tartt and it changed my life. What other books can I read about an outsider joining a friend group that has deep secrets (secrets that might involve the occult or murder), secrets that ultimately make or break the group and the narrator? I also enjoyed “Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whittamore and “The Anatomy of Dreams” by Chloe Benjamin. --Lauren W   5. Hi guys, I love your show and it's introduced me to so many authors and books!! (Some favorites that you've mentioned are Bird Box, Hex, and Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, so many thanks for bringing me book joy!) Last year, I read "After Her" by Joyce Maynard and LOVED IT. I was haunted by the story of two sisters who lure a serial killer in the hopes of helping their dad, town detective or sheriff (idk), who is slowly unraveling under the strain of solving the case. The beautiful portrayal of the sisters' relationship, the super interesting serial killer facet, and the vivid Northern California setting helped make this book one of my favorites of last year. I'm looking for a read-alike. The closest I've gotten is "Descent" by Tim Johnston, which was good, but I need more! So a literary novel with some sort of murder mystery but also a strong bond between siblings is what I desire. Extra points for vivid setting. (I've already read Attica Locke, by the way, and she is everything). Thank you! --Camille D   6. Hi! I'm starting a ~think deeper~ book club and I need a book to recommend for our early March read. I have a little bit of a weird request, perhaps... We just saw the play Hand to God (amazing puppet play set in a church...) and I am looking for a book about the creepier side of evangelist Christian communities and churches. Several of us were raised Christian and in the Deep South, and respect people's rights to believe what they want. BUT. As ex-Christians we're fascinated with evangelical Christians who engage in the more ~magical~ and performative acts (being possessed by the holy spirit, speaking in tongues, camping in tent cities) etc. I also recently saw the documentary Jesus Camp and it fueled my interest even more. I would really like to read more about these kinds of communities, double points for creepiness and/or magical realism/fantasy. (Christian-based cults are also very much interesting to me.) --W   7. I would like to get more into science fiction. I've read the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi and loved it. I tried reading a Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and couldn't finish it. If you have any fast-paced, action-packed science fic recommendations I would really appreciate it! Thanks. --Jodie   Books Discussed Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (trigger warning: child abuse, suicidal ideation, self-harm, domestic violence) A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant 100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go by Amanda Summer Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg (plus Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell) If We Were Villains by ML Rio Books Like The Secret History post Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (trigger warning: domestic violence) Infomocracy by Malka Older Bone Street Rumba series by Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues #1)
April 19, 2018
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!   Questions 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
April 12, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss the Tudors, feminism, audiobooks and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran, published by Quirk Books, and Book Riot Insiders. You can enter our mystery giveaway at   Questions   1. Help! I cannot find scifi/ fantasy short stories on audio! I listened to your podcast a few weeks ago on short stories and I tried to find The Merry Spinster, Tender, and the Best American Sci/fi/fantasy, none of which are on audio. All I can find are Neil Gaiman and Ken Liu :( I would love to introduce short stories to my scifi/fantasy book club but I, personally, need an audiobook. --Jeanne   2. I'm spending all of May traipsing through various European cities (namely: London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Rome, and Paris) and am looking for something that talks to / is about / brings up the vibe of walking through European cities, getting off the beaten path (i.e. going where tourists don't go), and just generally living in or exploring these cities. Can you tell that I can't wait to get on that plane and start my vacation already?! I'm thinking something with the vibe of Lauren Elkin's "Flaneuse" and Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast", so I'm also happy to have a bit of history involved. Open to any genre, except maybe true crime since I'll be traveling on my own some of the time and maybe don't want to be too freaked out to go out at night? Can't wait to hear what you come up with, and thank you so much! --Rae   3. I'm traveling to Wales in May for a two-week study abroad program as part of my creative writing MFA. Other than Dylan Thomas, what should I read to set the mood? The only Welsh book I can remember reading is Among Others by Jo Walton, which I loved. I'd especially be interested in anything with passages about Wales' natural beauty and anything about sheep and the wool trade, as I'm also a knitter. Folk stories might be fun, and I'm open to poetry as well. Thanks so much! --Celeste   4. Hi! I’d like to get my mother-in-law a book for her birthday. She likes non-fiction british history, esp the Tudor period. She had read some historical fiction from this era, but really prefers non-fiction. She has read so much of this particular genre, so I was thinking it should be fairly new. Any suggestions? Thanks --Kristin   5. I'm hoping you can help me with a dilemma I'm having. Recent events have inspired me to read more about feminism and books with feminist themes. I'm also a stay at home mom to three kids under the age of five (including twin boys, fist bump). I guess what I'm trying to say is, I have a difficult time reconciling feminist ideology with the amount of time I spend making sandwiches. This is a choice I made and I have a supportive, equal parenting partner in my husband, but I just can't help wondering if I'm selling out somehow. I'd love book recommendations that can help me navigate this. Thank you so much! --Jessica   6. Hey Get Booked! I've been getting rly frustrated recently w/ mlm bks stories written by women. Maybe it's too much fanfiction, which is entirely possible, but either way -- I'd love some gay books by gay male-identifying authors. Specifically: romances. With sex. That, hopefully, being written by men from the community, isn't fetishized. Preferably low on angst? I rly hope y'all can find me some good bks bc I'm finding google impossible. Thanks so much for your time!!! --Adris   7. My last "re-reading" of Sherlock Holmes stories was on audio. Listening on audio made me more aware of different aspects of the stories, including Doyle's use of extended storytelling in many different voices beyond Holmes and Watson (e.g. witnesses, clients). Can you think of any more books that are just crying out to be "re-read" in audio? This can be due to the nature of the book or because of a particular audio performance. I lean towards literary fiction and crime fiction. Thanks, --Mark   Books Discussed The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette De Bodard (part of Xuya universe) The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine Changing Heaven by Jane Urquhart Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Get In Trouble by Kelly Link An Englishman in Madrid by Eduardo Mendoza, translated by Nick Caistor A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn The Grey King by Susan Cooper Crown of Blood by Nicola Tallis Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann After Birth by Elisa Albert Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay Hot Head by Damon Suede (rec’d by Trisha Brown) For Real by Alexis Hall Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (post for reference)
April 5, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss nature and magic, satire, the Scottish Highlands, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring from KCP Loft and The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell.   Questions 1. Hi ladies, I love your podcast and was hoping you could help me to find a book for my holiday. I'm going to spend four days in a cabin in the North Yorkshire moors. And I would like to find an atmospheric book where nature and magic feature prominently. However most of the books that I immediately thought of, uprooted by Naomi Novik, the bear and the nightingale by Katherine Arden, and wintersong by S. Jae Jones, I have already read and I'd like to read something new. I love romance, magical realism, fantasy, and fairytale retellings, and I look forward to hearing what you might suggest. Thanks, --Emily   2. Hello ladies! I am writing to you in desperate need of new authors. I am a die hard fan of Chris Bohjalian and love thought provoking fiction novels. One of the things I love about Bohjalian is that he writes about a number of subjects and his endings are very unexpected. Do you know of any similar authors in style?? Thanks --Sandra   3. Hey Amanda and Jenn, I am heading to Scotland In April for my 30th birthday. I would like some suggestions on either Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction books about Scotland. I love the Outlander series so anything about the highlands would be great. I also love reading about the history of castles. Thanks --Brittney   4. My dad and I are going on a 13 hour road trip and I'm looking for an audiobook in the fantasy genre, which we both love, with social justice themes and/or characters who cope with loss without too much angst. He loves stories in all forms, but hasn't read in many years. He's a workaholic and a hermit, but a hopeless romantic and he leans toward well-known authors like Terry Brooks, Scott Card, and Tolkien. I lean more toward magical realism. My favorites recently have been Angel of Losses and The Golem and the Jinni. Thanks! --Courtney   5. My husband wasn't much of a reader until he found Kurt Vonnegut, and then he read everything the man ever wrote. Now he's at a loss on what to read next and none of my recommendations appeal to him. What can I suggest that will fill that place in his reading life? I know I don't even have to ask with y'all, but POC and women authors would be great! Thanks! --Emily   6. Hello! I'm going off to grad school in the fall in evolutionary biology. I am looking for books that explore science and laboratory life, fiction or nonfiction. I enjoy reading about realistic depictions of the scientific mentality, the interpersonal relationships involved in working and living in the lab and field, and uncovering scientific breakthroughs, even when it breaks bad. If it does go well, though, even better, particularly since I read a lot of science fiction and the science always seems to go wrong. I'm not concerned with scientific accuracy. Examples of books like this I've read and enjoyed are Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, and The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara. If I could get recommendations by this summer so I could have time before grad school to read them before I'm actually trapped in a lab, that would be great. Thank you! --Ellie   7. Hi Jenn and Amanda, I’ve been a fan of your show for awhile and you ladies have definitely made my TBR list grow! I am a high school English teacher in a small southern town where I do not fit in at all being the northern hippie teacher I am. I’m struggling to find novels of “literary merit” that will be approved by the small town southern school board that I will have to go through to obtain new novels. My student do not love the usual 10th grade literature such as Lord of the Flies or Shakespeare’s Caesar and I’d love something to add to my curriculum next year. Thank you in advance, --Amanda   Books Discussed Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Give Work by Leila Janah The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Colson Whitehead Dara Horn Scotland: An Autobiography by Rosemary Goring Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho The Sellout by Paul Beatty The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell Monster by Walter Dean Myers
March 29, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss readalikes for Neil Gaiman's works in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and Force of Nature by Jane Harper.   Books Discussed The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett American Gods by Neil Gaiman The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden Stardust by Neil Gaiman Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia Coraline by Neil Gaiman Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller The Jumbies by Tracy Baptiste Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
March 22, 2018
Amanda and Jenn discuss fun magical reads, trilogies, non-scary true crime, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun and She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewell. 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 looking for a book that is fun, light, and possibly magical. While I do love books that deal with important and often heavy issues, several people in my family are battling major health issues that are pretty heavy. So I’m looking for a book to escape from all that when I need a little pick me up. I recently read The Invisible Library and loved it! Where’d you go Bernadette, Ready Player One, The Night Circus, and Harry Potter are some of my favorites. I want something I can spend some time with so please no short stories or graphic novels. I can’t wait to hear what you recommend! --Jessica   2. For a trip in April! Hi, Get Booked! The orchestra I perform with is going on tour to Peru, Argentina and Uruguay next month and I’d love to read a novel or two set in the countries where we’ll be. I’m also writing my dissertation, so lighter, fun reads would be appreciated. Nothing supernatural please. Thank you! --Sarah   3. Hi, I’m looking for a good trilogy to read. I’m participating in a Litsy Reading Challenge and one of the categories is read a trilogy. It can be YA or not, preferably not. I really liked The Grisha trilogy. I tried the first in Blood of Eden series (The Immortal Rules) and didn’t care for it. I’ve read all the popular YA ones like hunger games, divergent, etc. My favorite genres are fantasy, mystery and Historical fiction. Thanks in advance! --Mikala   4. I'm participating in the read harder challenge and I'm a bit anxious just thinking about the true crime book. Could you recommend a nonviolent true crime book for anxious wimps like me? Maybe a heist or something? --Emily   5. Hi Ladies! My best friend's birthday in in three weeks and I'm stumped. I've exhausted my knowledge of big-gothic-isolated-house-psychological thrillers (her FAVORITE in all caps). I've given her Rebecca, The Haunting of Hill House, The Silent Companions, The Woman in Black, The Essex Serpent and most of Wilkie Collins. Creepy and / or serious is great, but odd or quirky is okay - her favorite movie is Clue, so an Edward Gorey vibe is great too. Thanks so much! --Madeleine   6. TIME SENSITIVE for EARLY APRIL. I’ll be going to the French Quarter in New Orleans for an academic conference this April (Fun fact: the academic conference coincides with both WWE’s Wrestlemania and the city’s French Quarter festival, so I can only imagine who my neighbors at the hostel will be!!). Could you recommend any books or authors to check out if I wanna get to know the city ahead of time? Personally, I don’t know where to start because Nola ticks so many of my interests: jazz, mysticism/magic (vampires, voodoo, graveyards tours etc.), black culture & history, French Creole & Cajun culture, great food…all wrapped up in a small city that remains to be beautiful post-Katrina. Thank you for answering everyone’s questions every episode!! --Jess   7. URGENT!!!! Please help! My brother in law is going on a month long rafting trip down the Grand Canyon and I want to get him a book to bring. He's a fan of Cormac McCarthy, Edward Abbey, western/mountain man stories, the classics. I think he would also enjoy interesting non-fiction. I would love to get him the perfect book to accompany in this adventure. Thank you!! --Joana Lau   Books Discussed Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza The Beauty by Aliya Whitely The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Death Going Down by Maria Angelica Bosco translated by Lucy Greaves The Hare by Cesar Aira Shades of Magic by VE Schwab The Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemisin (trigger warning: harm to children) The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Post: books set in New Orleans Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams Half An Inch of Water by Percival Everett
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