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    The Handsell: November 29, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 7:39

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: November 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 5:50


    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommendsMatrix by Lauren Groff. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    E307: The Holiday Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 47:12

    Amanda and Jenn give their picks for various gifting requests in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: November 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 7:57

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends The Grace of Kingsby Ken Liu. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E306: Accidental Book Club Vibes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 46:43

    Amanda and Jenn discuss a bunch of different book group recs, books about caregiving, modern novels for classics lovers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: November 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 5:08

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Swan Dive by Georgina Pazcoguin. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E305: The Murder Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 38:55

    Amanda and Jenn discuss thrillers and historical mysteries, moving with kids, read-alouds about socks in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: November 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 8:06

    This week, Jenn discusses Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. Follow the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E304: Ancient Evils Are Like Teflon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 42:37

    Jenn and guest Liberty from All the Books discuss haunted houses, nature thrillers, books about moms, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Book Riot's 10th Anniversary Merch For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: October 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 4:20

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E303: A Donut Shop Run By Aliens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 49:36

    Amanda and Jenn discuss more books with Fall vibes, overthinky nonfiction, tea with robots, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Book Riot 10th anniversary merch! We're hiring an Ad Sales Manager. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: October 18, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 8:11

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon, with thanks to Patricia for the recommendation! Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E302: Here For HGTV Puns

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 43:45

    Amanda and Jenn discuss contemporary virgin heroines, dinner book-clubs, autumnal and/or spooky reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Links Book Riot 10th Anniversary Merch We're hiring a Sales Manager! For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: October 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 4:45

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Fledgling by Octavia Butler. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E301: Ask Us Anything Part the Second

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 41:09

    Amanda and Jenn answer the second round of “Ask Us Anything” questions, in honor of hitting the 300 episode milestone! Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Announcements 10th Anniversary limited edition BR merch! We're hiring! Links And Notes Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Don't Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman, Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc McCann Dog Training's puppy series on YouTube Robert Cabral's YouTube especially if it's a protection breed (or even if you notice impulse control/excitement issues or the dog is big enough to be hard to handle) Puppies for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson Take a puppy class at the SPCA Xio Axelrod's Girl With Stars In Her Eyes Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin New Suns, edited by Nisi Shawl Smitten Kitchen pumpkin bread See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: October 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 7:26


    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommendsRose Daughter by Robin McKinley, with an honorable mention for How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    E300: Ask Us Anything, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 46:43

    Amanda and Jenn dive into listener's not-necessarily-bookish questions in celebration of Episode 300! Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Miscellaneous Notes: Tressie MacMillan Cottom Nalo Hopkinson NetGalley, Edelweiss Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me Reading Women FiveThirtyEight Left, Right & Center Pantsuit Politics Office Ladies Celeste Ng The Fortunesby Peter Ho Davies The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: September 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 3:43

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Slippery Creaturesby KJ Charles. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E299: Always A Dongle, Never A Bride

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 42:53

    Amanda and Jenn discuss nature reads, author couples, seasonal book vibes, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Submit a request via the form! For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: September 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 7:52


    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Content warnings: domestic violence, child molestation, substance abuse Erin & Dani's Book Club This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    E298: Smorgasbord of Badness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 49:54

    Amanda and Jenn discuss books that challenge stereotypes, romances with nice guys, extra murdery mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: September 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 5:47


    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends The Premonition by Michael Lewis. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    E297: Cozy Trope Bingo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 53:36

    Jenn and guest Erica Ezeifedi discuss food in cozy mysteries, space opera of various kinds, recs for teenagers, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Submit your reading recommendation request via the form! For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E296: He's Rich And, As I Said, Very Drunk

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 42:16

    Amanda and Jenn discuss class differences in romance, Shades of Magic readalikes, scientists in isolation, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Click through to the request form here! For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: August 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 6:55

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E295: Opinions About Pumpkin Spice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 45:29

    Amanda and Jenn discuss October reads, books set in India, angry female characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: August 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 8:07

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn Northington recommends When The Tiger Came Down The Mountain by Nghi Vo. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Mentioned: The Empress of Salt and Fortune This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E294: Mash-Up of Black Widow and Lean In

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 48:59

    Amanda and Jenn discuss pesky reporters, books set in Egypt, “teamwork” romances, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: August 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 5:36

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E293: Bottomless Rage In New Jersey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 36:23

    Amanda and Jenn discuss quarter-life crises, charming graphic novels, mysteries about social issues, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: August 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 6:19

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Books Mentioned Sword Stone Table, edited by Jenn Northington and Swapna Krishna Legendborn by Tracey Deonn See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E292: Mission For Humanity NBD

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 40:16

    Amanda and Jenn discuss circus stories, creepy but not scary reads, Gilmore Girls read-alikes, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: August 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 4:42

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: July 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 8:16

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E291: Good Thing We Like Books

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 37:11

    Amanda and Jenn discuss stories about male friendship, arranged marriages, paranormal mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: July 19, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 5:03

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Ms Ice Sandwich by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Louise Jeal Kawai. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E290: British Version Of Rumspringa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 38:52

    Amanda and Jenn discuss Outlander read-alikes, funny alien/space stories, hidden identities, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. For listener feedback and questions, as well as a complete list of books discussed in this episode, visit our website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Handsell: July 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 8:32

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Decoding “Despacito”: An Oral History of Latin Music by Leila Cobo. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Playlist! Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E289: 300 Pages Of Velociraptor Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 46:59


    Amanda and Jenn discuss dark Shakespeare retellings, where to start with cyberpunk, books on life transitions, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Feedback Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad, books by Hannah Kent or Sarah Perry (rec'd by Laura)  Among Others by Jo Walton (rec'd by Lottie) Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (rec'd by Gina) Questions 1. My husband announced recently that he wants a divorce. We've been married 10 years and I don't want a divorce, but we are going that direction anyway. Do you have any nonfiction recommendations with useful advice on how to emotionally manage the transition and after? Or any fiction suggestions where the female character ends up leading a satisfying single life post divorce with no romantic happy endings? Preferably without any characters that are happily single because they lead privileged lives with lots of money. I'm soon 40 years old and we have no children if that helps you target your recommendations.  Thanks. -Katie 2. Hi! I'm a white, cis-gender, lesbian. Over the past year I have started to discover just how bad the public school system failed me. I know next to nothing about black history or culture. I want to do better and would love some books on anti-racism, black history, or black culture. I normally read fiction and often struggle with non-fiction feeling like a textbook. Some non-fiction authors I've really liked have been Trevor Noah, Michelle Obama, Ali Wong, and Tara Westover.  Thank you so much! I'm attaching my goodreads list.  -Jessica  3. I've just started reading Hogarth's Macbeth retelling by Jo Nesbo. I'm loving the dark and gritty feeling of the story. I was wondering if you had any more recommendations for dark, gritty retellings of Shakespeare's tragedies. I'm not looking for retellings of his comedies or other lighter plays, but more Macbeth, Hamlet, maybe The Tempest retellings would work. I'm also not looking for YA recommendations or any type of romance books (although this probably wouldn't be what you would recommend anyway)! If you can't think of any of these, any retellings of dark or gothic classics like Jane Eyre, etc. would also work! Thanks a bunch! -Kari 4. Hi, ladies! I love this show, I've been a listener since this podcast's very first episode, but I've never sent in a question before.  Recently I've become interested in reading some cyberpunk, but I'm not quite sure where to start. Most of what I know of the genre is from video games, and I'm very drawn to the aesthetic, and attitude, and its anticapitalism politics. I did read Necromancer and I remember enjoying it, but that was when I was maybe fourteen. I'm in my mid-twenties now, and I don't remember all that much of it, or if I would even still like it. I keep hearing about Snow Crash, but from what I have gathered it's better read if you have some familiarity with the genre already. I would love any recommendations you could give. Bonus points if the books are not straight, white, and male.  Thank you so much for your show, and all the book recommendations you have given me over the years.  For reference if you would like to know my reading tastes, here is some sci-fi I have recently read and loved (though is not cyberpunk) (and yes, I think I may have at least discovered half of these books through your show):   The Broken Earth Trilogy (which I guess is also fantasy, it's hard to pin one genre onto this series, but it is maybe my favorite series of all time so I thought it was important to include)  Gideon the Ninth  A Memory Called Empire  This Is How You Lose the Time War The Machineries of Empire Series Ancillary Justice -Marisol 5. In a few weeks, I will be moving to a new state where I don't know anyone and I have no connections, to attend medical school. It will be my first time not living with my parents/family (and beloved kitties), and I'm scared that I won't be able to cope with the transition into this completely new environment and this new phase in my life. I'm looking for recommendations for fictional characters in a similar situation (YA or adult), or non-fiction books that may have tips on how to go through a huge life transition and maintain good mental health. Thanks in advance. -Anonymous 6. I'm looking for romance/erotica with adorable characters and delightfully emotional relationships. I'm new to the “romance” genre: I've read and loved Olivia Waite's the feminine persuits series and The Queer Principles of Kit Webb. I've read most of the Sebastian St Cyr series and enjoyed it. I LOVE the romances in the Graceling series and I did enjoy ACOTAR despite feeling ick about some of the weirdly agressive heteronormativity and creepy possessiveness etc. SO basically, I want steamy like ACOTAR but with nuanced and cute relationships where characters can heal and work out their issues together and find love and support. I prefer historical or fantasy, no mystery/thriller please and no really cliched writing. One Last Stop is on my radar as is The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham and The Duke who Didn't by Courtney Milan. If you can rec books in series or by really prolific authors that would be amazing!  -Margot 7. Always loving your recommendations!  I was wondering if you know of any books that are written from a perspective of an object or from a different unique perspective. I've loved how The Book Thief is written in the perfective of death and would love to read more from uncommon views. Thank you so much as always!


    It's Sexy Flour

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 45:17


    Amanda and Jenn discuss books set in Polynesia and Ireland, aristocratic mysteries, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (rec'd by Elizabeth) Questions 1. This is an oddly specific request. I recently read Girl at War and Ask Again, Yes. I really enjoyed the concept of two childhood friends, a boy and a girl, having to be separated for some specific, dare I say tragic, reason and then reunited later in life where they have to address the reason for their separation and decide what they mean to each other now that so much time has passed. Do you know of any other novel that involves a plot line like this? -Emily 2. Hi Jenn and Amanda, I'm super fascinated with Polynesia and I would love to read more that's set on one of the islands in the Pacific. I loved Euphoria and The People in the Trees, which is how I found out that I want more. Can you recommend any books set in historic or contemporary Polynesia that aren't told exclusively from a white colonial perspective? Made-up islands or peoples are fine, too. I prefer fiction, narrative non-fiction is OK, no memoirs please. Love the podcast and thanks in advance! -Cat 3. I love your podcast. It's so much fun and you have given me so many great reads. I have 2 requests if that is not too greedy. I am getting close to retirement and was hoping you could recommend some books about women transitioning into this time of life. As much as I am looking forward to this phase of life, it is somewhat daunting. I'm interested in the transition process and finding meaning as one moves into another way of being in the world. Fiction or Nonfiction is fine. A memoir would be great. I am not a huge fan of Romance but if you could suggest a couple that are character driven and involve a spicy, slightly overweight, post menopausal woman that would be freaking awesome. Again, just love your show.  Thanks, -Joan 4. I stumbled on this delightful mystery series (Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen) a few weeks ago, and I've read them all now!  I tried her other mystery series, but they lack the whimsy and fun of Georgiana and her aristocratic problems. Do you have another mystery series that is as smart and fun as this?  If so, please share. I need more, and so do my friends to whom I have introduced these books. Please answer by email, even if you don't get it on your podcast. There is no rush except that all this at-home time has really upped my reading time.  So I'm always looking for a next read…. Thank you for this service and for your fun podcast. -Susan 5. I am looking for recommendations for fiction set in parts of history that had major societal change. The Enlightenment interests me particularly, but any social revolution would be great! Bonus points if the book has female perspectives. Happy reading, -Michelle 6. Hey Get Booked ladies! Love your show!


    The Handsell: June 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 5:17

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Cultish by Amanda Montell. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E287: Supernaturally Cute

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 45:07


    Amanda and Jenn discuss middle-grade read-alouds, atmospheric novels, snarky narrators, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci (rec'd by Jan) Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen (rec'd by Sibyl) Anthony Horowitz's the Susan Ryeland series (first book: Magpie Murders) and the Hawthorne and Horowitz Mysteries (first book: The Word is Murder) (rec'd by Ann) Questions 1. My [niece] is 23 and just informed my sister, brother-in-law, and the family that [she] is transgender. (So she is now my niece). She is starting the process of taking hormones and the like. My sister was shocked and did not see it coming. She is very liberal and is coming around to the idea. I was hoping for book recommendations that would help us (especially my sister) understand what my niece has felt like being in the wrong body. In a quick search I found books involving young kids. I was hoping for books centered more on coming out as trans as a 20-something. I'm thinking maybe a biography or non-fiction. Also my whole family loves fantasy so if there's a book in that genre maybe we could read it together. -Klista 2. Love the show!   I'm looking for recommendations to read aloud to my 7 1/2 year old boy/girl twins that I will enjoy too.   We love well-written, funny middle grade books – preferably with animal characters.   They are still sensitive readers – we avoid books with any violence and try to avoid orphaned children or those with not great parents.   We're not scared of long books or intricate language.   Books we've loved (and read over and over) include: The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp  The Very Very Far North & it's sequel Winnie the Pooh Collected Stories Books we've liked a lot:  Flora & Ulysses  Ruby Lu Brave & True Gooseberry Park Books that I liked but they didn't: Wild Robot Books they love but I'm not as into:  Humphrey series Mrs Piggle Wiggle & Missy Piggle Wiggle We've read most books by Roald Dahl & most age appropriate ones by Kate DiCamillo. They are still too nervous to start Harry Potter. Thanks! -Marisa 3. Hi Jenn and Amanda! I'm finally coming back to Get Booked now that I can read again! (baby girl took all my free time hihi) In the last couple of months, I realised that I love atmospheric books, even if the plot is weak or nonexistent. Some other books I loved are Erin Morgenstern books (both!), The Invisible Life of Addie Larue and Piranesi.  Do you have other recommendations like it? If it's mixed with greek mythology it's even better. Thanks a lot! PS: love from Canada. -Emilie 4. I'd love recommendations for books set in or about Bogota, Colombia. Preferably, something like Chanel Cleeton's books about Cuba that help to understand the history and current impacts or nonfiction about the history. Any genre is fine! -Tracey 5. Two of my favorite books/series I read this year have been “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik and “The Murderbot Diaries” by Martha Wells. On the surface they might seem kind of different, but they both had such a great narrative voice, with the right amount of sarcasm/snark/humor, and a completely lovable main character, and they left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Also, my favorite genres are Fantasy and Sci Fi, so these were perfect. I'm so sad I have to wait until more comes out from these authors. Please tell me what I can read while I'm waiting! Thank you! -Lauren 6. I recently read Lost Roses and seriously loved A Gentleman in Moscow before that.   I've also just marathoned The Last Csars on Netflix — and I haven't had my fill!   Can you recommend some historical fiction set in late 19th, early 20th century Russia that will help me get my next Russian nobility fix?  Thank you! -Emily 7. Hello there – Trigger Warning: So this is a tough one since it deals with a sensitive topic – suicide. I'm looking for a book (fiction or non-fiction I suppose, YA or Adult) that deals with how to cope when a friend/family member attempts suicide BUT does not succeed/commit. I find that most books about suicide are dealing with the aftermath of someone's death, but what happens if they didn't die? No one ever seems to talk about that. A recommendation for this would be very helpful, as this past year has been rough and I'd like someone else's perspective of coping with this kind of situation. Sorry this one is a bit of a downer, but important given the need for mental health awareness. Thank you. -Sam Books Discussed Fairest by Meredith Talusan (tw: racism) Sorted by Jackson Bird Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, transl. by Anne McLean Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (tw: rape & other violence towards women, harm to children including death, panic attacks & PTSD) Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (tw: suicide attempts) Please Like Me S2, particularly Episode 7 Post: https://bookriot.com/6-novels-featuring-mental-illness-world-suicide-prevention-day/ Borderline by Mishell Baker See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    The Handsell: June 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 6:05

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E286: Anne Of Green Gables Is An Enneagram Four

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 50:04


    Amanda and Jenn discuss books set in Appalachia, feel-good classics, some Pride reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Feedback The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (rec'd by Laura) Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan (rec'd by Elizabeth) Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (rec'd by Linda) John Green's The Anthropocene Reviewed (rec'd by Sofia) The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (rec'd by Gina) Questions 1. Lately I've been missing the days of reading as an adolescent when there were so many action/adventure book series (all that included great romantic subplots) like Ally Carter's Heist Society and Gallagher Girls, Divergent Series, Hunger Games, the Uglies series, the Maze Runner, The selection, etc. Now I'm in my twenties and I feel like all the best book series fall under the YA category. So I'm looking for a book series that has all the action, adventure and romance of the ones from my youth, but are more mature. I don't love fantasy, but enjoy dystopian, spy and government stories, and any other realistic adventure story. I read the memory police earlier this year and while I liked it, it wasn't as fast paced, and I didn't connect to the characters like I wanted to. Any thoughts? -Nostalgic Adult 2. I'm going on a trip to the Appalachian mountains at the end of July and I'm trying to gather some books to bring with me. I'm looking for books that take place either in the Appalachian mountains or the woods. So far, I'm bringing Bill Bryson's “A Walk in the Woods,” but I'd love some fiction recs. I'll pretty much read anything, but I'm not a fan of horror. My favorite books are thrillers, mysteries, found family, and memoir. Bonus points if they make great audio versions that I can listen to on the drive down there.  Thanks!  -Megs 3. I realize I am coming in a bit late here since Pride is in full swing now, but since it deserves recognition all year-round here goes anyway! After coming out of a long-term “normal” cis/hetero relationship, I have been finding my true self. Right before the panini-times struck the world, I started exploring poly-amourous relationships and within the last year I openly acknowledged that I am a bisexual woman. My poly-partners have been amazing additions to my life and truly helped hold me together in the last turbulent year. Now that the world is re-opening I'm now tentatively forging a friendship with one of my metamours- the partner of one of my partners – and we've both discovered that we're each new to this way of doing relationships and are trying to figure out how to co-exist peaceably with each other. She's already given me a great recommendation of a book centering on the poly-lifestyle so I'd love to be able to return the favor, as well as find reading material to help further my own journey of self-exploration. Fiction or non-fiction are welcome, but I'm mostly curious to see if there are any novels that feature characters in these types of relationships that are figuring it out. I'm not so much into romance myself but if it's an aspect of the story that's totally fine. Looking forward to seeing what you can come up with! Thank you for all you do to keep my reading lists overflowing! -Heather 4. hi! so in honor of pride month and almost a year of being more open about being nonbinary and using he/they pronouns, i would really enjoy something full of lgbt rep, especially a trans and/or nonbinary character/s. i don't really have anything specific, just preferably fiction and queer characters. also maybe a good happy ending or at least something that won't rip out my heart, tearing it to shreds and leaving me as an empty shell of what i was for weeks at the end, you know?  -Rey (he/him)  5. *Time sensitive – due by July 2nd*. Hi! My father-in-law is having a surgical procedure soon that has an estimated 6 weeks of recovery time. I'm looking for some good sci-fi books to keep him entertained during his recovery. He's a retired computer scientist and he's read a ton of classic sci-fi like Aasimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein. I'm pretty sure he's read some more recent sci-fi like Ready Player One, and I know he's not into military sci-fi. Any recs would be appreciated


    The Handsell: June 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 5:11

    This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends Dial A For Aunties by Jessie Q. Sutanto. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E285: This Is An Angst-Free Zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 40:51


    Amanda and Jenn discuss books about witch trials, X-Files read-alikes, rainforest stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Feedback The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris (TW for racism and death of a child) (rec'd by Ashley) The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse by Leanne Sweeney; Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs; Lowcountry Boil by Liz Talbot; The House on Tradd Street by Karen White (rec'd by Laura) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon; Certain Dark Things by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia (rec'd by Cari) Questions 1. Hi! Thanks for your podcast. I love it! My request is about the country of Turkey. I have never been and don't know when I might get to travel there but I would love to learn about the culture of Turkey. I generally prefer fiction but I'm open to any genre. I have also been enjoying memoirs/biographies lately.  Many thanks! -Sue 2. I just finished the Once and Future Witches and loved it.  I'd be interested in reading more on the Salem witch trials from the feminist perspective...but I would want the non-fiction to feel a lot more like fiction.  -Melissa 3. I'm not sure if what I'm looking for even exists, but I figured it was worth the ask! I unironically adored the X-Files short story collections edited by Jonathan Mayberry. There were three of them (Trust No One, The Truth is Out There, and Secret Agendas.) And I've listened to them over and over again. I'm looking for something, really anything, but preferably short story collections, that scratch that itch of weird, paranormal, urban folklore, and cryptids. (Bonus points if there's a mothman appearance.)   I'm not stuck on traditional America folklore and cryptids, though I do love them, I also love the stories of Indigenous people and other countries and people. I'm not super interested in the government storylines. My favorite stories were: Snowman, Perithicia , Desperately Seeking Mothman, Non Gratum Anus Rodentum, and Loving The Alien.   Please nothing with sexual assault.  Thank you, -Annie 4. Hi Amanda and Jen! So I just finished The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune and omg it was exactly what I needed right now. Normally I am into fantasy/scifi/horror but with everything going on in the world I guess I just needed a literary hug which was The House in the Cerulean Sea did for me. Do you have any read alike recommendations of just some feel good happy books?  Preferably not mainly romance but I would give it a shot if you felt strongly about it. Bonus points for diversity and found family themes.  -Jennifer 5. I have read all of Louise Penny's mysteries, Agatha Christie mysteries and Sherlock Holmes stories..  I like mysteries that feature a competent detective who doesn't have a lot of angst.  Hercule Poirot is a detective that I think fulfills that requirement.  Recent authors that I have liked are Hans Olav Lahlum whose detective is working with a wheelchair bound woman who is brilliant and serves as his advisor, mysteries by John Farrow and Louise Luna.  I have also read all of Tana French, Peter Lovesey, Deborah Crombie and Peter Robinson.  -Ann 6. Hi Amanda and Jenn -  First off, love love love your show! It really has expanded my reading shelves the past year and half, and I am forever thankful to you for introducing me to so many wonderful authors and stories.  That being said, I'm in need of a recommendation. I read The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins last year, and it quickly became a favorite of mine. I finished the book with this feeling of "what did I just read!?", and to this day I still don't know how to articulate it to friends when I tell them they should read it. It's weird and wonderful and complex and I cannot get it out of my brain even after a year of reading it.  When I really think about it, the use of God's/mythology intertwined in everyday life and the impacts on the unsuspecting citizens is what really piqued my interest. But I also loved how random the plot line seemed until all the little strings came together.  I've read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and it semi-scratched the itch. It was good and I enjoyed it, but I was able to figure out the plot line before the book was finished. My go to genres are obviously fantasy/sci-fi and I love mythology of any kind mixed in. I have Gods of Jade and Shadow queued up in my Kindle to read next (thanks to your recommendations), but I'm really at a loss for what to read to fill the hole in my heart that this oddity of a book left. Any ideas?   Thanks so much! Stay safe during all of this craziness!  -Christina 7. Do you have any recommendations for own voices novels that take place in rainforests (preferably in South America)? I've been enjoying reading books set in the Amazon lately, but everything I find is written by white people from western countries and it feels kind of gross. Nonfiction and fiction are both great, I just really enjoy the setting. Thanks!       P.S. - I know you skip reading praise on the air so I put this at the end but I want to tell you that I love your podcast. It's really expanded the types of books I read and I've found many I enjoy. -Laura Books Discussed My Name is Red by Orham Pamuk, transl. Erdag M Goknar Kedi, dir. Ceyda Torun Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (cw: attempted sexual assault, prison abuse and torture) The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud The Unidentified by Colin Dickey Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons Two Dark Moons by Avi Silver Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas  Circe by Madeline Miller (tw sexual assault, child abuse) The Machineries of Empire trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee (cw: coercion, rape, violence) Affections by Rodrigo Hasbun, transl by Sophie Hughes (tw: nazis) City of Beasts by Isabelle Allende, transl. Margaret Sayers Peden See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    The Handsell: June 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 6:07

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E284: You'll Get Plenty Of Snark

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 43:42


    Amanda and Jenn discuss cuddly YA books, friendships in fiction, nonfiction for LGBTQ+ allies, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Nervermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (rec’d by Summer) The Emporium trilogy: Furyborn by Claire Legrand Rurouni Kenshi (manga) by Nobuhiro Watsuki; Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi; Keigo Higashino, Malice; Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen; Hiromi Kawakami, Nakano Thrift Shop (rec’d by Kelly) Questions 1. Thank you for putting together such a great podcast! I listen to it every week. I am writing because my boyfriend and I are both avid readers and we want to read something together. The problem is we read very different genres.  He likes historical books and books about leadership. Some of his favorite books are Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and Think Again by Adam Grant. I like romance, fantasy, and literary fiction. I am open to reading nonfiction but it’s kind of hit and miss for me. I got an ARC of Miseducated by Brandon P. Fleming and I really liked that. I’d be open to reading a self-improvement book with him because I think that might fit the bill.  Some of my absolute favorite books are The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, Beach Read by Emily Henry, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Thank you! -Jessica 2. I am in desperate need of some book recommendations. I’m usually a really big reader, but I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately and am hoping that you can help me. Problem is, I don’t really know what I’m looking for. I’m a teenager, so YA, and I really enjoy cuddly romance (I don’t like pining so the sooner the couple gets together the better) but I don’t like books that have romance as the whole plot (also, the romance doesn’t have to be male/female). I also like 1920s detective stories, sci-fi with ensemble casts, Good Omens-type books, and epic questing stories. I only ask that: it’s not SUPER heavy/dark, there is minimal pining, it isn’t a comic or graphic novel, and it is something that will hold an average teen’s attention past the first few chapters. And has a snarky side character that isn’t a human. Thanks a million! -Quinn 3. Thanks for a great podcast! I graduated college six years ago and find that the friendships I formed then remain my most intense to this day. I’m in close touch with these friends, but, as an international student who moved back to Europe after finishing my degree, have seen some of them in person only once or twice after graduation and others not at all. The nostalgia for the days when I could just knock on their dorm room doors is real!  Can you recommend books that capture the tight-knit nature of friendships formed during a formative period in one’s life in close quarters? Please nothing about friendships buckling under the stresses of adult life; as I say, we’re still close. I’m just looking for a comforting, intelligent read for moments when I particularly miss my friends.  -Luisa 4. Hey y’all, I want to get my Dad a book for Father’s Day that we can both read and discuss. He can be a bit of an *old white man,* and I’m looking for something that casually centers a non-white, non-Western culture and preferably has some strong female characters. He primarily reads Jack Reacher-style thrillers and the occasional high/epic fantasy when it falls in his lap (generally of the LOTR variety, basically still just about problematic white male Europeans). The Poppy War by RF Kuang is closest thing I know of to what I’m looking for but I’m hoping to find something I haven’t read before. I hope that the book can generate some conversation/thought about social justice issues today, but please don’t make me talk about explicit sex stuff with my Dad… -Caroline 5. Hey Book Riot! I wonder if you have any recommendations for a non-fiction (or fiction?) book for LGBTQ+ community allies? As in… I want to be able to explain things better if I get into an argument with a conservatively thinking person. Thank you!


    E283: Macbeth But In Mexico About A Druglord

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 40:45


    Amanda and Jenn discuss several geographically specific reads, COVID art, memories in sci-fi, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila (rec’d by Carol) Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (rec’d by Laura) A Painted House by John Grisham, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (rec’d by Suzanne) Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings (rec’d by Rachel) Good Enough to Eat by Jae and Alison Gray, CW: it deals with real addiction and alcoholism (rec’d by Rose) The Library of Legends by Janie Chang (rec’d by Susan) Questions 1. My question is: can you suggest a mystery set in any of the remaining states? They are Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. I’d like to accomplish this using unique authors for each state, so another Grisham, for example, would not work. Any kind of mystery will do, preferably somewhere in the broad middle between cloying cozy and gruesomely gory. I included my list so far for reference. Thank you! -Suzanne 2. What are your favorite books set in Mexico? I just read Gods of Jade and Shadow and I loved it…and then I read Mexican Gothic, which I also loved up until the point where it made me gag (so much squick). Anyway, reading Silvia Moreno-Garcia has really piqued my interest in Mexico as a setting, and I’d love some recommendations for further reading. Thank you!  -Sara 3. For me, COVID art has been a really helpful way to cope in the last year whether it be music, TV, or written works that deal with pandemic realities head on. Because I work in the restaurant industry, I experienced only a very short quarantine period before being back out in the world, and I think I appreciate the aspect of getting on with life in the face of the ongoing trauma and fear and still finding plenty of joy in small moments. The only book I’ve found dealing directly with COVID (aside from specifically scientific stuff, which I’m far less interested in) is Intimations by Zadie Smith. What else is out there?  Thanks! -Carol 4. I’m looking for a recommendation for two very different sub genres of thriller. I recently read City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong and it reminded me a little bit of The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. I wondered if you know of any other books like this “remote town, cut off from the rest of the world, group of people living there who have to be self sufficient but all have lots of secrets and a murder happens.” I also recently read One by One by Ruth Ware and I wasn’t a fan, I’m not looking for stranded people, as much as a group that chose to go live remotely and cut off from the world. Second, I’m currently reading The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatan and I really like the Scandinavian setting. I also love the “is there something supernatural or is this just a thriller element?” The other book I loved similar to this was I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Siguroardottir. This also had the remote Scandinavian setting with the “maybe” supernatural something happening. Any help in these two areas would be awesome!   -Heather 5. I love the show. I would really love a recommendation on rotten food I am not talking about the Netflix show, I would love if it had a variety of foods that as human beings we eat that are disturbing to others but as a culture it is acceptable as well as the process of how this came to be. For instance, where did we get the idea of cheese and how it was safe to eat or how balut became delicacy to eating casu marzu or even monkey’s brains. I want to find a book on all these fascinating foods and how they came to be introducing into a culture as well as an acceptable food something from all cultures. -Grace 6. I recently finished reading Mem by Bethany C. Morrow and really loved it and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What I loved about it is how it discusses the importance of memories regardless of how bad they may seem/ Mixed with the sc-fi, alternate history elements, and the amazing writing, this book is just everything I ever needed! Do you have any book recs with similar vibes/themes? Please, only fiction, and preferably under 350 pages. I also wanted to say that I really love this podcast and that I discovered many of my favorite books because of it. Keep it up! -Passant 7. I am looking for some book recommendations about marriages that are struggling in a fictional setting. Struggles that are not related to affairs or already at divorces door. I want to see the internal dialogue/conflict and how two people navigate a marriage that’s not full of love anymore and can hopefully come back from that. Thank you so much for all the hard work you guys do to help us readers find what we’re looking for! You are much appreciated and needed -Alexis Books Discussed Alabama: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins Utah: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (cw: homophobia) Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera, transl Lisa Dillman The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea (tw: rape, child abuse) The Premonition by Michael Lewis Together, Apart, by Erin A. Craig, Jennifer Yen, et al The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (tw: harm to children) The Blue Fox by Sjón, translated by Victoria Cribb Cheese and Culture by Paul Kindstedt Edible by Daniella Martin The Deep by Rivers Solomon, et al Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi The Chimes by Anna Smaill The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee (cw: death of a child) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    The Handsell: May 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 7:37

    This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast And Fair by Kim Scott. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Content warning: Multiple instances of sexual assault and rape Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    E282: The Taxonomy of Mythological Creatures Is Really Up For Debate Here

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 43:08


    Amanda and Jenn discuss non-human narrators, stories about ladies doing it for themselves, books set in Japan, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Feedback Stoner by John Williams, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones and Sing Unburied Sing, Montana 1948 by Larry Watson, and My Antonia by Willa Cather (rec’d by Elizabeth) Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, White Palace by Glenn Savan (rec’d by Wynnde) Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (rec’d by Cate) Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton (rec’d by Kelly) Questions 1. *TIME SENSITIVE*   I am going through a very difficult time personally and have a big period of down time coming up very soon.  I need something to read that will not make me feel worse than I already do.  I would love an uplifting/hopeful book that features a woman (preferably single!) who achieves her lifelong dreams of becoming a writer/painter/musician etc.  Basically, a book about a single woman who is kicking some major life butt and doing it on her own.  Bonus points if the thing she does is related to writing (for example a novel or becoming a poet) and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE for the love of my sanity, do not recommend a romance.  I love romance with all of my heart but emotionally cannot handle one at this moment.  I also do not read horror, crime, or mysteries.    Thanks for the recs in advance, I appreciate it! -Marelis 2. Hi from the UK! I’ve been listening to your podcast for years – I love it. You’re both awesome! I’ve been playing a lot of the video game Ghosts of Tsushima recently and I’d love some recommendations for books set in Japan to complement it! I like historical fiction, literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi (I’ll pretty much try anything). I have Pachinko on my list. Bonus points for Samurai.  -Charlotte 3. My wife and I just had a baby on Valentine’s Day. We are white, Christian, and a LGBT family. We want our daughter to have as much diversity as possible. We have the little leaders and dream big series along with plenty of feminist books. We need some picture books about transgender kids, Muslim (or other religions) children, and children of different races/cultures. What are your favorite picture books for us to add to her library? Thank you! -Jessica 4. Could you recommend a fantasy or sci-fi read-alike for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison? The things I like most about it are the fantasy elements, the fact that the main character is a person in power who leads responsibly because he’s genuinely a good, empathetic person, and the way that the protagonist learns to assert and value himself slowly throughout the book. Either way, thanks for your time! I appreciate you and your work! -Laura 5. I have been enjoying getting into some more door-stopper sized books this year and was hoping you could help me find some more. Specifically, I’d love an adult fantasy novel with a female lead (preferably written by a woman) maybe with a little steaminess. I generally really enjoy fantasy which doesn’t operate within the standard Tolkein-esque genre, but has its own twist and interesting world building. I read Kushiel’s Dart and that’s almost what I was looking for but I just couldn’t get past all the questionable consent stuff…. I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series. Some fantasy books I have loved (not all door-stoppers) include the Broken Earth trilogy, the Abhorsen trilogy, Gideon the Ninth, Lies of Locke Lamora, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. A friend recently got me into the Wheel of Time series as well, which is fun but with a much more male-centric, standard fantasy feel. I do like when sci-fi elements are thrown into a fantasy world (such as with Gideon), but would prefer it to lean more into the fantasy side of things (already have some good sci-fi ones on my shelf). Generally not a huge fan of time travel or robots (excepting Murderbot). Please no sexual violence. I look forward to your recommendations. Thanks! -April 6. Hi! About a year ago, I finally told my husband (and admitted to myself) that I’m bisexual. I hadn’t told anyone else because, well, I’m happily married and it’s not like I’m looking to date. And then, just a couple weeks ago I found out that my best friend of over 30 years is also bisexual! I would love a rec for a book she and I could read about bi women, preferably not a coming of age kind of book, but about grown women who are who they are but also bi. Any genre is good – we are both voracious readers. Thanks! -Jaimie 7. I want to find a fantasy book with the main characters as not human. Like wings of fire. I would love adventure and stuff -Samantha Books Discussed Spinster by Kate Bolick Finding Freedom by Erin French (cw: addiction, domestic abuse, harm to animals) Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, Vol. 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge with John Werry (Translator), Stan!, Adam Grano, Mike Montesa, John Hunt (cw: harm to children, mostly off-screen) Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (cw: harm to children, graphic violence) Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (tw: rape, harm to children) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka (Roxane Weary #1) (cw: violence against women and minors including rape, kidnapping, imprisonment) The Deep by Rivers Solomon (tw: slavery) Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (narrated by a crow and also a cow and a polar bear, dogs and cats and sparrows) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


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