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You want opinions about books? We've got them. Unabridged is the podcast where teachers take on books. Each month, we choose a book club book which we discuss in depth; we pair it with other books, and we talk about how we'd use it in a secondary classroom. We also feature highlight episodes where w…

Ashley, Jen, & Sara


    • May 25, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 34m AVG DURATION
    • 236 EPISODES

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    Shaffer and Barrows's THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY - May 2022 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 25:02

    In this Unabridged episode, Sara and Jen discuss Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We also share our pairings, including works by Helen Hanff and Kim Fay.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Our Historical Fiction Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 35:32

    Do you need a recommendation for a historical fiction book? Listen to this episode to hear recommendations from Sara, Jen, and Ashley. We feature Ruta Sepetys's The Fountains of Silence, Sarah Winman's Still Life, and Kim Fay's Love & Saffron, and we discuss what we loved about these picks. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbit - Sara with the Creator Studio Add-On For Google Slides

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 7:46

    In this Unabridged Episode, Sara discusses an add-on for Google Slides. She talks about Creator Studio, an add on that allows you to convert any Google Slide Show to an animated GIF for video slideshow.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Book-to-Film Adaptation Discussion: Lauren Weisberger's THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 31:35

    In this episode, Jen and Sara discuss 2006's adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org). They discuss this beloved movie--what they liked, what they didn't, and their overall feelings about the adaptation. Check it out and let us know what you think!   Visit the Unabridged website for and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.  

    Angie Thomas's CONCRETE ROSE - April 2022 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 52:17

    We are long-time Angie Thomas fans here at Unabridged (check out our episodes focused on The Hate U Give here and its adaptation here), so Ashley, Jen, and Sara were thrilled when we heard she was publishing a prequel focused on Maverick. Concrete Rose (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm) is (spoiler alert!) a five-star read for us, so we have a wide-ranging discussion of the book. We also share our pairings, including works by Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, and Laekan Zea Kemp.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books a t Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    True Crime Recs to Dive Into This Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 40:22

    Are you a true crime fan? Lucky for you, we have a wide range of opinions on this genre, so our recommendations include picks that would work for any reader depending on your interest and preferences. Our picks include Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff's Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered, Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, and John Carreyrou's Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits - Jen with Choosing Books

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 12:27

    In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses how she chooses books for her classroom. She talks about the steps she uses to select, obtain, and vet books that she will use for literature circles, whole class reads, and individual reads. In addition, she discusses whether she uses thematic or chronological units and what she plans on sharing with you in the future.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.     Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Book-to-Film Adaptation Discussion: Karen M. McManus's ONE OF US IS LYING

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 21:54

    In this episode, Jen and Sara discuss Peacock's adaptation of Karen M. McManus's One of Us Is Lying (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org). They discuss the pilot episode--what they liked, what they didn't, and their overall feelings about the adaptation. Check it out and let us know what you think! Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Jenny Lawson's FURIOUSLY HAPPY - March 2022 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 41:06

    Are you looking for a memoir that is both laugh out loud hilarious and also deeply poignant? In this March Book Club episode, we discuss Jenny Lawson's memoir Furiously Happy. We chat about our thoughts on Lawson's work, and we share our pairings including Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, Lindy West's Shrill, and R. Eric Thomas's Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    All about the Backlist - Our Recs for Books Published Prior to 2000

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 36:36

    In this episode, we're talking all things backlist books! We share our recommendations for some favorites that were published before the year 2000. We share Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Louise Edrich's Tracks, and Lois Lowry's The Giver. These recommendations are also perfect for those doing the 2022 Unabridged Reading Challenge! Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits - Sara with 3 More Google Extensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 8:10

    In this Unabridged Episode, Sara discusses 3 more Google extensions and how to use them to assist in the classroom and in the Google environment. She talks specifically about these excellent extensions to try out immediately. All of these extensions can be found in the Chrome Web Store. The extensions discussed today are Eyedropper, SmallPDF, and Dualless. Visit the Unabridged website for more great content! Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Our Recs for Books in Unusual Formats

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 32:20

    Do you need a recommendation for a book in an unusual format to complete your Unabridged Reading Challenge? Listen to this episode to hear recommendations from Sara, Jen, and Ashley. We feature Jason Reynolds's Ain't Burned All the Bright with artwork by Jason Griffin, Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer's To Night Owl from Dogfish, and Jennifer L. Holm and Elicia Castaldi's Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff, and we talk about other books we have enjoyed in unusual formats. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 29: The Power of Revision with Jen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 7:25

    In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses how she navigates revision in her writing instruction. She talks about the logistics of assessing revision, the writing process she currently asks students to navigate, and some of the questions she's considered as she balances writing process and product. Visit the Unabridged website for more great content! Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at  Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Encore of Love Is in the Air 2021 - Our Latest Romance Book Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 32:31

    In this Encore Unabridged Love is in the Air episode, we talk about some romance book recommendations we each want to share, including discussions of Alexis Daria's You Had Me at Hola, Alisha Rai's First Comes Like, and Talia Hibbert's Take a Hint, Dani Brown. There's something for everyone who is looking for a great romance book to read.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Helen Hoang's THE HEART PRINCIPLE - February 2022 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 46:59

    Are you looking for romance reads that also explore important issues in meaningful ways? We are all fans of Helen Hoang's books and were excited to dive into her latest release. In our February 2022 book club, we're discussing Helen Hoang's The Heart Principle. We also share our pairings, which include Talia Hibbert's Act Your Age, Eve Brown, Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart, and Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date. Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.    

    Teaching Tidbits 28: Asana with Ashley

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 8:13

    In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits Episode, Ashley shares a workflow tool, Asana, that can really help teachers manage both individual projects and team projects. This tool has collaborative features and a robust free version that works well and can really help streamline and organize tasks. Like Slack and Google Keep, which we've shared in other Teaching Tidbits, this is another project management tool that can be really helpful!   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content! Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at  Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Book to Film Adaptation Discussion - Sally Thorne's THE HATING GAME

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 39:05

    In this Unabridged book to film discussion, Sara, Jen, and Ashley talk all about Sally Thorne's The Hating Game and the recent film adaptation! We also share our latest reads in our bookish check-in, and we talk about some of our kids' latest favorite reads in this week's Give Me One. Don't miss it, and join us on social media to let us know your thoughts! Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Love is in the Air - Our 2022 Romance Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 29:09

    In the 2022 edition of this annual episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley are all happy to share some of their latest romance recs. Our picks this year include Ali Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis, Jasmine Guillory's While We Were Dating, and Jenny Bayliss's A Season for Second Chances. All of us read a lot of romances in 2021, so we're happy to share some of our top picks with you! Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Sara with Using Google Extensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 5:44

    In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits Episode, Sara discusses what extensions are and how to use them to assist in the classroom. She talks specifically about three excellent extensions to try out immediately. All of these extensions can be found in the Chrome Web Store. The extensions discussed today are: My Bib, qSnap, and Sir Links-A-Lot.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content! Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Cuddle Up with These Cozy Mystery Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 34:47

    Are you looking for a perfect cozy mystery to add to your TBR stack? Listen in to hear these cozy mystery book recommendations from Sara, Jen, and Ashley. We feature Abby Collette's A Deadly Inside Scoop, Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties, and Mia P. Manansala Arsenic and Adobo, and we share our thoughts about what works for it when it comes to cozy mysteries as well as thinking about what exactly qualifies as a cozy mystery!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Fredrik Backman's ANXIOUS PEOPLE - January 2022 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 58:51

    In this Unabridged Book Club episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley discuss Fredrik Backman's Anxious People. We also share our pairings including Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising, Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's Good Company. We are all big fans of Backman's work and enjoyed discussing this one!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 26: Student Websites with Jen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 9:30

    In this Unabridged Episode, Jen discusses reasons to use student-created websites in the classroom, potential projects they can house, and some of the logistics of starting them with students. She provides a few things to consider and identifies some of the long-range skills students can gain by creating their own websites.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Want to support Unabridged?   Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Looking Forward to New Book Releases in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 30:50

    What are you excited to read that comes out in 2022? Each year, we love sharing just a few of the MANY books we're excited to read in the new year!     Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Unabridged Book Awards for 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 60:16

    What books would you give awards to from your 2021 reading? It's that time for Unabridged! We each pick a couple of books that we absolutely loved from our 2021 reading, and we share the specific custom-made award we're giving for the books we've selected. We also all share one Young Adult Lit pick from the year, and we end the episode with a Non-Bookish Award for our Give Me One.   Looking for more of our award episodes from previous years? Check out our awards episodes from 2020 and 2019!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Teaching Tidbits 25 - Ashley with Google Keep

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 9:44

    In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits Episode, Ashley talks about a favorite teaching and life hack that she uses to keep things organized - Google Keep. Ashley shares why Keep works well for her and some tips and tricks that you can leverage to maximize Keep's effectiveness in your life and in your classroom! Visit the Unabridged website for more great content! Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Reading Challenges - 2021 Recap and 2022 Reading Goals and Challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 38:35

    What are your reading goals and plans for 2022? We want to know! In this Unabridged episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley report back on how our challenges for 2021 went, and we each share about our individual reading goals and challenge selections. We are all, of course, doing the Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2022, so be sure to join us for that challenge! Find everything you need to get started here.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Encore of Our Cozy Reads Recommendations - Curl Up with a Good Book

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 34:14

    In this encore episode of the Unabridged Podcast, we each share some cozy read recommendations with you. After our Bookish Check-in, we talk about what makes a cozy read for us, and then we each share one that we've loved. The books we chose include Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, Colleen Wright's The White Christmas Inn, and Alexis Hall's Boyfriend Material. We end the episode with our Give Me One . . . Cozy Comfort.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Encore of Christina Lauren‘s IN A HOLIDAZE Book Club Discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 42:41

    In this encore episode of our Unabridged Book Club pick from December 2020, we talk about Christina Lauren's holiday rom-com, In a Holidaze. After our Bookish Check-in, where we each share what we're reading, we chat about the novel and then offer another holiday book recommendation. We end with our Give Me One and talk about holiday songs that make us cringe.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Encore of the Epic LOVE, ACTUALLY Debate of 2019

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 18:41

    In this throwback episode from 2019, Jen and Sara get into an uncharacteristic sparring match about the essence of the Love, Actually film while Ashley stays (also uncharacteristically) decidedly neutral.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Jean Meltzer‘s THE MATZAH BALL - December 2021 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 52:35

    In this Unabridged Book Club episode, Sara, Jen, and Ashley discuss their December book club pick, Jean Meltzer's The Matzah Ball. We all discuss this 2021 release (spoiler alert: we all loved it!!!), and then we each share a pairing suggestion. Our pairings include Talia Hibbert's Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Sarah Adams's The Match, and Beth O'Leary's The Switch. This book club pick is perfect for the holiday season and is the perfect mix of a fun romance coupled with serious issues.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Teaching Tidbits 24 - Using Slack for Communication

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 4:32

    In this Unabridged Episode, Sara talks about using Slack as a communication tool for teams, content groups, schools, etc. She discusses how she, Ashley, and Jen use it for the podcast and how her instructional technology team uses it in her school district. In addition, she discusses the importance of finding tools to simplify the lives of teachers after a very stressful 2021.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Find Perfect Books for the Season with Our Winter and Holiday Book Recommendations

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 32:30

    In this seasonal episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley are sharing some of their recent favorite reads that would be perfect for holiday reading picks! Our recommendations include Sarah Morganthaler's Mistletoe and Mr. Right, Sophie Cousens's This Time Next Year, and Jasmine Guillory's Royal Holiday. We end the episode by sharing our favorite seasonal drinks for our Give Me One!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - November 2021 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 49:51

    For our November Unabridged Book Club pick, we had so much fun reading this classic novel, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (Amazon | Bookshop.org). We also shared our pairings including Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Fannie Flagg's Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. Sara, Jen, and Ashley all have different levels of experience with this classic novel, so it was super fun discussing our personal experiences with it!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode. Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Announcing Our Unabridged Podcast 2022 Reading Challenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 5:29

    In this Bonus Unabridged Episode, Jen shares about our Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2022! We loved doing our very first challenge in 2021, and we are thrilled to announce the 2022 challenge! You can learn about all things related to the 2022 Reading Challenge on this Reading Challenge page, where you can see the 2022 categories, join in on the discussion groups, and download templates to help you keep track (and more!). Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter if you'd like a 2022 reading tracker, which includes the Reading Challenge categories! (If you are already a subscriber, be on the lookout for the 2022 tracker in our newsletter, and just let us know if you didn't get it and would like one!)

    Get Gifts for Your Bookish Friends Using Our 2021 Gift Ideas!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 39:21

    This is one of our favorite annual episodes. As many of you know, Sara is our resident gift giving guru, and she carefully curates a list each year of amazing bookish gifts perfect for the book lovers in our lives (and for us to put on our own wish lists!). Jen and Ashley share a few of our favorites, too. Listen in, and let us know what your go to bookish gift picks are! If you're interested in the long list of Bookish Gifts from Sara (our Gift Giving Guru!), be sure you sign up for our newsletter! (And don't miss the links in our blog show notes for our previous Bookish Gifts episodes for more gift ideas!)   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Discover New Fairy Tale Retellings with Our Latest Recommendations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 32:05

    What is a favorite fairy tale retelling for you? At Unabridged, we are having so much fun with the Fairy Tale Retellings category on this year's Unabridged Reading Challenge! We're coming at you this week with three new fairy tale retelling recommendations, including Elizabeth Lim's Six Crimson Cranes, Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Kalynn Bayron's Cinderella Is Dead, all of which were excellent! Don't miss this fun discussion; you're sure to find a retelling that you'd enjoy!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Teaching Tidbits 23 - Student Seminars

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 8:01

    In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits Episode, Jen talks about student seminars. She defines what they are, shares some of the benefits, and offers different ways to implement them in the classroom. She also provides a detailed example of the way she's created a seminar assignment for her English classroom and discusses the reflection process.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Find More Outstanding Audiobooks - Our Latest 2021 Audiobook Recommendations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 37:13

    As audiobook listeners, Jen, Sara, and Ashley are always on the lookout for amazing audiobooks! Join Sara, Jen, and Ashley as they share their latest audiobook recommendations including Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom, Frank Herbert's Dune, and Jennifer Ryan's The Kitchen Front. Each of these recommendations is not only a great book but is also enhanced by the audio experience. Looking for more recs? Don't miss links to other audiobook posts in our blog show notes.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Aiden Thomas‘s CEMETERY BOYS - October 2021 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 51:08

    In this Unabridged Book Club episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley discuss Aiden Thomas's Cemetery Boys, which has also been our buddy read for the month! We share our pairings for this one including Kacen Callender's Felix Ever After, Molly Knox Ostertag's The Witch Boy (trilogy), and Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite's Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. We had such a great time discussing this one!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page. Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 22 - Using the Calm App in the Classroom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:24

    In this Unabridged Episode, Ashley shares about using the Calm App both for self care and in the classroom. The Calm site and app include an entire suite of resources to help with encouraging mindfulness, practicing meditation, and getting better sleep. Ashley talks about how the resources are grouped by age range and shares some of the ways that she has used the app. She mentions the free resources for teachers Calm provides, and she talks about how teachers can get started with using Calm.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at  Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Our 2021 Memoir Recommendations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 30:16

    We always love sharing our latest memoir recommendations with you all! In this episode, Sara, Jen, and Ashley each pick a memoir that we have read or listened to recently that we loved and want to recommend! Today, our memoir recs include Jenny Lawson's Broken (In the Best Possible Way), Ashley C. Ford's Somebody's Daughter, and Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart. This is a topic we love to revisit because there are always new amazing memoirs coming out to discuss; don't miss episode 138 where we share some nonfiction picks. We end our episode with aspirations for a new hobby to try as our Give Me One topic.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our  Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at  Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Some Spooky Seasonal Fun - Unabridged Discusses Scream!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 50:47

    In this Unabridged episode, Jen and Sara discuss Scream. Before diving into that discussion, Sara, Jen, and Ashley all share our bookish check-in reading, which this week includes Laura Florand's The Chocolate Thief, Sarah Adams's The Match, and Ashley Audrain's The Push. Jen and Sara share their experiences in 1996 watching Scream for the first time, and then they share their thoughts about watching it again now in 2021. Afterwards, we all come back together for our Give Me One where we admit a veggie that we each hate!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books a  Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 21: Self-Care for Educators

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 6:08

    In today's teaching tidbit episode, Sara talks about the book Tina H. Boogren's 180 Days of Self-care for Busy Educators (Amazon | Bookshop.org). She discusses a both the content and setup of the book. In addition, she discusses the importance of self-care and how teaching is even more difficult due to the events going on in our world. We appreciate educators so much, and hope you find this episode helpful.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Spooky Reads 2021 - Our Latest Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 35:50

    In this Unabridged episode, which has become an annual tradition, Sara, Jen and Ashley share our latest thriller and spooky recommendations with you, perfect for fall mood reading. Our recommendations include Alex Michaelides's The Maidens, Shea Ernshaw's A History of Wild Places, and Riley Sager's Survive the Night. We talk about the best ways to enjoy thrillers and wrap up our episode by sharing some of our favorite Halloween memories.     Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Darcie Little Badger‘s ELATSOE - September 2021 Book Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 45:15

    In this Unabridged Book Club episode, Sara, Jen, and Ashley discuss Darcie Little Badger's young adult lit book Elatsoe (Amazon | Bookshop.org). This fascinating book combines several genres including fantasy and paranormal fiction. We also share our pairings, including Angeline Boulley's Firekeeper's Daughter, Aiden Thomas's Cemetery Boys, and Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles. We had a great discussion about this outstanding book and hope that you enjoy it!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 20: Facilitating Discussion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 8:58

    In today's teaching tidbit episode, Jen talks about ways to facilitate discussion. She suggests alternate types of discussions and ways to reduce the pressure of sharing ideas aloud in class. She mentions programs like Nearpod, Flipgrid, and Schoology that can offer new ways for students to share ideas, both ahead of class and in the moment. (Don't miss Teaching Tidbits 5, where Jen talks about literature circles, and 18, where Sara talks about Flipgrid.) If you like our teaching ideas and want to see more that we've created, check out our Teachers Pay Teachers store where we share resources.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Read More Variety with Versatile Authors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 33:44

    In this Unabridged episode, Jen, Ashley, and Sara share some of our favorite authors who write for multiple age groups OR for different genres (or both!). This episode is perfect for those completing the Unabridged Reading Challenge for 2021; this will give you lots of great ideas for who to read for the versatile authors category. We talk about favorite authors such as John Green, Jacqueline Woodson, Rainbow Rowell, Sherry Thomas, and others. Listen in to hear our thoughts, and find us on social media @unabridgedpod to share your favorites with us!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Unexpected Joy - Books that Surprised Us in Excellent Ways

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 33:54

    In this Unabridged episode, Jen, Sara, and Ashley share book recommendations for book picks that surprised us and brought unexpected joy. Our recommendations, including Rebecca Stead's The List of Things that Will Not Change, Patrik Svensson's The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World, and Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn, are very different from each other, but they were all books that turned out to be more than what we expected.   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

    Teaching Tidbits 19: Podcasting in the Classroom with Students

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 10:30

    We're back with our Teaching Tidbits episodes for this school year! In our first teaching tidbit episode of season five, Ashley talks about podcasting in the classroom and different ways that teachers can incorporate podcast creation into class activities. Ashley mentions programs like WeVideo and Adobe Spark, which can be used to create the podcasts. (Don't miss Teaching Tidbit 6 where Sara talks about using Adobe Spark!) If you like our teaching ideas and want to see more that we've created, check out our Teachers Pay Teachers store where we share resources.   Visit the Unabridged website for more great content!   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Young Adult Lit Book-to-Screen Adaptations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 29:46

    In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we discuss one of our favorite topics, book-to-screen adaptations. In this one, we focus on young adult books that have been adapted to films or series. We talk about ones we've discussed on the podcast and others we've loved. This episode is perfect for the 2021 Unabridged Reading Challenge because it covers the category for a YA lit book that has been adapted as well as for the bonus "Watch the Adaptation" category!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

    Get Reading Momentum Going with Our Favorite Fantasy and Dystopian Series Recs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 36:00

    In this Unabridged podcast episode, Ashley, Jen, and Sara talk about one of our favorite topics—we share book series we've loved reading. We're focusing on young adult literature fantasy and dystopian series, and although there are tons of great recommendations in this category, we narrow it down to Marie Lu, Dhonielle Clayton, and S.A. Chakraborty. Check it out, and find us on the socials to share your favorites with us!   Visit the Unabridged website for our full show notes and links to the books mentioned in the episode.   Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.   Want to support Unabridged? Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. | Join our Unabridged Podcast Reading Challenge. | Visit our curated list of books at Bookshop.org. | Become a patron on Patreon. | Check out our Merch Store. | Visit the resources available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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