Get Booked
Get Booked
Jan 14, 2021
E264: Consequences Are My Jam
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Amanda and Jenn discuss genre-benders, hopeful visions of the future, overlooked literary fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud and Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (rec’d by Kelly)


1. Hi, I’m Ben, I love the podcast! I wasn’t sure how to ask for a suggestion, so I’m emailing. 

I recently read Stuart Turton’s “Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” and “The Devil in the Dark Water” and am trying to find more genre bending books like those. My preferences are pretty open, though I try to stay away from YA. I do love that the aforementioned books involve a complicated mystery, but the mystery aspect isn’t as important as the genre blending. Thank you for your help!

P.s. your podcast has helped open my mind with the variety of books that y’all discuss, thanks for that. 


2. It’s been a rough year (for everyone), and I am struggling to really see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m looking for a read without too much trauma on the page that imagines a better future/society. That’s pretty open-ended, but I enjoy so much of what gets recommended on the show that I trust y’all to run with it!

Thank you for all you do; you’re getting me through all this shit. 


3. Hello! On your most recent episode (the final one in 2020), one or both of you mentioned reading more nonfiction books than usual this year. I haven’t gotten into nonfiction much, but would like to read more of it. So I was wondering – what were your favorite nonfiction books that you read in 2020?

Thanks! Love the show!


4. Happy Holidays from Indonesia 🙂

I’m looking for some new reading recommendations for my girlfriend, preferable a series she can dig into.  She and I have slightly different tastes, so I’m looking to the experts for some ideas 🙂

She loved Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit series.  Books she’s read recently that she really enjoyed were Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, The One by John Marrs, My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, and now she’s loving Memoirs of a Porcupine by Alain Mabanckou. 

She couldn’t get into The Handmaid’s Tale or Fever Dream. 

She loves a good plot, loves dogs (including Petunia), ghosts are good, and she likes imaginative books and worlds 🙂

Some violence is ok, but not overly brutal or too graphic.  Nothing too obscure or literary. 

Thank you and Happy New Year!!!!


5. I have just started going through your backlist of episodes! I listen to your podcast In bed to relax after coming home from work before going to sleep, so I haven’t gotten that far in (about 27 episodes). Since I haven’t listened to all of your episodes, you may have covered this recommendation topic before (or something like it), so feel free to point me towards an episode or not answer the question if you feel like you don’t need to!

I have recently (within the past couple of years) gotten into reading literary fiction and am looking for some egregiously overlooked literary fiction that you feel everyone should love and read! I’m not looking for the super popular books that have been hyped so much, but am looking for those little gems that reader’s may have missed.

I have read “Ask Again, Yes,” “A Little Life” (which ruined me for about a week after reading it. I literally started and put down 5 books the day after I finished it because I couldn’t read anything else), “The Heart’s Invisible Furies,” “On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous,” and others And have loved them all. I just started “Everything I Never Told You” and am loving it! Why it took me so long to read Celeste Ng, I don’t know!

Any recommendations you provide would be greatly appreciated. And the recommendations can be as dark or depressing as you want. In fact, I’d prefer that!

Thanks for entertaining and relaxing me before I drift off to sleep each night!

Here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy 2021!

-Kari T.

6. I usually read darker mysteries and thrillers, but during the pandemic I’ve been turning to cozy mysteries a lot, as they really are the ultimate comfort reads, especially when you can dive into a whole series. But one thing that’s coming to annoy me in most modern cozies is that the protagonist rarely actually solves the murder through any deductive reasoning. Usually they blunder around asking questions until the murderer has had enough and decides to try to murder them as well, at which point our main character always manages a narrow escape. Can you recommend a contemporary cozy mystery series where the protagonist actually uses clues to solve the murder rather than just figures out who it is by almost getting murdered themselves? 

Cozy series I’ve read during the pandemic include Agatha Raisin, the Maine Clambake series, the Meg Lanslow series, Tea Shop mysteries, and Daisy’s Tea Garden. I also really love a lot of historical series, including Flavia de Luce (who I think does use clues and logic more than most!) but I’m looking for something contemporary in this case. Nothing magical or paranormal, please, I haven’t really been able to get into any of those.



7. I just read Circe by Madeline Miller and I absolutely loved it. I’m so intrigued by Greek mythology right now. Can I have some recommendations on books on Greek mythology? The Song Of Achilles by Miller is on my list. I am looking for fictional retellings or easy read non fiction. 


Books Discussed

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

SFF Yeah episode on Genre-Blenders

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston

The Feminist Utopia Project, edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg

The Mason House by T. Marie Bertineau (tw: domestic violence, alcoholism)

The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lireal)

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (tw: rape, racism, racial slurs)

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo (tw political torture)

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (tw: child abuse, domestic violence, lots of weird dark stuff that i can’t remember precisely)

Dead in the Garden by Dahlia Donovan (tw: racism, ableism, homophobia)

Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon (tw: suicide, drug abuse, child abduction, fatphobia)

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (tw: rape)

The Half-God of Rainfall by Innua Ellams (tw: rape on the page)

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All the Books!
All the Books!
Book Riot
E300: New Releases and More for March 2, 2021
This week, Liberty and Danika discuss In the Quick, Infinity Reaper, Infinite Country, and more great books. Pick up an All the Books! shirt, sticker, and more right here. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS, iTunes, or Spotify and never miss a book. Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. BOOKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW: In the Quick by Kate Hope Day I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi  Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster  Infinite Country by Patricia Engel Infinity Reaper (Infinity Cycle) by Adam Silvera The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen WHAT WE’RE READING: Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 3 by Natalie Riess The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson MORE BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK: Gory Details: Adventures From the Dark Side of Science by Erika Engelhaupt  The Kitchen without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs by The Eat Offbeat Chefs, Siobhan Wallace Penny De Los Santos (Photographer) The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown The Speed of Light by Elissa Grossell Dickey Rice (Savor the South Cookbooks) by Michael W. Twitty The Snatch Racket: The Kidnapping Epidemic That Terrorized 1930s America by Carolyn Cox Black Boy Out of Time: A Memoir by Hari Ziyad Catalogue Baby: A Memoir of (In)fertility by Myriam Steinberg, Christache Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding by Larry Olmsted  Vera by Carol Edgarian   The Queen’s Secret by Melissa de la Cruz The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle  Abundance by Jakob Guanzon Too Small by Tola Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood by Kayleen Schaefer  Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent by Katherine Angel One Step to You by Federico Moccia, Antony Shugaar (translator)  Mirror Lake by Andrée A. Michaud, J. C. Sutcliffe (translator)  Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand and Nabi H. Ali A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America’s Wildest Peak by Patrick Dean Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls by Joe Parkinson, Drew Hinshaw The Memory Thief: Thirteen Witches by Jodi Lynn Anderson An Unexpected Peril (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery ) by Deanna Raybourn Spilt Milk by Courtney Zoffness Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How it Affects Us All by Laura Bates Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine by Olivia Campbell  Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery by Ally Carter Decoding “Despacito”: An Oral History of Latin Music by Leila Cobo  Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer by Liza Rodman, Jennifer Jordan The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski  Bridge of Souls (City of Ghosts #3) by Victoria Schwab The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood AMORALMAN: A True Story and Other Lies by Derek DelGaudio We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News by Eliot Higgins Covet (Crave 3) by Tracy Wolff  Later by Stephen King  Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo Machinehood by S.B. Divya The Girl Explorers: The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World by Jayne Zanglein The Scapegoat by Sara Davis A History of Scars: A Memoir by Laura Lee The Salt in Our Blood by Ava Morgyn Flight: A Novel of a Daring Escape During World War II by Vanessa Harbour A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me―and You by Leslie Lehr Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home by Alexander Wolff The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner  Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay  Float Plan by Trish Doller   Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft  The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren Foregone by Russell Banks Justine by Forsyth Harmon The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen  Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig Oslo, Maine by Marcia Butler The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi More Than You Can Handle: A Rare Disease, A Family in Crisis, and the Cutting-Edge Medicine That Cured the Incurable by Miguel Sancho The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel Antonio by Beatriz Bracher, Adam Morris (translator) The High-Rise Diver by Julia von Lucadou, Sharmila Cohen (translator) The Northern Reach by W.S. Winslow You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility by Annabelle Gurwitch Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer by Jamie Figueroa A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan Book 2) by Arkady Martine  Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira The Conductors by Nicole Glover Dead Space by Kali Wallace Lightseekers by Femi Kayode The Restoration of Celia Fairchild by Marie Bostwick  Feelings: A Story in Seasons by Manjit Thapp  A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi  Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths See for privacy information.
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Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
50.5 Five tips for reading Pride and Prejudice (or any Austen novel)
We’re sharing our top five tips for reading Jane Austen’s novels with you, whether you’re a frequent re-reader or new to her work. Today’s episode is meant to help you get the most out of any Austen novel, but we hope you’ll read Pride and Prejudice with us this month! To celebrate one year of podcasting and the launch of our new Patreon community, we’re enjoying all things Austen for the whole month of March with discussion episodes and a bunch of bonus content (available for our Classics Club members on Patreon). To sign up, go to and listen in to hear about our plans for the Classics Club this month. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info and connect with us on Instagram or Twitter. Use our affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. March 9th Episode: Part One (we’ll discuss Chapter 1-34 or Volume I-Volume II, Chapter 11) March 23rd Episode: Part Two (we’ll discuss the rest of the book and share our pairings) 1. Listen to the audiobook Amazon: Rosamund Pike Kate Redding, Emilia Fox, Elizabeth Klett and Karen Savage 2. Research some Regency customs Sparknotes context Historical context The Georgian Era (and more in our upcoming Patreon class!) 3. Investigate Jane Austen’s writing style Free indirect discourse Austen’s voice Austen Said Irony and Elizabeth Bennett 4. Use Sparknotes, LitCharts, or Schmoop 5. Watch a film adaptation Our favorite: 1995 BBC series on Hulu Most popular: 2005 film on Peacock or Amazon Prime Throwback: 1980 film on Amazon Prime
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From the Front Porch
From the Front Porch
The Bookshelf Thomasville
309 || Baby Gabriel Recommends
Annie is joined by Bookshelf staffer and online sales coordinator, Lucy Stoltzfus. Lucy's son Gabriel just celebrated his first birthday so in honor of him, the two will discuss Gabriel's reading tastes and see what books are his current favorites.  Some of the books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf: * Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy * Harry Maclary by Lynley Dodd * Jam Jam books * Greedy Python by Eric Carle * Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems * Nanette Baguette by Mo Willems * Won’t You Be My Neighbor by Mr. Rogers * It’s You I Like by Mr. Rogers * Hello Neighbor by Mr. Rogers * Goodnight Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora * Vegetables Wear Underpants Vegetables in Underwear * The One, Two, Three of Thankfulness * ABCs of Kindness * Ellie Holcomb * When I Pray For You by Matthew Turner * Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd * Found * Snowy Day * Dress Can’t Dance * Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website,  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here. Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.  This week, Annie is reading Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins and Lucy is reading Love and Fury by Samanatha Silva. If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.
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Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen
Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen
Kristen Meinzer
My Boss is Holding Me Down
Rafer and Kristen advise one listener who’s not sure if she should pursue bigger professional dreams, and another who needs help bridging the gap  between her world and her husband’s. And for their What Should I Watch Next segment, they try to help a listener who’s thirsty for stories about the rich and famous after watching Framing Britney Spears.  Need some Movie Therapy of your own? Submit your questions to or by filling out the contact form at You can also tweet us @raferguzman and @kristenmeinzer and join our Facebook Community at Huge thanks to our sponsors! Acorn TV  is a streaming service that’s rooted in British television, with a rich catalog of exclusive, award-winning series across genres including mysteries, dramas, comedies, and more. Try Acorn TV free for 30 days, by going to Acorn dot TV and use my promo code MOVIE. Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that makes eating well easy and affordable with plans to fit every kind of lifestyle. Go to and use code movie80 to get $80 off including free shipping. Magic Spoon is a cereal company that’s discovered a way to recreate your favorite childhood cereals with 0 sugar, 11 grams of protein, and only 3 net grams of carbs in each serving. Go to magicspoon dot com/movietherapy to grab a variety pack and be sure to use our promo code MOVIETHERAPY at checkout to get free shipping. See for privacy information.
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Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show
Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show
Slate Podcasts
Temperamental Teen Edition
On this week’s episode: Elizabeth, Dan, and Carvell commiserate with a parent whose teen is taking every little correction to heart. Then Elizabeth sits down with Erika McLemore (@sitbymyfire on Instagram) to discuss how parents should incorporate lessons on Indigenous peoples, cultures, and land acknowledgements into play. She also shares a bunch of wonderful resources for parents and kids to continue educating themselves on language, history, and current issues central to the Indigenous experience.  In Slate Plus: Slate’s Holly Allen stops by to talk about her powerful new bathroom cleaning tool. A blacklight! Let's just say she can't unsee what she saw... Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Recommendations: Dan recommends East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha.  Carvell recommends breaking out the Mario Kart games with the family. Not only is the Nintendo Switch great, but he also recommends throwing it back with a Nintendo Wii.  Elizabeth recommends taking time this week to reach out to one person and say something nice.  Erika’s Recommendations: Native Appropriations Warrior Kids podcast All My Relations podcast Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace by Traci Sorell Join us on Facebook and email us at to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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When In Romance
When In Romance
Book Riot
E77: A Beautiful Frankenstein
Jess and Trisha discuss some non-terrible Valentine’s week romance coverage, talk about the way romance represents the experience of being Black in history…and Trisha has a confession to make. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. News As discussed, our fellow Rioters Silvana and Carole are just the best.  Please enjoy the romance coverage from NPR via podcast and this interview Beverly Jenkins did with Karen Grigsby Bates. Also the New York Times has come a long way, y’all. [NYT] There WAS in fact a Reading Pathways piece on Book Riot about Beverly Jenkins! And it was written by yet another of the actual best, Amanda Diehl [insert heart eyes emoji]. This is your regular reminder (from Trisha) to read this Book Riot piece about Bridgerton (by Jess). Post show note: Okay, we were wrong, and Black Panther came out in 2018. Time is complicated! Books Discussed Indigo, Forbidden, and basically everything else by Beverly Jenkins That Could Be Enough and Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole Confessions in B Flat by Donna Hill The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Hughley A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan Rafe and Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn Please send Trisha your favorite romances that aren’t especially plot-driven (she clearly needs the help). As always, you can find Jess and Trisha at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @trishahaleybrwn), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @trishahaleybrown). See for privacy information.
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