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Get Booked
Get Booked
Book Riot
E264: Consequences Are My Jam
Amanda and Jenn discuss genre-benders, hopeful visions of the future, overlooked literary fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Feedback The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud and Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (rec’d by Kelly) Questions 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.  -Ben 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.  -Diana 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! -Kathleen 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!!!! -P 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. Thanks!  -Sarah 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.  -Amanda 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) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 min
Reading Women
Reading Women
Reading Women
Interview with Lyssa Kay Adams
In this week’s episode, Kendra and Joce chat with Lyssa Kay Adams, the author of The Bromance Book Club series. (Note: While we enjoyed this series, the title third book includes ableist language. The title has very little to do with the content, but we just wanted to give you a heads up.) Thanks so our sponsor! Acorn TV - Use code readingwomen at https://acorn.tv to receive your first 30 days free! Check out our Patreon page to learn more about our book club and other Patreon-exclusive goodies. Follow along over on Instagram, join the discussion in our Goodreads group, and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more new books and extra book reviews! Grab one of our totes for 20% off by heading over to our Etsy Store! Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount Check out the Reading Women Award 5th Anniversary Print from Ideal Bookshelf Mug 11oz and 15oz 10 Reading Women postcards Prints Lutz Get Down to Business We are two cousins from opposite ends of the globe who have way too many opinions about figure skating! So we decided to record ourselves talking about anything and everything that has recently gone down in the skating world. Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Other Platforms Instagram | Twitter Books Mentioned Crazy Stupid Bromance Undercover Bromance The Bromance Book Club Author Bio Lyssa Kay Adams read her first romance novel in eighth grade after swiping one from her grandmother’s book shelf and was hooked forever. After a nearly 20-year career as a journalist, her dreams of writing and publishing her own HEAs came true in 2015 with the release of her first novel, Seventh Inning Heat, followed by the RITA-nominated novella, Wild in Rio. Today, she writes full-time from her home in Michigan with a pesky, fluffy K9 assistant named Domino who spends most of his day snoring on her desk (that is, when he’s not burying things around the house). Website | Twitter | Instagram Buy the Book CONTACT Questions? Comments? Email us hello@readingwomenpodcast.com.  SOCIAL MEDIA Reading Women Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Music by Isaac Greene Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47 min
Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
Novel Pairings
44.5 Anticipated book releases for winter 2021 and backlist books to read while you wait
Today Chelsey and Sara are ready to topple your TBRs with highly anticipated winter releases and backlist books. Our goal is to hype up the buzzy new books and under-the-radar releases while offering pairings that are easier to get at the library (or more affordable in paperback). There are a TON of titles mentioned in today’s episode, so be sure to visit our show notes at novelpairings.com to find full lists of every book we talked about. Find show notes HERE. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Books mentioned (affiliate links): January 5 The Push by Ashley Audrain (Amazon) Long Bright River by Liz Moore (Amazon) Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (Amazon) Members Only by Sameer Pandya (Amazon) Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (Amazon) Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Amazon) Outlawed by Anna North (Amazon) True Grit by Charles Portis (Amazon) Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Amazon) January 12 The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell (Amazon) Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Amazon) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Amazon) The Captive by Fiona King Foster (Amazon) Scribe by Alyson Hagy (Amazon) January 19 The Divines by Ellie Eaton (Amazon) The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Amazon) The Girls by Emma Cline (Amazon) January 26 A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Amazon) The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Amazon) Troy by Adele Geras (Amazon) February 2 The Removed by Brandon Hobson (Amazon) Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Amazon) Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) My Year Abroad by Chang Rae-Lee (Amazon) The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Amazon) February 9 A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett (Amazon) A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (Amazon) The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (Amazon) My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh (Amazon) February 16 The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (Amazon) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Amazon) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Amazon) March 2 Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Amazon) Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Amazon) March 9 Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman (Amazon) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Amazon) There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset (Amazon) Anna K by Jenny Lee (Amazon)
53 min
Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast
Fated Mates - A Romance Novel Podcast
Sarah MacLean & Jen Prokop
S03.22: For Real by Alexis Hall: Jen had to Google Some Things
It’s 2021, and we’re back on the reading train with one of Sarah’s favorite erotic romances ever, Alexis Hall’s For Real. We dig into sex on the page, how sex and identity work together to make an erotic romance an erotic romance, power dynamics, and the difference between fear & risk. Enjoy! You still have time to buy the Fated Mates Best of 2020 Book Pack from our friends at Old Town Books in Alexandria Virginia, and get the seven traditionally published books on the list, a Fated Mates sticker and a candle from the bookstore! Order here! Thank you, as always, for listening! If you are up for leaving a rating or review for the podcast on your podcasting app, we would be very grateful!  Next week, we’re returning to Curvy Girls for an interstitial, and then we’re headed on to Naima Simone’s Blackout Billionaires series! In order, the books are: The Billionaire's Bargain, Black Tie Billionaire, and Blame It on the Billionaire. Find them at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Apple Books. Show Notes We won Georgia, but then white supremacist terrorists attacked the Capitol. If you want to talk to your kids, here are some suggestions from Facing History and Ourselves, this is a resource for teachers but I think any parent with tweens and teens will find it helpful. If you have little kids, Jen’s friend Elisa is a children’s librarian and recommend the books When a Bully is President and What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book.  Answering machines don’t exist anymore. (Well, they probably do, but no one we know uses them.)  For Real won the 2016 RITA for Best Erotic romance, and Alexis Hall wrote a blog entry about it.  Fear vs. Risk, the short version. Or maybe you want to read whole book about fear, called Nerve by Eva Holland. Jen knows Eva from another online space, but they've never met in person. Bluebeard’s attic had some things Jen had to google.  Eric Selinger is a romance guy, but also a poetry guy at DePaul. Jen took a workshop with Eric a million years ago (before she started doing romance stuff), and the guy who said “poetry is a laboratory for sentences” was poet Baron Wormser, author of the best book Jen’s ever read about teaching and learning poetry, A Surge of Language.  Jen was thinking about what happens when romance authors are forced to read the sex scenes instead of the feelings scenes, like when Stacey Abrams on Stephen Colbert.  Sarah talked about chastity belts at the end, and we here at Fated Mates strongly advise against giving the internet the power over your chastity belts and cock cages. SAFETY FIRST!  Derek Craven Day is coming, do you have you merch ready? T-shirts and buttons and listen to our discussion of Dreaming of You, of course.
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