Currently Reading

By Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb

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 Mar 19, 2021


 May 18, 2020
listening to this podcast is like sitting on the front porch with your girlfriends and a cup of coffee. I love that the hosts bring in guest speakers, co-hosts, and authors. I especially appreciate the addition of Mindy as co-host, as she brings variety and fun, and when you've been listening to the same podcast for a long time, opinions can get stale. Meredith's voice is soothing to me, and Mindy's voice is adorable.

Description

Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You'll find tons of book recommendations every week.

Episode Date
Season 4, Episode 18: Books We Both Read + Reading Your Shelves
46:09

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mary and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: holiday reading and a Bookish dentist visit

  • Current Reads: some books that we both read that we can discuss together

  • Deep Dive: how to move those books from TBR to read - reading your shelves!

  • Book Presses: a delightful classic and a middle grade gem

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Season 4, Episode 18:

1:18 Bookish Moment of the Week

2:51 - The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

3:00 - Christmas with Anne of Green and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery 

4:52 - The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris

4:57 - Season 4: Episode 1 of Currently Reading

5:33 Current Reads:

5:43 - Amy Allen Clark - MomAdvice and Book Gang podcast

5:56 - The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg (Mary)

8:48 - This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (Kaytee)

12:20 - The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (Mary) 

14:47 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

16:49 - The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Kaytee)

19:18 - The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller (Mary)

19:27 - The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

21:47 - The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr (Kaytee)

23:59 - Deep Dive: Reading Your Shelves

27:00 - Thriftbooks

27:01 - Savers

29:13 - Half Price Books

30:42 - The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

32:14 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

37:01 - Scribd

37:03 - Libro.fm

40:16 - Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:36 - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (Mary)

42:28 - Season 1: Episode 1 of Currently Reading

42:46 - Sweep by Jonathan Auxier (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Nov 29, 2021
Season 4, Episode 17: Books of Big Feels + So Many Thoughts on Matrix
01:03:29

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mindy and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: family reading time and a bookstore shopping trip

  • Current Reads: a cadre of books that have been emotions attached tot hem

  • Deep Dive: Matrix by Lauren Groff

  • Book Presses: some sci-fi and some curmudgeon fiction to round out the episode

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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0:10 Bite Size Intro

2:06 - Matrix by Lauren Groff

2:11 - Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

2:21 Bookish Moment of the Week

3:38 - Fabled Bookshop

4:50 Current Reads:

5:18 - The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanaugh (Mindy)

9:53 - Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

13:25 - Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey (Meredith)

15:32 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam 

17:46 - The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (Mindy)

21:44 - Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard (Meredith)

23:03 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

23:04 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

25:46 - A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Mindy)

26:02 - The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

28:12 - Liz Hein on Instagram

29:09 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok

29:39 - Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune (Meredith)  

29:43 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

34:08 - Deep Dive: Matrix by Lauren Groff

35:03 - Matrix by Lauren Groff

38:45 - Mindy on Instagram

45:55 - The Power by Naomi Alderman

45:59 - The End of Men by Cristina Sweeney-Baird

56:06 - Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

56:23 - All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Mindy)

59:16 - Jen on Bookstagram

1:00:02 - The Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg (Meredith)

1:01:21 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

1:01:27 - The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

1:02:03 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Nov 22, 2021
Season 4, Episode 16: Listener Homework + Cinematic Books
52:37

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: an ASMR playlist + supporting indie bookstores

  • Current Reads: climate fiction, romance, non-fiction, and murder

  • Deep Dive: the books that we want to see on the large or small screen

  • Book Presses: another cinematic pick and a quick option for non-fiction November

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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0:10 Bite Size Intro

2:18 - Your homework: Record a voice memo on your phone.

Make sure your voice memo includes: your name, your location, the name of the indie bookstore you are referencing with its location, a book that was hand sold to you (either by the seller or a shelf talker, etc.) with the title and author, and all the reasons why you love the book and the bookstore! 
Deadline -- DECEMBER 1

4:57 Bookish Moment of the Week

6:01 - Currently Reading Patreon

8:13 - The Worm bookstore in Sedona 

11:52 Current Reads:

12:05 - Fabled Bookshop

12:18 - L.A. Weather by Maria Amparo Escandon (Meredith)

15:10 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

16:44 - Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

17:18 - Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore (Kaytee)

17:37 - Season 3: Episode 33 of Currently Reading

22:02 - Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi (Meredith)

25:37 - Fast Pitch by Nic Stone (Kaytee)

26:52 - Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

28:25 - Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Meredith)

33:22 - No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

33:23 - The Whisper Man by Alex North  

33:33 - Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell (Kaytee)

33:57 - Feminist Book Club Subscription Box

37:41 Deep Dive - Cinematic Books We Want To See On the Screen

39:28 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant 

40:24 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

40:54 - Lobizona by Romina Garber Russell

40:59 - Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

41:06 - The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

41:41 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

42:43 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

43:34 - The Troop by Nick Cutter

43:40 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

44:44 - Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

44:21 - Devolution by Max Brooks

44:54 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

45:21 - The One by John Marrs

45:27 - The Passengers by John Marrs

45:40 - One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

45:45 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

46:28 - The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

46:32 - Falling by T.J. Newman

46:40 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

46:49 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

47:06 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

47:16 - Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:38 - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Meredith)

49:37 - Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kaytee)

50:37 - Starstruck by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Nov 15, 2021
Season 4, Episode 15: Long-Term Buddy Reading + Picking a Book Club Book
51:29

1:27 Bookish Moment of the Week

1:46 - Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent 

1:52 - Bookends bookshop in Pagosa Springs Colorado

2:46 - All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

4:05 - The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

4:42 - My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

4:43 - My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

4:57 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

5:19 - Marley by Jon Clinch

6:06 Current Reads:

6:12 - God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney (Kaytee)

6:32 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

9:43 - A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley (Meredith)

9:52 - Book Drop subscription

13:32 - Let’s Tell This Story Properly by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Kaytee) Note: In the UK, this collection is published as Manchester Happened

14:23 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

16:10 - Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (Meredith)

16:23 - White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

16:36 - Novel Neighbor bookshop

22:03 - Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Kaytee)

23:23 - Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

24:22 - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Meredith)

25:55 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

25:56 - The Selection by Kiera Cass

25:58 - Furyborn by Claire Legrand

28:24 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

30:32 Deep Dive - What Makes a Good Book Club Book?

33:58 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

34:42 - Bookend Homeschoolers Season 2: Episode 13

36:20 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

36:50 - Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

38:12 - How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

39:02 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

40:49 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

41:45 - The Push by Ashley Audrain

41:48 - The Need by Helen Phillips

42:53 - Roar by Ceclia Ahern

43:15 - The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

43:45 - You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

44:43 - Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:05 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Kaytee)

47:26 - The Power by Naomi Alderman (Meredith)

49:20 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Nov 08, 2021
Season 4, Episode 14: An Hour to Myself - Finding Time to Read
01:00:30

0:00 Bite Sized Intro

1:43 - Currently Reading Patreon

5:48 Bookish Moment of the Week

7:01 - Smile by Raina Telgemeier

11:51 Current Reads:

13:09 - Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wiedeman (Meredith)

13:39 - The Herd by Andrea Bartz

15:33 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

19:55 - Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Kaytee)

20:03 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

25:05 - Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (Meredith)

27:10 - The Popcast podcast

30:14 - Cazadora by Romina Garber Russell (Kaytee)

30:30 - Lobizona by Romina Garber Russell

30:33 - Season 4: Episode 11

30:39 - Season 3: Episode 40

30:43 - Season 3: Episode 18

30:46 - Season 3: Episode 22

31:27 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

31:28 - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

33:01 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard 

33:04 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

33:21 - Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent (Meredith)

38:49 - The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (Kaytee)

39:03 - Jessica Bearak’s Instagram @tonightsbookishfeast

42:20 Deep Dive - An Hour to Myself: Finding Time to Read

47:56 - Second Generation AirPods

51:36 - Currently Reading Zazzle shop with Bookish mug “Shh I’m reading”

53:21 - Kaytee’s Novel Neighbor Bookmark (we think)

53:53 - Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

54:13 - Haunted Ground by Erin Hart (Meredith)

57:35 - Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World by Osheta Moore (Kaytee)

58:25 - Shalom Sistas Manifesto

Nov 01, 2021
Season 4, Episode 13: Bookish Multitudes + Be a Library Ambassador
54:28

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a slumpy slump and reading dates

  • Current Reads: we contain bookish multitudes

  • Deep Dive: how to be a Library Ambassador. Go forth and make disciples!

  • Book Presses: a fairytale that’s just as great on paper as on the screen and a business biography

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:43 Bookish Moment of the Week

2:36 - All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

3:59 - A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer 

6:31 Current Reads:

6:40 - The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Kaytee)

6:50 - Season 3: Episode 47 The Listener Press Episode

9:31 - Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie (Meredith)

13:47 - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero (Kaytee)

14:06 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

16:27 - A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (Meredith)

16:42 - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

20:56 - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

22:02 - Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (Kaytee)

26:35 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard (Meredith)

26:41 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard 

31:40 Deep Dive - How to REALLY Support your Local Library

36:42 - Currently Reading Zazzle shop 

39:08 - Meredith’s Kindle Oasis 

43:56 - Getting Started with Libby

45:53 - Hoopla Digital

45:56 - Cloud Library

46:18 Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

46:32 - Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Kaytee)

46:48 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

48:48 - Disney War by James B. Stewart (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Oct 25, 2021
Minisode: An Interview with "All the Lonely People" Author Mike Gayle
33:14

Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Mike Gayle. Mike is the author of All the Lonely People, his seventeenth novel, and one that totally captured my heart. You’ve heard me gush about the book, now listen to my conversation with Mike to hear about:

  • Where Hubert Bird came from

  • The Windrush generation and his parents

  • A committee against loneliness

  • The filling and emptying of a home

  • How the book landed during the pandemic

  • Captain Tom and small things with big impact

  • Entering the conversation about race

  • Being pigeonholed as an author

  • Winning the RNA Award for writer of the year

  • Reading expanding us as humans

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse. These are affiliate links, which kick back a small percentage of your purchase to the podcast, which helps support the show!

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

Captain Tom

The Romance Novelist Association - Achievement Award

This is a great article about that win

Naïve. Super by Erland Loe

Connect with Mike: on Instagram at @mikegaylethenovelist, on Facebook, Twitter or at his website

Contact the show at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com.

You can find Kaytee on Instagram @notesonbookmarks and Meredith @meredith.reads.

You can visit our website at www.currentlyreadingpodcast.com

Oct 22, 2021
Season 4, Episode 12: Book Gushing + Packing Your Non-Fiction November TBR
54:31

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Mary and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: indie bookstore moments for a day date and a meetup

  • Current Reads: we both have books today that are contenders for favorite of the year

  • Deep Dive: we talk about multiple categories of books that we have loved and think you might love for non-fiction November

  • Book Presses: two more NF picks, both memoir

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:26 Bookish Moment of the Week

1:43 - Boswell Books

3:30 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles  

3:33 - Garcia Street Books

5:18 Current Reads:

5:31 - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Mary)

9:41 - The Very Nice Box by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman (Kaytee)

13:13 - Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado (Mary)

16:15 - Starfish by Lisa Fipps 

16:38 - Redemption Point by Candice Fox (Kaytee)

19:56 - Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman (Mary)

20:04 - Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman 

20:07 - The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

22:14 - The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman

22:55 - All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle (Kaytee)

23:03 - Amy’s Instagram @amyseptemberreads

26:06 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

28:02 Deep Dive - Reads for Nonfiction November

31:01 - What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

31:10 - I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

32:02 - A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

32:17 - Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly

33:04 - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

33:07 - An Indigenious Peoples’ History of the United States (The Young Reader’s Version) by Debbie Reese

33:55 - An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Adult Version) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

35:04 - At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

35:41 - Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

36:11 - Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan 

36:17 - Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

36:40 - I Have Something to Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

37:38 - All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter

38:08 - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

38:11 - Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

38:44 - Know My Name by Chanel Miller

39:03 - Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox

39:21 - Heavy by Kiese Laymon

39:32 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

39:48 - Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

40:22 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

40:46 - Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

41:06 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

41:23 - Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

41:58 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

42:11 - Evicted by Matthew Desmond

42:28 - The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

42:49 - A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett

44:18 - HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes

44:52 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

45:20 - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

45:22 - The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi

45:24 - Atomic Habits by James Clear

46:25 - Designing Your Life by Bill B\urnett

46:49 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

46:51 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

47:16 - Burnout by Emily Nagoski

47:39 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

48:21 - The Road Back To You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

48:32 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

48:57 - Reading People by Anne Bogel

49:33 - Megan notes that it was “only” 41 books.

49:47 Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

50:00 - My Life in France by Julia Child (Mary)

51:25 Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig (Kaytee)

51:33 - Season 3: Episode 15

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Oct 18, 2021
Season 4, Episode 11: Recording Together + Lending Books to Friends and Family
55:40

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: being together in person!

  • Current Reads: Books in the zeitgeist and one that’s perfect for October

  • Deep Dive: are we precious about lending books out to others? do we have rules and regulations?

  • Book Presses: books from the keeper shelf

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

7:03 - Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews (Kaytee)

11:10 - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Meredith)

13:21 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

13:35 - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

17:30 - Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Kaytee)

22:16 - The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig (Meredith)

26:48 - Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez (Kaytee)

27:01 - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 

27:12 - The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

30:33 - No One Goes Alone by Erik Larson (Meredith)

36:13 - Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Deep Dive - Lending Books From Your Shelves

39:45 - The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

42:26 - Greenwood by Michael Christie

42:53 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

43:14 - The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield

44:25 - NYT Article about Otto Penzler (who was actually the founder and proprietor of Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:35 - Lobizona by Romina Garber (Kaytee)

47:43 - Bookshelf Thomasville

47:55 - Cazadora by Romina Garber

50:34 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (Meredith)

53:58 - The Stand by Stephen King

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Oct 11, 2021
Season 4, Episode 10: It's Complicated + The Perfect Reading Nook
53:28

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: some wonderful bookish podcast episodes we had to highlight

  • Current Reads: books that have complicated feelings attached, and ones that you cannot “at us” about

  • Deep Dive: we are curating the perfect reading space

  • Book Presses: uncomplicated feelings about books from authors we love

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon Ad for Ourselves:

1:24 - Currently Reading Patreon

Bookish Moment of the Week:

5:01 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast

5:06 - Sarah’s Interview w/ Kimberly McCreight

5:15 - A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCrieght

6:22 - What Should I Read Next podcast

6:33 - WSIRN Episode 300

Current Reads:

8:41 - Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Meredith)

14:03 - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 

15:13 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Kaytee)

15:45 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

18:35 - We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julie Heaberlin (Meredith)

21:36 - We Begin at the End by Christ Whitaker 

23:00 - Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen (Kaytee)

26:51 - Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber (Meredith)

32:06 - The Institute by Stephen King (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook

36:31 - Oversized Chair (honestly, why WOULDN’T I link a great oversized chair??)

37:03 - Gooseneck reading lamp

39:20 - Cozy chair with ottoman for Meredith (don’t @ me about these prices y’all)

40:10 - Meredith’s mug warmer 

41:17 - Need a plant next to you like Meredith? Try a Rooted subscription!

42:27 - Book Darts

42:34 - Kaytee’s Zebra Midliner Highlighters

43:45 - ASMR ambiance room fall 

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:50 - The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber (Meredith)

48:34 - On Writing by Stephen King (Kaytee)

Bonus Easter Egg:

51:45 - Misery by Stephen King

51:52 - The Shining by Stephen King

52:01 - Pet Sematary by Stephen King

52:12 - Thinner by Stephen King

52:41 - Elevation by Stephen King

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Oct 04, 2021
Season 4, Episode 9: Books from Authors We've Loved Before + Constructive Spicy Opinions
59:33

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: emotional reading and books about anxiety for kids

  • Current Reads: quite a few new and backlist releases from authors we love

  • Deep Dive: strong opinions and constructive criticism - how to review a book that didn’t land for you.

  • Book Presses: books that might not be for everyone, but were absolutely for us.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:16 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 

5:19 - Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster by Manka Kasha 

8:50 - Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

9:20 - The Anxious Ninja by Mary Nhin

Current Reads:

10:55 - Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty (Kaytee)

15:04 - The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (Meredith)

17:42 - The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

22:16 - Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (Kaytee)

22:42 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

22:43 - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

22:44 - Run by Ann Patchett

22:45 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

23:09 - Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

25:37 - The Best of Me by David Sedaris (Meredith) 

29:12 - Naked by David Sedaris 

29:13 - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

29:15 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

32:18 - Hostage by Clare Mackintosh (Kaytee)

32:29 - Falling by TJ Newman

34:08 - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

34:11 - After the End by Clare Mackintosh

35:23 - The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Don’t Yuck their Yum: Constructive Spicy Opinions

48:21 - Survive the Night by Riley Sager

50:20 - @katieladyreads on Instagram

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

52:29 - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Kaytee)

54:54 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Sep 27, 2021
Season 4, Episode 8: A Broad Swath of Current Reads + Gentle Murder
59:24

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: zooming with an author and a slow but steady encouragement

  • Current Reads: fairy tales and graphic novels and non-fiction and middle grade. We’re all over the place.

  • Deep Dive: “gentle murder” is for those readers who want the propulsive and page-turning nature of mysteries and thriller, but can’t handle adding new fears to their arsenal

  • Book Presses: propulsive but gentle books we think you’ll love

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:35 - Zoom call with Catherine Ryan Howard

2:39 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

2:40 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

4:07 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

7:03 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

7:40 - New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby 

9:20 - Hawaii by James Michener 

Current Reads:

10:05 - Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly (Meredith)

13:19 - Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

16:07 - The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Kaytee)

16:19 - Good Talk by Mira Jacob

16:57 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

19:46 - Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Meredith)

22:11 - Currently Reading Patreon 

24:02 - How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes by Melinda Wenner Moyer (Kaytee)

25:33 - Expecting Better by Emily Oster

27:20 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

27:37 - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Meredith)

35:33 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles 

35:47 - Refugee by Alan Gratz (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Gentle Mysteries and Thrillers

39:24 - The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

39:27 - Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews

39:41 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (the mermaid book)

39:58 - The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon 

41:34 - The Whisper Man by Alex North 

41:35 - The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

41:36 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

42:31 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

42:38 - The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

42:54 - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

43:41 - No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

43:58 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

44:11 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

47:23 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

47:26 - One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

47:49 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

48:00 - My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

50:39 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

50:39 - Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

51:06 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 

52:19 - Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Elliot Arnold

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

53:22 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Meredith)

54:38 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

54:42 - The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

55:55 - The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (Pre-order link)

56:18 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Sep 20, 2021
Season 4, Episode 7: Generational Reading + Conflicted Feelings About a Favorite Author
01:08:31

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: kids reading to parents and grandparents blowing a budget

  • Current Reads: family drama and non-fiction and slapdash thrillers

  • Deep Dive: Meredith and Mindy explore the feelings around a favorite author’s new release

  • Book Presses: a new release that needs to be on “the list” and an older true crime gem

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:58 - The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:42 - Forgotten Work by Jason Guriel 

Current Reads:

6:30 - The People We Keep by Alison Larkin (Mindy)

11:29 - D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michael Faber (Meredith)

13:18 - Prince Caspian (Narnia book 2) by C.S. Lewis 

13:35 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

13:51 - The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

15:25 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

16:11 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

17:01 - The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (Mindy)

18:40 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

21:52 - Empire of Pain by Patrick Raddon Keefe (Meredith)

26:23 - Long, Bright River by Liz Moore

30:02 - The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (Mindy)

32:24 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

34:23 - Survive the Night by Riley Sager (Meredith)

37:55 - The Popcast podcast

40:27 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Deep Dive - Conflicted Feelings About a Favorite Author

42:58 - The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

46:50 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

52:21 - All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny

52:31 - The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

57:13 - Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

57:36 - Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

58:08 - Still Life by Louise Penny

59:49 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

1:00:04 - Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

1:01:08 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

1:01:55 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

1:03:10 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Mindy)

1:04:29 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Sep 13, 2021
Season 4, Episode 6: Breathless Books + An Intro to Book Flights
59:02

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: outside reading perfection and a new generation of readers

  • Current Reads: books that take your breath away and that help you breathe better

  • Deep Dive: Q and A about Book Flights

  • Book Presses: two hilarious picks - both way backlist

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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2:08 - Currently Reading Patreon

Current Reads:

8:35 - The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams (Kaytee)

11:07 - The Herd by Andrew Bartz (Meredith)

16:26 - Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (Kaytee)

17:46 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

17:54 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live interview with Jesse Q. Sutanto

19:16 - Breath by James Nestor (Meredith)

25:11 - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Kaytee)

26:33 - Circe by Madeline Miller

28:41 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard (Meredith)

32:07 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

32:36 - Fabled Bookshop

34:05 - Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

34:33 - Kindle Unlimited

34:35 - Hoopla Digital

34:37 - Scribd

36:05 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

Deep Dive - The Book Flight:

43:24 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

45:09 - Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

51:55 - Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore (Kaytee)

54:24 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (Meredith)

57:01 - The Giver by Lois Lowry

57:25 - The Willoughbys Return by Lois Lowry

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Sep 06, 2021
Season 4, Episode 5: Back to School with Campus Novels
47:46

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: Pages at the Park and picking new curriciula

  • Current Reads: following up on a series, going on adventures, and learning through reading fiction and non-fiction

  • Deep Dive: back to school - our favorite campus novels

  • Book Presses: a foodie memoir and back to school for non-school-age readers

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moment of the Week:

1:44 - Amy’s Instagram @what_amy_reads

Current Reads:

5:19 - Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein (Mary)

8:51 - Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt by Daniel Barbarisi (Kaytee)

11:30 - Collected Works Bookstore

11:47 - Rush by Lisa Patton (Mary)

15:21 - Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar (Kaytee)

18:37 - The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Mary)

18:47 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

21:44 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 

22:58 - Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Back to School with Campus Novels

28:12 - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

28:54 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

29:24 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend 

30:40 - Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

31:41 - Admission by Julie Buxbaum

32:47 - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero 

33:05 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

33:15 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abbi Dare

33:53 - Dear. Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

34:41 - Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

35:13 - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

35:29 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

36:11 - Legenborn by Tracy Deonn

36:56 - Lobizona by Romina Garber

37:00 - Cazadora by Romina Garber

37:03 - Bookshop.org

37:38 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

37:57 - Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

39:11 - The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

39:42 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt

39:49 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

39:56 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman

40:43 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:00 - A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (Mary)

44:52 - Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Aug 30, 2021
Season 4, Episode 4: Reader Whiplash + Literary Hall Passes
55:26

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a readerly realization and a new library card

  • Current Reads: weird books and wheelhouse books and a highlight of the Indie Press List

  • Deep Dive: our literary hall passes - the characters and authors that make our hearts beat faster

  • Book Presses: one of my favorite moments in our recording history. Welcome to press whiplash, we are glad you are here.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

7:18 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

7:24 - Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall (Meredith)

13:49 - Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

14:14 - Currently Reading Patreon

14:33 - The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts (Kaytee)

14:38 - Fabled Bookshop

17:55 - When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain (Meredith)

19:51 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live interview w/Paula McClain

24:39 - Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur (Kaytee)

26:12 - The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

26:49 - Novel Neighbor bookshop

27:39 - Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (Meredith)

31:26 - The Sweet Taste of Muscadines by Pamela Terry (Kaytee)

33:26 - All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenburg

Deep Dive - Literary Hall Passes

35:53 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

36:57 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

37:35 - A Court of  Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

38:47 - Still Life by Louise Penny (Three Pines #1)

40:18 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

40:43 - Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1) by Kate Atkinson

43:52 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:27 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (Meredith)

50:48 - The Boy, the Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy (Kaytee)

51:38 - Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

53:26 - Collected Works bookstore

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Aug 23, 2021
Season 4, Episode 3: Going Noodle + Venus Flytrap Books
56:39

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: playing library and a murderful bookmark

  • Current Reads: a bit silly this week, we are threatening book characters with violence and one of us throws a temper tantrum.

  • Deep Dive: we are discussing the genres that pull us in and then we usually hate them, the Venus Flytrap of books

  • Book Presses: a YA fantasy that flies under the radar and a sweet love story

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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2:17 - Listener Survey

2:19 - Giveaway Post on Instagram 

2:46 - Currently Reading Patreon

3:57 - Kindle Oasis Meredith loves

4:15 - Kindle Oasis leather cover

4:32 - Bookshop.org

Bookish Moments of the Week:

5:05 - Mindy’s Instagram @gratefulforgrace

6:43 - Meredith’s Bookmark on Etsy

Current Reads:

10:17 - Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (Kaytee)

11:14 - Kaytee’s headphones (we don’t recommend any violence with these!)

12:29 - The Stranger by Harlan Coben (Meredith)

14:35 - @katieladyreads on Instagram

17:36 - The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomom (Kaytee)

19:22 - Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on NPR

21:20 - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Meredith)

23:14 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

23:32 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

24:38 - The Invisible Life of Addy LaRue by V.E. Schwab

29:51 - My Time Will Come by Ian Manuel (Kaytee)

29:59 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

30:00 - The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton 

30:01 - A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett

33:09 - The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Venus Flytrap Books and Genres:

39:09 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

39:35 - The Nest by Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney

39:35 - All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenburg 

39:40 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

40:07 - We Keep the Dead Close by Beck Cooper

40:18 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

42:58 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

43:01 - Slay by Brittney Morris

43:04 - Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

48:06 - The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (Kaytee)

50:06 - Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie Holmberg

51:35 - Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Aug 16, 2021
Season 4, Episode 2: Books with Great Titles + Auto-Buy Authors
57:00

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a book that confused us both, and a great podcast episode

  • Current Reads: a second in a series, a great premise, a great title, and a book filled with a-holes

  • Deep Dive: the authors whose books we pre-order as soon as we know about them

  • Book Presses: two presses from some of our favorite auto-buy authors

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

2:10 - Diving In Podcast

2:39 - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

4:05 - Currently Reading Patreon

4:27 - The Novel Neighbor bookstore

4:45 - Novel Neighbor’s Instagram @novelneighbor

6:39 - Super Host by Kate Russo

8:04 - The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

8:06 - The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Current Reads:

9:01 - The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (Meredith)

9:11 - Fabled Bookshop

9:29 - Book of the Month

13:57 - No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

14:36 - The Escape Room by Megan Goldin (Kaytee)

14:53 - The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

15:33 - The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

15:38 - The Boys Club by Erica Katz

16:08 - And Then There were None by Agatha Christie

16:11 - In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

17:38 - All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenburg (Meredith)

19:50 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

21:44 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

23:16 - The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

23:46 - Love Lives Here by Amanda Jette Knox (Kaytee)

K note: I mention here that it’s not a book by THAT Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy. But I did not mention that she was later acquitted of this crime. This is my mistake, and this is my printed retraction.

24:06 - Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

26:31 - Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend (Meredith)

27:48 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

27:51 - The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

31:27 - Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (Kaytee)

33:51 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

33:56 - The Book Review Podcast

34:14 - Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

34:23 - Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Deep Dive - Auto-Buy Authors and Books

37:40 - Still Life by Louise Penny

38:02 - The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (Pre-order link)

38:12 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

38:19 - A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

38:27 - The Secret Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

38:33 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

38:49 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

39:12 - Cazadora by Romina Garber (Preorder link)

39:14 - Lobizona by Romina Garber

39:39 - Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

39:52 - Nic Stone

40:19 - Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

40:30 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

40:48 - The One by John Marrs

40:49 - The Passengers by John Marrs

40:51 - The Minders by John Marrs

41:10 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

41:15 - Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Preorder link)

41:47 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

42:15 - Anthony Horowitz

42:19 - The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

42:21 - The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

42:23 - The Haunting of Maddie Clare by Simone St. James

42:35 - Descent by Tim Johnston

42:36 - The Current by Tim Johnston

42:44 - Rumaan Alam

42:59 - Maggie O’Farrell

43:26 - A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris (preorder link)

43:57 - Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

44:09 - Chloe Liese

44:37 - Gretchen Rubin

44:38 - Laura Vanderkam

44:48 - Gary Vaynerchuk

45:41 - Riley Sager

45:48 - Ruth Ware

45:48 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

46:17 - The Lost Man by Jane Harper

46:33 - The Dry by Jane Harper

46:50 - Force of Nature by Jane Harper

47:14 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

47:15 - The Editor by Steven Rowley

47:16 - The Guncle by Steven Rowley

47:57 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

48:05 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

48:17 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

48:19 - The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

48:41 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

49:35 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth (Meredith)

51:36 - Gone Girl by Gillian Finn

52:24 - The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield 

53:25 - Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Kaytee)

53:26 - Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

54:38 - Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Aug 09, 2021
Season 4, Episode 1: Unexpected Emotions + How We Spent Our Break
49:22

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: in-person Bookish Friends, and letting Bookstagram pick a book

  • Current Reads: buzzy books, backlist books, and under-the-radar gems

  • Deep Dive: how we spent our summer break

  • Book Presses: a book that divided the internet and a book with not a great setup

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

3:05 - Harriet’s Bookshop

4:38 - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

5:24 - Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Current Reads:

6:38 - The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Delila Harris (Kaytee)

7:04 - Libro.Fm

10:10 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Meredith)

13:12 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

13:14 - Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

14:30 - Book Talk, Etc. podcast

14:37 - Velocity by Dean Koontz (Kaytee)

16:28 - The Chain by Adrian Mckinty

16:51 - Fabled Bookshop

16:54 - Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Meredith)

21:09 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

22:05 - Unclaimed by Courtney Milan (Kaytee)

22:38 - Season 3: Episode 39 w/Jamie Golden

25:15 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Meredith)

26:44 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratisschvili 

29:34 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

31:57 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Pre-order link)

Deep Dive - How We Spent Our Summer Break

37:07 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir 

38:35 - Currently Reading Patreon

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:53 - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Kaytee)

43:56 - Kiley Reid’s Interview w/ Trevor Noah

44:30 - Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

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Aug 02, 2021
Season 3, Episode 49: Very Special Episode - Best of Season 3!
46:37

On this week’s Very Special episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are capping off the very end of the season with our Best of Season 3 episode.

Following the same format as in year’s past, you’ll get to hear about our favorite moments, our biggest cringey flubs, and everything in between. We love taking time to reflect on the path behind as we move into the road ahead.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:02 - Currently Reading Patreon

3:51 - Season 3, Episode 22: Our Top 10 Books of 2020

3:57 - Season 3, Episode 39: Special Guest Jamie Golden

5:31 - Season 3, Episode 37: Recs from Listeners and How Each Enneagram Type Chooses Their Next Book

5:33 - Season 3, Episode 29: Tragic Things Happen + When You Hate a Book Your Friend Loves

6:03 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

6:20 - Season 3, Episode 24: Share Your Stuff + Special Guest Laura Tremaine

6:33 - Season 3, Episode 25: Special Guest Gretchen Rubin

8:18 - Currently Reading Instagram @currentlyreadingpodcast

10:18 - Season 3, Episode 8: A Preview of “All Things Murderful” + Books We’ve Changed Our Minds About

16:13 - Season 3, Episode 35: Prequels and Sequels + Nonfiction that Reads Like Fiction (Episode where Kaytee forgot to update her intro)

18:26 - SoundPeats Earbuds via Amazon

18:47 - Airpods Earbuds via Amazon

19:16 - Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First by Laura Tremaine

19:26 - We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

19:45 - Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann

19:49 - Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

23:50 - A Court of MIst and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

23:59 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

24:31 - The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

33:04 - Lobizona by Romina Garber

33:32 - A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

33:49 - Love Letters by Katie Fforde

33:51 - Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

35:06 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

36:17 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

36:54 - Season 3, Episode 30: So Many Good Books + What We Do About Book Ratings

37:22 - Season 3, Episode 10: The Books We Are Jealous You Get to Read for the First Time

38:11 - Season 3, Episode 33: Reckoning with Romance - Special Guest Rebekah Hoffer

38:40 - Season 3, Episode 23: Book Flights + Goals for Reading and Business

Connect with Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jul 19, 2021
Season 3, Episode 48: Very Special Episode - Ask Us Anything!
54:39

On this week’s Very Special episode of Currently Reading, all four of us are wrapping up Season 3 with our Ask Us Anything episode!

We received over 12 PAGES of questions for this episode and this is the first time that we’ve had all four of us on mic before, so all of this is new!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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3:08 - Still LIfe by Louise Penny

4:09 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

6:05 - Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

23:26 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

34:19 - Bookend Homeschoolers Podcast

34:31 - Minisode feat. January LaVoy

34:32 - White allyship minisode w/Anna Hithersay

34:54 - Sorta Awesome podcast

39:59 - Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

41:41 - Currently Reading Patreon 

42:35 - Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland 

43:33 - What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

44:18 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

47:09 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

48:12 - People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

48:24 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

48:27 - Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Jul 12, 2021
Season 3, Episode 47: Very Special Episode - The Listener Press!
40:06

On this week’s Very Special episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are starting to wrap up Season 3 with our Listener Press episode!

We had so many listeners leave us voice memos that it was difficult to narrow them down, but we hope you love this selection of books pressed by you, the listeners and Bookish Friends of Currently Reading!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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2:09 - All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle

4:33 - The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

6:57 - The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

7:44 - The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club by Alex Bell

9:27 - Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

9:56 - The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

11:01 - Shogun by James Clavell

11:50 - Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

14:06 - Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

15:15 - Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #1)

15:32 - The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter

17:11 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

17:12 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

17:25 - The Raising by Laura Kasischke 

17:25 - Sigrid’s instagram @Hatcherstacks

20:08 - What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

22:46 -  When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain

22:59 - Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

23:19 - They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

23:51 - Novel Pairings Podcast

26:11 - Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

29:04 - Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamara Pierce

31:16 - Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

31:21 - Hollie’s instagram @readingontherun

34:37 - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Jul 05, 2021
Season 3, Episode 46: Backlist Goodness + The Low-Down on Summer Reading Guides
44:43

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: early morning reading and something to look forward to

  • Current Reads: under-the-radar books and back and frontlist gems

  • Deep Dive: a rundown of summer reading guides plus what it takes to put one together

  • Book Presses: a book that takes you to Japan and one more Pride Month gem

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

4:48 - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Mindy)

5:12 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

8:10 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (Kaytee)

10:18 - Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (Pre-order link)

11:34 - Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory (Mindy)

15:21 - The Black Count by Tom Reiss (Kaytee)

17:03 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 

17:53 - Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Mindy)

17:56 - Circe by Madeline Miller 

17:58 - A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

18:19 - Disfigured: Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc

18:56 - The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

20:28 - Lovely War by Julie Berry

20:29 - Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

20:50 - One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (Kaytee)

21:45 - Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuistion

Deep Dive - Summer Reading Guides

24:32 - Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide

25:31 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Summer Reading Guide

26:07 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast

26:20 - Kelly Hook’s Instagram @kellyhook.readsbooks

26:54 - Janssen Bradshaw’s instagram @everydayreading

27:18 - Bookend Homeschoolers Summer Reading Guide pt.1 Episode 38

27:18 - Bookend Homeschoolers Summer Reading Guide pt.2 Episode 39

31:52 - Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

32:18 - Warrior Cats #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

32:52 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

34:53 - Shogun by James Clavell

36:08 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

36:34 - Wings of Fire #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:39 - All The Ways Home by Elsie Chapman (Mindy)

41:47 - You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Jun 28, 2021
Season 3, Episode 45: Come Find Me in 30 Minutes + Improving Our Reading Lives
44:44

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a new book podcast and a seasoned parenting tip

  • Current Reads: an eye-opener, a creepy read, a missed opportunity, a huggable book, a new book from a favorite author, and an under-the-radar gem. We’ve got it all!

  • Deep Dive: what could be better about your reading life?

  • Book Presses: a book that shows you all the dirty laundry and one that is cinematic

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:06 - Book Talk, Etc Podcast

2:12 - Tina’s Instagram @tbretc

2:14 - Renee’s Instagram @itsbooktalk

4:09 - Currently Reading Patreon

Current Reads:

5:26 - Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc (Kaytee)

7:26 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

8:17 - The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon (Meredith)

11:21 - Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

11:32 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

11:33 - Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

12:30 - The Last Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Kaytee)

15:35 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Meredith)

17:18 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

18:00 - Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

18:45 - The Guncle by Steven Rowley (Kaytee)

20:57 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

21:46 - The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Meredith)

25:31 - Scribd

Deep Dive - What Could Be Better About Your Reading Life?

29:37 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

30:22 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

34:10 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

34:20 - Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:05 - Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness (Kaytee)

40:11 - Jonathan Van Ness’s Instagram @jvn

40:49 - The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh (Meredith)

42:24 - Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

43:27 - Kaytee was incorrect: Megan, in fact, did NOT find casting news for The Blinds. 😒

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jun 21, 2021
Season 3, Episode 44: Middle Grade and Mysteries + Book Polygamy
47:06

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: regular reader kids and bookish friends lavishing love

  • Current Reads: mysteries abound, as does middle grade, plus some overlap between the two

  • Deep Dive: how many books do you read at once?

  • Book Presses: a book that shifted our perspective and a retelling of a Greek myth

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:34 - Currently Reading Patreon

Bookish Moment of the Week:

4:51 - Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

4:58 - Super Burp! (George Brown Class Clown #1) by Nancy Krulik

5:02 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Current Reads:

10:30 - Kerry’s Instagram @linesiunderline

10:37 - Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (Meredith)

13:53 - Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland (Kaytee)

14:17 - Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

14:18 - Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

16:41 - The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (Meredith)

18:18 - In The Woods by Tana French (Dublin Murders #1)

21:11 - Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Kaytee)

21:54 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

21:55 - Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

21:56 - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

22:11 - Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (Meredith)

22:17 - Book of the Month

24:47 - One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Kaytee)

25:07 - This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel 

Deep Dive - How We Read: Monogamous or Polygomous 

32:29 - Kaytee’s SoundPeats headphones

36:18 - Meredith’s Kindle Oasis

36:30 - Kindle Paperwhite

37:10 - Kindle Oasis CaseBot case

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:13 - Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Meredith)

43:59 - Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Kaytee)

44:46 - Circe by Madeline Miller

44:47 - Lovely War by Julie Berry 

44:48 - Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

45:02 - Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jun 14, 2021
Season 3, Episode 43: Challenging Your Reading + Special Guest Traci Thomas!
52:50

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee is thrilled to be chatting with Traci Thomas! We are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: “my whole life is bookish” and a mother-daughter buddy read

  • Current Reads: an unexpected mix of fiction and non-fiction this week turns things on their head

  • Deep Dive: we have a long chat about Traci’s reading life, her Shakespeare challenge, the podcast, and all the snacks

  • Book Presses: a few non-fiction presses that readers will love.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Intro:

:46 - The Stacks Podcast

1:00 - The Stacks Instagram

1:05 - shereads.com

Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:55 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

3:30 - The Giver by Lois Lowry

3:34 - The Stacks Ep. 110 (Traci and her mother Sue Thomas)

Current Reads:

3:52 - Long Division by Kiese Laymon (Traci)

4:55 - Starfish by Lisa Fipps (Kaytee)

5:54 - Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

5:55 - The Stacks Book Club

7:16 - Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Traci)

9:24 - Traci’s final review of Seven Days In June via Instagram

9:34 - Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham (Kaytee)

9:49 - Choose Your Own Adventure Books 1-4 by R. A. Montgomery

10:02 - The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

11:15 - The Stacks Ep. 146 (w/Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham)

11:40 - Still Processing Podcast w/Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris

12:32 - Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare 

12:41 - Cymbeline by William Shakespeare (Traci)

13:27 - The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

13:28 - The Tempest by William Shakespeare

13:29 - King Henry the Eighth by William Shakespeare

14:17 - You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar (Kaytee)

15:04 - Libro.fm

15:54 - It’s Been a Minute episode w/Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

Deep Dive - Traci’s Reading Life

17:21 - Othello by William Shakespeare

17:25 - New Boy: William Shakespeare’s Othello Retold by Tracy Chevalier

17:33 - Vinegar Girl: William’s Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler

17:38 - The Stacks Ep. 10 w/ Vella Lovell

18:23 - Open Source Shakespeare

18:48 - Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare

18:52 - The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

19:04 - Hamlet by William Shakespeare

19:23 - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

19:29 - Macbeth by William Shakespeare

19:34 - Richard II by William Shakespeare

19:36 - Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare

20:01 - Lend Me Your Ears podcast

20:19 - The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois

28:11 - Columbine by Dave Cullen

28:14 - Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

28:18 - Empire of Pain by Patrick Raddon Keefe

28:57 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

29:14 - Darryl’s Instagram @dsweet_library

34:43 - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

35:30 - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

35:48 - Beloved by Toni Morrison

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:02 - Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres (Traci)

45:07 - A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres (Traci)

48:33 - Here for It by R. Eric Thomas (Kaytee)

48:50 - It’s Been A Minute episode w/R. Eric Thomas

51:10 - The Stacks Pod on Twitter @thestackspod_

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jun 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 42: Buzzy Buzzy Books + Bookish Gifts for Dads
01:02:27

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: reading peace for mama and a bookish husband dilemma

  • Current Reads: a few of these ones have been all over Bookstagram, and I guarantee there’s at least one you’ve never heard of

  • Deep Dive: books that are perfect for the men in your life

  • Book Presses: a non-fiction, self-help book and a magical school that is can’t miss

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

9:28 - The People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Mary)

9:48 - Beach Read by Emily Henry

9:56 - A Million Junes by Emily Henry

16:49 - Fable by Adrienne Young (Meredith)

19:17 - The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

19:32 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

20:39 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

22:01 - Namesake by Adrienne Young

22:35 - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Mary)

22:48 - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

26:20 - Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (Meredith)

26:41 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

31:04 - The Wreckage of my Presence by Casey Wilson (Mary)

34:42 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Meredith)

38:38 - The Martian by Andy Weir

Deep Dive - Father’s Day Book Ideas

42:33 - Still Life by Louise Penny (#1 Inspector Gamache series)

43:49 - Greenwood by Michael Christie 

44:29 - Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

44:41 - The Body by Stephen King (story that Stand By Me is adapted from)

45:30 - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

46:53 - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

47:39 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

48:03 - I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

48:53 - A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (First Sherlock Holmes book)

49:48 - Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

50:19 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

50:20 - Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

50:30 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

51:12 - The Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz

52:41 - We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

52:58 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

53:00 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

53:50 - The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should be Easy by Caroline Dooner (Mary)

57:40 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

May 31, 2021
Season 3, Episode 41: Buying Books and Reading Books are Two Different Hobbies
47:41

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a third copy of a book one loves, and a summer reading guide we both adore

  • Current Reads: some books we enjoyed that we don’t know to whom we should recommend

  • Deep Dive: a defense of book buying, and book organizing, and how it’s different from book reading

  • Book Presses: a great Pride Month (June in the US) pick and a beach read that will chill you to the bone

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Business Corner:

2:31 - Send us your “Listener Press” by June 1st: an audio file emailed to us at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com with the title, author, a spoiler-free description, and why you love it!

3:14 - Send us your Ask Us Anything questions by June 1st! Email those to currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com. They can be for all four of us, or directed to any of the four of us, because Meredith, Kaytee, Mindy, and Mary will all be part of that episode!

Bookish Moments:

4:40 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

5:53 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live - Summer Reading Guide

6:27 - Sarah’s Summer Reading Guide Episode 83

Current Reads:

7:52 - Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Kaytee)

9:49 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

10:32 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Meredith)

13:09 - Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

13:11 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

13:22 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

15:32 - Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (Kaytee)

15:41 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

18:08 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili (Meredith)

23:48 - A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Kaytee)

25:10 - Circe by Madeline Miller

25:11 - Song for Achilles by Madeline Miller

27:34 - The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (Meredith)

28:14 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

28:31 - Sally Hepworth’s Instagram @sallyhepworth

Deep Dive - We are INTO Books and Reading

37:00 - Storygraph

37:02 - Goodreads

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:19 - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Kaytee)

40:46 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

42:50 - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

May 24, 2021
Season 3, Episode 40: Friendly Get-Togethers + The Tropes We Love
50:58

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: A joint bookish moment of gatherings of Bookish Friends

  • Current Reads: some YA fantasy, some murder, some short stories, some family drama. We’ve got it all.

  • Deep Dive: the tropes we love - what is a trope and which ones draw us in?

  • Book Presses: two books that we hugged at the end

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:18 - Currently Reading Patreon

Bookish Moments:

3:38 - Fabled Bookshop

Current Reads:

6:52 - 10 Things to Tell You Episode 108 with Kaytee and Meredith.

6:55 - Lobizona by Romina Garber (Meredith)

8:46 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

9:55 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

10:00 - 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10:47 - Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Kaytee)

13:40 - A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell (Meredith)

14:01 - From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell (#1 in the Wexford series)

17:42 - We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

19:50 - The Arsonist’ City by Hala Alyan (Kaytee)

19:58 - Sarah’s Instagram bookedinadvance

21:17 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

21:36 - Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

23:15 - The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett (Meredith)

23:24 - Kerry’s instagram @linesiunderline

26:01 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

26:33 - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

27:02 - Night at the Fiestas by Kirsten Valdez Quade (Kaytee)

27:49 - What ARE biscochitos?

Deep Dive - Tropes: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em

34:20 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

35:01 - The Black Count by Tom Reiss

36:50 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt

37:10 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

37:51 - The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Hayes

37:54 - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

37:56 - Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

39:46 - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

39:59 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

40:27 - All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:09 - To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer (Meredith)

47:49 - Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

May 17, 2021
Season 3, Episode 39: Special Guest Jamie Golden!
01:01:47

Intro:

1:14 - The Popcast w/ Knox and Jamie

1:19 - Jamie Golden’s Instagram

Bookish Moments:

4:31 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

6:23 - All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

Current Reads:

8:14 - Fabled Bookshop

8:17 - Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher (Kaytee)

10:57 - Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Jamie)

11:06 - Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

13:52 - Girl A by Abigail Dean (Meredith)

16:28 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

19:04 - The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (Kaytee)

19:15 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

21:21 - Book of the Month 

21:49 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

23:57 - The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan (Jamie)

28:14 - No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez (Merdith)

31:02 - Book Drop Subscription

31:33 - Sarah’s Bookshelves

Deep Dive - Jamie Golden and the Popcast

37:16 - The Odyssey by Homer

38:36 - Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

38:53 - Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

39:03 - The Firm by John Grishom  

43:05 - Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

44:07 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

45:39 - Netgalley

46:09 - Decider.com

46:46 - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

48:59 - Persuasion by Jane Austen

49:48 - The Shining by Stephen King

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

50:37 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Kaytee)

52:02 - Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Pre-Order link)

53:12 - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Jamie)

53:38 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

57:49 - Room by Emma Donoghue (Meredith)

1:00:21 - Jamie’s Twitter: @jamiebgolden

1:00:22 - The Popcast on Instagram

May 10, 2021
Minisode: A Taste of the Indie Press List!
26:10

Today, we are sharing our new baby with you. The Indie Press List is doing BIG things and we are thrilled to give you a taste of this goodness. If you’d like to get future episodes (including two more from Fabled in April and May 2021), we’d love for you to join us on Patreon. To shop: we would love for you to go directly to the page that Fabled has set up for us for you to make your purchases. It includes each of the little blurbs that we read aloud on this episode. And, of course, you've got all our thoughts here in the audio!

Here's a brief list of each of the five selections, but again, we'd love for you to go directly over to the website above - so there are no affiliate links here! Please put "Currently Reading Podcast" in the "information" part of your order so they know we sent you!

Minisode show notes are not time stamped. They are also not transcribed. But each of the titles we mention (the five from the list plus any others we threw out there) is below for your enjoyment.

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Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

  • We also mention: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior.

The Paris Library by Janet Charles

Four Hundred Souls compiled by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

We Begin At the End by Chris Whitaker

  • Jane Harper's Books

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

May 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 38: Eating Humble Pie + IRL and Bookish Friendships
44:34

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: A sisterly conversation and a masking win

  • Current Reads: books we are so glad we read, from beginning to end

  • Deep Dive: how to make your IRL friendship bookish and how to make your bookish friendship IRL

  • Book Presses: a YA book that seems to be universally beloved and a way to make friends in your neighborhood

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:06 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

3:40 - BlackLIT box

Current Reads:

4:59 - Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Mindy)

9:26 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

10:14 - Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh (Kaytee)

13:15 - The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai (Mindy)

13:21 - Page1 Box

13:27 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

15:44 - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

16:43 - Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams (Kaytee)

19:31 - The Lost Queen by Signe Pike (Mindy)

19:47 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

22:38 - Fabled Bookshop

24:01 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Kaytee)

25:38 - Blackwell’s 

 Deep Dive - Cultivating Bookish Friendships

36:06 - Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

36:11 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

38:34 - Lovely War by Julie Berry (Mindy)

38:38 - Season 3, Episode 13

38:43 - Mindy and Mary’s Top 10 Minisode

40:30 - The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

May 03, 2021
Season 3, Episode 37: Recs from Listeners + How Each Enneagram Type Chooses Their Next Book
46:55

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: Behind-the-scenes podcast fix and a weird reading mood

  • Current Reads: we have quite a few books this week that were pressed into our hands by you, the listeners!

  • Deep Dive: how each Enneagram type chooses their next book. So much silliness.

  • Book Presses: books that are tangentially or directly related to the enneagram

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:02 - Currently Reading on Apple Podcasts

2:48 - Currently Reading Patreon

3:02 - The Book of M by Peng Shepard

4:39 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Current Reads:

5:59 - The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen (Kaytee)

8:39 - Wattpad

9:34 - The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Meredith)

13:21 - Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Kaytee)

16:38 - Death at a Country Mansion by Louise R. Innes (Meredith)

20:27 - Season 3, episode 24 with Laura Tremaine

20:31 - What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer (Kaytee)

21:06 - Kate Baer’s Instagram

23:57 - The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St James (Meredith)

24:05 - The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James 

24:09 - The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Deep Dive - How Each Enneagram Chooses Their Books

35:24 - Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020

35:31 - Bill Gates Summer 2020 Reading List

36:42 - Goodreads

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:09 - The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile (Kaytee)

41:08 - The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile (Kaytee, the rebel)

41:57 - The Typology Podcast

42:22 - Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (Meredith)

42:34 - Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First by Laura Tremaine

44:47 - Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski


Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Apr 26, 2021
Season 3, Episode 36: Bookish Friendships + Books About Books and Bookstores
44:30

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: A bookish friend gathering and a new relationship

  • Current Reads: imperfect picks, and middle grade, and wheelhouse gems

  • Deep Dive: books about books and bookstores and libraries

  • Book Presses: our favorites in the bookish books category

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:41 - Currently Reading Patreon

3:20  - Fabled Bookshop

Current Reads:

4:44 - Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin (Meredith)

4:50 - Snow White and Rose Red by Brothers Grimm

4:54 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Walt Disney

5:03 - What Should I Read Next Podcast

7:03 - Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

8:25 - Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Kaytee)

8:33 - Episode 39 of Season Two

11:15 - The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Meredith)

14:42 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

16:20 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

16:53 - Never Caught: Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Kaytee)

20:35 - Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin (Meredith)

24:11 - The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 

24:41 - Landslide by Susan Conley (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Books about Books and Bookstores

29:11 - Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

29:41 - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

30:24 - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Stefan

31:00 - The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

31:02 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

31:28 - Sally Hepworth on Instagram

31:52 - The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

32:19 - Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

32:49 - Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

33:23 - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

33:51 - How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

34:13 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

34:33 - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

34:42 - Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

34:56 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

35:45 - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

36:06 - The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

36:43 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

36:44 - Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

36:55 - Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

37:21 - The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

37:31 - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

37:46 - Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

38:14 - Booked by Kwame Alexander

38:25 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

38:44 - Matilda by Roald Dahl

38:57 - The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:56 - Pages and Co.: The Book Wanderers by Anna James (Meredith)

41:46 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us atpatreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Apr 19, 2021
Season 3, Episode 35: Prequels and Sequels + Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction
49:36

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: learning to read and a bookish friend vacation

  • Current Reads: prequels and sequels and series starters and books with big warning labels

  • Deep Dive: non-fiction that is unbelievable and true

  • Book Presses: we’ve got two more true stories that go down easy

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:46  - Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann

2:35 - Bob Books set 1: Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslan

3:35 - The Famous Last Words Bar

3:46 - Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

3:57 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

4:00 - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

4:02 - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Current Reads:

5:59 - Sara’s website Fiction Matters

6:01 - Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century edited by Alice Wong (Kaytee)

9:13 - The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Meredith)

9:26 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

14:46 - The Conductors by Nicole Glover (Kaytee)

16:07 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

18:03 - NetGalley

18:25 - A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

18:29 - A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Meredith)

18:45 - A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

20:44 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (Kaytee)

21:11 - Bookshelf Thomasville

22:28 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

22:40 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

24:29 - Men in Black by Steve Perry

25:22 - 10 Thing to Tell You episode with Kaytee and Meredith

25:31 - Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan (Meredith)

29:29 - Fabled Bookshop

29:54 - We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

33:04 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

Deep Dive - Nonfiction that reads like Fiction

34:23 - Educated by Tara Westover

34:48 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

36:01 - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

36:35 - Endurance by Alfred Lansing 

36:48 - Devolution by Max Brooks

37:02 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

37:35 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

37:51 - The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

38:34 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

39:00 - Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

39:48 - The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

40:05 - Calypso by David Sedaris

40:08 - Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

40:30 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

40:49 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

41:54 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

42:07 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

42:37 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:28 - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Kaytee)

44:39 - Unbroken (Young Adult Edition) by Laura Hillenbrand

45:33 - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us atpatreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Apr 12, 2021
Season 3, Episode 34: The Reading Playground + Genres We Shy Away From
47:41

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: immersive reading and a bookish gift

  • Current Reads: we are all over the playground of reading taste

  • Deep Dive: we discuss which genres we shy away from

  • Book Presses: a few memoirs for those of you who shy away (ahem, Meredith)

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Intro:

1:51 - Become a Patron 

2:15 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

2:34 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Bookish Moments:

3:41 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

3:54 - Let’s Make Art 

7:03 - Yes Yes Cookies (seven layer magic bars here in the U.S)

7:47 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Current Reads:

8:34 - Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy by Rachel Ricketts (Kaytee)

11:02 - Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West (Meredith)

11:38 - Heather’s Bookstagram 

15:24 - Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Kaytee)

15:29 - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

17:57 - We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (Meredith)

21:42 - 10 Things to Tell You Episode w/Meredith and Kaytee

21:51 - Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Kaytee)

24:54 - We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker (Meredith)

25:03 - Fabled Bookshop

Deep Dive - Genres Outside Our Playground

32:21 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

34:28 - A Promise Land by Barack Obama

35:19 - Bad Blood by Jon Carreyrou

40:51 - Genre Convincer episode with Mary Heim

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:15 - Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (Kaytee)

44:45 - Heartland by Sarah Smarsh (Meredith)

44:53 - Season One, Episode 14

46:12 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Apr 05, 2021
Season 3, Episode 33: Reckoning with Romance - Special Guest Rebekah Hoffer
47:03

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee is with special guest host Rebekah Hoffer and they are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: completing a goal and a new library trick

  • Current Reads: there’s a lot of love in these current reads as well as an essay collection

  • Deep Dive: romance basics plus why we read it

  • Book Presses: a picture book and historical romance

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Intro:

0:47 - Sorta Awesome Show w/Rebekah Hoffer

0:49 - Rebekah’s Blog Simply Rebekah

Bookish Moments:

4:26 - Libro.fm

Current Reads:

5:33 - I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (Rebekah)

7:23 - Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (Kaytee)

10:03 - The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez (Rebekah)

10:14 - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

13:12 - Intimations by Zadie Smith (Kaytee)

17:19 - Not What I Expected by Jewel E. Ann (Rebekah)

20:59 - Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

21:34 - A Pho Love Story by Loan Le (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - All Things Romance:

25:24 - The Complete Guide to What to Read in 2019 episode on Sorta Awesome

25:35 - The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:43 - Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman (Rebekah)

43:50 - Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Rebekah is @simplyrebekah on Instagram

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us atpatreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Mar 29, 2021
Season 3, Episode 32: A Bookish Field Trip + Streamlining Your TBR
51:24

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: attempting to help someone DNF and a tiny reading helper

  • Current Reads: murder mermaids and historical fiction and hilarious non-fiction and a bookish field trip

  • Deep Dive: streamlining your TBR, how to cull and narrow the field

  • Book Presses: putting a few items back on your TBR

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Intro:

1:20 - 10 Things to Tell You podcast w/ Meredith and Kaytee

2:09 - Currently Reading Patreon

3:29 - Fabled Bookstore 

3:49 - Currently Reading Instagram

4:15 - Currently Reading Episode 24 w/Laura Tremaine

4:17 - Currently Reading Episode 25 w/Gretchen Rubin

Bookish Moments:

5:29 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Current Reads:

8:17 - The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (Meredith)

9:52 - The Baker Street Irregulars

11:13 - The Holdout by Graham Moore 

11:58 - How to be Black by Baratunde Thurston (Kaytee)

16:12 - Adventures in Eden: An Intimate Tour of the Private Gardens of Europe by Carolyn Mullet (Meredith)

19:28 - The Minders by John Marrs (Kaytee) 

19:31 - The One by John Marrs 

19:56 - The Passengers by John Marrs

22:27 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Meredith)

27:18 - Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Kaytee)

29:21 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Deep Dive - Streamlining your TBR:

31:00 - Episode 12 of season one

32:48 - Goodreads

37:00 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

40:09 - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 

40:50 - StoryGraph 

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:15 - Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase (Meredith)

48:07 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Kaytee)

48:15 - Season 3, Episode 28: All the Buddy Reads + Genre Convincers

49:06 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Mar 22, 2021
Season 3, Episode 31: Deliciously Evil - The Best Fictional Villains
47:19

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: getting book mail and reading with a kiddo

  • Current Reads: the COVID fairy and a book so in my wheelhouse I can’t believe it exists

  • Deep Dive: what makes a good villain in a book and which ones are the very best

  • Book Presses: middle grade and one more amazing villain

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:46 - A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

2:06 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

3:23 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

3:57 - The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Current Reads:

4:59 - Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Kaytee)

7:45 - Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Meredith)

10:49 - Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard (Kaytee)

16:23 - Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May (Meredith)

21:35 - This Is My America by Kim Johnson (Kaytee)

21:43 - Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

21:45 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

23:18 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

24:42 - A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (Meredith)

25:18 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live w/Kimberly McCreight

25:59 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

26:00 - The Holdout by Graham Moore

Deep Dive - The Best and Worst Fictional Villans:

29:51 - Dexter in Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

31:05 - The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

32:14 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

32:57 - Moriarty in The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle

33:50 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

33:56 - A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

34:50 - Wicked by Gregory Maguire

35:39 - Lost Boy by Christina Henry

36:18  - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

36:20 - The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

36:24 - The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

36:58 - Heartless by Marissa Meyer

37:00 - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

37:16 - All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

37:52 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (Umbridge’s first appearance)

38:58 - Matilda by Roald Dahl

39:42 - Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

40:04 - You by Caroline Kepnes

40:40 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

41:06 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:05 - Bookend Homeschoolers podcast, especially episode 14

42:17 - Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Kaytee)

43:45 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

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currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Mar 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 30: So Many Good Books + What We Do About Book Ratings
50:05

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a virtual book award event and an in-person meet-up

  • Current Reads: mysteries and middle grade are what we’re bringing today!

  • Deep Dive: what do star ratings mean to us on our own reading logs as well as on the internet

  • Book Presses: cozy sweetness and middle grade for March

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:09 - Left Coast Crime: hosts of the Lefty Awards

2:23 - All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny

Current Reads:

6:48 - Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie (Meredith)

8:55 - Sad Cypress audiobook w/David Suchet

9:28 - The Survivors by Jane Harper (Kaytee)

9:52 - The Dry by Jane Harper

9:53 - Force of Nature by Jane Harper

9:56 - The Lost Man by Jane Harper

14:07 - The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips (Meredith)

15:48 - Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler (i.e. Lemony Snicket)

15:55 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

18:42 - Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac (Kaytee)

20:52 - Bookshelf Thomasville 

21:34 - Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Meredith)

21:47 - Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

24:39 - Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Kaytee) 

25:00 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

25:02 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

Deep Dive - How you Rate your Reads and Do Ratings Matter:

28:24 - Goodreads

32:32 - StoryGraph 

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44:25 - The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (Meredith)

44:36 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

47:07 - Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt ( Katie Proctor via Kaytee)

47:20 - The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

47:25 - Read Aloud Revival w/ Sarah Mackenzie

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Mar 08, 2021
Season 3, Episode 29: Tragic Things Happen + When You Hate A Book Your Friend Loves
51:58

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a warm, cozy glow and library lack

  • Current Reads: no children were harmed in the selection of these books

  • Deep Dive: it was a surprise! We are talking about hating a book your friend loves

  • Book Presses: a middle grade March press and another book where scary things happen

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (to use this link you need to go to the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:34 - Become a Bookish Friend 

1:54 - Fabled Bookshop

4:59 - Sorta Awesome Show

5:03 - Battery operated candles

Current Reads:

8:46 - Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Kaytee)

8:57 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

11:43 - The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill (Meredith)

11:54 - The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill 

15:39 - The Honest Enneagram: Know Your Type, Own Your Challenges, Embrace Your Growth by Sarajane Case (Kaytee)

15:46 - Sarajane Case on Instagram

16:13 - Libro.fm Audiobook Listening Copy Program

17:16 - Episode with Gretchen Rubin

18:40 - The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin (Meredith)

20:27 - The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

23:21 - Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger (Kaytee)

24:56 - Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

26:16 - The Push by Audrey Audrain (Meredith)

26:25 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live interview with Audrey Audrain

Deep Dive - When You Hate A Book Your Friend Loves:

33:08 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbie Waxman

37:48 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

38:36 - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

39:57 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

42:36 - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

42:51 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

43:04 - Greenwood by Michael 

43:05 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kimmerer

43:32 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

43:57 - El Deafo by CeCe Bell

44:28 - Shadow of the Wind by Carl Ruiz Zafon

44:56 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:58 - Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson (Kaytee)

48:05 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Mar 01, 2021
Season 3, Episode 28: All the Buddy Reads + Genre Convincers
42:19

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: an Instagram buddy read and freeing up time for more reading

  • Current Reads: trigger warnings and fluff and all the in between

  • Deep Dive: genre convincers - a new word, we made it up

  • Book Presses: a springtime read and a YA Fantasy genre convincer

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:40 - Books by Selena Montgomery

3:39 - Intimations by Zadie Smith

1:49 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Current Reads:

4:23 - Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jenneike Cohen (Mary)

7:09 - Outlawed by Anna North (Kaytee)

10:00 - Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus (Mary)

11:18 - One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus 

11:25 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

12:10 - Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Kaytee)

14:22 - HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes (Mary)

14:35 - Elizabeth Holmes on Instagram

16:17 - This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Genre Convincers and Genre Dissuaders:

19:48 - Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

22:09 - Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

23:33 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

25:46 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

27:20 - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier 

28:43 - Everything I’ve Never Told You by Celeste Ng

29:45 - Memorial by Bryan Washington

28:48 - All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

31:27 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

34:01 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

34:02 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

34:04 - Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

34:17 Evicted by Matthew Desmond

34:19 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

36:38 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (Mary)

38:47 - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Feb 22, 2021
Season 3, Episode 27: A Bit of Disagreement + Character-Driven vs. Plot-Driven
48:51

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: an internet panel discussion and a family reading hack

  • Current Reads: some big exciting books and some that were overhyped

  • Deep Dive: we dissect the character-driven versus plot-driven spectrum

  • Book Presses: some of our favorite “character-driven” reads

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:30 - Episode 24 of Season 3 with Laura Tremaine

1:33 - Episode 25 of Season 3 with Gretchen Rubin

1:49 - @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

Bookish Moments:

2:56 - 400 Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

4:57 - Bookend Homeschoolers podcast

Current Reads:

6:04 - The Secret Life of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (Kaytee)

6:29 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

7:46 - Co-Parenting 101: Helping your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce by Deesha Philyaw and Michael D Thomas

8:40  - Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener (Meredith)

12:51 - Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (Kaytee)

14:55 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

15:52 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley (Meredith)

16:56 - The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley 

22:44 - A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown (Kaytee)

25:37 - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

26:42 - A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Rosanne A. Brown

27:30 - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Meredith)

27:42  - What Should I Read Next Podcast Episode w/Meredith 

27:48 - What Should I Read Next Podcast

32:02 - NetGalley

Deep Dive - Plot Driven vs Character Driven Books:

36:02 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

36:38 - Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

39:02 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

39:42 - Hannah Coulter by Wendall Berry

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:55 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (Kaytee)

44:36 - The Current by Tim Johnston (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Feb 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 26: I Live There Now + Books That Make Us LOL
46:54

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a mini book club and a lack of restraint

  • Current Reads: fantasy is the name of the game here, along with some YA, a book pan, and a graphic novel

  • Deep Dive: we are chatting about the books that made us actually laugh out loud

  • Book Presses: a middle-grade treasure and a humorous work of stunt journalism

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon ad for ourselves:

1:42 - Become a Bookish Friend - join us for $5/month!

Bookish Moments:

4:29 - Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. by Laura Tremaine

4:33 - Episode 24 of Season 3 with Laura Tremaine

5:43 - Bookshop.org

Current Reads:

6:20 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Meredith)

6:41 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

12:43 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

13:05 - Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Kaytee)

13:10 - Mindy and Mary’s Top 10 Minisode

14:40 - Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

16:09 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Meredith)

19:29 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

22:33 - Memorial by Bryan Washington (Kaytee)

25:29 - Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy (Meredith)

25:34 - Mystery to Me Books in Madison, WI

28:56 - The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty 

29:00 - The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

29:13 - Darkwhispers (Brightstorm #2) by Vashti Hardy

29:51 - Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosch (Kaytee)

30:08 - Hyperbole and a Half

Deep Dive - Books that Make Us LOL:

33:13 - Calypso by David Sedaris

33:48 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

34:10 - Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

35:17 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

35:21 - It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (Young Readers Edition) by Trevor Noah

35:34 - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

36:04 - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

36:06 - Bossypants by Tina Fey

36:17 - #IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley

36:49 - I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

37:27 - The Editor by Steven Rowley

37:30 - The Guncle by Steven Rowley

37:36 - Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

38:22 - Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

38:44 - The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson

39:15 - Class Mom by Lori Gelman

39:51 - An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

40:28 - Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:55 - Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

41:07 - Winter House by Ben Guterson (Meredith)

41:59 - The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

42:02 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

42:05 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

43:01 - Minisode with Ben Guterson

43:17 - The Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans (Kaytee)

45:30 - Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

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Feb 08, 2021
Season 3, Episode 25: Special Guest Gretchen Rubin
54:30

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are joined by Gretchen Rubin, and we are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: rereading an old favorite, a bookstore visit, and using the strategy of pairing

  • Current Reads: we each share two books that we’ve read recently and what we thought about them

  • Deep Dive: Read 21 in ‘21 and building a reading habit

  • Book Presses: a book to dip in and out of, and some wonderful children’s literature

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:22 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

1:24 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

1:25 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

1:30 - Happier with Gretchen Rubin - the Podcast!

Bookish Moments:

2:48 - The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

5:13 - Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona

5:47 - Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX

6:46 - The strategy of pairing - You can read about all 21 strategies HERE!

Current Reads:

8:31 - Fledgling by Octavia Butler (Gretchen)

8:31 - Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

8:50 - The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune (Kaytee)

10:14 - Flash Fire (Extraordinaries Book 2) by TJ Klune - due out this fall

10:20 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

10:54 - The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James (Meredith)

14:42 - Piranesi by Susanna Clark (Gretchen)

15:27 - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

17:11 - Little, Big by John Crowley

17:57 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.

18:35 - The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

19:27 - A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K Barnett (Kaytee)

19:40 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

21:34 - The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

22:07 - Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston (Meredith)

24:33 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

24:56 - Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Deep Dive - Reading for All Four Tendencies:

25:47 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

25:53 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

26:44 - Read 21 in ‘21 on Episode 305 of Happier with Gretchen Rubin

29:34 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

29:49 - Free Quiz to find your tendency

35:31 - Don’t Break the Chain Printable

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:57 - A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander (Gretchen)

47:02 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Kaytee)

47:36 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

50:05 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

50:07 - A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

50:14 - The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Gretchen is @gretchenrubin on Instagram and @gretchenrubin on Twitter. Her website is gretchenrubin.com, and her podcast is Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Feb 01, 2021
Season 3, Episode 24: Share Your Stuff + Special Guest Laura Tremaine
01:06:13

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are joined by Laura Tremaine, and we are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a bookish moment of a lifetime, a new device, and a family read-aloud.

  • Current Reads: six books that range from poetry to memoir to thriller to to something a bit more difficult to an interesting conversation about sex in middle marriage.

  • Deep Dive: we are talking all things about Laura’s forthcoming book and the conversation is just pure golden goodness.

  • Book Presses: an unforgettable collection of essays, a dystopian novel, and advocating for therapy

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:42- Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. by Laura Tremaine

1:44 - Pre-order bonuses for SYS.IGF.

6:01 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

6:43 - Kindle Paperwhite - the best device in the world

9:01 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

9:29 - Page 1 Books

Current Reads:

12:30 - What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer (Laura)

12:55 - Kate Baer on Instagram

15:07 - Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Meredith)

17:27 - What Should I Read Next

18:03 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

19:53 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

21:10 - A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost (Kaytee)

23:48 - The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Laura)

24:02 - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

30:04 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

31:06 - The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James (Meredith)

33:51 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

34:36 - Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (Kaytee)

37:34 - Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Deep Dive - Share Your Stuff:

41:47 - Share Your Stuff. You Go First. by Laura Tremaine

42:14 - Pre-Order it and then grab bonuses here

51:50 - Laura’s TTTY Episode 99 about finding a new best friend

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

56:12 - Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti (Laura)

59:26 - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Meredith)

1:02:23 - Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib (Kaytee)

1:02:28 - Laura’s Instagram Post about MYSTTS

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Laura is @laura.tremaine on Instagram and her podcast is at @10thingstotellyou

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jan 25, 2021
Minisode: Mindy and Mary's Top 10 of 2020
44:03

Welcome, friends! We handed over the mics to Mindy and Mary today to go over their top ten lists for 2020, by listener request! We think you’ll love one more top ten list for the year, right?

Minisode show notes are not time-stamped but the titles are below for you to peruse. They are also not transcribed since this is bonus content.

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Top 10s for Mary and Mindy:

HRH by Elizabeth Holmes (Mary)

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (Mindy)

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Admission by Julie Buxbaum (Mary)

Lovely War by Julie Berry (Mindy)

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (Mary)

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Mindy)

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Mary)

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Bali Kaul Jaswal (Mindy)

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (Mary)

Kindred by Octavia Butler (Mindy AND Mary)

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Mary)

Redemption Point by Candice Fox (Mindy)

Slay by Brittney Morris (Mary)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Mindy)

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (Mary)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Mindy)

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Mindy)

Murder at Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer (Mary)

Veronica Speedwell series starts with A Curious Beginning by Deanna Reyborne

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Mindy)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jan 22, 2021
Season 3, Episode 23: Book Flights + Goals for Reading and Business
48:05

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a Christmas gift and a reading shift

  • Current Reads: we’ve got a few unintentional book flights in this set of six and we love that!

  • Deep Dive: we are pulling back the curtain with reading goals for 2021 and business goals for 2021, and letting you know how you can help!

  • Book Presses: a crowd-pleaser and productivity to start the year off right

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:56 - Lego Bookstore (looks to be out of stock lots of places but Lego is accepting backorders)

2:34 - Kaytee’s Instagram Lego Bookstore tour

3:56 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Winter Book Preview

Current Reads:

6:03 - The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (Kaytee)

6:16 - Fiction Matters’ Patreon

7:18 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

9:07 - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Meredith)

12:44 - The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

13:19 - Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (Kaytee)

16:28 - The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke (Meredith)

16:36 - Diving In Podcast

19:34 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

20:08 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

21:10 - Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride (Kaytee)

23:39 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Meredith)

25:48 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

26:07 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Deep Dive - Reading Intentions and Business Goals:

33:56 - Are you following us on Instagram? Can you help us reach our goal?

36:50 - Are you a Patron/Bookish Friend? Would you consider becoming one? If you are, tell us what you love or what you’d like to see over there. If you are not, what would make it worth it to you?

40:30 - Are there guests you’d love to hear from on Currently Reading? Tell us about them! Email us or tag us on Instagram or tag them on Instagram in our posts to start the conversation!

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:17 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Kaytee)

43:54 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

45:13 - What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jan 18, 2021
Minisode: An Exciting Announcement + the Worst Books of 2020
31:25

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are coming to you with our first joint minisode! Minisodes do not follow our normal format, so you won’t hear our regular segments. What you will hear about instead is:

  • A trip to Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX as the inspiration for an idea

  • Requesting favorite and least favorite books of 2020 from our Bookish Friends (Patreon supporters)

  • The Indie Press list, which will debut in March 2021!

  • A rundown of the 20 least favorite books of the Bookish Friends and some spicy opinions to go with them

  • Check out the show notes below for the 20 FAVORITE books of the Bookish Friends - and see if you can spot the titles on both lists!

Minisode show notes are not time-stamped but the titles are below for you to peruse. They are also not transcribed because this is just bonus content.

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon:

The big announcement here is the Indie Press List, which will debut in March of 2021 for our Patrons over on Patreon. $5 a month will get you that list, link you up with an Indie bookstore, and a bonus episode regarding the titles. You’ll also get three additional bonus episodes a month (All Things Murderful, Kaytee Reads Too Much, plus the audio of the COVIDeo release for the month), as well as spreadsheets, behind-the-scenes access, giveaways, and our exclusive communities to interact with other Bookish Friends. Consider joining us!

Our Patrons’ Bottom 20 Least Favorite Books of 2020 (but really 19 because there was a many-way tie for number 20, from #19 to #1):

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

(The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

(The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan)

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Conviction by Denise Mina

Majesty by Katherine McGee

(American Royals by Katherine McGee)

Beach Read by Emily Henry

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

(Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Our Patrons’ Top 20 Favorite Books of 2020 (from #21 to #1):

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M Graff

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jan 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 22: Our Top 10 Books of 2020
47:54

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing our top 10 books of the year that wouldn’t end. We don’t include our regular segments in these Best of Episodes in the interest of time. We hope that you love this list! It might help you identify if one of us is your book twin. Or if you want to add something to your 2021 TBR. We do create a few “rules” about our top 10 lists:

  • Finished in 2020, but not required to be published in 2020.

  • We don’t record until after the last day of the year, in case something squeaks in right at the end!

  • These are books that really stuck with us after reading.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon:

1:20 - There’s a LOT of content coming up for our Bookish Friends (Patrons). We are SO excited about all of it! You can join Patreon for $5 a month and get access to this month’s bonus extravaganza:
All Things Murderful with Meredith on January 7th with her top 10 Mystery and Thrillers for 2020
Our Bookish Superlatives with Spicy Opinions on January 14th
Kaytee Reads Too Much on January 21st (a giant episode covering November’s reads and a reflection on 2020 reading in general and the books that didn’t QUITE make the top 10)
The audio of COVIDeo Episode 21 on January 28th
The Buddy Read discussion of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe on January 31st
Plus: the reading journal, the reading tracker, access to the Bookish Friends groups, and Behind the Scenes content and ways to influence the show. Wow!

Our Top 10 of 2020:

10:10 - El Deafo by CeCe Bell (Meredith)

11:20 - Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (Kaytee)

11:27 - Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

12:23 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Meredith)

15:07 - With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Kaytee)

16:11 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Meredith)

17:27 - Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Kaytee)

17:54 - Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

19:12 - Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Meredith)

21:04 - The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (Kaytee)

22:50 - Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Meredith)

23:05 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

24:21 - Know My Name by Chanel Miller (Kaytee)

26:15 - The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (Meredith)

27:55 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (Kaytee)

28:29 - Kaytee’s minisode interview with Abi Dare

28:57 - All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (Meredith)

30:55 - Lobizona by Romina Russell Garber (Kaytee)

32:42 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Meredith)

34:39 - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Kaytee)

36:27 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Meredith)

39:45 - Here for It by R. Eric Thomas (Kaytee)

40:52 - Greenwood by Michael Christie (Meredith)

43:33 - Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Kaytee)

43:36 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Jan 11, 2021
Season 3, Episode 21: Our Last Episode of 2020 + Year-End Reading Reflections
46:22

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: the joy of passing along books, and spousal reading time

  • Current Reads: comfort reads and books we loved

  • Deep Dive: a reflection on our 2020 reading lives

  • Book Presses: a redemption press and a dystopian pandemic

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

4:35 - The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Current Reads:

5:04 - The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia (Kaytee)

9:05 - All Things Murderful with Meredith on Patreon

9:14 - The Killings at Kingfisher Hill, an Agatha Christie Novel, by Sophie Hannah (Meredith)

13:12 - The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah

13:38 - The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves (Kaytee)

15:52 - BookPeople in Austin, TX

16:18 - The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes (Meredith)

19:55 - The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams (Kaytee)

20:13 - The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

22:33 - The Suspect by Fiona Barton (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Year-End Reading Reflections:

26:03 - Patrons get the 2021 Reading Tracker - the best one yet!

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:17 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Kaytee)

41:01 - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (Meredith)

42:37 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

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Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Dec 21, 2020
Season 3, Episode 20: Bookish Peer Pressure + Book Subscriptions for Gifting
53:26

On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: all the buddy reads. So many buddies. So much reading.

  • Current Reads: wheelhouse books and trying new things

  • Deep Dive: book subscriptions to give and receive

  • Book Presses: a creepily atmospheric apocalypse and a self-serving press

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Ad - Patreon:

2:01 - patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Bookish Moments of the Week:

5:33 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

5:39 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

7:45 - An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

8:25 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8:30 - The Muppet Christmas Carol - the best version

Current Reads:

9:38 - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

9:57 - The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

10:16 - Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Meredith)

14:23 - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater (Kaytee)

14:30 - Listener Press episode

17:14 - Malamander by Thomas Taylor (Meredith)

17:38 - The Awesome Book Awards

19:16 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

22:03 - The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown (Kaytee)

24:34 - Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

24:37 - Drama by Raina Telgemeier

25:23 - Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee (Meredith)

25:38 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

28:52 - Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha (Kaytee)

30:43 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Deep Dive - Book Subscriptions to Give and Get:

32:29 - Shelf Subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville (so many flavors, AND you can Treat Yo’ Shelf)

33:22 - Book of the Month (pick your book each month) Use code CURRENTLYREADING for $5 off your first month

35:13 - Feminist Book Club (themed, can swap out titles) Use code REFNK4C6J6PUR for $10 off your order of $40 or more

36:12 - Literati (for adults or kids)

38:18 - BookRoo (for kids)

39:04 - The Foxed Box (used books)

40:02 - The Reading Bug Box (for kids)

42:14 - Page One Books

43:15 - BlackLIT box (like FabFitFun but bookish and by Black authors)

43:17 - FabFitFun (not bookish, but we both think it’s fun!)

44:16 - The Book Hookup (quarterly, from The Strand Bookstore)

45:23 - Once Upon a Book Club (presents that match sticky notes)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:18 - The Last by Hanna Jameson (Meredith)

49:42 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

50:06 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Dec 14, 2020
Season 3, Episode 19: 2020 Strikes Again - Revisiting a Classic Episode
44:50

Today, we are revisiting our very first episode of Currently Reading, because 2020 has thrown us for another loop! Tune in to hear Meredith and Kaytee, for the first time. We are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: starting a series as a readaloud and being part of a launch team

  • Current Reads: we’ve got some classics, some apocalypse, and some differences in opinion!

  • Deep Dive: we didn’t even know what a deep dive was! We do spend some time talking about our next planned reads

  • Book Presses: a book that will give you all the warm fuzzies and a sci-fi epic that takes you to space

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Ad - Book of the Month:

1:07 - Book of the Month - use our link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first month for just $9.99

2:18 - People Like Her by Ellery Lord

2:37 - This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

2:44 - Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

Bookish Moments of the Week:

7:20 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

7:37 - Illustrated edition

Current Reads:

10:06 - Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive by Jessica N. Turner

12:09 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Meredith)

14:25 - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (Kaytee)

17:48 - You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (Meredith)

19:15 - Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

19:17 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

20:38 - Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Kaytee)

24:15 - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (Meredith)

27:39 - The Walking Dead (TV Series)

Deep Dive - What We’re Reading Next:

31:28 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

31:48 - Blindness by José Saramago (it has been pointed out that I pronounce this Portuguese author’s name in a Spanish style. It’s also translated from Portuguese, not from Spanish. Sorry.)

32:12 - These is my Words by Nancy Turner

35:20 - The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

35:43 - The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

32:46 - Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (Kaytee) (ha, so on brand)

38:56 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

40:14 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Meredith)

40:28 - What Should I Read Next

41:38 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Dec 07, 2020
Season 3, Episode 18: Armchair Traveling with Strong Sense of Place
52:50

Today, Kaytee is visiting with Melissa Joulwan and Dave Humpreys, all the way from Prague to talk about Strong Sense of Place! We are discussing

  • Bookish Moments: “triple-dipping,” map adventures, and doubly broken reading

  • Current Reads: we’re visiting manor houses, the everglades, building a train, and seeing a refugee camp. Come with us.

  • Deep Dive: all things Strong Sense of Place with Mel and Dave

  • Book Presses: A feel-good classic, a boring book described in a new way (ha!), and a Nigerian treasure.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

1:43 - Amazon Kindle

3:22 - Haunted Voices by Various Authors

4:21 - Google Maps

4:51 - Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Wara-Siwa

Current Reads:

7:25 - Snow by John Banville (Melissa)

8:30 - Schitt’s Creek

8:37 - Agatha Christie novels

9:32 - Benjamin Black novels

11:47 - Nothing Like it in the World by Stephen Ambrose (Dave)

11:53 - Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

15:23 - Lobizona by Romina Garber (Kaytee)

18:34 - The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (Melissa)

21:31 - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

22:45 - Adventures in Drawing by Scott Campbell (Dave)

22:56 - The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

25:01 - When Stars are Scattered by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson (Kaytee)

26:31 - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Deep Dive - Strong Sense of Place:

27:21 - Strong Sense of Place website

30:18 - Cookbook author, you say? Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and David Humphreys

31:38 - SSOP Circus Episode

31:40 - SSOP Sea Episode

32:52 - Moby Dick by Herman Melville

33:36 - Weekend Getaway landing page

35:13 - SSOP Sweden Episode

35:17 - Beartown by Fredrick Backman

36:51 - SSOP Prague podcast episode

40:37 - Prague books roundup

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:58 - A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (Melissa)

45:26 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Dave)

50:07 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (Kaytee)

50:04 - Kaytee’s minisode with Abi

Connect With Us:

Strong Sense of Place: website, Podcast, Instagram, Twitter

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 30, 2020
Season 3, Episode 17: Strong Opinions About a Big Buzz Book + Award Winners
50:34

Today, Meredith and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a buddy read with a friend and getting back into a rhythm

  • Current Reads: the most awkward transition ever, and lots of salt

  • Deep Dive: how we feel about book awards and the books that win them

  • Book Presses: a series press and a rural noir gem

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

1:54 - What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Current Reads:

4:31 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

4:37 - The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (Mindy)

8:28 - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Meredith)

11:32 - They Never Learn by Layne Fargo (Mindy)

15:35 - Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey

16:23 - The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (Meredith)

19:21 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Mindy)

32:18 - Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Book Awards and How They Make Us Feel About a Book:

35:05 - The National Book Award

35:07 - The Pulitzer Prize

35:21 - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

36:29 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok

38:45 - The Goodreads Choice Awards

39:17 - The Edgar Awards

40:03 - The Awesome Book Awards

41:13 - The Newbery Awards

41:24 - A Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

41:30 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

41:51 - The Currently Reading Press List

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:50 - Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

42:58- Season 2, Episode 31

43:12 - Season 2, Episode 33

44:30 - The Liar by Steve Cavanagh (Mindy) *Kaytee’s note: y’all what is UP with the price of this book? You can get a 4-book series that INCLUDES Mindy’s press for $10 less. And a 5-book series that includes Mindy’s press for $5 less. So…)

46:26 - Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 23, 2020
Season 3, Episode 16: Election Reading + Endings That Make or Break a Book
44:00

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a new reading space and a bookish helper

  • Current Reads: you have to read this, plus lots of murder

  • Deep Dive: how an ending can change a book for us, great endings and phone-ins

  • Book Presses: a book with a fantastic ending and book that will help you end 2020 well

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments of the Week:

3:36 - Book Bone to hold your books open

Current Reads:

4:51 - Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Meredith)

4:56 - Mindy’s current read of this one is Season 3, Episode 7

7:08 - The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Kaytee)

7:46 - Libro FM Advance Listening Copy Program

9:47 - The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Meredith)

12:08 - The Circle by Dave Eggers

12:36 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

13:33 - Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (Kaytee)

13:36 - Dear Martin by Nic Stone

15:26 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Meredith)

17:08 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

17:11 - Jenny Colgan’s books

19:19 - The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow (Kaytee)

19:20 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

21:30 - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Deep Dive - Endings That Make or Break a Book:

31:02 - In the Woods by Tana French

32:27 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

32:57 - Majesty by Katherine McGee

33:31 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

33:34 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

34:50 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

35:00 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

35:35 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson

36:11 - The Boys Club by Erica Katz

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

37:20 - The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Meredith)

40:08 - Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (Kaytee)

40:43 - Brene Brown with the Nagoski Sisters

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 16, 2020
Minisode: An Interview with "My Storied Year" Author Katie Proctor
18:41

Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Katie Proctor. Katie is the author of My Storied Year, her debut novel about a middle grade boy with dyslexia. This is the first time I’ve gotten to have an interview with someone I am already friends with, and it was a delight! Tune in to hear about:

  • Creating characters from a collection of people

  • Cover design and desires

  • Middle grade authors who make us cry

  • NaNoWriMo

  • Writing groups for obligers

  • Found family stories

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse. These are affiliate links, which kick back a small percentage of your purchase to the podcast, which helps support the show!

My Storied Year by Katie Proctor

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Captain Fantastic on Amazon Prime

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Connect with Katie: on Instagram at @katieproctorwritesandreads, on Facebook, or at her website

Contact the show at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com.

You can find Kaytee on Instagram @notesonbookmarks and Meredith @meredith.reads.

You can visit our website at www.currentlyreadingpodcast.com

Nov 13, 2020
Season 3, Episode 15: A Guest Current Read + Casting Actors into Books
48:57

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: recording with a young friend and library woes

  • Current Reads: you have to read this, plus lots of murder

  • Deep Dive: do you picture actors and actresses when you read? how about setting?

  • Book Presses: a book that would make a great movie, and a classic sci-fi thrill

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon ad - we sponsor ourselves:

1:51 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

3:26 - Join us as a Bookish Friend!

Current Reads:

6:51 - 96 Miles by Laura (J.L) Esplin (Kaytee)

10:35 - Malorie by Josh Malerman (Meredith)

10:43 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

13:34 - Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks (Esther and Kaytee)

16:24 - Minority Report movie

18:56 - COVIDeo number 3 with the kids

19:53 - The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Meredith)

23:56 - Sitting Pretty: The View from my Ordinary, Resilient, Disabled Body by Rebecca Taussig (Kaytee)

24:06 - @craftyerinw on Instagram

26:57 - @sitting_pretty on Instagram

27:21 - All Things Murderful with Meredith on Patreon

27:33 - @jensbookshelf on Instagram

27:46 - Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Meredith)

29:23 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Deep Dive - Casting Book Characters:

31:50 - The Popcast

33:29 - Still Life by Louise Penny

34:11 - Relic by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child

36:12 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

41:59 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:08 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

43:23 - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Kaytee)

44:00 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

45:05 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

45:42 - Timeline by Michael Crichton (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 09, 2020
Season 3, Episode 14: Who Made Rebecca the Mascot for Fall Reading + Our Favorite Cookbooks
48:50

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a spicy take on a classic and bookish gluttony

  • Current Reads: we’re telling each other about six recent reads and talking each other into and out of reading them

  • Deep Dive: our favorite cookbooks, as we head into the holiday season

  • Book Presses: food-centered delight and family-centered drama

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month - ad:

1:39 - The Star-Crossed Lovers of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

3:20 - Memorial by Bryan Washington

5:00 - Use our Link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99

Bookish Moments of the Week:

6:09 - The Popcast (most recent Flavortown episode)

6:22 - Rebecca by Dauphne DuMaurier

7:06 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

8:46 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

9:18 - Libby - the BEST library app

Current Reads:

11:01 - In the Market for Murder by T.E. Kinsey (Meredith)

11:11 - A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey

14:27 - The City We Became by NK Jemison (Kaytee)

14:43 - The Fifth Season by NK Jemison

17:15 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

17:31 - New York by Edward Rutherford

18:27 - The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Meredith)

23:55 - I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf by Grant Snider (Kaytee)

24:06 - @tonightsbookishfeast on Instagram

27:13 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

27:21 - Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (Meredith)

31:13 - Luster by Raven Leilani (Kaytee)

32:02 - The Need by Helen Phillips

Deep Dive - Our Favorite Cookbooks:

35:58 - The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten

36:22 - The Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

36:25 - Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten

37:09 - How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

37:12 - America’s Test Kitchen Complete Cookbook

37:14 - Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

38:27 - Martha Stewart’s Cookbook

39:16 - Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (and Volume 2)

40:29 - America’s Test Kitchen Perfect Cookie Cookbook

41:06 - Start to Cook from Usborne

41:19 - The America’s Test Kitchen Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

42:36 - Eat at Home cooks - Kaytee’s meal planning website

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44:37 - Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (Meredith)

44:57 - Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

46:22 - The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen-Loigman (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Nov 02, 2020
Season 3, Episode 13: Convoluted Plots + The Most Readable Classics
49:51

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: creating a monthly TBR and being a rebound reader

  • Current Reads: convoluted plots, and wheelhouse wins

  • Deep Dive: the most readable classics

  • Book Presses: more classics that BELONG on the Press List

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

5:06 - Lovely War by Julie Berry (Kaytee)

7:31 - Circe by Madeline Miller

7:38 - Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

8:48 - Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Meredith)

9:10 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

12:57 - We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (Kaytee)

14:09 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

15:38 - The Crucible by Arthur Miller

16:31 - The Burning by Jane Casey (Meredith)

19:36 - When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (Kaytee)

21:30 - Pride by Ibi Zoboi

21:36 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

24:03 - To Night Owl, From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer (Meredith)

27:04 - The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Deep Dive - The Most Readable Classics:

31:42 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

32:44 - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

33:59 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

34:43 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

34:48 - The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery

34:51 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

34:52 - A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

36:02 - Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

36:50 - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

37:11 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

38:09 - Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

38:30 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

39:11 - House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

39:36 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

39:51 - Passing by Nella Larsen

40:31 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

41:09 - Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

41:50 - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

42:24 - 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:37 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Kaytee)

46:16 - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Oct 26, 2020
Season 3, Episode 12: Big Bookish Feelings + Spoopy Season Reading
51:00

Today, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: virtual author events and a library fake out

  • Current Reads: books that get better and better and have big emotions

  • Deep Dive: what is spoopy season? And what do we read for peak spoopiness?

  • Book Presses: spoopy presses for your shelves

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:14 - Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Current Reads:

6:01 - The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (Mary)

9:34 - New York by Edward Rutherford (Kaytee)

11:54 - A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (Mary)

11:59 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

15:38 - Book 3 - I could find no evidence!

16:19 - Big Friendship by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow (Kaytee)

16:27 - Scribd: try it out for 2 months free

17:03 - Call Your Girlfriend Podcast

19:29 - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness with Siobhan Dowd (Mary)

23:53 - My Storied Year by Katie Proctor (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Books for Spoopy Season:

29:23 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

30:14 - City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

31:48 - Sweep: A Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

32:40 - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

33:48 - Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

34:45 - Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

34:52 - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

34:58 - A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock Series) by Sherry Thomas

36:56 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

38:00 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

38:11 - Jane Eyre narrated by Thandie Newton

40:32 - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

41:32 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

41:33 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

41:40 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

41:41 - Tana French books

42:28 - Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

42:37 - Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44:52 - My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton (Mary)

44:58 - My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

45:09 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

47:42 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Kaytee)

47:51 - It by Stephen King

47:53 - Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Oct 19, 2020
Season 3, Episode 11: The Book Covers + Title Words that Draw Us In
48:14

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: connecting through book recommendations and having the exact right reading experience

  • Current Reads: an unpopular opinion and some unputdownable fiction

  • Deep Dive: the title words and cover images that draw us in

  • Book Presses: a few more gorgeous covers for your consideration

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode. These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon - an ad for ourselves:

2:38 - Still Life Book Club Chat

3:30 - The Crazy Awesome Reading Log

4:20 - patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Current Reads:

7:59 - If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais (Kaytee)

10:00 - Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

10:58 - The Real Sherlock by Lucinda Hawksley (Meredith)

12:27 - The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

12:30 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

13:33 - Anxious People by Fredrick Backman (Kaytee)

15:41 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

15:45 - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman

15:55 - Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

18:08 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Meredith)

20:11 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

22:37 - Rebel by Beverly Jenkins (Kaytee)

26:12 - Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Meredith)

28:25 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

29:26 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Deep Dive - Title and Cover Catnip:

32:16 - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

33:30 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

33:42 - Five Feet Apart by Mikki Daughtry, Rachel Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis

33:46 - The Muse by Jessie Burton

34:17 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

34:47 - The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

35:19 - Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

35:23 - Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

35:31 - With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

35:34 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

35:36 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

37:30 - Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

37:31 - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

37:40 - My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

37:54 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

38:57 - YA Fantasy Title Meme

39:02 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:15 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Kaytee)

44:07 - The Murmur of Bees by Sophia Segovia (Meredith)

46:48 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Oct 12, 2020
A Preview Episode of All Things Murderful with Meredith
20:30

This is a PREVIEW of a special series just for the Patreon Supporters ("Bookish Friends") of the Currently Reading Podcast who love mysteries and thrillers. It's called "All Things Murderful with Meredith".

Meredith had so much fun with this new thing that we wanted to share this first episode with everyone!

Today, Meredith is drinking HEB’s Texas Pecan coffee and you can get one of Meredith’s “Scary Books are My Jam” mugs here!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Something procedural (and a series!)

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, first in the Shetland Island Series

Something creepy:

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones 

A thriller I loved:

The Never List by Koethe Zan

An upcoming release I’m pre-ordering:

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, author of That Kind of Mother

Came out Oct 6th.

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

This upcoming book recommended by @roxannatheplanner

A Listener Press:

From Ginny Walter      IG: @ginnyreadsbooks 

William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series (the first of which is Iron Lake). 

A TV or Movie with mystery or thriller vibes:

The Sommerdahl Murders on Acorn TV.

Also mentioned: Still Life movie on Acorn TV.

If you liked this episode and want more of All Things Murderful with Meredith, become a supporter at http://www.patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

Contact the show at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com.

You can find Meredith on Instagram @meredith.reads and Kaytee @notesonbookmarks.

You can visit our website at www.currentlyreadingpodcast.com.

Oct 09, 2020
Season 3, Episode 10: The Books We Are Jealous You Get to Read for the First Time
47:03

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a YouTube rabbit hole and setting down the books for Netflix

  • Current Reads: A selection of hits and misses, all of which we’re ready to discuss with nuance

  • Deep Dive: The Books We Are Jealous That You Get to Read for the First Time. Ah, nostalgia.

  • Book Presses: righting another wrong in the press list, and cozy comfort for when the world is too much

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month - ad:

2:03 - Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

2:15 - Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

2:56 - Leave the World Behind by Ruman Alam

3:02 - All Things Murderful with Meredith on Patreon

3:33 - Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo

3:55 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

4:52 - Use our link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99!

Bookish Moments:

8:02 - Winter in Narnia ASMR room

8:30 - Mr. Tumnus’ House ASMR room

8:34 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

9:32 - Interior Design Masters on Netflix

9:58 - Hoarders on Netflix

10:07 - The Home Edit on Netflix

Current Reads:

10:38 - Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (Meredith)

11:06 - Listener Press Episode at the end of Season 2

14:18 - The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (Kaytee)

14:44 - Kaytee thinks January LaVoy is her BFF because of her interview with her

17:26 - The Boys Club by Erica Katz (Meredith)

17:33 - Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

17:34 - The Firm by John Grisham

20:55 - Long Walk to FREEDOM by Nelson Mandela (you guys, I said WATER? What the heck??) (Kaytee)

24:19 - Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Meredith)

28:52 - The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Kaytee)

31:00 - As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

31:45 - The study about Millennials and Gen Z and the Holocaust

Deep Dive - Books We Are Jealous You Get to Read for the First Time:

33:10 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

33:15 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

33:23 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

33:27 - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

33:29 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

34:38 - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

35:08 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

35:59 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

36:01 - This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

36:03 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

38:13 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

38:17 - I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:38 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Meredith)

43:50 - A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh (Kaytee)

43:58 - Episode 34 of Season 1

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Oct 05, 2020
Season 3, Episode 9: The Actually Current Reads + Bookish Fear of Missing Out
50:26

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: Homeschool reading presentations and Meredith’s new side episode

  • Current Reads: the current reads that we are actually currently reading, not a selective agenda of books

  • Deep Dive: Bookish FOMO. What are you afraid of missing out on when it comes to books?

  • Book Presses: the book I’d press on Meredith’s new mini show, and an author that she changed her mind about

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:45 - The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

2:51 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

4:23 - Project Z: A Zombie Ate My Homework by Tommy Greenwald

5:14 - All Things Murderful on Patreon

Current Reads:

6:52 - Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Kaytee)

6:58 - Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

7:14 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

9:02 - The Black Count by Tom Reiss

10:10 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Meredith)

11:40 - Serial Podcast

12:25 - Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

12:34 - The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

14:31 - Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

15:45 - Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Kaytee)

15:56 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

17:23 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

17:50 - Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

19:52 - Conviction by Denise Mina (Meredith)

24:08 - You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (Kaytee)

24:13 - @booknerdnative @readwithkat and @allegedlymari on Instagram

30:46 - Descent by Tim Johnston (Meredith)

30:56 - The Current by Tim Johnston

32:07 - Still Life by Louise Penny

Deep Dive - Book FOMO:

35:07 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

35:40 - You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

36:07 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

37:08 - Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

37:15 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

38:22 - Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

39:15 - Novel Pairings Podcast

40:13 - Louise Penny Book 5: The Brutal Telling

41:22 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:35 - The One by John Marrs (Kaytee)

44:35 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Meredith)

44:47 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

48:03 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Sep 28, 2020
Season 3, Episode 8: A Preview of “All Things Murderful” + Books We’ve Changed Our Minds About
50:47

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a new Patreon segment and a childhood favorite

  • Current Reads: Six left turns. It’s a broad swath of books today!

  • Deep Dive: are you “allowed” to change your opinion on a book after you’ve read it?

  • Book Presses: THE BOOK we’ve all been waiting for and sci-fi trilogy that’s just fun

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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0:59 - Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

1:08 - New York by Edward Rutherford

1:28 - London by Edward Rutherford

1:52 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Patreon - We Sponsor Ourselves:

2:09 - Currently Reading on Patreon

Bookish Moments:

3:30 - All Things Murderful with Meredith on Patreon

6:11 - A Likely Story in Colorado Springs, CO

6:41 - The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Current Reads:

8:54 - A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey (Meredith)

12:08 - Conjure Women by Afia Atakora (Kaytee)

14:47 - The Troop by Nick Cutter (Meredith)

14:52 - @booknernative on Instagram

16:06 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

16:07 - Twenty Eight Days Later by Michael Nelson

16:57 - FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

20:06 - The Switch by Beth O’Leary (Kaytee)

20:14 - The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

25:14 - The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver (Meredith)

26:54 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

26:55 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

27:56 - After the End by Clare Mackintosh (Kaytee)

28:02 - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

31:12 - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Deep Dive - Changing Your Mind About a Book:

32:56 - Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Racism in Eleanor and Park)

33:57 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

35:49 - Articles about JK Rowling’s Twitter Rants

36:44 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Hi, this is like a retraction in the newspaper. I, Kaytee, realize that the comments I made about JK Rowling were very personal. I would probably phrase them differently now, having seen how they were received. I still feel very strongly about her stance and her very public opinions, but I would like to say that her opinions are garbage, not she as a person. I humbly accept this correction from our many listeners who have pointed it out as going too far. The audio is what it is, but please consider this my public statement regarding this matter.

39:33 - Greenglass House by Kate Midford

40:23 - The Need by Helen Phillips

41:03 - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

42:03 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:12 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (Meredith)

46:11 - Serial Reader App

47:33 - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel (Kaytee)

49:16 - Waking Gods #2 and Only Human #3 by Sylvain Nuevel

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Sep 21, 2020
Season 3, Episode 7: The Books We Would Assign Our 17-Year Old Selves
52:59

Today, Meredith and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a vindicating poll from the Bookish Friends and the newest book from a favorite favorite favorite

  • Current Reads: big feelings about these books today!

  • Deep Dive: the books that 17-year old Mindy and Meredith needed to read

  • Book Presses: a re-readable favorite and a parenting book (that might be) for you

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

4:11 - All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny

Current Reads:

7:49 - Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (Mindy)

9:21 - An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten (Meredith)

11:59 - The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (Mindy)

14:36 - Love Letters by Katie Fforde (Meredith)

18:28 - Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Mindy)

21:38 - The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo (Meredith)

21:44 - Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf Thomasville

Deep Dive - Being Book Bossy:

27:19 - The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

29:24 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

30:02 - All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

31:53 - The Course of Love by Alain du Botton

32:37 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

33:42 - This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

34:26 - The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

34:50 - The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten

35:02 - Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

36:09 - Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

37:45 - The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

38:24 - Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

39:24 - Beartown by Fredrick Backman

40:50 - Three Pines Series by Louise Penny

41:44 - Compassion & Conviction by The And Campaign, Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler

42:38 - My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44:34 - Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Mindy) (Here’s the Pretty Cover)

47:54 - Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

48:53 - Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Sep 14, 2020
Season 3, Episode 6: Are you “Book Bossy”? We are!
47:09

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: reading a giant book and a giant buddy read

  • Current Reads: evil and time travel and middle grade and memoir, we’re showing off our range!

  • Deep Dive: being book bossy!

  • Book Presses: we are sharing some comfort if your brain needs sweetness and light

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month - sponsor: (these are Goodreads links as we hope you’ll try book of the month if you’re interested in these titles!)

2:32 - Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2:35 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

2:52 - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

2:55 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

3:02 - Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

3:57 - Use our link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for $9.99

Bookish Moments:

5:00 - Savoring a giant book

5:46 - I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland (email us or DM Kaytee on Instagram if you want the event invite)

Current Reads:

7:34 - Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (Meredith)

7:47 - @katieladyreads on Instagram

10:35 - The Bolds by Julian Clary (Kaytee)

13:30 - Kindred by Octavia Butler (Meredith)

17:42 - The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (Kaytee)

19:09 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

19:11 - FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

21:45 - The Novel Neighbor Bookstore

22:01 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

22:09 - Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim (Meredith)

26:14 - The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Being Book Bossy:

37:30 - Listener Press Episode 48 of Season 2

40:04 - Read Aloud Revival Podcast

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:35 - The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene (Meredith)

43:24 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Kaytee)

44:36 - Anne of Green Gables Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Sep 07, 2020
Season 3, Episode 5: A “Book Voldemort” + Special Guest Roxanna Kassam-Kara
01:03:06

Today, Meredith and Kaytee have a special guest, Roxanna Kassam-Kara. The three of us are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: the sweetest bookish moment ever, reading tees, and choosing a new book from your TBR

  • Current Reads: each host is sharing two books they’ve read recently and some of them have us gushing uncontrollably.

  • Deep Dive: Roxanna’s reading life and her “achiever” tendencies

  • Book Presses: two books you need in your life right now and one series starter that needed to be on the Press list.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:48 - There’s a Rainbow in My Closet by Patti Stren

9:42 - Currently Reading tee in the Zazzle store

10:48 - What Should I Read Next podcast - TBR app episode

Current Reads:

13:57 - Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Kahn (Roxanna)

15:24 - Still Life by Louise Penny

18:57 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

18:58 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

19:20 - A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (Kaytee)

22:36 - American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (Meredith)

22:46 - You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

25:13 - Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

25:29 - Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Roxanna)

29:03 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

33:53 - Here for It by R. Eric Thomas (Kaytee)

36:46 - The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Roxanna’s Reading Life:

42:38 - There’s a Rainbow in My Closet by Patti Stren

42:40 - Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

44:57 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

45:05 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

46:59 - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

51:53 - How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids by Carla Naumburg (Roxanna)

55:47 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Kaytee)

58:33 - The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (Meredith)

1:00:39 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Connect With Us:

Roxanna is @roxannatheplanner on Instagram

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 31, 2020
Season 3, Episode 4: Where’s an Editor When You Need One + When We Give Up on an Author
47:53

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: reading in the heat and a new recording space

  • Current Reads: books that need editing, ones that elicit strong opinions, and the plural of bigfoot(s?)

  • Deep Dive: giving up on an author - how many tries should you give them?

  • Book Presses: books from authors that changed our minds

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:20 - New books from authors we’ve enjoyed (Holly Jackson, Katherine McGee)

Current Reads:

4:31 - Devolution by Max Brooks (Meredith)

7:11 - FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

8:54 - Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (Kaytee)

12:11 - The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth (Meredith)

15:52 - Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (Kaytee)

19:31 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler (Meredith)

26:57 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

27:42 - The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Kaytee)

27:53 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

27:50 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Deep Dive - Giving Up on an Author:

32:55 - Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike Series

35:23 - Elizabeth George

36:33 - Ann Patchett (The Dutch House and Commonwealth)

37:48 - Jenny Colgan

38:10 - Anthony Horowitz (Magpie Murders, The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death)

39:45 - Donna Tartt (Secret History and The Goldfinch)

38:53 - Jane Harper (The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:52 - The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Meredith)

43:57 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

44:14 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 24, 2020
Minisode: An Interview with "The Year of the Witching" Author Alexis Henderson
17:59

Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Alexis Henderson. Alexis is the author of The Year of the Witching, her debut , which is a dark fantasy, horror novel, centering on main character Immanuelle. Tune in to hear about:

  • Young authors for the reading challenge!

  • Counterbalancing darkness and sparkles

  • Creating new locations from nothing

  • Fan art and commissioning art from fans

  • Her favorite writing tool and process

  • Being a young, debut, Black author during the revelations about the publishing industry

  • And, of course, the book she wants to press into your hands!

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (and the sequel Reaper of Souls, due in February)

Connect with Alexis: on Instagram at @lexish, on Twitter at @alexhwrites, or at her website

Aug 21, 2020
Season 3, Episode 3: Reading Therapy Sessions for Several Different Kinds of Readers
50:34

Today, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a perfect reading spot, and a fun bonus episode for Patrons

  • Current Reads: happy reads mixed with bizarre ones bouncing back and forth

  • Deep Dive: reading therapy - we are making up therapy clients and then giving them books to read!

  • Book Presses: fantastic YA from both of us: one pretty new and one that’s almost a decade old!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked below are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:50 - Mary’s reading nook!

3:46 - Kaytee Reads Too Much for Patrons

Current Reads:

5:44 - Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (Mary)

8:08 - Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

9:40 - My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers (Kaytee)

9:48 - The Stacks Podcast

11:49 - Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin (Mary)

13:51 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

15:09 - Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Kaytee)

18:23 - Magesty by Katherine McGee (Mary)

18:28 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

21:49 - We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez (Kaytee)

22:02 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Deep Dive - Reading Therapy:

Someone Who Just Ended a Relationship with the Person Who Was “The One”:

26:25 - Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

28:25 -The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

28:26 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

28:40 - One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

30:40 - After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

30:57 - Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Someone Who Moved Recently and is Having a Hard Time Making Friends:

31:37 - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

32:39 - Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

33:41 - Hey Ladies: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

Someone Who Just Lost a Job:

35:14 - All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter

36:43 - Becoming by Michelle Obama

37:58 - Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (pressed in Episode 35 of Season 2)39:16 -

Someone Who Hasn’t Been on a Date in Too Long:

39:16 - The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

39:59 - Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

41:08 - Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

Someone Who is Reckoning with a Change in Beliefs:

42:37 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

43:11 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

43:13 - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

43:46 - I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Hollad

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44:29 - Slay by Brittney Morris (Mary)

45:32 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

47:59 - Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 17, 2020
Minisode: The Reader's Guide to Homeschool with Mindy and Kaytee
54:06

Today, Kaytee and Mindy are here to share our homeschool wisdom. Between us, we have 27 years of homeschooling experience, and we are excited to share with you a bunch of what we’ve learned in that time. Minisode episodes are not time stamped, but we have a quick list of topics:

  • Getting Started: how much time it takes to homeschool, providing structure and routine (poster board and post-its, spiral notebooks), outside play, when to start formal school

  • Homeschool specific: philosphies and methods of education, how to choose curricula, when to abandon a curriculum, homeschool preschool soapbox

  • Virtual school specific: creating a schedule with a reward system, how to make a virtual school routine, what to do with non-school scheduled hours, ArtForKidsHub.com, 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, and Incredible Experiments by Janice VanCleave

  • Applicable to both: entertaining younger siblings while older kids do school, how to fit in reading/work/housework while kids are around, how to fit in self-care, quiet time, what to do when outside play isn’t an option

  • Encouragement! You can do this!

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 14, 2020
Season 3, Episode 2: Our (Very Ordinary) 100th Episode
42:44

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are sharing our 100th episode and discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a perfect storage place and a Bookish Friends meetup

  • Current Reads: left turns from one wheelhouse to another

  • Deep Dive: why “what are your three favorite books” is the wrong question

  • Book Presses: two non-fiction picks! One true crime and one about politics

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Patreon (ad) - we sponsor ourselves:

2:43 - Bookish Friends are our supporters on Patreon

3:25 - Zazzle store mechandise (mugs, throws, pillows, totes, tees!)

4:05 - Go check out the rebranded website: www.currentlyreadingpodcast.com

Current Reads:

Current Reads:

7:10 - Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior (Meredith)

9:23 - Know my Name by Chanel Miller (Kaytee)

11:41 - Chanel Miller on Instagram

12:38 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (Meredith)

15:40 - COVIDeo 10 with Pippa!

15:46 - The Bees by Laline Paull (Kaytee)

15:52 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

15:57 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

18:07 - Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Meredith)

20:43 - Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

21:05 - From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (Kaytee)

21:10 - When Kaytee brought this one to a COVIDeo

Deep Dive - Determining Book Taste:

25:06 - What Should I Read Next podcast

26:46 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

31:15 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Homework: Can you answer? Do you think it’s a good question? What do you ask?

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

32:28 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Meredith)

38:49 - I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland (Kaytee)

39:04 - Episode 25 of Season 1

39:14 - Pansuit Politics podcast

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 10, 2020
Season 3, Episode 1: We’re back - with a new look!
49:16

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: libraries reopening and bookstore visits!

  • Current Reads: some diverging opinions mixed with five-star reads

  • Deep Dive: what we did over our “summer break”

  • Book Presses: non-fiction that will change your life and a fun historical romp

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month (ad) - these are Goodreads links as we hope you’ll use our link if you’re interested in these titles:

1:30 - The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

1:38 - Serial Podcast

2:43 - The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

3:41 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

3:44 - Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

4:14 - Use our link and CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for $9.99

Bookish Moments:

5:57 - Meredith’s TBR Cart

7:26 - Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM

Current Reads:

8:25 - All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (Kaytee)

8:31 - Libro.FM Audiobook Listening Copy program

11:12 - Murder at Melrose Court by Karen Baugh Menuhin (Meredith)

12:35 - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

14:08 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Kaytee)

17:36 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

23:37 - Verity by Colleen Hoover (Meredith)

27:41 - COVID(eo) with Jennifer Nichols

28:52 - You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Kaytee)

29:05 - Kaytee Reads Too Much for Patrons

29:30 - Scribd - try it for 60 days for free!

32:18 - Greenwood by Michael Christie (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Our Summer Break:

38:19 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

39:40 - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:11 - Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski (Kaytee)

44:04 - My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Meredith)

44:15 - COVID(eo) with Erica Keckley

44:49 - Season 1, Episode 43 with Amanda Espinosa

47:50 - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Aug 03, 2020
Season 2, Episode 50: Special Episode - Best of Season Two!
51:34

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are here with a special episode for you! We are reflecting back on our second year of podcasting and our biggest wins and our biggest regrets. We get a bit vulnerable, a bit silly, and a bit reflective. You’ll get some behind-the-scenes glimpses as well as some “looking to the future” previews. We are so grateful for the cadre of listeners that we have connected with over these two years, and we could never have imagined how much this podcast could have brought to our lives.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Best of Season 2:

4:10 - Season 2, Episode 31: Spicy Takes: Books We Wanted to Throw Against the Wall

6:04 - Episode 27 of Season 1: Bookish Pet Peeves

6:57 - Season 2, Episode 22: Goodreads Choice Award Side-Eye

7:11 - Season 2, Episode 23: Our Best Books of 2019

8:23 - Golden Earbud Awards EPISODE and Instagram post

8:43 - Meredith visits Kaytee Instagram Post

9:48 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

10:04 - Ideal Bookshelf Puzzle

10:15 - A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin

10:40 - Apple Watch

10:55 - Bookshop.org

12:28 - Episode 36 of Season 2

12:33 - Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West

13:42 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

13:32 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

16:49 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

18:29 - Season 2, Episode 36 conversation about wild animal pets

20:29 - COVID(eo)s on Patreon - free for all!

22:02 - COVID(eo) with 5 of our kiddos!

28:29 - Patreon - the beginning of Bookish Friend(ship)s

39:31 - Untamed by Glennon Doyle

40:52 - Slay by Brittney Morris

40:54 - Pride by Ibi Zoboi

42:22 - Season 2, Episode 29 - Golden Earbud Awards

42:55 - Season 2, Episode 35 - Girl, Get You A Bookstagram

44:16 - Season 2, Episode 25 - Cozy Mystery Deep Dive

45:31 - Minisode with January LaVoy

45:53 - Minisode with Anna Hithersay

47:41 - Patreon

49:14 - REMINDER: Last episode of Season 2, but be sure to join us on Instagram next week for a giveaway!

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 20, 2020
Season 2, Episode 49: Special Episode - Ask Us Anything!
51:44

Today, Meredith, Kaytee, and Mindy are here with a special episode for you! We are answering YOUR questions about life and podcasting and reading and all the things! We hope you love learning a bit more about our lives behind the scenes and that you love getting to know Mindy a bit better. We loved how enthusiastic you all were about sending these questions, and of course there were so many questions we received that we couldn’t answer. Thanks for being the BEST listeners!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Ask Us Anything:

Questions are in italics in case it helps you find a title!

1:58 - Books that Get Better Upon A Re-read?

2:27 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

3:04 - Where do you read?

6:14 - Meredith’s twinkle lights by her bed!

7:04 - Kindle Paperwhite

9:07 - Character-driven versus plot-driven novels?

10:31 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

10:35 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

10:45 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

11:19 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11:43 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

14:41 - FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

14:50 - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

14:55 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

16:32 - The River by Peter Heller

17:03 - Personality-typing results?

17:22 - Myers-Briggs Test

17:30 - Hogwarts House Test

17:35 - Four Tendencies Quiz

17:56 - Astrological Sign Chart

17:03 - Enneagram Test

20:50 - What are you curious about?

20:07 - The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

22:52 - Let’s Make Art box

23:00 - Kaytee uses Dropcloth embroidery samplers

27:24 - Little Old Plant Lady on Tik Tok

28:07 - Something you’ve learned about yourself because of the podcast?

32:55 - What are two things you’d buy if you won the lottery?

34:07 - What are your favorite wireless earbuds?

34:15 - SoundPeats True Wireless Earbuds

34:34 - Apple AirPods

35:00 - Favorite beverage and/or snack while reading?

36:55 - How does Kaytee listen to audiobooks with kids around?

40:08 - How did Mindy get started with hiking and does she love hiking-related books?

44:31 - Has Meredith used audiobooks to get through long runs?

47:32 - Sneak peak into Season 3 and Patreon!

48:38 - Join Currently Reading on Patreon!

49:44 - COVID(eo)s!!

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 13, 2020
Season 2, Episode 48: Special Episode - Listener Presses!
51:35

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are here with a special episode for you! We are sharing 15 of the listener “presses” we received in our call to action! You’ll hear from each of those 15 listeners and then our commentary on each press, but none of our other regular segments. This was one of our most popular episodes of Season 1, so we hope you love it this year as well!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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BOTM Ad (these are Goodreads links so you can check out these books and decide if you want to grab them from BOTM or not!):

2:30 - The Shadows by Alex North

2:39 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

2:52 - Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

3:55 - The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper

4:09 - Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib

4:13 - Being Mortal by Atul Gwande

4:50 - Use our link and code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for $9.99

Listener Presses:

6:00 - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Sarah)

6:03 - The Mothers by Brit Bennett

8:31 - A Burning by Megha Majumdar

8:37 - Passing by Nella Larsen

8:48 - Novel Pairings Podcast episode about Passing by Nella Larsen

9:06 - The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin (Nicole)

12:11 - The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Lindsay)

14:03 - Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

15:01 - An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten (Jennifer)

17:06 - Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Joy)

19:07 - Beartown by Fredrick Backman

19:40 - The Mother-in-Law Cure by Katherine Wilson (Alanna)

21:51 - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Theresa)

27:01 - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater (Nicole)

30:03 - Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Whitney)

30:57 - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

31:49 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

31:50 - Naked by David Sedaris

31:58 - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

32:01 - Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

32:28 - Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

32:59 - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwoood (Frances)

33:57 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

34:11 - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

34:12 - MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

34:24 - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

35:43 - The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Mary Rose Wood (Emily)

36:35 - Episode 42 of Season 1 with Heather Chollar

37:04 - Mary Poppins by PL Travers

37:54 - Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore (Amy)

39:57 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Morgan)

41:45 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

42:37 - With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Kaytee)

46:16 - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Holly)

47:35 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

47:36 - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 06, 2020
Season 2, Episode 47: Evil Book Twins (and Why You Need One!)
41:03

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a zoom call and a buddy read

  • Current Reads: apocalyptic, scary, ho-hum, heartwarming, icky, and revealing. We’ve got a bit of everything!

  • Deep Dive: the anti-book twin or… the EVIL book twin!

  • Book Presses: a historical fiction novel with broad appeal and a favorite mystery series

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

3:15 - Meeting 20 Patrons of the podcast (Bookish Friends) over Zoom!

4:24 - Buddy reading a book with mom

Current Reads:

5:16 - Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Kaytee)

5:28 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

6:38 - The Road by Cormac McCarthy

6:40 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

8:00 - Parable of the Talents (book #2) by Octavia Butler

8:38 - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Meredith)

11:48 - The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey (Kaytee)

11:59 - @booknerdnative on Instagram

13:29 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

14:06 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Meredith)

14:16 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

18:45 - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Kaytee)

20:40 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

21:49 - The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Green (Meredith)

22:48 - Office Ladies Podcast

Deep Dive - Evil Book Twins:

27:14 - From the Front Porch Podcast

28:00 - What Should I Read Next Podcast

29:43 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Podcast

31:11 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

32:13 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

34:55 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Kaytee)

35:14 - Episode 33 of Season 1

36:34 - Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 29, 2020
Season 2, Episode 46: Say Hello to our Newest Host + Books that Shook Our Worldviews
49:15

Today, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • An Introduction: Mary has been a guest twice before and we are excited to welcome her on more regularly as a co-host in rotation!

  • Bookish Moments: baby milestones and the NYT Bestseller list

  • Current Reads: some YA, some LGBT+ reads for Pride month, some mystery, and some family drama

  • Deep Dive: SHOOK: The Books that Rocked Our World(views)

  • Book Presses: some food for your soul and an eye-opening memoir

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:04 - Mary has joined us on two previous episodes: Episode 24 and Episode 36 of Season 1!

Bookish Moments:

3:30 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

4:06 - Moo Baa LaLaLa by Sandra Boynton

4:16 - No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

4:24 - Will Sheep Sleep? by Hilary Leung

5:31 - The New York Time’s Bestseller List for this week

Current Reads:

6:55 - Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer (Mary)

7:15 - A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell series #1) by Deanna Reybourne

7:20 - A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock series #1) by Sherry Thomas

9:05 - Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

9:21 - The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (Kaytee)

9:30 - Audiobook SYNC program

12:18 - One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Mary)

15:19 - I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman (Kaytee)

15:27 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

18:14 - A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Mary)

18:24 - Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

20:40 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

22:13 - Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (Kaytee)

24:40 - Currently Reading 2020 Reading Challenge

Deep Dive - SHOOK: Books that Rocked Our World(views):

27:08 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

30:51 - The Giver by Lois Lowry

31:02 - The Stacks Pod episode about The Giver

33:07 - It's. Nice. Outside. by Jim Kokaris

35:59 - Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

36:07 - We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

38:33 - On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

39:45 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

41:45 - Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

42:23 - The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:38 - Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda (Mary)

46:19 - The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner (Kaytee)

47:21 - The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 22, 2020
Season 2, Episode 45: Honest Book Reviews + Our Favorite Beach Reads
48:51

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: white allyship minisode and stepping into hard places with reading

  • Current Reads: Some strong opinions, some dissapointments, some heavy-handedness, and some glowing reviews

  • Deep Dive: our favorite “beach reads”

  • Book Presses: a book that should be read slow but steady, and an old favorite by a beloved author

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:25 - White allyship minisode

1:39 - January LaVoy Interview

We Sponsor Ourselves - Patreon “ad”:

7:19 - Join us as a Bookish Friend on Patreon!

Current Reads:

10:35 - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Kaytee)

13:01 - All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Meredith)

16:15 - Long Bright River by Liz Moore (Kaytee)

20:11 - The Last Hours by Minette Walters (Meredith)

24:55 - The Stone Sky (Broken Earth series #3) by NK Jemison (Kaytee)

27:08 - Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (Meredith)

27:14 - @katieladyreads on Instagram

Deep Dive - Beach Books:

31:11 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

32:32 - Bad Blood by John Kerryrou

32:57 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle MacNamara

34:08 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

34:27 - The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

35:13 - Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge

35:47 - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

36:18 - The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

36:30 - The Dry by Jane Harper

37:25 - The Villa by Nora Roberts

37:30 - Sidney Sheldon

37:31 - Danielle Steel

38:20 - Hideaway by Nora Roberts

38:33 - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

39:09 - The Selection (series) by Kiera Cass

39:11 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

39:15 - Slay by Brittney Morris

39:17 - Dry by Neal Shusterman

39:46 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

40:09 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

40:30 Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

40:34 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

40:44 - The Firm or The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

41:30 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

41:42 - The Current by Tim Johnston

41:45 - Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

41:50 - The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:49 - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Kaytee)

44:44 - The Last Hours by Minette Walters

45:00 - The Sculptress by Minette Walters (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 15, 2020
Season 2, Episode 44: Maybe the Grossest Book Ever + Homework for Listeners
39:36

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: breaking the reading “rules” and unloading read books on others

  • Current Reads: characters and plots and murders and poetry!

  • Deep Dive: we need your voices! And your questions! Listen up for “listener contributions”

  • Book Presses: some large books that will keep you in great reading for a long summer week

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

5:44 - Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh (Meredith)

6:03 - The Holdout by Graham Moore

8:10 - Good Talk by Mira Jacob (Kaytee)

8:17 - Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM

10:17 - The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Meredith)

12:02 - FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

14:54 - From the Front Porch Episode casting this book as a movie

15:48 - The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (Kaytee)

15:51 - Novel Pairings Episode about poetry

18:25 - The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Meredith)

21:10 - Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

21:23 - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Upcoming Listener Contributions:

26:15 - Episode 46 of Season 1 - Listener Presses

28:39 - Episode 47 of Season 1 - Ask Us Anything

30:58 - Email us at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com with your presses and questions BY JUNE 15th!

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

32:09 - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Meredith)

34:45 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 08, 2020
Minisode: Getting Started as a White Ally with Anna Hithersay
52:08

Today, Kaytee is chatting with online friend Anna Hithersay. Kaytee and Anna both got started on the road to racial justice multiple years ago, but we do not claim to be experts. We do have a few years of reading and listening under our belts and want to point you toward the resources we have found and the places we have learned. This episode is meant to point OUTWARD, to give our white listeners the starting places, the books, podcasts, and accounts, and the conversations to get started.

Tune in to hear about:

  • How we each got started on the road to racial justice

  • Anna’s “Do Better” book club and embracing the awkward

  • Questions and Answers from our Currently Reading Bookish Friends

  • A list of books and resources to get you started on your own journey

  • And, of course, a book she wants to press into your hands.

Connect with Anna on Instagram: @ahithersay and @comehither_andstay

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but this episode includes a huge list of resources. Here’s a comprehensive list of the books we mentioned (and the ones we skipped for time), the lists of Black bookstores and Black bookstagrammers you might want to start following, the podcasts and articles we talked about, and anything else I can link to that we mentioned. These show notes are meant to be a starting place, to hold information that you can come back to in order to continue this journey and find additional resources from our Black brothers and sisters who are lifting their voices. The work will not end anytime soon. Prepare for a long haul.

Primer Books

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison (Christian)

Memoir

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Men We Reaped by Jesamyn Ward
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Fiction Starter Pack

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA)
Roots by Alex Haley
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Underground Railroad or The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Romance Authors of Color: Kennedy Ryan, Jasmine Guillory, Alisha Rai, Rebecca Weatherspoon, Talia Hibbert, Naleni Singh, Jackie Lao, Sonali Dev, Mariana Sabada
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (YA)
Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Deeper Topics

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (mass incarceration)
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele (Black Lives Matter)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Death Penalty and Mass Incarceration)
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (history)
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (history)
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (action steps)
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (history and personal essay)
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Shalom Sistas by Osheta Moore (Christian)

Anti-Racist Kids

Middle Grade
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
Ghost Boys (upper middle grade) by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Ghost (Track Series) by Jason Reynolds
Blended by Sharon M Draper
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Young Adult
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (fantasy)
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Emily Segal
Slay by Brittney Morris
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Picture Books
Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Skin You Live In by Michael Taylor and David Lee Csicsko
People by Peter Spier
Kadir Nelson's picture books
Ezra Jack Keats' picture books

Podcasts

Episodes on race from The Liturgists: Racism in America, Anti-Racism
1619 Podcast
Code Switch from NPR
Yo, Is This Racist?
Pod Save the People
Sounds of Justice podcast (Christian)
Seeing White
On Ramp: Two Christians Talk About Race
Ibram X Kendi with Brene Brown on Unlocking Us

Places that You Might Donate

NAACP
ACLU
Black Lives Matter
National Bailout Fund

Other Resources

Sign Petitions
Black Bookstagrammers - I shared a roundup, saved in my Anti-Racism story highlight
Mockingbird history lessons on Patreon
A list of Black-owned bookstores
Anti-Racism Resources for White People
Scraping Raisins: 70+ Race Resources for White People and 80+ MORE
A Conversation with Ibram X Kendi about talking to Kids about race
Be the Bridge courses - Whiteness 101, Talking to Kids about Race and Racism, Whiteness Intensive
The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books from Here Wee Read
The Conscious Kid on Instagram
Medium’s List of Anti-Racism Resources
Common Sense Media - using media to raise anti-racist kids
Vox’s List of Streaming Movies that are Anti-Racist

Jun 05, 2020
Minisode: An Interview with Audiobook Narrator January LaVoy
37:31

Today, Kaytee is chatting with audiobook narrator January LaVoy, who has narrated over 200 (credited) audiobooks! We’re chatting about her newest release, Nora Roberts’ Hideaway, plus a whole host of other topics. It’s a fantastic episode, so I hope you tune in and love it.

Tune in to hear about:

  • How she got started in audiobook narration

  • Her preparation process

  • Reading crying scenes and the power of the voice

  • Pseudonyms to narrate erotica

  • How essential audiobooks are

  • And, of course, a book she wants to press into your hands!

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

Hideaway by Nora Roberts

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Connect with January: via her website januarylavoy.com

Jun 03, 2020
Season 2, Episode 43: Wheelhouse Books + All Things “Murderful”
46:33

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a giant buddy read discussion and an author chiming into the chat about his book

  • Current Reads: wheelhouse books and being surprised by some titles

  • Deep Dive: “murderful” - books that aren’t for the faint of heart

  • Book Presses: some of our favorite murderful titles

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month Ad:

(These are Goodreads links, since we hope you’ll use our Book Of The Month link to sign up if you’re interested!)

2:22 - A Burning by Megha Mjumdar

2:59 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

3:14 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

3:45 - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

3:54 - One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

4:35 - Use our Link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99!

Bookish Moments:

5:40 - Episode 41 of Season 2 - discussion of FantasticLand starts at 29:40

5:44 - FantasticLand by Mike Backoven

6:02 - Patreon Bookish Friends

6:04 - Scribd - free 60 day trial!

Current Reads:

9:50 - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (Kaytee)

12:36 - The Tenant by Katrine Ingburgh (Meredith)

14:30 - The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey (Kaytee)

15:19 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

15:20 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

17:38 - The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty (Meredith)

23:08 - Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo- Anstine (Kaytee)

26:12 - Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Meredith)

27:09 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

27:20 - Beauty by Robin McKinley

Deep Dive - Murderful - Books that Aren’t for the Faint of Heart:

29:32 - Nancy Drew books by

30:42 - RL Stine Goosebumps Books

31:00 - Intensity by Dean Koontz

31:26 - The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

35:05 - FantasticLand by Mike Backoven

35:08 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

34:40 - Pines by Blake Crouch

35:00 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

35:19 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

35:39 - The Hunger by Alma Katsu

36:10 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

36:40 - The Need by Helen Phillips

37:17 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

37:20 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

37:21 - The Chestnut Man by Soren Sviestrup

38:09 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (not Phillips, doh)

38:12 - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

38:18 - All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison

39:04 - Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

40:00 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

40:01 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

40:03 - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

40:52 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

41:03 - The Chain by Adrian McKinty

41:13 - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

41:42 - In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:28 - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

44:00 - Post Mortem (Kay Scarpetta #1) by Patricia Cornwell

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 01, 2020
Season 2, Episode 42: Some Deeper Book Themes + When Characters Are Real
39:37

Today, Kaytee and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: reading around the house, inside and outside, and a bookish article that brings vindication for a strong opinion

  • Current Reads: books that give us the chance to think a new way

  • Deep Dive: when book characters are real to you: crushes, friends, enemies, and family

  • Book Presses: fiction novels that spark conversation and/or break your heart

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:34 - Lord of the Flies article

1:49 - Season 2, Episode 31

2:45 - Zero Gravity Chairs (this is the “budget” version I got. There’s also a more expensive version, and I’m sure they’re better, but I’m not sure if they are twice as good…)

Current Reads:

3:34 - Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston (Mindy)

6:47 - The Cider House Rules by John Irving (Kaytee)

9:14 - Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar

9:18 - The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (Mindy)

12:36 - Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (Kaytee)

15:17 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

15:22 - The Girl in Red, Lost Boy, Alice by Christina Henry

15:56 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Mindy)

19:04 - Recursion by Blake Crouch (Kaytee)

19:07 - Season 1, Episode 45

19:22 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Deep Dive - When Book Characters are Real: Enemies, Family Members, Friends, and Crushes:

23:35 - Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

23:40 - Jonathan Randall from Outlander by Diana Gabladon

24:47 - Brad from A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

25:07 - Old Nick from Room by Emma Donoghue

25:46 - Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

26:28 - Jupiter North from Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

27:25 - Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

27:42 - Kira from Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

29:00 - Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

29:22 - Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

30:26 - Edith from The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

30:57 - Diana from The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

32:20 - Jamie from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

32:44 - John Guy from Still Life by Louise Penny

34:01 - Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

35:46 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen (Mindy)

36:09 - Season 2, Episode 21

37:16 - Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Kaytee)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

May 25, 2020
Season 2, Episode 41: Books Other People Made Us Read + How We Process Non-fiction
51:44

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: the fifth COVID(eo) episode and a new look

  • Current Reads: books that other people made us read, and another (shocking) second in a series

  • Deep Dive: our processes for reading non-fiction by genre and format

  • Book Presses: some non-fiction to round out your reading life

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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“Patreon Ad” - We Sponsor Ourselves:

2:19 - Currently Reading on Patreon - join us!

3:05 - Patrons get: bonus episodes, book club live discussions, giveaways, spreadsheets, the reading journal, AND access to the Bookish Friends Facebook group, which is the best place on the internet.

Bookish Moments:

6:16 - COVID(eo) episode #5 - Off the Rails

7:44 - Absolute Jem

Current Reads:

8:58 - Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Kaytee)

9:06 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

9:34 - @booknerdnative on Instagram

12:37 - On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (Meredith)

15:55 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

17:12 - Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese (Kaytee)

17:20 - @lovelibooks on Instagram

19:59 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

22:04 - A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (Three Pines #2) (Meredith)

22:20 - Still Life by Louise Penny (and accompanying book club discussion for patrons)

26:23 - Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Kaytee)

26:40 - @melizreads18 on Instagram

29:29 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live, episode with @jordys.book.club

29:40 - FantasticLand by Mike Backovan (Meredith)

32:21 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

32:23 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

35:31 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

35:45 - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

35:56 - Sadie by Courtney Summers

Deep Dive - The Ways We Read Non-Fiction:

38:31 - Educated by Tara Westover

39:24 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

39:32 - Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

42:21 - Bad Blood by Jon Kerryrou

42:23 - She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

42:26 - Disney Wars by James Stewart

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

44;48 - How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (Kaytee)

48:08 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (Meredith)

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

May 18, 2020
Season 2, Episode 40: What To Say When People Tell You “I Don’t Have Time to Read”
52:18

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: seasonal reading vibes and buddy reads during quarantine

  • Current Reads: bookish serendipity books and books from repeat authors (that we’ve read before)

  • Deep Dive: how to respond to the “I don’t have time to read” comments

  • Book Presses: one of few authors that gets a second book on the press list and a contemporary WWII classic. Ha!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

4:41 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Current Reads:

7:05 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

7:42 - The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price (Meredith)

8:11 - The Shining by Stephen King

8:15 - The Body by Richard Backman

10:38 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

11:32 - What Lies Between Us by John Marrs (Kaytee)

11:57 - Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

14:01 - The One by John Marrs

14:02 - The Passengers by John Marrs

17:32 - Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (Meredith)

21:02 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt

21:05 - Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

21:28 - Book of the Month

21:34 - The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver (Kaytee)

23:58 - One Day in December by Josie Silver

24:38 - The Whispered Word (Secret Book and Scone Society #2) by Ellery Adams (Meredith)

25:35 - The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

26:42 - The Book of Candlelight (Secret Book and Scone #3) by Ellery Adams

27:07 - Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Kaytee)

28:24 - Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Deep Dive -I Don’t Have Time to Read:

39:42 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

40:04 - 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

43:08 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

43:23 - David Sedaris Books: Calypso and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

43:29 - Liane Moriarty Books: What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies

43:42 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Meredith)

44:08 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

44:17 - The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

47:53 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Kaytee)

50:13 - The movie (that I haven’t watched yet) on Netflix

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

May 11, 2020
Season 2, Episode 39: Big Bookish Feelings + Backlist is Beautiful
56:08

Today, Meredith and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: the Patreon book club discussion and embracing the year of the re-read

  • Current Reads: each host shares three books they’ve read recently and they are varied in level, theme, and setting

  • Deep Dive: gems from the 70s, 80s, and 90s

  • Book Presses: A few more “don’t call me a classic” backlist titles

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month Ad:

(These are Goodreads links, since we hope you’ll use our Book Of The Month link to sign up if you’re interested!)

1:18 - A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

1:45 - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

1:55 - Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin

2:54 - Use our Link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99!

Bookish Moments:

3:58 - Bookish Friends Still Life Book Club on Patreon

5:40 - One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Current Reads:

7:41 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (Mindy)

7:44 - Wolfmuller’s Books in Kerrville, TX

7:47 - COVID(eo) number 4

10:05 - Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (Meredith)

13:25 - Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (Mindy)

15:53 - You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe (Meredith)

18:29 - The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Mindy)

21:13 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

22:34 - Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Meredith)

Deep Dive - Books from the 70s, 80s, and 90s:

Gems from the 1970s

30:53 - Judy Blume books - Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Freckle Juice, Blubber, Starring Sally J Friedman As Herself

32:21 - Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

32:55 - Shogun by James Clavell

32:57 - Roots by Alex Haley

33:02 - Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

33:14 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

33:33 - Stephen King Books - The Shining, The Stand

33:46 - Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Gems from the 1980s

34:37 - Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

35:14 - James Herriot books - All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful

35:37 - Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

36:48 - The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

37:05 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

37:17 - Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

37:28 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

37:34 - Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

37:53 - Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

38:09 - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

38:44 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

39:24 - Redwall by Bryan Jacques

39:43 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Gems from the 1990s

40:41 - John Grisham books - Rainmaker, Pelican Brief, The Firm

41:07 - Nelson DeMille books - The General’s Daughter

42:25 - Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain, Timeline

43:58 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

44:29 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

44:39 - Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones #1) by George R.R. Martin

45:03 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler

45:35 - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

46:02 - Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Felding

46:48 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

47:09 - The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

48:20 - Watership Down by Richard Adams (Mindy)

51:02 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Meredith)

51:23 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

52:43 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

May 04, 2020
Season 2, Episode 38: Tackling Controversial Titles + How We Read Series Books
52:34

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: our bookish friends buddy read of Still Life by Louise Penny with the Patrons of Currently Reading

  • Current Reads: we each have three books to share, but we’re messing with the format a bit this week as the discussion needs some nuance.

  • Deep Dive: reading books in a series and what we do when “the next one” releases

  • Book Presses: a few of our favorite series choices to round out the deep dive

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:23 - The Bookish Friends Buddy Read discussion on Patreon

1:31 - Still Life by Louise Penny

3:05 - Our previous COVID(eo)s are all available to watch for free on Patreon as well!

Current Reads:

5:10 - The House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild (Meredith)

9:24 - The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister (Kaytee)

11:59 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

14:46 - Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson (Meredith)

17:33 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Kaytee)

21:40 - Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester (Kaytee)

26:24 - The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Meredith)

28:37 - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

28:39 - The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

29:03 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Deep Dive - Reading Books in Series:

33:20 - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

34:02 - Three Pines series by Louise Penny

37:02 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

37:25 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

38:25 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

39:05 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:54 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

44:03 - The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (Meredith)

46:04 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Kaytee)

49:00 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Connect With Us:

Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram

Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram

Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast.com

@currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram

currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

Apr 27, 2020
Season 2, Episode 37: Books that Become Movies, and Whether We Love or Hate Them
54:48

Today, Kaytee and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: the COVID(eo) with kids recording and podcast messages during the coronavirus “situation”

  • Current Reads: each of us shares three books we’ve been reading lately and there’s a bit of sass in here about the buddy read we recently did together

  • Deep Dive: Books to movies… the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • Book Presses: we’ve got a favorite author who has been reading his books aloud on Facebook, as well as a bonus book to movie pick!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:56 - Our third COVID(eo) with our kids!

Current Reads:

5:08 - Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

10:40 - White Bird by R.J. Palacio

10:46 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio

12:30 - A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

15:39 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

15:57 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

22:28 - The World’s Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key

23:29 - Congratulations, Who Are You Again? by Harrison Scott Key

26:27 - Love and Luck (Love and Gelato #2) by Jenna Evans Welch

27:59 - Love and Gelato (Love and Gelato #1) by Jenna Evans Welch

Deep Dive - Books to Movies:

29:08 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (TV Series)

29:27 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (movie)

31:03 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (movie)

32:22 - The Godfather by Mario Puzo (movie)

35:02 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (2019 version) (the one I watched as a kid) (the one Meredith loves)

37:27 - Lemony Snickett’s Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler (Netflix series)

39:31 - Matilda by Roald Dahl (movie)

42:11 - Holes by Louis Sachar (movie)

43:47 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman (movie)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

48:20 - On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

50:48 - Night one of his readaloud on Facebook

51:26 - The Martian by Andy Weir

Apr 20, 2020
Season 2, Episode 36: Why We Read Middle Grade and YA (plus Stroooong Opinions & Meredith Identifies with a Literary Villain)
48:01

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a COVID(eo) recording with our kids and a Bookish Scavenger Hunt

  • Current Reads: each of us shares three books we’ve been reading lately including two strong opinions about galleys we received.

  • Deep Dive: Why would an adult read a YA or Middle Grade book?

  • Book Presses: we’re adding more “middle grade reads that adults will love” to your TBR stacks!

  • Bonus: we go on a ridiculous tangent about the wild animals we would like to own as pets and a certain literary villain that Meredith has identified with since she was a child. It’s after the presses, so you’re welcome to tune out of the “chit chat” that we always promise to avoid, but we think it’ll make you laugh!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

3:09 - Our third COVID(eo) with our kids!

4:16 - Bookish Scavenger hunt on ActionBound - download the iOS or Android app to play!

Current Reads:

6:09 - The Holdout by Graham Moore

6:45 - The Firm by John Grisham

10:00 - Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

10:18 - Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

13:04 - Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West

13:14 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

18:34 - Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

22:55 - Episode 25 of Season 2 about Cozy Mysteries

23:18 - Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

27:12 - Episode 16 of Season 2 with Sarah Dickinson

27:16 - The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Deep Dive - Why Adults Would Read YA and MG:

32:04 - Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

35:05 - The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Carlson

35:17 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

36:42 - Our Books We Press List

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

37:35 - Furthermore by Taherah Mafi

40:08 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

41:04 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

43:35 - (stick around for the most ridiculous tangent into wild animals that we wish we could own as pets and find out which literary villain Meredith identifies with!)

Apr 13, 2020
Season 2, Episode 35: Girl, Get You a Bookstagram
47:40

Today, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a puzzle from Ideal Bookshelf and comfort reading in the time of COVID19

  • Current Reads: each of us shares three books we’ve been reading lately.

  • Deep Dive: Girl, Get You a Bookstagram

  • Book Presses: some big magic for your creative pursuits and a book that your newest readers (and their parents) will all enjoy

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month Ad:

(These are Goodreads links, since we hope you’ll use our Book Of The Month link to sign up if you’re interested!)

1:24 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

1:28 - The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

2:28 - Beach Read by Emily Henry

3:42 - Use our Link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99!

Bookish Moments:

4:47 - Ideal Bookshelf Puzzle

6:50 - Still Life by Louise Penny

6:58 - Currently Reading on Patreon

7:12 - A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Current Reads:

7:50 - Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

9:15 - Libro FM - Audiobooks that benefit your local bookstore

10:51 - The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

13:30 - Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds

17:20 - Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton

19:30 - Episode 20 of Currently Reading

19:42 - Sadie by Courtney Summers

22:29 - The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

22:40 - Read Aloud Revival interview with Jeannie Birdsall

24:22 - Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

25:37 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Deep Dive - Girl, Get You A Bookstagram:

28:00 - @currentlyreadingpodcast and @meredith.reads and @notesonbookmarks and @gratefulforgrace

36:33 - @sixwordbookreview

36:38 - @plantladyreader

36:40 - @pieladybooks

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:18 - Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

41:24 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

43:02 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

44:14 - Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell

44:25 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

Apr 06, 2020
Season 2, Episode 34: When Life Hands You Lemons... You Maybe Read a Bunch of Pandemic Books
48:01

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: local indie bookstore support and the first video episode of Currently Reading

  • Current Reads: each of us shares three books we’ve been reading lately.

  • Deep Dive: books that are about pandemic and epidemic situations. You do you, reader.

  • Book Presses: two books (one giant, one little) that will transport you to a different place and time

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

5:35 - Patreon!

5:49 - Our Patreon video, free to everyone, Currently Reading COVID 19 edition!

Current Reads:

8:06 - The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg

10:56 - A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

13:37 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

16:25 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

19:14 - Rebound by Kwame Alexander

19:19 - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

21:02 - Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - An Audible Original

23:45 - The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

24:09 - Episode 46 of Season 1 when listeners press books into our hands

24:23 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Deep Dive - Books About Pandemics:

29:02 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

30:14 - The Stand by Stephen King

30:44 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

31:46 - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

32:52 - As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

33:15 - Get Well Soon by Jennifer Schmidt… nope. Jennifer Wright. Bad notes!

34:05 - Blindness by Jose Saramago

34:48 - The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

35:08 - The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

35:33 - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

35:59 - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

36:24 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

36:45 - The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

36:53 - Interview with Alexandra

37:52 - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

38:37 - Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

38:56 - Dry by Neal and Jerrod Shusterman

39:00 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

39:39 - Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

40:56 - The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:06 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

43:49 - It’s a TRILOGY - World Without End (#2) and Column of Fire (#3)

44:29 - News of the World by Paulette Giles

Mar 30, 2020
Season 2, Episode 33: Books That Make You Sob on the Floor
47:12

Today, Kaytee and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: books as anti-depressants, and meeting an internet friend in real life

  • Current Reads: each of us shares three books we’ve been reading lately.

  • Deep Dive: The books that made us sob on the floor!

  • Book Presses: a middle grade and a WWII sob fest, to keep you going with your cathartic cries!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:32 - A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler

2:33 - Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

3:53 - Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM

Current Reads:

4:59 - Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

9:13 - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

11:03 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

11:10 - The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

12:03 - Changeling by Molly Harper

15:14 - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

15:43 - Notes From A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwauchi

16:28 - Currently Reading 2020 Challenge

18:23 - Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik

22:15 - Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Deep Dive - the Books that Will Make You Weep:

25:52 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

25:55 - Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

25:59 - This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

26:02 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

26:15 - Us Against You and Beartown by Fredrick Backman

26:25 - Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge

27:04 - Shogun by James Clavell

27:52 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

28:44 - My Sister’s Keeper and Change of Heart by Jodi Piccoult

29:02 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

29:52 - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

30:59 - Charlotte’s Web by EB White

31:14 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

31:16 - Marley and Me by John Grogan

31:18 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

31:20 - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

31:21 - The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins

32:04 - The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong

33:48 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

34:14 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

34:16 - Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippencott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

34:26 - Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

35:08 - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

37:08 - When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker

37:40 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

38:41 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok

38:50 - A Single Shard by Lin Sue Park

39:23 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M Graff

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

41:55 - Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff

43:22 - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Mar 23, 2020
Season 2, Episode 32: Page-turning Current Reads + Our Favorite Bookish Podcasts
45:26

Today, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: he enthusiasm that only comes from scoring a great book, and a new bookstore and “fan in the wild” moment

  • Current Reads: we’ve got three books a piece, and they are all over the place. Be sure to pop over to Instagram to enter our giveaway!

  • Deep Dive: Our favorite bookish podcasts!

  • Book Presses: a real page turner and apocalypse fiction

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

3:30 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4:40 - Title Wave Books, Revised in Albuquerque, NM

5:09 - 50 Shades of Gray by E.L. James

5:11 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Current Reads:

6:00 - The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

8:16 - @bookworm_365 on Instagram

8:49 - Roots by Alex Haley

10:12 - The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

10:14 - Shogun by James Clavell

10:15 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

10:24 - We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

10:29 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

12:09 - The Literary Enneagram by Judith Searle

13:20 - The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

14:06 - Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

15:47 - Instagram Giveaway!

16:11 - Greenglass House by Kate Midford

19:50 - All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Deep Dive - The Bookish Podcasts in our Queues

22:39 - Novel Pairings @novelpairingspod with @chelseyreads and @fictionmatters

24:08 - He Read She Read @hereadsheread with @chelseyreads and @curtisreads

24:45 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

25:46 - All the Books Podcast with @franzencomesalive

27:37 - What Should I Read Next @whatshouldireadnext with @annebogel

27:42 - One Great Book with @annebogel

28:59 - Episode 11 of WSIRN with Meredith!

29:16 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

30:00 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

30:21 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live with @sarahsbookshelves

32:23 - SBSL Episode with @jordys.book.club

32:38 - SBSL Episode with Siobhan Jones of BOTM

33:12 - Episode 16 with Meredith and Kaytee

33:21 - From the Front Porch @bookshelftville with @anniebjones

33:40 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

34:09 - Bonus episodes for Patrons: Kaytee Reads Too Much!

35:07 - Shelf Subscription

35:39 - Diving In @diving_in_podcast with @virginia_reads and @lousie_cooks_and_reads

37:18 - Sorta Awesome @sortaawesomeshow with @sortaawesomemeg

37:27 - 10 Things to Tell You @10thingstotellyou with @laura.tremaine

37:35 - The Popcast @thepopcast with @knoxmccoy and @jamiebgolden

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:13 - What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

41:08 - Kaytee's (written) author interview with Gilly Macmillan

41:39 - Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

41:45 - Episode 1 of Currently Reading!

43:10 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

43:12 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

43:32 - Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Mar 16, 2020
Season 2, Episode 31: Spicy Takes - Books We Wanted to Throw Against the Wall
50:54

Spicy take warning! Strong opinions abound in this episode.

Meredith, Kaytee, and Mindy are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a bookish moment of accountability, technology disasters, and a librarian friend

  • Current Reads: two books each with lots of happy reading

  • Deep Dive: Books that we RIATIATW (Read It And Threw It Against The Wall)

  • Book Presses: a graphic novel for adults lands and as classic middle grade pick

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:18 - Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

3:40 - Season 2, Episode 30 was a disaster

Current Reads:

7:13 - A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

7:18 - As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

7:32 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

9:43 - The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

9:48 - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

10:08 - Vageode Cake

12:19 - Currently Reading Illustrated Reading Journal (Free for Patrons!)

12:36 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

12:43 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

13:40 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

14:57 - Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson

13:50 - Thirteen by Steve Cavanaugh

16:15 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

16:19 - The Firm by John Grisham

17:27 - The Holdout by Graham Moore

18:00 - Slay by Brittney Morris

18:04 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

20:36 - The Selection by Kiera Cass

20:50 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Deep Dive - Books We Read and Threw Against the Wall:

23:23 - What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel

23:36 - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

24:52 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

26:22 - 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

26:55 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

29:45 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

33:49 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

34:53 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

35:33 - Patron Buddy Read!

38:20 - Mac B Kid Spy, Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett

39:02 - Mac B Kid Spy, The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett

42:40 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

44:41 - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:46 - Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

47:01 - May B by Caroline Starr Rose

47:32 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

48:18 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

48:40 - The Secrets of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Mar 09, 2020
Minisode: An Interview with "The Girl with the Louding Voice" Author Abi Daré
15:16

Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Abi Daré. Abi is the author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, her debut novel, which was chosen as a Book of the Month pick and Read with Jenna pick! Tune in to hear about:

  • What she wants her readers to know about Nigeria

  • Who she’d be comfortable handing her book to

  • The conversation with her daughter that inspired the novel

  • Writing in non-standard English with multiple advanced degrees under her belt

  • The Book she wants to Press into your hands

Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Book of the Month - use our link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Connect with Abi: on Instagram at @abidare_author

Mar 05, 2020
Season 2, Episode 30: Joining a Book Cult + The Art of the Buddy Read
44:59

Ready for your newly slimmed down show notes? (Don’t worry, the timestamps and links are STILL HERE):

Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: a digital library challenge and an audiobook realization

  • Current Reads: five-star books by black authors, suspense and MG winners

  • Deep Dive: Buddy Reading

  • Book Presses: a graphic novel for adults lands and as classic middle grade pick

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Book of the Month:

(These are Goodreads links, since we hope you’ll use our BOTM link to sign up if you’re interested!)

1:29 - Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk

2:28 - The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

2:32 - One Day in December by Josie Silver

2:42 - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

2:47 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Use our Link and the code CURRENTLYREADING to get your first book for just $9.99!

Bookish Moments:

6:10 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

6:22 - Amazon Echo Dot (or Echo) to access Alexa for listening to audiobooks at home

7:05 - Audible try it out for free!

Current Reads:

7:46 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

11:11 - Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman

11:18 - Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

13:45 - Pride by Ibi Zoboi

13:48 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

16:20 - The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

17:55 - Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

18:54 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

21:11 - The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Deep Dive - Buddy Reading:

27:28 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

28:23 - We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

30:48 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

32:25 - The Stand by Stephen King

32:36 - The Outsider by Stephen King

35:27 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

36:08 - Still Life by Louise Penny

37:55 - Patreon will get you into our Buddy Read discussion on 4/19!

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

39:05 - March by John Lewis

40:50 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

50:53 - Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

42:31 - The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield

42:57 - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

43:04 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mar 02, 2020
Season 2, Episode 29: The Golden Earbud Awards :: Our Choices for the Best Audiobooks
57:14

Kaytee and Mindy are ready for a Currently Reading first: award season!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a buddy read with a daughter and thrifting for books

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. This week’s books are full of big sighs in ways both good and bad, and sweet stories that will stick with you.

For our deep dive this week, we are giving out our first Golden Earbud Awards. During award season, we’re evaluating red carpet looks and the best stories to consume on audio and you won’t want to miss our categories!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a book that’s perfect for anyone who works with or love a young adult, and a memoir that is unforgettable.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:50 - Book of the Month

1:53 - The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Current Reads:

4:40 - Love from A to Z by SK Ali

7:03 - The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

7:15 - To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

7:46 - Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

8:26 - Patreon (We do Patron buddy reads)

8:40 - Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

11:52 - Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

15:16 - Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

15:22 - Episode 19 of Season 1 with Scott Monday

20:04 - Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

21:13 - Patreon (Patrons get bonus episodes)

20:32 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

20:33 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

20:39 - Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

25:55 - The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

Deep Dive - Golden Earbud Awards:

Narrators are all linked to the audiobook. New members to Audible get a free audiobook on us!

If It Weren’t Audio, I Would Have Skipped It:

30:47 - Shogun by James Clavell (narrated by Ralph Lister)

30:49 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel (narrated by David Colacci)

30:53 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (narrated by Lee Horsley)

31:03 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King (narrated by Craig Wasson)

Required to Listen:

32:47 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, and a full cast)

32:50 - Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (narrated by the author)

32:53 - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (narrated by Frazer Douglas)

33:01 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (narrated by the author)

Best Series on Audio:

34:13 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling (narrated by Jim Dale)

34:15 - The Passage by Justin Cronin (narrated by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden)

34:19 - The Selection by Kiera Cass (narrated by Amy Rubinate)

34:24 - The Three Pines Series (staring with Still Life) by Louise Penny (narrated by Ralph Cosham [books 1-10] and Robert Bathurst [books 11+])

For Adult Ears Only:

36:29 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (narrated by Katie Schorr)

36:31 - A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (narrated by Karen Chilton)

36:34 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (narrated by Carly Robbins)

36:47 - Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski (narrated by the author)

Who Knew?

38:41 - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (narrated by Nick Offerman)

38:48 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (narrated by Rachel McAdams)

38:54 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal)

39:05 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (narrated by Tim Curry)

Best True Story

40:07 - Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski (narrated by the author)

40:11 - The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton (narrated by Bryan Stevenson)

40:14 - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (narrated by Amy Landon)

40:24 - I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (narrated by the author)

Best Read by the Author:

41:33 - Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe (narrated by the author)

41:45 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (narrated by the author)

41:48 - Becoming by Michelle Obama (narrated by the author)

42:38 - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan (narrated by the author)

Best Narrator:

44:36 - Guy Lockard

44:37 - Julia Whelan

44:39 - Jim Dale

44:55 - Bahni Turpin

Best Full Cast:

46:23 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham and a full cast)

46:26 - As You Wish by Carey Elwes (narrated by Carey Elwes and cast)

46:30 - Emma by Jane Austen (narrated by Emma Thompson & cast)

46:51 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (narrated by Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt & a full cast)

Best Overall:

48:02 - Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (narrated by the author)

48:08 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman (narrated by Marin Ireland)

48:13 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King (narrated by Craig Wasson)

48:29 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (narrated by J.K. Simmons)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

50:19 - Doing Life with Your Adult Children by Jim Burns

53:13 - Becoming by Michelle Obama (narrated by the author)

Feb 24, 2020
Season 2, Episode 28: Don’t Read This Book on a Plane + How to Get Books for Review
46:03

Kaytee and Meredith have lots to share with you today, Bookworms! We hope you love this episode!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a bookish realization, and a crafty bookish gift.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got some romance and some thriller and some non-fiction and some middle grade. Our reading lives are all over the place!

For our deep dive this week, we are talking getting free books for review. Kaytee has been getting her hands on Advance Review Copies (ARCs) for years now, and she’s sharing her wisdom about how to get signed up and ingratiate yourself with publishers.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a retelling that’s fairy tale adjacent, and one that’s not for reading on the plane.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

1:26 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

4:20 - Cross Stitch Bookmark Kits (this is the one I bought and modified to make this, but this storefront has lots of great designs available!)

Current Reads:

5:32 - The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

5:39 - Rump: The Fairly True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Leisl Shurtliff

8:02 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

8:36 - Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

10:55 - The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

11:12 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

14:47 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

15:06 - The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

18:53 - A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

20:57 - The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

23:55 - Jason Reynolds

24:37 - Jacqueline Woodson

24:42 - Kwame Alexander

24:47 - Caroline Starr Rose

Slow But Steady:

25:54 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

26:32 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

26:35 - Roots by Alex Haley

27:15 - Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough

27:17 - Shogun by James Clavell

39:24 - Laura Tremaine on Ten Things to Tell You

Deep Dive - How to Get Free Books for Review:

28:59 - NetGalley.com

31:52 - Edelweiss.plus

32:11 - A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

40:32 - Wicked by Gregory Maguire

42:19 - Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

42:50 - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

42:53 - This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankl

Feb 17, 2020
Season 2, Episode 27: Meredith Reads a Second Book in a Series (Gasp!) + How to Read More
50:08

Meredith and Kaytee are chatting about current reads and how to squeeze more satisfaction out of your reading life today!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a big change in the reader status of a family member, and a new bookish podcast you’ll love.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re chatting about books from writing teams, and sequels and classics that go down easy.

For our deep dive this week, we are talking about making 2020 your best reading year yet. Does that mean more books? Maybe. But perhaps it means better books and more time to read them. What are your favorite tips for reading more or better?

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a young adult selection perfect for February in more ways than one and a murder-y book that is cold as well as bone-chilling.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

4:24 - Diving In Podcast

Current Reads:

6:10 - Murder As A Fine Art by David Morrell

9:33 - Book Drop Book subscription box

9:51 - The Network by LC Shaw

10:01 - Liv Constantine’s books

10:26 - The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

10:27 - The Firm by John Grisham

12:54 - You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

13:04 - Book of the Month

16:04 - An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

16:07 - The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

17:23 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

17:32 - Bonus episode for Patrons

17:43 - Relish by Lucy Knisley

19:09 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

25:46 - Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

25:53 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

28:28 - The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Deep Dive - How to Read More:

31:46 - Episode 6 of Currently Reading

33:55 - Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Trebole and Elyse Recsh

37:53 - Libby app through your local library

39:21 - Audible - try it for free

39:29 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

40:58 - My favorite earbuds by SoundPeats

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

45:04 - The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

46:03 - (her other one) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

46:53 - Episode 5 of Currently Reading

47:03 - All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

48:10 - The Current by Tim Johnston

48:15 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Feb 10, 2020
Season 2, Episode 26: The Varied Bookish Life + Reading Under the Weather
54:43

Kaytee and Mindy are handling this week while Meredith recovers from surgery. We are so glad to have Mindy step in during tough times!

As we get started, you’ll hear our first advertisement on the podcast. We have always said we’d be extremely discerning about advertisers, so Book of the Month was a perfect match for us, since we are both loyal (paying) customers. We hope you’ll give them a try and get your first book for just $9.99 when you use the code CURRENTLYREADING! If you’re interested, please use our link so they know we sent you.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a bookish sticker from an online friend, and a “book dictionary” brag that occurred at a local bookstore.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Every single book this week was a “turn” from the previous title discussed, so we are running the gamut.

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting about reading while sick. Mindy and Kaytee were both battling viruses this week of different kinds, so we talk about how illness effects our reading lives and the tips we have to keep reading while you’re not feeling 100 percent.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a brick of a biography and a collection of stories that will open your heart.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Announcement:

1:37 - Book of the Month - OUR FIRST SPONSOR!

(the following are Goodreads links because we hope you’ll check out BOTM if you’re interested in any of them!)

2:56 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

3:28 - The Holdout by Graham Moore

Bookish Moments:

10:11 - @flypaperproducts on Instagram

10:45 - Op.Cit Books in Santa Fe, NM

11:40 - Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale

Current Reads:

12:57 - Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

15:31 - The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

15:49 - Episode 176 of What Should I Read Next

18:37 - Reading Glasses Podcast

19:01 - The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

22:14 - Searching For Sunday: Loving Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans

22:44 - A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

23:15 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

25:45 - Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar

25:28 - 15 Books by Small Presses article

26:01 - Patreon and the Currently Reading Bookish Friends!

28:55 - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

30:13 - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

35:59 - Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Deep Dive - SIck Reading:

38:54 - Mindy’s Bluetooth Sleep Mask

42:36 - How to Survive a Plague by David France

44:26 - Beartown by Fredrick Backman

44:28 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

44:29 - Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:05 - Bonhoffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

50:21 - Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

51:55 - I’ll Have What Phil’s Having on PBS

Feb 03, 2020
Season 2, Episode 25: Telling Authors What We Want + The Comfort of Cozy Mysteries
53:07

Meredith and Kaytee are giddying up with a new episode of spicy opinions.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a new, most favorite ever, local bookshop win, and a triumphant return to the library.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. There’s a whole slew of goodness in here, as well as a plea for a certain title from a certain author, and reflections on re-reading a decades-old favorite.

We’ve got a brief Slow But Steady update to share with you and then it’s onward to our deep dive.

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting about cozy mysteries. Why read them? What makes a mystery cozy? What are Meredith’s favorite titles in the canon? Do they require baking and puns? Inquiring minds need to know.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a tale reminiscent of the old west and a fun bookish fictional title that we both adore.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:01 - Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX

4:23 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

4:33 - Currently Reading’s Top 10 Reads of 2019

Current Reads:

5:19 - Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

5:45 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

8:15 - The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

8:27 - Raven Black (the Shetland Series) by Ann Cleeves

8:49 - Louise Penny Interview with Ann Cleeves

12:58 - The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

17:10 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

17:11 - The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield

18:19 - Beauty by Robin McKinley

18:22 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

18:25 - The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

21:01 - The Hunger by Alma Katsu

22:09 - Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

24:14 - Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

25:10 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

25:12 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

26:20 - Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

26:24 - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

28:25 - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

29:26 - Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix

29:42 - Somebody Feed Phil (and I’ll Have What Phil’s Having) on Netflix

Slow But Steady:

30:14 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

30:30 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

31:13 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

32:01 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Deep Dive - Cozy Mysteries:

34:15 - Louise Penny (ahem, NOT cozy)

38:58 - Aunt Dimity Series by Nancy Atherton

40:18 - The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams (Book 2) (Book 3)

41:20 - Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

41:31 - On What Grounds (The Coffeehouse Mysteries) by Cleo Coyle

41:43 - Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

42:09 - The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (The Cat Who… Series) by Lillian Jackson Braun

42:24 - Agatha Raisin series and Hamish MacBeth series by M.C. Beaton

42:53 - The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax (Mrs. Polifax series) by Dorothy Gillman

43:05 - A Murder At the Vicarage (Miss Marple series) by Agatha Christie

43:24 - Death on Demand by Carolyn G. Hart

43:56 - Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

46:00 - @howjessreads on Instagram (check out her #sillysundayshelf collections!)

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

46:53 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

47:02 - Miss Jane by Brad Watson

47:09 - MomAdvice Book Club with Amy Allen Clark

47:18 - Amy’s Interview with the author, Brad Watson

49:39 - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Jan 27, 2020
Season 2, Episode 24: Reading Recs from Others + Kids' Book Clubs
56:05

Kaytee and Mindy are chatting this week while Meredith hosts a leadership retreat in Waco, TX.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: stealing a book out of the hands of a reader, and helping another rediscover her love of “fun” reading.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got YA and WWII and memoir and coming-of-age novels to chat about and we cannot wait to share those opinions with you!

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting about the kids’ book club that Mindy started for her 11 year old son. We’re talking about logistics and book picks and what the kiddos talk about, and it’s a great discussion that’s sure to inspire a reader in your life.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: one from a new “author crush” and one that has been referenced so many times on the podcast that it has finally earned its place on the Press list.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

4:04 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Current Reads:

5:19 - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

13:10 - One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

15:29 - One of Us is Next by Karen McManus

16:05 - The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China by Frank Langfitt

16:31 - @montanaonlineteacher on Instagram

20:14 - From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

23:18 - The Gatekeepers: How White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple

23:20 - Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonoco

24:11 - The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel

27:27 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

28:03 - The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

31:03 - How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

Deep Dive into Kids’ Book Clubs:

36:42 - Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

36:44 - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

37:55 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

40:59 - The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

43:30 - Book Club discussion questions

46:16 - Other books the boys have discussed: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, Holes by Louis Sachar

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

47:08 - Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

47:26 - Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

48:09 - @cheesehead.reader on Instagram

48:10 - @katieproctorwritesandreads on Instagram

48:32 - Scribd membership - try it for 60 days free!

51:39 - Ghost by Jason Reynolds

52:45 - Season 1, Episode 3

52:47 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

54:31 - The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Jan 20, 2020
Season 2, Episode 23: Our Best Books of 2019
48:24

Meredith and Kaytee are back with the episode you’ve been waiting for. Our favorite books of 2019!

Rather than spending time on all our regular segments, we are diving right into the good stuff. No Bookish Moments, no Current Reads, no Deep Dive, no Pressed books, just a reflection on our 2019 reading year and then the top 10 lists you’ve been waiting for!

We are each sharing 10 books we LOVED this year (plus a couple bonus picks that we slide in under the radar). We do a lot of gushing, we have a lot of words, and we think this episode contains the real gems for us and readers like us.

If you have books you think we’ll love based on these lists, put them in the comments! If you agree or disagree with a pick, put that in the comments as well! We love hearing from you!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Let’s Talk About Stats, Baby:

3:22 - Kaytee on Goodreads

3:23 - Kaytee’s spreadsheet (with excessive stats) comes from the BookRiot spreadsheet with some special modifications. You can grab a copy directly from BookRiot though! Patrons get my copy with all the bonus challenges and stats already included.

3:26 - 2020 Reading Journal

Top 10 Lists:

(Titles in Italics and parentheses are books we mentioned that are not part of the official top 10 list)

13:40 - Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

14:11 - (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier)

15:02 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

15:41 - (Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson - book 2)

15:46 - (The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson - book 3)

16:14 - Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

16:28 - (Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski)

17:08 - A Better Man by Louise Penny

18:50 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

19:56 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

20:00 - (Book of the Month subscription)

20:59 - The Passengers by John Marrs

21:11 - (The One by John Marrs)

22:02 - The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

22:11 - Episode when listeners press books into OUR hands

23:23 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

25:08 - The Current by Tim Johnston

25:15 - (Shelf Subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville)

27:31 - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

29:28 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

31:28 - (Sarah’s Bookshelves Life interview with Garrett)

32:00 - We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

33:20 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

35:13 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

37:06 - (Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry)

37:40 - (The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides)

37:44 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

39:41 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

39:57 - (Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead)

40:54 - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

42:39 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

44:47 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Jan 13, 2020
Season 2, Episode 22: A Record Number of Five-Star Books + "Goodreads, You're Fired"
54:09

Kaytee and Meredith are excited for a new year and some new bookish recommendations!

As always, we start out with a “bookish moment of the week” from each host. Some fame-treatment and bonus reading time.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got five-star books and strong opinions and all the things you love in this segment this week, so it’s a fun one!

We are skipping our Slow But Steady check-in this week, but be sure to chime in with your picks on Instagram or Facebook for this challenge!

For our deep dive, we are throwing some serious side-eye at the Goodreads Best Books of 2019 lists and the ways these collections are put together. We have STRONG opinions about the winners for a number of these categories, but it’s not all negative. We’ll also share our picks for “best lists that actually reflect good 2019 reading” with you.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’re trying something a little different with a “guest press” this week, and including a category of book that has never shown up on the press list before.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Current Reads:

6:52 - Bookshelf Thomasville Shelf Subscriptions

7:01 - The Last by Hannah Jameson

9:37 - Stephen King’s books

9:38 - Agatha Christie’s books

9:56 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

11:10 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

11:20 - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

11:21 - Run by Ann Patchett

11:22 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

11:23 - This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

11:27 - The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett

11:32 - Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

18:18 - The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Carlson

18:30 - Read Aloud Revival

20:05 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

21:19 - Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

21:22 - Naturally Tan by Tan France

24:57 - @girlaboutlibrary on Instagram

25:04 - The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

26:46 - Furious Hours by Casey Cep

30:05 - Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

30:13 - Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

Deep Dive:

34:35 - Goodreads Best of 2019 List:

35:18 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

36:10 - Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

36:18 - Audible’s Best of 2019 List

37:08 - Recursion by Blake Crouch

37:31 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

37:49 - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

38:40 - The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

39:43 - Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

40:07 - Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

40:20 - Book of the Month (DJ&TS is their Book of the Year)

40:38 - The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

40:45 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

41:11 - Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

41:13 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

41:25 - Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

43:14 - New York Times Best of 2019 List

43:16 - NPR’s Best of 2019 List

43:24 - Libraryreads.org Best of 2019 List

44:03 - Lithub.com best of best of lists

44:33 - Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

44:34 - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

44:36 - Normal People by Sally Rooney

45:00 - Amy Allen Clark at Momadvice.com best of 2019 List

Presses:

47:37 - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

50:14 - El Deafo by CeCe Bell

Jan 06, 2020
Season 2, Episode 21: All the Hosts Together + TV/Book Pairings
01:00:49

Meredith and Kaytee are joined by Mindy today in a three-host show full of bookish delights.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host. A book club win for kids, a book train with friends, and strong opinions about a bookish movie.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. There’s some serious gushing over books in this week’s titles, plus a couple “I didn’t like this” strong opinions. Hold onto your earbuds.

We are doing a brief Slow But Steady check-in this week to let you know what we’re choosing for our next reads for this challenge.

For our deep dive this week, we are playing around with book pairings for TV shows that we’ve enjoyed in the past. We each chose two shows to dive deep into and then find ways to replicate some of those same feelings in our reading. What fun!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got a “very favorite” read-aloud book, one that will work, even if you’re down to the wire on a challenge category, and a book that is perfect for gift-giving.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Announcements:

1:19 - Episode 32 of Season 1

1:45 - 2020 Reading Challenge Printable

2:38 - 2020 Reading Journal for purchase (free for Patrons!)

Bookish Moments:

4:57 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

6:38 - Eye of the Elephant by Delia and Mark Owens

6:42 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

7:43 - A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

8:13 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Current Reads:

10:34 - Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beales

13:55 - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

14:42 - Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

18:17 - Wild Robot by Peter Brown

21:41 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

22:00 - Episode 38 of Season 1

22:16 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

23:04 - Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

26:42 - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

28:10 - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

31:24 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

31:57 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Slow But Steady:

36:22 - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

36:40 - Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

37:10 - The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

37:29 - The Art of Typing by Ginger Lapig-Bogda

38:18 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

38:20 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

38:24 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

38:30 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

38:40 - Persuasion by Jane Austen

38:48 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Deep Dive:

Pairings with Grey’s Anatomy:

40:22 - Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

40:49 - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

41:19 - The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Pairings with Parenthood:

42:09 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

42:24 - The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Pairings with West Wing:

43:43 - Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonico

44:28 - The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

45:03 - Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

45:19 - The Brethren by John Grisham

45:22 - Term Limits by Vince Flynn

Pairings with Dr. Quinn or When Calls the Heart:

46:37 - Christy by Catherine Marshall

47:15 - Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht

Pairings with Elementary:

49:06 - Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle

49:37 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

49:54 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

50:11 - A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

50:38 - A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

Pairings with Dexter:

51:17 - Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey

51:25 - You by Caroline Kepnes

51:45 - My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

52:11 - The One by John Marrs

Presses:

52:58 - Episode 32 of Season 1

53:07 - I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borden de Trevino

54:18 - Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

56:03 - The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

56:11 - Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

Dec 23, 2019
Season 2, Episode 20: Post-surgery Silliness + What Makes Us Skip or DNF a Book
52:01

Kaytee and Meredith are back and chatting about all the books this week. We’ve got surgery updates and silliness and everything in between.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host. We’re virtually joining in on a trip to a local booklover’s heaven, and sitting on the couch binging books together.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Romance, and mystery, non-fiction, and YA. We’re chatting about all that we’ve been reading lately, even if it doesn’t jive with previous opinions on the show!

Our Slow But Steady check in is going to move to every once in a while instead of every week. You can still check in on Instagram or Facebook, but this is an “off” week for this segment.

For our deep dive this week, we are excited to talk about what makes us skip or DNF (do not finish) a book. Some of these might be obvious to long-time listeners of the show, but some surprised us as well as each other, so let us know what you think and what you discover about your OWN reading tendencies here. We are SO interested to hear it!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: first, a small “bonus press” to add some hilarity to your December, and then a tribute to a recently deceased author, and something to press into the young adults’ hands in your life.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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Bookish Moments:

2:03 - BookPeople in Austin, TX

Current Reads:

8:54 - A Knife at the Opera by Susannah Stacey

10:15 - Agatha Christie books

11:01 - Dorothy Simpson books

11:32 - Episode 8 of Season 2 with Anne Bogel

11:34 - The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

15:34 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

15:58 - Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti

17:45 - David Sedaris books

17:27 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

19:12 - Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

19:20 - Episode 14 of Season 2 with Lori Lynn Tucker

23:12 - American Royals by Katherine McGee

29:08 - Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

29:43 - Dear Martin by Nic Stone

30:49 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Deep Dive:

35:24 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

35:29 - Doris Kearns Goodwin books

42:52 - Episode 7 of Season 1 with Jessica Turner

42:57 - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Presses:

45:20 - Santaland Diaries Audio from NPR

46:24 - Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

48:15 - Frindle by Andrew Clements

48:16 - Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

48:58 - I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Dec 16, 2019
Season 2, Episode 19: Some Good News + How To Raise Readers
50:46

Meredith is recording with a special guest this week and has a big announcement, so be sure you tune in right at the top! You’ll hear again from our friend Mindy Brouse, best friend of the show and reader extraordinaire.

You'll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host. These bookish moments have a common thread in that they involve real life pressing books into the hands of friends and the reactions of those friends.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got books spanning genres and time periods and continents. We’ve got ones that will spark discussion, we’ve got books that’ll leave your heart aflutter. It’s a great week of book talk!

Our Slow But Steady check in is going to move to every once in a while instead of every week. You can still check in on Instagram on the regular, but we’re not going to keep banging the “I’ve got very little to report” drum. Thanks to the listener survey and all your great feedback!

For our deep dive this week, Meredith and Mindy are chatting about raising readers of all ages. There are some really fantastic tips and some great encouragement in this episode, friends. Even if you don’t have kids (or don’t like kids), I’m guessing you know a reader in your life who would love to hear this chunk, so pass it along!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: we’ve got one that has been mentioned many times on the podcast but never “pressed” and one that should be in your box of Christmas books that you haul out every December.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:22 - Episode 32 of Season 1 with Mindy Brouse

4:33 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

6:56 - The “Press” List

7:03 - The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

9:50 - 2020 Reading Challenge

10:10 - A Warning by Anonymous

13:37 - The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

16:50 - Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

19:02 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

20:35 - The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

24:25 - The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

25:07 - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

25:13 - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

28:47 - Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

36:24 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

36:27 - Redwall by Brian Jacques

36:30 - Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

36:31 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

36:33 - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

38:42 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

(Kaytee’s note here: check out this episode of Read Aloud Revival for the benefits of kids re-reading a graphic novel every freaking day)

40:31 - Wings of Fire by Tui T. Stevenson

41:09 - Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

41:10 - Eragon series by Christopher Paolini

43:46 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

43:52 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

45:21 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

46:45 - Books We’ve Pressed List

47:27 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

47:46 - Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Connect with Mindy: @gratefulforgrace on Instagram

Dec 09, 2019
Season 2, Episode 18: Bibliotherapy + Reading Challenge and Reading Journal for 2020
49:13

Kaytee and Meredith are ready to chat about all the books again this week. Hang on to your hats!

You’ll hear our combined “bookish moment of the week”: the Patron discussion with Diane Chamberlain about her book, and then a bit of getting vulnerable about the technological snafu that resulted.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. These are six books that are all VERY different in content and tone and all the ways that books can be different. It’s a great ride.

Our Slow But Steady check in is short and sweet, just like you like it!

For our deep dive this week, we are tackling the final category in the 2019 Reading Challenge: a book that is scary for some reason and we’re examining what makes us scared as readers. It might not be what you expect!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: a wonderful book that will make a favorite movie shine even more brightly and a beloved curmudgeon book with a young woman protagonist!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:10 - 2019 Currently Reading Challenge

1:32 - 2020 Currently Reading Challenge

4:26 - Patreon

4:29 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

7:32 - The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron

10:26 - The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

11:40 - A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

15:10 - Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

18:05 - Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand

21:01 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

21:22 - The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

21:57 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

22:42 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

22:49 - Episode 16 with Sarah Dickinson (and) Sarah’s Interview with Garrett Graff

28:01 - Red at the Bone by Jaqueline Woodson

30:47 - The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron

31:05 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

31:25 - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates

31:49 - A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

32:13 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

32:37 - Beloved by Toni Morrison

33:28 - 2019 Currently Reading Challenge

34:52 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

35:48 - Six Stories by Matt Weselowski

35:57- Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

35:58 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

36:00 - The One by John Marrs

36:01 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

37:32 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

37:43 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

39:00 - White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo

39:02 - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (I squashed these together reading too fast from my notes when I mentioned them!)

39:04 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

39:33 - Evicted by Matthew Desmond

39:47 - I Think You’re Wrong But I’m Listening by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland

40:52 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

41:40 - 2020 Currently Reading Challenge

41:35 - 2020 llustrated Reading Journal (free for Patrons)

44:21 - As You Wish by Cary Elwes

45:50 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

46:44 - A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

46:45 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Dec 02, 2019
Season 2, Episode 17: The “Recovery Book” Strategy + A Deep Dive into True Crime
52:59

Meredith and Kaytee are back, chatting books and strong opinions with you!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: leaning into the DNF (did not finish), and a recovery book as reading “Advil.”

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got three books each to discuss, including some revisits of titles that have already been discussed.

Our Slow But Steady check in is short and sweet, just like you like it!

For our deep dive this week, we are talking True Crime. This is an unknown world for Kaytee so we’re hearing from Meredith about what she loves about True Crime and her favorites in the genre.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands: a cry-fest book that not everyone will love, and a book for middle graders that one of us still needs to pick up!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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5:20 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Alcohol & Advil pairings!

6:42 - The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

6:49 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

9:41 - Be Fearless by Jean Case

12:53 - The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

16:00 - The Need by Helen Phillips

16:05 - She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

16:11 - Episode 11 of Season 2 with Sara Hildreth

20:00 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

24:26 - The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

24:39 - Book of the Month Subscription

24:56 - Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

29:10 - The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron

29:38 - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates

29:53 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

30:38 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

33:28 - The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

35:46 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

37:38 - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

38:56 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

39:27 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

39:52 - Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

40:04 - Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder by Vincent Bugliosi

40:24 - Mindhunter by John Douglas

41:24 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

43:02 - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

43:12 - Columbine by Dave Cullen

44:03 - Sadie by Courtney Summers

44:11 - Six Stories by Matt Weselowski

45:31 - The Light Between Oceans by ML Steadman

47:52 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

49:09 - The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Nov 25, 2019
Season 2, Episode 16: Reading Ahead of the Crowd + Guest Host Sarah Dickinson of Sarah's Bookshelves
01:06:28

Kaytee and Meredith are sharing a special guest with you this week, our dear friend and podcast pal, Sarah Dickinson of Sarah’s Bookshelves and Sarah’s Bookshelves Live.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a sanity saver behind the scenes, meeting a (kid’s) favorite author, and new reading acronyms.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re each sharing two reads this week and we’re all over the place with sequels and weird books, and amazing books, and STRONG opinions!

We’re skipping slow but steady so we have more time to chat with Sarah. Stay tuned for an update on that next week.

For our deep dive this week, we are picking Sarah’s brain about what it’s like to almost always be reading ahead of the charts. How she tracks her reading and whether she has goals for her yearly reading. It’s a great conversation with lots of food for thought.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands. We’ve got a non-fiction pick that will tear your heart out, an oldie but a goodie, and a WWII fiction book one of us believes is “best in class.”

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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4:06 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

4:15 - Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

8:03 - Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

8:27 - Big Nate by Lincoln Pearce

8:29 - Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

11:30 - After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

13:40 - The Innocents by Michael Crummy

15:25 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

15:50 - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

16:18 - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

16:37 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

16:50 - Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

17:41 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

18:13 - A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

19:36 - Minisode with Brigid Kemmerer

25:36 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

I managed to talk about this entire book without mentioning the title? How?? The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

26:50 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

26:51 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

26:59 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

27:01 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

27:30 - Our companion episode with Sara Hildreth

27:32 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live episode with Sara Hildreth

27:45 - The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

33:20 - The Need by Helen Phillips

33:45 - Ten Things To Tell You episode about books

38:39 - The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

38:50 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

39:00 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

40:18 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

55:14 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

55:29 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M Graff

55:50 - Sarah’s interview with Garrett M. Graff

1:00:09 - Episode 9 with Meg Tietz

1:00:22 - The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield

1:02:54 - Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

1:03:11 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

1:03:13 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

1:04:32 - Kaytee’s old (written) interview with Chris Cleave

1:05:20 - Connect with Sarah: @sarahsbookshelves on Instagram or her website sarahsbookshelves.com

Nov 18, 2019
Season 2, Episode 15: A Time-Travel Novel We Both Love + Reading (and Recommending) Outside Our Comfort Zones
57:07

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds this week for another new episode of Currently Reading and we have lots of fun stuff to share with you!

First, a quick announcement about our Patron-only book club: we will be discussing The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain, and the author will be joining us to chat about her book on November 17th! So, if you’ve been on the fence about reading or joining our Patreon, now may be the time to do it!

Second, we have a Currently Reading Listener Survey for you this week. Please click through to the survey and tell us your thoughts about all things Currently Reading!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a local author event and pre-reading a book for a friend.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re each sharing two reads this week since Belly Up episodes end up running long. Strong opinions abound in our novels this week!

We’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update from each of us, including a “completed!” update.

For our deep dive this week, we are discussing the Currently Reading 2019 Challenge category 11: Books Pressed by an IRL or Online Book Club. We already shared a lot of Book Club thoughts in episode 4 of season 2, so this ends up being an ode to finding your bookish tribe.

Finally, this week, we are Bellying Up to the Book Bar with DeeAnn Haworth. This was a bit of a challenge for one of us, but we’re excited to talk about some new to you and to us titles!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:15 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

1:40 - Patreon

1:53 - Currently Reading Listener Survey

2:51 - Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe, NM

3:23 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

3:33 - Minisode with J. Ryan Stradal

5:22 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

5:45 - The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

7:14 - The Dearly Beloved by Cara Walls

7:20 - Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

7:40 - Knox McCoy on The Popcast

7:43 - Shelf Subscription on Bookshelf Thomasville

14:06 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

19:50 - The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

20:05 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

20:07 - The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

25:29 - Currently Reading on Patreon

25:46 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

31:59 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

33:15 - The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron

33:56 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

34:50 - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

36:30 - Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

36:47 - Episode 4 of Season 2

38:00 - Meredith on Episode 85 (I said 89, but that was a mistake!) of Sorta Awesome Podcast

42:13 - bookish.com

43:43 - Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series

43:46 - JA Jance’s Joanna Brady and JP Beaumont series

43:54 - Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

43:57 - Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

44:00 - Richard Paul Evans’ The Walk series and The Broken Road series

44:05 - An Eldery Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

44:10 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

44:12 - Elevation by Stephen King

44:15 - Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

44:19 - When by Victoria Laurie

45:55 - Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series

46:42 - Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly

46:56 - When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman

47:22 - Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series

47:59 - In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

48:37 - Joshilyn Jackson’s The Almost Sisters and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

48:50 - Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

49:21 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

49:46 - Rabbit, the Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

50:20 - Aunti Poldi series by Mario Giordano

50:45 - Celine by Peter Heller

50:49 - The River by Peter Heller

51:39 - Setting Free the Kites by Alex George

51:42 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

51:56 - Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connelly

52:40 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

53:12 - Thinner by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman

54:16 - The Grown-Up by Gillian Flynn

54:45 - McNally’s Secret by Lawrence Sanders

56:20 - Listener Survey - one more time!

Nov 11, 2019
Season 2, Episode 14: Reading for Mental Health + Guest Host Lori Lynn Tucker
56:03

Kaytee is recording with a guest host this week as Meredith is traveling, and I think you’ll really enjoy hearing from her!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: an author event with a tiny sidekick, and a special bookish gift from a friend.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. This week’s choices have romance, non-fiction, and historical fiction novels!

We’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update from each of us, as well as a couple listener updates

For our deep dive this week, we are taking a peek at Lori Lynn’s reading life, and the ways she uses reading to balance her mental health. It’s a really interesting conversation about how reading looks different for each of us.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books Into Your Hands. We’ve both brought a non-fiction pick this week, and they are certain to spark conversations!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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2:10 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

3:01 - Episode 17 with Delia Owens interview!

3:28 - Glennon Doyle Meton (on tour for Love Warrior)

3:30 - Anthony Doerr (on tour for All the Light We Cannot See)

4:10 - A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

4:54 - Currently Reading Bookish Friends on Patreon

6:11 - The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

8:30 - Anna Hithersay on Episode 22

10:10 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

10:36 - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

10:49 - The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

11:04 - Viral social media post about ExLax from Abby Jimenez

12:11 - The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

14:38 - The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

17:56 - Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

18:03 - Audiobook Sync program (not happening now, but you can sign up for the email list so you know when it comes around next summer)

18:34 - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

19:48 - A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

20:54 - The Parasol Protectorate (series) by Gail Carriager

21:51 - Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

22:13 - Mary Heim on episode 24 and episode 36

28:09 - Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

29:29 - Lunch Lady (series) by Jarrett Krosoczka

30:14 - Another Bookish Friend (Patron) Shout Out!

30:18 - Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

30:54 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

30:59 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

31:06 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

31:59 - The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

32:39 - Book People in Austin, TX

33:41 - Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling

34:00 - Middlemarch by George Eliot

34:21 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

34:51 - Serial Reader App

35:54 - The Post Party Podcast

43:59 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

44:55 - Jessie Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom

45:13 - Little Bear books by Elsie Holmlund Minarik

45:36 - Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

45:55 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

48:18 - Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

50:19 - Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

51:09 - Being Mortal by Atul Gwande

51:12 - The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

52:32 - But That’s Another Story podcast with Will Schwalbe

52:51 - What Should I Read Next podcast

54:16 - Connect with Lori Lynn: @lorilynn_tucker or @lorilynntucker_doula

54:25 - The Post Party Podcast

Nov 04, 2019
Season 2, Episode 13: Off and On the Book Wagon + Library Love
01:04:24

Meredith and Kaytee are ready to chat about one of their favorite topics this week: local libraries, how to love them well, and how to enjoy them extensively.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a bookshelf purge and new library bliss.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got scary stuff, apocalypses, children’s fiction, and books everyone needs to read.

We’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update from each of us, and some observations from our listeners about what they’re reading for SBS.

For our deep dive this week, we are showering love on our local libraries. We’ve got tips and tricks for how to use your library well, but we’ve also got the inside scoop on what you can do to help your library and keep it going strong. So many words, and we tried to rein it in!

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books Into Your Hands. Our books are great complements to each other, in that one will be thought-provoking and essential and maybe even emotional or difficult while the other is fun and feisty and sweet.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:20 - Sleep at a Book Hotel!

6:29 - Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels by Ann M. Martin

6:39 - Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

6:41 - Smile by Raina Telgemeier

9:59 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

12:45 - Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

15:01 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

15:22 - Shelf subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville

15:58 - From the Front Porch podcast

18:37 - The Stand by Stephen King

19:07 - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

20:33 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

20:39 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

26:31 - The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Janssen

30:54 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

31:52 - Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

34:12 - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

34:31 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

34:58 - A Torch Against the Night (Book 2) by Sabaa Tahir

35:40 - A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

36:12 - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

37:08 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

38:02 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

39:11 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

39:49 - Patreon

40:15 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

42:28 - Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

43:11 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

43:12 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

43:46 - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M Graff

46:36 - Library Extension for your browser

51:59 - Library Elf to manage your holds and such

53:20 - Keep scrolling down for the full list of ways to help your library from our Bookish Friend and local library board member, Sarah McGuire!

54:05 - Friends of the Library membership - your local library will probably have a link to THEIR friends program on their website

58:01 - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

1:00:18 - La Cucina by Lily Prior

1:00:28 - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

1:00:30 - Chocolat by Joanne Harris

1:03:14 - Currently Reading Drinkware

1:03:16 - Currently Reading Sherpa Throw

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Options for helping your library from a board member:

- share a talent (grant writing, graphic design, etc.)

- join the library "friends" group or at a minimum attend a meeting or two and help at fundraising events - maybe even volunteer to chair an event.  In this day and age of dwindling book sales as a major fundraiser, new ideas are encouraged!

- if your library has a membership campaign/fundraising drive, donate even if just $10-15 - if every town resident donated even $5, we'd raise a ton during our annual membership drive!

- if you donate and have company match, submit it and double your dollars if your library qualifies as a non profit

- consider a recurring donation if your company promotes that (right from your paycheck if your library qualifies as a non profit)

- attend budget meetings and support your library.  Get the facts and if there are budget cuts that you do not agree with, go and advocate for library funding.  If you can't attend, send a letter for public forum/comments advocating for your library.

- attend programs your library holds - they love to see people at their programs!

- ask your library director what they need!

- donate GOOD books for book sales/book carts

- share your enthusiasm with friends and your community - advocate for your library!

- ask if there is something you can help with (I stuff envelopes, write thank yous, etc)

- donate items for fundraising drives - our library does an annual auction and we usually put together baskets - get a small group of friends to donate items for a basket!  Have season sport tickets/theater tickets you can't use? Donate them! If you know a local business, ask them for donations - it takes a village to put together a good silent auction!

Thank you, Sarah, for all these amazing tips!

Oct 28, 2019
Season 2, Episode 12: Meredith’s Big Reading “Pause” + Books By Authors from Other Countries
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Kaytee and Meredith are back into their routine after some guests and a big shake-up, and we’re excited to be here!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: moving and the big changes it brings, a #bookstagram challenge.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. This week is going to feel a little different for a number of reasons. Take a listen to hear about 2 books Kaytee read recently and then we’ll talk about what’s happening with Meredith’s reading life.

We’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update from each of us, with a funny update from a couple listeners.

For our deep dive this week, we are checking out the eleventh category of the #readerstatus side of the Currently Reading Challenge, books by authors from other countries. We have a lot of great authors here and we know you’ll have a bunch to add to our list!

Finally, this week, we are Bellying Up to the Book Bar with listener Jami Dabbs. She loves “stories well-told with characters you can sink your teeth into” and we think we’ve got some great recs for her.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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2:35 - Currently Reading Challenge

3:55 - Book People in Austin, TX

4:36 - Fabled Book Shop in Waco, TX

5:08 - Texas Book Festival

5:33 - #book10gram challenge with @howjessreads

5:38 - Jessica Howard on Episode 3 of Season 2

9:36 - After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

13:32 - The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

13:40- Episode 31 of Ten Things to Tell You

15:41 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

18:09 - A Better Man by Louise Penny

29:23 - Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

29:33 - Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

31:38 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

31:59 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

32:02 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

33:05 - The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

33:13 - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

33:14 - The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

34:11 - Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast

34:25 - Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

35:37 - Currently Reading Challenge

36:18 - Murmur of Bees by Sophia Segovia

36:44 - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

37:20 - Chocolat by Joanne Harris

38:10 - A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

38:36 - Frederick Backman (Beartown, A Man Called Ove, etc)

38:54 - Stieg Larsson Millennium Series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

39:14 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists, etc)

39:29 - Abraham Verghese - Cutting for Stone

39:33 - Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner, And The Mountains Echoed

39:57 - Alexander McCall Smith - The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency

40:26 - John Boyne - The Heart’s Invisible Furies

40:54 - Junot Diaz - The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

41:06 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

41:11 - Jose Saramago - Blindness

41:30 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

41:31 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

41:32 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

41:35 - Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, etc)

41:36 - Charles Dickens (Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, etc)

42:44 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

42:47 - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

42:51 - We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

42:53 - The Dry by Jane Harper

42:54 - Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

42:56 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

43:01 - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

43:03 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

43:56 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

44:04 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

44:20 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

44:38 - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

45:46 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

44:49 - The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

44:55 - The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

45:36 - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

45:52 - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

46:27 - Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

46:39 - The Current by Tim Johnston

47:07 - The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

47:33 - North and South by John Jakes

47:56 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

48:08 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

48:43 - Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

48:50 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

49:10 - All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

49:26 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Oct 21, 2019
Season 2, Episode 11: What It's Like to have 70K Followers on Bookstagram :: Special Guest Host Sara Hildreth of @fictionmatters
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Meredith and Kaytee are recording with a special guest this week, Sara Hildreth of @fictionmatters on Instagram. We’ll chat with her about building a 70K follower account and how that affects her reading life.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a long-awaited pre-order arrives, a forthcoming release that we’re excited to read, and exploring a new literary scene.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We are each sharing two books that we’ve read recently. We’ve got some differing opinions about books we’ve all read, which is my FAVORITE thing.

We’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update from each of us, with more observations about what Slow But Steady can be and doesn’t have to be.

For our deep dive this week, we are going deep into the backside of #bookstagram, asking Sara about her history on the platform, how she keeps her reading life in balance, and her favorite and least favorite parts of being a BIG bookstagrammer.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books Into Your Hands. Each of us is sharing a book that we can’t wait for you to read.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! *Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

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1:13 - @fictionmatters on Instagram

2:12 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling, Illustration Edition

3:35 - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

3:47 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6:46 - The Familiars by Stacy Halls

7:09 -The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

10:37 - Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

13:15 - I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

16:36 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

16:37 - Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

17:11 - She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

19:25 - Bad Blood by John Kerryrou

21:42 - The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

21:57 - The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

22:15 - The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

22:19 - Episode 11 of Season 1

25:13 - The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

26:51 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

26:57 - Mary Heim in Episode 36 of Season 1

28:15 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

30:43 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

30:57 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

31:05 - On Writing by Stephen King

31:24 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

31:32 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

32:28 - The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #5)

32:43 - How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

52:52 - Possession by A.S. Byatt

57:22 - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

59:33 - I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

1:01:31 - Connect with Sara: @fictionmatters on Instagram, fictionmattersbooks.com

Oct 14, 2019
Season 2, Episode 10: Weird Genetic Reading Quirks + Special Guest Host Steven Needham
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Kaytee is recording with a special guest this week, her little brother! Steven is a prolific reader, working the night shift, and has big book opinions.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: vacation reading choices, and an email from a family member.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We are each sharing three books we’ve read recently, and they are all over the map!

We’’ll move on to a short Slow But Steady update, along with an update from a couple listeners with regard to their choices.

For our deep dive this week, we are poking around in Steven’s reading life. We’ll learn about when he developed his love for reading, how he balances reading and school, and if he has any controversial opinions regarding the reading life.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books Into Your Hands. We’ve got a great series of books for people who want to know all the things, as well as a childhood favorite that isn’t to be overlooked.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

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1:31 - Vacationland by John Hodgeman

2:58 - Walkable City by Jeff Speck

3:57 - Sue Grafton novels

5:07 - Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger? by Sherry F. Colb

7:29 - The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

8:33 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

9:16 - On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

9:46 - Timeline by Michael Crichton

9:54 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

9:59 - Lost World by Michael Crichton

10:07 - Congo by Michael Crichton

11:41 - The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

11:53 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

12:24 - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

14:29 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

15:34 - Defining the Wind: The Beaufort Scale and How a 19th Century Admiral Turned Science Into Poetry by Scott Huler

18:00 - The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

21:59 - The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs

23:03 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

23:49 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery

23:55 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

24:01 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

24:49 - On Writing by Stephen King

25:00 - Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwauchie

25:08 - Moby Dick by Herman Melville

25:12 - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

25:51 - Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

26:54 - The Essential Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson

27:35 - Animal Farm by George Orwell

27:39 - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

30:02 - Constantly Calibrating podcast

38:49 - What If by Randall Munroe

38:50 - Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

38:58 - How To by Randall Munroe

42:07 - Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

43:59 - The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!* 

Oct 07, 2019
Season 2, Episode 9: Big Changes (for One of Us) + Our Favorite Productivity and Self-Help Books
49:55

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds and speakers. And we’re feeling a little feisty this week (we know.. that’s your favorite)!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: an explanation for the extreme busy-ness around here, and a Patron-related milestone!

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Two titles from each host, middle grade, YA, contemporary romance, and classic #bookstagrammademedoit.

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads and what’s been happening for our own SBS reads in the past week, as well as a few emails from listeners to share.

For our deep dive this week, we are discussing our favorite self-help and productivity books. Two Penelopes talking about productivity? Don’t worry, the show notes have ALL the titles!

Finally, this week, we are Bellying Up to the Book Bar. Jasmine Lake wants sweet and fun books, she doesn’t mind heavier topics, but as an HSP, they need to be dealt with gently. And we’ve got a bunch of goodies to share with her!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

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0:45 - Currently Reading throw in the Zazzle Store

4:31 - Currently Reading Patreon (so many fun ways to connect with us over there!)

6:21 - Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

9:05 - House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

11:45 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

13:31 - Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

15:16 - East of Eden by Richard Poe

17:41 - Patrons get access to monthly Kaytee Reads Too Much episodes!

19:11 - Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

19:19 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

23:26 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

24:44 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

24:57 - On Writing by Stephen King

25:54 - Swan’s Way by Marcel Proust

26:49 - Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Michael Zuckoff

27:15 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

27:21 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

27:30 - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

27:32 - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

29:23 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

29:37 - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

29:52 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

30:17 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

30:22 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

31:01 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

31:24 - Atomic Habits by James Clear

32:02 - Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern

32:28 - 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

32:54 - Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

33:08 - The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

33:12 - Episode 7 of Currently Reading with Jessica Turner

33:36 - Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

34:13 - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

34:44 - You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

35:08 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

35:26 - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

35:31 - Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guilleabeau

36:00 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

36:34 - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

36:52 - Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

37:34 - Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

37:36 - Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

38:01 - 10% Happier by Dan Harris

38:48 - Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

40:44 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

40:55 - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

41:06 - Blended by Sharon M Draper

41:09 - Heart Land by Kimberly Stuart

41:11 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

42:11 - Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

42:23 - To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

42:29 - When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandyha Menon

42:45 - What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

42:56 - The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

43:01 - Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

43:23 - The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

44:04 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

44:09 - Stardust by Neil Gaiman

44:51 - Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

45:01 - Winterhouse and Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

45:17 - The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

45:19 - The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson

45:52 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

46:09 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

46:38 - The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

47:11 - Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

48:06 - Patrons get access to monthly bonus Belly Up to the Book Bar episodes!

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

Sep 30, 2019
Season 2, Episode 8: We Talk Books with Special Guest Anne Bogel
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Meredith and Kaytee are chatting this week with a very special guest! She is the person that has been MOST requested as a guest on our show, and she’s here! Anne Bogel, creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy and What Should I Read Next, and general, all-around amazing lady, is chatting with us today and we couldn’t be more excited.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from all three of us: two are very similar in that they involve bookish friendships, and one is a library-related book demerit (a la Gretchen Rubin on the Happier podcast).

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Two titles from each host, and we are bringing a wide range of books, from romance to thrillers, to interesting writing styles, to weirdo books. It’s all here!

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads and what’s been happening in the past week, as well as a fun update from a listener.

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting all things Anne Bogel. You’ll hear about the advice she would have given herself before Episode 1 of What Should I Read Next (now that she’s 200+ episodes in), you’ll hear about her new book coming out next year, and a bit of behind the scenes talk about giving book recs on the fly.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands. And we know you cannot wait to see what Anne chose as her press! We’ve got a novella for every reader who loves books about books, the beginning of a new (old) mystery series, and a summer read that we’ve gushed about in previous episodes.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

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1:12 - What Should I Read Next podcast

1:15 - One Great Book podcast

2:16 - 200th Episode of What Should I Read Next

9:06 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

13:35 - The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

15:32 - Hot Dudes Reading on Instagram

15:45 - The Chain by Adrian McKinty

18:14 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

19:00 - Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

19:25 - The Girl Before by JP Delaney

19:36 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

21:50 - One Day by David Nicholls

25:36 - Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

27:52 - A Better Man by Louise Penny

32:08 - A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

33:03 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

33:32 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

33:43 - On Writing by Stephen King

34:46 - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

35:41 - 200th Episode of What Should I Read Next

39:44 - Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

49:26 - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

49:43 - 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

49:45 - Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

51:11 - Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club

52:22 - A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

52:48 - A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

54:13 - Volume 2, Episode 6 of One Great Book

54:34 - Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

58:13 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Connect with Anne: modernmrsdarcy.com, @annebogel on Instagram, @whatshouldireadnext on Instagram

*Please note that all book titles linked above are Amazon affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. Thanks for your support!*  

Sep 23, 2019
Season 2, Episode 7: Reading Outside Our Wheelhouses + Our Favorite Parenting Books
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Meredith and Kaytee are back with SO many books my fingers are cramped (this is becoming a theme…).

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: family presentation at homeschool group and going into a new book completely blind.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got five current reads this week, and they are sci-fi/fantasy heavy, which is WEIRD for us! Lots of strong opinions here!

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads and what’s been happening in the past week. Also a short grammar lesson on “Swifties”.

For our deep dive this week, we had a number of listeners (and real life friends) request our favorite parenting books. This will span everything from pregnancy/birth to infanthood to growing children to adding siblings. Plus one funny pick for when you just want to laugh it off.

Finally, this week, we are Pressing Books into Your Hands. We’ve got books “with caveats” this week. So, stay tuned and listen closely to see if they are actually right for you!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

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3:26 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

3:28 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

3:29 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

6:52 - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

8:15 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

11:17 - Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy

12:38 - The Julian Kestrel books by Kate Ross

14:35 - A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

14:45 - Leigh Kramer on Instagram

17:41 - The Passengers by John Marrs

19:30 - Minisode with John Marrs

20:20 - The One by John Marrs

20:34 - The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison

22:45 - Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

25:24 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

26:10 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

26:40 - On Writing by Stephen King

28:49 - The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough

29:34 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

29:39 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

29:47 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

30:04 - Persuasion by Jane Austen

30:05 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

30:07 - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

30:17 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara

33:31 - Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

35:25 - On Becoming Baby Wise by Robert Bucknam and Gary Ezzo

36:05 - The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracey Hogg

36:29 - Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

37:22 - Expecting Better by Emily Oster

38:43 - Cribsheet by Emily Oster

39:59 - Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

40:54 - Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley

42:02 - How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

42:42 - Episode 10 of Currently Reading

42:44 - Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by David Thomas and Steven James

43:03 - Are My Kids on Track? by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevithan

43:15 - Triggers by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake

44:31 - Wonder Weeks by Xaviera Plas-Plooij, Frans X. Plooij, and Hetty van de Rijt

44:45 - Wonder Weeks app

46:25 - Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlisch

46:30 - Episode 8 of Currently Reading

46:35 - Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham

46:37 - Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings by Laura Markham

47:09 - Parenting, Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

48:17 - Kindred by Octavia Butler

48:30 - One Great Book podcast with Anne Bogel (and the link to the Kindred episode)

51:23 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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Sep 16, 2019
Season 2, Episode 6: Recording From A Tunnel + Celebrities That Press Books
49:59

Kaytee and Meredith are chatting again this week and we’re talking books and celebrities. Kaytee was apparently recording in a tunnel, so… sorry about that! We’ve got it sorted out and it won’t happen again, but we can’t re-record, because then it’s stale and boring.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: stalking the UPS guy and the perfect way to meet other moms in a new setting!

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re only doing two books a piece because these Book Bar episodes get really long otherwise!

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads as well, what progress looks like for us. We are loving having you chime in for what you’re reading for this challenge. This week we’re discussing a few emails from listeners about their thoughts on Slow But Steady.

For our deep dive, we are chatting about the ninth category for the Currently Reading Challenge: a book pressed by a celebrity. There are a billion celebrities pressing books into our hands these days!

Finally, this week, we Belly Up to the Book Bar with Erin House, who tells us about her 5-star reads and we’ve got a bushel and a peck of titles to fill her cart!

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

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1:23 - A Better Man by Louise Penny

3:12 - Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (actually book #8, doh!)

3:21 - How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny (actually book #9, whoops!)

5:11 - The Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

5:55 - Episode 45 with Abbey Lile-Taylor

6:00 - Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgarriff and Georgia Hardstark

6:18 - My Favorite Murder Podcast

9:36 - Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon by John August

9:39 - Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August

9:53 - Launch Podcast with John August

12:40 - Episode 43 with Amanda Espinoza

12:57 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown

13:16 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

16:59 - Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

20:08 - The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

21:06 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

21:34 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

21:39 - On Writing by Stephen King

22:49 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

22:53 - The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

22:57 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

22:59 - The Stand by Stephen King

23:36 - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

26:30 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

26:32 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

28:55 - Ashley Spivey on Instagram for her #spiveys📚club

29:04 - Ashley on Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

29:35 - Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keene

29:37 - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

30:15 - The Popcast

32:56 - Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

33:11 - The One by John Marrs

33:19 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

33:25 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

33:31 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

33:41 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

33:58 - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons

34:11 - The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

34:19 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

34:42 - Room by Emma Donaghue

35:50 - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

36:00 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

36:24 - Class Mom by Lauire Gelman

36:54 - Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

37:05 - Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

37:42 - The Passengers by John Marrs

38:03 - Pines by Blake Crouch

38:10 - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

38:16 - Illuminae Files by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

38:28 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

39:11 - Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

39:36 - Ba