Currently Reading

By Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb

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 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 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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 Mike 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

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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinks 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 slink 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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked 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 slinked below are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinks as we hope you’ll use our slink 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 slink 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinks 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 slink 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slinked above are Amazon affiliate slinks. 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 slink 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 slinked 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 Bookish Podcasts in our Queues:

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 - @bookworm365 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 - @cheeseheadreader 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
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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
51:09

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
57:09

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

*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 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 - Bad Blood by John Kerryrou

39:57 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

40:03 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

40:19 - The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

41:25 - The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

41:30 - Startup by Doree Shafrir

42:02 - The Dinosaur Club by William Heffernan

42:29 - Delivering Happiness by Tony Hseih

43:12 - The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

43:31 - Recursion by Blake Crouch

43:42 - Less by Andrew Sean Greer

44:22 - Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

44:47 - An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

44:51 - Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

45:08 - Lock Every Girl by Riley Sager

45:11 - I Let You Go by Clare McKintosh

45:34 - The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

46:06 - The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker

46:20 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

46:31 - The Chain by Adrian McKinty

46:41 - Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

Erin, tell us if you loved these picks!? Or hated them?

Patrons get extra Belly Up episodes!

And email us if you want to get the opportunity to Belly Up to the Book Bar!

*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 09, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "The Passengers" Author John Marrs
29:22

In today’s spoiler-free mini-episode, I (Kaytee) am chatting with John Marrs, author of The Passengers (his new release) and The One (his previous release that I loved) and 4 other awesome thrillers. This minisode was so FUN to record! John is an absolute charmer, and I hope you love it.

In this “minisode”, Kaytee and John are talking about being a serial killer and the cops combing your Google history, jury duty and writing a book from many perspectives, the transition from journalism to murder and much more!

As always, we’ll end with a book he wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Passengers by John Marrs

The One by John Marrs

Welcome to Wherever You Are by John Marrs

When You Disappeared by John Marrs

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

Her Last Move by John Marrs

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Connect with John Marrs: on his website johnmarrsauthor.com or all over social media, although his favorite is Instagram @johnmarrs.author

Sep 06, 2019
Season 2, Episode 5: A Case of the Giggles + Books We’re Embarrassed We Haven’t Read Yet
45:51

Meredith and Kaytee are here, with a case of the giggles and a case of “why can’t I talk correctly?” We’re having more fun than you can shake a stick at.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: an overflow of TBR riches, and a lovely book-screen adaptation.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Non-fiction and thrillers is the name of the game, and we’ve got both of them in SPADES.

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. It’s been great to see what actually piques your interest here, readers.

For our deep dive, we are discussing the books we are “embarrassed” that we haven’t read yet. But mostly we’re having a conversation about why people let embarrassment even effect their reading lives. And it’s a good one!

Finally, this week, we finish the episode by Pressing Books Into Your Hands. We’re both pressing books by male authors this week and they are a couple decades old, at least. Definitely outside the norm, but the strangest part is that we didn’t discuss beforehand!

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 - Still Life by Louise Penny

3:29 - Still Life made-for-TV adaptation

5:31 - Episode 46 of Currently Reading

5:33 - Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O’Farrell

5:42 - I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

9:24 - Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

9:32 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

11:43 - The Goop Podcast episode with Emily Nagoski

12:46 - Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

15:27 - #IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley

16:08 - #IMomSoHard Live Prime Comedy Special

18:28 - The Passengers by John Marrs

21:26 - The One by John Marrs

23:00 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

27:29 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Barry

28:07 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

28:20 - On Writing by Stephen King

29:12 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

29:38 - Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

29:45 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

29:59 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

30: 25 - Episode 22 with Morgan Tallman

30:30 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Mongomery

30:34 - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

32:38 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

33:14 - Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

33:50 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

33:53 - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

34:14 - SSR Podcast

34:49 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

35:03 - Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

35:44 - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

36:15 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Mongomery

36:31 - The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery

36:35 - Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery

36:36 - Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgomery

37:09 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

37:37 - 50 Shades of Gray by E.L. James

38:18 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

39:54 - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

41:46 - Episode 19 of Currently Reading

42:27 - Straight by Dick Francis

*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 02, 2019
Season 2, Episode 4: We are Terrible Teases + a New Belly Up to the Book Bar
59:21

Kaytee and Meredith are back in your earbuds with strong opinions and bookish concoctions!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host, and we are TEASES this week. We both have books that we cannot wait to talk about… but we’re not telling you what they are!

Next, we’ll remind you about our Bookshelf Thomasville coupon code for you: CURRENTLYLOVING will get you 10% off from our friends over there through the month of August! You’ve got just a few days left before this code expires, so get on it!

Moving forward, we discuss our current reads for the week. We are mostly GLOWING about our books this week, and we have lots of words about each of them.

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads as well, and we’ve loved having you chime in for what you’re reading for this challenge. Today, we’re also rethinking what Slow But Steady means in terms of content.

For our deep dive, we are discussing book clubs. All the different kinds of book clubs there are. How we feel about them personally. What we enjoy about the idea of book clubs. And some other weird tangents. What are your thoughts on book clubs?

Finally, this week, we finish the episode by Bellying Up to the Book Bar! Our drinking buddy this week is Angie Dawson, and we have LOTS of titles to throw her way. The show notes for this episode are bananas, friends. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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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5:39 - Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

5:56 - Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

9:50 - The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn

10:02 - Want to get in on the Patron action? Patreon!

15:04 - The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

20:34 - The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

20:39 - Reese Witherspoon Book Club

24:18 - The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

24:36 - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

29:35 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

29:44 - Final Girls by Riley Sager

34:29 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

35:03 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

35:16 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

36:04 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

36:05 - The Stand by Stephen King

36:20 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

36:27 - War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

36:49 - The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

37:32 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

37:36 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

37:42 - Stamped From the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibraham Kendi

38:33 - Middlemarch by George Eliot

38:36 - The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon

40:35 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

43:13 - Silent Book Club

45:04 - Episode 14 with Amy Allen Clark

45:48 - Have opinions about a CR buddy read? Join the Patreon

47:19 - Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

47:33 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown

47:37 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

47:39 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

47:46 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

47:58 - Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

48:08 - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

48:10 - Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

48:23 - The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

48:24 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

48:25 - The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

48:26 - The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

48:27 - Joshilyn Jackson Books

48:38 - The Line That Held Us by David Joy

48:39 - The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

48:41 - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

48:46 - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

49:02 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

49:03 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

49:05 - The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

49:37 -This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

50:19 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

50:54 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

51:07 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

51:35 - The Paper Magician (series) by Charlie Holmberg

52:01 - The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn

52:09 - Scythe by Neal Schusterman

53:00 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

53:52 - A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

53:57 - The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

54:05 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

54:17 - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

54:18 - Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

55:02 - Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

55:17 - The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

55:23 - Christina Lauren books

55:37 - Jasmine Guillory books

56:05 - Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

56:30 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

57:23 - Want some extra Belly Up to the Book Bar? Patreon!

*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!*  

Aug 26, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" Author J. Ryan Stradal
20:47

In today’s spoiler-free mini-episode, I (Kaytee) am chatting with J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota (his new release) and Kitchens of the Great Midwest (his previous release that I loved!). This minisode is full of midwest charm and belly laughs. I hope you love it.

In this “minisode”, Kaytee and J. Ryan are talking about beer, and family, and Minnesota, and middle-class America. We talk about mentors and the writing life, and which pies are our favorites. We’re also getting a little bit silly regarding the “research” required to write a really good book about beer.

And, as always, we’ll end with a book he wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Lager Queen of Minneosta by J Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

The Pink Boots Society

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Connect with J. Ryan: jryanstradal.com is his website, or email him at kitchens.midwest@gmail.com

 

Aug 23, 2019
Season 2, Episode 3: Tales from a Used Bookstore + Guest Host Jessica Howard
46:28

Kaytee is chatting with her bookish friend, Jessica Howard, this week while Meredith celebrates her birthday!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a meta podcast moment in which Jess hears herself mentioned on the podcast, and a dentist/book overlap that will leave you scratching your head!

Next, we’ll remind you about our Bookshelf Thomasville coupon code for you: CURRENTLYLOVING will get you 10% off from our friends over there through the month of August! One more week for this fun code!

Moving forward, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re stuffing some extra titles into this segment this week, because we just couldn’t help ourselves.

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads as well. We’re also shouting out a few readers and their own Slow But Steady reads. Have you told us about yours yet?

For our deep dive, Jessica and I chat about what it’s like to work at Bookmans in Tucson, AZ. She has lots of fun stories to share, some that make you go hmmm, and some interesting behind-the-scenes book review talk that you’ll love!

Finally, this week, we finish with The Book that we’d like to press into your hands, readers. We’ve got a favorite author that doesn’t get enough love and a Southern novel that’s anything but slow.

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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1:35 - Season 1, Episode 42 of Currently Reading

3:12 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

3:26 - The Giver (quartet) by Lois Lowry

4:21 - Dark Age by Pierce Brown

4:27 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown

4:41 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5:41 - Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enwright

5:49 - The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright

5:54 - Four Story Mistake (Melendy Quartet) by Elizabeth Enright

6:03 - Return to Gone-Away by Elizabeth Enwright

7:26 - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

7:43 - Season 1, Episode 14 with Amy Allen Clark

9:36 - The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

9:47 - Raven Black (The Shetland Books) by Ann Cleeves

9:54 - The Crow Trap (Vera Books) by Ann Cleeves

11:45 - Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

13:28 - The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

13:45 - Imitation Game (movie)

15:30 - The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

15:38 - Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

19:32 - The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

20:08 - Savor by Shauna Niequist

20:37 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

21:11 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

21:23 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

21:27 - Serial Reader App

21:46 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

22:26 - Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange

24:20 - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

28:14 - Liver Let Die by Liz Lipperman

28:31 - Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews

28:34 - Gone Gull by Donna Andrews

31:42 - Shelf Awareness

34:38 - NetGalley

37:31 - Frederica by Georgette Heyer

37:33 - The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

38:26 - The Conqueror: A Novel of William the Conqueror by Georgette Heyer

38:27 - My Lord John by Georgette Heyer

41:49 - The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

43:35 - Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

45:00 - Find Jessica: @howjessreads on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy, or Quirky Bookworm on Facebook

*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!*  

Aug 19, 2019
Season 2, Episode 2: #shemademedoit Books + Titles Coming to The Big Screen for the Currently Reading Challenge
53:50

Kaytee and Meredith join their powers for good in Season 2, Episode 2! Can’t wait for you to tune in!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: an episode of a favorite podcast that gives a great glimpse into the book industry, and a book-related party that was completely amazing!

Next, we’ll remind you about our Bookshelf Thomasville coupon code for you: CURRENTLYLOVING will get you 10% off from our friends over there through the month of August! Enjoy, and be looking for a fantastic giveaway from them for our listeners this month as well.

Moving forward, we discuss our current reads for the week. Some strong opinions in this week’s current reads, friends. Hold onto your hankies.

We’ve got an update for you on our Slow But Steady reads as well. Be sure to look for a post on Instagram in which we ask you to chime in with your own Slow But Steady reads! If you’ve been looking at a book on your shelves for a long time, but you don’t want to commit to it as your “main” read, this is going to be JUST the segment for you. Let us know what you think!

For our deep dive, we are discussing the 8th category in the Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge, and we dive deep into Books that are becoming movies this year, as well as some of our favorites from the past.

Finally, this week, we finish with The Book that we’d like to press into your hands, readers. A non-fiction pick that will give you a whole new view on storms, and a YA series that will keep certain TV fans happy when their show has ended.

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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3:01 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Episode 25

3:11 - Book of the Month

5:04 - Mindy Brouse on Episode 32 of Currently Reading Podcast

5:10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

6:28 - Harry Potter sorting test (our favorite - breaks down your houses by percentages)

7:55 - Bookshelf Thomasville - use code CURRENTLYLOVING for 10% through the month of August!

11:31 - Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

11:46 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live interview with Angie Kim

11:52 - Book of the Month

14:57 - Episode 43 of Currently Reading

15:01 - The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

18:12 - Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and The Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

21:05 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

21:24 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

24:12 - Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

25:31 - Morgan Tallman on Episode 22

28:35 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

29:27 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

32:11 - Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

32:22 - Book of the Month

34:51 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

35:34 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

36:05 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

36:48 - Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

37:48 - Pet Sematary by Stephen King

38:04 - It by Stephen King

38:09 - Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

38:28 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

39:04 - Full List of 2019 Book to Movie Titles from our Spreadsheet!

39:13 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

39:18 - Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

40:22- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

41:02 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

41:29 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Demas

41:55 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

42:07 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

42:30 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

43:15 - The Princess Bride by William Golding

43:23 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

43:40 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

44:19 - Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

44:51 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

45:56 - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

46:08 - The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

46:20 - Again, the whole list: 2019 Book to Movie Titles from our Spreadsheet!

46:51 - Five Days At Memorial by Sheri Fink

49:13 - The Selection (and books 2 and 3) by Kiera Cass

*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!*  

Aug 12, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "The Wedding Party" Author Jasmine Guillory
23:52

In today’s spoiler-free mini-episode, I (Kaytee) am chatting with Jasmine Guillory, author of this summer’s smash contemporary romance The Wedding Party. This minisode, with a romance writer, is not really kid-friendly, so do take note!

In this “minisode”, Kaytee and Jasmine discuss so much food you’ll be hungry when you’re done (I recommend listening during your lunch hour)! We also talk about enemies-to-lovers tropes, the challenges and benefits of including real talk about race in an otherwise light book, and what it’s like to be part of the Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine book club! It’s a great conversation and Jasmine was a total delight. I hope you love it!

And, as always, we’ll end with a book she wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Royal Holiday Jasmine Guillory (due out October 1st)

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Connect with Jasmine: her website is www.jasmineguillory.com, she’s at @jasminepics on Instagram or @thebestjasmine on twitter

Aug 09, 2019
Season 2, Episode 1: Back in the Bookish Saddle!
55:41

Meredith and Kaytee are back from their short break between seasons to bring your more of the bookish goodness you’ve come to love. As well as some new fun stuff!

First and foremost, we’ve got a new Bookshelf Thomasville coupon code for you: CURRENTLYLOVING will get you 10% off from our friends over there through the month of August! Enjoy, and be looking for a fantastic giveaway from them for our listeners this month as well.

We’re also shouting out the first three women who couldn’t wait for us to officially roll out our Patreon account before they went and became our Bookish Friends! Thanks, ladies!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: big kids cracking each other up while reading together, and giving book recommendations to a friend!

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve both got a large docket of titles to choose from after our break, so we had a hard time narrowing it down!

You’ll notice a short new segment: Slow but Steady. Be sure to look for a post this weekend in which we ask you to chime in with your own Slow But Steady reads! If you’ve been looking at a book on your shelves for a long time, but you don’t want to commit to it as your “main” read, this is going to be JUST the segment for you. Let us know what you think!

For our deep dive, we are reflecting on what our break was like for both of us. Was our reading different? What did we do to keep ourselves busy? Are we glad we took a break? Listen in for the answers!

This week, we finish up with our first Belly Up to the Book Bar request from Sara Kilpatrick. Sara sent us a great list of titles, some of which pressed us out of our comfort zones. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our suggestions, or if you have more to add to Sara’s TBR pile! (Chime in below or on social media, and we’ll make sure she sees them!)

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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1:59 - Bookshelf Thomasville - use code CURRENTLYLOVING for 10% through the month of August!

2:06 - From the Front Porch podcast

3:32 - Our Patreon is officially launched!

Patrons pay $5 a month to receive a bookmark, one or more bonus episodes a month, behind-the-scenes content, access to a FB group for Bookish Friends and IG “close friends” content, and extra belly up to the book bar request fulfillment. If you cannot wait, click that link above, and we’ll get you set up ASAP!

6:35 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

6:37 - Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

7:18 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

7:26 - The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams

8:29 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

9:39 - Episode 46 of Season 1 of Currently Reading

9:43 - Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

11:36 - How to Be A Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

12:20 - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

12:39 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

15:42 - Atomic Habits by James Clear

16:11 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

16:14 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

17:57 - Meredith on Episode 11 of What Should I Read Next?

19:01 - Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

21:15 - The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (totally screwed this up - The Wedding PARTY is the new one!)

21:29 - The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

21:31 - The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

22:36 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

24:36 - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

28:15 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

30:34 - Serial Reader app

30:40 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

30:55 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

31:20 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

32:17 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

35:32 - Zazzle Store

35:33 - Patreon (again, I know)

40:46 - As You Wish by Cary Elwes

41:09 - Forever Liesl by Charmain Carr

41:20 - Bossypants by Tina Fey

41:22 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

42:10 - Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

42:28 - Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

43:17 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

43:44 - Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

44:01 - Disney War by James B. Stewart

44:42 - https://amzn.to/330dqlj by Maxwell King

45:07 - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

45:27 - Bad Blood by John Kerryrou

46:07 - At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenrieder

46:21 - Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

46:49 - Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrieder

47:05 - The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

47:06 - Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Trooth

48:12 - I’m A Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

48:13 - Notes from A Small Island by Bill Bryson

48:15 - The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

48:29 - Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach

49:08 - Along the Way: A Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

49:42 - The Bride Quartet (starts with Vision in White) by Nora Roberts

50:52 - The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

51:28 - Jasmine Guillory Books

51:35 - The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

51:53 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

52:00 - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

52:58 - The Shop on Blossom Street (first in series) by Debbie Macomber

54:00 - Amanda’s Wedding by Jenny Colgan

*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!*  

Aug 05, 2019
Episode 48: Another Very Special Episode - Best of Season One!
46:09

These show notes are a bit different, you’ll notice, because this episode is a lot different! We are wrapping up Season one of the podcast with a look back, and a glimpse forward. We’re chatting about your favorite episodes, our favorite episodes, the biggest flubs and regrets we have, and more. Take a listen above or in your favorite podcast app. We can’t wait to share Season 2 with you guys when we return on August 5th!

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3:07 - Episode 35

3:33 - Episode 34

5:27 - Episode 31

7:18 - Episode 28

9:28 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

10:06 - Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Trebole and Elyse Resch

10:10 - Bibliophile by Jane Mount

10:16 - Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim

11:29 - Poop Emoji Plunger

12:27 - Kaytee’s Birthday Post

12:39 - Louise Penny Stack

13:42 - Patreon!

14:12 - Bookish Moment posts happen every Monday!

16:36 - Episode 1

17:13 - Episode 19

22:40 - Some Writer by Melissa Sweet

23:30 - A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

26:47 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

27:45 - The Editor by Steven Rowley

28:43 - The Popcast with Knox and Jamie

31:14 - Episode 40 (Books that Saved Our Lives episode)

35:10 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

35:16 - The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

35:21 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

36:03 - Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

36:05 - Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

36:13 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

36:20 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram

36:28 - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

37:18 - Patreon!

38:49 - Belly Up to the Book Bar - email us at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

41:50 - Bookshelf Thomasville Shelf Subscription

42:08 - Episode 23 - being a Penelope

Currently Reading Merchandise

*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!*  

Jul 22, 2019
Episode 47: A Very Special Episode - Ask Us Anything!
53:28

These show notes are a bit different, you’ll notice, because this episode is a lot different! We are taking selections from the 9 PAGES of Ask Us Anything questions that we were sent by our listeners and answering them here on the podcast. If your question had to do with books and reading, we probably didn’t answer it, not because we don’t love it, but because many of them lend themselves to a full deep-dive! Any books or resources that we mentioned are linked up below for your reference, along with time-stamps, of course. Thanks for sending us your questions, friends!

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Pork Ramen “recipe”

1 lb pork (or meat of your choice) sliced into bite-sized strips

4 packages of ramen noodles (Oriental flavor, or whatever flavor you like)

1 lb baby spinach

1/2 cup peanut butter (we like chunky in our family)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp powdered ginger or grated ginger

red chile pepper flakes to taste

Put the baby spinach in the bottom of a large serving bowl.

Add meat to hot pan with oil, ginger, and red chile pepper flakes. Cook fully through. Meanwhile, follow directions on the ramen packages.

Drain noodles (save 1-2 cups of the water and add 1-2 spice packets) and put them in a serving bowl. Put the cooked meat on top (retain the oil and spices).

Using that same pan, add 1 cup of the reserved cooking water and the peanut putter, cook over low-medium heat to slowly melt the peanut butter into the water. Add soy sauce to taste. While you’re cooking the sauce, add more peanut butter if it seems too thin. Add more cooking water if it seems too thick.

When you dump all this onto the spinach, noodles, and pork, the heat from the noodles and sauce will wilt the spinach. Stir until combined. Serve to everyone you love. If you want to get fancy, you can put sliced green onions or crushed peanuts on top to make it pretty!

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live episode 16

Patreon? What????

Jul 15, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "The Bookish Life of Nina Hill" Author Abbi Waxman
25:21

In today’s spoiler-free mini-episode, you get to hear from author Abbi Waxman, who wrote this weeks’ brand new release The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. Abbi is hysterically funny, so I’ll apologize now for cackling into the microphone a few times. Ha!

In this “minisode”, Kaytee and Abbi discuss the inspiration for Nina and her awesome personality, the pitfalls of social media, what it’s like to be fangirled over, book clubs, planners, and even bed jackets… admit it, you’re curious.

And, as always, we’ll end with a book she wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

Novel Network

Abbi’s Cozy Bed Jacket

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Connect with Abbi: her website is www.abbiwaxman.com, she’s at @abbiwaxman on Instagram (preferred) or email her at abbi@amplecat.com

Jul 12, 2019
Episode 46: Books That Listeners Press Into Your Hands!
01:02:37

Kaytee and Meredith are so excited to be sharing YOUR presses with our listeners this week! We asked for you to call us or email us with your books you want to press, and you certainly delivered!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a realization about the true status of hoarding tendencies, and a book that immediately led to dinner time yumminess.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got 6 (or more) books that someone will want to read ASAP, so get those library cards ready!

For our deep dive, we are sampling 10 of our favorite “listener presses” for our Reading Challenge! If you sent us a press that didn’t make it into the episode, it was just because we didn’t have time. We loved hearing from all of you! You’ll hear our thoughts on each of these books as well, because, you know we have them!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we’ve got a title that’s perfect for the extreme heat of mid-summer, and a press that comes with a caveat.

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! 

3:17 - A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Gamache #7)

Life hack: Pasta, asparagus, pine nuts, and goat cheese. Fantastic dinner.

4:47 - The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

4:56 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

7:18 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

7:27 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

8:13 - YA Alex Rider series (starts with Stormbreaker) by Anthony Horowitz

9:04 - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

11:52 - All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

15:32 - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

16:34 - YouTube Interview with Eoin Colfer

19:13 - Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

19:24 - Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

20:11 - Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

25:29 - Mary in Episode 36

25:34 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

29:17 - The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory

31:48 - The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

35:06 - Unbroken - a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

35:14 - Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

37:14 - Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

40:14 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

40:50 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

43:57 - First Person Plural by Cameron West 

46:07 - The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

46:15 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

47:49 - How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

49:51 - The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

51:25 - Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

53:54 - Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

54:05 - I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

56:00 - The Heirs by Susan Reiger

57:41 - Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

59:25 - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

*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!*  

Jul 08, 2019
Episode 45: Our Favorite Picture Books for Kids (age 2-5) + Special Guest Host Abbey Lile-Taylor
01:11:07

Meredith and Kaytee have a special guest again this week to discuss our favorite picture books for the 2-5 year kiddos in your life!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: an author event, kid librarians, and a fantastic iTunes review.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We are each talking about two recent reads and we’ve got a variety of new titles that we cannot wait to discuss this week.

For our deep dive, we are discussing our very favorite picture books for the 2-5 year old range. These kids are enraptured by great pictures, willing to sit for a great story, and ready to laugh at great jokes, so we’ve chosen some stand-out titles to share with you or the littles in your life. Abbey has a lot of great expertise in this area, so we are only too happy to have her input.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. We’ve got a childhood favorite, which may not be for kids, that has been read over and over again, a WWII novel told in a totally new way, and a reference book that belongs on every parent’s 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! 

2:39 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

6:11 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

7:07 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

8:43 - Recursion by Blake Crouch

11:29 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

13:45 - Pines (Wayward Pines Series) by Blake Crouch

14:55 - Parkland by Dave Cullen

15:01 - Columbine by Dave Cullen

16:40 - The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

19:08 - The River by Peter Heller

19:45 - Dog Stars by Peter Heller

24:14 - Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack

24:26 - My Favorite Murder podcast

26:21 - The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

30:01 - The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

31:58 - Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

33:37 - Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

33:30 - The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

34:17 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

36:09 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

39:37 - Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

42:18 - Books, Inc Campbell - Abbey’s local bookstore

Abbey’s favorites from Henry and Isaac:

43:02 - Elephant and Piggie books - especially Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

43:54 - Eat Pete by Michael Rex

43:56 - Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

44:01 - Warning: Do Not Open this Book by Adam Lehrhaupt & Matthew Forsythe

44:08 - The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

44:23 - Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler

44:43 - We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

44:52 - Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

44:56 - The “Hat” Series by Jon Klassen, especially I Want My Hat Back

Kaytee’s Books she shoved down her kid’s throats:

45:55 - The Mitten by Jan Brett

45:58 - Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle

46:10- King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood

46:14 - The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood

46:20 - Papagayo, Coyote, and Raven by Gerald McDermott

46:31 - Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

46:36 - Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Meredith’s Fun Read Alouds:

47:16 - A Mouse Told His Mother by Bethany Roberts

47:18 - Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra

47:26 - The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

47:34 - Gilbert de la Frogponde by Jennifer Rae

47:45 - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

47:49 - Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino

48:07 - Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

48:13 - Red Truck by Kersten Hamilton

Abbey’s Character Development Favorites:

48:45 - Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman & Eda Kaban

48:50 - Morris Micklewhite & the Tangerine Dress by Christine Bablacchino & Isabelle Malenfant

49:06 - When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland

49:39 - Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller & Jen Hill

49:44 - The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

Kaytee’s Sweet and Funny Favorites:

50:57 - When God Made You, When God Made Light, and When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner

51:11- Skippyjohn Jones by Judy Schachner

51:15 - Where You Came From by Sarah O’Leary

51:37 - This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean

51:41 - Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant

51:46 - Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer

Meredith’s Favorite Books in Series:

52:24 - Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Treasury by Betty MacDonald

52:54 - George and Martha Stories by James Marshall

53:00 - Berenstain Bears Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain

53:30 - Dinofours series by Steve Metzger

54:44 - The Night Before… books by Natasha Wing

55:02 - Richard Scarry books, especially Busy Town

55:30 - Roadwork by Sally Sutton

Abbey’s choices for Gorgeous Illustrators:

56:04 - Melissa Sweet

56:11 - The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies

56:13 - The Right Word by Jen Bryant

56:14 - A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant

56:26 - Some Writer!

56:42 - Genvieve Godbout

56:50 - Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

56:53 - Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George

56:58 - When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey

57:01 - The Pink Umbrella by Amelie Callot

57:06 - Emily Winfield Martin

57:08 - Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin

57:09 - Day Dreamers by Emily Winfield Martin

57:11 - The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

57:14 - Teagan White

57:16 - Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

57:18 - Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

57:19 - Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr

57:26 - Wednesday Kirwan

57:35 - Henry’s Bright Idea by Lauren Bradshaw

57:36 - Magnolia’s Magnificent Map by Lauren Bradshaw

57: 40 - Jill Barklem

57:43 - The Brambly Hedge Series by Jill Barklem

57:56 - Kaya Doi

58:00 - Chirri & Chirra Series by Kaya Doi

Jul 01, 2019
Episode 44: Bookish Serendipity + the Debut of a New Segment: “Belly Up to the Book Bar”
51:05

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds this week to chat about all sorts of bookish goodness!

Continuing Important announcement: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! For a few final days (through June 30th), you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a book devouring, and validating your summer reading choices

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’re all over the place in genre, age range, and opinions this week, so get out those library cards!

For our deep dive this week, we are teasing our new segment for Season 2! Belly Up to the Book Bar will b in our regular rotation next season, and we cannot wait to share it with you, listeners! Thanks to Megan Goodell for being our guinea pig “test customer”.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s pick include some historical fiction about the Spanish flu and a murder mystery from a master.

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! 

2:28 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

3:10 - Minisode with Brigid Kemmerer

6:31 - The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

9:36 - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

9:54 - Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

9:59 - Six Stories by Matt Weselowski

12:06 - Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

12:20 - Episode 16 of Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

12:22 - Episode 189 of Sorta Awesome

15:12 - The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dion

16:53 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

18:05 - Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

18:09 - Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

20:39 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

22:53 - Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

24:39 - What Should I Read Next episode 186 about bookish serendipity

25:32 - The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

25:39 - The Giver by Lois Lowry

28:07 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

29:58 - The Penderwicks by Jennie Birdsall

Belly Up to the Book Bar! - Megan Goodell

33:51 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

34:25 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

35:36 - Prey by Michael Crichton

36:04 - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

36:20 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

36:27 - Circe by Madeline Miller

37:02 - The Physician by Noah Gordon

37:28 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

37:35 - Beartown by Fredrick Backman

37:36 - Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

38:26 - Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

38:49 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

38:59 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

39:10 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

39:43 - The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

39:49 - All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

39:55 - Haunted Ground by Erin Hart

40:10 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

40:19 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

40:27 - Christina Henry fairytale retellings - Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, Girl in Red

40:43 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

40:53 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

41:17 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

41:25 - Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

41:46 - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

41:56 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

If you want to Belly Up to the Book Bar, send us an email: currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com

44:04 - As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

46:31 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

46:40 - The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

48:58 - The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes) by Anthony Horowitz

*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!*  

Jun 24, 2019
Episode 43: A Hopeful Android Story: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels with Guest Host Amanda Espinoza
48:41

Meredith and Kaytee had to call in the big guns this week, so they invited Amanda Espinosa to join them for this special episode of Currently Reading!

Continuing Important announcement: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! Now through June 30th, you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a perfectly bookish gift for a Labyrinth fan, a fun reading tracking idea, and a local bookstore visit.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We are each sharing two recent reads, and there are some really big opinions in this episode, so get ready!

For our deep dive this week, Amanda has done some amazing prep work to fill up your Currently Reading Challenge worksheet in the Science Fiction and Fantasy slot. She’s created a number of book flights for each genre, and, in an unusual twist, there are even MORE titles in show notes than there are in the episode!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. A magical realist novel, a humorous collection of stories centered on childhood, and a fantasy novel that will totally transport you and you might wish was real (with a TRIPLE COSIGN!)

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! 

2:24 - Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization by A.C.H. Smith

2:38 - Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 1 by Simon Spurrier

3:24 - What Should I Read Next episode 187: Traveling the World Without Leaving Your Hometown

5:12 - Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM

6:51 - The Gown by Jennifer Robson

8:09 - Episode 32 with Mindy Brouse

9:11 - The Murmur of Bees by Sophia Segovia

11:00 - Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

12:51 - Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

14:30 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

15:44 - The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

17:36 - Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

18:28 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

19:05- Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

20:58 - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

24:41 - Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge!

24:55 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

24:56 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

24:58 - The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

24:59 - Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

25:00 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

25:02 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

27:11 - Flight 1: Sci-Fi in Space

27:17 - (1) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

28:11 - (2) Redshirts by Jon Scalzi

28:52 - (3) Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

30:04 - (4) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

30:12 - (5) The Martian by Andy Weir

30:47 - Flight 2: Sci-Fi on Earth

30:56 - (1) Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

31:32 - Reamde by Neal Stephenson

31:47 - (2) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nueval

32:23 - (3) Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

33:19 - (4) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

33:32 - (5) 11/22/63 by Stephen King

33:55 - Flight 3: YA Sci-Fi

34:00 - (1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

34:37 - (2) The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

35:46 - (3) The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

(4) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

(5) An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

36:07 - Flight 4: Fantasy

36:11 - (1) Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

36:16 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik

36:49 - (2) The Princess Bride by William Golding

(3) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

(4) The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

(5) The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Flight 5: Epic Fantasy

37:09 - (1) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

38:16 - (2) Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

38:42 - Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

(3) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

40:40 - Caraval by Stephanie Garber

41:28 - (4) His Majesty’s Dragon by Noami Novik

(5) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Flight 6: YA Fantasy

(1) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

(2) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

(3) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

(4) Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland

(5) The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

42:23 - Sourdough by Robin Sloan

42:25 - Calypso by David Sedaris

43:34 - Naked by David Sedaris

43:35 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

43:49 - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

44:51 - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

45:38- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

45:43 - Scythe by Neal Schusterman

Find Amanda:

Twitter: @AmandaEspi and @LoungeCuriosity

Instagram: @LoungeCuriosity

Website: https://curiositylounge.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaEspi

*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!*  

Jun 17, 2019
Episode 42: Audiobooks for your Summer Road Trip + The Reading Life of Guest Host Heather Chollar
37:56

Kaytee has a special guest co-host joining her this week, and I can’t wait to share her with you. You’ve heard me mention “my Heather” many times on the podcast, and today she’s recording with me to bring you a very special episode.

Continuing Important announcement: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! Now through June 30th, you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a trip to a favorite indie bookstore and library cards for very excited kiddos.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Heather prepared like a boss and brings you a perfect audiobook listen no matter who you are road tripping with this summer. Kaytee has some non-fiction and a (perhaps overly?) hyped sequel to discuss.

For our deep dive this week, I’m talking to Heather about her reading life, including some of the things that you listeners have been wondering about our (M&K’s reading life) in relation to motherhood, and finding time to read with kids around.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. We’ve got a children’s classic that should be read by readers of every age and a memoir that will make you cry and laugh so hard you may pee yourself.

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! 

2:05 - Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, CO

4:40 - The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Mary Rose Wood

7:28 - The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

7:33 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

10:44 - Everybody Always by Bob Goff

12:38 - Love Does by Bob Goff

13:17 - Just Open the Door by Jen Schmidt

13:30 - May 21st Episode of Sorta Awesome with Heather Chollar talking about Introverted Hospitality

13:53 - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schmidt

13:55 - The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak

16:24 - Circe by Madeline Miller

16:32 - Meredith discusses in Episode 10 at 44:08

19:06 - @howjessreads on Instagram

19:13 - Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright

20:18 - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

22:24 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

25:04 - Heather’s display bookshelf

29:27 - Gift From the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindburgh

31:00 - The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

32:05 - Audiobook narration of The Phantom Tollbooth by Raine Wilson

34:02 - Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

34:14 - Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

34:55 - momastery.com

36:53 - @heatherchollar 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!*  

Jun 10, 2019
Episode 41: Murderous Mysteries + Our Bookish Mentors
50:53

Meredith and Kaytee are excited to be chatting this week about all things bookish and books!

Important announcement this week: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! Now through June 30th, you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: an fun online printable for summer reading and a new Etsy store find.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got some great mysteries for you Penny pushers, and some other fun fiction for you and your kids.

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting about our reading mentors: the women (and a few men) who shaped our reading lives and what they taught us about books and reading.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This weeks’s “presses” are a classic perfect for spring/summer reading and a non-fiction pick that every woman should 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! 

2:30 - @everydayreading on Instagram

2:56 - Summer Reading Chart from Everyday Reading

4:04 - Summer Reading Guide from Everyday Reading

4:29 - Keen Bee Studio on Etsy

5:31 - The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

5:37 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

8:16 - No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rundell

8:37 - Three Pines Series by Louise Penny

8:44 - Books by Agatha Christie

8:51 - From Doon With Death by Ruth Rundell

12:46 - Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

14:16 - Aladdin from The Arabian Nights (classic collection) - this is the best-reviewed version I found!

15:39 - The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

19:41 - Six Stories by Matt Weselowski

19:48 - The Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

25:49 - The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

25:58 - E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton

41:04 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

43:40 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

44:18 - Minisode with Brigid Kemmerer

44:25 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

44:48 - The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

45:13 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

*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!*  

Jun 03, 2019
Episode 40: Books that Saved Our Lives
43:26

Kaytee and Meredith are back on track with another episode, recorded just a day after the last one. You’ll never guess it though!

Important announcement this week: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! Now through June 30th, you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a re-read experience of a favorite novel and bookish unpacking wins.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. Quite a few non-fiction titles again this week, as well as some readalikes and great books for your kiddos.

For our deep dive this week, we are getting a little deeper into the deepness and sharing about times that a book saved our lives. These stories are a bit vulnerable, a bit emotional, and a lot bookish.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we’ve got two historical fiction novels: one centering on the plague and one in the back of beyond of Australia.

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! 

2:45 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

6:07 - The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

9:24 - I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

10:06 - Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

10:13 - Of Mess And Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

10:18 - Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

11:42 - The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

14:56 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

15:28 - Emma by Jane Austen

15:59 - Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

16:34 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

20:02 - Stick Dog by Tom Watson

20:05 - Stick Cat by Tom Watson

22:04 - Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

22:10 - Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

22:58 - Maid by Stephanie Land

29:13 - Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

29:15 - Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

29:17 - The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon

33:10 - Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

37:12 - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

39:12 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

39:41 - The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

*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!* 

May 27, 2019
Episode 39: Spicy Opinions + Best Gifts for Bookworms
47:53

Meredith and Kaytee are happily chatting this week about the books we’ve been reading and the bookish gifts we have been buying or want to buy!

Important announcement this week: we have a great discount code to share with you from The Bookshelf Thomasville! Now through June 30th, you can get anything on their website for 10% off using the code CURRENTLYREADING (wow!!!) This would be a great time to pick up a Shelf Subscription for yourself or others!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a “there’s a book for every reader” realization and a well-curated bookish shopping trip.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. There are some seriously strong opinions about the books we’ve been reading lately. Lots of punching, for some reason!

For our deep dive this week, we are shopping for the book lovers in our lives and have each decided to tackle different types of readers. We are hopeful that this will help you in your own gift-giving endeavors!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we are talking about a YA novel full of sweetness and fun emails, and a regency mystery series that ended too soon.

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! 

3:12 - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

3:25 - Orange is the New Black Cookbook by Jenji Kohan

4:22 - Breakfast Sandwich Maker Cookbook by Jennifer Williams

6:53 - Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

7:05 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

7:08 - Beartown by Fredrik Backman

7:09 - Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

9:09 - Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

11:17 - The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile

11:24 - The Enneagram Journey podcast with Suzanne Stabile

11:29 - The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron

13:27 - The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

15:51 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

15:58 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

15:59 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

16:07 - The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

18:05 - Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

21:06 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

21:43 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

25:58 - The Coffee- or Tea-Lover

26:17 - Old Barrell Tea Company

26:25 - Atlas Coffee Club

26:26 - Book Lovers Coffee

26:34 - inginuiTEA loose leaf tea maker

26:36 - French press coffee maker

27:08 - a great bookish mug

27:22 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

27:25 - I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh

 

28:05 - The Cozy/Hygge Bookworm

28:50 - Aunt Dimity Series

28:53 - Agatha Raisin Series

28:55 - Goldy Bear series

28:59 - Ellery Adams books

29:10 - Agatha Christie books

29:18 - a great throw

29:19 - a lovely candle

 

29:33 - The Foodie

29:46 - a cookbook holder (for books OR cookbooks!)

30:26 - my favorite earbuds -OR- Apple AirPods

30:47 - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

31:08 - Every Day is Saturday by Sarah Copeland

 

32:15 - A Dad

32:26 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

32:32 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

32:44 - Dollar Shave Club starter kit

32:57 - his favorite beverage

 

33:23 - The Adventurer

33:33 - a Kindle paperwhite

33:57 - a great totebag (one from Out of Print and the new one from Book of the Month)

34:20 - again with the earbuds or AirPods

34:32 - Audible subscription

34:33 - Libro.fm subscription

35:01 - At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

35:09 - I’m A Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

35:11 - Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

 

35:35 - The Lovestruck Teenage Girl

35:42 - To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

35:48 - bath bombs from Lush Cosmetics

36:14 - The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

36:34 - a notebook from Erin Condren

 

37:10 - The Book Devourer

37:40 - shirts, blankets or scarves from Out of Print or Litographs.com

38:09 - a gift card to Thriftbooks.com or your local indie or amazon.com

38:19 - a subscription to Book of the Month

38:25 - a shelf subscription to Bookshelf Thomasville (use code CURRENTLYREADING for 10% off!)

38:35 - Bibliophile by Jane Mount

 

39:07 - The Hamilton Fan

39:19 - Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

39:29 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

39:42 - My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

39:45 - The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

39:57 - the Hamilton Broadway store

41:06 - A Million Books I Haven’t Read t-shirt

 

41:51 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

43:16 - What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

44:21 - Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross (the Julian Kestrel series)

*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!*  

May 20, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "A Curse So Dark and Lonely" Author Brigid Kemmerer
19:05

In today’s spoiler-free mini-episode, you get to hear from author Brigid Kemmerer, who wrote “A Curse So Dark and Lonely”, a book that Meredith fell in love with as soon as she read it and raved around in Episode 38.

In this “minisode”, Meredith and Brigid talk about the evolution of the idea for this beautiful Beauty and the Beast re-telling, why she decided to have one of her main characters have cerebral palsy and some nuggets of info on the upcoming follow up book.

And, as always, we’ll end with a book she wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

Brigid’s website (with links to all her social media!)

May 17, 2019
Episode 38: Five-Star Novels + Our Bookish Demerits
47:57

Kaytee and Meredith are back in your earbuds this week to bring you Episode 38, including a few literary confessions or demerits.

We have a few important announcements right at the top of the show, one of which requires your help, listeners! Send us your Ask Us Anything questions via email, Direct Message, or as a comment on show notes, and we’ll feature them in a future episode! If we use your question, we’ll send you a coveted Currently Reading bookmark (and our everlasting thanks, of course).

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: an indie bookstore day recap and a bookish “retirement” gift.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We both read quite a few books that we REALLY loved this week, so don’t hesitate to use those show notes below!

For our deep dive this week, we have decided to give ourselves bookish “demerits” a la Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast. These are places in our reading lives where we think we could improve. Sometimes we commiserate with each other and sometimes we chide each other!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we are talking about a fantastic mystery/police procedural, and a multi-generational family saga.

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! 

5:23 - Thriftbooks.com my favorite used book website!

6:02 - A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

9:43 - Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

11:07 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

11:24 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

14:18 - Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

15:22 - Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

15:23 - The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

15:25 - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

16:49 - My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

17:15 - The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

21:18 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

21:42 - Beauty by Robin McKinley

25:16 -Uprooted by Naomi Novik

25:17 - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

26:48 - Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

27:05 - Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

27:47 - The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson

28:38 - The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

30:45 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

30:47 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

31:01 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

31:02 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

32:30 - Robert Galbraith series

32:45 - Three Pines series by Louise Penny

32:47 - HP Series by JK Rowling

33:02 - Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

33:02 - Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

33:34 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

42:01 - A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

42:09 - Tana French books

43:25 - Distant Echo by Val McDermid

43:51 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

*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!* 

May 13, 2019
Episode 37: Books That Surprised Us + Where to Get Great Recs from Librarians, Booksellers and Podcasters
43:54

Meredith and Kaytee are happy to be recording again, and can’t believe we are already up to Episode 37!

We have a few important announcements right at the top of the show, one of which requires your help, listeners! Send us your Ask Us Anything questions via email, Direct Message, or as a comment on show notes, and we’ll feature them in a future episode!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: each of them this week centers on reading with the kiddos.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We have an eclectic mix of titles from middle grade to adult, fiction and non-, humor and serious. A bit of everything!

For our deep dive this week, we are chatting about the fifth category in our 2019 Reading Challenge: a book pressed into your hands by a librarian, bookseller, or podcaster. And we’ve got a trove of resources for you if you’re stuck on this one!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week has us pressing favorites that we’ve loved for a long time but were out of sight/out of mind until someone brought them back to our attention.

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! 

3:18 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

4:20 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

7:00 - A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

7:37 - The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry

9:17 - Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

10:43 - Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View by Ramin Setoodeh

12:55 - Most Talkative by Andy Cohen

13:09 - From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin

14:20 - First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

16:42 - Scythe by Neal Schusterman

16:43 - Ghost Whisperer (TV series)

17:13 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

19:44 - Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

20:50 - Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

21:41 - Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

21:42 - Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

23:55 - The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson

27:00 - The Currently Reading 2019 Reading Challenge

27:27 - I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

28:30 - libraryreads.org

29:30 - Indie Next List from indiebound.org

30:42 - All the Books podcast

31:08 - Liberty Hardy @franzencomesalive

31:27 - Anne Bogel on What Should I Read Next

31:37 - Anne Bogel on One Great Book (and Patron feed)

31:59 - Annie Jones on From the Front Porch podcast

32:23 - Book Drop subscription box

32:26 - Shelf Subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville

32:31 - Reading Bug Box

33:04 - Sorta Awesome podcast

33:14 - Jamie Golden (and Knox) on The Popcast or at @jamiebgolden

33:08 - Laura Tremaine @laura.tremaine on Instagram

33:45 - Gretchen Rubin on the Happier podcast and her FB page

34:17 - Read Aloud Revival with Sarah McKenzie

34:27 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast

34:38 - The Librarian is In by the NY Public Library

34:56 - Reading Women podcast

35:05 - @parnassusbooks on Instagram

35:06 - @powellsbooks on Instagram

35:56 - @bookshelftville on Instagram

36:20 - Book of the Month subscription

37:05 - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

37:21 - Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

37:31 - Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

37:32 - The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

39:29 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

40:39 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

*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!*  

May 06, 2019
Episode 36: Our Favorite Books for Babies + A Bookish Baby Shower for (Return) Guest Mary Heim
59:42

We’ve got another “first” for the podcast this week! We are talking to our first return guest! You met Mary Heim in Episode 24 when she recorded with Meredith. Now, she’s back to chat with both of us and we’re so excited. Again. ;-)

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: an upcoming bookish holiday (now just past), finishing the second book in a series, and an audiobook binge.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week. We’ve got two current reads from each host and Meredith and Mary seem to almost coordinate their picks (we never discuss beforehand, so this is all coincidental), while Kaytee takes each round off to left field.

For our deep dive this week, we surprise Mary with a virtual bookish baby shower. This deep dive focuses in on the board books and other titles for ages 0-2 and is the first in a series. We’ll do subsequent chats about favorite books for 2-4 year olds and 5-8 year olds as well. So many great titles in this section!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week Meredith and Kaytee are pressing more picture books, while Mary chooses a lovely essay collection she goes back to again and again.

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! 

3:17 - Still Life by Louise Penny

4:29 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

9:42 - Great With Child by Beth Ann Fennelly

9:48 - Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

13:08 - I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

16:09 - Morgan Tallman on Episode 22 of Currently Reading

16:20 - Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

20:48 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (releases June 4th!)

20:58 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman

21:00 - Tana French books

23:37 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

24:22 - The Club by Takis Wurger

24:32 - Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf Thomasville

25:34 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt

28:29 - Swearing is Good For You by Emma Byrne

36:25 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

36:51 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

36:55 - Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

37:00 - Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

37:08 - No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

37:11 - Big Little by Leslie Patricelli

37:37 - Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

37:46 - Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

37:57 - Bright Baby books by Priddy Books

38:12 - Colors, ABC, Numbers by Bright Baby

39:06 - First 100 Words by Bright Baby

39:24 - Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

39:43 - Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Suess

39:50 - That’s Not My… series by Usborne

39:56 - That’s Not My Hat by John Klassen

40:44 - My Backpack by SkipHop

41:16 - Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

41:49 - Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

42:12 - Lil’ Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

42:12 - Lil’ Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

42:13 - Li'l’ Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

42:16 - Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

42:39 - The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

42:46 - The Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton

42:55 - Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

43:05 - Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

43:16 - Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen

43:51 - A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

44:10 - Time for Bed by Mem Fox

44:35 - The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

45:13 - Where Do Diggers Sleep At Night? by Brianna Kaplan Sawyer

45:20 - Where Do Steam Trains Sleep At Night? by Brianna Kaplan Sawyer

45:31 - Dinosaur’s Binkit by Sandra Boynton

45:45 - No Matter What by Debi Gliori

45:49 - I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

46:33 - Goodnight, Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

46:35 - Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown

47:02 - Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

49:42 - BabyLit Series by Jennifer Adams and Allison Oliver

51:21 - Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

51:53 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed

54:49 - A Mouse Told His Mother by Bethany Roberts

56:47 - Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

*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!*  

Apr 29, 2019
Episode 35: So many interesting novels + how we decide which books to keep and which books to donate
48:24

Meredith and Kaytee return to their microphones (albeit, one is in a different location than normal) to talk all things reading and great books.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: choosing road trip audiobooks and a new Little Free Library update!

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week: there’s no rhyme or reason to our picks this week but almost all of them are wonderful. Which is my favorite thing.

For our deep dive this week, we chat about books we buy and books we borrow and books we keep. How do we decide which books deserve a place on the physical TBR shelf (rather than the library hold list)? How do we decide which ones to let go of (and where to put them) when we’ve read them?

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks are a great beach read option and a lovely autobiography.

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! 

7:02 - A River In Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

10:57 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik

12:41 - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

13:12 - A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

17:20 - Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu

21:48 - Mainline Candle Company

22:09 - Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

24:33 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

25:19 - Tilly and The Book Wanderers (Pages & Co., #1) by Anna James

26:19 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

31:56 - Louise Penny series

31:58 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

32:02 - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

38:24 - Scribd membership - try it for 60 days for free

38:41 - Thriftbooks website - 15% off your first order

40:30 - Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

41:49 - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

42:24 - Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

42:26 - The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

42:27 - The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

43:11 - Episode 2 of Currently Reading

43:32 - Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams

*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!* 

Apr 22, 2019
Episode 34: Engrossing Non-fiction + How We Rate our Books (and an Unplanned Rant about Bookstagram)
52:10

Kaytee and Meredith are back in your earbuds for some more great book chat this week!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: Meredith’s Little Free Library update and Kaytee’s piano lesson reading.

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week: there’s a lot of interesting non-fiction in this week’s selections, as well as a number of titles that friends and family had pressed into our hands a few episodes ago!

For our deep dive this week, we are focusing on book ratings. What does 1-star mean to you and what does 5-star mean to you? We also take an unexpected detour into the bookstagram world and the way that “bookstagrammers” follow-up on their book posts.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. We’ve got a title that has Amazon all confused and one that serves as a companion to a previous book 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! 

1:09 - Lost Boy by Christina Henry

1:46 - Episode 19 with Meredith’s brother Scott

6:33 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

9:33 - Episode 29 with Anna Hithersay

9:35 - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

13:11 - The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

16:20 - Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

17:28 - Currently Reading Challenge for 2019!

17:57 - Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

20:14 - Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

21:00 - Big Nate: In A Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce

23:27 - A Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh

32:51 - The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

34:28 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

34:31 - He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

43:10 - North and South by John Jakes

43:15 - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

47:46 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

48:18 - The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

*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!*  

Apr 15, 2019
Episode 33: The Best BIG Bricks That'll Blow Your Mind
47:18

We’re back to regularly scheduled programming around here and happy to welcome so many new listeners!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a TV-show experience that only happened because of bookish friendships, and a win in the “raising readers” world, one of our favorite places to report about!

Next, we discuss our current reads for the week: brand new titles, buzzed about books and ones we think need more play in the book world.

For our deep dive this week, we are focusing on Brick books for the Currently Reading challenge. We qualify these as books over 700 (or maybe 650) pages, and we’ve got a lot of them for you to choose from.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include two more giant tomes: an unforgettable, series that defies genre categorization, and a non-fiction 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! 

7:26 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

9:40 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

10:44 - Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

10:48 - Episode 14 with Amy Allen Clark

11:01 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

12:57 - He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

17:48 - Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

18:00 - Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

20:15 - Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

20:17 - Goodnight, Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown

20:55 - Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

24:15 - Interview with Dani Shapiro on the Happier Podcast

24:54 - The Current by Tim Johnston

29:27 - Bookshelf Thomasville Shelf Subscription

32:10 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

32:39 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

32:55 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

33:02 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

33:33 - The Physician by Noah Gordon

34:48 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

35:04 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

35:46 - Shogun by James Clavell

35:56 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

36:32 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

35:38 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

37:02 - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

37:45 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

38:00 - I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

38:39 - The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

38:58 - What Should I Read Next episode about big books

39:09 - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

39:38 - The Passage (trilogy) by Justin Cronin

40:33 - It by Stephen King

40:35 - The Stand by Stephen King

40:35 - The Shining by Stephen King

40:36 - Needful Things by Stephen King

40:59 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

43:18 - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

44:27 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

45:26 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

*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!*

Apr 08, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "Unscripted" Author Claire Handscombe
24:36

Today’s minisode give you the opportunity to “meet” Claire Handscombe, the author of newly-released “Unscripted”. It’s a perfect read for your beach vacation!

In this “minisode”, Claire and I discuss what fangirling to the max truly is, we talk a bit about the publishing industry, cast her book, and talk about what the process is like for an author to get published for the first time.

And, as always, we’ll end with a book she wants to press into your hands, readers!

Minisode shownotes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse.

Unscripted by Claire Handscombe

Love, Factually (UK) or Love Understood (US) by Laura Mucha

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Come To The Edge by Christina Haag

The Editor by Steven Rowley

Claire’s website (with links to all her social media!)

Apr 05, 2019
Episode 32: Family Read Alouds + Special Guest Co-Host Mindy Brouse
01:05:30

Meredith and Kaytee are joined by a special guest co-host this week, Mindy Brouse, a Currently Reading listener and super-fan of the show. This one was fun, you guys!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a funny bookish conversation, a sweet picture book that made me feel ~seen~, and a spoiler-ific discussion of a previous book.

Next, we discuss our current reads. Since there are three of us, we kept it to two titles each, but there’s no shortage of great stories and big opinions.

For our deep dive, we’re talking to Mindy about reading aloud to kids of multiple ages, since she has been homeschooling for 20 years and has 7 kids with a large span. Our listeners asked for something exactly like this, and Mindy delivers! We also get to hear from her about something we’ve heard from a lot of you: how Currently Reading changed her reading life. It’s a sweet conversation.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a favorite read-aloud title, a YA sci-fi (Y-fi?) series, and a fairy tale retelling that has been a favorite for DECADES.

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! 

3:49 - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

3:53 - Calico Bush by Rachel Field

3:57 - The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

4:02 - On The Edge of the Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

5:31 - Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro

6:43 - Lil’ Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

6:59 - Lil’ Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

7:06 -Lil’ Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

7:48 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

9:51 - The Gown by Jennifer Robson

13:07 - The Editor by Steven Rowley

13:14 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

18:09 - The Lost Man by Jane Harper

18:39 - Force of Nature by Jane Harper

19:38 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

21:39 - Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

23:40 - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

26:49 - Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

26:54 - Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

30:30 - Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

33:27 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

33:28 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

33:43 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

44:15 - I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

46:57 - Honey for A Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

51:36 - The Firm by John Grisham

55:44 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok

57:22 - Cinder by Marissa Meyer

1:00:11 - Beauty by Robin McKinley

Deep dive. Here’s the photo and corresponding list of books that Mindy’s family has chosen as their very favorites over the past two decades.

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong

The Broken Blade by William Durbin

The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E.L. Konigsburg

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

The Eagle of the Ninth by Sutcliff

On The Edge of the Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

*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!*  

Apr 01, 2019
Episode 31: Book Talk with Special Guest Co-Host Laura Tremaine!
01:03:56

Meredith and Kaytee are joined by a special guest co-host this week, Laura Tremaine. Laura is well-known across social media, and we think you’ll love hearing from her.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a great book club chat, a new reading experience, and an unexpected bookish connection with a group of kids.

Next, we discuss our current reads. Since there are three of us, we kept it to two titles each, but they are two great book s from each host that are sure to have big opinions from the interwebs.

For our deep dive, we’re talking to Laura about her “social media journey” and her vision behind her newest podcast, 10 Things to Tell You.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a non-fiction book about eating, a historical fiction family saga, and a thriller that will chill 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! 

5:52 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

8:03 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

8:20 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

8:49 - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

15:17 - Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

17:08 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

18:00 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

21:01 - This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps

21:15 - Rob Lowe’s books

21:21 - Bossypants by Tina Fey

27:28 - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

28:35 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

31:31 - Juliet’s School of Possibilities by Laura Vanderkam

34:00 - 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

34:08 -Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

35:40 - The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

42:17 - Bias Series on the Smartest Person in the Room podcast

51:48 - Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Trebole

56:22 - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

59:02 - The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Laura’s Website and Laura’s Instagram

10 Things To Tell You podcast and 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!*  

Mar 25, 2019
Episode 30: Books with Hype + What Friends and Family Pressed Into Our Hands
54:51

Kaytee and Meredith are back in your earbuds with a whole cartload of book recommendations!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: bear with us this week as we gush at each other about getting to meet in person for the first time.

Next, we discuss our current reads. We have some reads that surprised us this week, and we hope they surprise you, too, in all the best ways.

Our deep dive this week centers on the Currently Reading Challenge for 2019 and we are discussing the books that our friends and family members have pressed into our hands.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. A children’s classic and a funny romantic comedy.

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! 

4:38 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

8:30 - The Child by Fiona Barton

8:38 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

9:15 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Burton

12:33 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

12:40 - Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

14:02 - 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich

17:58 - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

18:02 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik

22:04 - Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillin Smith

26:52 - On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

26:57 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

30:01 - Currently Reading Challenge 2019!

31:33 - The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

31:42 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

31:55 - The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

32:14 - Dreamland by Sam Quinones

32:23 - Dopesick by Beth Macy

33:18 - The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

33:30 - Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

33:54 - Soul of America by Jon Meacham

34:06 - Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich

34:18 - 100 Diagrams That Changed the World by Scott Christiansen

34:33 - Testable Asic Devices by Wayne Needham

34:56 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman

35:04 - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

35:08 - The White Book by Han Kang

35:24 - For Every Solution, A Problem by Kristin Gier

36:05 - A Gift From the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindburgh

36:19 - West With The Night by Beryl Markham

37:20 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

37:33 - Yes, Please by Amy Poelher

37:34 - Bossypants by Tina Fey

39:11 - House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

41:09 - The Ordinary Princess by MM Kay

44:49 - Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald

47:55 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

49:22 - The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

49:28 - The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

49:50 - The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

52:45 - 10 Things To Tell You Episode 1: When Do You Read?

Mar 18, 2019
Episode 29: Choosing Great Library Books + Special Guest Co-Host Anna Hithersay
50:04

Kaytee is recording with a special guest co-host this week, Anna Hithersay of The Post Party podcast. Anna is a homeschool mom and was a librarian in a former life, so I think you’ll love our deep dive into choosing great books for your kids (and yourself) at the library.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the us: a bookish tattoo and a raising readers moment.

Next, we discuss our current reads. This week has some thriller, some fairy tale, some romance, some middle grade. Basically, we took quite a few left turns.

Our deep dive this week is a conversation with Anna about choosing quality books from the library when the selection is so overwhelming. We also talk about “twaddle” and authors that are sure bets.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. A sweeping story of the South and a tiny classic that’s sweet and lovely.

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! 

2:03 - Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

3:25 - My new Bookish Tattoo!

4:43 - 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

4:50 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

8:37 - Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

8:44 - Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

11:15 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed

12:10 - A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

12:29 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

15:31 - The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

15:38 - Book Of the Month

18:56 - White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

20:55 - OnRamp Podcast

25:04 - Lost Boy by Christina Henry

25:12 - Morgan Tallman episode 22

28:26 - Alice by Christina Henry

28:29 - Red Queen by Christina Henry

28:56 - Peter Pan by JM Barrie

31:57 - Barbara Cooney books

35:38 - Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osborne

37:30 - Eric Carle books

37:36 - Sandra Boynton books

38:22 - Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

38:51 - Richard Scarry books

39:48 - First Thousand Words in English by Heather Amery

39:49 - First Thousand Words in Spanish by Heather Amery

40:08 - Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osborne

40:28 - The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Hayes

41:48 - In The Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner

43:21 - The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

43:24 - Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

43:32 - Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

43:34 - Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

44:37 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

45:49 - Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

47:01 - Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

48:00 - Parnassus Books

48:31 - 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Find Anna here: The Post Party podcast

The Post Party on Instagram and Facebook

*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!*  

Mar 11, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with "Winterhouse" Author Ben Guterson
23:46

It’s #middlegradeMarch and so, of course, Meredith is excited to be talking to Ben Guterson, the author of the Winterhouse Trilogy of middle-grade novels. These are some of our favorite books of the year.

In this bonus mini episode, or “minisode”, Ben talks about his inspiration for the novels, what’s coming up in the third book, as well as a bit about his own life as a reader.

And, he gives us a book he wants to “press” into every reader’s hands, too.

Here are the books we mention in this episode:

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson

The House with the Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson (no link yet! Coming in December!)

 
 
 
Mar 08, 2019
Episode 28: The Joy of Reading with Kids + Special Co-Hosts Jackson and Micah!
39:43

Meredith and Kaytee are so excited to finally bring you this very special episode, which we, and our kiddos, have been looking forward to for a long time!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the hosts: preparing with our sons for the special deep dive in this week’s episode (yep, that’s one bookish moment for the two of us!).

Next, we discuss our current reads. Since we wanted to leave time for the kids, we give you only two (and a half) titles each this week, and they are all over the map.

Our deep dive this week is a super special interview with Jackson Schwartz, 7, and Micah Cobb, 8. These two boys have big opinions about the books they have read and loved. And the way they relate to each other is downright adorable. Anyone else think this needs to be a regular feature? We are totally smitten.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. There are four (or more) titles in this week’s pressed books segment, so get those Amazon clickers ready!

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! 

3:41 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

3:52 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

6:57 - Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Latidan

7:11 - The Honest Toddler

7:20 - Toddlers Are A**holes by Bunmi Latidan

10:36 - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

10:44 - The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

11:49 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

13:03 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

13:50 - The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

14:10 - American Marriage by Tayari Jones

14:28 - A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

17:52 - The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

19:46 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

21:02 - Inspector Flytrap: The Da Vinci Cold by Tom Angleberger

22:08 - The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

22:34 - Dogman by Dav Pilkey

22:47 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

24:23 - Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

24:36 - Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

26:26 - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

28:59 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

30:44 - Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott

31:50 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

31:59 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

33:28 - The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

36:10 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

37:48 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

38:17 - On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

*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!*  

Mar 04, 2019
Episode 27: Left Turns, Challenge Wins + Bookish Pet Peeves
54:06

Kaytee and Meredith are so excited to get back into our discussion this week that we have a hard time keeping our bookish opinions to ourselves.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the hosts: meeting a book resolution and a happy abundance of book mail.

Next, we discuss our current reads. We have some very seriously large opinions about our books this week. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for Meredith to get spicy, you’re in luck!

This episode was recorded on Valentine’s Day, so… since we had love on the brain, we took a left turn and went with a deep dive on things we “hate” about books!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) - but this week is a couple of great series - that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: these books have been mentioned over and over again on the podcast, but due to some heinous oversight, we haven’t ever pressed them into your hands!

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! 

2:33 - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

3:24 - Sourdough by Robin Sloan

5:32 - The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

5:33 - Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

6:48 - Still Life by Louise Penny

10:05 - Currently Reading Challenge

10:18 - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

13:35 - I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

14:05 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

18:36 - Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

21:59 - Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

22:02 - Circe by Madeline Miller

22:08 - He Read She Read episode 20

25:53 - Iliad by Homer

26:23 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

26:29 - Episode 24 with Mary Heim

28:59 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

43:28 - The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) by Mac Barnett

50:36 - Harry Potter series

50:56 - Louise Penny series

52:02 - The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

*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!*  

Feb 25, 2019
Minisode: An Interview with Author Anissa Gray
15:58

This is a departure from our regular day and format! We wanted to get this interview into your ears as soon as possible, so welcome to our first minisode!

Today, I’m chatting with debut novelist, Anissa Gray, who just released The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls this week on February 19th.

Anissa has been a news journalist for 20 years now, and this is her first foray into fiction. Our conversation centers on that transition, the pressures put onto authors of color, and the ways that reading makes you a better person. You won’t want to miss it!

At the end, Anissa presses a book into your hands, because… it’s what we do. Hope you enjoy!

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Written on a Body by Jeannette Winterson

Anissa’s website

Anissa on Instagram @anissagrayauthor

Anissa on Facebook

*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!*  

Feb 22, 2019
Episode 26: Stroooong Bookish Opinions + Classics That Go Down Easy
54:39

Kaytee and Meredith are so excited to get back into our discussion this week that we have a hard time keeping our bookish opinions to ourselves.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the hosts: getting sucked in by a book to the detriment of…. the rest of your life, and fun book mail deliveries.

Next, we discuss our current reads. We have some very seriously large opinions about our books this week. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for Meredith to get spicy, you’re in luck!

Our deep dive this week centers on the Currently Reading Challenge! If you’ve been wondering about some of our favorite classics for that second category on your challenge sheet, you are in luck! We’ve got 20 titles for you for this category alone!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: two more classics are on our lists this week. They’re both lovely and SO vital to the reading cannon.

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! 

4:18 - Episode 7 with Jessica Turner

4:32 - When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner (one day left for that awesome pre-order bonus!) Get that here: http://matthewpaulturner.com/books/when-i-pray-for-you/

6:18 - The Au Pair by Emma Rous

6:30 - The Book Drop subscription

10:08 - Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

10:10 - Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

10:11 - The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

10:41 - The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

10:47 - The Witch Elm by Tana French

11:25 - The Lost Man by Jane Harper

11:46 - The Dry by Jane Harper

11:47 - Force of Nature by Jane Harper

13:53 - The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

16:05 - Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) by Mac Barnett

16:17 - The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) by Mac Barnett

21:51 - Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda

21:58 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

24:54 - PBS Hamilton Documentary

25:48 - Class Mom by Lori Gelman

26:04 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

28:24 - Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

29:42 - We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

32:37 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Podcast

33:48 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

35:50 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

37:05 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

38:53 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

39:34 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

41:05 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

42:43 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

42:45 - The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

43:18 - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

43:46 - 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44:21 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

44:57 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

45:46 - Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

45:55 - Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

46:04 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

46:15 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

46:16 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

46:35 - 1984 by George Orwell

46:46 - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

46:56 - Lord of the Flies by William Golding

47:32 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

47:57 - Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

50:31 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

51:16 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

51:46 - Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

52:46 - Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

52:48 - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith

*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!* 

Feb 18, 2019
Episode 25: When Your Books Tell You You're Wrong (But You're Listening) - A Special Interview with Beth and Sarah from Pantsuit Politics
57:06

Meredith and Kaytee have to try to keep themselves under control this week as we have a bit of a longer deep dive segment. It’s hard, listeners, to reign in the book talk, especially after a week away!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the hosts: ditching a time-suck that was preventing reading, and a new bookish website.

 

Next, we discuss our current reads. Since we had to limit ourselves, these four titles are all AMAZING. We dare you to not get excited about at least half of them, no matter what your wheelhouse is!

Our deep dive this week includes and extra special interview with the ladies from Pantsuit Politics, Beth and Sarah. Whether you’re already a fan, or these are new voices in your ears, you’re guaranteed to learn something. I (Kaytee) did, and have been a raving fangirl for more than two years. It’s unbelievable to me that I even got to talk to them!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a non-fiction pick from Sarah if you want to broaden your political reading, a poetic choice from Beth for sanity in turbulent times, and one from each of your regular hosts (a sweet picture book and a creepy true crime novel). That’s a lot of pressed books!

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! 

4:00 -myTBR.co - Tailored Book Recommendations from Book Riot

7:10 - Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

10:24 - The Hunger by Alma Katsu

10:46 - The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

13:54 - Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

17:48 - Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

18:00 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

20:08 - The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

20:12 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

22:40 - I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland

45:59 - The Righteous Mind: Why People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

47:05 - Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

48:30 - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

49:00 - Pantsuit Politics Podcast and Website

Pantsuit Politics on Twitter

Pantsuit Politics on Instagram

50:28 - Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon

52:31 - The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (set in Washington state)

53:07 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

*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!*  

Feb 11, 2019
Episode 24: Books That Make You Run to the Library + Special Guest Co-Host Mary Heim
54:23

While Kaytee vacations this week, Meredith holds down the podcast fort with a special guest co-host. Mary Heim is an online bookish friend of both of us (and I can freely admit that I am SO jealous she got to record with Mary and I didn’t).

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of the hosts: a sweet pregnancy reading moment, and bonding over husbands who read.

Next, the ladies discuss what they are currently reading, and this week includes a thousand books that you’ll want to reach for ASAP. I had a hard time restraining myself.

In Mary’s deep dive, we get to learn about her reading life. Childhood reads to the way her adult reading life developed. It’s a walk down memory lane for your childhood reading memories. I can almost guarantee you’ll love it.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands:

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! 

2:53 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

2:49 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

5:01 - Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

6:55 - Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

7:51 - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

10:08 - Side Hustle by Chris Gillebeau

10:20 - The $100 Start Up by Chris Gillebeau

12:26 - Side Hustle School podcast

12:54 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

17:14 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

17:16 - Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

18:58 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

19:45 - A Spanish Lover by Joanna Trollope

23:16 - A Village Affair by Joanne Trollope

23:33 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

24:16 - One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

24:21 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

28:58 - The Family Gene by Joselin Linder

34:34 - Harry Potter by JK Rowling

36:23 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

36:26 - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

36:31 - The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Hayes

36:34 - American Girl Samantha Books by Maxine Rose Schur

36:38 - The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

37:11 - Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin

37:34 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

37:37 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

38:09 - Sweet Dreams Romance books by Jocelyn Saal

38:58 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

45:03 - 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

48:49 - Boy’s Life by Robert McKammon

50:51 - The Body by Stephen King

51:59 - It by Stephen King

52:01 - Needful Things by Stephen King

53:05 - Mary’s Goodreads

53:10 - @maryreadsandsips 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!* 

Feb 04, 2019
Episode 23: The Fun Side of Reading + What Is A Penelope?
48:38

Meredith and Kaytee are back together this week and they are chatting books and Penelopes!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a Harry Potter deep dive conversation and Little Free Library progress.

Next, we discuss what we are currently reading, and this week includes quite a few thrillers, a book that makes Kaytee blush, and a new title from a favorite author.

This week for our deep dive, we introduce a new section of the website for your first reading challenge category (A Book That Currently Reading Pressed Into Your Hands) and then have a conversation about a term we’ve mentioned in passing but never explained: Penelope. Who is this Penelope, and why do we care about her notebooks?

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a book that MUST be consumed on audio and a happiness-boosting favorite.

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! 

3:24 - The Ultimate Harry Potter sorting test

5:59 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

9:25 - A Curious Beginning by Deanna Reyborn

11:46 - Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels by Anne Perry (First is The Cater Street Hangman)

12:35 - Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

13:09 - A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne

13:12 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

16:58 - The Child by Fiona Barton

19:25 - The Widow by Fiona Barton

19:50 - How to Be A Happier Parent by KJ Dell’antonia

20:10 - Sorta Awesome episode 163: Ten Mantras for Happier Parents with KJ Dell’antonia

21:35 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

23:49 - My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

27:23 - New website of all the books we’ve pressed into your hands!

29:12 - Sorta Awesome episode 85: Awesomely and Unapologetically Organized with Meredith Schwartz of Penelope Loves Lists

38:50 - Episode 7 with Jessica Turner

41:10 - Penelope Blue: River Blue from Benjamin Moore

42:12 - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

44:23 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

44:30 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

*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!* 

Jan 28, 2019
Episode 22: The Joy of the Re-Read + Guest Co-Host Morgan Tallman
39:50

Meredith is on a leadership retreat this week, so Kaytee is joined by her friend Morgan Tallman to chat books this week.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: busting out of a reading slump (and some tips), and a bookish resolution from a young family member.

Next, we discuss what we are currently reading, and this week includes some fantasy, a funny thriller (is that a thing?), and a few non-fiction picks.

This week’s deep dive is a conversation with Morgan about re-reading. Since Meredith and Kaytee rarely re-read, we are chatting with someone who really loves to re-read books about what she gets from those re-reads. Morgan talks about the books she loves re-reading as well as the frequency of her re-reads.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a book to add depth to your Harry Potter love, and a sweeping historical novel with trigger warnings.

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! 

3:04 - Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate

3:09 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

3:49 - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

3:58 - Uprooted by Naomi Novik

6:48 - My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

9:13 - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

10:12 - Stardust by Neil Gaiman

10:13 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10:29 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

10:31 - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

11:24 - The Eternal Current by Aaron Niequist

13:44 - Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

15:02 - By the Book Podcast

16:32 - Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

17:33 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

20:43 - Harry Potter Series

22:26 - Morgan counted up last year’s re-reads for me and found that she had had 55 re-reads of the 232 books she read in 2018 (including 3 re-reads of the Harry Potter series).

23:38 - Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

23:44 - Books by Brene Brown

23:51 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

24:26 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

24:32 - Louise Penny Inspector Gamache Series

28:43 - Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim

34:48 - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

34:59 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

*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!*  

Jan 21, 2019
Episode 21: Reading Goals for 2019 + The Currently Reading Challenge
45:35

Meredith and Kaytee return to your feed this week to chat about what we’ve been reading and what we plan to read in the coming year.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a reading project for you, our listeners, and New Year’s gift from the library.

Next, we discuss what we are currently reading, and this week includes some new titles, some old ones, and one that (I’m sorry) will release at the end of the summer. Doesn’t matter, you still want to hear about it.

This week’s deep dive is a survey of our reading goals for the year. Some are very specific, some are more general, but both of us are excited about the Currently Reading Challenge!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a brand new illustrated volume, and a short story fairy tale collection.

As always, 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! 

3:00 - The Currently Reading 2019 Challenge!

6:28 - Book of the Month

6:32 - One Day in December by Josie Silver

9:44 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

12:55 - Things You Save in A Fire by Katherine Center

13:05 - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

15:40 - Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

19:15 - The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LaBaron

19:23 - Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

19:46 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

19:47 - Educated by Tara Westover

22:12 - The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

24:28 - The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

24:30 - The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

28:43 - Shogun by James Clavell

30:48 - Books by Isabel Allende

30:56 - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

31:38 - The Great American Read

33:18 - The Currently Reading 2019 Challenge! (Again… we’re very excited)

37:31 - Bibliophile by Jane Mount

41:00 - The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

43:28 - Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brother’s Grimm (what a pretty collection!)

*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!*

Jan 14, 2019
Episode 20: Our Best Books of 2018
01:01:36

You’ve been asking for it, and now it’s here: our best books of 2018 list! We are the type of people who cannot pick our books until ALL the books have been finished for the year, so this is the soonest we could record!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a Christmas gift that is perfect for an avid reader and the reason you all feel like your TBR lists explode whenever we release a new episode.

Next, we discuss what we are currently reading, and this week has an incredible variety of titles that we discuss.

This week’s deep dive is a recap of our top ten books of the year for each of us. We picked the cream of the crop to share with you, readers.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a gripping mystery and a two-book series that are so unexpectedly wonderful.

As always, 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! 

5:08 - Little Free Library!

9:33 – The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

9:45 – The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis

12:25 – The Hunger by Alma Katsu

13:00 – Becoming by Michelle Obama

16:19 - The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

16:34 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

16:36 - Room by Emma Donoghue

18:56 - Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

19:33 - Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

19:41 - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

21:51 - Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

22:59 - Sadie by Courtney Summers

25:13 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

29:10 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

30:39 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

32:32 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

33:15 - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

34:28 – The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie

35:03 – The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast

35:29 - American Marriage by Tayari Jones

36:39 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

37:41 - Educated by Tara Westover

40:42 - Circe by Madeline Miller

42:32 - Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

43:37 - Calypso by David Sedaris

45:03 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

45:41 - Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

46:44 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

47:58 - Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

49:48 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

49:56 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

52:41 - The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

54:52 - Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

54:58 - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

55:51 - Us Against You by Frederik Backman

55:55 - Beartown by Frederik Backman

56:01 - A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

58:44 - Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman

58:45 - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Frederik Backman

*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!*  

Jan 07, 2019
Episode 19: Book Armadillos + Special Guest Host Scott Monday
49:42

Meredith is holding down the fort this week while Kaytee travels, so her brother, Scott Monday is serving as our special guest host!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: a Christmas classic that brought the family together and an amazing 2018 reading realization.

Next, Meredith and Scott tackle what they are currently reading, and this week will make our non-fiction lovers’ hearts just sing as it’s chock-full of great non-fiction titles.

This week’s deep dive is about Scott’s reading life and his weird foibles and quirks. I have a feeling you all are going to have serious WORDS about this! We can’t wait for you to chime in.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a data-nerd’s dream book and a book that belongs on every family’s shelves.

As always, 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! 

2:14 – The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

6:37 – The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis

7:28 – Bay Books in Coronado, CA

8:58 – The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

9:53 – The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

10:40 – The Hunger by Alma Katsu

11:19 – Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

11:35 – Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

11:37 – In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson

16:25 – The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

17:18 – Harry Potter by JK Rowling

17:29 – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

17:34 – Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

19:02 – It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

19:06 – Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

22:00 – Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

22:25 – Dopesick by Beth Macy

22:57 – Becoming by Michelle Obama

26:32 – What Happened by Hillary Clinton

30:22 – The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

30:35 – The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley

30:36 – Son of the Black Stallion by Walter Farley

30:38 – Fire Stallion by Walter Farley? I think he meant Black Stallion and Satan :-)

30:43 – Island Stallion by Walter Farley

31:14 – The Edge by Dick Francis

31:34 – Longshot by Dick Francis

32:24 – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

41:05 – Ulysses by James Joyce

42:26 – Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

45:15 – The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie

45:30 – The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast

*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!*  

Dec 31, 2018
Episode 18: Books Perfect for Wintertime Reading
49:54

Kaytee and Meredith are deep in the holiday season and we’re ready to talk about all the books!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a bookish moment of connection with a new friend and a book ornament for the tree.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, with plenty of kid lit in this week’s selections as well as some cozy reads and some creepy ones.

This week’s deep dive is about winter reads and the titles we like to cozy up with during the holidays.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a new (old) mystery series to sink your teeth into, and a travel memoir.

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! 

1:35 - Cowboy Pug by Laura James

2:31 - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

5:38 - my pretty bookstack ornament (no longer available for me to link to on the Anthropologie site!)

7:17 - City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

7:49 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

10:28 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

11:35 - Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

12:26 - The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

16:07 - Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) by Mac Barnett

16:17 - Reading Bug subscription box

17:51 - The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) by Mac Barnett

20:02 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

20:04 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

20:24 - Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

20:30 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

22:32 - Toll by Neal Shusterman (not even on Amazon yet, so no link!)

24:26 - Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

24:36 - The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

27:27 - Shogun by James Clavell

28:02 - Pax by Sara Pennypacker

31:58 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

32:47 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson

33:59 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

34:18 - Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

34:26 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

34:48 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

35:18 - Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

35:24 - Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein

35:31 - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

35:33 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

36:05 - The Shining by Stephen King

36:25 - It by Stephen King

36:26 - The Stand by Stephen King

36:38 - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Auden

36:41 - The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Auden

37:10 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

37:40 - Agatha Christie

37:41 - PD James

37:42 - Minette Walters

37:52 - Aunt Dimity Series

38:15 - Anne Perry Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels

38:31 - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

38:59 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

40:23 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

40:25 - All the Books podcast

41:46 - The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

43:09 - A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

43:22 - Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series

45:12 - Robert Galbraith series (JK Rowling syndrome)

45:58 - At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

47:59 - Simple: A Podcast by Tsh Oxenreider

48:35 - Interview with Tsh on Kaytee’s blog

*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!*  

Dec 24, 2018
Episode 17: Cozy Reads and Books to Blow Your Socks Off + An Interview with Delia Owens
53:00

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds this week with a broad array of books to tell you about!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a personalized book gift FOR a friend, and a kidlit audiobook addiction.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, some quick reads to hit your year-end goals, and a few books we cannot WAIT to talk to you about!

Our super special deep dive this week centers on an interview with Delia Owens, writer of Where the Crawdads Sing. This book has been chosen as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, as well as (just announced the day after recording) picked up by 20th Century Fox as a feature film production. Delia is so gracious, so well-spoken, and so lovely. We know you’ll love hearing from her.

As always, we ALL finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a nature collection from Delia, a cry-your-heart-out book, and a middle grade classic.

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! 

1:35 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

4:18 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

5:32 - Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

6:31 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

7:43 - Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

7:57 - Shogun by James Clavell

8:51 - Theft by Finding: Diaries by David Sedaris

10:51 - Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

16:06 - The One by John Marrs

19:59 - Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet

20:06 - Stuart Little by E.B. White

20:08 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

22:55 - Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

23:25 - Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug

24:11 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

27:51 - The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

30:15 - The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams

41:19 - The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

43:45 - Instagram Giveaway! Go win one of two copies of Where The Crawdads Sing!

45:09 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

48:29 - Tuesdays At The Castle by Jessica Day George

*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!*  

Dec 17, 2018
Episode 16: Riveting reads + how the holidays change our reading habits
38:58

This week we’re talking brand new titles, some oldies but goodies and a few bookish surprises.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a brand new release finally in hand, and a bookish Christmas tradition.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, a few brand new releases as well as a bunch of goodness from the back list.

This week we spend some time discussing how our reading habits change during the holidays, both in amount and substance.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a rich-family inheritance drama, and a time-travel-esque (no actual time travel involved) book that surprised me.

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! 

1:30 - Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

3:53 - The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

4:10 - Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

5:04 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

5:55 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

9:45 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

9:58 - Episode 14 with Amy Allen Clark

11:19 - Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

12:18 - Who Thought This Was A Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

15:09 - A Curious Beginning by Deanna Reybourne

15:19 - A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

15:21 - The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

18:10 - Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

20:42 - Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

20:49 - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

22:39 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

23:28 - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

25:27 - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

26:13 - Jenny Colgan books

27:52 - Shogun by James Clavell

28:39 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

28:43 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (again!)

30:21 - The Heirs by Susan Rieger

30:38 - The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

33:58 - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

*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!*  

Dec 10, 2018
Episode 15: Must-Read Novels + Books that Surprised Us
45:22

Episode number 15. Does it seem to anyone else like it’s getting crazy real? We are having such fun! Tune in this week to hear Meredith and Kaytee discuss three books each as well as something that we read that surprised us!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a family road trip listen and a perfect reading moment.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, a smorgasbord of titles ranging from YA to fantasy to literary fiction to thrillers. We’ve got a bit of everything!

Our mini deep dive this week is about the books that most recently surprised us. And you might be surprised as well by one of these titles!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a sci-fi thriller and a classic children’s series.

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! 

3:03 - The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

3:11 - Episode Nine with Meg Teitz

5:59 - Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

6:54 - South of Broad by Pat Conroy

8:52 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

10:50 - The Price of Tides by Pat Conroy

12:08 - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

12:22 - He Read She Read Podcast

14:30 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

15:05 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

16:15 - My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd

16:34 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

20:05 - Ghost by Jason Reynolds

22:21 - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

22:53 - Scythe by Neal Schusterman

23:35 - Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

23:54 - They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

26:43 - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

26:49 - Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

29:16 - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

30:18 - Louise Penny’s new book: Kingdom of the Blind

32:13 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

32:19 - Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

35:08 - 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

36:23 - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

38:35 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

40:04 - Pines by Blake Crouch

41:19 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

41:55 - The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Hayes

42:11 - Boxcar Children Books 1-4 as Box Set

43:25 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

*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!*  

Dec 03, 2018
Episode 14 - In Which Amy Allen Clark is a Guest Co-Host
56:32

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a surprise book present, an accessory to make binge-reading the next big thing, and choosing books for a trip.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, just two titles from each of the three of us because that still gives you a whole stack to check out.

Our deep-dive this week delves deep into the ins and outs of running a book club. And this episode is for you whether you have a group of friends that meet at a coffee shop each month or you are looking for a group of bookish friends on the internet so you can “book club” in your PJs! We even toss around some ideas for those of us (like Meredith and Kaytee) who are “book-club challenged” in that our inner rebel shows up whenever someone says we have to read a certain title.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we have some classic dude-friendly literature, a lovely little fun romp, and a sweeping American and African family story.

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! 

0:45 - MomAdvice.com

0:58 - The MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook

2:59 - idealbookshelf.com

3:40 - Ideal Bookshelf on Instagram: @idealbookshelf

4:21 -LEVO G2 Tablet Clamp Stand

9:13 - Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

9:31 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

12:46 - Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

12:53 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

13:28 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

14:14 - Serial Reader App

14:35 - Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

15:39 - Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

15:49 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

19:00 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

19:18 - The Selection (Series) by Kiera Cass

19:44 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

21:24 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

21:38 - Wundersmith (Second book in Nevermoor series) by Jessica Townsend

22:34 - Elevation by Stephen King

25:42 - River Of Stars by Vanessa Hua

28:39 - Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

31:29 - Liane Moriarty books (specifically: Nine Perfect Strangers and Truly Madly Guilty)

32:50 - Seven Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Club article on MomAdvice.com

37:07 - Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

39:11 - meetup.com - LOL it still exists!!

40:14 - The Lazy Genius Podcast episode #72: The Lazy Genius Hosts a Book Swap

45:40 - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

- and Amy’s interview with Anthony

46:18 - MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook

48:00 - Shogun by James Clavell

50:54 - The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

52:42 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

55:13 - Amy on Instagram: @momadvice

*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!*  

Nov 26, 2018
Episode 13 - Get Out Your Umbrella, It’s Raining Non-fiction!
48:14

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds to chat Non-Fiction and some other really wonderful titles!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a bookish candle and IRL friendships that are reading more.

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading, just two titles from each of us so we have time to talk about 50 thousand additional books!

Our deep-dive this week centers on some of our favorite non-fiction genres! We throw a whole metric crap-ton of titles at you to get you started in the non-fiction world, if that seems to be a place that you’re lacking. Every one of these titles have been vetted by one or both of us (along with many others that we’ve mentioned in past episodes), and we are all about you picking them up!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we have some beautiful fiction as well as a great and FUN contemporary mystery.

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! 

1:21 - Friday Reads candle from Main Line Candle Company

5:06 - Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

6:37 - Stuart Little by E.B. White

6:39 - Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

6:56 - The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

7:35 - A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

8:24 - Episode 10 of Currently Reading

9:23 - The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

12:02 - Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales

12:55 - The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon

15:12 - The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

15:45 - Little Free Library!

17:16 - Hens Dancing by Raphaella Barker

17:47 - Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Felding

23:23 - Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

23:35 - Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

23:51 - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

24:28 - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

24:31 - Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes

24:55 - Coming Clean by Seth Haines

25:18 - Educated by Tara Westover

*Other memoirs mentioned in past episodes that I LOVE: As You Wish by Cary Elwes, Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, anything by David Sedaris

26:38 - Disney War by James B. Stewart

27:29 - Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean

27:34 - Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

27:46 - The Pixar Touch by David Price

28:11 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

28:55 - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

28:57 - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

29:08 - The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

29:13 - Evicted by Matthew Desmond

29:41 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

30:08 - Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

30:10 - Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle

31:14 - Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

32:11 - Start With Why by Simon Sinek

32:17 - Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

32:24 - Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz

32:44 - Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

32:58 - 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman

33:30 - Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

35:07 - Essentialism by Greg McKeown

35:38 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

35:39 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

34:50 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

35:05 - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

35:07 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

35:10 - Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

36:33 - Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

37:15 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

37:28 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Steven Covey

37:45 - Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

38:20 - Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

39:06 - Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillin Smith

*Other productivity books mentioned in past episodes: Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

41:00 - This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

44:28 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

45:59 - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

46:02 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moraiarty

46:54 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

*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!*  

Nov 19, 2018
Episode 12 - Choosing Your Next TBR
47:25

Episode 12 comes to you this week. And we’re here to talk TBR. The specifics of what drives us to choose the next book off the stack!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a group of online readers that saves the day and all about audiobook “stories.”

Next, we tackle what we are currently reading: some Capital W-Weird picks, some non-fiction, some YA. We’ve got a little taste of everything.

We take a mini-deep dive this week into the topic of TBR lists. How do readers in general choose what is To Be Read next? How do we, specifically, choose what to slot into that coveted position?

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week we have a perfect Christmas gift idea (and some wonderful accompaniments) as well as a beloved curmudgeon book for almost every reader on your list.

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! 

3:17 - Audiobook stories on Instagram: click on the Audiobooks Q&A highlight!

6:05 - The Book of Boy by Katherine Gilbert Murdock

8:52 - The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

9:50 - Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brian Sanderson

14:03 - Episode 9 with Meg Teitz

14:32 - Our favorite free Enneagram test: https://exploreyourtype.com/details

15:08 - The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stablile

15:25 - Typeology podcast

15:35 - The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher Heuertz

17:20 - From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

17:25 - When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

20:32 - The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

20:47 - The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs

20:50 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

23:15 - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

29:37 - Vox by Christina Dalcher

32:46 - I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

34:24 - You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

36:55 - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

39:06 - A beautiful mug to pair it with

39:10 - The coziest of cozy wraps from Athleta

40:47 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

42:50 - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

42:52 - The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

42:57 - The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

44:09 - A Man Called Ove movie

45:09 - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman

*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!*  

Nov 12, 2018
Episode 11 - The Books that Shaped Us
51:24

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds for Episode 11, in which we take a fun little trip down our “book-memory lanes”.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: A sweet book gift from a friend, and a childhood milestone finally broached.

Then we dive into our currently reading lists with three (or more) books from each of us, lots of mysterious picks this week, and one title that we just can’t stop talking about.

Next, we take that memory trip and talk about the books that formed us as readers. The memories we have of our childhood reading, the ones that shaped us as teens, and how they turned us into the readers we are today. So many backlist gems in this list!

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to put into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a YA pick that’s being made into a Netflix movie and a non-fiction classic that is perfect for everyone on your Christmas list.

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! 

2:37 - I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

3:50 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

4:17 - Harry Potter Illustrated Editions by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

7:52 - Louise Penny’s Three Pines Series

8:19 - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

11:34 - Just the Right Book Subscription

11:45 - Reading Bug Box Subscription

11:50 - Shelf Subscription from The Bookshelf Thomasville

11:54 - The Book Drop Subscription (Reminder: CURRENTLYREADING will get you 20% off until 12/15)

12:12 - Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

16:07 - The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

16:16 - @raelasbooks on Instagram

18:22 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

20:20 - House at Riverton by Kate Morton

21:15 - Never Lose a Customer Again by Joey Coleman

21:28 - Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard

22:48 - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

23:52 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

25:52 - Episode 7 of Currently Reading with Jessica Turner

26:06 - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

28:12 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

30:19 - The Quilter’s Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

34:24 - The Mitten by Jan Brett

34:26 - Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle

34:47 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

34:48 - A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

34:58 - Choose Your Own Adventure books by R.A. Montgomery

36:13 - R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps Series

36:15 - Intensity by Dean Koontz

36:29 - Stephen King novels

37:04 - 100 Secret Senses by Amy Tan

37:14 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

38:15 - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

39:15 - Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

39:47 - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

UNSOLICITED STRONG OPINION: Amazon is wrong. Read these in Publication Order, please!

40:56 - The Once and Future King by T.H. White

42:21 - The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

44:25 - Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

47:58 - Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

48:20 - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

*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!*  

Nov 05, 2018
Episode 10: Teetering TBR - Lots and lots of scary, creepy books for Fall
51:12

Bookish besties reunited for Episode number 10, where we take a foray into the scary books you’ll want on your Halloween and Fall TBR!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: Meredith’s slump is O.V.E.R. and Kaytee broke her resolutions in a big way.

Then we dive into our currently reading lists with three books from each of us, some brand new titles, a big series for #pennypusher fans, and some mysterious picks.

Our next segment will make you thankful for these show notes! We throw a LOT of titles at you that will perfectly fit into your fall mood-reading lists. Don’t worry, they are all written down for you below. Because we love you.

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to put into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a classic Greek myth re-imagined, as well as non-fiction pick for every boy mom reader.

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! 

3:20 - Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

4:11 - Literate Lizard bookstore in Sedona, AZ

5:10 - thriftbooks.com - 15% off your first order if you use this link!

6:58 - In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

7:13 - Book Drop Subscription - use code CURRENTLYREADING for 20% off a subscription of any length! Good through 12/15

8:25 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman

9:05 - What Should I Read Next podcast on iTunes, Episode 150 is the one referenced in this episode of our show

11:51 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

14:09 - My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

14:29 - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

14:39 - You’ve Got Mail

15:58 - Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

17:49 - Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Series

18:05 - Inspector Wexford Series by Ruth Rundell

18:14 - Dorothy Simpson’s Inspector Thanet Series

19:02 - From Doon with Death by Ruth Rundell

22:38 - A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (2nd Book: A Conspiracy in Belgravia)

22:44 - Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

25:10 - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

25:55 - Hoopla! Kaytee’s beloved library service!

26:23 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

26:26 - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

26:37 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

27:24 - The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

27:31 - Shelf Subscription from Bookshelf Thomasville

31:11 - Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

31:19 - @wellreadblackgirl on Instagram

34:11 - The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

34:25 - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

34:54 - Coraline by Neil Gaiman (but now I really want the Graphic Novel version!)

35:15 - In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

35:17 - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

35:36 - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

36:12 - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

36:25 - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

37:08 - Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

37:15 - Kate Morton books

37:35 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

39:09 - Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley

41:10 - Aunt Dimity Series by Nancy Atherton

42:20 - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

42:42 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

42:43 - Pines (1st in series) by Blake Crouch, then Wayward, then The Last Town

43:08 - Fox Evil by Minette Walters

44:08 - Circe by Madeline Miller

47:25 - Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas

*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 29, 2018
Episode 9 - In Which Meg Tietz is a Special Guest Co-Host
46:43

Meredith has a special guest go-host join her this week while Kaytee travels, Meg Tietz of the Sorta Awesome podcast!

When Meredith introduces Meg, you’ll get to hear a bit of our backstory about how we (Meredith and Kaytee) became friends THROUGH Meg’s podcast, and how we pay tribute to her in every show!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each host: meeting a favorite author and new earbuds for audiobooks.

Plenty of book recommendations coming your way this week as Meg and Meredith discuss two recent books each and then jump into a deep dive!

Meg is a personality framework junkie, so she and Meredith take a foray into personality types and reading. Such an interesting discussion! Do you know your Enneagram type? Do you feel like it affects your reading life?

Meg and Meredith finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to put into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a National Book Award winner and an older title that will make you think for YEARS.

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! 

1:15 - Sorta Awesome Podcast: Website, iTunes

2:36 - Sorta Awesome episode about anxiety and face shaving

4:17 - Meredith’s guest episode on Sorta Awesome about Penelopes

4:45 - Rainbow Rowell

5:29 - Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

8:32 - Apple airpods

9:14 - Kaytee’s (similar but way less expensive) earbuds

11:41 - The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

14:36 - In Her Bones by Kate Meretti

16:05 - Book Drop Subscription - So excited to offer our listeners a GREAT coupon code for this service! Use code CURRENTLYREADING for 20% a new subscription of any length. This code is good through 12/15, so it would make a great holiday gift idea!

17:25 - The Popcast on iTunes

17:39 - The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

21:23 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

32:50 - The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield

35:41 - Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield

35:49 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

37:09 - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

37:41 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesamyn Ward

38:05 - Salvage the Bones by Jesamyn Ward

42:51 - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

44:31 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

How to find Meg:

@sortaawesomemeg on Instagram

@sortaawesomeshow on Instagram

sortaawesomeshow.com

*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 22, 2018
Episode 8 - On the Dreaded "Reading Slump" and Several Books to Help Get Your Groove Back
49:59

Meredith and Kaytee are back in your earbuds this week. Reunited!! We’ve got a bit of a longer episode for you full of readerly chat.

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a neighborly book relationship and bookish travels.

Plenty of book recommendations coming your way this week as we discuss three recent books each and go down little rabbit trails of additional titles.

Our deep dive this week is about reading slumps: why they suck so bad and some tips for avoiding them or overcoming them!

We finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to put into every reader’s hands. Some hilarious short stories and a classic mystery. This week also includes a bonus pick by Meredith’s nephew Collin for the younger readers in your life.

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! 

7:45 - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

7:58 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

10:22 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

10:30 - Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

13:00 - Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

13:25 - How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

13:30 - How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

15:51 - Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

17:24 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

20:12 - A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

21:40 - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

25:36 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

27:13 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

28:00 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

28:42 - The Vanderbeeker’s of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

33:28 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

34:11 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

39:40 - Calypso by David Sedaris

40:39 - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

41:13 - Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

43:47 -Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine. by Jennifer Li Shotz

43:53 - Hero by Jennifer Li Shotz

46:15 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

*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 15, 2018
Episode 7 - In which Jessica Turner is a Special Guest Co-host
39:34

Meredith is on vacation, so Kaytee has a special guest co-host join her for this week’s episode. She is so excited to share her conversation with Jessica Turner!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: one that only a family of two authors will ever experience and a new discovery at the library that made for a quiet weekend at home.

We dive in to discussing 2 books each. One of which we both cannot stop talking about.

Next, we get to discuss Jessica’s new book, Stretched Too Thin, as well as her previous work, The Fringe Hours. Both are books you need on your shelves! Who wants to win a copy of STT? I’ll be giving away a copy on Instagram this week, so pop on over there to enter!

We finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to put into every reader’s hands. Jessica does a great job pushing BOTH of our books into your hands this week, as I promise you’ll want to pick up each of them for totally different reasons. They also kind of follow a theme (unintentionally, as 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! 

0:42 - Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

1:51 - When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

1:52 - When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner

1:55 - When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner

3:28 - Playaways at the library

4:09 - How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

4:11 - The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd

6:22 - Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

8:44 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

8:46 - Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

8:53 - Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

9:00 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

9:18 - Sliding Doors (movie)

10:04 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

10:48 - How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

11:12 - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

11:38 - Lies by TM Logan

13:49 - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

15:15 - March: Book One by John Lewis

15:27 - Ghost by Jason Reynolds

15:51 - To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

18:18 - The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

19:57 - Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

31:51 - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (yep, again)

35:18 - American Marriage by Tayari Jones

35:32 - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

36:11 - Documentary 13th by Ana DuVernay on Netflix

38:14 - Jessica’s bookstagram account: booksnobbery

38:20 - TheMomCreative.com

*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 08, 2018
Episode 6: Backlist Gems and How DOES Kaytee Read So Darn Much?
55:44