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Mar 1, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss baby shower books, true crime, short stories on audio, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Vale by Brian D. Anderson and A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena.



1. Details:
My mom is throwing me a book-themed baby shower which I am very excited about. She wants to give all the guests a book as part of the party favors. The guest list is an interesting mix of people; men and women will be there, but most of the guests will be women over 40 with a handful of people my own age (I'll be 30 when the shower happens). The men who will be there like Game of Thrones, but some like video games and comic books while others like military stories. I don't want my mom to spend too much on books, so I'm thinking paperbacks are the way to go.

Do you have any suggestions for books that can appeal to pretty much anyone? Or something for the men and something else for the women?

Thank you,


2. Hey Ladies,

This has been a wonderful week for me because I saw Black Panther TWICE and I just finished my second reading of "The Wedding Date" by Jasmine Guillory . And I'm realizing I'd love your help in finding some new books, especially books that center black characters as joyful and thriving and not always dealing with the "struggle" of being black.

Black Panther showed this amazingly beautiful world where black people are smart and strong. The Wedding Date was a story about a black woman who is desired, loved, and respected in her budding relationship with a white man.

As a black women, I'm realizing that I need more books like "The Wedding Date" because I'm weary of books and movies that center the narrative around the hardships of being black.

I'd love to see if you can suggest some books like "The Wedding Date". I'd love more chick lit with a black woman protagonist and extra points for multi-racial interracial relationships.

In the past I've loved Nana Malone and Theodora Taylor. I've also read "Black Rainbow" by J.J. McAvoy I'm open to fantasy with black female protagonists too, just as long as there's a love story involved, too.



3. I realized after listening to a few podcasts (Serial, Murder on Orchard Street, Dirty John), and watching TV shows (Making a Murderer) that I love True Crime. It is genre that I have never read before. Would love some recommendations. Thank you for this awesome show!


4. Hi Get Booked folks! I recently discovered your podcast and love listening to it on my drive. My TBR is getting uber long, which is great since I've got an extended holiday coming up in Nov and again in Dec!

I've recently discovered dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic novels, and have to say I'm totally in love. Some of my favorites are Oryx and Crake, Brave New World, Wind-Up Girl, Water Knife, Handmaid's Tale, 1984, and right now I'm reading An Excess Male. I would love some recommendations that fall along those lines.


5. Hi ladies!

In the years since I graduated college, I’ve tried to make a concerted effort to continue educating myself. I’m particularly interested in women’s and gender studies, social justice issues, and using history to inform our current political moment. The problem is I’m finding it very difficult to get through the nonfiction books I’m picking up. I do most of my reading during my commute or lunch break, whenever I can fit it in. But when I’ve tried reading nonfiction in short bursts like this, I’ve found that I don’t retain anything I’ve read. I’ve tried books of essays (most recently Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist) and had more success, but the segmented nature makes it hard to keep up momentum; I’ll finish an essay, put the book down, and not return to it for weeks. So, I’m looking for suggestions for narrative nonfiction that will keep me more easily engaged. Any help is much appreciated!



6. Hi.
I want to read more books about and/or written by POC. I love fiction, YA, and sometimes non-fiction. No graphic novels please.
I love books about culture and every day day. I also love fantasy and magic. Mostly I just want to expand my library to include POC, different cultures, and life through a different perspective.


7. Thanks for the awesome recommendations on your podcast; I would like to "read" more audiobooks, but they don't fit well into my current lifestyle. I'm thinking that short story collections on audiobook would be a good way to go. Do you have any recommendations?


Books Discussed

Mem by Bethany C Morrow (May 22 2018)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Name That Movie by Paul Rogers

The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T Carter (rec’d by Jamie C)

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St. Onge

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (recommended by Liberty), trigger warnings: rape and murder

The Power by Naomi Alderman (trigger warning: sexual violence)

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford (tw: self harm, discussion of suicide)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Sherlock Holmes

Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin (rec from Katie on the Audiobooks newsletter)

Post: Short story audiobooks

Feb 20, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss independent ladies, fantasy short stories, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel reading comps, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton and The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin.



1. Hi ladies!

I recently finished reading Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, and I really, really loved and related to Ro (the biographer) and Gin's (the mender) independence. They didn't have current romantic/life partners, and they weren't agonizing over being alone or over trying to find someone. I am getting sick of novels where women spend a lot of time worrying about being "on the shelf." I would like to read more books with women who are single and proud, and romance isn't anywhere near the top of their priority list. I am willing to read any genre, length, or format. Can't wait to hear what you have to recommend! Thanks so much!

--Mary Beth


2. Hi! My friend and coworker is transferring to a new position within our company to Phoenix, Arizona. She will be driving from Ohio to Phoenix with whatever she can fit into her car. While working together I introduced her to audiobooks, and I thought a list of great audiobook recommendations would be the perfect parting gift. She loves steamy romance novels, and a great male narrator's voice. I know that she has listened to all of Meghan March's books, Anna Todd, and has just recently discovered the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
Hoping to make her long drive enjoyable. Thanks so much! I greatly enjoy your show!


3. Hello!

I'm a first year 7th grade English at a school in Massachusetts, and we are about to start a unit of fantasy short stories. I'm very excited about this unit, but after looking through the anthology that we'll be using, I've noticed something that I want to change - the anthology only contains one story by an author of color ("Caleb's Colors" by Neal Shusterman).
I'd love to teach a more diverse set of stories, so I'm looking for suggestions of fantasy short stories that would be appropriate for a middle school reading level. Do you know of any anthologies that exist? I would also be happy to read them a picture book or two.
Please let me know if you can help me diversify my reading list!


4. I'm about six weeks away from giving birth to my first child, and I'm looking for something to read that will be a real page-turner but light enough that I can read it during my leave regardless of how much (or little) sleep I'm getting. I read pretty widely in terms of genre, but I do prefer fiction to non-fiction and I don't really do suspense or thrillers. Thanks!


5. Love love love your show.
I’ve just moved from a very queer loving and welcoming college campus to a not so much welcoming and loving work environment :(. I’m on a desperate search for stories with badass lesbian and queer women protagonists to dive into to remind myself my gay poc identity is valid and wonderful and loved on those tough work days.

I just finished Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Riviera and absolutely loved and dying for another woke read with a confident lesbian/gay/queer woman in her 20s being a total badass and rocking who they are through whatever life throws at them.

Here’s my search criteria:
- coming out not being a major plot point.
- Not YA. Characters in their 20s like me or 30s would be preferable.
- Light, fun & empowering with some humor thrown in
- contemporary
- not a mystery, thriller, or including issues of domestic violence, or sexual assault.
- a person of color protagonist would be awesome but I understand this list might be a tall order so am lenient in this category

I’m new to romance but very much open to it and am not shy about sex scenes. Open to non-fiction of all kinds, and some light fantasy and sci-fi.

Books I’ve loved the feel of
Sourdough by Robin Sloan’s themes of figuring out adulthood, and what one wants to do with their life.

River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey.

I Hear She’s a Real Bitch by Jen Agg

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit made my cry - not in a good way with the having to go back into the closet kind of thing so I’d love to stay way clear of anything like that.

Thanks! I hope you can help!



6. Hi ladies!

I just blew through the charming new Amazon Prime original TV series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and am really thirsting for more content like it. If you haven't had the pleasure, it's about a well-to-do house wife in the late 1950s in Manhattan who discovers her incredible talent for raunchy standup comedy as her life is falling apart around her. It's sharp, witty, smart, and has a good dose of drama. It's by the same folks as Gilmore Girls and is tonally very similar. The main character also reminds me of Joan Rivers a lot. I'd love to read some books that put me in the same mind-space while I wait (a year) for season two, but I'm not sure where to start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



7. Don't judge but one of my favorite movies is The Mummy (the one with Brendan Fraser) and years ago I was swept away by the Anton Rider series by Bartle Bull which is similar in tone to The Mummy. I've been having a hard time finding other books that give me a similar feeling. Any recommendations for books that have adventure, maybe a monster, a rogueish hero and some romance?


Books Discussed

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins (rec'd by Jess Pryde)

Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (out June 26 2018)

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

The Paper Menagerie: Stories by Ken Liu

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

Holding Still for As Long As Possible by Zoe Whitall

Lady Killer by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich, Chelsea Cain

An American Housewife by Helen Ellis

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Feb 13, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss immigrant stories, royalty, close friendships, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard and Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.




1. Hello!
I am wondering if you have any recommendations of any books about royalty in other countries besides the U.S. and Britain. I would prefer fiction, but am open to non fiction too!
Thanks for all your amazing recommendations!


2. Hi!

I recently pick up reading more voraciously again after a several year drought. I started listening to this podcast from the beginning and have already devoured a whole bunch of the recommended comics. I typically fall into a pattern of reading through whole series very quickly because I'm a tad bit obsessive, you could call me a binge reader in that sense.

I was hoping you could provide some recommendations that will challenge me from a story perspective (not a writing style), with some more deep/emotional themes. I'm kind of over the mystery thriller, vampires, Harry Potter type books.



3. I am a lover of books and read since I was a child, now that I have children of my own I want to pass that on to my girls. My dilemma is my 11yo doesn't love to read, or even like to unless she has to for school. So my question is, can you recommend some books that will maybe jump start her love of reading. She just finished Eragon for school and claims she didn't like it, but I know better, she was talking to the book. She’s a very girly girl if that helps.


4. Hi guys,
I was hoping you could recommend me some fiction that focuses on the immigrant experience in America. I recently read and loved Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue and I would love to find more like it. I'm currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but I'm not sure where else to look.


5. Basically: I'm looking for fiction in which the characters a) have extremely close friendships and b) take care of each other's mental/physical health.

If that makes sense?

Examples: A Little Life and the ways in which everyone takes care of Jude, or The Rest of Us Just Live Here and the ways in which, well, everybody in that book takes care of everybody else.

Caveats: In spite of the example above, I generally don't like YA.


6. Hi Amanda & Jenn,

Love the show, especially how enthusiastic you are about all the books you are recommending!

I would like a recommendation myself. In the summer I love walking/hiking and climbing outdoors. Now that it's winter I'm spending more time with a book on the couch. It would be great to read about the activities I'm missing.

I loved Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Into the Wild. Also love books with extensive walking like The Hobbit (Fantasy is definitely allowed) and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I haven't been able to find many novels about climbing/with climber(s), so that would be a bonus. Not a big fan of non-fiction, although I thought The Places in Between by Rory Stewart was amazing.

Thanks so much!


7. I stopped reading for awhile (blame Netflix and Hulu) and have recently gotten back in the habit. I've watched a lot of mob movies/shows lately so my first request would be any books about any type of mob, fiction or nonfiction (I do seem to have a thing for the Irish mob though).

My second request would be, since I've been reading mostly crime/murdery, darker type books, I'm looking for a break from that. I loved shotgun love songs by nickolas butler, a visit from the goon squad and sweetbitter. I do like music related fiction, the found family trope, romantic subplots and complicated women.


Books Discussed

After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Winston’s War by Max Hastings

The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (out Feb 27)

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Malamed (trigger warning: sexual assault, eating disorders)

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Feb 7, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss Finnish literature, mental illness, enemies-to-lovers stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay and Comic Bento.




1. I’m heading on a trip to Finland at the end of February and I’d love to read some Finnish fiction, translated to English please! I’d love something with a strong sense of place to familiarize me with the environment/culture/weather etc. My favourite books are easy enough to fall into and ones where the characters stay with you long after the story ends. I’m generally a literary fiction reader but happily read other things except for romance and scific/fantasy (as a rule). If it helps, some of my favourite authors are Heather O’Neill, Miriam Toews, Peter Heller, A.M. Homes, Wally Lamb, David Benioff and Willy Vlautin.

Thanks for the help!


2. Hi! I love your podcast and listen to your show every week!

I just finished Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and loved Aza's perspective. I live with mental illness as does she, and I really enjoyed reading a story where the character accepts her mental illness and still struggles even though she is in recovery. I really like the non-linear way the book looks at her condition. Do you know of any other books where the main character has a mental illness, but does not exactly "defeat" it and instead learns to accept themselves? I have read I Can't Promise You a Rose Garden and enjoyed that. (Sidenote, I have read many books about people with eating disorders and I would prefer recommendations that do not include that topic.)



3. I love fiction by what I like to think of as provocative and sometimes offensive people of faith. I love books where the author writes about his or her faith tradition from a place of love, but aren't afraid to ask the messy questions, air the dirty laundry, and treat belief like the complicated, untidy, yet deeply meaningful thing that it is. Some of my favorite authors that I'd put in this category are Chaim Potok, Fyodor Dostoevksy, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh & Levi S. Peterson. I love would to read more fiction like this. I read widely and would be comfortable with any genre except horror.



4. Recently I read Michelle Moran's The Heretic Queen. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it, but it did leave me wanting to find a good historical romance or fiction in a similar vein. The main reason I did not enjoy the book was because I felt the relationship in the book was not strong enough. I have two requests, and I hope they aren't too much. I'd like the book to be set in the ancient world (Greece, Egypt, Rome), and I want a strong relationship (F/M M/M and F/F are all fine). I don't want instant love, or an undeveloped relationship- I really want to be able to root for the relationship. And before you mention it, I have read (and loved) The Song of Achilles.
Thanks for the awesome show guys! I can't wait to hear your recommendations.


5. Hello:

I am not a big romance reader. I very rarely pick up a romance. I struggle with historical fiction, so historical romance is really not my thing. However, I recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorn and loved the contemporary romance. It was an "enemy to lovers" type books, so I enjoyed the banter and the humor.

Disclaimer: some portions were problematic, so I do not mean to say that it was perfect. But, it did keep me reading.

I would like some similar recommendations. I would prefer contemporary romance, but I'll take anything I can get that explores the "enemy to lovers" theme.

--Awful at Romance Reading


6. Thank you for an awesome podcast. I suffer from depression and considering the world’s political climate, I will continue to suffer for some time. I study humanitarian action in crisis and I love to read books that are topic heavy, such as Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or The color Purple by Alice Walker or an anthology about racism in Sweden (I'm from Stockholm). Although the books are so good and I can't get enough (I also have ADHD which makes me unable to give up on these books but at the same time considering my depression they also make me sadder and unable to heal right now). I feel like I need something to break this habit while trying to get better and read book that’ll make me laugh or not think. I love novels about dance (favourites include Mao’s last dancer by Li Cunxin, A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman and Taking flight by Michaela DePrince) and novels from comedians like Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres or How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad. I’m giving you free hands, just remember – depressed, cannot stop reading awesome heavy novels, need something else though. And also, if you HAPPEN BY CHANCE to know a book about or featuring a person (not cis-gender white male) with ADHD, I’d love to hear about it.


7. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

Thanks for a wonderful podcast!

One of my favorite books is Sweetland by Michael Crummey. I enjoyed that it was set on an island, was very atmospheric, and beautifully dealt with loss and isolation. I also liked how nature was a large part of the book. I'm wondering if you have suggestions for something similar?

Thanks so much for your time!


Books Discussed

The Other Lands (Acacia #2) by David Anthony Durham

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erica L Sanchez (trigger warning: self-harm)

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (trigger warning: sexual assault)

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Captive Prince trilogy by CS Pacat (all the trigger warnings)

Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great #1) by Mary Renault, recommended by Alexander Chee (Reading My Way Out of the Closet)

Hold Me by Courtney Milan

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Galore by Michael Crummey

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Jan 30, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss Moroccan authors, secret societies, nonfiction audiobooks, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and our library cart giveaway.




1. Hi!

I'm going on a trip to Morocco in March and I'm looking for some books to read to get me in the mood and help me better appreciate the culture/history as I travel. I read most genres apart from sci fi and horror, but would particularly like something in the land of literary/historical fiction or nonfiction. Even better if it is by a Moroccan author. Thanks in advance for the recs and I love the show!


2. Hi Jen and Amanda!

My friends and I have toyed with the idea of starting a book club for years, and I was finally able to corral everyone into one group text to schedule our first meet-up (which will be around mid-January)! All the details have been decided, except for the most important item, which is choosing the actual book that we'll read. My friends believe that, because I reached out and organized the event, I should also have the responsibility of selecting the first book. I can't handle the pressure of this first world problem, so I'm asking for your help.

We're all women in our mid-twenties who are in various stages in our careers and personal lives, but we're all in agreement about the genres we're into: romance, mystery/thriller, and travel/adventure.

Any suggestions on how to kick off our book club would be greatly appreciated! Bonus points if these books tackle the awkward quarter-life crisis themes that we all experience in our mid-twenties.



3. Hello!
I am looking for your thoughts/recommendations on the read harder challenge task of “classic of genre fiction.” I was thinking of doubling up on this task and Oprah’s book club pick “I Know This Much Is True” by Wally Lamb” Would it count for classic ? Do you have any other recommendations for this task ?


4. Hello,

I am looking for novels about things like conspiracy theories and secret societies and such--kind of like the Da Vinci code, but well written (and I guess a bit more "literary"). I tried The Name of the Rose, but found it way too dry, and also didn't like the Rabbit Back Literature Society. I've read and enjoyed all of Marisha Pessl's books, and Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr bookstore. The Dante Club is on my TBR.


5. I love the recommendations you guys give. I love nonfiction audiobooks. But I have trouble finding new ones to listen to. My favorites are The Gene and The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Quiet:The Power of introverts, Grit by Angela Duckworth, and THe End of Average by Todd Rose. I am just not sure where to go from here. I have Isaac's Storm and When Breath Becomes Air on my TBR.


6. Hello! I love all things book riot, but especially this podcast! Your recommendations fuel my never ending TBR list, and it brings me so much joy to hear others as excited about books as I am! Now I would love to hear your thoughts on cozy mysteries! I am in grad school right now for occupational therapy, so these light hearted stories (aside from all the murder and deception) seem like something that I could really get into to distract me from my persistent neurofatigue.

This is a new genre that I have delved into recently, specifically the magic potion mystery series by Heather Blake. I love the aspects of the small town, hitching post, that is depicted in the series, and the quirky characters.

Are there any specific cozy mystery series you guys love? I think I stared at the shelf in the mystery section of the bookstore for a solid hour before I settled on Heather Blake's series. There is so much out there! I need more direction!

Thanks so much,
--Brittany, tired grad student


7. Hello all!

I recently discovered the show and am loving all of the good, odd-to-find recommendations I wouldn't normally have heard of. I am the solo mom of a beautiful toddler who is both American and African (her father is from Ethiopia where I used to live). Do you know of any books that talk about raising strong, proud biracial or bi-cultural children? TIA!


Books Discussed

I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown

Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun, translated by Andre Nafis-Sahely

Laila Lalami on Moroccan literature

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (trigger warning: sexual assault)

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Dune by Frank Herbert

Genre fiction classics post

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated by Gregory Rabassa

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by the author, cosigned by contributor Ashley Holstrom

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton (rec’d by Sarah Nicolas)

My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios

Jan 23, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss Haitian authors, Canadian nonfiction, book club options, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libby and Eternal Life by Dara Horn.



1. Hi ladies,
I love the podcast and all your recommendations.
I have an upcoming trip to India for work and I need some recommendations on what to take with me. I will be traveling with a group of MAWGs (middle aged white guys) coworkers who are a bit oblivious, bro-y, and can be exhausting when being around for long period of times. The idea of long-term travel with these people is a bit overwhelming and stressing me out. Do you have any book-ish escapes with strong female characters that can make this trip a little less daunting? Brownie points if they involve India in some form.
I’m drawing a blank on ideas and everyone I ask recommends books that I know will make me angry and ranty (not the tone I’m going for on this trip). I’d appreciate any ideas you two have.
Many thanks!


2. Hi Ladies,
Can you recommend books by Haitian authors or authors from other "s***hole" countries? For some reason I have an urge to read books by Haitian or African authors. I've already read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which I LOVED.


3. Hello!
My friend doesn't read very much but she wants to read more. The last book she read and loved was The Time Traveler's Wife. Can you recommend other adventure-romance style books that are similar to that? I've suggested The Night Circus and My Name is Memory, so far.
I'm a new listener to Get Booked, after becoming hooked on All the Books and The Book Riot Podcast. Thanks for all the great book talks!
Thank you, thank you!


4. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I apologize if this is a repeated topic, but I searched the Book Riot site and didn't see anything that was what I was looking for.

I live and work in NY, but the company I work for recently acquired some business in Canada. I'll soon be the staff manager of some employees living and working in Canada, which is exciting! I'm looking forward to learning about the employment laws, HR policies, etc of another country... but I realized that I know very, very little about Canada. I don't know any Canadian history, hardly any current (or recent events), and my cultural knowledge is limited to how great Trudeau seems.

Can you help? I'm looking for readable, engaging non-fiction that focuses on Canada's history, current events, or culture. It'd be fine if it focused on a specific event or topic, at this point any knowledge will be a plus! Also willing to try out fiction reqs if you have them.

Thank you!


5. Hello from Ireland!

I was hoping you could recommend me books written by Native Americans. They can be fiction or non-fiction as long as the author is actually Native American (especially after Wind River left me with a bad taste in my mouth).

I am looking for atmospheric books with well drawn characters. Open to all genres but wouldn't want anything that is very violent or disturbing.



6. Hi Jenn/Amanda,

Recently my little sister and I both moved back to live with our parents. It's been a rough couple of years. Anyway, my Mom has been wanting to do a book club for a while now and so I suggested that maybe the three of us could do our own book club.

Now, the problem is to find a book we can all agree on....
My Mom loves an interesting mystery. Doesn't have to be a murder. She enjoys historical very much as well. So historical mysteries are probably best.

My sister is more of a picky reader. She likes more romance. She also gets bored really easy. It has to grab her from the first chapter or she'll toss it aside and never pick it back up.

I'm a bit more open with books. I enjoy everything. Except maybe gore and zombies. I do like a creepy aspect to a mystery. I do love creepy or spooky mysteries. The book I'm thinking of is sort of like The Diviners by Libba Bray? Or Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

If you can come up with some recs for us it would be great! I'm at a loss as to what will work!

Thank you!!!!


7. Good morning ladies!

I love your podcast and I am an avid listener every week! Thank you for all the book recommendations!

I am usually pretty good at recommending books for other people. My family usually comes to me asking what to read next. Just recently my aunt approached me to ask what books would be suitable for my 11 year old cousin. Usually this wouldn't phase me as I can come up with at least 10 off the top of my head that would be suitable for any other child, however, my cousin doesn't like any sad plot points, death or major illness so she refuses to read things like Charlotte's Web and other classics like that. I've come up with a short list but am having trouble coming up with anything that I know for sure will interest her. She is very sensitive about things that might be scary or sad so I am basically looking for something like a grown up Magic Tree House. Ideally I would need this in the next couple days, if you can swing it but no pressure! I'm happy to get your recommendations whenever you have a moment to answer as I think I might have a few in the meantime to tide her over.

Thank you so much for being a bright spot in my week and keep the recommendations coming!

Happy reading!


Books Discussed

Year One by Nora Roberts (The Stand or The Strain)

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre, translated by Kaiama L. Glover

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (rec’d by Angel Cruz)

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Testimony by Robbie Robertson

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

Murder on the Red River by Marcie R Rendon

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen

Jan 16, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss book club picks, retellings, books about books, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by OwlCrate and Book Riot Insiders.



1. Hi Amanda and Jen!
I am looking for book recommendations about espionage, secret agencies/organizations and heists, but prefer ones that are lighter and not too dark. Because of this I tend to read more YA books (Map of Fates by Maggie Hall, for instance), but would love to read more adult fiction.
I also like Sherlock Holmes adaptations such as the Jackaby series by William Ritter, Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason and A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
Thanks for your help!!


2. Hey Girls,
I am a high school English teacher, and my classes do a lot of independent reading. Each month, students choose a book in a specific category. We are coming up on the "based on...another story" category and I need some recommendations for my students. I have recommended Gregory Maguire's Wicked as a based on Wizard of Oz, Marissa Meyer's Cinder as a based on Cinderella, and Laura Ruby's Bone Gap as a based on Persephone. But I need a bunch more. Books that would appeal to my boys would be especially helpful.
Thanks so much,


3. Hello, love your podcast and thanks for doing it. I am an avid reader and usually have 3 books on the go: a more 'meaty' / literary read, a quick / light read, plus a non fiction (most often a biography).

This is my question. I have recently taken the plunge and set up a book club locally, and our first meeting is set at the end of this month. I would love some recommendations for books that in your opinion will lead to a good interesting discussion. Just so you can get an idea, the first books that I've already set for the book club are: Sarah Schmidt's See what I have done, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. These are books that I would normally be reading myself. Any suggestions for possible books for the following months?


4. Hello, I am part of a Scifi and fantasy book club and for February I am suggesting that we read a book (scifi or fantasy) that has a LGBTQ Romance. It doesn't have to be the protagonist or antagonist but I would prefer that. We have already read River of Teeth which has several LGBTQ characters in it. Any suggestions would be of great help! love the show!


5. I love books so much I'm on a hunt for a book about books! Fiction / YA is my jam but I'm open to any genre that keeps me turning the page. I would love a book where the main character finds a magical library or bookstore and/or has an awesome relationship with books. I've read the Book Thief but haven't been able to find anything else where books play a main role. Looking forward to your recommendations!


6. Hello,
Hi Jenn and Amanda -

I have a family & friends book club. We recently read Persepolis which was so, so good! The meeting was extra cool because my 8 year old cousin read it and participated in the conversation. It was fun having a budding young reader in our midst, which got me thinking that we should read some middle grade novels so she can join in more often. I enjoy YA so I am totally open to reading middle grade, but I also think others in the group would enjoy it too. Do you have any recommendations for middle grade that would be good book club picks?

Thanks for the show and ALL the recommendations!


7. I just read "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng as a book riot rec... OMG! Love! Can you please recommend more books that have a slight suspense angle but mainly focus on really rich characters that seem authentic?


Books Discussed

Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

For reader looking for books for 7 year old boy: The Lunch Lady series and the Dog Man series. (Sarah from Insiders)

For reader looking for books from other countries NOT about war/racism: Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata, about a man who meets his late father's mistress and gets sort of obsessed, but more in a flies-in-the-face-of-Japanese-manners-way, not a creepy-stalker-will-kill-you way (Melissa from Insiders)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Lawless by Jeff Salane

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry (Orpheus)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (1001 Nights)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

100 Must Read Books About Books post

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (trigger warning: suicide)

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Jan 10, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss mysteries, all-ages comics, YA fantasy, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet.

Enter our Top 20 of 2017 giveaway here!


1. Hey Amanda and Jenn!
I'm looking for a good book for my boyfriend. He's never really enjoyed reading but is trying to change that, particularly because his sister and I just gush over books every time we're around each other and I think he wants in on the fun.
He's mentioned that he might be interested in something like Stephen King, but the size of the books are too intimidating.
I think he would particularly enjoy mysteries or thrillers, but any genre is welcome. The most important thing is that the books are not too long and they are easy to get through -- so no complicated structures or long lists of characters.
Thanks for all you do,


2. Hey Get Booked,
After reading Bad Feminist for my book club and LOVING it, I've been craving more feministy reading. I've read We Should All Be Feminists and Men Explain Things to Me. I'm currently listening to Missoula by Jon Krakauer and it's completely fascinating. Could you recommend a few of your favorite feminist books? Even novels with strong feminist themes or characters would be good. Thanks!!


3. Hello!
I’m looking for a graphic novel/ comic recommendation. I love the format, but find that I’m quite picky. Based on what I’ve read and liked, it seems that I prefer comics geared towards a younger audience. I’m not opposed to more adult/ mature content, but I’m not super into gratuitous violence/ nudity, etc. I LOVED Nimona, Lumberjanes, Lucky Penny, Henchgirl, all of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s work, and Paper Girls, so if there’s anything that you can recommend similar to those, I’d love to hear about it!
Thanks so much!


4. Hello! I recently just discovered your podcast and I can't get enough of it! I have a 7 year old son who is in second grade and loves to read. He reads above his grade level and I am looking for book recommendations for him but also that are appropriate for his age. He is very much interested in Legos and Minecraft. I'm wondering if there are any good, but appropriate children's mysteries out there for him. He has recently discovered the Goosebumps series in his Grandpa's basement from when my husband was a kid and has started on those. Thank you for your help!


5. Hi,
I'm constantly trying to expand my genre tastes, and I think it's time to try some romance. There's just one problem: I'm polyamourous and I don't know where to look for poly romance really. I have very low tolerance for competition between potential partners as a plot forwarding device and have trouble empathizing with characters in monogamous relationships angsting about cheating and wandering potential. I've read Ascension and liked the concept but found the writing quality wanting. I'm open to any sub genre of romance, as long as at least some of the primary characters are polyamourous.


6. Hello,
I am an avid reader but tend to stick to mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and classics. I love classic mystery/detective books like Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, G.K Chesterton's Father Brown and Dorothy Sayers but I am struggling to find contemporary mystery/detective fiction that aren't cookie cutter stories. I'm don't like a lot of gore or sex and I really enjoy the process of discovering who committed the crime. Any books/series recommendations along these lines would be great!


7. I've been doing a lot of very heavy, very dry reading for my degree, and I need some fun books to read in the meantime. Since everything I've been reading lately has been nonfiction, I thought I would get as far away from that as possible and read some fantasy. But because I'm so busy with school I don't have as much time to read as I wish I did, so I'm hesitant to start a series. I thought some YA could do the trick since the reading is always a bit easier, and I feel like everyday I hear about a new YA fantasy novel that is coming out. I recently read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and thought it was spectacular, and I also read The Magicians and thought it was great. My favorite author is Neal Stephenson, but I don't have the ability to read such complicated and heavy subject matter at the moment.


Books Discussed

Squire by Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small series)

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (trigger warning: sexual assault)

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (trigger warning: discussion of her rape)

Misfit City Vol 1 by Kirsten Smith, art by Kurt Lustgarten, Naomi Franquiz

Jem and the Holograms V1 by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell

The Key Hunters series by Eric Luper (#1 The Mysterious Moonstone)

The Brixton Brothers series (The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity), recommended by Preeti

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

Poly Romance post

Bound To Be A Groom by Megan Mulry

IQ by Joe Ide

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Jan 3, 2018

Amanda and Jenn discuss international reads, Star Trek readalikes, bisexual characters, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti and OwlCrate.

Enter our Best of 2017 books giveaway!



1. Hi girls!

I love reading about people from different countries or people currently living in different countries and would love a recommendation! I'm trying to find something that isn’t about war or racism. Maybe something a little more lighthearted- if that exists. I love both fiction and nonfiction and am very open to translated works, poetry, plays, short story collections, etc.

None of my book friends have been able to help, but I'm hoping you can :)

Thank you!


2. Hi Amanda & Jenn,

I'm looking for a recommendation for my book club. We're all women ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-sixties and, as individuals, read everything from literary fiction to romance to science fiction and fantasy. We've only been meeting for the past 6 months so we're still figuring out what types of books work best. Right now, we've read Where'd You Go Bernadette (which everyone really enjoyed), Small Great Things (most people liked), Elsie and Mairi Go to War (awful, didn't even finish), Exit West (another strong pick), When Dimple Met Rishi (good, but not substantial enough), and God: A Human History (haven't discussed yet, but from our group emails, I'm thinking it's a bit too academic). Contemporary fiction with interesting, strong female protagonists seems to be our sweet spot. We have The Mothers on our to-read list as well as A Gentleman in Moscow, My Cousin Rachel and The Summer Before the War. We read diversely, don't shy away from difficult/sensitive subjects, nonfiction is ok but we've read a decent amount lately, and prefer adult to YA.

Thanks so much!


3. Hi there -

I'll be moving to the Bay Area soon for a software engineering program, and I'm a little nervous about feeling lonely/missing home. I'd love some recommendations for:

escapist/comforting reads and/or
fiction with an awesome female lead and/or books set in San Francisco.

I've been reading through the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire and have enjoyed them. I'm also planning to take Sourdough by Robin Sloan with me. I enjoy most sci-fi/fantasy and read a lot of literary fiction as well. Some of my favorite authors are Miriam Toews, Mary Doria Russell, Peter Heller and Connie Willis.

Thanks for your help and for the show - this podcast has helped me find so many great books!



4. What sci-fi books would you recommend to someone who loves Star Trek? I've of course read some of the novelizations, but I'd like to read some novels that are unconnected but have a similar enough feel to Star Trek. I love the space exploration, philosophy, and different alien races working together, but most of all I loved the idealized future. It seems every futuristic novel I read, we all live in a terrible future that is terrible, and OH LOOK AT HOW EVIL TECHNOLOGY IS. There are no words to describe how tired I am of that.
Thanks in advanced guys. I can't wait to hear your recs.


5. Hi,
I recently listened to your podcast about biography recommendations and can't wait to check out Cleopatra. I would love some other great biographies/memoirs about women.

I would prefer people of color or/not already widely famous people. For example, I loved Stolen Lives; Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen.



6. I'm on a search for bisexual characters in literature (who actually call themselves bi- too often authors try to skirt around the word). I'm bisexual myself and I'm craving representation. I find so many gay and lesbian characters, but rarely bi. I don't mind if the character is in a same sex or opposite sex relationship, I would just really like to read about a bi character.
Also, while I would love to see some bi women, I encounter bi women much more than I encounter bi men, so I would appreciate it if your suggestions had both genders (if that is at all possible). Thank you so much, and I absolutely adore the show.


7. Hi Amanda and Jenn! I love listening to your podcast! Im wondering if you can recommend some books set in the Middle East. I recently read When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi and loved it. I'd particularly like books told from the perspective of a female character(s). Thanks!


Books Discussed

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, translated by Lola Rogers

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (rec’d by Rebecca)

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

100 Must Read Bisexual Books post

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Dec 21, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss Hallmark movie read-alikes, gift recommendations, kids' London reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libby and Bookaxe.



1. Hello Book Riot goddesses!

We're getting dangerously close to the holiday season, which is why it hit me I have less than two months to finish the Book Riot reading challenge! I'm doing pretty well overall, but am now left with the really difficult (ie out of my comfort zone) books - and I need your help. I have four books left to tackle: a book about sports, a book published by a micropress, and a book of translated poetry on a theme other than love.

I'm a queer, latinx, feminist grad student currently earning my MSc in paleontology and the history of women in science. Normally, I gravitate towards fantasy, scifi, YA, and historical fiction/romance (I'm very much about reading as escapism). When I'm not reading fiction, I love popular science books and history books (especially about non-western countries). Maybe my tastes can meet these book riot prompts somewhere in the middle?

Note: I'm bilingual (spanish/english) so books translated from or available in Spanish are also super welcome!

--Michelle Barboza-Ramirez


2. I hope it's not too late to ask for recommendations!

My mom has asked for books for Christmas but I don't know what to buy her! She likes narrative nonfiction, like The Elephant Whisperer, Unbroken, and The Boys in the Boat. She also likes Jodi Picoult and reads a lot of historical fiction (The Red Tent, All the Light We Cannot See, and News of the World are some of her favorites). She's generally read most of the super buzzy bestsellers of the past few years for her book club, so new, backlist, and/or under-the-radar picks would be awesome!



3.  Hi Amanda and Jenn!

We are traveling to London for Christmas with our daughters, ages 13 and almost 11, and I would love it if before we go, they could develop a deeper appreciation for (or at least understanding of) the historical significance of the city than they've gleaned from Harry Potter or schoolbooks. My ideal vision would be to visit some place like the Tower of London or Kensington Palace or the replica of the Globe Theater, they would say, "Oh yeah! I know about that place from my book." I want them to have some reference points other than what I've told them.

Both girls are avid readers of YA fiction, and they especially love the fantasy and mystery genres -- Harry Potter, anything Rick Riordan, the Divergent Series, the Flavia de Luce series, and Nnedi Okorafor are just some examples of books/authors they love. My older daughter also branches out to YA literary fiction such as "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas and "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys. Can you recommend any YA fiction in which London features prominently? I was wondering if "My Lady Jane" might fit the bill, but I don't really have any ideas beyond that. Any recommendations you can provide would be greatly appreciated. You don't have to worry about making different recommendations for their ages -- they exchange books all the time, and the younger one has the maturity and skills to read what her sister does.

Thanks so much for all you do, and keep up the great work!


4. Hi Jenn and Amanda, I am writing in to request read-alikes to cheesy Hallmark-esque holiday romance movies. I personally don't celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any of the religious/commercial
holidays of winter but my kryptonite is the seasonal holiday tv entertainment. I especially love when they are set in the past and/or have themes of mistaken/disguised identity or leads that hate each other and then slowly grow to love and respect each other. Some of my favorite series/movies include When Calls the Heart, One Small Hitch, A Christmas Kiss 1 and 2, Snow Bride, While You Were Sleeping, and A Royal Christmas. Bonus points for books available on audio with non-irritating narrators so I can listen during my commute. Thanks so much!


5. Hello!

I have been under a fair amount of stress lately with a job change and the realities of adult-ing which has lead to some trouble sleeping. During these restless nights I have been reading a lot of fiction (which is great) - but I figure I might benefit from using this reading time to read some non-fiction about stress management, mindfulness, or meditation. Are there any well written beginner guides for these subjects (or others) that you would recommend?

Thank You!


6. Hey Jenn and Amanda
I was raised in a very fundamentalist religious environment where homophobia, racism and misogyny were interwoven into the rhetoric and doctrine. I have since broken away from it but still feel an involuntarily discomfort and, at times, lack of understanding when reading about some of these issues. I want to overcome this discomfort of and develop empathy for such topics and am hoping you can recommend me books that will expose me to any or all of these issues. YA or adult, any genre. I do prefer fiction to nonfiction but am open to highly readable nonfiction. Thanks!



7. I want to share my love of reading with my dad, especially as he is now retired and needs things to do during the long winter months. Unfortunately, I've never had much luck getting him to pick up a book, even when it seems tailored to his interests. The one book I've seen him read and re-read is The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a slim book of poetry by an 11th century Persian dude. This self-proclaimed non-reader can quote about half the book from memory and likes to weave snippets of it into daily conversation. I suspect he has a soft spot for old poetry and/or philosophy. Can you recommend anything that might have a similar feel to it? Any help is appreciated.


Books Discussed

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Living With a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer

Poetry collections in translation (not about love!) post

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Chi-Young Kim

The Agency series by YS Lee (A Spy In The House #1)

Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson (The Name of the Star #1)

An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James

A Mistletoe Affair by Farrah Rochon

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris (rec’d by Rebecca)

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Dreadnought by April Daniels

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar, illustrated by Peter Sis

Dec 12, 2017

In honor of Jane Austen's birthday on December 16, Amanda and Jenn recommend their favorite readalikes in this week's Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Life is Like A Musical by Tim Federle and The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.


Books Discussed:

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

The Living is Easy by Dorothy West

The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey & Maturin series (Master & Commander #1)

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

For Real by Alexis Hall

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

Top 20 Giveaway!

Dec 6, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss stocking-stuffer books, seasonal short stories, romances, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by No Time To Spare, new essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, and OwlCrate.




1. Hi Jenn and Amanda,
I’m looking for some good romances for the holiday season. All my life I’ve had my internal misogyny telling me that romance was a waste of time and bad writing, but I’m ready to get out there and expand my horizons. I mostly read YA and nonfiction, but I’m open to anything with a fun plot. I’m in the mood to curl up with something cute and fluffy.
I’m not afraid of something steamy but I’d like the story to be more about fun and intimacy then the steamy throws in the sheets. My favorite romantic thing ever is the show Hart of Dixie, just to give you a vague idea of what I like. I’m sorry this is super vague, I can’t wait to see what you guys recommend though!
Happy Reading,


2. Hi - Love the show. I am looking for small books - literally small for stocking stuffer size that are still good, interesting, fun. Also working with a broad group (i.e. varying political, religious positions) so not trying to start a battle or anything, but fun things - poetry, mindfulness, just delightful things to ponder? Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!


3.  Time sensitive! “Get Booked” is one of my highlights every Thursday, so I’m reaching out! I need help with Christmas gifts. My boyfriend has read so many different things, that I can’t even begin. I’d like a few recommendations based on stuff he loves. Fiction: all time favorite is Matthew Stover’s series Heroes Die & Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series. Nonfiction: he’s very into paranormal testimonies, David Sedaris, Henry Rollins, and anything about survival.
He loves science fiction, ultra violence, and modern day conspiracy theories. I’m excited to see what you come up with because I’d be clueless unless I asked him! Thanks a lot!


4. Hello Ladies!

I am a huge fan of the podcast and tune in every week to your recommendations and witty comments! You are wonderful and make my work week brighter! I would consider myself a bookworm but definitely more like a tsunduko person. However I have gotten into the habit of reading short stories before bed since I tend to fall asleep in the middle of reading and it makes me less frustrated and guilty if I need to back track the next night. As the holiday season approaches, I am looking for a short story collection to help me get into the spirit, either about winter, snow, Christmas, or something along those lines. I read
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories last year and loved it but having a hard time finding something this year. I love historical fiction, fantasy, YA, contemporary literature, and obviously short story collections. Not a huge fan of crime, thrillers, or horror. So anything that could help out this bookworm to get to sleep would be fantastic!

Thank you in advance! Love you both!



5. Hi there,

Love your podcast and listen to it all the time. I'm trying to get a head start on my holiday shopping and I'm looking for a book suggestion for my mom.

She's a pretty steady reader - has read most of the classics and is in an active book club so she often has read the currently popular books. She enjoyed the P.G Wodehouse series and loved Remains of the Day. Her very favourite book is Grapes of Wrath.

Hoping to find something she is unfamiliar with that she can really dive into. She is a violence abuse counselor and often really heavy subject matter is hard for her to get through in her pleasure reading. Also no horror please.



6. Time Sensitive (hopefully before Christmas): My husband is really hard to pick books for and I'm needing recommendations. He really likes coming of age stories and short stories that are connected together by the same characters. He really doesn't like books with extremely long chapters that don't have a good stopping point within them. Some examples of books he has loved are: The Road Cormac McCarthy, anything by David Sedaris or Davy Rothbart, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Palo Alto by James Franco.


7. Hi Amanda and Jenn-
I am hoping you may be able to offer me a recommendation in time for the holiday gift buying season!

A friend and I purchase a book for one another every Christmas. We usually pick something that we loved and thought the other person would love as well. This year, I thought you may be able to help!

Here’s some info about my friend: She’s a 30 year old recent grad school graduate living in upstate NY. She works in the Human Services field and is originally from Puerto Rico. She loves Harry Potter. She usually reads YA or fantasy books, but she is really driven by stories that have characters you get to know well and fall in love with. I’m hoping to find her a book featuring a quirky underdog that wins out in the end despite facing life’s inevitable obstacles. It would be better if it didn’t feature sexual violence if possible.

Love your podcast and looking forward to the recommendations!


Books Discussed

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tiny books post:

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monson and Jory John

Letters For the Year by Lea Redmond

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (all the trigger warnings)

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

The Last Chance Christmas Ball anthology

Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis

A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Want by Cindy Pon

Nov 29, 2017

Amanda and Jenn give their "Swiss Army" recommendations for the holiday season in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by TarcherPerigee, publisher of Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy, and Penguin Random House Audio.


Books Discussed

Jagganath by Karen Tidbeck

Autumn by Ali Smith

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Poetsch

Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

The Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole (An Extraordinary Union #1)

The Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai (Hate To Want You & Wrong to Need You )

Nasty Women, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

The Summoner series by Taran Matharu (The Novice #1)

Warcross by Marie Lu

Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Dot Journaling, Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Nov 21, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss book group picks, medieval fiction, sci-fi short stories, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libby and the Book Riot Bookstore Giveaway.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.



1. Hi- going on a road trip with my 22 year old daughter from North Carolina back home to Texas in late November. Looking for an audiobook recommendation to listen to on the drive- something possibly set in the south with a mystery or supernatural bent. We like smart characters and a plot that is twisty.


2. Hi ladies!
I am a librarian at a small library outside Philadelphia with a HUGE book-club-in-a-bag collection (it comes with books, audiobooks, discussion materials--the whole works). I've just recently taken over the collection and I realized that it is tragically white. I'm doing what I can to remedy that, but I was hoping for some suggestions for diverse, newer, fairly accessible book-club lit (or non-fiction!) for the collection. We've got The Underground Railroad, The Mothers, Little Fires Everywhere, Behold the Dreamers, and Between the World and Me, to name a few.
Thanks so much!


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!!

I listen to Get Booked religiously, and you guys have steered me into so many things I've absolutely loved. I just finished the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and it's left me craving more books with meaningful, adult-child relationships where at least one party is choosing to be in the others' life (adoption, mentor-ship, and similar.) What I specifically loved about A.J. and Maya was how genuinely they liked each other as people. I'd love to read more in that vein, if you have any recommendations?



4. Hello! First I want you to know that I love the show. My TBR list is huge now and My husband keeps side eyeing me as I bring new books home. I'm currently reading Doomsday Book by Connie Willis and it has made me realize how much I love books about the Middle Ages or Medieval times. I've also read the Inquisitor's Tale and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. What other recommendations do you have that take place in that time or are similar to those books?
Thanks so much!!


5. I suffer from a chronic pain condition and would like to find books that have conditions similar to mine (or other disabilities). Memoir or fiction would be great. I've read both of Jenny Lawson's books and cried when I found out that she had arthritis because I do not get to read about people with similar experiences much. (No Me Before You please!)


6. Hi Get Booked Ladies!
I have always loved Science Fiction and in the last few months have really gotten into short story collections. I have recently read "Stories of Your Life" by Ted Chiang (this is probably going to be my favorite book of the year), "Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler, and "Three Moments of an Explosion" by China Mieville. I have also loved in the past "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury.

I currently have "​Beyond the Rift" by Peter Watts and "Miracle" by Connie Willis on my upcoming TBR.

I am looking for some more interesting and well written sci-fi short story collections!​ ​I enjoy hard sci-fi and first contact stories. Dark, weird, speculative, and bizarre are also great ​descriptors​ for me.
​Just FYI...​I don't​ really​ like fantasy​​ (I never understood why sci-fi and fantasy are ​clumped together).

Thank​ you so much​ and love your show!
--Andrea :)


7. Hi! I teach high school English, and often listen to the podcast on my way to work, which makes for a lovely commute (but also makes it impossible to write down all of the books I want to read).
I work with several young people who are hunters, and want to read about hunting/survival/outdoorsy stuff. We have Paulsen's Hatchet and sequels and Si-cology 101 (Duck Dynasty), which have been popular among this group, and one student is reading Where the Red Fern Grows. Another of these readers started American Sniper but never finished it, and they've all read The Hunger Games. I'm ordering some Jon Krakauer, but I'm looking for more recommendations that might strike a chord with this group of readers - fiction or nonfiction, especially things that are a little more grownup (YA is awesome - more of that, please, but I worry they're not challenged by some of the middle grades texts we have available).
Thanks, and I promise to stop the car to listen to your reply (or, even better, listen with students) :)


Books Discussed

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke


Shelter by Jung Yun

The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Frederik Backman, translated by Henning Koch (recommended by Elizabeth)

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

A Bed of Spices by Barbara Samuel

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

The Escape by Mary Balogh

The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked, edited by Annabelle Hayse, Sheila Black, and Michael Northen

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys by Sonya Huber

Overclocked by Cory Doctorow

Galactic Empires, edited by Neil Clarke

The Land by Mildred Taylor (recommended by Danika)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Nov 14, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss Civil War reads, diverse middle-grade books, reading slumps, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Weregirl & Chimera by C.D. Bell.

Bookstore giveaway!



1. Dear Amanda and Jenn,

I am a middle school English teacher and I have a student looking for a book recommendations. She has read To Kill a Mockingbird, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Giver, and Would You Reach Me and enjoyed them all. She seems to like books that tackle serious social issues as well as science fiction. Our school library is a little outdated and doesn't offer much in the way of books with diverse characters, so I'd like to direct her to something more current and with diverse characters.

Thanks in advance. I love the podcast!


2. Hey Amanda and Jenn!

I'm having baby #3 in December, and I'm looking for books to read on my e-reader during the middle-of-the-night feedings. I somehow missed this reading opportunity with my first baby, but with baby #2 a few years ago I read so much! Including at least one of Ruth Reichl's memoirs, Molly Wizenberg's Delancey and Homemade Life, but also a bit of romance, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and some other novels. I'm open to fiction, non-fiction, genre, etc.

The main guidelines are:
*fairly easy reads - no complex character lists and maps, and nothing too literary or high-minded.
*conducive to reading in short bursts - easy to dip in and out of. Nothing so page-turner-y that I'll stay up even longer. Short chapters or frequent text breaks are a bonus, but not required.
*nothing scary, dark, bloody, gory, etc... i.e. nothing where the jacket says (or could say) "chilling" or "haunting"
*cozy and charming, but not cheesy
*definitely no sick or dying kids/babies/children/moms, or disasters/apocalypses/tragedies
*available as ebook (Kindle)

So, what books can you suggest for me to read in the middle of the night as I nurse my new baby?


3. I am looking for books about the Civil War for my father's 60th birthday. My mother is taking him on a trip to Gettysburg and I want to give him some books that will go along with his trip. He prefers non-fiction and has already read and enjoyed Killer Angels. I was going to get him a copy of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy - but was hoping that you might have some other great recommendations! Thank you! Love the podcast!


4. Hi,

Next year I am starting a feminist book club called SFF Fems that will read Science Fiction and Fantasy books by female authors only, with an emphasis on marginalised and own voice authors. Do you have any recommendations that would fit this criteria and make for great discussion at a book club meeting?

Thanks so much


5. I'm trying to find books for my eleven year old daughter Cathy to read, but I'm a bit stumped. She's a voracious reader, and well above a usual eleven year old's reading level (this, just to be clear, isn't me being some annoying mom who likes to talk about how special my daughter is. She just happens to be ahead in reading.). She's read and loved Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Percy Jackson novels. She just read my copy of the Mists of Avalon and now has an obsession with arthurian legend. She loves history, and knights, and all that fun stuff, but I'm having a bit of trouble finding books for her.
She's been reading some adult books on her own, and I'm very lax about what she's allowed to read and watch (the evidence being that I gave her The Mists of Avalon), and am not concerned about things being "appropriate" for her. We have a very open relationship and she comes to me with questions, we discuss what she's read, and honestly we are a very liberal family. However I would like to find her some age appropriate books as well, because I think it's important for her to read about characters her age to relate to. Everything we've been looking for together either doesn't interest her, or she finds condescending. Any ideas? I think some historical fiction would be good, but I just don't know what to look for.


6. Hi guys! I love the podcast and I'm so glad you're doing the show weekly now, it's my Friday treat to listen to you on the bus.

I am in such a reading slump at the moment and I'm really hoping you can help. I had such a good reading year last year but since January, nothing is clicking with me. Could you suggest some books for getting out of a slump? I'm open to any genre, except horror (because I'm a wimp). If it helps, some books that I loved in 2015 were Spinster by Kate Bolick, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, A Fair Fight by Anna Freeman and The Queen of the Tearling.



7. Hello there!

Not sure if you have already answered a question similar to this, but I figured I'd go ahead and ask anyway.

I am a huge fan of The Gilmore Girls, and I was wondering if you guys know of any books that give the same overall feeling as the show. The fast-paced language, the quirky characters and small town feeling, intelligent women, etc. I am open to any and all genres!

Thanks in advance!


Books Discussed

Wolf-speaker (Immortals #2) by Tamora Pierce

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

Tijuana Book of the Dead by Luis Alberto Urrea

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue (the review on Book Riot)

The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

The Passing of the Armies by Joshua Chamberlain

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (rec’d by Ta-Nehisi Coates)

The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly

Seeds of America trilogy (Chains #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Nov 8, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss Southern fiction, Spanglish, portal fantasy, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew and Book Riot Insiders.

Bookstore Giveaway:



1. I love love love novels written in Spanglish, both because I'm working on my Spanish, but also because I, too, live in a different community in which most people with whom I interact are bilingual and books like Junot Diaz's are exactly how we talk, albeit in a different language. My favorite genre is literary fiction, but I would take recommendations for good mysteries, YA, essay/poetry collections, or, if they're very well-written, fantasy or sci-fi. Bonus points for evoking a strong sense of place that immediately makes me want to book a trip wherever the book is set. Note: I'm not good with animal death, so either steer clear of that or at least include a trigger warning. Thanks!


2. Hello Book Riot!

I work at a college, and like a lot of colleges, each year our school assigns a summer reading book for the first-year students. I am just curious what books you two would recommend. What book, fiction or nonfiction, would you want every new college student to read?

Thanks! Love the podcast.


3. Hello Amanda and Jenn! I love your show and all of your recommendations. I have one that I don't think you've covered yet.

Growing up, I've always loved Alice & all the other wonderful characters in Wonderland and now, more recently, Neil Gaiman's Coraline and her freaky little alternate reality. I feel similarly about Peter Pan and Neverland, though I didn't read those books (only watched the movies. Oops!) I think they all appeal to this childhood desire to find a secret room or portal (my most common nighttime dream) that is fun, exciting, colorful, magical, and adventurous. If I'm real, it also appeals to my desire to escape the stress and terror of the world.

Do you have any recommendations for similar books?

Thank you!!

P.S. I have read Harry Potter, the Secret Garden, etc. and while I enjoyed these books, I'm looking for something a little different than these. I've thought about reading the Narnia series, but still don't think it's quite what I want. I think I'd prefer something with one main character, even if there is a strong supportive cast, and also something that is a quicker read.


4. Hi Jenn and Amanda,
I love the podcast and look forward to it every week.

I feel like the last few books I've read have been stories to "get through." I enjoy them, but don't find myself savoring words for words alone. I also find that I haven't read much romance lately. Could you recommend something where the language is as decadent as chocolate and there might be some will they/won't they romantic speculation?

Favorite books include The Sugar Queen, Jane Eyre, The Blue Sword, and A Tale for the Time-Being.

Thank you!


5. I recently read and loved both Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton and Startup by Doree Shafrir, and this latest Uber scandal has got me interested in more behind-the-scenes tech company/startup books. I read Dave Eggers' The Circle when it first came out and thought it was just kind of okay (though it feels sacrilegious to me to criticize Dave Eggers) - I need some strong characters to really hook me into a story, though it doesn't matter if they're likable or not. I'm much less interested in the technology-is-world-changing angle than I am in the company culture angle. Fiction or nonfiction doesn't matter to me - I'm just looking for a juicy story.

Thanks in advance!


6. I recently plowed my way through War and Peace and I loved it! However, I've realized that I know nothing about the Napoleonic Wars or Russian history. I prefer historical fiction but I wouldn't say no to some readable nonfiction either. Thanks!


7.  I absolutely love Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I recently read Whistling Past the Graveyard which had a similar storyline. Can you recommend any other books similar with a child/preteen narrator, set in the south with difficult family life? Thanks in advance. Love the show!


Books Discussed

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Malinda Lo on Recommended)

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Reset by Ellen Pao

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Queen of the Night and Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas)

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (ALL THE TRIGGER WARNINGS EVER)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Nov 1, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss bread-making, nonfiction for teens, survival stories and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by A Selfie As Big as The Ritz by Lara Williams and The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor.



1. Hi! I recently got into baking and was wondering if you have any great bread making cook books. Just bread, not baking in general. If it’s from a famous bakery, that would be nice! Thanks a ton!
P.S. an email reply will suffice :)


2. TIME SENSITIVE: I am a recent convert to the world of Romance, but I am feeling overwhelmed. I had tried different things over the years but just never found something that felt like MY romance. And then I discovered Penny Reid. I read Truth or Beard and then promptly flew through the rest of the existing Winston Brothers series, and now I am flying just as quickly through the Knitting In The City Books. But...I'm almost out, and it will be months before her next book is out. I love how smart, sweet, and nerdy her books are, while still being plenty hot and having a great plot in addition to the romance. Definitely looking for a contemporary setting, and love the feel of the interconnected friend/family saga with each book focusing on one member of the group. This request is time sensitive as I'm getting ready to travel on business for two months (mid-November through Mid-January,) so I need to fill up my Kindle as I won't be able to carry physical books. Help!


3. Hello! My daughter and her friend are in grade 7 and need to be reading more science non-fiction (according to their teacher). She feels that the girls will be more comfortable participating in class discussions.

Any recommendations (specifically global warming & organic food if possible). They read National Geographic but otherwise I'm at a loss.

Thank you!!!


4. Hi Jenn and Amanda,
I am looking for books with an Asian man love interest. The sexuality of the protagonists doesn't matter to me (not trying to say that they don't matter, but want to clarify that the relationship can be M/M, M/F, M/gender fluid, etc), but I am having trouble finding a book that doesn't portray Asian men and boys stereotypically as "nerdy" and not romantically desirable (those two things should never be linked!). I tried WARCROSS by Marie Lu but didn't enjoy it and I'm not sure where to go next. I prefer adult novels to YA and I enjoy pretty much every genre. Thank you!
--Joce (pronounced Joss! :D)


5. My reading interests are all over the place, which is easy in some ways because there are always lots of books I want to read, but hard to find ones that I really love. Some all-time favorites include: Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. guess I'm looking for well-written books with captivating/give me the feels characters. If you notice another common thread in those favorites, please enlighten me!


6. I've recently discovered HBO's Girls and am obsessed - I would love some really modern femininisty books that have that same feel. I've read Lena Dunham and Maggie Nelson this week (loved it) as well as Fun Home and Bitch Planet - where do I go from here for smart, funny feminist lit that also entertains?


7. Hey Amanda and Jen!

I have always loved what I guess I'll call "survival" novels. Growing up I loved Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain and Julie and the Wolves. As an adult, I've enjoyed Wild, Tracks, and The Martian. Basically, I love stories of someone learning to survive on their own whether by choice (Wild) or because of a bad situation (The Martian). I'm looking for more titles to fill this particular place in my heart. Thanks for your help!


Books Discussed

Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

Beard on Bread by James Beard

Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid series)

We Are the Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton

Hold Me by Courtney Milan

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai (out Nov 28)

Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Losing It by Emma Rathbone

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Adrift by Steven Callahan

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (tw: rape)

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Oct 25, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss '80s sci-fi, family drama, working class classics, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Libby from OverDrive and Penguin Random House Audio.




1. Hello!

This year, I’ve really been interested in seasonal reading. I find this super easy during Halloween but as I prep my TBR pile for November and December, I’m coming up short.

I typically read YA and am looking for holiday reads that are inclusive of traditions and people. It seems that the options are fairly small in this regard so I’d be happy with books that just set a cozy/winter scene but also feature diverse characters.

Thank you!


2. Hello again ladies! My group, Geek Girls, is doing an all 80s theme in the month of November so we are hoping to pick a scifi or fantasy book from the 80s for the book club. Any suggestions? Only stipulation, they must be available on audio. Happy Halloween!


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I just booked my dream trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen! I really want to read something set in these cities, but everything seems to be a crime thriller (great, but not always) or about 120 years old and written by Serious Old Men. Can you please recommend something set in one of these cities that doesn't fall in one of those two camps? For reference, some of my favourites are Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan, and The Great Gatsby. So, if you know of any fun Scandinavian family sagas, please help me!!!

Thank you!


4. Hi Get Booked! I am a non-binary person and can never find books featuring characters that share that aspect of my identity. I'm not interested in reading books *about* being non-binary, but I would like to read about non-binary characters doing other stuff! I'm open to most genres -- no horror or gory crime stuff please! I'm also not big on biography/memoir, though don't seem to mind it when in graphic novel form or when it reads like fiction. I also can't get through really dense, long books. Thank you!


5. Hello ladies! I love the podcast and have gotten many great recs for my TBR from you all. After the garbage fire that was the 2016 election, I am feeling the need to better inform myself on some key issues. One that I am particularly interested in is immigration. I have read The Book Of Unknown Americans and Americanah, both of which were life-changing reads. I would like to read some non-fiction on this subject, especially as it relates to American immigration policies.

Thanks for all your great work.


6. I just discovered your podcast and really enjoyed it, it's great getting all the recommendation, I've added a lot to my TBR pile. I'm looking for some books that are like the prime time soaps from the 80's like Dallas and Dynasty, focusing on family and full of intrigue.


7. Hi,

I recently finished reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, which I loved. It made me realise how fed up I am with reading about the English gentry and aristocracy. I am also really bored with books set in London and the Home Counties. I live in a post-industrial town called Chesterfield and want to read about towns like mine and the people that lived in them. I am looking for relatively unknown classics (I have read most of the famous English classics) or historical fiction novels set in towns and cities in the North of England about ordinary, working class people. I am primarily looking for books set in the 18th and 19th centuries.




Books Discussed

Bookstore giveaway!

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

SPQR by Mary Beard

Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz

Uncovering Ray by Edie Danford

Undocumented by Aviva Chomsky

In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

The Family Hightower by Brian Francis Slattery

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

David Peace

Oct 18, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss grown-up American Girl stories, soft sci-fi, LGBTQ romance, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by What Counts As Love by Marian Crotty and 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant.




1. Hi,
I have just finished the latest installment of the Throne of Glass series and have read everything by Sarah J Maas, I also love most of the whole dystopian YA female lead genre ( loved the Cinder series, all the Grisha books, Red Queen, Graceling etc.) I am 20 and would read a big range of books from pretty much any genre was wondering if you had any recommendations for similar books that aren't necessarily YA ( or are I'll read anything!). A series of an author who has a lot of books of a similar type would be brilliant as once I find something I love I devour it !!
Love the podcast and thank you for your help,


2. Hi ladies!

When doing some cleaning, I found dozens of American Girl doll books and I was struck with nostalgia. I LOVED these books growing up - I still attribute these books with my deep love of history. As I was holding these books lovingly, I immediately thought to ask you two if you had any recommendations for "grown up" American Girl doll books. Any suggestions for historical fiction featuring strong and spunky female characters?

Thanks, love the show!


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

Listening to the Book Riot podcasts has increased the number of books on my TBR pile steadily for the past couple of months, thanks for all the great recommendations!

What I'd like to ask you: I've read Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow this year, and I loved it. I also read both of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers books and I loved them as well. Do you have any recommendations for soft sci-fi books?

--Jill (from Belgium)


4. Hello Amanda and Jenn,

First of all, I love your podcast and have discovered many books and authors because of it. You guys both do an amazing job! My recommendation request is for my 7 year-old son. He recently read Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (thanks to your recommendation from a previous episode) and then made his way through the rest of her work with Sisters, Smile, and Drama. He's read all four of these books over the course of the last week and I would like to find some read-alikes, preferably that are part of a series, for him to read next. He has read all of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Captain Underpants series, and several of the Big Nate books. Thank you in advance and keep up the awesome work!



5. Hi!

I'm looking for some sweet romance to dive into. I'm not much for the genre, but sometimes you just need something to squeal about. Preferably something lgbtqai - though not so much about coming out or such as a major plot detail. Something light but sweet and if the couple are non male that would also be a huge plus! Thanks!


6. Amanda & Jenn,

First off, I love the podcast! Thank you for all the great recommendations. I've written in a few times with requests, so sorry if you keep seeing my name pop up!

This time I'm writing requesting recommendations for my 15 year old son. He is a rather reluctant reader but very much enjoys listening to audiobooks when we take road trips. If we don't finish the audiobook in the car he asks me to buy it for him to finish in book form. He mostly likes dystopian novels, preferably with some type of corrupt government. He's enjoyed 1984, A Clockwork Orange, Fahrenheit 451 & Ready Player One. Not in that theme he read & enjoyed The Outsiders. His book suggestions mostly come from what his friends are reading in school. I've tried a few times to pick up books I thought he would like but haven't been able to find anything he got in to. I tried The Maze Runner, The 5th Wave & I can't remember what else. Any suggestions?

Thank you!


7.I am not a "classics" reader (I didn't love Jane Eyre. I know -Who am I?!)

I did like The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Can you recommend another classic or semi-classic to read next?


Books Discussed


The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Kopp Sisters books by Amy Stewart (Girl Waits With Gun)

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert (The School Is Alive)

Chronicles of Claudette by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware)

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

Want by Cindy Pon

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Warcross by Marie Lu

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Living is Easy by Dorothy West

Oct 11, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss inclusive horror, small-town fantasies, smart creepy girls, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan and All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.



1. Hi guys,

I’m a big horror/thriller fan and I’m looking to include more diverse authors and protagonists in my reading. Most recently I read and loved Lovecraft Country in which a Black community comes together to battle eldritch horrors. I like Joe Hill, Shirley Jackson, Jack Ketchum, novels or short stories, and both supernatural or more reality based stories as long as there’s a scary/spooky atmosphere. Can you recommend some horror authors who are people of color, LGBT or from a religious minority? Or horror books that have a non-white, non-straight protagonist?

thanks so much! love the podcast even though you make my TBR pile teeter with all the books I add after hearing of them from you.


2. I just binge watched Twin Peaks and loved it. I'm a sucker for small town drama with mystical elements, and was wondering if you guys had any book recs similar to that. I found some lists online that were mainly comprised of thrillers like Gone Girl, which isn't really my thing. Somebody recommended American Gods to me, and I can see why. I've already read it, and liked it very much, but don't feel like rereading it. Any other suggestions?
(Note: I've already read everything written by Neil Gaiman)


3. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I am seeking book recommendations for my mom who recently retired from a career in early childhood care. As she has not been able to dive into books without crayon marks in years and is unsure of where to start looking, I would like to offer her a number of suggestions from multiple areas -- short stories and fast-paced novels are especially welcome. She is not into horror or science fiction, but she's happy to try other genres.

Thank you so much!


4. Hi ladies,

My boyfriend and I met online and immediately bonded over our shared love of books. We've spent countless weekends lounging around reading together in silence. He recently brought up the idea of reading books together and I am 1000% on board. My problem is: how do we choose? I have a 1000+ book "To Read" list on Goodreads and follow all the BookRiot podcasts; he loves to just wander into bookstores and pick up whatever catches his eye. We both enjoy sci-fi and fantasy but my tastes skew a bit more to the side of literary fiction (favorite book: The Sparrow) and he is inclined towards more epic, action-packed adventures (favorite book: anything from the Dark Tower series). I also love nonfiction, which he has never really gotten into despite his love of documentaries.

Do you have any recommendations for books that will satisfy us both? I'm thinking something by Terry Prachett or Neil Gaiman would be a good start but would love some more ideas.

Thank you!


5. Hi Ladies!

One of my favorite books of all time is We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Also just recently I discovered the Flavia de Luce series and I'm enjoying it very much. My favorite aspect is that these books focus on creepy smart girls. Do you have any more recs that contain creepy smart girls as main characters? I prefer books on audio. Thanks ladies!


6. Hi there!

It seems like a majority of the contemporary novels I've read recently either take place in the Midwest or in New York or feature characters from the Midwest who have moved to New York. I enjoy these books, as they tend to feature multi-dimensional characters with rich stories but I grew up and still live in the DC/Maryland area and I would love to read a novel that takes place around here. The only thing is that I don't want to read a DC novel that features politicians or bureaucrats or political intrigue. The only one I know of so far is The Known World so anything else that you can recommend would be greatly appreciated!



7. Having had a challenging time with my mental health at the beginning of the year, I have really struggled to get back into the physical act of reading (although have still been buying books, oops). I find audiobooks and podcasts easy to follow as it tends to be my focus that slips. However due to the pile of physical books I own, I am looking for some gateway easy to read books to get back into being a reader and not just a listener. I typically prefer fiction over non-fiction but like a wide range of genres and am willing to give anything a go (although I don't typically enjoy pure romance outside of YA). I do generally lean toward thrillers and mysteries, but think maybe the typically darker subject matter is part of the problem. Any recommendations would be great. Thank you very much for the podcast, your enthusiasm about the books you talk about has really encouraged and ignited my desire to start reading again.



Provenance by Ann Leckie

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Kraken by China Miéville

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (trigger warning: rape, suicide)

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

Song Yet Sung by James McBride

A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal (Kitty Weeks #1)

The Quiche of Death by MC Beaton (Agatha Raisin #1)

Oct 4, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss their favorite small press and translated titles in this week's special 100th episode of Get Booked!

This episode is sponsored by Because I Was a Girl, edited by Melissa de la Cruz, and 27 Hours by Tristina Wright from Entangled Teen.


Get Booked Bingo Card - enjoy!

Guillotine Press

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House), translated by Elisabeth Jaquette

Citizen by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)

Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre (Akashic), translated by Kaiama L Glover

All In by Simona Ahrnstedt, translated by Tara Chace

Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct Press)

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky (Europa), translated by Tim Mohr

Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz (NYRB)

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated Megan McDowell

Border by Kapka Kassabova (Graywolf)

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez (Deep Vellum), translated Elizabeth Breyer - trigger warnings

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books)

Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo (Restless Books), translated Allison M. Charette

Sep 26, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss gothic novels, short stories, LGBTQ+ YA, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Lit Chat, Second Acts by Teri Emory, and A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess.




1. Hi Amanda & Jenn
I wanted to say I love your podcast. You guys are awesome. I'm going on vacation to Rome this fall and I was hoping to read some novels between then and now to give me a feel for the city. I'm looking for fiction, historical or not (just not Ancient Rome), where the city plays a prominent role. I'm not really into mysteries or really super dark, heavy stuff ie The Vegetarian. (Although I did enjoy that one, but I'm good on dark for a while) Other than that, I'm open to whatever you can recommend. Thanks.


2. Hello! Ideally I'd like these books before Oct. 2017 so I can read for Halloween, but that isn't super critical.

When I was in middle school, I went through a phase of loving ghost stories. You know the ones--plucky middle school kid moves into a creepy old house on the East Coast, meets a benevolent ghost, solves the mystery of their murder so they can move into the Great Beyond. I especially loved Mary Downing Hahn. I was also inspired by the recent (as of 7/12/17) post about Bruce Coville's series to load up some books on my Thrift Books wishlist, but I'm interested in the same style of story aimed at adults. Nothing horrifying, but a bit of a thrill is ok. I'm not necessarily looking for the same formula, just the same atmosphere and ghost-iness. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much!


3. Hello, I am hoping to give my sister a book of short stories for Christmas. She is new to reading for pleasure and she asks me if I can recommend her something but it’s difficult when she and I are not sure what she likes. I know she doesn't like zombie/horror (like) stories/books. Is there something with different genres, maybe this will help her find what she does or doesn't like. Thank you so much, you guys have a great day :)


4. I'm taking a train trip from San Diego to Portland in October to visit Powell's as part of my 30th birthday celebration (I turned 30 in July, but I bought the trip as a gift to myself). Since this is a special trip, I'd love to pick up a few new books that I can cherish as well. I'd love for these to be the type of books that become favorites.

I'm mostly into Fantasy and Science Fiction, and I really enjoy YA. I love a good story based in mythology or a good fairy tale retelling. I've also been getting into mystery/suspense/thriller and horror lately and would love a good terrifying horror story (apparently I'm hard to scare on the page). I do enjoy the occasional contemporary/literary fiction as well. I could do without love/romance (as long as it doesn't take over the story or the story has other strong elements or is just really good). I would also love to include diversity in my picks.

Books I love or have really enjoyed include: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, American Gods, A Head Full of Ghosts, The Kingkiller Chronicles, The Book Thief, Queens of Geek, The Library of Fates, Ready Player One, Ramona Blue, and The Mermaid's Sister.


5. Hey Y'all!

My name is Sabrina and the last few years of my life have been pretty rough. To make a long, traumatic story short, I had been going through an ongoing custody battle with my son's father, had an extremely difficult pregnancy that ended with my sweet baby in NICU (she's healthy and happy now), dealt with other family issues as well as my own internal ones. Nevertheless, I received my Bachelor's degree in English and Women's Studies and am now in grad school. Although things have gotten better, I still have this overwhelming feeling of exhaustion and anxiety but above all, I feel inadequate. I'm a brown woman, the first in my family to graduate with a bachelors, let alone get into grad school. I have 3 kiddos whom I adore and I just really want to read something that will help me to believe everything will get better. That someone else has been through the things I have and that I am worthy of my place in grad school. I am worthy of my place in the world.

I read Tiny Beautiful Things and loved it. I would love any recommendations of books with a woman of color main character and something not toooooo long because grad school.

Bonus if the main character is a mom/writer herself.


6. Hi! I’m trying to complete the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, and I’m having trouble finding books for some of the categories. One in particular has me stumped: read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

I actually love YA, so you would think this would be easy for me, but I’m having trouble figuring out which authors identify as LGBTQ+ (Sexual orientation isn’t always printed on the “About the Author” page, or even the author’s website, so how would I find this info?).

Some YA books I’ve liked recently are: When Dimple Met Rishi, Saints and Misfits, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Something In Between

Thanks for your help!


7. Dear Amanda and Jenn,

Thank you for continuing to give new and specialized recs week after week! I'm searching for suggestions to send to my friend who is in the US Marine Corps and deployed to the Middle East for an extended period. He doesn't get a lot of down time, but likes to read and obviously didn't get to bring many books along. The book/books need to be short-ish, since I'll be sending it/them via air mail. He enjoys Kerouac and Hemingway. Maybe something with a sense of humor? Any good, intriguing story/memoir/essay collection that will lift his spirits but not be too heavy. Nothing political, but it could be fiction or non-fiction. He is super into all kinds of music (he used to be a DJ) so bonus points if you can think of something related to that. He also loves to travel and studies several languages... it seemed like a broad request at first so I'm trying to give you a sense of his interests to help you narrow down your picks :)

Thanks so much for your help!




An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda, trans William Weaver

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love by Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

In the Country by Mia Alvar

Best American Short Stories 2016

The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

Tender by Sofia Samatar

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Dreadnought by April Daniels

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Let’s Talk About Love (33 ⅓) by Carl Wilson

Sep 20, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss creepy reads, social justice ammunition, witchy reads, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust, Lit Chat from Book Riot and Abrams Noterie, and Brain Rules for Aging Well by John Medina.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.



1. Hi,

I'm getting married in November after a short engagement but I've already noticed that my fiancé and my mutual male friends have seemingly gone from referring to me by my name to calling me 'his bird' or 'his woman' (f* that s*).

Any recommendations on books about maintaining your identity as a real human being after marriage? As a wise woman told me recently, "the only downside to getting married is that you become someone's wife".



2. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I have a travel request. I'm going to Valencia, Spain this fall to visit a friend, and know very little about the region. My favorite way to get to know a new city is through historical fiction. Do you have any recommendations of historical fiction set in or near Valencia?



3. I am in the process of ending a relationship of almost twenty years and I am trying to adjust to the idea of living on my own for the first time since my early twenties (I just turned 40). I am looking for books that might help me sort out my feelings about this process. Fiction or non-fiction is fine. I already have All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg on my TBR pile. I don't have kids and don't want them but stories that include kids are okay as long as the main focus is on the the adult. Thanks in advance.


4. Hi ladies! We are looking for book recommendations for our co-worker and friend Emily. Her birthday is on October 11th and she is a huge fan of your show (she is the one who introduced each of us to it as well) and of all things books. She loves to read pretty much everything and anything. We would like to get her a book or two for her birthday and would love some recommendations. She really enjoys horror, true crime, mystery, and literary classics. Some books she has recently read and enjoyed are Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Insomnia by Stephen King, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (The three of us are planning on reading Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt per your recommendation from a previous episode, and are very excited by the way). Anything you could recommend would be great! Thanks in advance for your help!
--Mallory and Jessica


5. Hey,

Initially, I was asking for more books on race by #ownvoices because it's coming up in my classes so often, which are predominately white (and I am as well).

What I'm now looking for is maybe some kind of history, memoir/biography, sociological study, really anything, that would be helpful in verbal combat with someone who is essentially the devil's advocate in a comment section, but believes in what he's saying. I know I won't change his mind but I'd like to have history and facts under my belt to help verbally kick his ass and destroy him.

This MRA-dude, in a previous class, considered Janie sticking up for herself in Their Eyes Were Watching God 'terribly emasculating' for her husband and an awful thing to do to him. He is also *so sad* by our professor criticizing our country and most of our class agreeing with her (because apparently that's worse than Nazis - I made the mistake of creeping him on Facebook.)

I own (but still need to read) They Can't Kill Us All, Rest in Power, and Warriors Don't Cry. I have read 12 Years a Slave, March Trilogy, Between the World and Me, and am anticipating We Were Eight Years in Power. I was originally thinking more along the lines of slavery and civil rights narratives, but now I think a better tactic would be to learn about the history of fascism and the constant fight for social justice.

Any help is much appreciated, especially since he's not *technically* a Nazi and I can't just punch him during class.

I love the show and have almost made my way through the all of the episodes!



6. This is a bit of a time sensitive request...One of my best friends has been married just over a year, and has recently found out that her husband wants a divorce. I really want to send her a book to help distract her... Any recommendations? She likes thrillers and YA fantasy. Bonus points if there's a strong feminist and/ or life will go on message.


7. I'm looking for some good Witch/female awesome themed books to get in the mood for fall and Halloween. I loved "The Discovery of Witches," "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and "The Night Circus." I'd prefer something in the fantasy realm but am really open to anything I can drink with some hot apple cider! Thank you!


Books Discussed

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown

The Poem of The Cid by Anonymous

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

Fen by Daisy Johnson

White Rage by Carol Anderson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed (trigger warning for everything, basically)

The Djinn Falls in Love, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sep 14, 2017

Jenn and guest Eric Smith discuss all things young adult in this week's episode of Get Booked!

This episode is sponsored by Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson, The Golden House by Salman Rushdie, and A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas.



1. I have a feeling you guys are going to look down on me for this, but one of my favorite things to read about is rich people (mainly teenagers and young adults) and their problems. I'm not really sure why, but I really like that. I think I like looking at worlds that are supposed to be 'perfect' and glimpsing into all the terrible things going on beneath the surface. The Secret History for example, is my favorite book of all time, and I think that encapsulates what I love perfectly. Intellectual (and snooty), pretty rich kids, with LOTS of issues (and murder!). I tried reading We Were Liars, and I didn't dislike it, but I just forgot about it and never finished it. Sometimes I have that problem with YA fiction, I can never say what I don't like about a lot of the books, but I just can't make myself finish them a lot of the time.


2. Hi there!

I am currently obsessing over the TV show "How To Get Away With Murder" and I was wondering if you had book recommendations for fans of the show? I'm particularly interested / looking for a book that has a diverse set of characters, smart/academic poc adults or young adults (of different ethnic backgrounds, sexualities, etc.) who share a professional and personal relationship. It doesn't have to be murder related, but maybe a cool plot that brings them all together.
Thanks and keep doing whatcha doing, love this podcast! :)


3. I am in a YA book club for adults. I've loved many of the "1st in a series" books we've read, but the number of sequels on our TBR lists keep adding up as we move onto other selections. Can you recommend some stand-alone YA books for the group? We've already read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Ready Player One, We Were Liars, Paper Towns, and Imaginary Girls. Bonus points for male main character or POV. Thanks!


4. I'm looking for YA recommendations for my 13-year old daughter who is dealing with an anxiety disorder. She is a good reader with a strong feminist bent, and likes well-written realistic fiction with quirky characters. So many YA novels seem to deal with pretty heavy subjects, (suicide, a sibling or parent's death, dystopian futures, etc.) and those are not great for her right now. Favorite authors have included Rainbow Rowell and Jandy Nelson. Recently she has read Everything, Everything and Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda and enjoyed them both. Any suggestions? Thanks!


5. Dear Jenn and Amanda,
My younger sister (12) has never been much of a reader, and I've recently decided I wanted to try and find her some books to help her get into reading. She's read and loved Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events when she was younger. Recently I gave her my old copy of Inkheart and she absolutely loved it. She's reading the sequel right now, but when she finishes the series I'd love to have some books to recommend her right after, while she's still in the spirit of reading.
I feel like 12 is a weird age because your not quite old enough for YA and a little too old for middle grade, and when I was her age I was reading Dickens. So as you can see I'm way out of my element here, as I don't think giving Dickens to a reluctant reader is a good idea.
Please please please help!


6. I'm in my mid-twenties and read a lot of YA fiction. I tend to struggle with adult fiction as I feel I can't relate to some of the characters. I'm always looking for books with characters closer to my age, though they seem to be few and far between. I've enjoyed books with characters in this age range such as Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (I love all her books), The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I'd like to start branching out into more adult fiction. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


7. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I am working on my Master's in Education and am currently in a class about students of diverse backgrounds.
You Book Riot ladies and Jeff must live in my head because every discussion the class has about how to make the curriculum more inclusive or your classroom more welcoming to all people, I always say, "Have books about people who are like them in your room". I know you all understand the importance of showing kids that people like them did or are doing cool or important things so they believe that they can too. I plan to teach high school biology and I was wondering if you could give me some recommendations for books about biologists who are not already part of the science cannon a.k.a. the rich, white, sometimes Christian men. I am not 100% sure on the grade level I will be teaching and may teach 7th grade life science, so a mix of middle level, YA, and adult would be nice.

Thank you so much for helping me to add to my TBR list and I look forward to hearing your recommendations.



8. I have a friend with a 12-year-old daughter who fell in love with shapeshifter fantasy after reading Twilight. In her quest to find more shapeshifter novels (with a little romance), she's ventured into some territory that's a little more adult than her mom is comfortable with.

Can you recommend any YA shapeshifter novels for her? I read a lot of YA, but haven't read many that fit the bill. Another friend recommended Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but I'm sure there are others out there.




The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker

Warcross by Marie Lu

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

The New Guy by Amy Spalding

Want by Cindy Pon

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Terrier by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper)

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock

Headstrong by Rachel Swaby

Relativity by Cristin Bishara

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Sep 6, 2017

Amanda and Jenn discuss books with gods, weird sci-fi, believable relationships, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Swing Time by Zadie Smith, published by Penguin Books, and A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, published by Counterpoint Press.




1. Hello!
A couple of days ago was the celebration of India’s independence from the UK. I want to know if there are some books of historical fiction or nonfiction that talk more about the India and Pakistan conflict. I also like other genres besides romantic and erotica (I know some of them have historical fiction but not interested).
If it is a nonfiction book I would not like it very heavy or too long. The only book related with this topic was the Biography of Malala.


2. Hello!

My mom and I have started a book club made up of just the two of us to help us reconnect now that I'm an adult and haven't lived at home for years. So far it's been going really well, but lately I've been trying to introduce more diverse books into our reading list. I already have some ideas, but I'd love suggestions for books with LGBT characters. I can't seem to come up with anything that she might enjoy that isn't either tragic (I'm so sick of the 'bury your gays' trope) or a coming out story. I would love something where the character(s) is most definitely queer, but it isn't about them coming out.

I tend to lean towards scifi/fantasy and YA, so most of the books I know that fit my criteria are in that genre, but my mom is more of a literary fiction and mystery fan, and doesn't tend to like fantasy (she's also really not into most YA). I'm more than willing to branch out and read other genres - I like a bit of everything! Looking more for fiction than for nonfiction.

Thanks! I'd appreciate any suggestions!

-- Jordyn


3. Hi Ladies!

I love listening to your podcast and am always looking for new things to read. American Gods has been on my mind lately due to the new TV show. I loved that book and was wondering if you have any other suggestions for books with Gods involved, preferably a fiction read. I would also love suggestions on books involving portals (portal sci fi/fantasy) if you happen to include a bonus recommendation.

Thank you!


4.  I am working on a series for my Booktube channel, That's What She Read, where I do a video where I talk about four books from every state. So far the easiest states have been California, NY, Michigan. I was wondering if you guys could recommend books set in places I'm having a hard time with- North or South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska or Hawaii? Thank you so much! Love the show!!


5. I've recently been on a huge sci-fi kick inspired by Yoon Ha Lee, my new favorite author. But I've gone through everything in that vein I could find, and I need more. So I'm coming to the experts. Conservation of Shadows, Ninefox, and Raven hit all of my buttons: super weird but awesome world building, gross, hive-minds, and a mathematical tilt. It's only missing time travel! Since I've been on this kick I've also gone through: Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Six Wakes, The Rook Series, Seveneves, The Expanse Series, and The Themis Files (in rough order of preference, but I quite enjoyed all of them). I tried but didn't like IQ84 and The Three Body Problem. But since I finished The Themis Files I've been having trouble finding more books in this category. I'm young-ish so there might be some older sci-fi that I'm missing (though I have read Dune/Ender's Game/Harlan Ellison).

So lay it on me. Give me your weirdest, grossest, most ridiculous, most confusing, most convoluted, most unusual sci-fi. Bonus points for hive minds, cyborg or AI characters, time travel, mathematicians, and female/poc protagonists.


6. Hi guys, I've recently realized that amid all of my social justice, politics reading, and incredibly dark litfic reading, I've kind of lost any hope that romance and love are real/can exist without one of the participants dying horribly.

I just read Anne of Green Gables (for the first time ever!) and I am completely in love with Gilbert and Anne's relationship, most especially because it emphasizes their equality of mind. (Though I think Anne is just that little bit smarter ;) )

I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of some books with relationships. Most of the books I've read (especially the YA) seem to be confused on the difference between love and mild stalking, so I could really use your help.

Some of the books with relationships I liked have been: Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (in the middle of it), Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, and Howl's Moving Castle. I also like how the show Steven Universe handles relationships/love. Basically I'm looking for romance that's both sweet/adorable, and also realistic.

Books I didn't like: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwaub, Divergent/every Divergent knockoff.

I'm not necessarily looking for "romance books," but more just books that have relationships that a real self-respecting human might actually want to be a part of, while still providing a good story.
Thanks, love the show!!
--Anne with an E


7. I am reading Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 and enjoying it, although it is different from my usual reads. I am curious as to what other books like it you might recommend - books that address climate change and a changed world.


Books Discussed

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Books About Partition by Female Authors

The Great Partition by Yasmin Khan

Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai

The Dime by Kathleen Kent

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Maddaddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake)

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Trigger warning: torture, tons of varieties of violence against basically everyone)

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