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Unabridged is back with more unpopular opinions! For our second Unpopular Opinion Alert, we take on Where the Crawdad SingsVerity, and The Female Persuasion.

What books did everyone else love that you . . . well, that you don't? Head over to our social media to share your opinion in a safe space. Move past YOUR trepidation to let us know what you REALLY think. And let us know what you think about our unpopular opinions, too.

 

works mentioned

*Ashley's Pick - Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion

*Jen's Pick - Colleen Hoover’s Verity

*Sara's Pick - Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing

 

give me one: Instagram accounts to follow

*Sara's pick: NYC Book Girl

*Ashley's pick: We Love Big Books and We Cannot Lie

*Jen's pick: Bookish Ladies Club

--> @reading_mom.me

--> @kb.reads19

--> @jessicasbookjourney

--> @the_reading_bee

--> @bradeighgodfrey

--> @musingwithmeirys

--> @chill_jilland_read

 

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Friends, for our Unabridged Book Club book this month, we're reading Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's epistolary novel Last Christmas in Paris. This book, set predominantly during World War I, unveils the relationships of two characters, Evie and Tom, through the letters they write to each other and to friends and family. Through the lens of their very personal letters, readers also gain an understanding of other concerns of the time, including the growing role of women in Great Britain, concerns of journalism in telling the truth and supporting patriotism, mental health of soldiers, and (of course!) finding love and companionship in the midst of war. ​It's a novel of friendship, of fraternity, and of passion, set over the course of years.

Join us on social media this month to share your thoughts about Gaynor and Webb's novel!

 

timeline

*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 38:03

*Book Pairings: 38:04 - 43:34

*Classroom Connections43:35 - 45:18

*Give Me One: 45:20 - 47:45

 

book pairings

*Ashley - Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea

*Jen - Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network

*Sara - Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See

 

other mentions

*Alice Walker's The Color Purple

*Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons 

*The Hamilton Soundtrack

 

give me one - musician to try

*Jen's pick - Red Hot Chili Peppers

*Sara's pick - Maroon 5

*Ashley's pick - The Chainsmokers

 

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The three of us had an amazing conversation with RuthAnn Deveney about ways that everyone can combat human trafficking every day. We discuss Dressember (find Ashley and Sara on social media to support their Dressember campaigns) and about how to talk to kids of all ages about human trafficking and how to make a difference. We also share an array of book recommendations for all ages, including Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone, Tell Me by Joan Bauer, and Sold ​by Patricia McCormick.

Starting on December 10, join us on Instagram (@unabridgedpod) for our Dressember Auction--you can win a fabulous prize package and join us in combating human trafficking.

 

works and authors mentioned

*Joan Bauer's Tell Me

*Tanya Lee Stone's Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

*Patricia McCormick's Sold

*Dave Eggers's What Can a Citizen Do?

*Innosanto Nagara's A Is for Activist

*Vashti Harrison's Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

*Malala Yousafzai's Malala's Magic Pencil

*Peter H. Reynolds's Say Something

*Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli's Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

*The Doorstone Film Project's "The Candy Shop"

*Aisha Saeed's Amal Unbound

*Shobha Rao's Girls Burn Brighter

*Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis's Slave: My True Story

*Gary Houghan and Victor Boutros's The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

*Cyntoia Brown Long's Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System

 

other mentions

*International Justice Mission

*RuthAnn on Instagram - @definitelyRA

*30 for 30 Remix Challenge (3o items of clothing in 30 days)

 

give me one: magazine picks

*Sara's pick: People

*Ashley's pick: Simplify

*Jen's pick: Real Simple

 

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​It's that time of year again, friends. You know it: the time of year when we are all about finding the perfect gift for the bookworms in your life. We have a great time in this episode talking about some of our favorite bookish shops and items for all your bookworm gift-giving needs!

Listen to find out about book sleeves and headbands and earrings and bookmarks and so much more!

 

featured businesses

*Lyndsey Draws Co. Etsy Shop and Lyndsey's Instagram

*A Hum for Hope - ​Discount Code: UNABRIDGED10

*Mountain Thread Company - ​Discount Code: UNABRIDGED

*Bring Your Own

 

some bookish items we love

*Treat Yo’ Shelf Subscription from $55 (from The Bookshelf, Thomasville, Georgia)

*Snitch Earrings ($20) (from Artsy Heartsy Boutique - Quilled Literary Creations)

*Full Hearts Collection (from Carrot Top Paper Shop)​

 

a few other mentions

*Book Riot's Book Fetish Newsletter

*Bookish Headband from Fablebands ($10.00)

*Bookshop Bookend from Amazon.com ($9.00)

*Knock, Knock Personal Library Kit from Amazon.com ($13.00)

*Personalized Name Bookmark from kraze4paper ($10.00)

*​Custom Picture Bookmark from Sweet Cartolina (from $11.00)

*2018 Bookish Gifts Episode

 

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What do you think of the classics? And, for that matter, how do you define classics? We take on these issues and more in today's episode, discussing the merits of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Zora Neale Hurston, and more.

Listen to the episode, and then join us on social media to let us know where YOU think about this debate.

 

works and authors mentioned

*Jane Austen’s Pride and PrejudiceEmma

*​Charles Dickens’s A Christmas CarolGreat Expectations

*Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

*Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

*Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

*F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

*John Steinbeck's East of Eden

*Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

*Shakespeare’s OthelloHamlet

*James Joyce’s Ulysses

*Clive Cussler (check out Pacific Vortex!)

*Samuel Beckett (here's a collection, Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable)

 

give me one: apps worth trying

*Sara's pick: PicTapGo

*Ashley's pick: Down Dog

*Jen's pick: IMDb

 

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For our November Book Club, we're discussing Maggie O'Farrell's I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, our first Unabridged Readers' Choice pick! This collection of connected essays elicited a different reaction from each of us . . . some of us definitely liked it more than others.

We'd love to know what you think about this memoir. Join us all month on social media to discuss O'Farrell's work.

 

timeline

*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 39:28

*Book Pairings: 39:39 - 46:18

*Classroom Connections46:19 - 50:18

*Give Me One: 50:19 - 52:58

 

book pairings

*Ashley - Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

*Jen - Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped

*Sara - Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge -- Listen to Sara's perspective on this novel in Episode 16, Unpopular Opinion Alert

 

other mentions

*Lorrie Moore's short story collections such as Birds of America, including the short story "How" from her collection Self-Help

*Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again

 

give me one - super hero edition

*Jen's pick - Captain America

*Sara's pick - Wonder Woman

*Ashley's pick - Black Panther

 

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Join us for our 2019 edition of Spooky Stories! ​​We're here again this season to share with you our latest seasonal and spooky favorites. We'll talk the latest books (including Shea Ernshaw's Winterwood, coming out on November 5th... SO GOOD!), and we will share our thoughts about some of the Book of the Month picks from this season (including Alex North's The Whisper Man, Alex Michaelides’s The Silent Patient, and Riley Sager's The Last Time I Lied). 

What are you reading this season? Find us on social media to share your favorites!

 

our spooky picks

 

Jen's Picks

*Alex North’s The Whisper Man

*Jennifer McMahon’s The Invited

 

Ashley's Picks

*Sarah Henning’s The Sea Witch

*​Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood

 

Sara's Picks

*Riley Sager’s The Last Time I Lied

*Alex Michaelides’s The Silent Patient

 

give me one - game edition

*Jen's pick - Exit: The Game (The Abandoned Cabin edition)

*Sara's picks - - Apples to Apples AND Trivial Pursuit: Pop Culture Edition

*Ashley's pick - Code Names

 

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Well, we have failed at reading all of our recommendations for each other, but we had a good time with some confessions, some reflection, and some reviews of how well we know each other. In general, I'd say that we did a pretty good job recommending books for each other . . . and a pretty bad job prioritizing our TBRs.

Join us on social media to share your thoughts about these books, your recommendations for each of us, and your tips for TBR prioritization!

 

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Ashley’s Update

*Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together 

*Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s Fruit of the Drunken Tree

*Hasn't read yet - 

*Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)

*Sujata Massey’s The Widows of Malabar Hill

 

Jen's Update 

*A. Sivandan’s When Memory Dies 

*Knox McCoy’s The Wondering Years

*Louise Penny's Still Life

*Still finishing -

*Don Delillo’s White Noise 

 

Sara's Update 

*Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

*Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss

*Laura Lippman’s Sunburn

*Hasn't read yet - 

*John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies

 

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​​For this short episode of Unabridged, we are talking all about Rainbow Rowell and our love for her books. While we each have unique favorites of her work, we can agree that we are all fans, and there are some things that run through her writing that we enjoy.

​And as Jen says, "Rainbow Rowell is an auto-buy for us!"

 

the hosts' favorites

Ashley’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Carry On

 

Jen’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl

 

Sara’s Pick

*Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park

 

other mentions​

*Rainbow Rowell's Wayward Son

*Rainbow Rowell's Pumpkinheads

*Rainbow Rowell's Attachments

*Rainbow Rowell's Landline

*Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series

 

give me one: one tv show you should watch

*Sara's pick: Justified

*Ashley's pick: The Good Place

*Jen's pick: Fleabag

 

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Our short episode in which we pair two characters from two different books, those literary folks we think might be friends in real life, proved to be more challenging than we anticipated. Fortunately, as friends in real life (ha!), we supported each other, confirming the validity (when we could) of our choices.

Listen to this new short episode, and then let us know what you think: are these friendships viable? what friendships do YOU think might work in real life?

 

Jen’s Match

*Wendy from Claire Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had with Marianne from Sally Rooney’s Normal People

 

Sara’s Match 

*Penny from Shea Ernshea’s The Wicked Deep with Evie from Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch

 

Ashley’s Match

*Leigh from Emily X. R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After with Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

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