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In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we have so much fun talking with Mariely Sylvette Martinez of PodQueens Latinas about underrated books and series. She joins us for our Bookish Check-in, and then we chat about what it means to be underrated and why some great books and authors don't seem to get as much buzz as others. Finally, we end with our Give Me One segment and recommend some podcasts that we're enjoying right now.

Bookish Check In

Ashley - Mindy McGinnis's A Madness So Discreet
Jen - Kel Kade's Fate of the Fallen
Sara - Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible

Mariely - Dr. Mayra Llado's Run Your Race: A Guide to Making Your Impossibles Possible

 

Our Underrated Books and Authors

 

Ashley - Laini Taylor

*Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

*Strange the Dreamer duology

*Faeries of Dreamdark duology - Blackbringer

 

Jen - Lauren Oliver

*Before I Fall

*Delirium

*Panic

 
Sara - Beth Vrabel's Caleb and Kit
 

 

Give Me One - Podcast

Ashley - NPR's Life Kit

 

Other Mentions

Marie Lu's Rebel
Talia Hibbert's Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Cassandra Clare - City of Bones
George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire series
Rhonda Byrnes's The Secret

 

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In this Unabridged podcast book club episode, we're discussing Emily Henry's Beach Read. We have a great discussion and pair this one with some other great reads, including Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes, Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering, and Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Beach Read is a contemporary romance that balances witty banter with more serious themes.

 

Bookish Check In

Ashley - Jacqueline Woodson’s Harbor Me

Jen - Jennifer S. Cohen’s Falling Forward

Sara - Elizabeth L. Cline’s The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

 

Book Pairings

Ashley - Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes - episode

Jen - Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering

Sara - Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

 

Mentioned in Episode

Dressember Summer Book Club

Sally Thorne's The Hating Game

Green Valley Book Fair

Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight

Brandy Ferner's Adult Conversation - episode

Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles

Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Bookish Ladies Club

 
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2020 Reading Challenge Check In

On this Unabridged episode, we consider where we are with our reading goals for the year, including how we're doing on the reading challenges we each selected back in January. We talk about the The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge with @annebogel, Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot, and the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge from @novelknight along with The Unread Shelf Project 2020 with @theunreadshelf.

 

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Laura Hankin’s Happy & You Know It - Sara's review will be published on Friday!
Jen - Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women

Sara - Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

 

Our Reading Challenges

Jen - Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot → a little more than half

Ashley - The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge with @annebogel

 
Give Me One - Beach or Pool?
 

Other Mentions

@readwithtoni on Instagram and our episode with her
Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf
@definitelyra on Instagram and our episode with her
@laylafsaad on Instagram
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Marilynne Robinson’s novels (Gilead, Housekeeping, Jack, Lila, Home)
George M Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue

Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi

 
 
 
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In this Unabridged Podcast discussion, we recommend some books by Black authors that we think would be a great fit in the classroom. We talk about recommendations for Kid Lit, Middle Grade, and YA Lit, and we touch on books by several of our favorite authors, including Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, and Ibi Zoboi.

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Anna Solomon’s The Book of V

Sara - Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi

 

Our Recommendations

-Kid Lit
*Quvenzhané Wallis’s A Night Out with Mama
*Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
 
-Middle Grade
*Jerry Craft’s New Kid
*Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and Harbor Me

 

-YA Lit

*Ibi Zoboi's American Street and Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix

*Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together

 

Give Me One - Movie to Watch with Your Kids

Ashley - Shrek series

Jen - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sara - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

 

Other Mentions

Nic Stone's works, including Dear Martin, Odd One Out, Jackpot, Clean Getaway, Shuri
Kwame Alexander's works, including the Crossover series (including The Crossover, Booked, Rebound), Solo, and Swing
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X
Angie Thomas's On the Come Up
Angie Thomas's Concrete Rose (January 2021)
Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying
Jacqueline Woodson's The Day You Begin
Jason Reynolds's Miles Morales: Spider-Man

 

 
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In this bonus episode, we wanted to share a re-release of an episode highlighting three novels by Jason Reynolds, one of our favorite Black authors for young people and for the classroom.

We tried to go very light on the spoilers in this episode, but a few minor spoilers were hard to avoid as we revealed what we loved about these books.
 

Timeline

Introduction and Summary of the Book: 00:00 - 02:08
Long Way Down: 02:09-14:55
Ghost: 14:56-25:03

Classroom Connections: 41:04-44:53

 

Mentioned in Episode

Jason Reynolds's As Brave as You
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys
Jason Reynolds's Track series

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

 
 
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In light of the unjust loss of Black lives in America and of the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to share an episode from 2018 where, for our book club, we discussed one of our most favorite YA literature books for the classroom, Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. In the episode, we discuss the novel and share pairings including Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine, Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, and Nic Stone's Dear Martin. ​

 

Note: We read a few passages from the text of the novel that include strong language.
 
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book!
 

Book Pairings

Jen - Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine
Sara - Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Ashley - Nic Stone's Dear Martin

 

Books Mentioned in Classroom Connections

Jason Reynolds's Long Way Down
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys

 

Other Works Mentioned

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Jason Reynolds's books

 
 
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A Message about Today’s Episode

Today, we are sharing a message about our decision to postpone the regularly scheduled book club episode.

 

Resources Mentioned

Episode 41, about Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

Episode 45, about the film adaptation of The Hate U Give

 

Note: We will be editing these two episodes and re-releasing them next week.

 

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In this Unabridged Podcast interview episode, we had a wonderful time discussing all things parenting and partners with Brandy Ferner. We read her novel Adult Conversation, which just released on May 5th, and we all felt that the depiction of motherhood with all of its dark humor and relentlessness resonated so much with our experiences.

 
Bookish Check In

Ashley - Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible

Jen - Marie Lu’s Rebel
Sara - Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Brandy - Glennon Doyle’s Untamed

 

Mentioned in Episode

Judy Brady Syfer’s “I Want a Wife
Instagram’s @readwithtoni
The Office

 

Give Me One - Reality TV Recs

Ashley - The Great British Bake Off

Jen - Survivor, Nailed It, So You Think You Can Dance, Next Top Model
Sara - The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, The Challenge, Top Chef, Real World, Road Rules

Brandy - Vanderpump Rules, Cameo website, The Bachelor, The Bachelor in Paradise, Too Hot to Handle

 
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We're so excited to share a preview of "Is There Anything Newer?" an episode of Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library. This is a short excerpt from our conversation with Jill Hames, director of the James L. Hamner Public Library and host of Connections.
 
Also, watch for our Bookish Fave at unabridgedpod.com with recommendations for even more middle-grade reads.
 

Books Mentioned

Gary Paulsen's HatchetBrian's Winter (complete Hatchet series)

Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy)

Clare Vanderpool's Navigating Early

Veronica Roth's Divergent (the Divergent series)

 
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In this week's episode of Unabridged, Ashley, Jen, and Sara talk with Toni about the power of developing an online bookish community. Toni--who posts @readwithtoni--shares her own bookstagram journey, what she loves about buddy reads, and the books (like Homegoing and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things) that have resulted in some great conversations. We also each share some great, bookstagram-made-me-do-it reads.

 

Bookish Check In

Ashley - Lyssa Kay Adams’s The Bromance Book Club
Jen - Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke and Key series / book 1

Toni - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's The Mountains Sing

 

Mentioned in Episode

Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing
Min Jin Lee's Pachinko
Fatima Farheen Mirza's A Place for Us
Bryn Greenwood's The Reckless Oath We Made

@marianne.reads on Instagram

 

Give Me One - Book You've Found Because of Instagram

Sara - Lisa Lutz’s The Swallows
Ashley - Miranda Popkey’s Topics of Conversation (Book of the Month in general)
Toni - Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Jen - Mikel Jollett’s Hollywood Park

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