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For our April Unabridged Book Club episode and discussion, we talk about Samira Ahmed's near-future YA literature novel, Internment (which was also our buddy read on Instagram in March!), and we make connections to other works including Mark Oshiro’s Anger Is a Gift, George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, and Nic Stone’s Dear Martin. We end the episode by discussing some things that are helping us cope during this challenging time for our Give Me One. Join us all month on social media as we continue this discussion about Ahmed's Internment!

Timeline

Intro and Bookish Check In: 00:00 - 06:45

Book Club Discussion: 06:45 - 29:52

Give Me One: 40:00 - end

 

Bookish Check In

Ashley - Gary Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars

Jen - Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years

Sara - Sarah Dunn’s The Arrangement

 

Our Pairings

Ashley - Mark Oshiro’s Anger Is a Gift

Jen - George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy

Sara - Nic Stone’s Dear Martin

 

Give Me One - One Thing Helping Us Cope

Ashley - Cincinnati Zoo Safari Live Events (on their Facebook page and on their YouTube channel) and spending time outside

Jen - Lego Masters show

Sara - FaceTime with family

 

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In this episode, we consider books that we'd recommend to students as great choices to read independently. As the world around us has drastically changed and continues changing, we decided on this topic and talked about some of our favorites, including R. J. Palacio's Wonder, Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, Nicola Yoon's books, and anything by Jason Reynolds, as well as some other favorites. We focus our discussion on books we think students can access without teacher support and on books that are not extremely heavy but leave the reader with a sense of hope. (We shared our long list on our Bookish Faves post this past Monday.) Be sure to let us know ones you'd recommend on the comments here or on our Instagram posts.

 

Our Recommendations
R. J. Palacio’s Wonder
Jason Reynolds’s Track series or When I Was the Greatest (or any of his other works) (Ep 34)
Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl
Cece Bell’s El Deafo
Raina Telgemeier’s Drama and Guts
Julie Murphy's Dumplin’  (Ep 63 about the book & Ep 64 about the adaptation)
David Yoon’s Frankly in Love
 
Other Mentions
Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry
R. J. Palacio’s Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories (including The Julian Chapter), White Bird: A Wonder Story
Click here to view the discussion between Jason Reynolds and Laurie Halse Anderson from Virginia Festival of the Book 2019
 
Give Me One - Something that Makes Us Happy
Jen - flowering trees and spring
Sara - red wine
Ashley - roller coasters
 
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In this episode, we had the wonderful experience of interviewing Whitney Conard from The Unread Shelf. She joins us for our bookish check-in (we're big Camille Pagán fans!), shares the origin story of The Unread Shelf Project, and offers tips to help all of us pare down those burdensome stacks of unread books. We round out our discussion with our "Give Me One" segment, talking about our favorite teas.

Bookish Check In

Jen - Camille Pagán’s Forever Is the Worst Long Time (on audio; narrator Timothy Andrés Pabon)

Sara - Knox McCoy’s All Things Reconsidered

Ashley - Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test

Whitney - Camille Pagán's This Won’t End Well

 

Other Mentions

The Popcast

Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Persephone Books

The Little Free Library program

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Anne Cleeves - The Long Call

The Unread Shelf

Whitney's Email Course

Whitney's Post about Bookish App Recommendations

Join Whitney on this Journey - # theunreadsshelf + the year

Anne Bogel's podcast What Should I Read Next? - The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf

Madeline with Top Shelf Text on Instagram

 

Whitney's Top Tips for Your Unread Shelves

Count your unread books

Put all of the unread books in one place

Prioritize the top reads for you

Figure out your barriers and figure out how to overcome them

JUST READ!

 

Give Me One - Favorite Teas

Sara - Harney & Sons’ Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea (Black Tea with Orange and Sweet Clove), Herbal Element tea company

Ashley - Chai (Equal Exchange Organic Chai, 20-Count - Pack of 3)

Jen - Peppermint tea when sick

Whitney's recommendations - Irish Breakfast or Assam blend for coffee drinkers, Simpson and Vail tea company's author line (especially Jane Austen blend), Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice

 

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In this episode, we have fun discussing Anne Bogel's Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life and its application to our lives. Although we don't go in depth about her other books, I'd Rather Be Reading and Reading People , we enjoyed reading and discussing those way back in episode 43.

 

Bookish Check In

Sara - Jessica Simpson’s Open Book
Ashley - Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See
 
Other Mentions
 
Anne Bogel's Reading People
Our episode about Anne Bogel's other two books
 
Give Me One - Favorite Distraction
 
Ashley - Calm app / Cute animal videos
Jen - Romance novels (check out Jen's post of romance faves!)
 
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For our March Unabridged Book Club discussion, we're focusing on Kevin Wilson's excellent Nothing to See Here (which was also a Book of the Month pick!). Listen to catch up with what we're reading now and to hear why we chose to pair books like Ninth House, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and Young Jane Young with Wilson's novel. Finally, we're thinking about movies from our childhood in our Give Me One segment.

Timeline

Bookish Check In: 00:00 - 05:40
Book Club Discussion: 05:45 - 33:46
Our Pairings: 33:47 - 47:25
Give Me One: 47:25 - end
 
Bookish Check In
Jen - Pierce Brown's Dark Age (Red Rising Book 5)
Ashley - Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl
Sara - Megan Angelo's Followers
 
Our Pairings
Ashley - Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Jen - Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House
Sara - Gabrielle Zevin's Young Jane Young
 
Give Me One - Movie from Childhood
 
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In this episode, we're discussing the benefits of using Read Alikes within book clubs and within the classroom. We touch on some of our favorite YA lit books, such as Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, as well as classics like Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. We talk about strategies for making read alikes work and ways to manage the difficulties in order to reap the rewards of exploring a variety of books centering around one theme.

Bookish Check In

Jen - Jojo Moyes’s The Giver of Stars

Sara - Axton Betz-Hamilton’s The Less People Know about Us

Ashley - Brittney Morris’s Slay
 
Books Mentioned
Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
 
Give Me One - Best Books for Book Club Discussions
Jen - Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Sara - Ruth Wariner’s The Sound of Gravel, Tara Westover’s Educated, Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Ashley - John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down, Bryn Greenwood’s The Reckless Oath We Made
 
Resources - Check out our Teachers Pay Teachers materials
 
 
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In this episode, we focus on classroom teachers and talk directly about how and why we incorporated Young Adult literature into our classrooms. We talk about series we saw our students loving like Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, and Veronica Roth's Divergent, and we talk about seeing our students fall in love with books. From classics like S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders to A.S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants, we talk about using YA lit in our classes and also the role we think it can play more generally within the classroom setting.

Bookish Check In

Sara - Axton Betz-Hamilton's The Less People Know about Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

Ashley - Mark Oshiro's Anger Is a Gift

Jen - Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett's A House in the Sky: A Memoir (@readwithtoni buddy read)

 
Other Mentions
Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders
Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games series
David Baldacci's Wish You Well
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Stephanie Meyers's The Twilight Saga
Katherine Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved
R. J. Palacio's Wonder
Elie Wiesel's Night
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre
 
Give Me One - A YA Lit Favorite
Ashley - Emily X. R. Pan's The Astonishing Color of After
Jen - Alix E. Harrow's The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Sara - John Green's Turtles All the Way Down
 
 
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In our 2020 Love Is in the Air episode, we're talking all things romance. In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite romance novels, including Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over, Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue, and David Yoon’s Frankly in Love just to name a few. While we have varying degrees of expertise in this genre, we all have some recommendations to share with you!
 
Jen's Picks
Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series; Book 1 - A Princess in Theory
 
Ashley's Picks
Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue
Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely
 
Sara's Picks
David Yoon’s Frankly in Love
Elin Hildebrand’s The Blue Bistro
 
Give Me One - Favorite Romantic Getaway or Date Night
Jen - movie marathon, trip to NY
Ashley - breweries downtown and local restaurants (Boboko, Cuban Burger, Food Bar Food, Pale Fire Brewing, Three Notch'd, Brothers Craft Brewing)
Sara - Dinner and a show at home, trips to local vineyards
 
Other Mentions
 
 
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In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Bryn Greenwood's The Reckless Oath We Made. We discuss our overall impressions, what worked and didn't for us in the novel, and some memorable quotations, before getting into our pairings, including Peter Heller’s The Painter, Tracey Garvis Grave’s The Girl He Used to Know, and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer. We also share our thoughts on whether this is a keeper for us and how much bookish love we each give it.

 

Timeline

Introduction and Bookish Check Ins: 0:00 - 4:50

Main Discussion: 4:51 - 41:10

Our Pairings: 41:10 - 48:30

Bookish Love: 48:31 - 51:36

Give Me One: 51:37 - end

 
Bookish Check In
Jen - John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany; buddy read with @readwithtoni on Instagram
Sara - Paul Pen's The Light of the Fireflies (see Episode 35, Books We Don't Recommend but are Dying to Discuss!)
Ashley - Madeline Miller's Circe
 
Our Pairings
Sara - Tracey Garvis Grave’s The Girl He Used to Know
Jen - Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer
Ashley - Peter Heller’s The Painter
 
Give Me One - A brand/ item/ place to which we're loyal
Jen - Apple products
Ashley - Wild Wolf Blonde Hunny beer
 
Other Mentions
Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles
 
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In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we are sharing about a favorite topic of ours, seasonal reads. We discuss some favorite reads that revolve around winter in some way, including Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray, and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

 

Our Recommendations

Ashley -

Fredrik Backman’s Beartown

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

 

Sara -

Megan Collins’s The Winter Sister

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child

 

Jen -

Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray

George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series

 

Other Mentions

Ruta Sepetys's Salt to the Sea

American Gods - the TV series

The 100 - the TV series

Game of Thrones series

Modern Mrs. Darcy - Anne Bogel's blog

What Should I Read Next - Anne Bogel's podcast

 

Give Me One - Favorite Cold Weather Activity or Drink

Ashley - sledding and hot chocolate

Sara - visiting a local vineyard

Jen - making snow cream

 

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