Archive for May 2019

​Thanks for joining us for our discussion of the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also a Star! We are big fans of Nicola Yoon's work (check out episode 3, when we discussed her book Everything, Everything), so we eagerly anticipated this movie . . . and it's no surprise that we have A LOT of feelings.

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mentioned in episode

*Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also a Star

*The Sun Is Also a Star film

*Crazy Rich Asians book-to-film adaptation episode

*Before Sunrise

 

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In this #unabridgedshort episode, we confess our bookworm problems (with a side of literary sins). These bookworm problems aren't unique to us. Are they? (Please say no!)

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mentioned in episode

*Massanutten Regional Library

*Cassandra Clare's The Dark Artifices series

*Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere


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In this Unabridged Bonus episode, we share our experience with the Gus Bus, a mobile literacy program that also offers this after-school component. We met with two groups, K-2 and 3-5, to talk a little bit about podcasting, share some favorite children's books, and get some great recommendations from the Gus Bus students. 

We loved hearing the students' excitement as they learned about Unabridged, quizzed us about our level of fame, and expressed great enthusiasm about books and reading. To learn more about the Gus Bus program, check out their website.

 

books we read and discussed

*Susan Verde's I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

*Matt de la Peña's Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson

*Jacqueline Woodson's The Day You Begin, illustrated by Rafael López

*Jason Reynolds's Ghost

Gus Bus kids' recommendations

*Jack Chabert's The Locker Ate Lucy

*Dav Pilkey's The Adventures of Captain Underpants

*Dav Pilkey's Dog Man series

*5-Minute Batman Stories

*Steve Jenkins's Actual Size

*Greg Farshtey's Way of the Ninja (first in the Ninjago series)

*​Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate's The Last Kids on Earth

*Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events series (Netflix series)

*Raina Telgemeir's SmileGhosts, and Kristy's Great Idea (first in the new Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels)

*J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series; the first book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

*Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

*Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot's Mrs. Master Is a Disaster

*Paul Tobin's Plants vs. Zombies

*Kimberly Brubaker Bryan's The War that Saved My Life

*Greg Logsted's Alibi Junior High

*Author Chris Van Allsburg (check out his Jumanji)

*Jeff Kinney's The Getaway (from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)


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In this Unabridged Podcast episode, the Unabridged team had an amazing opportunity to interview author and podcaster of The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe about her book Unscripted. Claire describes her debut novel as a "smart beach read."

​Sara, Jen, and Ashley all read Unscripted and were delighted to have an opportunity to discuss the work, her love of The West Wing, and writing in general, with Claire. 

discussion

  • Spoiler-free section: 0:00 - 29:22
  • Spoiler section: 29:22 - 44:26

mentions 

*Libby Page's The Lido

*A. J. Pierce's Dear Mrs. Bird

*Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P

*Martha Alderson's The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

*Martha Alderson's Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

*The West Wing Weekly Podcast

*The Brit Lit Podcast

*The West Wing TV series

*Notting Hill film


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In this #unabridgedshort episode, we recommend books that made us cry--we're talking ugly tears!--but are worth the sorrow that accompanies them. These are favorite books that made us feel all the things. Want a cathartic experience? Pick up one of these brilliantly evocative novels.

We also invite you to share some of your favorite tear jerkers. What books have made you cry but been worth it? Let us know @unabridgedpod!

 

our recommendations

--> Ashley 

*Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

*Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places

 

--> Jen

*Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

*Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner

 

--> Sara 

*John Green's The Fault in Our Stars 

*Rachael Lippincott's Five Feet Apart with  Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis


also mentioned

*Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns

*Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed

*Beth Vrabel's Caleb and Kit


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Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project is our Unabridged Book Club pick this month. In The Rosie Project, professor Don Tillman has embarked on a mission -- his plan is to find a suitable life partner. He decides to create an extensive questionnaire for female candidates to complete and dubs the quest “The Wife Project.” Along comes Rosie Jarman, who is far from suitable according to the questionnaire. However, she and Don get swept up in another joint project, the quest to find her biological father. Drama ensues.

Spoilers are inevitable throughout our Book Club discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book The Rosie Project!

timeline

*Introduction: 00:00 - 01:35

*The Rosie Project: 01:35 - 41:29

*​Book Pairings: 41:39 - 48:31

*Classroom Connections: 48:32 - 53:12

book pairings 

*Ashley - Cory Ann Haydu's OCD Love Story 

*Jen - Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

*Sara - Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient 

other mentions 

*Daniel Tammet’s Born on A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

*Monica Wood's The One-in-a-Million Boy (Listen to our episode here!)

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