Archive for December 2019

The hosts of Unabridged once again gathered to reflect on our year of reading and to choose some of our favorites. While Jen (as is typical) wanted to talk about all the books, Sara and Ashley did a much better job reining it in. Check out the episode to hear us talk about The Song of AchillesGood Talk, and The Heart's Invisible Furies. We revisit favorites from the podcast and share some of our favorite books for kids.

We'd love to know about your favorites of the year! Head over to social media to boost your picks.

 

Our Individual Awards

Jen 

*​Best Reinterpretation of a Classic - Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles 

*Most Tear-Jerking YA Novel - Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay  

 

Ashley

*Poignant, Hilarious, and Brilliant Graphic Memoir with a One-of-a-Kind Style - Mira Jacob’s Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

*Gripping Story that’s All about Sports, Except that It’s Really All about Life - Fredrik Backman’s Beartown

 

Sara

*​Best Non-fiction that Reads like a Thriller - Nick Bilton’s American KingpinThe Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

*Best Book of My Year and on My Top 5 of All Time - John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies

 

Children's and Young Adult Books

*Ashley - Most Affirming Story about Accepting Oneself - Grace Byers’s I Am Enough, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo 

*Sara - Best Graphic Novel I Have Read and Also Got to Meet the Author - Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey Kiddo

*Jen - Best Series to Re-read - J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series

 

Not My Cup of Tea

*Ashley - Alafair Burke’s The Ex

*Jen - Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway

*Sara - Stephanie Land’s Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

 

Favorite Book from the Podcast

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

*Jen - Ibi Zoboi's Pride

*Sara - Beth Macy's Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

 

Give Me One - A Fact People Might Be Surprised to Know about Us

*Jen - studied biology and loves science

*Sara - has an MBA and used to work in banking

*Ashley - was a white water rafting guide

Other Mentions

*Anne Bogel's What Should I Read Next? podcast

 

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In this special holiday episode, we're wrapping up 2019 with 3 recent favorites. Stay tuned next week for our 2019 Unabridged Awards!

How would you wrap up YOUR year? What are some of your 2019 favorites? Let us know on social media!

 

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Click the episode title to access show notes:

*Introduction (0:00 - 2:01)

*Episode 87, "Get to Know the Hosts" (002:10 - 28:00)

*Episode 86, "Favorite Audiobooks" (28:10 - 50:11)

*Episode 91, "Book and Song Pairings" (50:22 - 72:13)

*Give Me One (72:23 - end)

 

give me one - favorite pizza topping

*Ashley - Bacon

*Jen - Ham and Pineapple

*Sara - Extra Cheese

 

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The Unabridged debate over what makes a holiday movie gets a little contentious as Jen and Sara face off (primarily) about Love Actually. Poor Ashley serves as moderator (sorry, Ashley!).

What do YOU think makes a Christmas movie? Does it have to be ABOUT Christmas, or is it enough to be set during the holiday season? Let us know what you think @unabridgedpod!

 

movie mentions

*Love Actually

*Elf

*Christmas with the Kranks

*Deck the Halls

*Jingle All the Way

*Notting Hill

*The Polar Express

*The Family Stone

*Christmas Shoes

 

other mentions

*The Popcast 

*The Atlantic articles on Love Actually 

--> ​From 2004 - The Movie Review: 'Love Actually'

--> From 2013 - I Will Not Be Ashamed of Loving Love Actually / Love Actually Is the Least Romantic Film of All Time / Love Actually: Still Awful

 

give me one - a toy you loved when you were a kid

*Jen's pick - Barbies (organized by name and age) 

*Sara's pick - Roller Skates

*Ashley's pick - my teddy bear Fuzzy

 

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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!

 

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*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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