Archive for January 2020

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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In this episode, we're facing the new year (and new decade!) and considering our reading lives and goals. We've also each signed up for a different reading challenge including Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge, the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge, and The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge for 2020. We're talking all things goal and resolution-oriented, and we're making grand plans for how our reading lives will look this year. Will they work out? We'll keep you all posted.

 

Our Reading Challenges

 

Jen - Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot

Sara - Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge from @novelknight along with The Unread Shelf Project 2020 with @theunreadshelf

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

 

Other Mentions

 

The Morning News Tournament of Books

Marie Kondo

# 20backlistin2020 on Instagram

 

Give Me One - New Year's Resolutions

 

Jen - Updating the house, clearing out the clutter

Sara - Monitoring consumption

Ashley - Simplifying and focusing on clear goals

 

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In this episode, we're discussing some books we can't wait to read in 2020, including Brigid Kemmerer’s A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, and Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years. We also talk about Sarah J. Maas's works and end our episode talking about some of our favorite places to eat.

 

Ashley’s Picks

Brigid Kemmerer’s A Heart So Fierce and Broken - January 7, 2020

Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive

 
*Listen to Jen’s comments about this one on our “All About the Journey” episode

 

Jen's Picks

Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

Sarah J. Maas’s House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City series) - March 3, 2020

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed’s When Stars Are Scattered - April 14, 2020

*Colby Sharp's tweet

 

Sara’s Picks

Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years - March 3, 2020

Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved

 

Other Mentions

Rebecca Serle’s The Dinner List

Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl

Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1 in series) and Throne of Glass (book 1 in series)

 

Give Me One - Our Favorite Type of Food

Taste of Thai in Harrisonburg

Taj of India in Harrisonburg

Corgan’s Publick House of Harrisonburg

 
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In this Unabridged Book Club (#unabridgedpodbookclub) episode, we discuss Mary Beth Keane's Ask Again, Yes, the amazing multigenerational novel examining two families in a planned community. We make connections to Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies, and Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, and we thoroughly discuss the intricacies of relationships over time and through generations as they are explored in the novel.

 

Timeline

Introduction - 00:00 - 01:35

General Discussion - 01:36- 39:48

Our Pairings - 39:50 - 46:15

Classroom Connections - 46:16 - 49:52

 

Our Pairings

Ashley's pick - Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere

Sara's pick - John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies

 

Jen's pick - Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House

 

 

 

 

Classroom Connections and Other Mentions

 

 

 

 

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

 

 

Children's author Kate DiCamillo on the What Should I Read Next? podcast (episode 213)

 

 

 

 

Give Me One - Favorite Mixed Drink

 

Sara - Amaretto Sour or Mimosa

 

 

Ashley - Negroni

 

 

Jen - Margarita

 

 

 

 

 

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