Archive for February 2020

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
 
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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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