Archive for March 2020

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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