Archive for June 2020

2020 Reading Challenge Check In

On this Unabridged episode, we consider where we are with our reading goals for the year, including how we're doing on the reading challenges we each selected back in January. We talk about the The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge with @annebogel, Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot, and the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge from @novelknight along with The Unread Shelf Project 2020 with @theunreadshelf.

 

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Laura Hankin’s Happy & You Know It - Sara's review will be published on Friday!
Jen - Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women

Sara - Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

 

Our Reading Challenges

Jen - Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot → a little more than half

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

 
Give Me One - Beach or Pool?
 

Other Mentions

@readwithtoni on Instagram and our episode with her
Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf
@definitelyra on Instagram and our episode with her
@laylafsaad on Instagram
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Marilynne Robinson’s novels (Gilead, Housekeeping, Jack, Lila, Home)
George M Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue

Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi

 
 
 
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In this Unabridged Podcast discussion, we recommend some books by Black authors that we think would be a great fit in the classroom. We talk about recommendations for Kid Lit, Middle Grade, and YA Lit, and we touch on books by several of our favorite authors, including Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, and Ibi Zoboi.

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Anna Solomon’s The Book of V

Sara - Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi

 

Our Recommendations

-Kid Lit
*Quvenzhané Wallis’s A Night Out with Mama
*Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
 
-Middle Grade
*Jerry Craft’s New Kid
*Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and Harbor Me

 

-YA Lit

*Ibi Zoboi's American Street and Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix

*Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together

 

Give Me One - Movie to Watch with Your Kids

Ashley - Shrek series

Jen - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sara - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

 

Other Mentions

Nic Stone's works, including Dear Martin, Odd One Out, Jackpot, Clean Getaway, Shuri
Kwame Alexander's works, including the Crossover series (including The Crossover, Booked, Rebound), Solo, and Swing
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X
Angie Thomas's On the Come Up
Angie Thomas's Concrete Rose (January 2021)
Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying
Jacqueline Woodson's The Day You Begin
Jason Reynolds's Miles Morales: Spider-Man

 

 
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In this bonus episode, we wanted to share a re-release of an episode highlighting three novels by Jason Reynolds, one of our favorite Black authors for young people and for the classroom.

We tried to go very light on the spoilers in this episode, but a few minor spoilers were hard to avoid as we revealed what we loved about these books.
 

Timeline

Introduction and Summary of the Book: 00:00 - 02:08
Long Way Down: 02:09-14:55
Ghost: 14:56-25:03

Classroom Connections: 41:04-44:53

 

Mentioned in Episode

Jason Reynolds's As Brave as You
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys
Jason Reynolds's Track series

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

 
 
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In light of the unjust loss of Black lives in America and of the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to share an episode from 2018 where, for our book club, we discussed one of our most favorite YA literature books for the classroom, Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. In the episode, we discuss the novel and share pairings including Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine, Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, and Nic Stone's Dear Martin. ​

 

Note: We read a few passages from the text of the novel that include strong language.
 
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven't yet read the book!
 

Book Pairings

Jen - Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine
Sara - Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Ashley - Nic Stone's Dear Martin

 

Books Mentioned in Classroom Connections

Jason Reynolds's Long Way Down
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely's All American Boys

 

Other Works Mentioned

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Jason Reynolds's books

 
 
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A Message about Today’s Episode

Today, we are sharing a message about our decision to postpone the regularly scheduled book club episode.

 

Resources Mentioned

Episode 41, about Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

Episode 45, about the film adaptation of The Hate U Give

 

Note: We will be editing these two episodes and re-releasing them next week.

 

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