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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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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
 
 
Other Mentions
 
# 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
Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive
*Listen to Jen’s comments about this one on our “All About the Journey” episode
 
Jen's Picks
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
 
Sara’s Picks
Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years - March 3, 2020
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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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!

 

timeline

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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