Amanda Nelson is the Managing Editor of Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, and a co-host of the Get Booked podcast and the Book Riot Podcast.
This week on the Handsell, Jenn recommends Physical Disobedience by Sarah Hays Coomer. This episode is sponsored by Norton Young Readers, publishers of Bearmouth, by Liz Hyder, winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize for Older Readers. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.See for privacy information.
Amanda and Jenn discuss graphic novels for kids, wanderlust reads, grown characters in fantasy, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The History of Literature – A Podcast, Traitor by Amanda McCrina with Fierce Reads, and Flatiron Books, publisher of The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search if God in America by Jeff Chu, Unclobber by Colby Martin, and One Coin Found (rec’d by Amy) Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate by Justin Lee (rec’d by Jessica)   Questions 1. I’m trying to read books from all around the world, and I’ve found books from most areas. One area I’m having trouble with, though, is Eastern Europe. I don’t want to get bogged down reading books from a hundred or more years ago, and would prefer more modern works. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!-Erin 2. My nine year old daughter does not like to read most fiction or non-fiction books at all.  The only thing she enjoys are graphic novels; she has also recently gotten into anime.  Her favorites are Spirited Away (movie and graphic novels), and the Click series; she also enjoyed the first Sanity & Tallulah book.  Any recs you have to keep this flame going would be appreciated! -Lee 3. Hey guys! Hope you’re both doing well and staying safe during these crazy times. I apologize in advance for being so, so cheesy, but I’m desperate, sorry. With the pandemic STILL going on, I haven’t been able to see my girlfriend in ages and honestly I just need some reads to remind me of her, even if it does make me miss her even more. I’m not very versed in romance, so I have no idea where to start. I’m looking for w/w romances that are very sweet, without much angst or conflict, but with some steaminess. I’d particularly like for the love interest to be a shy/sweet/cinnamon role type of character.  -Celina 4. I realized that reading picture books to my four year old is the best part of my day every day now, and I’m leaning in to this. I’m maxing out my library checkouts and just using this time to read every book I ever wanted to to her. I’d like to recommend that everyone even non parents check out some picture books soon, as it’s often a satisfying mood changer for me. Please recommend lovely picture books for us listeners. -Brooke 5. Hi friends,As we continue to shelter-in-place my wanderlust is reaching peak levels… which is not aided by the end of a two-year relationship (with a fellow travel lover). I am feeling strongly about some sort of less-cliche version of an “Eat Pray Love” adventure to plan after quarantine as my 40th year approaches. I loved Nichol’s “No One Tells You This,” — would be interested in either a memoir or perhaps epic fiction with female protagonist. Epic, literary fiction set abroad that I’ve enjoyed include: Shantaram, A Fine Balance, House at the Edge of the Night, Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan….  Countries of interest include Italy (art history major here! but please no Cusk or Ferrante) or really, anywhere. Appreciate y’all! -Christine 6. Do you have any recommendations of fantasy novels that have older (30s-40s) female protagonists? Something like Blackthorn and Grim series by Juliet Marillier. -RV 5. Hi, I recently discovered this podcast and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for the great work! Shoutout to your “How to Be Yourself” recommendation – I read it and thought it was so helpful. I recently finished A Little Life, and I am kind of at a loss for what to read next. I was especially moved by how well I felt the author followed the characters across their lives and the general theme of tracing prior events and their ramifications across time. Do you have recommendations of fiction or non-fiction books that similarly capture these themes? I’d prefer one where the “across time” is happening in more recent years (similar to A Little Life) rather than far back in history although open to anything  Thanks! -EV Books Discussed Border by Kapka Kassabova The Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian, rec’d by Aram Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari, Keisuke Sato, Trigger The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite Things Hoped For by Chencia C. Higgins Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illus. by Max Lang The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Travels With Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn The Wolf of Oren–Yaro by KS Villoso Tea With the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer The Magical Language of Others by EJ Koh (tw: suicidal thoughts and attempts, disordered eating, domestic violence, sexual assault, depression)See for privacy information.
This week on the Handsell, Amanda recommends The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This episode is sponsored by Size Zero by Abigail Mangin. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.See for privacy information.
Amanda and Jenn discuss memoirs by trans men, audiobooks for kids, some fantasy and dystopia, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The History of Literature – A Podcast, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, and Care/of. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Practical Magic trilogy by Alice Hoffman and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (rec’d by Sibyl) The Harwood Spellbook series by Stephanie Burgis, starting with Snowspelled (rec’d by Laura) Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (rec’d by Jennifer) Changing Our Mind by David Gushee (rec’d by Jessica) Questions 1. I’m at the point in my Gender Journey(™) where I think I need to read some books by trans men that talk about the experience of being a trans man! Either memoirs or OwnVoices fiction would be cool. Especially interested in hearing from men who only figured out they were trans as adults and maybe identified as lesbian before that? Thanks! -Someone 2. Hello! I am looking for a fantasy novel where the protagonist is not a young adult. As I creep into my 40’s, I’m finding it harder and harder to relate to the tortured 20-something who has to overcome their Extra Traumatic Past to fully harness their power (here’s looking at you, Trail of Lightning, City of Brass, The Space Between Worlds…) I’d really love a book where the main character is confident in his or her abilities and already has a strong sense of self and good connection to others. Captain Vimes from the Discworld Series and many of Alice Hoffman’s characters fit the bill, but I haven’t found anything recently that has rung my bell. I love Naomi Novik, Jeff Vandermeer,  and NK Jemisin and am a fan of classic fantasy, urban fantasy, and weird fiction. -Brenna 3. Looking for newer fantasy or dystopian titles with male protagonist.  As a librarian, I’ve been finding it difficult to find newer titles for young readers, specifically male readers, transitioning out of Juvie reads into YA reads.  I’m often asked for read-a-likes for fantasy and/or dystopian titles with male protagonist, and I’m finding my “go to” titles are aging off of the shelves.  Specifically being asked about read-a-likes for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Maze Runner, and The Brotherband Chronicles.  My “go to” titles were The Chronicles of Nick, Bartimaeus trilogy, and the Alex Rider series. I can find titles with female leads with no problem, but this doesn’t always appeal to younger male readers (they still want to ‘see themselves’ when they read.)  Is there anything you can recommend published within the past 2 years or so that can fill this void?  -James 4. I needed something to look forward to and am planning the trip to NYC I’ve always wanted to take. (Not sure when I’ll actually get to take it but imma be ready.) I’ve read so much historical fiction that takes place there, but not so much in modern day. Can you recommend anything that might give me some inspiration of things to see or do there that is closer to the New York I’ll see in the next year or so? -Brooke 5. I have had a little success in getting through working from home while “homeschooling” my 4.5 year old this week with audiobooks.  We have listened to the first two Ramona books by Beverly Cleary two times each!  What are some other chapter books where the characters are four or five years old that we can try?  I want to keep this crafting while audiobooking up and ditch the YouTube marathons we were resorting to.  Thanks so much! -Brooke 6. Hello! I have an oddly specific request. Lately I’ve really been into the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I’m looking for similar books: voice-y YA books in diary form where there is a disaster/war/other Big Problem and a group of teens are walking through the wilderness while trying to survive. I realize that’s incredibly specific but I’ll take as many of those elements as you can find in one book! I care a lot about the characters and relationships, and I’m looking for settings that feel pretty realistic – so, not a dystopia with lots of sci-fi or magical elements. I am open to historical fiction. (I have already read and loved Code Name Verity.) I’d like to avoid books with domestic abuse or sexual assault as a major plotline. Thank you!!! -Emily 7. This is specific but I’m looking for pregnancy books that are informative but also not just heterosexualy focused? Or out of date with ideals of women’s bodies and rights. Does that make sense? My partner and I are going to start trying for children soon via ICI and I have no idea where to start with pregnancy information. -Debra Books Discussed Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortbery / Daniel M. Lavery Sorted by Jackson Bird Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee (tw: child molestation, mugging, transphobia, PTSD & disassociation) Soulless by Gail Carriger The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall Want by Cindy Pon Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi Hey YA Episode: On YA “Boy Books” And Driving In The Midwest The City We Became by NK Jemisin Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (When No One Is Watching) Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace  Dear Martin by Nic Stone  A Boy And His Dog at the End of the World by CA Fletcher (cw: reference to suicide, harm to animals, reference to rape, use of gender reveal as a plot point) Like a Mother by Angela Garbes From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris (rec’d by Jaime)See for privacy information.
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