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Charlie joins Brookes to dissect this Goodreads Best Romance 2020 nominee. A tale of friendship and expectations, this is definitely a book you won’t be able to put down.
Brookes chats with book club member Carly, about her FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This 2016 best seller is set in Chicago and will blow your mind. Let’s get into it.
The first book in an acclaimed four-part fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a true escape to a magical fairyland.  Maggie joins Brookes to hash out the sexy details and argue over which High Fae is hottest.
Brookes recommends her Top 10 Books of 2020 to fill out your 2021 reading wish list. Recommended reads include: Dear Edward by (previously recommended in Season 2, Episode 6), The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and The Book of Longings. 
Published in 2008, this collection of satirical David Sedaris essays, all loosely holiday themed, may not have aged well. Beth joins Brookes to discuss the stories, starting with his most famous essay about his time as a department store Elf, Santaland Diaries.
This very special bonus episode is a year-in review list of our 12 FAVORITE books the year! The book club comes together to reflect on the best books they read in 2020. It’s a super fun list of inspiring books, books you can’t put down, books that teach you stuff, books that help you escape and more - we’ve got something for everyone!
Books with Brookes member Carrie joins Brookes as we broaden our horizons discussing this gorgeous, heartbreaking book set in Nigeria. 
Children’s book author, JD Hyman, joins Brookes to chat self-publishing, inspiration and the challenges and rewards of being a writer.
Books with Brookes member Emily joins Brookes so they can scare each other with this spooky southern story featuring monsters in the woods. 
Broadway actor and horror genre enthusiast, John Rapson, convinces Brookes (and you) that scary books are beautiful and you should read them, especially this October. Plus, book recommendations! October 2020 Books with Brookes pick is Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman. Read along and listen in!
Erica joins Brookes for our monthly book talk on the #metoo movement murder mystery, Whisper Network, that took book clubs by storm in 2019.
Carrie and Nick join Brookes virtually for a socially-distanced monthly book talk on the legal thriller that established the genre and launched the career of a legend: The Firm by John Grisham.
What a world. An update on Books with Brookes Pandemic Book Club plus information on our March book, The Firm by John Grisham. Reading is a healthy escape from this madness. Let’s read together!
Charlie joins Brookes for our monthly book talk on the “new adult” political romance, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. We cried, we laughed, we played “hot or not.”
Laura joins Brookes to hash out the answers to some of life's biggest questions for January's book talk on The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. If someone could tell you the day that you’ll die… would you want to know? Discuss.
In this minisode, Brookes reveals the February 2020 book club book! Why she picked it, interesting tidbits, and a read of the back cover. No spoilers! Read along and listen in.
Bi-coastal Books with Brookes member, Laura Nedbal, joins the podcast to discuss heartbreak, travel and aging gracefully in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
Derek is back on the podcast with Brookes to talk southern writing, the sounds and smells of the holidays, and our love of great prose about dogs.
Carrie and Nick join Brookes to talk spies, world wars, love, courage and bravery in this best-selling historical fiction read for November, The Alice Network.
Brookes discusses what constitutes a “strong female character” in fiction and recommends a few books that feature them. Great holiday gift ideas. No spoilers!
Minisode about our December 2019 book! Why I picked it, interesting tidbits, author information and a read of the back cover. No spoilers! 
Chelsea and Tucker join Brookes for a divisive book talk of this intimate 2017 Ann Patchett release about cause and effect, responsibility and familial relationships. Listen in and draw your own conclusions.
Dane Huckelbridge, author of our July book, Castle of Water, calls Brookes from Paris to talk all things writing, reading and running low on contact lenses.
Tucker and Beth join Brookes for a spooky discussion of horror hero Stephen King’s classic story, The Shining. Happy almost-Halloween!
Derek joins Brookes to discuss this perfect spooky season Halloween read, If We Were Villains. The students at the fictional Dellecher Shakespeare Conservatory present many moral and philosophical quandaries, over which we must mull.
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Created by
Press Play Podcasts, Chase Smith
Podcast Status
Aug 6th, 2019
Latest Episode
Feb 26th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
40 minutes

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