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Amanda and Jenn discuss complicated relationships, summer books, shocking twists and more on this week’s episode of Get Booked.

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Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall (received by Mel)

Alexis Hall’s Prosperity Series (Jenn can’t believe she forgot!)

Questions

1. I just finished Sorrow and Bliss and A Very Nice Girl and absolutely loved them both. I’m looking for more books about complex romantic relationships like these two. While I prefer to read books about characters who are around my age (26). I enjoyed Sorrow and Bliss despite the protagonist being older because the story was told mostly through memories of her younger self. I really fell in love with the characters from Sorrow and Bliss and I hope to find another book where I can fall in love again. (don’t recommend sally rooney either as i’ve read all of her books before and loved them. so if you’ve thought of her you’re on the right track.)

-Emilie

2. I’m so excited that summer is almost here! I usually have at least one summer bestseller that I read by the pool. I loved Summer of ’69 and Malibu Raising. I have a few Elin Hilderbrand books on my list and I’m looking forward to Taylor Jenkins Reed’s new book. Can you give me a great summer read that you think should have been a bestseller, but flew under the radar? I love water, so please sit by the ocean or in a pool. Join my list of good reads. I look forward to hearing your choices.

Thank you!!

-Jessica

3. My mom, sister, and I have been trying to start a book club for months, but we’re struggling to find a book we all like. While my sister loves horror books, thrillers, and puzzling books like Piranesi, my mom prefers books that aren’t too hard to digest and lend themselves to bedtime reading. I’m about in the middle, but not a huge horror fan. Also, for what it’s worth, my mom is about to retire while my sister and I are going to start residencies in endodontics and internal medicine, so maybe a book about starting a new trip would be good? Thanks for the show!

-Karine

4. I really like books that involve people adjusting to living in a new or foreign culture. Not necessarily as the main subject of the book, but as an undercurrent that feeds the story. Recent books that I have read and enjoyed are ‘In the Language of Miracles’ by Rajia Hassib and ‘Interpreter of Diseases’ by Jhumpa Lahiri. Both did a great job immersing me in a new culture and making me see life as an American from a different perspective. What else can you suggest?

-Bethany

5. I love books with a huge twist at the end that makes you want to immediately go back to the beginning and figure out how the author pulled it off. Can you recommend your favorites that match these criteria? Some of my favorites are Liar, Liar, The Gentleman and the Players, And Then There Were None, (all Agatha Christie actually), The Other Typist, Code Name Verity, several books by Sarah Waters, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being single we have to talk about Kevin, never let me go and leftovers from the day

-Emilie

6. Hello Amanda and Jenn!

I am looking for audiobooks to share with my spouse. I’m a prolific reader, not so much him but we spend our time in the car with an audiobook.

Books that top our two lists include Bird Box, The Bear by Claire Cameron, Joyland by S. King, and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (that is, until we learned of its appropriation culture, no need to talk about it). The books he liked and I didn’t so much were The Orenda (Boyden again), The Son by Philipp Meyer and The North Water by Ian McGuire. Some of my favorites are The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Another Brooklyn by J. Woodson. Other books at the top of our list are The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant, The Call of the Wild by J. London, In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park and of course The Martian. We are about to end with Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

If you recommend horror or blood and guts, do it with a light hand. No romance please. It’s longer than expected. Many thanks!

-Anonymous

7. Hey guys! Long time listener, first time seeker here. I just finished the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and I’m INTENSEly hungover. I’ve picked up several things since then and nothing has tickled my imagination – I fear the dreaded reading crisis. I want to read something else like what I just finished. Can you help ? What I liked about these books: 1) the construction of a fantastic/fairy world was there; 2) unpredictable twists; 3) super sexy and steamy love scenes!

Thanks guys!

-Megan

Books discussed

Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli (domestic violence)

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich (cw: alcohol abuse)

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (cw: anxiety)

The Lucy Foley Guest List (Extreme Bullying)

The Old Woman with a Knife by Gu Byeong-Mo with Chi-Young Kim (cw: harm to women and children, death of an animal)

Janice YK Lee’s Expats

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (cw: dead animals, hurt children)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (cw: so much body horror and gore)

Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar (cw: harm to children, sexual assault)

The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black (The Cruel Prince)

A publication! Books like a court of thorns and roses

Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series (cw: drug use, coercion, probably stuff I don’t remember)

James C. Tibbs