Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.5: Elizabeth Peters, Emma Approved, Summer Reading, and Snow Falling on Cedars

Late but not forgotten! The demographically similar Jennys belatedly post our podcast! (We really are sorry, we won’t let it happen again.) This week we’re talking about the death of Elizabeth Peters, the new series by the good folks behind The Lizzie Bennett Diaries (a show we absolutely cannot shut up about), summer reading and assigned reading more generally, and David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository). You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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If you want to skip around, here are the contents of the podcast:

Starting at 1:56: Sad news. We are all sad to have lost Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels, aka Elizabeth Peters. She died on 8 August, and I was crushed. The Amelia Peabody series is one of my favorite series of books in all the land.

Starting at 3:22: The announcement of the new webseries by Bernie Su and Hank Green enchants us! The series will be an adaptation of Emma called Emma Approved, with a premiere date TBD. Here is where Bernie Su answers some questions about Emma Approved, if you are interested. We discuss some pitfalls of adapting Emma and rave about the best Emma adaptation to date, Clueless.

Starting at 9:01: We had a listener question, hooray! What is one school reading book you have never read? We answer this and then get into the question of assigned reading and how we feel about it. For this segment we have with us Special Guest Star and Producer Randon. Note that Whiskey Jenny and I are generally in favor of assigned reading on account of how we are great big nerds.

Starting at 14:12: I swear to God this is a thing! Someone find this for me! Googling made it hard because it brought up all stuff like Treasure Island. I READ THIS STORY SOMEWHERE AND I AM CONFIDENT IT IS TRUE. Children would not become insane monsters if shipwrecked on an island. Hush up William Golding.

Starting at 31:55: Whiskey Jenny and I discuss Snow Falling on Cedars, the book we both read for this podcast.

36:32 – 38:58 and 48:32 – 45:00: Spoilery sections of the Snow Falling on Cedars discussion! I tried to avoid them but in the end I could not.

Starting at 45:01: We recommend a book for next time! We cannot wait to talk about it!

Starting at 51:55: Closing remarks and outro.

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  • Lord of the Flies would ABSOLUTELY happen. #GoldingWasRight

    • Gin Jenny

      You are mistaken and insane.

  • I’m so excited for Emma Approved. I loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

    • Gin Jenny

      Me too me too!

  • I’m going to start saying “wack-a-do”. 😉

    • Gin Jenny

      You should because it’s really fun to say.

    • Whiskey Jenny

      I also enjoy “wack-a-doodle.” Which I think someone on Project Runway said a lot?

  • !!!!!! Somehow I’d missed the news about Emma Approved! SQUEEEEEEEEEE. Although I agree that Emma is tricky, because how could a modern adaptation possibly live up to Clueless?

    • Gin Jenny

      Right? It sounds like it will be GREAT.

  • No more comfort books from the grand and glorious Ms. Peters – crushing. For years and years, my reward for enduring the chaotic beginning of the school year was a hard copy of Elizabeth Peters’s new book…and now, never again. *sad*

    Thank God for up-and-coming young authors who will hopefully outlive me! Looking forward to Marisha Pessl’s new work – t sounds amazing.

    • Gin Jenny

      It’s a lot of fun, although it’s not really on the Elizabeth Peters comfort book scale.

  • I am so happy about Emma being selected (though of course I was hoping for Persuasion :P) I do think Emma would work well but might also turn awkward in some ways: there’s so much interaction outside the “home” being addressed in the book.

    Lovely to hear your voices as always 🙂

    • Gin Jenny

      I expected they’d do Persuasion, honestly! Persuasion or Sense and Sensibility, I thought.

  • anna

    RANDON! I would have you know that on ships, eating each other when crashed was the accepted practice, and in fact, there were rules about who was eaten first: the cabin boy, because he did not have family to support. So your truth bomb is no good.

    • Gin Jenny

      HA. Thank you. Word.

  • I read Snow Falling on Cedars in high school not long after it was released. I don’t remember much, except that I wanted to like it but I don’t think I really did, mostly because of the main character. I do remember being surprised by the sexytimes because my reading up until that point had been very sheltered in that regard. I think it’s not long into the novel and there’s just a random sex scene in the shower.

    • Gin Jenny

      Yep, same here. It was interesting but it wasn’t my favorite ever.

  • I loved the Amelia Peabody books. I devoured them in high school — they hit all of my teenage reading buttons. I’m sad Barbara Mertz is gone. I’m also excited about Emma Approved — I think it’s going to be fun to see how they do that one differently from Lizzie Bennet.

  • Sooo excited for “Emma Approved”! Are you watching the Sanditon series? It’s not as good as LBD, but it’s cute enough that I’m still watching it.

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