Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.61: Summer Book Preview and Katie Heaney’s Dear Emma

Happy Hump Day to you all, beloved listeners! It’s time for another seasonal book preview (the most wonderful four times of the year) (except for Christmas, Christmas is still the actual most wonderful time). Whiskey Jenny and I also answer some listener mail, update you on what we’re reading, and review the fluffy, fun Dear Emma, by Katie Heaney. 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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What We’re Reading

City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
The Summer before the War, Helen Simonson (see also: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand)
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (excerpt) (excerpt) (excerpt)
The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig

Bullet to the Head, Matz, Colin Wilson
Total Chaos, Jean-Claude Izzo
Have Mercy on Us All, Fred Vargas

Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery (here’s the link about the new TV show!)

Spring Books

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
The Passenger, Lisa Lutz
Ear to the Ground, David Ulin and Paul Kolsby
The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater
The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan
Marriage Material, Sathnam Sanghera
Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

Summer Books

Shrill, Lindy West (May, Hachette)
June, Miranda Beverley-Whittemore (May, Crown)
Places No One Knows, Brenna Yovanoff (May, Delacorte)
Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo (May, Knopf)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (May, Red Hook)
Barkskins, Annie Proulx (June, Scribner)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith (June, Nation Books)
City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin (May, Ballantine)
The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward (August, Scribner)

Dear Emma, Katie Heaney

Nobody asked for this, but here are some advice columns I enjoy. Note that these links do not imply my cosign on any of the people’s specific advice. I just enjoy reading these columns a lot.

Dear Prudence advice column (Mallory Ortberg)
Carolyn Hax
Savage Love
Captain Awkward

Father’s Day, Simon Van Booy (he grew up in England and Wales incidentally) (and here is his New York Times wedding announcement)

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

  • Alex (Sleepless Reader)

    1) Loving the theme song!
    2) Curious: which Jenny commented on the Henry VIII post?
    3) I’m a city-tourist as well AND not anti-dolphin!
    4) Anne of Green Gables – HUGE potential for ruining my childhood…

  • Hello! I am both new to book blogging and new to Reading The End but I just wanted to say I love your podcast! Looking forward to reading/hearing more 🙂

  • Christy

    I feel like this new Anne of Green Gables can’t possibly be worse than that third Anne movie they made, which was set in WWI. That was awful and I usually pretend like it doesn’t exist.

  • I hope you are enjoying City on Fire!