Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 93: 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Sorry this is so late! I somehow completely blanked on running final filters on our podcast last night, even though it was completely edited and ready to go, so it had to wait until this evening. HAPPY HOLIDAYS ANYWAY, and I hope that those of you who wrote to use via our Holiday Gift Guide can get a few ideas from amongst our many recommendations. You can listen using the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Our Own Personal Gift Guides

Gin Jenny: Eyeglasses chain from Leslie’s Lanyards on Etsy

Whiskey Jenny: Litographs temporary tattoos

Gin Jenny: Black Sails on DVD (greatest show of our time)

Whiskey Jenny: P. much anything from Out of Print

Gin Jenny: Milk Makeup Ubame mascara

Whiskey Jenny: some kind of local CSA!

Gin Jenny: About: Blanks notebooks

Whiskey Jenny: Adorable salt and pepper shakers like these boat ones

Gin Jenny: Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey

Whiskey Jenny: Tombow markers

Holiday Gift Guide Recs

Claire’s dad

In the Woods (first in Dublin Murder Squad series), by Tana French
Fearless Jones series by Walter Mosley
The Bat (first in Harry Hole series), by Jo Nesbo
Sea of Poppies (first in Ibis Trilogy), by Amitav Ghosh
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Ellen’s older daughter

The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Ray Bradbury short stories
The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

Ellen’s younger daughter

Mars Evacuees, Sophia MacDougall
Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
Greenglass House, Kate Milford
Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
Cinder, Marissa Meyer

Ellen herself!

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty
The Passage, Justin Cronin
Sorcery and Cecelia, Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede

Glynis’s husband

A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers
Fandom for Robots,” A GIFT BUT NOT THE KIND YOU CAN WRAP by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt


Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
You’re Welcome, Universe, Whitney Gardner
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sunbolt and Memories of Ash Intisar Khanani
A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl

Caroline’s mum

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (first of the Mary Russell mysteries), Laurie King
Lost Among the Living, Simone St. James
Crocodile on the Sandbank (first of the Amelia Peabody series), Elizabeth Peters
The Strangler Vine, M.J. Carter
The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, John le Carré

Erica’s partner’s mother

Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Vanessa and Her Sister, Priya Parmar

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

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

  • Ellen

    Thank you for doing all three of us!

  • I’ve heard the Emily Wilson translation is terrific. And I used to wear eyeglass chains, but people kept coming up to me to ask me questions – I guess I looked like a librarian or a reference book or something. I still love them but only in theory.

  • You have given me some very dangerous links. Probably best that I didn’t discover this until after Christmas, except that now I can buy everyone gifts for next year. (Who am I kidding? I just want them all for myself!)(Definitely getting the Jane Eyre tattoos!)