Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.72: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy holidays, friends! The demographically similar Jennys are here in our last podcast of the year to tell you what to buy your loved ones this holiday season. WE LOVE PRESENTS. 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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Our Own Personal Gift Guides

Whiskey Jenny: Classy af laundry products from The Laundress

Gin Jenny: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in trade paperback

(You can read Ryan North’s Dinosaur Comics here.)

Whiskey Jenny: Adorable bathroom accoutrements. This Umbra Kleenex holder:

And this Melon Boat Q-tip holder:

Gin Jenny: This Kikkerland bed caddy, made of felt:

Whiskey Jenny: Kinetic sand. Here’s a video!

Gin Jenny: Johanna Basford’s Christmas coloring book.

Whiskey Jenny: Commission some fan art! The person she commissioned for her new apartment with Snapple Alex can be found here.

Gin Jenny: Coryographies bookshelf necklaces (on Etsy!).

Whiskey Jenny: Perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Gin Jenny: A cooler bag. Also, packing cubes. EBAGS DOT COM!

this is nice but my one actually is HUGE and I have never regretted having such a huge cooler bag. just FYI. only the other day, my power went out and I put 70% of what was in my fridge and freezer into my cooler bag and hauled it over to put in someone else’s fridge and freezer. my fancy ranch dressing lives to fight another day!

And then we had some v. good recommendations for individuals who asked for help via our holiday gift guide form. WE HOPE THESE HELP YOU but if not please email us for additional assistance.

Tracy

Every Boy’s Got One, Meg Cabot
The Royal We, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray
The Tapestry of Love, Rosy Thornton

Natalia

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck, Sandra Boynton
This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klasson
Wild, Emily Hughes

Erica

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi
The Kings and Queens of Roam, Daniel Wallace
A General Theory of Oblivion, Jose Eduardo Agualusa, translated by Daniel Hahn

Lindsey

The Possessed, Elif Batuman
Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me, Steven Hyden
Juliet Naked, Nick Hornby
Star Island, Carl Hiaasen

Chelsea

The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
The Lives of Tao (et seq.), Wesley Chu
The Quantum Thief (et seq.), Hannu Rajaniemi

Jessica

The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel
HHhH, Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Diana

Boy, Roald Dahl
(also kind of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel)
(he’s probably already read Nation, by Terry Pratchett but just in case)
To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
Lock In or Old Man’s War or Redshirts, John Scalzi

Elizabeth

Riveted or The Kraken King, Meljean Brook
An Inheritance of Ashes, Leah Bobet
The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
Richard Armitage reading the audiobooks of Georgette Heyer

Snapple Alex

Alex’s Father

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
Big Trouble, Dave Barry
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen (which I assume your dad already has!)
something by Stephen Fry, perhaps The Hippopotamus

Alex’s Mother

Tarcutta Wake, Josephine Rowe
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Hand-Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, Matthew Diffee
2016 Best American Magazine Writing

Angelique

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Agent Garbo, Stephen Talty
American Revolutions, Alan Taylor
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer

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).

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

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.71: What We’re Thankful For, and Brit Bennett’s The Mothers

Happy Wednesday, team, and happy early Thanksgiving to all the Americans! This is our sad and subdued post-election podcast in which we nevertheless try to find things to be thankful for. 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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Ask us for our gift book recommendations over at the Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be giving out recs on the podcast that airs on December 14th, so hurry and get your requests in!

Here’s my tweetstorm about how to be a good ally.

What We’re Reading

Tarcutta Wake, Josephine Rowe
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
The Wangs vs. the World, Jade Chang
Multiple Choice, Alejandro Zambra

(but not The Revolutionaries Try Again)

What We’re Thankful For

My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast
“Seriously,” by Sara Bareilles; performed by Leslie Odom, Jr.
the NBC show The Good Place
Writers I’m grateful for: Ijeoma Iluo, Ann Friedman, Gene Demby, Kat Chow, Wesley Morris, Wesley Lowery, Mychal Denzel Smith, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Alexandra Petri (“Five Stages of Trump Grief”)

They Can’t Kill Us All, Wesley Lowery
The Reactionary Mind, Corey Robin
The Power Broker, Robert Caro
13th, dir. Ava DuVernay
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Trump 2.0 Syllabus and Rape Culture Syllabus from Public Books

Watership Down, Richard Adams
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
Gifted, dir. Marc Webb (heartwarming trailer here)
Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

The Mothers, Brit Bennett

After recording the podcast, I found this article where Brit Bennett says she doesn’t want her writing career to be about translating black pain to white audiences. So hey, the thing I liked about this book was a thing she specifically set out to do. Yay!

Additional podcast note: Whiskey Jenny has told me several times that even if she’s dead for five years, it’s not okay by her for me to get with her grieving boyfriend/fiance/husband. We had this discussion when we were watching Arrow together, because I felt that Oliver was being totally unreasonable to object to Laurel dating Tommy. I told Whiskey Jenny she can feel free to get with my person if I have been dead for five years. We differ on this point.

ETA: Mallory Ortberg kind of ruled on this in a recent Dear Prudence column.

(If it helps, I once had a weeks-long, only-sort-of-joking quarrel with a partner about how long each of us should wait for the other if we were lost at sea, so I know the pain of getting suckered into an argument about something that will probably never happen but feels deathly important. The correct answer, by the way, is a baseline six months out of respect/odds of a miraculous ocean rescue, plus one additional week of waiting for every month of the relationship’s duration.)

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).

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

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 70: Funny Books and Dirk Gently

It’s super weird listening to this podcast (that’s why I’m posting it late) because Whiskey Jenny and I were so young and innocent when we recorded this. Now we are old and sad. 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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Ask us for our gift book recommendations over at the Holiday Gift Guide! Fill out the form by November 30th, and we’ll be giving out recs on the podcast that airs on December 14th.

What We’re Reading

Do You Want to Start a Scandal, Tessa Dare
Acute Reactions, Ruby Lang
The Secret Heart, Erin Satie
Integrity, Willow Scarlett
Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (both of us!)
Gotham Academy, vol.2

Funny Books

Big Trouble, Dave Barry
Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Christopher Moore
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Christopher Moore
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Roald Dahl
My Man Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse
Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon
One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
Where’d You Go Bernadette, Maria Semple

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

For Next Time

The Mothers, Brit Bennett

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).

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

Let us help you buy holiday gifts!

Holiday gift-buying season is upon us! And it just so happens that I’m amazing at buying gifts. So if you’re looking to buy a book for someone on your holiday shopping list, let me and Whiskey Jenny help you out with it!

Here’s how it works: Swing by our holiday gift guide page and fill out the form there. All we need is your name and email and a little information about who you’re buying for,1 just so we don’t tell you to buy dolphin erotica for your boss. That would be inappropriate.

Holiday gift guide
Not the last time I will use this gif.

We’ll be recording a holiday gift guide podcast a little later this month, at which time both Whiskey Jenny and I will offer you some recommendations for the folks on your shopping list. We love telling people what to read, so you can count on us to choose only the best books for all your loved ones.2

  1. I know it’s really “whom.” Colloquial English, bitches!
  2. Or the worst books for your enemies! We are willing to do that also!

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.50: Formative Reading, plus Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

It’s our fiftieth episode!! Recurring guest star Ashley joins us to discuss the books that shaped us as readers, review a Nancy Drew and a Hardy Boys mystery, and play a teen sleuths GAME of Whiskey Jenny’s devising. 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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You can access our holiday gift guide form here. Be sure to get your entries in soon! We’ll be recording in early December with some gift ideas for you

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).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Song is by Jeff MacDougall