Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.78: Romance Novels and the Forcening Concludes

Happy Ides of March, friends! After a very tense podcast last week, in which Whiskey Jenny naysayed two of my absolutely favorite books in the whole world, we have again reached an accord this week and legitimately had to stop ourselves from talking forever about romance novels. We also chat about Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer’s book Agnes and the Hit Man, answer some listener mail, and preview some THRILLING NEW PODCAST CONTENT. 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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Here’s the time signatures for each segment, if you want to skip around!

1:23 – What we’re reading
4:23 – SEA OR SPACE
07:07 – Romance novels!
33:43 – Agnes and the Hit Man, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
47:34 – Listener mail
52:44 – What we’re reading next time
53:44 – What else we’re reading next time

What We’re Reading

Njinga of Angola, Linda Heywood
a top secret book
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, Rosa Brooks

Sea or Space

Here’s the New York Times article about the awesome new planets we’re going to have to colonize when Trump blows up our one.

Romance Novels

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
A Gentleman’s Game, Theresa Romain
Wanted, a Gentleman, KJ Charles
Wicked Becomes You, Meredith Duran
Riveted, Meljean Brook
Ride with Me, Ruthie Knox
Beta Test, Annabeth Albert
Faking It, Jennifer Crusie
A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, Meredith Duran
The Convenient Marriage, Georgette Heyer
True Pretenses, Rose Lerner
A Lot Like Love, Julie James

Here’s Dahlia Lithwick’s brilliant unified theory of Muppet types.

Unraveled, Courtney Milan
Proof by Seduction, Courtney Milan
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, Cecilia Grant
Special Werewolf Alpha Team series, Paige Tyler
Stephanie Plum series, Janet Evanovich
Nora Roberts in general
A Gentleman Undone, Cecilia Grant
The Spymaster’s Lady, Joanna Bourne
Acute Reactions and Hard Knocks, Ruby Lang
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, Sarah MacLean
Sutphin Boulevard, Santino Hassell
A Woman Entangled, Cecilia Grant

The Second Annual Forcening, Part Two

Agnes and the Hit Man, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

For Next Time

The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso

Programming Note

For next week, we will be reading the first two episodes/chapters of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, and you can follow along with us on Serial Box!

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

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.77: Books of the Sea and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History

I FORGOT IT WAS WEDNESDAY YESTERDAY. I apologize to everyone. Mardi Gras happened, and it’s not that I was out partying (I wasn’t, I’m an old lady curmudgeon), it’s just that I had time off work and it threw off my schedule. Sorry this is so late! 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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1:26 – What We’re Reading
4:28 – Books of the Sea
25:40 – Donna Tartt’s The Secret History
43:26 – What We’re Reading for Next Time

Books Mentioned (in order of appearance)

Undermajordomo Minor, Patrick deWitt
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
The Lives of Christopher Chant, Diana Wynne Jones (here’s the link to March Magics!)
Charmed Life, Diana Wynne Jones
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
THE ODYSSEY, Homer
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis
Captain Blood, Rafael Sabatini
This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen
Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Drowned Ammet, Diana Wynne Jones
“A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” David Foster Wallace
Barbarian Days, William Finnegan
The Wanderer, Sharon Creech
The Shadow of the Moon, M. M. Kaye

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

The Secret History

Agnes and the Hit Man, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

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

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 76: Forthcoming Literary Adaptations and the Hatening Continues

Happy Wednesday! This week’s episode is FULL OF THINGS, including another sea-or-space update (you’re welcome), our run-down of recent and forthcoming TV and movie adaptations of books, and the conclusion of the Second Annual Hatening. 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

Wildlife, Fiona Wood

(I also mentioned YA authors Melina Marchetta and Stephanie Perkins. Stephanie Perkins wrote Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After)

Equatorial Guinea: Colonialism, State Terror, and the Search for Stability, Ibrahim Sundiata
The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg

Sea or Space Update

Learn more about this Mauritius gravity situation here!

Literary Adaptations

NO

Riverdale (CW)1
Emerald City (NBC)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

MAYBE

Legion (FX)

YESSSSSSSS

Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
The Dark Tower (movie!)
The Expanse (Syfy)
Powerless (NBC)
Murder on the Orient Express (movie!)
John Wick comic (this is a reverse one! movie-to-book adaptation!)
Logan (movie)

(I have been trying to get Whiskey Jenny to watch this heartwarming video of Patrick Stewart for years. She won’t watch it because she says she doesn’t want to cry.)

Second Annual Hatening, Part 2

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

For Next Time

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

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

  1. Since recording the podcast, I saw this video with the actor who’s playing Jughead, where he says that the show isn’t going to make Jughead ace. Oh well. The CW has lots of other shows I can watch instead.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.75: Spring Book Preview and the Second Annual Hatening

Happy Wednesday! We’ve got a very giggly episode for you today, in which the Jennys supply a sea-or-space update, run down the books we’re excited about for spring, and launch the Second Annual Hatening. There is also some genuinely gold listener mail. 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

The Boy is Back, Meg Cabot
Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Winter 2016 Books

Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood and Johnny Christmas
Cul-de-Sac, Robert Repino
Everfair, Nisi Shawl
Float, Anne Carson
They Can’t Kill Us All, Wesley Lowery
Swing Time, Zadie Smith

Spring 2017 Preview

Dreadnought, April Daniels
Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire (bonus selection!)
Imagine Wanting Only This, Kristen Radtke
Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti
The Ship Beyond Time, Heidi Heilig
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Lower Ed, Tressie McMillan Cottom
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Void Star, Zachary Mason
You’re Welcome, Universe, Whitney Gardner

The Second Annual Hatening, Part One

The Easter Parade, Richard Yates

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Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 74: What We Missed in 2016, and Alice Pung’s Lucy and Linh

Happy Wednesday! The Jennys are back to chat about what we got for Christmas, which media we didn’t get around to in 2016, and to talk about Alice Pung’s YA novel Lucy and Linh. 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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Two small mistakes to note: I said I received the Rebecca Solnit atlas of New Orleans, and in fact it was the atlas of New York, which is the one I would prefer to have. Also, Whiskey Jenny said John Legend has the line at the Laundress, but she meant to say John Mayer does.

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).

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Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.73: 2016 in Review

Happy first Wednesday of 2017! Whiskey Jenny and I are back this week to review what we read in 2016 and think about resolutions and plans for 2017. Before you ask, yes we are reinstituting the Hatening and yes I have a genuinely excellent Hatening pick this year. I am so sure that Whiskey Jenny will hate it. 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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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).

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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.)

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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

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Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.69: An SF Starter Pack and an SF Game

Renay joins us from Fangirl Happy Hour to advise me and Whiskey Jenny about what SF to start with. She has ten recommendations and they are all (we’re confident) gold. 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

The Weather of the Future, Heidi Cullen
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Cynthia Barnett
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
The Shining, Stephen King
Death: An Oral History, Casey Jarman
Gotham Academy, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl

the logo on the shirt I’m going to buy, in the fullness of time:

coexistSFF Starter Pack

World War Z, Max Brooks
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
The Killing Moon, N. K. Jemisin
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Mars Evacuees, Sophia McDougall
Larklight, Philip Reeve and David Wyatt
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear

What We Read for This Week

The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
“The Screwfly Solution,” James Tiptree Jr.

What We’re Reading Next Time

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

You can find Renay at Lady Business, Fangirl Happy Hour, and on Twitter. 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).