Episode 80

Do Love A Greek Chorus

Amanda and Jenn discuss travelogues, tearjerkers, and books for kids with depression in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Elves, written by Jean-Luc Istin and illustrated by Kyko Duarte, and The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.

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Questions

 

1. Hello Jenn and Amanda,

My daughter is graduating high school at the end of May and off to college in the fall. I would like to get her a few books to read over the summer for a graduation gift. She has mentioned that she is having a hard time finding characters with which she can relate. She feels she is too old for YA but isn’t mature enough to fully get Women’s lit. She was and is obsessed with Harry Potter. She also enjoyed Fahrenheit 451, the Walking Dead graphic novels, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pride and Prejudice. I was thinking Ghost World, do you have any suggestions?

Love the podcast,
–Christy

 

2. Hi Jen and Amanda,
We are going to Africa in June with our extended family which includes kids ages 5 – 10. We will be visiting South Africa and Zimbabwe. I am looking for some book recommendations about Africa for kids – can be fiction or nonfiction and I think they would prefer chapter book (although a picture book might be nice too). I’d like them to have a little understanding of the countries we are visiting or Africa in general. Thank you!
–Tina

 

3. Hi Amanda and Jenn

Love your podcast I’ve added so much to my TBR list from your recommendations.

I’m looking for recommendations for my niece who will be graduating from High School and going off to college in the Fall, with her first semester in Madrid Spain (lucky girl). She wants/loves to travel and I was hoping to give her a book(s), kind of about this transitional time and traveling. I don’t know if there are essay collections or travelogues etc? I’m thinking more non-fiction and real life experiences rather than fictional stories.

Thanks!
–Mary

 

4. Dear Amanda & jenn, I love your podcast, & every week I look forward to new episodes & interesting recommendations!
I just finished reading “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes & I desperately loved it!! I also recently read & enjoyed “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty. I am looking for a recommendation for more novels that deal with big issues, but that don’t beat me over the head with those issues. Another author that I have enjoyed who does this well is Jodi Picoult.
Can you recommend any Fiction titles that are similar? Thank you for your help!
–Erin

 

5. Request for as soon as possible!

My 8 year old daughter is highly gifted and brings along the demons of anxiety and depression with that gifted diagnosis. I never actually knew that such young children could deal with depression and talking to her about it just breaks my heart.

I’ve had luck finding books for kids about children with anxiety, but haven’t found any about children with depression. Do you have any recommendations about stories of young children with depression that would be appropriate for an 8 year old to read? If they feature a gifted child, that would be a bonus. Also, I would like to share books about depression with her older sisters (ages 12 and 14) so they have an idea of what she is going through.

Thank you!
–Julie

 

6. My dad has mentioned to me recently that he would like to get back into reading, which is just awesome, and asked me for some recommendation on books in the genre of Science-Fiction and Fantasy. I bought him Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Southern Reach Trilogy’ a couple years ago, but he never quite got into the first book. I think he needs something with a quicker pace, more suspense, isn’t too excessive with details (he tried the ‘Game of Thrones’ series and just couldn’t take the verbiage density of it) and/or YA? So happy you guys started this show! Thanks!
–Erica

 

7. I’m in the process of compiling my summer reading list, and I need some help picking out beach reads. I recently rewatched The Mummy and loved the romance adventure story, with the stereotypical devil-may-care hero, and a strong intelligent female lead, with a strong dash of humor. I’m wondering if you guys have any fun adventure romances to recommend? I’m fine with anything so long as the romance contains a heavy dose of plot and vice versa. I’m also not at all opposed to mysteries. Steaminess is not technically necessary but would be a big plus. I’m also fine with either straight, or LGBTQ relationships.
–Anon

 

8. Hi Amanda & Jenn. Our 13yo daughter has recently come to the realisation that she’s pansexual, and I couldn’t be more happy for her! I was wondering if you have any good book recs for her – just beginning to explore this new world. She’s very much into the Dr Who/Super Natural/Sherlock fandom, and her reading loves are Rainbow Rowell, Patrick Ness, the Maze Runner series, the Amulet Graphic Novels, etc.

We’re in Australia so local reads would be a bonus, but not essential.

Thank you so much – I love the podcast and look forward to it every week.

–Lorena

 

Books Discussed

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrande

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Chimera by David Wellington

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

 

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