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The Book Riot Podcast, Episode #73: Pizza, Books, and Spreadsheets

This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about 30 years of the Book It program, average consumer spending on books, The Fault in Our Stars getting banned, new books, and much more. This week’s episode is sponsored by As Long as You Love Me by Anna Guirre, Love is the Drug by Alya Dawn Johnson, and Squarespace.


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Links discussed in the show:

Spending & employment related to books and other media

Canadian version of VIDA shows gender gap in literary reviews

Riverside CA bans Fault In Our Stars from middle school libraries

BookIt Alumni program

Jonathan Franzen biography coming

Mary-Louise Parker book deal

Finalists for first Kirkus Reviews prizes


New books discussed in the show:

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories by Terrence Holt

You’re My Favorite Client by Mike Monteiro


If you like the Book Riot podcast, we think you’ll also like our Reading Lives podcast: interviews with interesting people about their lives in books. The most recent episode is with Chuck Wendig. Listen here.


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