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Get Booked Episode #10: Grief, Translations, and Wacky British Fantasy

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

Welcome to Episode 10! Jenn Northington is back as my permanent co-host as we take the show weekly! *confetti cannon* This week we’re talking books to read after losing someone to suicide, modern works in translation, and more.

This episode is sponsored by The Lady’s Command by Stephanie Laurens and The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean.



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I have a friend who claims he doesn’t like reading fiction which was taken as a personal challenge by this librarian. He’s currently working on his PhD in math/number theory—a subject I know nothing about. I recently recommended The Martian by Andy Weir, but was wondering if there were any other works of fiction that math geeks might enjoy.


Hey there, Book Riot!

I’m a huge fan of the late, great, Terry Pratchett. As you can imagine, I was devastated by his death, although I’m glad his family has decided not to continue writing and publishing Discworld novels.

However, I need new wacky British-esque fantasy. What do you recommend for the Pratchett fan who already owns all thirty-odd Discworld books? –Sammi


Hi Amanda!

So glad you got your own podcast! My husband is in the US Air Force and just started a 6 month deployment to the middle east. He has an e-reader with him and is running out of ideas of what to read next. He likes authors such as David Baldacci, Dean Koontz & Steig Larsson and has read all their books. Any recommendations for him to make the time apart go faster would be great! Thanks for the great work you and the whole Book Riot crew do!   –Lauren


Get Booked Gurus,

I am wanting to make 2016 a year of international literature, hoping to read mostly translated books. While I have read numerous translated classics, I want to catch up on more modern literature from across the globe.

Though I discovered writers Elena Ferrante and Carlos Ruiz Zafon ( I read and loved both), my current list of books for next year is woefully thin. I also found Ann Morgan’s project where she read a book from every country in the world, but I don’t see any mention of the quality of the translations or if she enjoyed the books. If you have any books in translation that you loved and enjoyed, please let me know.



Hello awesome peeps!

The first episode was amazing! We got so many new books! I was so excited!

This time though I need a recommendation for overcoming grief.

My friend recently lost a dear friend to suicide and now that it’s been a month, she came to me for some book Recs to get back to reading and get back on her feet basically. And I had NO idea what to suggest…. help!

Thanks a million.



Hello Amanda,

One of my all time favorite authors is Thomas Hardy and when I stumbled upon The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles (which has many Hardy allusions) I was blown away – a postmodern Victorian novel!!!! Many other novels which I’ve tried (The Crimson Petal and The White  as well as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell) just didn’t do it for me. Any other suggestions?





Books Discussed on the Show!

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Nick Harkaway (The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker, Tigerman)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

anything Christopher Moore (Dirty Job is my personal favorite)

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren

The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector (and anything else from New Directions)

anything Natsuo Kirino and Cixin Liu

Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodische

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

Sarah Waters–Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith

Drood by Dan Simmons

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea

The Strangler Vine by MJ Carter