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Get Booked Episode #13: Byronic Feels

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Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

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

Welcome to Episode #13! We’re talking modern gothic novels, religious nonfiction, books for escapism, and more. Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by and Book Riot Live.



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I love dystopian fiction but am burnt out on the genre. I thought some good science fiction might fill that gap for me, but I don’t know where to start. I know I prefer books that take place on Earth or on planets similar to Earth and that I don’t like too much military or scientific jargon. I’d prefer adult over YA, too. Hope you can help!



I love reading non-fiction about religion, especially on audio, and am looking for some recommendations. I’m particularly interested in Christianity in America, fundamentalism, cults and sects and I also like to read memoirs about spirituality. I recently read books by Rachel Held Evans and Jimmy Carter, I read Going Clear about Scientology and right now I’m listening to the audio book version of The Great Reformer by Austen Ivereigh about Pope Francis.  



I am looking for book recommendations for my boyfriend. He recently finished medical school and wants to pick up reading as a way to relax in the evenings. I am trying to find books that offer an escape from his day job. I am thinking an immersive series might do the trick: one that has less science and more magic or adventure — maybe books where characters stumble into new places and explore. He likes movies with fast-moving plots and is currently enjoying Grossman’s Magicians series.

PS: If possible, the “more popular” the book, the better — his native language is German and I am trying to find something that might be available in translation for him.

Thanks for the help!


I am looking for Modern Gothic books. Whenever I search for books in that genre, the results are mostly books written in the 18th or 19th century. I have nothing against those books but I would like something written after 1920.  I am a fan of Anne Rice, Diane Setterfield, Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Thank you for the help,



I am a British girl who has watched Steel Magnolias 50 times and now I want to add a bit of Southern flavour to my reading.

I know “the South” is a big place but what books can you recommend that will help feed my fascination with the people and the places? I’d love a mix of fiction and non-fiction and yes, I’ve already read To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman.

Much bookish love,




Books Discussed on the Show!

The Maddaddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard

Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks

Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren F Winner

What Are People For, Wendell Berry

Escape, Carolyn Jessop

Gentleman Bastards series series (The Lies of Locke Lamora), Scott Lynch

Earthsea series (A Wizard of Earthsea), Ursula Le Guin

Angelmaker, Nick Harkaway

David Anthony Durham, Acacia series

Robin Hobb, start with Assassin’s Apprentice

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung

The Moth Diaries, Rachel Klein

Little Black Book of Stories, AS Byatt

100 Must Read Works of Southern Literature

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Wettest County in the World, Matt Bondurant

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt