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Amanda and Jenn discuss body-positive health books, YA horror, unreliable narrators and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Amazon Kindle for Kids and Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott.

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1. Shalom, Amanda and Jenn!

In early June, I’m going on a trip to Israel! I’m very excited for the trip, but am dreading the long plane ride. Can you recommend some books about Israel that can help pass the time on the plane? I’ve received some recommendations from friends and family that mostly included travel guides; I’m much more interested in memoir and/or historical fiction. I’d love to learn about the culture, but am not interested in books that read like a textbook. I recently read Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s set in the Middle East and I loved how Hosseini managed to share the political background of Afghanistan while still maintaining a riveting plot line. Any suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,


2. Hello!

My MIL recently had hip surgery and has found herself more anchored to her house than she is used to. I’m just getting to know what kind of books she likes and I’d like to give her suggestions to keep her occupied. The most recent book I suggested was Where Have You Gone Bernadette? by Maria Semple. She devoured it. I think it was the artistic aspect to the woman’s personality and how she found her way through her issues that she loved. My MIL is very smart, impatient and extremely creative. She has to really love a book to give it her time. I have also given her A Man Called Ove and All the Light We Cannot See…they’re collecting dust on her shelf. 🙂

Thanks for your help!


3. I am an exhausted single mom of an 18 month old and a non-profit ED. I’ve always been on the happily curvy side of life, but after divorce, childbirth, and job stress, have reached a weight that’s not comfortable for me. I tend to turn to books for inspirations and solutions, but so many health/fitness books are about losing weight to look pretty, or to attract a guy, etc. I want to be healthy and strong for me and for my child. Do you have any rec’s for a health/fitness book that’s feminist-y or body positive? THANK YOU!!!


4. My 12 yo old son and I want to do our own summer book club! He enjoys many genres, but his favorites are historical fiction and post- apocalyptic survival stories. He thinks he would also like to try some horror too! A few of the books he has recently finished are Salt to the Sea and No Safety in Numbers series.

I am very open to him reading whatever books he is interested in. I just love that he wants to read with me! Thank you for your help!!!


5. Hi Amanda and Jenn,

I love this podcast even if it has made my TBR list more unmanageable than ever. I am working on a reading challenge and would like your help.

The task I’m having trouble finding something for is to read a book with an unreliable narrator. I’d love your recommendations because I know I can trust you not to recommend Gone Girl or one of its many knockoffs.

I love all kinds of genres so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!


6. I am honeymooning in Niagara Falls in June and am hoping to read a couple of books about the area. We are also planning to drive up to Toronto while we are there. I would prefer the books not be murder mystery even though I do enjoy that genre. I’ve read the Murdoch Mystery series which is based in Toronto. I like fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, etc. Thanks!


7. Hi – Love the show! I’ve recently started really getting into romance. I had a baby almost two years ago and would like to read a romance where the woman maybe had a baby and now she has a mommy pooch and breasts aren’t quite where they used to be. I’m not really looking for BBW or anything, just normal women who no longer have “flat” or “taut” stomachs like a pre-pregnancy woman/heroine would have.

Thank you!


8. Hi Ladies!
I’m a big fan of the podcast even though you do terrible things to my tbr pile.
I’m a sucker for stories about found families and misfits finding a home together. Think Firefly, Young Avengers or the Lies of Locke Lamora. I’d love to read more of these.I tend to lean towards fantasy and sci-fi but I’m always willing to branch out. Something with LGBTA characters would be the cherry on top.
Thanks in advance


Books Discussed


Living With a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

To the End of the Land by David Grossman, translated by Jessica Cohen

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Oreo by Fran Ross

Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

The Hallowed Ones by Lauren Bickle

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti (rec’d by Angel Cruz)

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (recommended by Charles Hoffman)

Sugar by Seressia Glass (rec’d by Amanda Diehl)

Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Worth It All by Claudia Connor

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin