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Amanda and Jenn discuss tattooed women, election reading, Veronica Mars read-alikes, and more on this week’s Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti.

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1. I’m currently reading NOS4A2 and watching Blindspot, so I’m pretty much surrounded by bad-ass tattooed literary women. I thought it’d be a fun challenge for you to see what else is out there! Books, graphic novels, comics, anything with tattooed, awesome female protagonists.

Hope you have fun with this one. Keep up the phenomenal work with the show; I absolutely love it.



2. Love the show!

I am way too fixated on the Presidential election, and I need some political novels to help get me through the next month. Maybe some fiction will help me feel a little better about what is happening in reality. I am thinking political intrigue and backstabbing, but not really espionage or military or that kind of thing. More “Ides of March” than Vince Flynn. Anything from national to local, small town politics.



3. Hello!

I am looking for a recommendation for my husband.  He works in politics and has been extremely busy, stressed out, and hasn’t had any time for relaxation since August. Additionally, our third anniversary is October 25th, and while we aren’t doing anything big (because election day will be two weeks away), I want to get him some books that he can look forward to in his post-election day FUNemployment.

He typically reads nonfiction, but if a fiction book perfectly fits into his wheelhouse he’ll read that too.  His true reading love is food. He enjoys reading food memoirs and cookbooks, especially if the book does  a deep dive into a certain type of regional cuisine.  Over the past few years I’ve gotten him all of the big releases in the food book genre, so I’m looking for something that maybe didn’t get a lot of buzz when it came out.  Books he’s read recently and loved have included: Eating Vietnam, Padma Lakshmi’s memoir, LA Son, the Chew graphic novels, Kitchens of the Great Midwest and everything by or about Anthony Bourdain (please no more Anthony Bourdain!). Any help you can give will be much appreciated, be it fiction, nonfiction, or cookbook. Thank you for all your help. You both are the greatest.



4. I’ve read next to nothing in the mystery genre aside from Sherlock Holmes. It’s just not my wheelhouse. However, I’m a huge fan of Veronica Mars, it’s one of my favorite television shows of all time. Recently I binged the first two seasons and fell in love all over again. Now I want more. I’d love if you could recommend some books similar to Veronica Mars. It would be a plus if it involves teenagers, but not necessary. I would however like the books to maybe have a little dose of romance, ala Veronica and Logan? I recently started reading A Study in Charlotte because of the show and I’m really enjoying it so far and is scratching some itches (I’m all the way here for a modern day Sherlock and Watson!).
Thanks for the help guys!



5. Hello ladies. Now that spring has sprung, I’m looking to clean and clear out my TBR list and make room for some new adventures. Specifically, I’m in search of strong female protagonists asserting themselves or seeking revenge, a la Luckiest Girl Alive and The Passenger. I’m also open to burning down trailer parks and running over no good men. I’m open to fiction or non-fiction, YA or adult lit.

Thanks for the good times,


6. Hey Amanda and Jenn! Big time fan of the podcast (and all Bookriot podcasts for that matter) but first time question asker. I’m a pretty heavy reader and like to read many different genres. I like expanding my horizons a bit. The one genre I haven’t really been able to find my footing in is science fiction. Of what I have read, my favourites seem to lie in the area of when science goes too far. Some favourites with this idea for me are Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and Parasite by Mira Grant. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for where to go next in this area. Thanks in advance!



Books Discussed

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

The Hunter Kiss series by Marjorie Liu (The Iron Hunt #1)

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

Primary Colors by Anonymous (Joe Klein)

Infomocracy by Malka Older

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Relish by Lucy Knisley

Voracious by Cara Nicoletti

Heirloom: Notes From an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark

The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber (rec’d by Swapna)

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Batgirl Vol 1 by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, etc (Batgirl of Burnside)

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (rec’d by Kelly)

Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser (rec’d by Tirzah)

True Grit by Charles Portis

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

The Fold by Peter Clines

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (MaddAddam series)

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey