Don’t Mess With Bakers

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Amanda and Jenn discuss bread-making, nonfiction for teens, survival stories and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by A Selfie As Big as The Ritz by Lara Williams and The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor.

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1. Hi! I recently got into baking and was wondering if you have any great bread making cook books. Just bread, not baking in general. If it’s from a famous bakery, that would be nice! Thanks a ton!
P.S. an email reply will suffice 🙂


2. TIME SENSITIVE: I am a recent convert to the world of Romance, but I am feeling overwhelmed. I had tried different things over the years but just never found something that felt like MY romance. And then I discovered Penny Reid. I read Truth or Beard and then promptly flew through the rest of the existing Winston Brothers series, and now I am flying just as quickly through the Knitting In The City Books. But…I’m almost out, and it will be months before her next book is out. I love how smart, sweet, and nerdy her books are, while still being plenty hot and having a great plot in addition to the romance. Definitely looking for a contemporary setting, and love the feel of the interconnected friend/family saga with each book focusing on one member of the group. This request is time sensitive as I’m getting ready to travel on business for two months (mid-November through Mid-January,) so I need to fill up my Kindle as I won’t be able to carry physical books. Help!


3. Hello! My daughter and her friend are in grade 7 and need to be reading more science non-fiction (according to their teacher). She feels that the girls will be more comfortable participating in class discussions.

Any recommendations (specifically global warming & organic food if possible). They read National Geographic but otherwise I’m at a loss.

Thank you!!!


4. Hi Jenn and Amanda,
I am looking for books with an Asian man love interest. The sexuality of the protagonists doesn’t matter to me (not trying to say that they don’t matter, but want to clarify that the relationship can be M/M, M/F, M/gender fluid, etc), but I am having trouble finding a book that doesn’t portray Asian men and boys stereotypically as “nerdy” and not romantically desirable (those two things should never be linked!). I tried WARCROSS by Marie Lu but didn’t enjoy it and I’m not sure where to go next. I prefer adult novels to YA and I enjoy pretty much every genre. Thank you!
–Joce (pronounced Joss! :D)


5. My reading interests are all over the place, which is easy in some ways because there are always lots of books I want to read, but hard to find ones that I really love. Some all-time favorites include: Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. guess I’m looking for well-written books with captivating/give me the feels characters. If you notice another common thread in those favorites, please enlighten me!


6. I’ve recently discovered HBO’s Girls and am obsessed – I would love some really modern femininisty books that have that same feel. I’ve read Lena Dunham and Maggie Nelson this week (loved it) as well as Fun Home and Bitch Planet – where do I go from here for smart, funny feminist lit that also entertains?


7. Hey Amanda and Jen!

I have always loved what I guess I’ll call “survival” novels. Growing up I loved Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain and Julie and the Wolves. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed Wild, Tracks, and The Martian. Basically, I love stories of someone learning to survive on their own whether by choice (Wild) or because of a bad situation (The Martian). I’m looking for more titles to fill this particular place in my heart. Thanks for your help!


Books Discussed

Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

Beard on Bread by James Beard

Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid series)

We Are the Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton

Hold Me by Courtney Milan

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai (out Nov 28)

Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Losing It by Emma Rathbone

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Adrift by Steven Callahan

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (tw: rape)

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing