Hardest of Nopes

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books about books, houses as characters, female travelers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Knitter’s Dictionary, and Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost.

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The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor




1. I like books about books so much that I have a whole shelf on my good reads called books about books about books. I look forward to reading your recommendations for it but I wanted to put my hat in the ring. So in that vein:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Eyre Affair (and really the whole Thursday Next Series)
Mister Pip
If on a Winters Night a Traveler
Cloud Atlas

Love the podcast!



2. Dear Jen and Amanda,

I wrote to you a few months ago for book recs to help with my recent break up and boy did you deliver the goods! You helped me out of a sad time and reading slump, and made me push through.

I’ve decided to go travelling through Europe alone (but armed with my kindle) and would love some recommendations on solo travel from a female perspective/women taking over the universe/generally fierce women to accompany me through my travels.

Thanks for being two bad ass women and keeping me company throughout my tumultuous but exciting year.




3. Hi Ladies,
I love it when houses are characters in books. Some personal favorites are Jane Eyre, du Maurier’s Rebecca and The Likeness by Tana French. I’ve also loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson as well as The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Could you recommend some great books that feature houses as characters? Happy to read any genre. Bonus points if it’s haunted!
Best, Kristi


4. Hi! I am getting ready to travel to Antarctica in early November and would love some recommendations for books to read either before I go or while I’m there. I’ve read “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple and am about to start “Endurance” by Alfred Lansing. I like to go into an adventure with a good historical and scientific background, so I’m open to pretty much anything (fiction or non-fiction) that will get me excited for what I’m about to see and experience!

Thank you!


5. Hi! Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15-Oct 15) has me wanting to tap into my Mexican-American roots. I want to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. Especially in this political climate that tries to vilify these communities. Can you recommend any nonfiction about Central and South America to tap into the complex history and culture. Bonus points if available on audio. <3


6. Help! My dad LOVES Sherman Alexie and not only does he keep telling me I should read him, (which, just no) but I don’t think he’s read ANY other Native authors. I’d love to help him expand his horizons in this arena, but I’m having a hard time coming up with something he’d like since our tastes are very different. I love scifi and fantasy, but he’s not super into that. I’ve read a lot of Joseph Bruchac, some Tim Tingle, and of course Rebecca Roanhorse. He does not find my recommendations very appealing. From what I can gather about what he’s shared with me, what he likes about Alexie’s writing is his humor and the poignant personal narrative. Do you have any recommendations for books or Native authors who fit this bill?


7. My 9-year-old daughter is a voracious reader. She loved Harry Potter and is almost finished with all of Rick Riordan’s novels. What series should she start next? (It does not have to be a fantasy series.)




Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C Dao (Nov 6)

Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

Sex with Shakespeare by Jillian Keenan

Possession by AS Byatt

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

Guidebook to Relative Strangers by Camille T. Dungy

The Shining by Stephen King

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Big Dead Place by Nicholas Johnson (Also please enjoy this news story: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/scientist-remote-antarctic-outpost-stabs-13490682)

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (tw: suicide)

Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli

Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar (rec’d by Rincey)

Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani