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Amanda and Jenn discuss mystery audiobooks, sea otters, fun sci-fi, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Suicide Club by Rachel Heng and Chica Chocolate.

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1. Hello there!
I’m going on a road trip with my husband and in-laws in August and would love to listen to a family-friendly mystery audiobook. Murder is ok as long as it’s not too gruesome and please no sex!
I love your show so much and look forward to listening every week!
Thanks so much for your time,


2. Dear Jenn and Amanda,

I am going to Kyuquot British Columbia for a kayaking trip in August and would love any reading recommendations for books about this area or sea otters. I am currently reading Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and have read The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. I work from home and your podcast is my treat for when I can take it a little bit easier at work.



3. Hi, I’d love book recommendations for if you loved the guardians of the galaxy movies. Fun sci-fi with great characters. I’ve already enjoyed Long way to a small angry planet. Also sorry if this has been asked before. Thanks 🙂


One of my favorite books in recent years is “The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” and its sequel. I love the colorful characters, the themes of found family and searching for your place in the world, and the general feeling that everybody is just kinder and more open-minded in the future. Most of all I just find the mellow slice-of-life tone really relaxing to read after a long stressful day. Although I loved the rich sci-fi worldbuilding in this series, I’m open to reading books with a similar tone in other settings and genres.


4. I have recently gotten very interested in the ideas behind and process of translating. It started with the release of Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey and the surrounding media buzz. Follow that up with a conversation about ASL interpreting, some Jhumpa Lahiri, and an internet rabbit hole about Harry Potter books in translation, and I want to deep dive into something about a literary translator, whether it be fiction, memoir, non-fiction, whatever. I’m finding it difficult to look up suggestions on the internet because the results tend to either be the works in translation themselves or how-to type guides, which just isn’t quite what I’m looking for.

Thank you!


5. Hi ladies:

I’m looking for angry women book recommendations. I want to read a book that centers a woman speaking on the things that make them angry. Fiction/non-fiction will do. Bonus points for books in translation.

Thanks in advance,
an angry woman


6. Hey Y’all,

I’m a college student studying English and therefore spend a large amount of time reading intense literary books, which don’t get me wrong, is the light of my soul. However, now that summer is here some of my favorite recreational books to read are ones that include a complicated villain romance. I know it’s completely cliche, but it never fails to hit the spot when I’m looking for something light. Two of my favorites are Warner from the Shatter Me series and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m completely fine with anything YA, but would be interested if there’s this type of relationship dynamic in adult fiction and a queer twist on the relationship would be much appreciated if you could think of anything.



7. Hello! I realized recently I deeply enjoy books and media about groups of people who support and have a deep and unconditional love for each other, especially in abnormal circumstances. Some examples of this I particularly loved are the Harry Potter books and A Little Life, and the shows Sense8 and Orphan Black. I prefer literary fiction, science fiction, and contemporary YA, and I also prefer if there are queer people in a book. What are some other books with tight, loving groups and found families? Thank you!


Books Discussed

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn

Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeish

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The World Between Two Covers by Ann Morgan

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat

The Professional by Kresley Cole, rec’d by Trisha and Jess

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells