Piece Yourself Together With Butter

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Amanda and Jenn discuss books for grieving, romantic comedies, ADHD reading and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Ecco, publisher of Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson and our Romance mailbag giveaway.

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1. Hello!

Just gonna dive right in.

It’s been a pretty rough time for my family. We’re VERY close knit and unfortunately we recently lost one of my cousins.

My aunt and uncle are devastated, of course, and we all want to be there for them.

My uncle is a very big reader. We would always discuss books with each other. With the loss of his daughter (sickness/addiction), I’d like to offer him a book as a sort of understanding, solace or maybe even a temporary escape? He mostly enjoys James Patterson novels, mysteries and such.

I’d prefer something related to what he’s going through, but something that will be easy on him and not too tough to get through. It’s a difficult situation, as you can imagine.

Anyway, any help or ideas would be so so greatly appreciated. As noted in the subject, I’d like to hear back sometime soon, preferably in January, but I know you’re super super busy so I definitely understand if a response comes later 🙂

I love your show and all that BookRiot does! Keep up the great work. Wishing you all a great new year!!!

— Bianca


2. Hello!

First things first: I love your show!! Thank you so much for all of your awesome recommendations!

As it’s the beginning of the year I went and set about some lofty bookish goals for 2017, and while discussing these with a friend she expressed interest in reading more this year. Which means we’re having a book club! We’ve decided to only read books that have been adapted into movies and then watch the movie together and discuss both.

The biggest challenge I’m facing in selecting books is finding ones that I think both of us will like and neither of us has already watched/seen. My friend is not interested in reading anything in the SFF genre or anything that is too violent. I’m open to anything but Nicholas Sparks.

We’re both visual artists, love food (especially cake!), and enjoy period dramas and offbeat indie graphic novels. We’ve both read and loved Julia Child’s My Life in France, watched all possible Jane Austen adaptations, and have picked Atonement as our first read. I would appreciate any recommendations you have for us (bonus if it’s a graphic novel or has a lot of pretty illustrations).

Thank you!


3. I would really love it if you could give me a recommendation before January 13 of this year!

Dear Jen and Amanda,

I would like to get book recommendations on romantic comedy series like Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire series. I am not opposed to paranormal like Shelly Laurenston or her other pen name G A Aiken (Love all her books) or Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, Lynsay Sands, Kerrelyn Sparks
and let’s not forget Sarah MacLean. Are there any series that are laugh out loud funny, I have listened to all your podcast and I have a whopping list of books, but apart from books you have mentioned previously any new recommendations that you haven’t mentioned?

Sincerely love laughing with romance.


4. Hi Ladies,

I’m traveling to New Orleans the last week of January, and I wanted some engrossing reads to put me in a NOLA state of mind. It’s a magical and atmospheric city, and I’m someone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, and magical realism. I’m sure we’ve all read and enjoyed Anne Rice at some point in our lives, but there must be more that meets the criteria than that. I recently read Orleans and enjoyed it. Looking forward to your recommendations!


5. Hi! I’m hoping I can get this question answered very soon, perhaps in January. I’m a planner and want to plan my books for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge 🙂

I have only two categories left that I need some recommendations for:
1. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
2. Read a book wherein all POV characters are people of color

Thanks in advance!
–Kari – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


6. Hi,
My boyfriend has ADHD and it runs in his family (his dad and sister are also diagnosed). It is pretty likely if we have a kid, he or she will have ADHD too.

I would like to know more about it, but have had a hard time googling for books that aren’t straight up text books.



Books Discussed

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Blue Nights by Joan Didion

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz (Men At Work series)

Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series (Wallbanger #1)

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt series)

How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell (Disgraceful Dukes series)

Impossible Bachelors series by Kieran Kramer (When Harry Met Molly #1)

Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Nine Lives by Dan Baum

Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Eve out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair

The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward

ADHD According to Zoe by Zoe Kessler

Driven to Distraction & Delivered From Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey (recommended by @bookavore)

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? by Kate Kelly (rec’d by @bookavore)

ADHD Weekly newsletter, which is free and sent by Children & Adults with ADHD (CHADD) (rec’d by @bookavore)