Riot Headline The Most Read Books on Goodreads This Week

Plucky Flapper Witch

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Amanda and Jenn discuss creepy reads, social justice ammunition, witchy reads, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust, Lit Chat from Book Riot and Abrams Noterie, and Brain Rules for Aging Well by John Medina.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.
The show can also be found on Stitcher here.



1. Hi,

I’m getting married in November after a short engagement but I’ve already noticed that my fiancé and my mutual male friends have seemingly gone from referring to me by my name to calling me ‘his bird’ or ‘his woman’ (f* that s*).

Any recommendations on books about maintaining your identity as a real human being after marriage? As a wise woman told me recently, “the only downside to getting married is that you become someone’s wife”.



2. Hi Amanda and Jenn!

I have a travel request. I’m going to Valencia, Spain this fall to visit a friend, and know very little about the region. My favorite way to get to know a new city is through historical fiction. Do you have any recommendations of historical fiction set in or near Valencia?



3. I am in the process of ending a relationship of almost twenty years and I am trying to adjust to the idea of living on my own for the first time since my early twenties (I just turned 40). I am looking for books that might help me sort out my feelings about this process. Fiction or non-fiction is fine. I already have All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg on my TBR pile. I don’t have kids and don’t want them but stories that include kids are okay as long as the main focus is on the the adult. Thanks in advance.


4. Hi ladies! We are looking for book recommendations for our co-worker and friend Emily. Her birthday is on October 11th and she is a huge fan of your show (she is the one who introduced each of us to it as well) and of all things books. She loves to read pretty much everything and anything. We would like to get her a book or two for her birthday and would love some recommendations. She really enjoys horror, true crime, mystery, and literary classics. Some books she has recently read and enjoyed are Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Insomnia by Stephen King, and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (The three of us are planning on reading Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt per your recommendation from a previous episode, and are very excited by the way). Anything you could recommend would be great! Thanks in advance for your help!
–Mallory and Jessica


5. Hey,

Initially, I was asking for more books on race by #ownvoices because it’s coming up in my classes so often, which are predominately white (and I am as well).

What I’m now looking for is maybe some kind of history, memoir/biography, sociological study, really anything, that would be helpful in verbal combat with someone who is essentially the devil’s advocate in a comment section, but believes in what he’s saying. I know I won’t change his mind but I’d like to have history and facts under my belt to help verbally kick his ass and destroy him.

This MRA-dude, in a previous class, considered Janie sticking up for herself in Their Eyes Were Watching God ‘terribly emasculating’ for her husband and an awful thing to do to him. He is also *so sad* by our professor criticizing our country and most of our class agreeing with her (because apparently that’s worse than Nazis – I made the mistake of creeping him on Facebook.)

I own (but still need to read) They Can’t Kill Us All, Rest in Power, and Warriors Don’t Cry. I have read 12 Years a Slave, March Trilogy, Between the World and Me, and am anticipating We Were Eight Years in Power. I was originally thinking more along the lines of slavery and civil rights narratives, but now I think a better tactic would be to learn about the history of fascism and the constant fight for social justice.

Any help is much appreciated, especially since he’s not *technically* a Nazi and I can’t just punch him during class.

I love the show and have almost made my way through the all of the episodes!



6. This is a bit of a time sensitive request…One of my best friends has been married just over a year, and has recently found out that her husband wants a divorce. I really want to send her a book to help distract her… Any recommendations? She likes thrillers and YA fantasy. Bonus points if there’s a strong feminist and/ or life will go on message.


7. I’m looking for some good Witch/female awesome themed books to get in the mood for fall and Halloween. I loved “The Discovery of Witches,” “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and “The Night Circus.” I’d prefer something in the fantasy realm but am really open to anything I can drink with some hot apple cider! Thank you!


Books Discussed

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown

The Poem of The Cid by Anonymous

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein

Fen by Daisy Johnson

White Rage by Carol Anderson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed (trigger warning for everything, basically)

The Djinn Falls in Love, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor