That One Moment Changed Her Life

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Amanda and Emily Martin discuss meal-worthy book club picks, Fifth Element-ish science fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by Audible , The Dysasters, and Devil’s Daughter.

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1. A group of local women just started a new book club and the idea is that each month the host will pick a book and they’ll also select a recipe to make that goes with the theme of the book and the other members will bring complimentary sides and of course wine. When it’s my turn to pick a title I want to pick a book that would be fun but also easy to find a main dish to pair with it.  It would be great if the book could have a lot of good in it. Please nothing violent, dark or steamy.




2. Hello!

Long time listener and lover of your show and bookriot!

My friend is getting to reading and she asked if I knew any good books about sharks. She throws a huge shark week party. she’s wants her book club pick in June to be in theme.

Nonfiction and fiction are both welcome.

Thank you!


3. My best friend is getting her PhD in climate science and generally has her head buried in academic journals. However, she has a soft spot for Harry Styles and really likes books about famous musicians/actors/princes meeting and falling in love with “normal” girls. She’s read Public Relations (loved it), Backstage Pass (not so much), and The Unidentified Redhead series (liked them). Do you have any other recommendations for her birthday?



4. I love the movie The Fifth Element and I’d love to read books with that same feel. I read over 100 books a year from all genres so I would be really interested to see if you pick something completely new to me. If you want to see what else I’ve read I’m Shelbycat on goodreads.

Thank you!



5. I love your show. I listen to all the current episodes and am going through the episodes I missed before I found it. My request is for a book telling the exact same story but from different points of view, so that everything you thought changes. I have read Gone Girl and The Summer House, but any other ones you can come up with would be great!!




6. The past year I’ve been dealing with a bad relapse of my depression and I’ve tried reading a lot of self-help, inspirational, and soul searching books but my problem is that so many of them are TOO happy for me that I can’t relate enough. I did really love Hyperbole and a Half but I would like something a little deeper. Like a grumpy cat person living their best life just making it through.



7. I am starting an audiobook club at the library I work at and need some help planning out what to read the first year. I want of mix of fiction (mystery, SFF, thriller, etc.), non-fiction, adult, YA, and even Juvenile, but with a focus on characters and authors that are LGBTQ+, #ownvoices, or POC. Oh, and nothing longer than 8 hrs, please (I’m afraid I’ll scare them away if I do anything longer at first).

Thanks for always recommending amazing books on the podcast!




Books Discussed

Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Meg by Steve Alten

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley