The Night Circus Void

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Amanda and Jenn recommend books to read after college, what to read to fill the void left by The Night Circus, and more. This episode is sponsored by Jakob’s Colors by Lindsay Hawdon and the Book Riot Store.




1. Hello!

I graduated from college last May and am in my early 20s. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for post-grad books, what you think everyone should read as they enter the “real world”. I’m open to all genres, and would love to read whatever you recommend!



2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern has left a void in my heart no other books can fill. What do i read next??


3. I’m not a huge short story reader, but I do like novellas, particularly ones with beautiful language or imagery. I really like the work of Eileen Chang and Banana Yoshimoto. What other authors should I read? Bonus points for diversity and/or translations.



4. Hi! I’m a big fan of fantasy and sci fi and have been looking for a new book or series to get into. Do you know any novels that combine the two together (a little like Dune I suppose)? I’d love to read about a magic system that’s either explained by science and/or is combined with it. Thanks so much in advance and good luck with the new show!


5. Such a wonderful idea for a podcast! I’m a high school English teacher ALWAYS looking for title suggestions for the boys in my class especially new titles with contemporary subject matter. What titles/authors do you suggest for reluctant male readers from the ages of 14-18? What resources (websites etc.) can I continually check for new titles? (Bookriot is SUCH an amazing resource for teachers THANK YOU!!)


6. Dear Amanda
I hope you can help me. I have an almost 17 year old daughter. She is intelligent and beautiful, but, although she aced her exams and has been successful in finding a Saturday job, she lacks confidence. I would like to find her some feminist literature that will show her that she rocks and can achieve anything she sets her mind to. She goes through stages of reading – sometimes she’ll read non-stop for days, like me, but sometimes when school or teenage life gets too busy she might not read for ages. She has read and enjoyed The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, and kick-ass girls in fiction are all well and good. But I want to show her that kick-ass girls can exist in the real world too. I would love some recommendations of some accessible non-fiction writing

Thank you!
–Terri from London, UK



Books Discussed


Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Getting Things Done by David Allen

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag by Jolie Kerr

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The Quick by Lauren Owen

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Moods by Yoel Hoffmann (transl. Peter Cole)

Nowhere to be Found by Bae Suah (transl. Sora Kim-Russell)

Hall of the Singing Caryatids by Victor Pelevin (New Directions Pearls)

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Art of the Novella, Melville House)’s Novella series

Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Who Fears Death? by Nnedi Okorafor

The Keltiad by Patricia Kenneally (out of print/hard to find but worth it)

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Turbulence by Samit Basu

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Complicit by Stephanie Keuhn

First Second: Gene Luen Yang, Dave Roman, Jorge Aguirre, MK Reed
Barry Lyga, James Dashner, Scott Westerfeld

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bitch by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann

Me, My Hair, and I, edited by Elizabeth Benedict

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai