The Satire, It Burns

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Amanda and Jenn discuss business books, Puerto Rican reads, Vonnegut read-alikes, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalHelp Me!: One Woman’s Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life by Marianne Power, and Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.

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Laid-Back Camp by Afro (rec’d by Kate H.)



1. okay so I did a going postal challenge thing. Where you get paired up and send people books and I’m usually pretty good at it. But this chick doesn’t know what she wants so I don’t know! This is what she sent me : “I have no preference on theme. Surprise me!, I say NO WAY to romance., I love chocolate., I want to leave the choosing of my books entirely up to you — surprise me!, I prefer paperback., I prefer used.
Top 5 Most Wanted:

Joe Hill Locke and Key series, Colleen Hoover, The Selection series
Preferred genres: Thriller, True Crime
Least favorite genres: Romance, Erotica, Non-Fiction

Triggers to avoid: No” but I feel like some of that contradicts the rest. Plus she only has like… 5 books on litsy and does not care for Harry Potter 🙁 I have no clue what to do.


2. Hi!
First and foremost, thanks for promoting Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee because WOW; it’s an amazing read and I think more people should read it.
I started a book club at my work of personal development/business books for a few of us who were interested in the office. I already made the commitment this year of not reading books written by white, cisgendered, straight male authors and I’d like to stick to it. I never realized before just how many authors in the personal development/business book area fall into the category I’m not reading in 2019. Any suggestions that you’ve enjoyed reading? Brene Brown is definitely already on the list as is Amy Cuddy and Carol S. Dweck.
Thanks so much for your hard work on this podcast!


3. Happy new year ladies!
I recently went to the movies and saw the preview for On The Basis of Sex, the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Being from Australia, I don’t know anything about Ruth Bader Ginsburg but I want to read up about her before seeing the movie when it comes out in February. Any book recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!


4. I’m going to be spending a little over a month in Puerto Rico and am looking for book recs about or taking place on the island.


5. I’m looking for books by women that are similar to the style of Kurt Vonnegut. I recently started dating someone who is a feminist, but most of the books on his shelf are by men, and he said he would like to diversify his collection. His favorite book is Bluebeard by Vonnegut, and he also really likes Breakfast of Champions. From my understanding it’s the humor by Vonnegut that he really likes. If there are any good suggestions you have, I would love to hear them.

Thank you so much!



6. I’m a new listener to your podcast (like in the last three weeks!) but I love it, and now am binge listening to catch up. Also, to read list has also basically doubled in size.

Anyways, also over the last two or three weeks, an opportunity has arisen for me to teach in Kuwait for several months. I’ve applied and been accepted to start in mid January!

I’d love to tap into the culture with a good book and diversify my bookshelf. I tend to go
for history, literature, non-fiction, and historical fiction.

I’d love to hear what you could recommend!



7. Hi there!

I’m a big fan of your podcast and while I have plenty of recommendations from previous episodes to keep me busy for some time, I have a specific topic area that I would like to explore and would appreciate any recommendations. I have some very vocal family members that use the Bible to spread hate and I would appreciate any books discuss the history of the Bible. How the interpretations have worked, other writings that were not included, etc.

Thanks for your time!


Books Discussed

The Kingdom of Copper by SA Chakraborty

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Survivors’ Club: The Complete Series written Lauren Beukes and Dale Halverson, art by Ryan Kelly and Iñaki Miranda

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Give Work by Leila Janah

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (rec’d by Rebecca)

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Mundo Cruel by Luis Negron, transl. Suzanne Jill Levine (tw: slurs, homophobia)

Severance by Ling Ma

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (tw: physical abuse)

Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman

Why Religion? By Elaine Pagels (or really anything by her)