Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite Books from Podcasts?

Vanessa Diaz

Managing Editor

Book Riot Managing Editor Vanessa Diaz is a writer and former bookseller from San Diego, CA whose Spanish is even faster than her English. When not reading or writing, she enjoys dreaming up travel itineraries and drinking entirely too much tea. She is a regular co-host on the All the Books podcast who especially loves mysteries, gothic lit, mythology/folklore, and all things witchy. Vanessa can be found on Instagram at @BuenosDiazSD or taking pictures of pretty trees in Portland, OR, where she now resides.

The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and by Harper Perennial

The latest installment in the Welcome to Night Vale universe is the story of the familiar and terrifying Faceless Old Woman. Told in a series of harrowing flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman takes readers back to an early 19th century Europe revealing an initially blissful, then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean estate, her rise in the criminal underworld, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on those who have betrayed her, and her ultimate death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until finally settling in Night Vale. Interspersed throughout is an eerie present-day story as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way.

We love books, and we love podcasts. It’s no surprise that we dig it when those two world collide! There are tons of podcasts out there that talk specifically about books (we host a few pretty rad ones if we do say so ourselves), but what about books that come from podcasts? Tell us all about the best books you’ve read that were born from (or inspired by) your favorite pods, bookish or otherwise! Shout them at us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #riotrecommendation, then we’ll round up your answers and be back next week to share a roundup with your fellow Riot readers. We’ll be sitting here waiting to read, and to listen.