Currently Reading

Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb

  • 56 minutes 46 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 49: Ask Us Anything!

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are joined by show regulars Roxanna and Mary and they are discussing:

    • An Ask Us Anything Episode!: You asked, and we answered!

    • Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    2:30 - Ask Us Anything

    What was the first book that got you hooked into reading?

    3:00 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Mary) 4:59 - Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (Roxanna)

    7:07 - Do Not Open by Brinton Turkle (Kaytee)

    7:39 - The Witches by Roald Dahl (Kyatee)

    8:26 - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Meredith)

    If you could only recommend one book to read for the rest of your life, what book would that be?

    10:09 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (Roxanna)

    10:17 - Circe by Madeline Miller (Mary)

    10:29 - All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle (Kaytee)

    10:36 - Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Meredith)

    What is the book you ACTUALLY recommend the most to people?

    11:03 - This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Mary)

    11:10 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Kaytee)

    11:19 - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Meredith)

    11:32 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Roxanna)

    11:44 - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (Roxanna)

    If you were to do a podcast about something unrelated to books, what would it be?

    12:26 - Homeschooling (Kaytee)

    13:13 - The joy of being a novice (Mary)

    15:11 - Style in the everyday (Roxanna)

    17:52 - All things Enneagram (Meredith)

    What is your favorite beverage to have while reading? 

    19:55 - I’m a seltzer girlie (Mary)

    20:27 - Very cold ice water with crunchy ice (Kaytee)

    21:45 - Masala Chai (Roxanna)

    22:18 - Coffee, preferably Texas Pecan (Meredith)

    How many hours a week do you spend reading?

    23:36 - I aim for an hour a day (Mary)

    26:09 - Ideally an hour or two a day, but sometimes it’s 15 minutes at that’s ok (Roxanna)

    28:38 - Around 10 hours a week (Kaytee)

    29:23 - Between 90 minutes and 2 hours on the weekdays, and 4 hours total on the weekends (Meredith)

    If you could only read one genre for the next year, which would it be?

    30:33 - Romance (Kaytee)

    30:51 - Women’s Fiction (Roxanna)

    32:27 - Mystery - but not gory or true crime (Mary)

    33:47 - Historical Fiction (Meredith)

    34:50 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    What turns you off of a book almost immediately?

    36:22 - Second person narration (Meredith)

    35:35 - The miscommunication trope. Go to therapy. (Mary)

    36:43 - The lack of quotation marks (Kaytee)

    36:55 - Characters that make bad decisions but everyone thinks its fine (Roxanna)

    How do you feel about books people recommend to you?

    38:29 - I feel like I always do. If you rec it, I won’t read it. It’s all in my head. (Kaytee)

    40:08 - IRL I don’t have many bookish friends so I get a lot of “hot” book recs which I don’t read. So I just say “Oh yeah maybe I’ll pick that up!”... and never do. (Roxanna)

    40:55 - If from bookish friends or CR listeners, I will take it under advisement and check Goodreads to see if I’d like it. (Mary)

    42:44 - I love when people send recommendations. (Meredith)

    44:03 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    Where are you when recording an episode of Currently Reading?

    45:03 - In my small walkin closet because the audio is the best here. I’m located in Toronto. (Roxanna)

    45:39 - At my basement therapy office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mary)

    46:05 - Normally i’m in my bedroom in Gilbert, Arizona but today I am in Colorado for a family reunion in a guest bedroom/office. (Kaytee)

    44:46 - I always record on the floor of my closet. (Meredith)

    What are the mechanics of us scheduling recordings?

    48:09 - SPREADSHEETS! (Kaytee)

    How do you come up with deep dive topics?

    49:55 - A mixture of places. Some come off mic in conversation. Some get emailed or dm’d. Some get brought up in the bookish friends group. If we think of one ourselves, we just pop them into the spreadsheet. (Meredith)

    What is your number one bookish recommendation source?

    51:57 - A single person would be Katie Proctor but a broader source is the Indie Press List (Kaytee)

    52:28 - Instagram (Mary)

    53:20 - Backlist podcasts (Roxanna)

    54:03 - Elizabeth Barnhill with 19% of my recs so far this year (Meredith)

    Support Us:

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. July’s IPL comes to us from Booktenders in West Virginia!

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

    Connect With Us:

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    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

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    15 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Season 6, Episode 48: The Listener Press!

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

    • Listener Presses: This year we have 20 fantastic titles from our listeners. Our TBRs exploded, and we hope yours do too!

    • Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    2:19 - Your Listener Presses

    3:48 - The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown (pressed by Katie)

    6:40 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 7:32 - Poison for Breakfast by Daniel Handler i.e. Lemony Snicket (pressed by Kimberly)

    10:30- The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (pressed by Jessie)

    12:38 - @thewilltoread on Instagram

    12:41 - Reproduction by Louisa Hall (pressed by Bill)

    13:32 - Chouette by Claire Oshetsky

    13:33 - Poor Deer by Claire Oshetsky

    14:53 - The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard (pressed by Emer)

    18:29 - The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (pressed by Heather)

    18:51 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

    21:30 - Go As A River by Shelley Read

    22:11 - Zorrie by Laird Hunt

    22:49 - The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (pressed by Mirabella)

    24:54 - The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

    26:18 - Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Azemien (pressed by Matt)

    28:05 - Elena Knows by Claudia Pineiro (pressed by Ana)

    31:08 - Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (pressed by Amy)

    31:14 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

    34:35 - In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lovato (pressed by Amanda)

    35:48 - A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter

    35:50 - Breathless by Amy McCulloch

    36:45 - The Body in Question by Jill Ciment (pressed by Alana)

    40:40 - The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin (pressed by Avery)

    44:26 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

    44:27 - All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle

    44:33 - The Night in Question by Susan Fletcher (pressed by Kristen)

    45:36 - Roscoe Books

    46:12 - Hearts and Daggers podcast

    46:43 - @birdbrainbooks on Instagram

    46:45 - Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka (pressed by Holly)

    49:02 - Leaving Coy’s Hill by Katherine A. Sherbrooke (pressed by Aubrey)

    50:33 - Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

    51:46 - I Hope This Finds You Well by Natalize Sue (pressed by Hannah)

    53:01 - Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

    53:02 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    53:35 - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

    53:38 - The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel

    55:08 - Country Dark by Chris Offutt (pressed by Cindy)

    57:25 - Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (pressed by Jessica)

    59:46 - What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (pressed by Abi)

    1:01:17 - The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

    1:02:03 - Our Hideous Progeny by C.E. McGill

    Support Us:

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. July’s IPL comes to us from Booktenders in West Virginia!

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

    Connect With Us:

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    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

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    8 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Popcorn in the Pages - Episode 7: The Umbrella Academy

    Welcome, readers. We are so excited to continue this new content from the creators of Currently Reading Podcast! This spin-off podcast series will tackle book to screen adaptations in a spoiler-FILLED format. Be sure you’ve read the book and watched the film version before listening to the episode, because we don’t shy away from strong opinions OR from all the spoilers, unlike our regular episodes.

     

    Show notes for this series will not be time-stamped, but will still include links to Bookshop dot org or Amazon for any books or resources referenced in the episode. These are affiliate links, so they kick back a small percentage to us if you buy through them, and help support the work we do on Currently Reading.

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    The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabrielle Ba

    2:29 - Previews

    Book Name and release date. Sales info and awards.

    The Umbrella Academy - Vol 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

     

    Movie name and release date. Box office and awards.

    The Umbrella Academy on Netflix

     

    10:16 - The Cutting Room

    Pivotal Book scenes and how they translated to the screen

    Pregnancy/birth scenes

    Vanya turning into the White Violin

    Transition into superheroism

    Vanya getting upset enough to play with the orchestra

     

    Changes from Book to Movie

    Time of birth of the kids

    Five’s disappearance and reappearance

    Fleshing out of characters

    Diversity of the cast

    Hazel and Cha-Cha are moved up from later volumes

    Saving of Earth at the end

    Left out of the adaptation

    Carnival Fire and Dr. Terminal

    Why Ben is dead

    Why Diego is called the Kraken

    Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

    Wolfsong by TJ Klune

    Added to the movie

    Hazel and Cha-Cha

    Detective Patch

    Leonard Peabody/Harold Jenkins

    The Handler

    The Day that Wasn’t/The Day that Was

    Klaus’ journey into the past (Vietnam)

    Suspicion around Hargreeves’ death

    The sibling relationship

    General Thoughts

    Cinematography

    Elliot Page being credited correctly

    Dr. Terminal and Eiffel Tower being included

    Bad guys can’t shoot good guys: Stormtrooper Effect

    Bowling alleys are slippery

    Actors can’t play violin

    Problematic elements

    Nothing of note

    Casting and mis-casting

    Visual representation of characters

    Reginald Hargreeves: Colm Feore → Jeff Goldblum

    Number 1/Luther: Tom Hopper → Alan Richson

    Number 2/Diego: David Cataneda → Josh Cigara

    Number 3/Allison: Emme Raver-Lampman → Zoe Kravitz

    Number 4/Klaus: Robert Sheehan → Nicholas Holt

    Number 5/Five: Aiden Gallagher → Mike from Stranger Things

    Number 6/Ben: Justin H Min → Simu Liu

    Number 7/Vanya: Elliot Page → Emme Rossum, but really no one

    Pogo: Adam Godley

     

    44:06 - Award Season

    Worst and best parts of the adaptation.

    The adaptation is so dark in the filming of it

    All the things

    Soundtrack

    Sense of humor

     

    Worst and best actors.

    Leonard Peabody

    Agnes, the Waitress

    Klaus

     

    Worst and best book characters.

    Diego

    Hargreeves

    Vanya

     

    53:33 - Book/Flick Energy

    Book scored on a 5 star scale.

    Book on Goodreads

    The Review I read aloud

    Series scored on a 10 point scale.

    Movie on Rotten Tomatoes

    Movie on IMDB

     

    58:09 - A Leftover Popcorn Kernel

    Would you use your superpowers on your kids?

    How do you think the world will end?

     

    1:02:29 - End Credits

    Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    Available on Paramount +

     

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    5 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 53 minutes 45 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 47: Morning Reads + Boss Our Summer TBRs!

    *Please note that Kaytee was out of her regular recording space this week and it affected her audio. It’s not you, it’s us. Back to normal next week!*

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: binging a great series and re-introducing morning reading

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: you get to boss our summer TBRs!

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    1:29 - Ad for Ourselves

    3:42 - Join us for $5 a month! patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    3:59 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    4:37 - Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

    5:20 - Morning Reads

    6:55 - Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

    7:50 - Our Current Reads

    7:59 - The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley (Kaytee) 9:32 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    12:18 - The God of the Woods by Liz Moore (Meredith)

    13:30 - Long Bright River by Liz Moore

    16:19 - Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anapara (Kaytee)

    20:01 - The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (Meredith)

    21:00 - Beacon Hill Books, Boston

    25:31 - The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley (Kaytee)

    26:02 - The Guncle by Steven Rowley

    29:12 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    29:23 - The Stand by Stephen King (Meredith)

    32:56 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

    39:01 - Boss Our Summer TBRs!

    Vote on Meredith and Kaytee’s Boss My TBR!

    42:45 - Faebound by Saara El-Arifi (Kaytee Option #1)

    43:50 - Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins (Kaytee Option #2)

    44:45 - The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory (Kaytee Option #3)

    44:51 - Season 1 Listener Press Episode

    46:18 - Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Meredith Option #1)

    46:21 - Circe by Madeline Miller

    46:37 - Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Meredith Option #2)

    46:51 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Meredith Option #3)

    49:44 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    49:47 - I Wish You the Best Summer Reading Available to You (Kaytee)

    49:49 - Pantsuit Politics Podcast

    50:56 - I wish that People Would Stop Being Afraid of Reading Big Books (Meredith)

     

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. July’s IPL comes to us from Booktenders in West Virginia!

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

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    1 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 51 minutes 46 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 46: Bookish Community + What Makes A Good Book Review

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: meeting Currently Reading show regulars

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: what. we think goes into a good book review

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    1:21 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    1:26 - @MeredithMondaySchwartz on Instagram

    1:31 - @Roxannathereader on Instagram

    3:27 - @Maryreadsandmakes on Instagram

    5:15 - Our Current Reads

    5:30 - Middle of the Night by Riley Sager (Meredith)

    10:04 - What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jimenez (Kaytee)

    13:02 - The Council of Animals by Nick McDonell (Meredith)

    14:17 - Charter Books

    16:34 - Animal Farm by George Orwell

    17:28 - Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez (Kaytee)

    17:37 - Funny Story by Emily Henry

    18:31 - Happy Place by Emily Henry

    21:41 - All The Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker (Meredith)

    22:48 - We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

    25:13 - Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

    25:15 - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

    29:38 - Come Together by Emily Nagoski (Kaytee)

    30:07 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

    30:27 - Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

    33:42 - Deep Dive: What Makes A Good Book Review

    36:14 - A review that’s honest

    36:41 - A review that’s thoughtful

    38:39 - A review that includes title, author, short setup and honest thoughts

    39:01 - Middle of the Night by Riley Sager

    39:48 - A review that’s more than two sentences.

    40:04 - A review that’s self aware

    40:44 - A review that’s respectful

    41:34 - A review that puts into context the reader’s life

    43:54 - A review that accounts for what the author is TRYING to convey and were they successful

    44:28 - A review that includes anything that makes the book unique

    44:35 - West Heart Kill by Dann McDorman

    46:04 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    46:22 - If summer means slower paced for you, I wish for you to find some bookish community somewhere. (Meredith)

    46:59 - Currently Reading Patreon

    48:37 - I wish for a reader camp that includes all my favorite things. (Kaytee)

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. June’s IPL comes to us from our anchor store Schuler Books in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

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    The Show: Instagram | Website | Email | Threads

    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

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    24 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 54 minutes 33 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 45: For The Love Of Octopus + How To Recommend Books Outside Your Wheelhouse

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: book recs that land with non readers and Kaytee meeting an octopus!

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: how we recommend books to readers outside our own wheelhouses

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    Season 6, Episode 45

    1:27 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    1:50 - Happy Place by Emily Henry

    6:52 - Our Current Reads

    6:59 -  Ready or Not by Cara Bastone (Mary)

    10:41 - Secrets of the Octopus by Sy Montgomery (Kaytee)

    10:50 - The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World by Matt Kracht (Fabled link, not available on Bookshop)

    11:14 - Secrets of the Whales by Brian Skerry

    11:16 - Secrets of the Elephants by Paula Kahumbu and Claudia Geib

    11:33 - The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

    13:45 - Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (Mary)

    15:51 - Boswell Books

    16:55 - Coyote Lost and Found by Dan Gemeinhart (Kaytee)

    17:01 - The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

    17:13 - Draco Malfoy and the Mortifying Ordeal of Being In Love by isthisselfcare

    22:25 - The Wedding People by Alison Espach (Mary)

    25:51 - Drowning by T.J. Newman (Kaytee)

    25:57 - Falling by T.J. Newman

    26:02 - CR Season 5: Episode 41

    30:12 - Deep Dive: How To Recommend Books Outside Your Wheelhouse

    32:21 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    32:23 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeycutt

    36:24 - This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

    36:30 - The Guncle by Steven Rowley

    36:44 - Starter Villain by John Scalzi

    36:46 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

    36:52 - Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

    39:31 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

    39:55 - All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle

    41:19 - Breathless by Amy McCulloch

    41:43 - The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer

    44:29 - Drowning by T.J. Newman

    48:55 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    48:59 - I wish people would give slow and steady reading a try. (Mary)

    49:35 - Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

    51:30 - I wish everyone would keep a readerly profile. (Kaytee)

    Support Us:

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. June’s IPL comes to us from our anchor store Schuler Books in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

    Connect With Us:

    The Show: Instagram | Website | Email | Threads

    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

    Affiliate Disclosure: All affiliate links go to Bookshop unless otherwise noted. Shopping here helps keep the lights on and benefits indie bookstores. Thanks for your support!

    17 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 53 minutes 32 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 44: Book Recommendations + Books We Wish We Read Sooner

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: book recommendations and…. book recommendations!

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: books we wish we read sooner

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    :10 - Bite Size Intro

    1:44 - Send us your listener presses! Here’s what we need: A voice memo with - Your name, location, book title and author, “Here’s the setup”, and why you love it. Three minutes or less please!! Email those to [email protected] 

    4:36 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    8:10 - Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

    8:53 - Our Current Reads

    9:09 -  A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson (Meredith)

    11:05 - Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

    12:38 - The Duke Gets Desperate by Diana Quincy (Kaytee)

    15:52 - The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

    16:30 - 2034 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis (Meredith)

    20:54 - 2054 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis

    21:50 - New Nigeria County by Clare Brown (Kaytee, audio only)

    22:05 - @clarabelletoks on Instagram

    22:37 - libro.fm

    26:51 - A Better World by Sarah Langan (Meredith)

    29:34 - Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

    31:19 - High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver (Kaytee)

    31:39 - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

    34:55 - Deep Dive: Books We Wish We Read Sooner

    35:44 - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

    36:34 - A  Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira

    37:33 - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

    37:50 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

    38:55 - The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

    39:32 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    40:27 - A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    40:29 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    40:51 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    40:52 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

    40:58 - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    41:09 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    41:47 - Roots by Alex Haley

    42:01 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King

    42:05 - On Writing by Stephen King

    43:20 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

    43:50 - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    44:05 - Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

    44:11 - Circe by Madeline Miller

    46:21 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    47:09 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    50:06 - I wish more people would read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. (Meredith)

    50:47 - I wish books would tell us if they are right for us when we pick them up. (Kaytee)

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    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • From the Editor’s Desk with Kaytee and Bunmi Ishola - a quarterly peek behind the curtain at the publishing industry

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    10 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Season 6, Episode 43: Meeting Bookish Friends + Starting New Books

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Roxanna are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: meeting bookish friends and “salt” books

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: difficulty in starting new books

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    :10 - Bite Size Intro

    2:14 - Currently Reading Patreon

    5:50 - PLEASE send us your Ask Us Anything questions to [email protected]

    6:43 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    11:13 - The Stand by Stephen King

    12:17 - Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

    14:50 - Our Current Reads

    14:58 - Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah (Roxanna)

    15:02 - Canada Reads

    16:56 - How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz

    19:38 - Diavola by Jennifer Thorne (Meredith)

    21:35 - @mother.horror on Instagram

    24:10 - The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt (Roxanna)

    29:21 - In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides (Meredith)

    34:15 - Funny Story by Emily Henry (Roxanna)

    38:02 - Small Change by Roan Parrish

    43:43 - The Mars House by Natasha Pulley (Meredith - Meredith mistakenly said Mars Room initially. Sorry for the confusion!)

    45:03 - Charter Books

    45:42 - The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

    49:51 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    49:56 - Babel by R.F. Kuang

    52:16 - The Measure by Nikki Erlick

    53:40 - The Difficulty Of Starting A New Book

    57:54 - Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

    1:01:19 - The Feast by Margaret Kennedy

    1:02:07 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

    1:02:12 - The One by John Marrs

    1:02:21 - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

    1:04:07 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    1:04:11 - I wish everyone would watch Butterfly in the Sky on Netflix. (Roxanna)

    1:04:14 - Butterfly in the Sky on Netflix

    1:06:37 - Hello Bookstore

    1:07:11 - I wish everyone would reflect on how summer reading affects your reading life. (Meredith)

    Support Us:

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. May’s IPL comes to us from Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

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    3 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 27 minutes
    A Journey to Three Pines - Episode 6: Bury Your Dead

    We are so excited to journey with you to Three Pines, the fictional French-Canadian village created by Louise Penny for her Three Pines series, featuring Armand Gamache. This spin-off podcast series will tackle each of the books in the series in turn, in a spoiler-FILLED format. Be sure you’ve read the book before listening to the episode.

    As you’ve come to expect with all Currently Reading content, Meredith and Roxanna will follow a regular episode format, with regular segments, so you know what to expect each and every time. We love staying focused on the book, rather than conversational rabbit holes. 

    Show notes for this series will not be time-stamped except for broad sections, but will include links to Bookshop dot org or Amazon for any books or resources referenced in the episode.

    1:56 - Putting the Book Into Context

    Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

    Published Sept. 28, 2010 by Minotaur Books

    4.36 rating on Goodreads

    Seasonal setting - Winter

    Book Awards: Anthony Award for Best Novel in 2011, The Agatha Award, The New Blood Dagger Award, The Arthur Ellis Award, The Barry Award, and the Dilys Award

    Critic Reviews

    Meredith’s and Roxanna’s encounters with the book

    7:20 - The Setup

    16:22 - A Deeper Exploration

    Setup and first paragraph

    The pacing of the novel

    The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

    Quebec vs American History

    Anglophone vs. Francophone history and culture

    Themes: “bury your dead”, “with time”

    P.345 - Not everything buried is actually dead.

    The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

    One bit of lightness in the entire novel

    Location, Location, Location

    Relationship between Beauvoir and Ruth Zardo

    Who leaked the video?

    Enneagram Corner

    The Ending

    1:14:36 - Superlatives

    Favorite Scene

    Character MVP

    Biggest loser

    Best food description

    Favorite Quote

    No spoilers this episode! 

    The next book will be A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. May’s IPL is brought to you by Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    • The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

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    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Roxanna | Kaytee

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    31 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 56 minutes 52 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 42: New Used Books + Our Recent DNFs and NRNs

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: more bookish podcasts and new to us books

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: books we have recently DNFd or NRNd

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    :10 - Bite Size Intro

    :57 - Half Priced Books

    1:26 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    1:41 - Talking Scared Podcast

    1:48 - Tea & Murder Podcast

    4:01 - PangoBooks

    4:28 - Bookmans

    5:34 - Our Current Reads

    6:03 - Dreadful by Caitlin Rozakis (Meredith)

    7:33 - An Unlikely Story

    9:11 - Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

    9:26 - What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

    9:57 - Fabled Bookshop

    9:58 - Bear Necessity by James Gold-Bourn (Kaytee)

    13:38 - The Field Guide To Dumb Birds of the Whole World by Matt Kracht (Meredith)

    14:34 - Merlin App

    14:55 - The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

    13:48 - Charter Books

    17:48 - The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht

    19:52 - The Rhythm of Time by Questlove and S.A. Cosby (Kaytee)

    23:47 - The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (Meredith)

    24:59 - The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

    27:14 - @bookishbetsie on Instagram

    27:44 - Happiness Falls by Angie Kim (Kaytee)

    28:06 - Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

    32:14 - Our Recent DNFs and NRNs

    33:08 - The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff (Meredith)

    34:12 - Jade City by Fonda Lee (Kaytee)

    36:37 - The Wolf at the Table by Adam Rapp (Meredith)

    38:29 - Sunshine, Sangria and Scandal by Wendy Day (Kaytee)

    40:19 - Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

    40:44 - The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (Meredith, Wheel of Time series #2)

    41:27 - Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Meredith)

    43:16 - Keynan Masters and the Peerless Magic Crew by Davaun Sanders (Kaytee)

    44:45 - Happiness Falls by Angie Kim

    46:25 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    47:16 - I wish there was an easier way to find trusted sources’ reviews on Goodreads. (Meredith)

    48:42 - Meredith’s Goodreads 

    49:02 - I wish to reject the notion that more books equals a better reading life. (Kaytee)

    Support Us:

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    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. May’s IPL comes to us from Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

    Connect With Us:

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    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

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    27 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 58 minutes 51 seconds
    Season 6, Episode 41: Bookish Mail + Unputdownable Books

    On this episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:

    • Bookish Moments: bookish mail and more tech to help our reading lives

    • Current Reads: all the great, interesting, and/or terrible stuff we’ve been reading lately

    • Deep Dive: what makes an unputdownable book and some examples

    • The Fountain: we visit our perfect fountain to make wishes about our reading lives

    Show notes are time-stamped below for your convenience. Read the transcript of the episode (this link only works on the main site)

    1:26 - Our Bookish Moments of the Week

    1:48 - All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

    1:50 - The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley

    3:15 - Sipsworth by Simon Van Booy

    6:35 - The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

    8:44 - Our Current Reads

    8:54 - Draco Malfoy and the Mortifying Ordeal of Being in Love by isthisselfcare (Kaytee)

    9:11 - Season 6, Episode 25 w/Knox and Jamie

    14:07 - Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz (Meredith)

    15:16 - Foyles UK

    16:08 - The Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

    19:05 - Annie Bot by Sierra Greer (Kaytee)

    19:18 - Libro.fm

    21:57 - Article About AI Friends

    25:10 - The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Meredith)

    26:32 - I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

    29:53 - Breathless by Amy McCulloch (Kaytee)

    34:10 - Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews (Meredith)

    35:55 - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    36:25 - The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews

    38:49 - The Most Unputdownable Books

    42:03 - Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

    42:15 - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

    43:39 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    43:51 - The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

    44:17 - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

    45:35 - Confessions by Kenae Minato

    45:48 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    45:50 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    45:56 - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    46:17 - Cover Story by Susan Rigetti

    47:18 - No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister

    47:37 - Kaytee mentions Adenrele Ojo being a Recorded Books copyright narrator but it is actually Simon and Schuster!

    48:06 - The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

    48:34 - Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

    48:51 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    49:27 - Drowning by T.J. Newman

    49:28 - Falling by T.J. Newman

    49:41 - Bird Box by Josh Malerman

    49:44 - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

    49:52 - Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

    50:31 - Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

    51:49 - Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

    51:51 - Heartsopper by Alice Oseman

    51:58 - March: Book One by John Lewis

    53:00 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

    54:16 - Meet Us At The Fountain

    54:24 - I wish more people would give graphic novels a chance. (Kaytee)

    55:35 - Currently Reading Patreon

    56:28 - I wish I could collect Precious Moments dolls committing all kinds of murder. (Meredith)

    Support Us:

    Become a Bookish Friend | Grab Some Merch

    Shop Bookshop dot org | Shop Amazon

    Bookish Friends Receive:

    • The Indie Press List with a curated list of five books hand sold by the indie of the month. May’s IPL comes to us from Commonplace Books in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    • All Things Murderful with Meredith and Elizabeth - special content for the scary-lovers, brought to you with the special insights of an independent bookseller

    The Bookish Friends Facebook Group - where you can build community with bookish friends from around the globe as well as our hosts

    Connect With Us:

    The Show: Instagram | Website | Email | Threads

    The Hosts and Regulars: Meredith | Kaytee | Mary | Roxanna

    Affiliate Disclosure: All affiliate links go to Bookshop unless otherwise noted. Shopping here helps keep the lights on and benefits indie bookstores. Thanks for your support!

    20 May 2024, 9:00 am
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