Well-Read Episode #45 - The Return of Out of Our Comfort Zones

March 10, 2017

We’ve revisited one of our favorite past episodes with some new “out of our comfort zone” titles. As always, we’ll close with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Episode 18 – Out of Our Comfort Zones
Sarah MacLean books
Eloisa James books
Love By Numbers series by Sarah MacLean

Ann’s picks:

Halle’s picks:

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode 44 - Spring 2017 Book Preview

February 24, 2017

Despite some sound quality issues (sorry!), we’re back from our hiatus and ready to tell you what you’ll be reading this spring! As always, we’ll end with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Ann’s picks:

Halle’s picks:

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Hiatus

January 13, 2017

Due to some unexpected events, the Well-Read podcast is going to be taking a brief hiatus. We will be back soon with more book recommendations for you!

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Well-Read Episode #43 - 2017 Reading Resolutions

January 6, 2017

The year has flown by! It’s time to revisit our reading resolutions of 2016, and make some new plans for the coming year. And we’ll close with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Episode 17 – 2016 Reading Resolutions
Goodreads Reading Challenge
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge
Sarah MacLean books
Celeste Ng books
Daniel José Older books
Around the Year in 52 Books
Modern Mrs. Darcy
What Should I Read Next (podcast)
Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
Litsy
#LitsyAtoZ Challenge
Eurovision
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Neopolitan Novels series by Elena Ferrante
“The Subtle Genius of Elena Ferrante’s Bad Book Covers” (The Atlantic article by Emily Harnett
“Elena Ferrante: An Answer?” (The New York Review of Books article by Claudio Gatti)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace (TV)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
In the Woods by Tana French
Three Pines (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache) series by Louise Penny
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Magicians series by Lev Grossman
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
“Damn, You’re Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That’s So Freakin Brave and Cool” (Jezebel article by Jia Tolentino)
Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #42 - Favorite Books of 2016

December 23, 2016

It’s time for our year-end favorites list! Find out what books we enjoyed the most this year. As always, we’ll end with what we’re reading this week.

 

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Episode 16 – Favorite Reads of 2015
Goodreads

Ann’s Favorites of 2016:

Halle’s Favorites of 2016:

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #41 - Holiday Buying Guide 2016

December 9, 2016

The holidays are here! Let Ann and Halle help you pick the perfect book for everyone in your life. We’ll end with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Books for your mom:
Ann: Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden by Emily Whaley
Halle: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Kate Morton books

Books for your dad:
Ann: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson books
Halle: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
– I Am Pilgrim (film in development)

Books for teens:
Ann: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor
Halle: March Books 1-3 by John Lewis
National Book Award
John Lewis acceptance speech for National Book Award

Books for kids:
Ann: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Halle: El Deafo by Cece Bell
Episode 39 – Retellings

Books for non-readers (who you think should become readers):
Ann: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Halle: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Episode 2 – What to Read After The Girl on the Train
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Books for a significant female in your life:
Ann: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Mindy Project (TV)
The Office (TV)
Halle: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Episode 28 – Our All-Time Favorites
– The Rumpus (website)

Books for a significant male in your life:
Ann: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island (film)
Halle: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Books for your Harry Potter-obsessed friend:
Ann: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Halle: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Books for your friend who loves books:
Ann: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
Halle: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Episode 30 – Books about Libraries and Librarians

Books for animal lovers:
Ann: Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt
Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
Halle: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn
Does the Dog Die (website)

Books for outdoorsy people:
Ann: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Halle: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Books for food lovers:
Ann: A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries by Jake Tilson
Halle: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Orangette (blog)

Books for sports fans:
Ann: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander books
Kwame Alexander reading from The Crossover
Newbery Medal
Halle: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
Friday Night Lights (TV)
Friday Night Lights (film)

Books for gossip magazine fans:
Ann: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars (TV)
Halle: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Scandal & Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean

Swiss Army Knife book (good for anyone):
Book Riot (website)
Ann: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Audie Awards
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand
Halle: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman books

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #40 - Winter 2016-17 Book Preview

November 25, 2016

Pull out a cozy blanket - it's time to find out what you'll be reading this winter! As always, Ann and Halle end with what they're reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Ann's picks:

Halle's picks:

What We're Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #39 - Retellings

November 11, 2016

Ann and Halle discuss one of their favorite things to read: retellings of classic literature. They'll end with what they're reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ann's picks:

Halle's picks:

What We're Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #38 - Horror Novels for the Brave and the Scaredy Cats

October 28, 2016

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

A Nightmare on Elm Street series (film)

Ann’s picks:

Halle’s picks:

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #37 - What to Read Next

October 14, 2016

This week, Ann and Halle discuss how they choose what to read next and close with what they're reading this week.

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