Well-Read Episode #48 - Wartime Stories

April 21, 2017

This week, we'll visit stories that touch on the experience of war, whether on the front lines or at home. As always, we'll end with what we're reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

Ann's picks:

Halle's picks:

What We're Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #47 - Books for Men

April 7, 2017

While we 100% believe that everyone should read whatever they want, experience has shown us that lots of guys gravitate toward certain kinds of reads. Listen for our ideas for books for men, and we’ll close with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

The New York Times Best Sellers
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Ann’s picks:

Halle’s picks:

What We’re Reading This Week:

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Well-Read Episode #46 - Mystery Deep Dive

March 24, 2017

This week, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the vast and wonderful mystery genre! As always, we'll close with what we're reading.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

History of the genre:
"The Murders at the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Agatha Christie books
Dorothy L. Sayers books
Dashiell Hammett books
Raymond Chandler books
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon
James Patterson books

Cozies:
Masterpiece Mystery! (TV)
Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie
Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie
Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
Ngaio Marsh books
Josephine Tey books
Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny
A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson
Laura Childs books
A Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs
Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown
The Cat Who... series by Lillian Jackson Braun
Goodreads

Police Procedurals:
Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell
Leaphorn & Chee series by Tony Hillerman
Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French
Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak series by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Hardboiled:
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Philip Marlowe series by Raymond Chandler
Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley
Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke
Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly
V.I. Warsawski series by Sara Paretsky
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Softboiled:
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton

Literary:
Tana French books
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Episode 16 - Favorite Reads of 2015
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Orhan Pamuk books
Ripper by Isabel Allende

Suspense and Thriller:
Clive Cussler books
Alex Cross series by James Patterson
Michael Connelly books
Harlan Coben books
Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben
Mary Higgins Clark books
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies (TV)

Crossover Genres:
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen
The Agency series by Y.S. Lee
Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson
Anne Perry books
An Aunt Dimity Mystery series by Nancy Atherton
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Dirk Gently series by Douglas Adams
Peter Grant/Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Nora Roberts books
J.D. Robb books
Julie Garwood books
Linda Howard books

Resources:
Stop, You're Killing Me!
Cozy Mystery List

What We're Reading This Week:

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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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