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Well-Read Episode 107 - Adaptations

Well-Read Episode 107 - Adaptations

August 14, 2022

Thanks to a listener request (hi Ann!), we’re discussing the difficulty of adapting a well-loved book, and what makes a good transition from page to screen. We’ll end with what we’re reading this week!

 

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Persuasion by Jane Austen (buy from Bookshop)
Persuasion (film)
Dickinson (TV)
Clueless (film)
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
Lord of the Rings (films)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (buy from Bookshop)
Big Little Lies (TV)
Outlander (TV)
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Sam Heughan filmography
The Great American Read (TV)
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (film)
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (film)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (film)
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Divergent (film)
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (film)
Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore
I Am Number Four (film)
Shadowhunters (TV)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (buy from Bookshop)
Gone Girl (film)
Ben Affleck filmography
Rosamund Pike filmography
Gillian Flynn books
The Sandman (TV)
The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman books
Downton Abbey (TV)
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (buy from Bookshop)
Daisy Jones & the Six (TV)
Elvis Presley filmography
Riley Keough filmography
Killers of the Flower MoonThe Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (buy from Bookshop)
Killers of the Flower Moon (TV)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (buy from Bookshop)
Red, White & Royal Blue (film)
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (buy from Bookshop)
Lessons in Chemistry (TV)
Brie Larson filmography
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (buy from Bookshop)
The Idea of You (film)
Harry Styles discography
Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka (buy from Bookshop)
Bullet Train (film)
Brad Pitt filmography
Coen Brothers filmography
Quentin Tarantino filmography
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (buy from Bookshop)
Where the Crawdads Sing (film)
Loot (TV)

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Well-Read Episode 106 - Summer Hiatus Recap

Well-Read Episode 106 - Summer Hiatus Recap

July 31, 2022

We’re finally back! After travel, work, and a wedding (!!!!), we have lots of books to fill you in on. As always, we’ll end with what we’re reading this week.

 

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Bull Durham (film)
Eurovision Song Contest
RUSA Reading List
New York Times Crossword
Book Lovers by Emily Henry (buy from Bookshop)
Pride & Prejudice (TV)
Hallmark Channel
The It Girl by Ruth Ware (buy from Bookshop)
Halle’s Instagram @halle770
Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore (buy from Bookshop)
Meg Mitchell Moore books
Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (buy from Bookshop)
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir (buy from Bookshop)
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (buy from Bookshop)
Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman (buy from Bookshop)
Chris Evans filmography
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (buy from Bookshop)
Julia (TV)
Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim (buy from Bookshop)
The Good Wife of Bath by Karen Brooks (buy from Bookshop)
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (buy from Bookshop)
Game of Thrones (TV)
The Maid by Nita Prose (buy from Bookshop)
The Beach Trap by Ali Brady (buy from Bookshop)
Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close (buy from Bookshop)
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (buy from Bookshop)
The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa (buy from Bookshop)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (buy from Bookshop)
Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor (buy from Bookshop)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (buy from Bookshop)

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Well-Read Episode 105 - Weddings
Well-Read Episode104 - Bridgerton
Well-Read episode #103 - On Re-reading
Well-Read Episode 102 - Immigrant and Refugee Stories
Well-Read Episode 101- 2022 Spring/Summer Book Preview

Well-Read Episode 101- 2022 Spring/Summer Book Preview

March 12, 2022

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Ann’s picks:

Halle’s picks:

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Well-Read Episode #100 - Ask Us Anything
Well-Read Episode 99 - The 2022 Reading List

Well-Read Episode 99 - The 2022 Reading List

February 11, 2022

After a year of hard work, we’re happy to share the results of the 2022 Reading List! We’ll share the winners and the shortlist, along with our thoughts. As always, we end with what we’re reading this week.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Adrenaline

Winner
Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka (buy from Bookshop)
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian (buy from Bookshop)
The Push by Ashley Audrain (buy from Bookshop)
Red Widow by Alma Katsu (buy from Bookshop)

Fantasy

Winner
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (buy from Bookshop)
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (buy from Bookshop)
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (buy from Bookshop)
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (buy from Bookshop)

Historical fiction

Winner
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood (buy from Bookshop)
– A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (buy from Bookshop)
Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter (buy from Bookshop)
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (buy from Bookshop)
A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein (buy from Bookshop)

Horror

Winner
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (buy from Bookshop)
– The Ring (film)
– The Grudge (film)

Short List
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (buy from Bookshop)
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (buy from Bookshop)
Near the Bone by Christina Henry (buy from Bookshop)
This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno (buy from Bookshop)

Mystery

Winner
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (buy from Bookshop)
– A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest (buy from Bookshop)
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (buy from Bookshop)
Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey (buy from Bookshop)
Under Color of Law by Aaron Philip Clark (buy from Bookshop)
– Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (buy from Bookshop)
– Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (buy from Bookshop)
– Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (buy from Bookshop)
– Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano (buy from Bookshop)

Relationship fiction

Winner
The Guncle by Steven Rowley (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (buy from Bookshop)
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (buy from Bookshop)
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (buy from Bookshop)
– Arrested Development (TV)
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan (buy from Bookshop)

Romance

Winner
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun (buy from Bookshop)
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod (buy from Bookshop)
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (buy from Bookshop)
For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes (buy from Bookshop)

Science fiction

Winner
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (buy from Bookshop)

Short List
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (buy from Bookshop)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (buy from Bookshop)
One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Unity by Elly Bangs (buy from Bookshop)
– The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (buy from Bookshop)

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Well-Read Episode 98: 2021 Superlatives

Well-Read Episode 98: 2021 Superlatives

January 29, 2022
 

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

Episode 87 – 2021 Resolutions and Year in Review
Beloved by Toni Morrison (buy from Bookshop)
Halle’s Instagram
Episode 86 – 2020 Superlatives

Most Timely
Ann:  The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (buy from Bookshop) and The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (buy from Bookshop)

Most Disappointing
Ann: The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (buy from Bookshop) and Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan (buy from Bookshop)
– Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle
Halle: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (buy from Bookshop)
– The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (buy from Bookshop)

Favorite Reread
Ann: Evelina by Francis Burney (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: The Likeness by Tana French (buy from Bookshop)
– Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

Biggest Surprise
Ann: Stealing Home by Sheryl Wood (buy from Bookshop) and Mordew by Alex Pheby (buy from Bookshop)
– Sweet Magnolias (TV)
– Charles Dickens novels
Halle: Red Widow by Alma Katsu (buy from Bookshop) and Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (buy from Bookshop)

Least Favorite
Ann: For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day (buy from Bookshop)
– Agatha Christie books

Best Distraction
Ann: Cackle by Rachel Harrison (buy from Bookshop)
– Hocus Pocus (film)
Halle: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez (buy from Bookshop)

The Book That Ended a Mini Reading Slump
Ann: Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin (buy from Bookshop)
– Alexa Martin books
Halle: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller (buy from Bookshop)

Better Late Than Never
Ann: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (buy from Bookshop)

Book That Has Stayed With Me
Ann: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (buy from Bookshop) and Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (buy from Bookshop)
– National Book Award
– Printz Award
Halle: Take It Back by Kia Abdullah (buy from Bookshop)

Book That We Didn’t Think We’d Like, But Then We Did!
Ann: Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill (buy from Bookshop) and Red Widow by Alma Katsu (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (buy from Bookshop)

Author(s) we discovered in 2021 that we’re most excited to read more from in 2022
Ann: Emily HenryNghi VoCamilla StenGus Moreno
– People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (buy from Bookshop)
– The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (buy from Bookshop)
– When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (buy from Bookshop)
– The Lost Village by Camilla Sten (buy from Bookshop)
– This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno (buy from Bookshop)
– Beach Read by Emily Henry (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: Kate ClaybornNathan Harris, and Meg Mason
– Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (buy from Bookshop)
– Love at First by Kate Clayborn (buy from Bookshop)
– The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (buy from Bookshop)
– Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (buy from Bookshop)

Our Favorite Non-Book Media Property of the Year
Ann: Taco Chronicles (TV) and The White Lotus (TV)
Halle: The White Lotus (TV) and Only Murders in the Building (TV)

The Book We Recommended the Most This Year
Ann: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (buy from Bookshop)
Halle: The Guncle by Steven Rowley (buy from Bookshop)
– The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (buy from Bookshop)

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