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More Fall Books: The Fall Debuts We're Looking Forward To Reading

This week, Gayle and Nicole continue their discussion about fall books they’re looking forward to, with a focus on debut authors. These books are all over the map, in terms of genre, format and subject matter! Books discussed during this episode: Polite Society by Mahesh Rao Machine by Susan Steinberg The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates Diamond Doris by Doris Payne The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridgett M. Davis Bloomland by John Englehardt Know My Name by Chanel Miller...


The First Of Our Fall Book Previews

It’s fall, also known as Oscar season for books. In this episode, Gayle and Nicole talk about the fall books they are excited to read, with a focus on authors who have published before. (In future episodes, we’ll talk about debut authors and paperbacks.) Get your TBR lists ready! Books mentioned during this episode: Summerlings by Lisa Howorth In The Pleasure Groove by John Taylor Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur Verity by Colleen Hoover The Testaments by Margaret Atwood The Dutch House...


Gayle's Post-Vacation Catchup & THE TRAVELERS Book Club

Gayle is back from vacation, so she and Nicole catch up on what they read- and didn’t read – while she was gone. They also talk about the passing of Toni Morrison (read an old post of Nicole’s celebrating Toni Morrison) and the Obamas’ role as literary tastemakers, and have a long book club discussion about The Travelers by Regina Porter. (If you haven’t read it, turn the show off around minute 50.) Links mentioned: Bustle article about Michelle Obama’s book recommendations InsideHook...


Grab The Popcorn! Gayle & Nicole Share A Selection Of Their Favorite Thrillers

Gayle and Nicole talk about their favorite thrillers – the ones that can serve as popcorn for dinner. Did their lists overlap? Shockingly, no. Also, what is Gayle bringing to read on vacation? Books mentioned in this episode: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou The Body Lies by Jo Baker And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin Red White And Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Plainsong by Kent Haruf Normal People by Sally Rooney Things You Save In A Fire by...


Bookchick Di’s Diane LaRue Stops by To Talk Libraries, Book Events and What To Read In August

Today’s guest on the Readerly Report – Diane LaRue, longtime bookish friend of Gayle and Nicole and author of the blog Book Chick Di, to talk about Libraries, Book Events and What To Read In August. Links mentioned in this episode: The Book Cellar Politics & Prose East City Bookshop Solid State Books Books mentioned in this episode: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Hall Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe See You In The Piazza: New...


How We Choose The Books We Read, Plus Our Picks In August New Releases

There are so many great book discussions happening online and in real life. In this episode, Gayle and Nicole talk about the places where they each learn about books, and how those sources of book discovery have changed over the last year. They also discuss the hot August books they’ve got their eye on in the waning weeks of summer. Links mentioned in this episode: Spivey’s Facebook Group #SpiveySwap Facebook Group #BOTM Facebook Group Sarah’s Book Shelves Live Interview With Siobhan...


Summer Paperbacks And TRUST EXERCISE Book Club Discussion

Gayle and Nicole were waylaid by travel and illness last week, but they are now back in business! Today, they talk about new paperbacks out this summer, catch up on what they’ve been reading, and discuss their July book club pick, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. (The book club discussion begins around 42 minutes in, if you want to avoid spoilers.) Three Women by Lisa Taddeo The Year Of The Runaways by Sunjeev Sahoda The Travelers by Regina Porter Black Is The Body by Emily Bernard The...


This Summer's Literary Fiction

Gayle and Nicole are drowning in enticing literary fiction books this summer. On this episode, we delve wistfully into our literary fiction TBRs and lament how little time we have to read all of the books we want to read. WARNING: your TBR may balloon after listening to this episode. Books mentioned in this episode: Kitchens Of The Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal Everything Is Just Fine by Brett Paesel Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy...


Therese Plummer Stops By To Give Us Her Take on Audiobook Narration Plus Favorite Books Set In Summer

Gayle and Nicole talk to prolific audiobook narrator Therese Plummer about our favorite books set in summertime. We also get into the relationship between audiobook narrators and listeners, and weigh in on the eternal debate: does listening to a book count as reading it? (YES!) Books mentioned on this show: Sunburn by Laura Lipman More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve Cygnet by Season Butler The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr Little Blog On The Prairie by Cathleen Davitt...


Our Summer Bucket Lists

Gayle and Nicole share their summer reading bucket lists, which are full of irresistible literary fiction. They also check in on our (non) progress with their respective reading challenges and evaluate the latest Book of the Month picks. Books mentioned in this episode: City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner Belonging by Nora Krug (Gayle’s review here) The Lager Queen Of Minnesota by J. Ryan...


Year To Date! The Best of 2019 So Far + The Farm Book Club

Gayle and Nicole share their reading highlights from the first half of 2019, report on upcoming paperback releases and talk about some good book mail Nicole just got from Gayle. They also have their spoiler-y book club discussion of The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Books mentioned: Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok Bad Blood by John Carreyrou Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Sunburn by Laura Lippman City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Three Women by Lisa Taddeo The Two Lila...


Coming Of Age With Jean Kwok, Author of "Searching For Sylvie Lee"

Gayle and Nicole have a guest – Jean Kwok, the author of the newly-released Searching For Sylvie Lee – to help them decide what makes a coming of age novel and discuss their favorite books in this genre. Jean also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the casting and production of the audiobook version of Searching For Sylvie Lee. Books mentioned in this episode: Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok Mambo In Chinatown by Jean Kwok City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Trust Exercise by Susan...


First Half 2019 Reads - Did Goodreads Get It Right? Plus All The Books From The BEA Buzz Panel

Gayle and Nicole continue to catch up on Book Expo 2019, including this year’s 6 Adult Buzz Panel picks, and they discuss the Goodreads list of the Hit Books of the First Half of 2019. What have we read on this list, and do we agree with it? Books discussed in this episode: Forever Is The Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern Uncanny Valley...


Nicole's Vacation Reading Report & Book Expo Update

Nicole is back from vacation – what did she read while she was gone? (Or when she got back, thanks to the busy nature of her trip?) And Gayle is back from Book Expo 2019, so she shares some thoughts about the annual book fest in NYC. This is the first episode they’ve recorded in a few weeks, so there is a lot to catch up on! Books mentioned in this episode: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Three Women by Lisa Tadeo Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner Olive by...


The Readerly Report Summer Book Preview!

Clear the decks! It's time for the Readerly Report Summer Book Preview! Gayle and Nicole scoured the lists of upcoming releases, and here are the books they are most looking forward to reading this summer. They came into the show without conferring with each other - did they come up with the same books? (Hint: Of course.) Books mentioned on this episode: Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok Cygnet by Season Butler Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky Very Nice...


Talking Historical Fiction with Anne Bogel, The Modern Mrs Darcy

We welcome Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy to The Readerly Report to talk about historical fiction, reading guilt (and why you should let go of it!), 9/11 as a plot point and how to read more books. Links mentioned: Modern Mrs. Darcy What Should I Read Next? Reading People: How Seeing The World Through The Lens Of Personality Changes Everything I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights And Dilemmas Of The Reading Life Books mentioned in this episode: The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz...


Nicole's Vacation Reads And Book Club Discussion of A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Gayle and Nicole discuss which books Nicole is taking on her upcoming two-week jaunt to Asia - how to decide? And we have our book club discussion about Etaf Rum's A Woman Is No Man. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert Cygnet by Season Butler The Night Before by Wendy Walker Devotion by Madeline Stevens Time After Time by The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte The Snakes by Sadie Jones The Women Of The Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell The...


Books We Love Are Now In Paperback

Gayle and Nicole talk about what they are reading, the frustration of having too many library books come in at the same time and some upcoming book-to-TV adaptations. Then they share some books that they love that are new in paperback now, just in time for beach bags and plane trips. Books mentioned in this episode: Golden Child by Claire Adam (Gayle’s review) A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum My Ex-Life by Stephen Macauley Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin...


Behind The Scenes At Book-of-the-Month With Siobhan Jones

Gayle and Nicole chat with Siobhan Jones, Editorial Director at Book of the Month, about how BOTM has transformed the reading community. We talk about how BOTM selections are picked, a bit about BOTM readers and why BOTM sticks to 5 books each month. Plus, we cover 3 backlist picks and 5 books we’re excited to read in May. If you’ve wanted to go behind the scenes at BOTM, this is the episode for you. Read our full show notes here.


Where The Men Are? The Male Authors We Love

Gayle and Nicole talk about female authors a lot on this show, so on this episode, they talk about why they tend to read more books written by women and also explore some of the male authors they love. They also share some backlist love for Nelly Allard and Scott Spencer. Get the full scoop in our show notes!