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The Book Thief

For their final ever podcast, Trish and Jess read one of Trish's all time favorites, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. They get a little choked up discussing the heartbreak of the multiple characters who don't make it to the end of this novel that takes place in WWII Germany and get off track only briefly when they need to pause to kill a spider. They reflect on their podcasting highs and lows over the past 3 years, and end Podcast Unbound for good with a Top 5 of books they read for the...


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

For the final two episodes of Podcast Unbound, Trish and Jess pick books they love for the other to read. Our hosts discuss bookstores they've recently frequented, which requires discussion of Jess's dislike for BAM. Rob Lowe, after being a nonentity for the entirety of previous episodes, finds himself relevant on multiple occasions. Trish and Jess identify their favorite snail facts from this month's read, "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. They finish the...


The God of Small Things

It's mid-August and Trish has already reached her goal of reading 52 books this year, so Jess and Trish discuss her updated reading goals. In spite of this reading high, Trish shares her recent literary low when she realizes she's been mispronouncing a word for a long time. Jess and Trish then share their heartbreak about how deeply events went wrong in this month's read "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, and how heartbreaking books that take place in India always seem to be. With...


In the time of Butterflies

Before getting into their book this month, Trish and Jess discuss some of their recent reads and book purchases, including 2nd person novels where mothers disappear and turn into birds and old school detective novels that are disappointingly creepy. They then asses “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a gorgeous novel based on the true story of the Mirabel sisters and their part of the revolution in the Dominican against Trujillo. Trish and Jess announce their podcasting days are drawing to a...


This is how you lose her

Trish and Jess talk about times they've been assholes, including Jess mispronouncing the word detritus on the podcast and in her personal life for forever. They also talk about the asshole main character in the beautiful, sparsely written "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. Next month they read "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.


The Girl With All The Gifts

Trish and Jess read "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Corey this month, and Trish is forced to start questioning why she has read 5 books in the last year in which people attempt or are successful in turning into some kind of tree. Trish also begins to soul search why she hasn't read as many dystopian novels as she thought, until Jess points out she's full of crap and has read lots of dystopia. Next month, "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden...



For the first time, Jess and Trish review a book which it turns out they both despise, "Mute" by Piers Anthony. Not even telekinetic chickens can save this misogynistic piece of old sci-fi. Trish suspects even the person who wrote the description for the back cover wasn't able to finish it, as Mit the hermit crab is misidentified as telepathic when he is actually clairvoyant. Next month they put this debacle behind them with "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey. (Music credit:...


The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Jess and Trish talk about fake mermaids and true love while discussing "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman. They also break down some important though unconnected topics, like if the new Beauty and the Beast movie is gonna be good. They end with one of their favorite Top 5s ever, characters who think they're a monster. Next month the delve deep into serious sci-fi, "Mute" by Piers Anthony. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)


Purple Hibiscus

Trish and Jess disagree about a variety of books from beginning to end. Trish fails to appreciate "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman the way it deserves, but they agree entirely that "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is great, and that the character development was clear when they had epiphanies about one character through the eyes of another. They finish with Top 5 books they've hated, and have moments of great agreement and dispute. Next month, they read "The...


A Man Called Ove

One of the best things about Leah is that she has a Pinterest board named "Mug Life," but it also is great that she was our guest in Jan! We talked about hot cheese, all while discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman. Leah and Trish describe their love of the cantankerous old man with a heart of gold at the heart of the book, while Jess has mild reservations. They debate how old you have to be to be considered old, and agree the limit should be upped. They get into Top 5 male...


Girl in a Coat

Trish and Jess check in about books they got for Christmas, how their respective apartments are filling with books despite best efforts, and Jess's last ditch attempt to read a book a day for the rest of the year to reach her yearly goal. They then discuss Girl in Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, which made its way into the 30% of books Trish likes despite being a little unbelievable. They compare it to Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer which loaded Jess with tension as she worried that mother...


Endless Night

Before Trish and Jess review "Endless Night" by Agatha Christie, they commiserate on their apartments filling up with books despite their best intentions and check in about their reading goals for the year. Trish has already read more books than weeks in the year, and Jess makes plans to power through detective novels to make her quota. While reviewing "Endless Night" they discuss their surprise over its structure, push back on extended recuperation periods for sprained ankles, and discuss...



It's Podcast Unbound's 2 year anniversary! Our only regret so far is how weird our recorded voices are. This month's book is Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald because we found two copies at a consignment store. We share our mutual horror at having picked yet another book that ended up having weird sex stuff in it. A man who thinks he's developmentally disabled until he finds out he's not somehow raises a horde of pigs in his basement without being discovered and shares his secret with a local...


Constant Suicides / Princesses

Trish and Jess compare and contrast books with vaguely similar titles they found at a consignment shop: the Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory vs The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr. Trish reports historical princesses are weird pervs and Jess is unable to explain why a Scotsman would keep his back door open but his bedroom door locked. Top 5 list this month: consignment store purchases. Join us next month for our two-year anniversary, when we read Pigtopia by Kitty...


The Dwarves

Welcome to our August episode where we talk to our friend Jason, who has chosen “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz for us to read. We talk about potential dwarven hankey-pankey, wizard betrayal, and why so much ham gets eaten. We round the episode out with our top five lines from a book. Next month we do a double header where we’ll each read a different book with a sort-of similar title, and compare and contrast. Those two books are “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory and “The Case of...



Ok, back on track! This month, we enjoy some bad-boy time with “Hyde” by Daniel Levine. This episode contains bad rosé, all sorts of weird sex things none of us expected, and Star Trek top five. Next month, we read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz with a special guest. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)


The Poisonwood Bible

And a belated Happy Father's day to you all! To celebrate we asked Jess's Father, Gary, to join us in a discussion of his favorite book, "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. Hear how this book ruined us for other books. Top 5 for this month? Bad Dads. Next month, we read, "Hyde" by Daniel Levine. Enjoy, and send us your questions to @PodcastUnbound on Twitter or Facebook.



Trish and Jess start with a chat about what else they've been reading recently, which included Joe Hill's newest novel, BuzzFeed articles, and essays about the Polyvagal Theory. They move on to talk about the powerful heartbreak of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." They qualify when they are willing to accept unbelievable circumstances in books and what makes a book feel hopeless. They end with a Top 5 list of other books that broke their hearts. Next month, Jess's dad guest stars for Father's...


The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Jess and Trish overestimate how much wine they can reasonably drink before podcasting. They share the professional writers they wish wrote fanfic before assessing "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend," by Katarina Bivald. They both are passionately distressed by an unrealistic depiction of stew and small town cohesion and end with Top 5 books they would recommend to strangers. Next month, "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. (Musical Credit: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans)



Jess and Trish drink a bottle and a half of wine before playing judge a book by its title. A life changing event takes place when one of them actually guesses one correctly!! Who and which book? You'll have to listen to find out. They then discuss "Zorro" by Isabelle Allende, and touch upon plot points including children catching bears, the pressure of being a lady on a ship when everyone is trying to watch you dump your chamber pot, and the romance of being mute except for the girl of...