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What to Read in August - The Dry by Jane Harper

It's mystery time, Bookworms! This month we're reading The Dry, an atmospheric page-turner by Australian author Jane Harper. Join Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk as he reluctantly goes back to his home town to investigate the murder of his childhood best friend. As Aaron gets deeper in the investigation, it becomes clear that this small town is hiding some big secrets. We'll see you at the end of the month, Happy Reading!


31. Evvie Drake Starts Over

Hold on to your (baseball) hats, Bookworms, because this month we read the best-selling modern romance Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. Full of believable, flawed characters and snappy dialogue, this is a book about finding yourself, finding love, and finding out what the yips even are. Described by our very own Fiona as "a coming-of-age novel about a grown-up", this is one that D I V I D E D the podcast. So come and hear our thoughts on baseball, best friends, and sexy consent,...


Mini Episode - Big Little Lies S2: Lie Harder

The ladies of Monterey are back, and so are we! Albeit with fewer secrets, pant suits, and shower wigs. "What's a shower wig?" we hear you ask? You'll have to listen to find out. We're re-capping Season 2 of the originally-based-on-a-book smash hit TV show Big Little Lies (now with added Streep), so come and chat with us about Jane's bangs, Nicole's ear lobes, and Fiona's thoughts on snitchin' kids. Happy watching!


What to Read in July - Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Gather round, Bookworms, because this month we're reading Evvie Drake Starts Over, a romance novel (and a New York Times bestseller) by pop culture writer and host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, Linda Holmes. Set in small town Maine, this is a book for those of us who like our romance with a side of believability. Bonus points if you love baseball and/or breakfast and/or shaggy dogs. Get reading, and join us to talk about it at the end of the month. Happy Reading!


30. Boy Swallows Universe

Your end is a dead blue wren, Bookworms. For this episode we read Boy Swallows Universe, the debut award-winning novel by Australian author Trent Dalton. A story about good people doing bad, bad people doing good, and how to live with the consequences of other people's decisions. There is just so much to talk about, bookworms, and there's a reason this book is everywhere. Come break it down with us - find out about Fiona's lucky freckle, Ben's red phone theory, and Laura's obsession...


What to Read in June - Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

This month we're reading Boy Swallows Universe, the award-winning, first-time novel by Australian author Trent Dalton. Inspired by Trent's own childhood, Boy Swallows Universe is a tale of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, all set against the backdrop of 1980s working-class, suburban Brisbane. If you're anything like us, this book will get in your head, and there it will stay. Join us for a chat (and a cry? I'm guessing?) at the end of the month. Happy reading!


29. Children of Blood and Bone

This month we read the extremely-hot-right-now Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi. Join us as we talk magical world-building, the passion of teens, and how much we can't wait for the upcoming movie adaptation (very much we can't wait). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or if you know what an MF DOOM is! We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Goodreads. And you can email us at


What to Read in May - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This month we're devouring Children of Blood and Bone - a 2018 young adult fantasy novel by Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi. A New York Times Bestseller, and a feature of just about every "Best of YA" list from last year, this is a story about standing up to power, protecting the people you love, and coming to terms with your own strength. Read along, and join us for a magical chat at the end of the month. Happy Reading!


28. Normal People

This month we read the award-winning and much-raved-about Normal People, a 2018 novel by Irish author Sally Rooney. A modern love story about how one person can profoundly change another person's life, this book gave us loads to talk about, and lots of feelings. Join us to find out whether Normal People stacks up to those mountains of good reviews, which character captured our collective hearts, and how tall Ben is compared to the boys of One Direction. ----- Tell us what you think...


Mini Episode - Looking AT Alibrandi

You've read the book, now join us as we watch the movie! Come and roll around in all of your teenage feelings, and hear us talk about our love for Pia Miranda, Laura's lust for Anthony LaPaglia (keep it together, girl), and the legend of the shark tooth necklace. WE JUST LOVE THIS MOVIE, OK?!


What to Read in April - Normal People by Sally Rooney

This month we're tackling Normal People, a 2018 novel by Irish author Sally Rooney. Normal People was long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize (fancy), and Rooney has been hailed as "a Salinger for the snapchat generation". We're not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like catnip for Laura, so we're into it. We are really excited to read this one, Bookworms, so read along with us, and we'll see you back here to talk about it at the end of April. Happy Reading!


27. Looking Back For Alibrandi

Order yourself a cappuccino and grab a seat in the good room, because it's time to talk about the quintessential coming-of-age novel (and according to Laura, "the greatest piece of Australian literature ever written") Looking for Alibrandi, by Melina Marchetta. Serving up complex characters, multigenerational stories and a PAINFULLY accurate depiction of what it feels like to be a teen, there's a reason this book is a classic. Let's find out if it's as good as Laura and Fiona remember, if...


26. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (But We Are A Mess)

Grab a hanky, pop on some waterproof mascara, and make sure you hydrate, because this month we're discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and TEARS WILL BE SHED. This is a beautifully written book about loneliness, kindness, friendship, and the healing power of cats that, spoilers, we LOVED. If you haven't read it yet, please do yourself a favour, then come back and listen to us talk about jerkins, the magic of Tesco, and which character Reese Witherspoon should...


Mini Episode - Valentine's Day Quiz

Happy Valentine's Day, book lovers! Are you a lover of love? A connoisseur of courtship? In celebration of this special day, Laura is putting on a quiz. Find out how well you know your literary love stories, and if you can score higher than Ben and Fiona (you probably can). Happy (book) loving!


What to Read in February - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

This month we're reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the 2017 debut novel by Gail Honeyman. SPOILER: WE LOVE THIS BOOK. Read it. We'll be back and ready to talk (through our tears) at the end of February. Happy Reading!


25. An American Marriage

This month we read the 2018 novel that ALL the critics (including Barack Obama) were raving about - An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This book is full of twits and turns and surprises and emotions. And Laura's copy is now full of Laura's very own tears. Join us as we cover all of the important topics - Salmon croquettes, Tina Arena, weird doll babies, and the brand new definitely-not-made-up Book Who's Talking sweepstakes. ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast!...


What to Read in January - An American Marriage

We're kicking off our 2019 reading with a book that's had ALL of the buzz (here's looking at you, Oprah) - An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. Laura is here to tell you what it's about, and why you should start putting in in your eyes / ears / heart immediately. We'll be back and ready to talk (weep?) about it at the end of January, so make sure you're with us. Happy reading!


24. Hercule Poirot's Christmas

We're celebrating the holidays with murder! And moustaches! That's right, bookworms, this month we dove into BWT's first every Agatha Christie novel, Hercule Poirot's Christmas. Join us for this holiday-themed delight (it really is delightful), and find out if we paid attention in high school biology, if anyone guessed whodunnit, and if Laura ever managed to pronounce "Hercule Poirot" correctly. ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or if you know what an aquiline...


Mini Episode - Harry Christmas!

It's Christmas time, and for our resident ride or die Harry Potter fan (Laura) Christmas and the Potterverse are forever intertwined. But which wizarding Christmas is the *MOST* magical? Ben and Fiona have taken this episode off (Harry who?), so Laura is flying solo (on her Clean Sweep 7), counting down every Potter festive season, and making us feel as warm and toasty as McGonagall after a few egg nogs. So pop on your favourite Weasley jumper, pack up your wizard's chess, and snuggle in....


Mini Episode - Pachinko

Laura and Fiona are joining forces to tell you about one of the best books they read this year - Pachinko by Korean American writer Min Jin Lee. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival. In this very spoiler free, very mini episode, let us convince you that *this* is the book you should be reading over your holiday break. ----- Get Fiona's favourite Korean face masks here: