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What to Read in May - Manhattan Beach

Josie is here to let you know what to read in May - Manhattan Beach by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan. Set against the backdrop of World War Two, and in a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men, Egan shows us what drives people to act the way they do, and what drives them apart. And it also gives us a real hankering to visit the beach. So get it read, and then come back for our next main episode, out at the end of May. Happy Reading!


16. All Systems Re(a)d

It's all systems go for All Systems Red by Martha Wells, a short and sweet sci-fi thriller about a robot who has become self-aware, and would rather be watching soap operas than helping its human companions. The gang get get real about all things futuristic, there's some unexpectedly impressive casting from Ben, and we fondly remember a certain 90s heroine who can turn into a puddle. Join us! ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or send us a sample of your Grade 5...


Mini Episode - Ready Player One Large Popcorn Please

Join us, bookworms, as we step back in time (and journey to the future) to talk about the new movie adaptation of our FIRST EVER monthly read, Ready Player One. Does the film live up to the hype? Are Wade's legs really that long? Was our cast better than Spielberg's? (You know it was.)


What to Read in April - All Systems Red

Josie is stopping by to tell you what what we're reading this month - All Systems Red, by Martha Wells. The first book in a new series of novellas called The Murderbot Diaries, All Systems Red is a short and snappy read about a robot who's trying to figure out what "life" is all about, and who would rather be watching TV than dealing with humans (and, funnily enough, we can all relate). Get it read (we promise it won't take you long) in time for our next main episode, out at the end of...


15. Sing, Unburied, Sing-ing Its Praises

This month we're discussing Sing, Unburied, Sing - the award-winning and (spoilers) bloody excellent 2017 novel by Jesmyn Ward. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favour and READ IT NOW. Then join the gang as we talk uncomfortable road trips, complex family dynamics, and our frankly brilliant idea for the next ghostbusters film (call us, Columbia Pictures). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or your tips for hiding drugs in your car (and if you're the police,...


Mini Episode - Call Me By Your Movie

In February's episode about Call Me By Your Name (the book), Laura told us she was off to see Call Me By Your Name (the movie) the very next day. Never the fibber, she went, and is back to tell us what she thought. Join us as Laura (who has seen it) tells Fiona (who hasn't) how the movie compares to the book, and as Fiona tells Laura about the director's controversial plan to make some sequels.


What to Read in March - Sing, Unburied, Sing

Laura is here to tell you what what we're reading this month - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. This 2017 novel won the National Book Award for Fiction, was named one of Time Magazine's best novels of the year, and was on Barack Obama's list of favourite books. What more do you want, people? We can't wait to talk to you about this book, and we promise you won't be disappointed. Get reading in time for our next main episode, out at the end of March. Happy Reading!


What to Read in February - Call Me By Your Name

Ben is checking in to tell you what what we're reading this month - Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman. There's so much buzz around this book (and the recent movie adaptation) that farmers are using it to pollinate their crops. No jokes, guys, just facts. We're excited to read it, and you should be too. Get reading in time for our next main episode, out at the end of February. Happy Reading!


What to Read January - My Sister Rosa

A new year of book reading is upon us, and Laura is here to tell you what you should read first - My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. This book is tense, and exciting, and we can't wait to talk to you about it. Get it read in time for our next main episode, out at the end of January. Happy Reading!


Mini Episode - Alias Grace: As Seen On TV

Thank the Netflix (and CBC) Gods, bookworms, because the Alias Grace TV series is here, and your friends at Book Who's Talking have binge-watched and formed OPINIONS. Join us as we discuss the good, the bad, and the surprise we all felt on learning that "energetic dancing" was actually just energetic dancing. SPOILERS AHEAD.


What to Read in December - Lincoln in the Bardo

Fiona is ready and raring to tell you what we're reading this month - Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. Two main points: 1) This book recently won the Man Booker Prize, and 2) OMG READ THIS BOOK. Get it read in time for our next main episode, due out at the end of December. And honestly, the best Christmas present we can give you is a reason to read this book. Read this book.


11. Lexicon? Lex-We-Can!

This month we're talking about Lexicon, the 2013 thriller by Australian author Max Barry. We've got it all, including questionable Australian accents, tooth sucking, and the sound of kangaroo lips (gross, Laura). Come and join us! ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or about the podcast! Or about whether you think John Farnham missed his true calling! We're @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Goodreads. And you can email us at...


What to Read in November - Lexicon

Laura is here, and she wants to tell you all about the book that we're reading this month. (Spoilers: Lexicon by Max Barry, an Aussie thriller about words and persuasion, and also Broken Hill for some reason.) Read it in time for our next main episode, due out at the end of November.


10. So Alias Grace-ful

We’re diving into Alias Grace, the Margaret Atwood novel behind the about-to-be-released Netflix series (and Fiona's actual favourite book). Join us as we discuss potentially-guilty-murderess Grace Marks, as well as patchwork quilts, memory-triggering potatoes and the soon-to-be nuptials of Laura and Canadian actor/singer/superstar Drake. ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or about the podcast! Or about whether you've ever been aroused by a table leg! We're @bookwhostalking on...


Mini Episode - Pitch Perfect

We welcome special guest Kate, a YA and children's book editor who tells us all the best bits about working in the publishing industry, and reveals why you should definitely hire a singing telegram. Then we play a super fun game where we make Kate listen to all our best (worst) book pitches, and make her choose the best (worst) ones. Find out why Fiona is starting a protest movement, why Ben loves Twilight, and why Laura has a single dropping in iTunes this week. Find Kate on twitter here:...


What To Read In October - Alias Grace

Josie tells you what we're reading this month, and why you should read it in time for our next main episode, due out at the end of October. (Spoilers: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, and because you want to be all high-brow and say "It's not as good as the book" when the Netflix series drops on November 3rd.)


9. More The Power To Ya

This month we're giving power to The Power, Naomi Alderman’s award winning 2016 novel. This book gave us ALL OF THE FEELINGS, and was also a great excuse to talk about Kesha starting her own religion. Settle in and enjoy (we sure did). Come and tell us what you thought of the book (and/or the episode), we're on facebook/ twitter/ instagram/ goodreads/ reddit @bookwhostalking.


Mini Episode - Roald Dahl-ings

This September would have been Roald Dahl's 101st birthday, so to celebrate the author of some of our most beloved books, we're doing a quiz! Find out if we know our Buckets from our BFGs, and see who wins a golden ticket, and who gets a one-way trip to the chokey. (If you would like to submit a complaint about that half-point Laura thinks she deserved, please have a good, hard look at yourself, and then come and talk to us on Facebook or Twitter - @bookwhostalking.)


8. A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Can you really ever know someone? Does tragedy plus time always equal comedy? What's the name of that Mandy Moore movie where she plays the President's daughter? All of these questions and more will be answered (or at the very least asked) as we delve into the 2017 Man Booker International Prize winner, A Horse Walks Into A Bar, by David Grossman. ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or about the podcast! Or about whether you think it's a bad idea for Ben to sing karaoke the night...


Tell Us What You're Reading

We want to know what you're reading! Whether you're up to date, starting from the beginning, or being a maverick and doing your own thing, we want to hear about it. Email / Twitter / @bookwhostalking Instagram / @bookwhostalking Facebook / @bookwhostalking Reddit / @bookwhostalking Thanks for being in our book club, book worms


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