Most people have books on their shelves they’ve been meaning to read. Bailey has 125. With this podcast, she and her friends set out to finish their ever-growing To Read Lists.
Band of French
BAND OF BROTHERS by Stephen E. Ambrose & FRENCH EXIT by Patrick deWitt. This week on The To Read List, Bailey finds herself absolutely buried in shame! We play a game about some famous burials and Dillon gets to flex his knowledge about a certain miniseries. Andrew digs into Stephen E. Ambrose’s chronicle of heroism, BAND OF BROTHERS and Bailey digs into Patrick deWitt’s darkly comic novel, FRENCH EXIT. Also, we announce our 2022 reading goals and Bailey bemoans how many pages are left in her next read.
The Third Annual Bookend Awards!
As 2021 comes to a close, we reflect back on the highs and lows of our reading year -- our favorite protagonists, our most surprising reads, and the characters we'd like to lock in a wine cellar under Venice. Plus, we play "To Read List Roulette," a game with some seriously high stakes. Books books books!
The House of the End
THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende & THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris. Toby tackles Allende’s smash hit, magical realism-heavy debut novel, and Bailey gets deep into the surprisingly long THEN WE CAME TO THE END. Along the way, the hosts establish their reading wheelhouses, Dillon gets a month-too-soon jump on Andrew’s next book, and everyone gets to hear Bailey and Dillon argue heatedly about Bailey’s book. Plus, a spooky game about the scariest world of all - the world of aaadvertisi
To the Library
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf & THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig. This week, Andrew heads on a meta-journey inside the anxiety of the early 20th century with Virginia Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. Then, Bailey explores the multiverse in Matt Haig's THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY. Is this the timeline where she thinks the book lives up to the hype? We also contemplate our reader wheelhouses, change famous authors' fates, and assign Toby some unexpected shame.
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh & DEAR CHILD by Romy Hausmann. On this week’s episode, Toby digs into a classic in Evelyn Waugh’s BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. But will he dig it? And Bailey checks out a thriller that has some similarities to some she’s loved before in DEAR CHILD by Romy Hausmann. How will it stack up? Plus, we talk crayons we’ve seen, difficult to track down authors, and pies that will haunt our dreams forever!
Sing, Unburied Pizza
SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward & PIZZA GIRL by Jean Kyoung Frazier. This week, Andrew takes a road trip with SING, UNBURIED, SING while Bailey gets a part-time job as a PIZZA GIRL. Dillon is there too. We learn the answers to huge questions like what makes a haunted pumpkin? What's an appletizer? And, most crucially, are pickles allowed on pizza?