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A regular podcast about books and reading with Holly (@hollyjunesmith) and Nicola (@robotnic).

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A regular podcast about books and reading with Holly (@hollyjunesmith) and Nicola (@robotnic).

    #51 | Best Books of 2016 & Reading Plans for 2017!

    #51 | Best Books of 2016 & Reading Plans for 2017!

    Welcome to the final episode of Bookish Blether for 2017! Today Holly and Nicola are sharing their favourite books of 2016 and some reading goals for 2017.

    After this episode, we’re taking a hiatus and we’ll be gone for a few months. Thank you SO MUCH for listening to Bookish Blether! We’ll be updating our Twitter with news about our return. In the meantime, please do keep us in your podcast feeds and we’ll be popping up sometime in 2017.

    Happy New Year and lots of bookish love from us both x


    –– What We’re Currently Reading ––

    Nicola

    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | http://amzn.to/2huy1XG

    The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis | http://amzn.to/2hqIvtk
    Also mentioned: Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman

    The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante | http://amzn.to/2huvYCQ

    Holly
    See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (sent by Tinder Press for review) | http://amzn.to/2gNvJ8s
    Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner | http://amzn.to/2hO1VW8



    –– Books We Recently Acquired ––

    Nicola
    Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller | http://amzn.to/2iF1cL5
    (Out 7 February from Tin House in the USA, out 26 January from Fig Tree in the UK)
    Sign up to Book of the Month club here | https://www.mybotm.com/76q1bdfcgx5stt9

    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante | http://amzn.to/2htJisH
    Also mentioned: Max from Well Done Books | https://www.youtube.com/welldonebooks

    Moth Box | http://mothbox.weebly.com/
    Curated by Mercedes | https://www.youtube.com/user/MercysBookishMusings
    Trio by Sue Gee | http://amzn.to/2htxJ4R
    Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell | http://amzn.to/2ihL7ds


    Holly
    The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty (sent for review by Michael Joseph) | http://amzn.to/2hNTt9v
    Also mentioned: Pretty Little Liars


    –– Our Top Books of 2016! ––

    Refresh your memory about our Best Books of the Year (So Far) from half-way though 2016!

    Nicola’s Favourites
    Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    Stranger on a Train by Jenny Diski
    The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
    Also mentioned: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
    Night Waking by Sarah Moss
    Also mentioned: The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

    Holly’s Favourites
    The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
    Rain by Melissa Harrison
    The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebank
    The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
    Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ullman


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    Nicola:

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http://robotnic.co
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    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523767.Nicola_Balkind

    • 47 min
    #50 | Books To Give You The Warm & Fuzzies & More! (Q&A)

    #50 | Books To Give You The Warm & Fuzzies & More! (Q&A)

    Some BIG NEWS for the end of the year, and answers to your questions!

    –– What We’re Currently Reading ––

    Holly
    See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (sent by Tinder Press for review) | http://amzn.to/2gNvJ8s

    Nicola
    Night Waking by Sarah Moss | http://amzn.to/2huqhot
    The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante | http://amzn.to/2huvYCQ
    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | http://amzn.to/2huy1XG


    –– Books We Recently Acquired ––

    Holly
    There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie by Rebecca Colby | http://amzn.to/2gXNqyF
    Link to the original poem: http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/there-was-an-old-lady

    Nicola
    The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis | http://amzn.to/2hqIvtk
    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple | http://amzn.to/2hjyNJ1


    –– As to your Qs! ––
    Our most anticipated reads
    Previous episode about anticipated reads | http://bookishblether.tumblr.com/post/152626085310/bookish-blether-episode-47-most-anticipated-book
    The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
    The Animators Kayle Rae Whittaker
    Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan (hear our review in episode 46 | http://bookishblether.tumblr.com/post/151999599800/bookish-blether-episode-46-the-rory-gilmore)
    Abandon Me by Melissa Febos
    Women Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt

    Books that give us the warm and fuzzies
    Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
    Books from our childhoods such as Judy Blume

    Our favourite comfort reads
    Holly likes anything by or about The Mitford Sisters and food writing such as works by Calvin Trillin, AA Gill, Nigel Slater
    Nicola likes to revisit lighter reads such as David Sedaris' New Yorker articles, or By The Book articles.

    Books to read on audiobook
    One Summer, American 1927 by Bill Bryson
    An Astronauts Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield
    Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    Between the World and Me by Ta
    Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
    The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
    Breakfast at Tiffany's - read by Michael C Hall
    Anne of Green Gables - read by Rachael McAdams
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - read by Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    One book we wish more people would read
    Nicola picked The Other Typist by Susanne Martel
    Holly picked Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

    Books to read over Christmas break
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
    The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


    Also mentioned
    Dad voiceover makeup tutorial | https://twitter.com/htxkaytie/status/807979071695179776?s=15



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    Love our podcast? Leave us a review and share it with a friend!

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    Holly:

    http://twitter.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://instagram.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://www.heyhollyjune.co.uk


    Nicola:

    http://twitter.com/robotnic
    
http://robotnic.co
    http://youtube.com/robotnic
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523767.Nicola_Balkind

    • 40 min
    #49 | Our Favourite Non-Fiction Books & TBRs

    #49 | Our Favourite Non-Fiction Books & TBRs

    As we say goodbye to another Non-Fiction November, we decided to share some of our favourite non-fiction books, as well as many more that are still sitting atop our TBR piles.


    –– What We’re Currently Reading ––

    Nicola
    Bluets by Maggie Nelson | http://amzn.to/2fH0vhL
    Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys | http://amzn.to/2gxfcBw
    Night Waking by Sarah Moss | http://amzn.to/2fH5Sx5

    Holly
    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple | http://amzn.to/2fUK0fA
    See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (sent by Tinder Press for review) | http://amzn.to/2gNvJ8s


    –– Books We Recently Acquired ––

    Nicola
    The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson | http://amzn.to/2gAAbV9
    Also mentioned her novels, Gilead & Housekeeping
    Essays of E.B. White | http://amzn.to/2gxfzMt
    A Woman Looking At Men Looking At Women by Siri Hustvedt (sent by Simon & Schuster for review) | http://amzn.to/2gxdWhx

    Holly
    The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante | http://amzn.to/2gxe14P
    Winter: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison | http://amzn.to/2gmdQKj
    Notes From No Man’s Land by Eula Biss | http://amzn.to/2gAHD2q
    His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet | http://amzn.to/2g8F9KD


    –– Our Non-Fiction Favourites & TBRs ––
    In order mentioned…

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
    Also mentioned: her YouTube channel, Ask a Mortician | https://www.youtube.com/user/OrderoftheGoodDeath
    Election / death video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSdNvm16Fg

    The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
    Also mentioned Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

    New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009 edited by Teresa Carpenter

    The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

    Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

    Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

    The Moth: 50 True Stories edited by Catherine Burns

    The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

    How to Travel Without Seeing by Andrés Neuman


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    Holly:

    http://twitter.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://instagram.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://www.heyhollyjune.co.uk


    Nicola:

    http://twitter.com/robotnic
    
http://robotnic.co
    http://youtube.com/robotnic
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523767.Nicola_Balkind

    • 34 min
    #48 | Nice Books for Dark Days

    #48 | Nice Books for Dark Days

    Election season has been stressful. It’s getting darker earlier, too. We thought up some nice books to read when the world is feeling dark – literally or figuratively.

    –– What We’re Currently Reading ––

    Nicola
    The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang
    Swing Time by Zadie Smith

    Holly
    Nothing :(


    –– Books We Recently Acquired ––

    Nicola
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
    Brain on Fire: My Month of by Susannah Cahalan
    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    And a few others – check out her library book sale haul here |

    Holly
    Nothing :(


    –– Our Recommended Books for Dark Days ––
    All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
    Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
    The Harry Potter series
    Roald Dahl books
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
    Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Winter, an anthology curated by Melissa Harrison
    Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders
    Dear Fatty by Dawn French
    Heartburn by Nora Ephron
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
    The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
    Agatha Christie novels
    Anything by David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs
    Also books by Simon Rich and Jesse Eisenberg
    Everything's Perfect When You're A Liar by Kelly Oxford
    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (also Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir)
    Happy by Derren Brown
    Paranormality and Night School by Richard Wiseman
    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    The Antidote: Happiness for People who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman


    –– Follow us! ––

    You can subscribe to Bookish Blether on SoundCloud, iTunes and Stitcher, or your podcast app of choice.

    Love our podcast? Leave us a review and share it with a friend!

    Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/BookishBlether

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/bookishblether

    Tumblr: http://bookishblether.tumblr.com

    Email: bookishblether@gmail.com


    Holly:

    http://twitter.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://instagram.com/hollyjunesmith

    http://www.heyhollyjune.co.uk


    Nicola:

    http://twitter.com/robotnic
    
http://robotnic.co
    http://youtube.com/robotnic
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6523767.Nicola_Balkind

    • 35 min

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A favourite

Great podcast, I love listening to it on the way to uni. Definitely encouraging me to get back into reading after a bit of a slump with some great recommendations!

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My to read list is getting longer and longer, thanks to these two lovely ladies and this podcast.

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I love this!

This is an amazing, bookish podcast from two lovely, smart ladies! I started listening to this a few months ago and I’m hooked - I even featured it on my book-themed youtube channel. Nicola and Holly are witty, sweet and most importantly, very knowledgable about books! Love this podcast and have recommended it to many.

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