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The podcast where I get to know interesting people by asking them about their favorite book.

Best Book Ever Julie Strauss

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    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

The podcast where I get to know interesting people by asking them about their favorite book.

    117 Liz Michalski on "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

    117 Liz Michalski on "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

    If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I absolutely lost my mind over the book “Darling Girl” a couple of weeks ago. It’s a modern day examination of the Peter Pan fairy tale, in which Wendy Darling’s granddaughter Holly must take on Peter Pan in order to save her daughter’s life. I think it’s such a clever take on the story, with fresh characters and a mature, nuanced look at the real heart of the story.
    Today, the author of that marvelous book, Liz Michalski, is here to talk to me about the original Peter Pan and why she wrote her take on it. Along the way we discussed her love of the fantastic in every day life, the joy and grief of sending our adult children into the world, the often tragic life of author J.M. Barrie and how it influenced his strange literary world, and why “Peter Pan” is the Best Book Ever.
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    Discussed in this episode:
    Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    Darling Girl: A Novel of Peter Pan by Liz Michalski
    Fun with Dick and Jane
    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Taproot: A Story About a Gardener and a Ghost by Keezy Young
    Disney’s Peter Pan
    Peter Pan (2003 Live action movie)
    If you are looking for more iterations of Peter Pan, there is also a sort of prequel 2015 movie with Hugh Jackman, and of course, Hook with Robin Williams.  They all have really different vibes!
    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
    Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
    Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
     
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 42 min
    116 J.P. Choquette on "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths

    116 J.P. Choquette on "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths

    Thriller author J.P. Choquette writes atmospheric suspense novels with themes of nature, art, and folklore. She started writing "books" when she was old enough to hold a crayon. These were held together with staples and left some painful scratches.  When she's not working, you'll find her sipping a hot beverage, reading, or in the woods with her family.
    Today J.P. joined me to talk about the modern gothic thriller, “The Stranger Diaries,” a book that hit every one of my literary sweet spots. We talked Anglophilia, gothic literature, books that are thrilling but not scary, and the joys of letter writing.
     
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    Discussed in this episode:
    The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
    Agatha Christie Inspector Poirot novels
    Monsters in the Green Mountains books by J.P. Choquette
    Every reference to Castle Rock in Stephen King books
    Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Book 1 in the Ruth Galloway Series)
    The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths (featuring DS Harbinder Kaur from The Stranger Diaries)
    The Yellow Room by Mary Roberts Rinehart
    (Interesting side note: when I researched Rinehart’s books, I came across The Bat, a three act-play of hers that is the original inspiration for Bob Kane’s Batman. Reading is AWESOME.)
    I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
    Let the Dead Rest by J.P. Choquette
     
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 33 min
    115 Royal Books

    115 Royal Books

    Like nearly everyone else in the world, I am watching the funeral preparations for Queen Elizabeth II, and the transition to the new King, with great interest. I thought you might like a compilation of my favorite books about the royals, and royally-adjacent fiction that I return to again and again.
    In addition to what I have already read, I am also very fascinated by all of the work that writers and activists from colonized countries are providing, and I look forward to broadening my understanding of the points of view of People of the Global Majority. I would love to hear any book recommendations you have, fiction or nonfiction.
     
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    Discussed in this episode:
    HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes.
    Our Rainbow Queen: A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and Her Colorful Wardrobe by Sali Hughes.
    The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly.
    The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown
     The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
    Diana, Her True Story by Andrew Morton
    Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton.
    Prince Charles: the Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith
    Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of the Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith
    The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
    The Madness of King George
    The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.
    The Fug Girls
    Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.
    BBE episode 068 – Lauren Regenhardt on Red, White and Royal Blue
    The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black
    The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
     
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 17 min
    114 Victoria Snow on "Hidden Valley Road" by Robert Kolker

    114 Victoria Snow on "Hidden Valley Road" by Robert Kolker

    Victoria Snow is currently in her second year of grad school, working towards licensure of a marriage and family therapist. A bookstagrammer since 2019, she spends her free time reading an eclectic array of literature. She also enjoys her guilty pleasure of watching reality TV (especially any Real Housewives series). Victoria joined me to talk about the challenges of reading for pleasure while in school, and how to use Net Galley to read early release books. That’s where she found today’s book, “Hidden Valley Road,” a heart breaking true story of a mid-century family torn apart by mental illness.
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    Guest: Victoria Snow
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    Discussed in this episode:
    Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker
    Thrillers by the Book Club
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    NetGalley
    I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 29 min
    113 Naima Simone on "Saving Grace" by Julie Garwood

    113 Naima Simone on "Saving Grace" by Julie Garwood

    Naima Simone is a USA today bestselling romance author I’ve admired for so long, and I knew we would have a lot of laughs when we finally got to sit down and chat. We had so much fun discussing the art of a perfect sex scene, which this book is full of, and why she and I are the perfect historical romance fans (spoiler alert: it’s because neither of us are interested in looking up the accuracy of the historical details, so we pretty just go with the flow.) This book is new to me, but I absolutely fell in love with it, and I think I might agree with Naima that “Saving Grace” is the Best Book Ever.
     
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    Discussed in this episode:
    Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
    Episode 16 – Kenya Goree Bell on “Nine Rules to Break” by Sarah MacLean
    The Road to Rose Bend by Naima Simone
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    Superfudge by Judy Blume
    Forever by Judy Blume
    Lisa Gardner
    John Saul
    Nalini Singh
    Christine Feehan
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Kristen Ashley
    The Thornheart Trials by Sherilee Grey:
    A Curse in the Darkness
    A Vow of Ruin
    Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood
    Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
    Castles by Julie Garwood
    The LOTR Battle of Helm’s Deep (I totally forgot that the best line of the whole series – “I am no man!” is in this scene, as is Legolas sliding down the elephant trunk!)
    Heated by Naima Simone
    Black Sheep Bargain by Naima Simone
     
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 35 min
    112 Valerie Francis on "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" by Agatha Christie

    112 Valerie Francis on "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" by Agatha Christie

    The only thing better than talking to Valerie Francis about writing is talking to Valerie Francis about reading. She is a writer and literary editor who thinks very deeply about story, and we had a blast talking about why Agatha Christie's classic "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is the Best Book Ever.
    Note: this episode is spoiler-free!
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    Guest: Valerie Francis
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    Discussed in this episode:
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Listen to Valerie talk about Gone Girl on the Story Grid Editor Roundtable Podcast (this is episode one of a seven-part deep dive)
    The Inspector Rebus Novels by Ian Rankin (Note: there are 22 Inspector Rebus books, but they don’t have to be read in order)
    Knives Out
    Listen to Valerie talk about Knives Out on the Story Nerd Podcast
    Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
    And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
    The Maid by Nita Prose
    (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links. If you shop using my affiliate link on Bookshop, a portion of your purchase will go to me, at no extra expense to you. Thank you for supporting indie bookstores and for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Telouse31 ,

Such a fun podcast!

What a great podcast for reading lovers! I love how each episode talks about a different book and then relates it to regular conversation about life!

Krisa550 ,

Great podcast!

I love Julie and this podcast! The conversation about the different books is in-depth and her enthusiasm is inspiring. I have fallen in love with books again.

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Wonderful podcast!

This is a great podcast for book recommendations. Julie is great at interviews and has such a soothing voice!

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