50 episodes

The Book Thingo podcast features lively discussions between readers, academics, and bestselling authors about romance books, culture, and Tim Tams. Find out about upcoming romance titles and old favourites. Discover how the romance genre reflects feminism, sexuality, morality, and culture. Happy endings are mandatory. Hosted by Kat Mayo and produced in Australia.

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

The Book Thingo podcast features lively discussions between readers, academics, and bestselling authors about romance books, culture, and Tim Tams. Find out about upcoming romance titles and old favourites. Discover how the romance genre reflects feminism, sexuality, morality, and culture. Happy endings are mandatory. Hosted by Kat Mayo and produced in Australia.

    BT bloggers: The glory days – BT076

    BT bloggers: The glory days – BT076

    Guests: Gabby and Rudi | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 27/01/2020 Sydney

    It’s been a year since Gabby, Rudi and I recorded an episode where we were all in the same room. But we managed to sneak in a couple of hours, while Gabby was back in Sydney, to talk about reading challenges, spring rolls, Goodreads super powers, sulk body parts, and baking. Now that we’re living through a pandemic, it’s likely we won’t be recording in person again for a while, so we hope you enjoy our reunion episode!

    Speaking of the pandemic, we recognise that COVID-19 has touched everyone’s lives in different ways, and that for some of us, this is a time of great anxiety and loss. We send you our love and our very best wishes.

    Guests

    Gabby — Wearer of socks and gloves, epilogue hater, sits in the wrong chair: @penneclearwater

    Rudi Bremer — Long-suffering audio producer and recommender of books: @rudi_bee

    Books



    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik

    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Work For It by Talia Hibbert

    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — Beard Science by Penny Reid [ livetweets ]

    * BD | a href="https://t.dgm-au.com/c/60496/69172/1880?u=https://www.

    • 52 min
    Anna Cowan: Break the taboo

    Anna Cowan: Break the taboo

    Anna Cowan, Australian author of historical romance, talks about exploring the power structures of gender in her writing, and what she's been up to since publishing Untamed. She talks about trying to write her second book while raising children, and we have an incredibly honest conversation about the struggle to manage motherhood with personal ambition. Anna names some of her favourite queer romances, and drops some tidbits about her current work in progress!



    Shownotes: http://bookthingo.com.au/podcast

    Feedback: podcast@bookthingo.com.au

    Host: Kat Mayo

    Audio producer: Rudi Bremer

    Recorded: 25/01/2020 Sydney

    • 47 min
    BT bloggers: Understanding the chemistry – BT074

    BT bloggers: Understanding the chemistry – BT074

    Guests: Rudi Bremer and Gabby | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 20/22/2019 Sydney

    The Book Thingo podcast comes out of accidental hiatus (blame Kat!) with an episode dedicated (mostly) to The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. Spoiler: we disagree about many things. This leads to a discussion of women taking up hobbies, such as knitting and baking, that are actually work. Does a hobby have to be productive? We have opinions and theories. (Because of course, we do.) We circle back to the book by exploring whether producing something beautiful has value of its own.

    Just before the 1-hour mark, I describe a historical romance plot for a book whose plot I couldn’t remember. This book does exist! Details in the outro.

    We love hearing from our listeners — thanks for patiently waiting for this episode to drop! We love hearing from you, so tag us on your live tweets and Instagram stories using #BTpod, or send us an email at podcast@bookthingo.com.au.

    Guests

    Rudi Bremer — Long-suffering audio producer and recommender of books: @rudi_bee

    Gabby — Wearer of socks and gloves, epilogue hater: @penneclearwater

    Books



    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — No Two Ways by Chi Yu Rodriguez

    * BD | BT | Amz | Aud — The Fling by Rebekah Weatherspoon

    * BD | BT | a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=boothi-20&am...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Podversary 4: Petty and holding grudges – BT073

    Podversary 4: Petty and holding grudges – BT073

    What happens when one of the BT bloggers moves overseas? Shenanigans, of course! Rudi enlists the help of some of our listeners to see if we can fill a gap in our show, and the results are hilarious. Thank you to Ana, Ben, Chachic, Mel and Sarah for taking part in this episode. You were all AMAZING!



    And now, over to you, dear listener -- who do you think would make the best Gabby? Tweet your vote (write-ins welcome!) and tag us using #BTpod.



    Shownotes: http://bookthingo.com.au/podcast

    Feedback: podcast@bookthingo.com.au

    Host: Kat Mayo

    Audio producer: Rudi Bremer

    Recorded: 7/09/2019 Sydney

    • 30 min
    Sophie Ly: Romancing her with some spaghetti – BT072

    Sophie Ly: Romancing her with some spaghetti – BT072

    Romance reader Sophie Ly taks to Kat and Rudi about why she loves graphic novels, and gives us some recommendations for series with strong romantic arcs.



    Shownotes: http://bookthingo.com.au/podcast

    Feedback: podcast@bookthingo.com.au

    Host: Kat Mayo

    Audio producer: Rudi Bremer

    Recorded: 9/06/2019 Sydney

    BT Bloggers: Bookish betrayals – BT071

    BT Bloggers: Bookish betrayals – BT071

    The Book Thingo bloggers decided to knock one book off our TBR piles. Spoiler alert: only one of us actually did the work, and you get no prizes for guessing who. We also talk about the books we lie about having read, books we feel guilty about not having read, and romance classics that didn't really work for us.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

RBurbank ,

Fantastic!!

I just discovered this podcast a few weeks ago and am binging through all of the episodes - I discovered Outlander 2 years ago (I know - groan, but I’m obsessed) and have been tearing through romance novels and series ever since trying to find intelligently written love stories. I love hearing the conversations on the show breaking down the Romance Genre preconceptions and I also love the real author recommendations. Thank you for this show!!

KatlynnO. ,

So much fun!

This has to be one of my favorite podcasts. There is a great mixture of more formal interviews and informal discussions, and they're always fun. You can really tell that Kat, Gabby, and Rudi genuinely love romance novels, and their passion for the genre has reignited my passion for reading romance. My TBR list has grown so much. Thanks, ladies!

Heidi541 ,

Really Like This

I really like how this podcast listens less like a string of book advertisements and more like a conversation about romance books. Kat Mayo brings a lot of curiosity to her interviews and asks questions I would want to ask as well. A lot of fun. Thanks.

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