Beto and Sarah are two friends who first met in English class, their freshman year of high school. Join them as they relive that magical and awkward time. Each week, they’ll re-read and discuss one of the books they read (or were supposed to read) in high school. This is not a “Literature” podcast. This is a podcast about books and friendship.
Season One Bonus!
It's a Fancy Book Learnin’ bonus episode! Beto and Sarah rank the best and worst books of season one and decide if any books should be un-shelved or un-shunned. Plus, they give out Fancy Book Learnin’ superlatives. Which character was the best? Which character is most likely to go to jail? Who was the biggest party animal? Listen and find out!
Carrie by Stephen King
On the season finale, it’s the spooky Halloween episode! Beto and Sarah discuss Carrie by Stephen King. They read listener mail and listen to a special audio submission! They talk about the dangers of bullying, prom, whether Chris is the ultimate Mean Girl, and the best way to raise a telekinetic kid. Is this book worthy of the Fancy Book Learnin’ bookshelf? Listen and find out!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This week, Beto and Sarah discuss To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and catch-up with a special guest from their freshman English class: Dylan Brogan! They chat about their high school’s rendition of the play, discuss Boo Radley’s gift-giving skills, and the pros and cons of ham costumes. Will this book be added to the Fancy Book Learnin' library? Listen and find out!
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
On this episode, Beto and Sarah discuss the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. They talk about the Red Scare and the Salem witch trials, learn about Arthur Miller’s marriage history, discuss whether Abigail Williams is the ultimate mean girl, and if the Ten Commandments quiz is a good way to catch a witch. They also read some listener mail! Will this book be shelved or shunned? Listen and find out!
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
This week, Beto and Sarah discuss The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. They talk about the sexual misconduct allegations against Alexie, discuss eight stories from the book, and interview Don Hoaglin, one of their high school English teachers! They also hear from listeners about their favorite teachers. Will this book be added to the Fancy Book Learnin’ library? Listen and find out!
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
On this week's episode, Beto and Sarah discuss Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and learn about the detective story genre. Plus, they talk about train travel, proper interrogation techniques, and the benefits of diplomatic immunity. Will this book be added to the prestigious Fancy Book Learnin' Library? Listen and find out!
*** To skip the plot overview, fast forward from 20:15 to minute 30:30 in the episode.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Fun and insightful
Great way to learn about a book and get interested in reading these books. Lots of fun to listen to these two while learning about new literature!
I’m quoting this podcast already! I love two friends chatting about anything especially books.
Great and a good quarantine listen
Comforting, informative and fun!