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The podcast where we try to talk about books instead of buying them.

    E13: No One Will Ever Be As Entertained By Us As Us

    E13: No One Will Ever Be As Entertained By Us As Us

    Smack and Gabi are celebrating ITBR's Anni-birthday by inviting you (our precious listeners) to email (itbrshelf@gmail.com) or follow & tweet @infinitetbr with your favorite book of this year OR the name of a book that we recommended that you enjoyed.  One lucky participant will be chosen to receive a $20 gift card to the independent bookstore of their choice.  We went on to answer selections (requested by our #1 fan) from the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag, complete with copious tangents and unrepentant cheating when it came to answering prompts.  Winners include:


    Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
    The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton
    Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
    Summoned by C.P. Rider
    Gifting Fire by Alina Boyden
    Misrule by Heather Walter
    A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
    The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew
    Naomi Teitelbaum Ends the World by Samara Shanker
    A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

    • 1 hr 4 min
    B3: Genre Stigma - Don't Make Fun of Me, You D***

    B3: Genre Stigma - Don't Make Fun of Me, You D***

    In this bonus episode, Smack and Gabi discuss genre stigma.  We review general trends and discuss our personal experiences encountering it in the wild as readers, writers, and academics.  We also discuss strategies for overcoming stigma in ourselves (an ongoing process) and how best to encourage others to do so (the power of friendship!).

    • 40 min
    E12: We Are the Ultimate Book Crawlers

    E12: We Are the Ultimate Book Crawlers

    Smack and Gabi review their San Diego Independent Bookstore Day Book Crawl a.k.a. Book Crawl a.k.a. Book Crawlidays adventure.  They recount their experiences and book hauls from each of the eleven(!!) participating independent bookstores in San Diego, noting their faves and their…not-so-faves, as well as the sweet swag accumulated along the way.  They are also gearing up for the 2022 Mysterious Galaxy Summer Bingo and celebrating ITBR’s first birthday!  Happy Birthday to Us!!

    • 58 min
    E11: Post-Apocalyptic Futuristic Science Fiction Dragons with Spirits and a Cat

    E11: Post-Apocalyptic Futuristic Science Fiction Dragons with Spirits and a Cat

    Smack and Gabi cover a lot of reading ground from March and April.  Smack gives a teaser about her faves (further discussion pending Gabi catching up…some day); Gabi waxes poetic about feathered dragons, Faustian bargains, violin prodigies, and donut-selling aliens; and we both gush about a gross and incredible werewolf horror novel.  Smack’s been listening to a lot of popcorn audiobooks while Gabi pre-gamed for Book Crawl.  We finish by reminiscing about nice dragons - one of our all-time favorites!

    Main books discussed include:


    The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
    Stealing Thunder (#1) and Gifting Fire (#2) by Alina Boyden
    Fae Games trilogy by Karen Lynch
    Inferno by Dante Alighieri (translated by Mary Jo Bang, illustrations by Henrik Drescher)
    Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
    Mongrels by Stephen Graham-Jones
    Impact Winter by Travis Beacham
    Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Mayer
    Hunt the Stars (Starlight’s Shadow #1) by Jessie Mihalik
    Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter
    Scorpica by G.R. Macallister
    So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
    DFZ trilogy by Rachel Aaron
    Heartstrikers (a.k.a. Nice Dragons) series by Rachel Aaron

    • 1 hr 4 min
    B2: Green Creek Part Two - Everything Exists in Werewolf Fiction

    B2: Green Creek Part Two - Everything Exists in Werewolf Fiction

    In our second bonus episode, Smack and Gabi continue their discussion surrounding the Green Creek saga by TJ Klune.  Topics include some hot tea re: the publishing industry, some common werewolf tropes that were not adequately explained during Gabi’s insane Green Creek tangent of the previous bonus episode, a recap of Brothersong (the final book in the quartet), and a couple of essential plot points that Gabi remembers very suddenly mid-sentence.  We’re also not 100% sure what year it is.

    Other werewolf books of note mentioned in passing that we think everyone should read include Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones and The Devourers by Indra Das.

    • 54 min
    E10: Book Haulidays Part Two - On a Hunting Trip and Haven't Been Home in a Few Days

    E10: Book Haulidays Part Two - On a Hunting Trip and Haven't Been Home in a Few Days

    Smack and Gabi continue their recap of their Book Hols with the rest of their recent reads and coverage of their (first) Barnes & Noble Pre-Order Sale Extravaganza.  Gabi belatedly learns a well-known Supernatural trope and bemoans a missed opportunity for a character's Enemies-to-BFFs relationship with a big bad evil serpent.  Smack explains the best friend prop and describes how to get good translator recommendations when reading classics.  Both reiterate their goal to make 2022 the Year of Indulgences and Rereads.

    Main books discussed include:


    The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski translated by Danusia Stok
    Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
    A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
    Pawn by Karen Lynch

    • 51 min