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It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.

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It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.

    The Stud

    The Stud

    Corinne's pick for July's prompt to read a book published 20 years before you were born is The Stud by Jackie Collins. It's a wild ride with lots of rich and rich-adjacent people exhibiting poor impulse control!
    Contains: sex, swearing, discussion of homophobia and transphobia, other offensive behaviors, attempted rape
    Our next book discussion will be The Silent Cry by Kenzaburo Oe. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us. 
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 47 min
    Despair

    Despair

    Let this be a sign that if the only Nabokov book you've read is Lolita, you should remedy that. Despair is Corinne's pick for June's prompt to read a book about twins or doppelgangers. 
    Content warning: mention of suicide, murder, Dostoevsky
    Our next book discussion will be The Stud by Jackie Collins. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 51 min
    Wise Children

    Wise Children

    Today we discuss Wise Children by Angela Carter, a book about twins, fulfilling June's prompt to read a book with twins or doppelgangers. It's Angela Carter, so everything is in excess, not just one set of twins, but multiple, plus all the twins share the same birthday. There's a confusing family tree, there's a housefire, there's an attempted Hollywood career, and there's bizarre behavior from the characters right down to the last page. 
    Content Warning: incest, death, grooming
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 44 min
    175 - The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

    175 - The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

    You ready for a messy book? This week we read The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin.
    Next time we will be reading Wise Children by Angela Carter.
    Content warnings: sexual assault, domestic violence, fertility issues.
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 45 min
    The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    We're back! Becca's still suffering from a sinus infection, but we're pressing on anyway. The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams is Corinne's pick for May's prompt to read a book recommended by your favorite author. Joy Williams (in general) is recommended by many authors, among them Catherine Lacey and Sigrid Nunez. 
    Content warning: suicidal ideations, mention of genitalia, violent death, animal death
    Our next book discussion will be The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin. Find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us!
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 39 min
    Becca is Never Going to Read 'It Ends With Us' Part I

    Becca is Never Going to Read 'It Ends With Us' Part I

    Due to some unforseen circumstances this week we are bringing you an episode from our Patreon about Colleen Hoover's massively popular novel It Ends With Us in leiu of our regularly scheduled book discussion. We will hopefully be back with that next week.
    Here is the Slate article by Chels Upton mentioned at the top of the episode.
    Our next book discussions will be The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin.
    If you want to read along with The Bookstore Challenge 2024, you can join us on The StoryGraph to see what others are reading for each month and get ideas for your TBR: The Bookstore Challenge 2024.
    Get two audiobook credits for the price of one at Libro.fm when you sign up using the code BOOKSTOREPOD.
    Website | Patreon

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Christina1832 ,

The heart is a lonely hunter

I wanted to drop a point that you may not have considered here—you talked about how you don’t understand Singer’s fixation on Antonopoulos, but his fixation on him totally mirrors all of the other characters’ fixation on Singer. They come to him to project all of their thoughts and feelings, never sure how much he understands but reassuring themselves that he understands all. Singer does the same thing to his friend. All of these lonely hearts make a god of Singer, and he in turn does this to Antonopoulos. We can see that Singer is just a man and doesn’t have any more understanding of the world than anyone else, and we can see that Antonopoulos is severely ill and incapable of living up to Singer’s impression of him, and that’s kind of the point.

BethG458643 ,

Great Book Podcast with Many Female Authors

I enjoy how Becca and Corinne focus on female authors purposefully and also focus on multicultural books. Their intentions are much appreciated. I don’t often enjoy many of the books they feature, but I suppose that’s more my problem. I also like how they have minisodes that don’t necessarily review books.

One constructive comment: I think it would be great if they created more of a dialogue with their listeners.

They can be a little annoying sometimes when they get giggly. Again, probably more my problem.

peoniesandsnowballs ,

Please include spoilers!

If you are announcing a book in advance the audience has time to read it or listen to the archived episode after they have read it. Not discussing the end of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is so disappointing. Avoiding spoilers irritates the listener who spent 50+ mins anticipating a full discussion of the book.

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