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The Readerly Report is a lit podcast hosted by Nicole Bonia & Gayle Weiswasser. We offer candid book conversations, recommendations, observations and tips for the reading life.

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The Readerly Report is a lit podcast hosted by Nicole Bonia & Gayle Weiswasser. We offer candid book conversations, recommendations, observations and tips for the reading life.

    2021 Fall Fiction Preview

    2021 Fall Fiction Preview

    In this episode, Gayle and Nicole do a preview of their picks on fall fiction preview, get ready because there's quite a list!
    Paper shortage crisis, printed books are being hard to find or to publish new editions. They theorize that's a consequence of the current world situation, people staying at home might be preferring to choose paper to give their eyes a break.
    We Are The Brennans | Tracey Lange | https://amzn.to/3AuSH9k (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250796226 (Bookshop)
    The People We Keep | Allison Larkin | https://amzn.to/3tQNab1 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982171292 (Bookshop)
    This Life | Quntos KunQuest | https://amzn.to/39hhHoX (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781572842823 (Bookshop)
    The Stranger Behind You | Carol Goodman | https://amzn.to/3C7PKMJ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063082342 (Bookshop)
    Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty | https://amzn.to/3hkzkZi (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250220257 (Bookshop)
    The Hunting Wives | May Cobb | https://amzn.to/3llUtnk (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593101131 (Bookshop)
    LA Weather | Maria Amparo Escandon | https://amzn.to/2XEsOWH (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250802569 (Bookshop)
    Our Country Friends | Gary Shteyngart | https://amzn.to/3EusSZD (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781984855121 (Bookshop)
    Fault Lines | Emily Itami | https://amzn.to/3AmsgCW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063099807 (Bookshop)
    My Monticello | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson | https://amzn.to/3ApplJQ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250807151 (Bookshop)
    Beautiful World Where Are You | Sally Rooney | https://amzn.to/3tRhiTz (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780374602604 (Bookshop)
    The Spectacular | Zoe Whittall | https://amzn.to/2VQIANc (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781524799410 (Bookshop)
    A Calling For Charlie Barnes | Joshua Ferris | https://amzn.to/3znekas (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316333535 (Bookshop)
    Then We Came To The End | Joshua Ferris | https://amzn.to/3CqglVf (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316016391 (Bookshop)
    To Rise Again At A Decent Hour | Joshua Ferris | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316016391 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316033992 (Bookshop)
    The Unnamed | Joshua Ferris | https://amzn.to/3tRhH8x (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316034005 (Bookshop)
    Palmares | Gayl Jones | https://amzn.to/3tQVbwq (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/books/palmares/9780807033494 (Bookshop)
    The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris | https://amzn.to/3s72T4J (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982160135 (Bookshop)
    We Are Not Like Them | Christine Pride and Jo Piazza | https://amzn.to/3lG7AQa (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982181031 (Bookshop)
    The Women of Troy | Pat Barker | https://amzn.to/3kmjYFx (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780385546690 (Bookshop)
    The Pessimists | Bethany Ball | https://amzn.to/3CwdMBj (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780802158888 (Bookshop)
    Matrix | Lauren Groff | https://amzn.to/3Aon1Tn (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781594634499 (Bookshop)
    Win Me Something | Kyle Lucia Wu | https://amzn.to/3kkXvbP (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781951142735 (Bookshop)
    Still Life | Sarah Winman | https://amzn.to/3kmM83p (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593330753 (Bookshop)

    • 53 min
    Our Vacation Reads and Challenges Update

    Our Vacation Reads and Challenges Update

    In this episode, Gayle and Nicole go over their vacation reads, and they discuss how traumatic events in fiction books tend to be happening more often than it usually does in real life, which can lead to a feeling of being overfed with trauma while reading the story.
    Towards the second half of the episode, they talk about their current reading challenges and their picks.
    Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny | https://amzn.to/3ycKqVX (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525659341 (Bookshop)
    Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny | https://amzn.to/3j8mkHv (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780804173155 (Bookshop)
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller | https://amzn.to/37AvO7W (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593329825 (Bookshop)
    The Maidens by Alex Michaelides | https://amzn.to/3jKbFBW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250304452 (Bookshop)
    The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee | https://amzn.to/3B5PkWy (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250125903 (Bookshop)
    The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz | https://amzn.to/3jLfkiT (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250790767 (Bookshop)
    We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz | https://amzn.to/3E2fNH0 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781984820464 (Bookshop)
    The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse | https://amzn.to/3hbSVuw (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593296677 (Bookshop)
    The Guest List by Lucy Foley | https://amzn.to/3jNVt2O (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062868930 (Bookshop)
    The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave | https://amzn.to/3iLfKXb (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781501171345 (Bookshop)
    This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel | https://amzn.to/3iKLCeP (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250088567 (Bookshop)
    Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh | https://amzn.to/3nfeLS2 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780061763496 (Bookshop)
    The Hunting Wives by May Cobb | https://amzn.to/2WXFLe1 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593101131 (Bookshop)
    A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins | https://amzn.to/3zeAfS2 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780735211230 (Bookshop)
    The woman in the Window (Netflix) by A.J. Finn | https://amzn.to/3m3xOhe (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062678423 (Bookshop)
    Forever . . . by Judy Blume | https://amzn.to/3ttAC99 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781481414432 (Bookshop)
    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume | https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KPVMAPM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781481409933 (Bookshop)
    The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook | https://amzn.to/3l7c81D (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780307948571 (Bookshop)
    At the Wolf's Table by Rosella Postorino | https://amzn.to/3yV4s7B (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250179166 (Bookshop)
    Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty | https://amzn.to/3l3UNXE (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250069832 (Bookshop)
    The Lost Boys of Montauk by Amanda M. Fairbanks | https://amzn.to/3jR9ayW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982103231 (Bookshop)
    American Pastoral by Philip Roth | https://amzn.to/2YEVSgY (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780375701429 (Bookshop)

    • 45 min
    End of Summer Catch Up & Vacation Reading Picks

    End of Summer Catch Up & Vacation Reading Picks

    In this episode, Nicole and Gayle discuss her Vacation Reading Picks and they do a summer catch-up before going on the last holidays.
    What Could Be Saved | Liese O'Halloran Schwarz | https://amzn.to/3AuLBS1 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982150617 (Bookshop)
    Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid | https://amzn.to/2VQ48cK (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781524798659 (Bookshop)
    All Together Now | Matthew Norman | https://amzn.to/2WhfmqI (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781984821096 (Bookshop)
    Wayward | Dana Spiotta | https://amzn.to/3yO8cbG (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593318737 (Bookshop)
    Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri | https://amzn.to/3lZe1Qh (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593318317 (Bookshop)
    The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri | https://amzn.to/3knodiS (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780307278265 (Bookshop)
    A Slow Fire Burning | Paula Hawkins | https://amzn.to/3zeAfS2 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780735211230 (Bookshop)
    Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny | https://amzn.to/3ycKqVX (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525659341 (Bookshop)
    Single Carefree Mellow | Ketherine Heiny | https://amzn.to/3j8mkHv (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780804173155 (Bookshop)
    The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz | https://amzn.to/3jLfkiT (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250790767 (Bookshop)
    The Paper Palace | Miranda Cowley Heller | https://amzn.to/37AvO7W (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593329825 (Bookshop)
    The Idea Of You | Robinne Lee | https://amzn.to/3B5PkWy (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250125903 (Bookshop)
    Nowhere Girl | Cheryl Diamond | https://amzn.to/3sVl3Hj (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781616208202 (Bookshop)
    God Spare The Girls | Kelsey McKinney | https://amzn.to/3xRnwmB (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063020252 (Bookshop)

    • 30 min
    Summer Paperbacks! Just In Time For Vacation

    Summer Paperbacks! Just In Time For Vacation

    Gayle and Nicole discuss books coming out this summer in paperback that are worth picking up if you missed them in hardcover.
    Books discussed:
    What Could Be Saved | Liese O'Halloran Schwarz | https://amzn.to/2VFrUI7 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982150617 (Bookshop)
    Wayward | Dana Spiotta | https://amzn.to/3yO8cbG (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593318737 (Bookshop)
    The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris | https://amzn.to/3s72T4J (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982160135 (Bookshop)
    Crying In H Mart | Michelle Zauner | https://amzn.to/37Aw5rv (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525657743 (Bookshop)
    What Passes As Love | Trisha Thomas | https://amzn.to/2VLDYYc (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781542030601 (Bookshop)
    Saving Ruby King | Catherine Adel West | https://amzn.to/3xAqsnQ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780778305095 (Bookshop)
    Such A Fun Age | Kiley Reid | https://amzn.to/3iA8wFt (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525541905 (Bookshop)
    The Beauty In Breaking | Michele Harper | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525541905 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525537380 (Bookshop)
    Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices | Swapna Krishna | https://amzn.to/3fRXRUR (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593081891 (Bookshop)
    The Pull Of The Stars | Emma Donoghue | https://amzn.to/3lQKc44 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316499019 (Bookshop)
    Room | Emma Donoghue | https://amzn.to/3AuuUq2 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316098328 (Bookshop)
    Frog Music | Emma Donoghue | https://amzn.to/3yC5ZjI (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316324670 (Bookshop)
    The Wonder | Emma Donoghue | https://amzn.to/2VLKSx3 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780316393867 (Bookshop)
    The Quiet Girl | S.F. Kosa | https://amzn.to/2VIrHDW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781728215563 (Bookshop)
    Transcendent Kingdom | Yaa Gyasi | https://amzn.to/37uIrkX (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525658184 (Bookshop)
    Stray, Sweetbitter | Stephanie Danler | https://amzn.to/3yDEJRJ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781101875964 (Bookshop)
    The Exiles | Christina Baker Kline | https://amzn.to/3yDPraW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062356345 (Bookshop)
    Bird In Hand | Christina Baker Kline | https://amzn.to/3xzwoxd (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062363992 (Bookshop)
    Orphan Train | Christina Baker Klinehttps://amzn.to/3lPIHTL (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780061950728 (Bookshop)
    The Mirror and The Light | Hilary Mantel | https://amzn.to/3s77yUv (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250182494 (Bookshop)
    The Therapist | B.A. Paris | https://amzn.to/3s5N6Di (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250274120 (Bookshop)
    The Vanishing Half | Brit Bennett | https://amzn.to/3CBf8LJ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525536291 (Bookshop)
    Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell | https://amzn.to/3fQbIed (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525657606 (Bookshop)
    Confessions On The 7:45 | Lisa Unger | https://amzn.to/2X9LMnn (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780778310150 (Bookshop)
    A Very Punchable Face | Colin Jost | https://amzn.to/37uJIIL (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781101906347 (Bookshop)
    White Ivy | Susie Yang | https://amzn.to/3iyGWIx (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982100599 (Bookshop)

    • 48 min
    Books We Still Want To Read This Summer

    Books We Still Want To Read This Summer

    On this episode, Gayle and Nicole talk about the summer 2021 books they are still hoping to read, even though summer is basically half over. They have a lot to do.
    Links mentioned:
    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/10/politics/obama-summer-reading-list-2021/index.html (Barack Obama's 2021 Summer Reading List)
    Books discussed on the show:
    That Summer by Jennifer Weiner | https://amzn.to/3lRVw06 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781501133541 (Bookshop)
    The Less People Know About Us by Axton Betz-Hamilton | https://amzn.to/3jK3d5E (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781538730287 (Bookshop)
    The Guest List by Lucy Foley | https://amzn.to/3jNVt2O (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062868930 (Bookshop)
    The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris | https://amzn.to/3lN4TOw (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982160135 (Bookshop)
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | https://www.amazon.com/Project-Hail-Mary/dp/B08GB58KD5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Project-Hail-Maryandqid=1628614692andsr=8-1 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593135204 (Bookshop)
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller | https://amzn.to/3ArGBOb (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593329825 (Bookshop)
    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid | https://amzn.to/3CDWcvK (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781524798659 (Bookshop)
    For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing | https://amzn.to/3fSnwg9 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593100974 (Bookshop)
    Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell | https://amzn.to/3jGFjbe (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250793614 (Bookshop)
    Palace Of The Drowned by Christine Mangan | https://amzn.to/2XfsFbL (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250788429 (Bookshop)
    We Are The Brennans by Tracey Lange | https://amzn.to/3AuSH9k (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250796226 (Bookshop)
    Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins | https://amzn.to/3AzSiT3 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780735211230 (Bookshop)
    What Could Be Saved by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz | https://amzn.to/3AuLBS1 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982150617 (Bookshop)
    Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner | https://amzn.to/3jI7Hd5 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525657743 (Bookshop)
    God Save The Girls by Kelsey McKinney | Amazon | Bookshop
    Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda | https://amzn.to/3ApFb6G (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781982147280 (Bookshop)
    The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda | https://amzn.to/37zvMNI (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781501165382 (Bookshop)
    Land Of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen | https://amzn.to/3Av4G6J (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780358272557 (Bookshop)
    Intimacies by Katie Kitamura | https://amzn.to/3lMQUIB (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780399576164 (Bookshop)

    • 42 min
    First Half 2021 Reading Wrapup

    First Half 2021 Reading Wrapup

    Gayle and Nicole look back on the last six months of reading: what has worked for them, how their reading lives have changed, standout reads, and stats.
    Books mentioned on this episode:
    The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas | https://amzn.to/3iEoXAQ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781984880598 (Bookshop)
    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid | https://amzn.to/2VQ48cK (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781524798659 (Bookshop)
    While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams | https://amzn.to/2UcWJng (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780385546577 (Bookshop)
    The Radium Girls by Kate Moore | https://amzn.to/3CB7zVo (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781492650959 (Bookshop)
    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | https://amzn.to/2Xku0y0 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780525559474 (Bookshop)
    Should We Stay Or Should We Go by Lionel Shriver | https://amzn.to/3s6on1y (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063094246 (Bookshop)
    Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore | https://amzn.to/3ApM87U (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062913272 (Bookshop)
    Too Good To Be True by Carola Lovering | https://amzn.to/2X9GacQ (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250271372 (Bookshop)
    The Anatomy Of Desire by L. R. Dorn | https://amzn.to/3CGAZ4A (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063041929 (Bookshop)
    The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz | https://amzn.to/3jLfkiT (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250790767 (Bookshop)
    The Happiest Girl In The World by Alena Dillon |https://amzn.to/3fT9Lhs (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780063019041 (Bookshop)
    The Dry by Jane Harper | https://amzn.to/3CCZiQS (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250105622 (Bookshop)
    In The Country Of Others by Leila Slimani | https://amzn.to/3jIusxD (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780143135975 (Bookshop)
    The Maidens by Alex Michaelides | https://amzn.to/3jKbFBW (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250304452 (Bookshop)
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller | https://amzn.to/37AvO7W (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780593329825 (Bookshop)
    Saturday by Ian McEwan | https://amzn.to/3iCGSYi (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781400076192 (Bookshop)
    Indelicacy by Amina Cain | https://amzn.to/3AtcVju (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250785718 (Bookshop)
    The Talented Mrs. Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe | https://amzn.to/3Aw8Xa0 (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9780062897725 (Bookshop)
    Quit Like A Woman by Holly Whitaker | https://amzn.to/3jN6npq (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781984825070 (Bookshop)
    Good Morning Monster by Catherine Gildiner | https://amzn.to/2VQ8gcK (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250271488 (Bookshop)
    Madam by Phoebe Wynne | https://amzn.to/3AyBj3r (Amazon) | https://bookshop.org/a/2143/9781250272041 (Bookshop)

    • 39 min

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