Each week, freelance writer and lifelong bookworm Alli Hoff Kosik will challenge a guest to reread a literary throwback or to experience for the first time ever a book they may have missed as a kid. After that, they'll be asked to spill all the feels and all the opinions about that book on the air for your podcast-listening pleasure. Every Tuesday, you can find us breaking down an old school read from our tween and teen days on a new episode of the show. We'll cover everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to Holes, Nancy Drew to Harry Potter. This time around, we're a little wiser (yay!), a lot older (ugh.), and of legal age to drink wine... so we'll have a lot to say. Happy Reading!
Episode 171: Tokyo Ever After (with Talia Hibbert)
This week, New Reads November 2021 comes to its grand finale with a conversation about Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After. Tune in for discussions about the importance of representation in publishing, the differences in book covers from one country to the next, tabloid culture, fantastic literary parents, the tensions between tradition and progress, and The Princess Diaries.
Talia Hibbert is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Get a Life, Chloe Brown; Take a Hint, Dani Brown; and Act Your Age, Evie Brown. Follow her on Instagram (@taliahibbert) and Twitter (@TaliaHibbert).
Episode 170: Prairie Lotus (with Veera Hiranandani)
At long last, Alli is reading and discussing the book that has been most frequently recommended to her by guests and listeners in 2020 and 2021: Linda Sue Park’s Prairie Lotus. This book presents a long overdue perspective about the same (highly complicated) era romanticized by Laura Ingalls Wilder and explores matters of race, xenophobia, loss, Otherness, and assault. On Episode 170, Alli and her guest discuss the importance of embracing one’s full identity, the depiction of Native American culture in Prairie Lotus, the pressures placed on children and women of color, and so much more. Enjoy this third week of New Reads November 2021!
Veera Hiranandani is the author of several highly-acclaimed, award-winning books, including The Night Diary and The Whole Story of Half a Girl. Her new book — How to Find What You’re Not Looking For — is now available. Follow Veera on Instagram (@veerawrites) and Twitter (@VeeraHira).
Episode 169: Camp (with Dahlia Adler)
Welcome back to New Reads November 2021! This week, L.C. Rosen’s Camp takes center stage. In Camp, main character Randy navigates the ups and downs of a relationship with his longtime camp crush… under less than transparent circumstances. The conversation on Episode 169 explores questions of changing yourself for relationships, identity, internalized homophobia, and keeping the people you love safe. Alli and her guest also chat about complicated characters, the degree to which teen characters are forced to stay connected to their families of origin, and their own camp experiences.
Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a young adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of several anthologies, including Junior Library Guild selection His Hideous Heart, and the author of many novels, including Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books. Find her on Twitter (@MissDahlELama) and Instagram (@missdahlelama).
Episode 168: You Have a Match (with Emma Benshoff)
It’s Week 1 of New Reads November 2021! This year, we’re kicking things off with a conversation about You Have a Match by Emma Lord. This 2021 title — which combines serious Parent Trap vibes with influencer culture and mail-in DNA tests — was selected for Reese’s YA Book Club, which is a pretty big deal! On Episode 168, Alli and her guest discuss queer rep, portrayals of social media and technology in literature, and how much is “too much” in a novel. They also chat about the golden age of YA!
Emma Benshoff is a digital marketing manager for Underlined, the teen branch of Random House Books for Young Readers. Follow her on Instagram (@emmabenshoff) and Twitter (@emmabenshoff).
Episode 167: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (with Farah Naz Rishi)
To all the listeners I’ve loved before… let’s talk about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! At long last, it’s time to dive into Jenny Han’s beloved 2014 YA rom com, made all the more famous by Netflix’s recent adaptations. Alli and her guest chat about said adaptations, along with the book’s portrayal of sisterhood, people pleasing, sex, popularity, healthy relationships, and so much more. They also discuss the importance of representation in pop culture.
Farah Naz Rishi is the author of It All Comes Back to You and I Hope You Get This Message. Follow her on Instagram (@farahnazrishi) and Twitter (@farahnazrishi).
Episode 166: Redwall (with Namina Forna)
The first of Brian Jacques’s twenty-two Redwall books was published in 1986… and it’s about time it gets the SSR treatment! On Episode 166, Alli and her guest chat about the original Redwall installment, in which readers are introduced to the world of Redwall Abbey and Mossflower Woods. They discuss their memories of the series from childhood and the degree to which it has since influenced guest Namina Forna’s work. They also talk about the author’s backstory, epic fantasy tropes, so-called “women’s work,” and their favorite characters and moments from the book.
Namina Forna is the author of The Gilded Ones. Follow her on Instagram (@namina.forna) and Twitter (@NaminaForna).
So happy discovered this podcast! Love listening about my old favorite reads and even finding out new books to read while at it! Love listening to the outlooks and things said, always look forward listening to when at work! Helps makes my shifts not go by dreadful! Also love how different people come on the podcast to talk on as well, nice way to discover other people!
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I love this show so much!! Alli does an amazing job at connecting these stories to real life instances and reflecting on how much society has changed!! Love all of her guests as well! I look forward to hearing what person twist they can add to the conversation each week! :)
Perfect podcast for the nostalgic bookworm!
This podcast is SO much fun! The books featured each week bring me back to so many favorites from my childhood, while Allie and her guests provide food for thought with their thoughtful and nuanced discussions. If you love reading or reminiscing, you will enjoy this podcast!