We are Honey and Diana, two Malaysian gals who really love diving into books of all kinds. Welcome to 2 Book Nerds Talking where we discuss books we love or those hot on the read list. We get to share reading insights, bookish topics, pick the minds of occasional bookworm guests and other general book nerdery. If you love books as much as we do, this is the podcast for you!
TBNT S05E14 | Anticipated Reads 2022 (first half of year)
Some of the big ticket books for the first half of 2022 is here! We probably do another one in May since we've hardly covered anything and still managed to natter for almost an hour. Here are some book highlights and some excerpts so you can figure out if you fancy picking up any of the books in the next few months.
Books mentioned in this episode (in order) :
To Paradise - Hanya Yanagihara
The Maid - Nita Prose
Violeta - Isabel Allende
Pandora - Susan Stokes-Chapman
Daughter of the Moon Goddess - Su Lynn Tan
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea - Axie Oh
Queen of the Tiles - Hanna Alkaf
Cold Enough for Snow - Jessica Au
Anonymous Sex - edited by Hillary Jordan & Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Midnight in Everwood - M.A. Kuzniar
Candy House - Jennifer Egan
Tell me an Ending - Jo Harkin
Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel
Portrait of a Thief - Grace D. Li
Fiona and Jane - Jean Chen Ho
TBNT S05E13 | Favourite Shows and Books of 2021
Yes, we are back to normal TBNT programming!
It was a crazy end of year so we could only wrap things up at the beginning of 2022 (the tried to put in anticipated reads and then kinda failed hehe). We had a lot to say about the stuff we did last here. These are some highlights, some of our feelings of doing a podcast for over 3 years and some books we absolutely loved last year.
TBNT S05E12 | Yearning, Tragedy, and Gender Rage with Shelley Parker-Chan author of She Who Became the Sun
We are back deep diving into one of our favourite reads this year - She Who Became The Sun. Joining us is author Shelley Parker-Chan herself and it felt like the fitting book to end our year with. Firstly because it's such an epic and emotional read and secondly because it totally fits into all our gender discussions of the past week. We talk all sorts from fan-fiction writing to bitchy eunuchs and a protagonist that burns with want and how it fits in the world of Asian historical fantasy.
Literature for Equality E08 | Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls- Women's Rights are Human Rights
In our final episode for our Literature for Equality project we look into the suffrage movement in Britain during World War One and talk about the fight for women's rights- the right to vote, the right for an education and the right to have a job. Today these are things a lot of us take for granted but not too long ago, this was not a given. We are where we are today by standing on the shoulders of these plucky women.
Literature for Equality Project E07 | Principal Girl- Who Gets to be the Centre of a Story
We go closer to home in this episode by shinning a light on our own folklores and contemporary tales with a girl at the centre of the story. We had a lot of fun discussing our own love of story-telling as well as why we need #ownvoices tales, more of them starring girls and women finding their own agency, purpose, making mistakes and learning from them.
Literature For Equality E06 | Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - Giving Every Girl a Voice
When Persepolis came out in 2000 it became an instant hit because it gave a human perspective on all that has happened in Iran during the late70s and 80s. Marjane's black and white drawings were charming but also unflinching as it gives voice to children living through those challenging times. We talk about freedom of expression and all how women's bodies have always been the subject of debate and how graphic novels can peel back a tricky subject in an accessible manner.
I stopped listening when the hosts DISSED LIBRARIES in the 9th episode! What kind of a reader disses libraries???!! 😡👎