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You want opinions about books? We've got them. Unabridged is the podcast where teachers take on books. Each month, we choose a book club book which we discuss in depth; we pair it with other books, and we talk about how we'd use it in a secondary classroom. We also feature highlight episodes where we consider deeply authors and topics, interview authors, and talk with students. Finally, we have short episodes twice a month discussing bookish passions.

Unabridged Ashley, Jen, & Sara

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You want opinions about books? We've got them. Unabridged is the podcast where teachers take on books. Each month, we choose a book club book which we discuss in depth; we pair it with other books, and we talk about how we'd use it in a secondary classroom. We also feature highlight episodes where we consider deeply authors and topics, interview authors, and talk with students. Finally, we have short episodes twice a month discussing bookish passions.

    2020 Love Is in the Air - The Protagonist's Name is in the Title

    2020 Love Is in the Air - The Protagonist's Name is in the Title

    In our 2020 Love Is in the Air episode, we're talking all things romance. In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite romance novels, including Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over, Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue, and David Yoon’s Frankly in Love just to name a few. While we have varying degrees of expertise in this genre, we all have some recommendations to share with you!
     
    Jen's Picks



    Linda Holmes's Evvie Drake Starts Over


    Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series; Book 1 - A Princess in Theory


     

    Ashley's Picks

    Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue


    Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely


     

    Sara's Picks

    David Yoon’s Frankly in Love


    Elin Hildebrand’s The Blue Bistro


     

    Give Me One - Favorite Romantic Getaway or Date Night

    Jen - movie marathon, trip to NY


    Ashley - breweries downtown and local restaurants (Boboko, Cuban Burger, Food Bar Food, Pale Fire Brewing, Three Notch'd, Brothers Craft Brewing)


    Sara - Dinner and a show at home, trips to local vineyards


     

    Other Mentions

    NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast


    Nicola Yoon (author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star)


    Brigid Kemmerer's A Heart So Fierce and Broken


     

     

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    • 29 min
    Bryn Greenwood's THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE - Challenging, in the Best Way

    Bryn Greenwood's THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE - Challenging, in the Best Way

    In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Bryn Greenwood's The Reckless Oath We Made. We discuss our overall impressions, what worked and didn't for us in the novel, and some memorable quotations, before getting into our pairings, including Peter Heller’s The Painter, Tracey Garvis Grave’s The Girl He Used to Know, and Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer. We also share our thoughts on whether this is a keeper for us and how much bookish love we each give it.
     
    Timeline
    Introduction and Bookish Check Ins: 0:00 - 4:50
    Main Discussion: 4:51 - 41:10
    Our Pairings: 41:10 - 48:30
    Bookish Love: 48:31 - 51:36
    Give Me One: 51:37 - end
     
    Bookish Check In
    Jen - John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany; buddy read with @readwithtoni on Instagram
    Sara - Paul Pen's The Light of the Fireflies (see Episode 35, Books We Don't Recommend but are Dying to Discuss!)
    Ashley - Madeline Miller's Circe

     

    Our Pairings
    Sara - Tracey Garvis Grave’s The Girl He Used to Know
    Jen - Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer
    Ashley - Peter Heller’s The Painter

     

    Give Me One - A brand/ item/ place to which we're loyal
    Jen - Apple products
    Sara - Emily Schromm
    Ashley - Wild Wolf Blonde Hunny beer

     

    Other Mentions
    Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles
    Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
    Broadchurch series

     


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    • 54 min
    Winter Books - If I Read a Good Thriller, I'm Thrilled

    Winter Books - If I Read a Good Thriller, I'm Thrilled

    In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we are sharing about a favorite topic of ours, seasonal reads. We discuss some favorite reads that revolve around winter in some way, including Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray, and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.
     
    Our Recommendations
    Ashley -
    Fredrik Backman’s Beartown
    Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
     
    Sara -
    Megan Collins’s The Winter Sister
    Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child
     
    Jen -
    Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray
    George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series
     
    Other Mentions
    Ruta Sepetys's Salt to the Sea
    American Gods - the TV series
    The 100 - the TV series
    Game of Thrones series
    Modern Mrs. Darcy - Anne Bogel's blog
    What Should I Read Next - Anne Bogel's podcast
     
    Give Me One - Favorite Cold Weather Activity or Drink
    Ashley - sledding and hot chocolate
    Sara - visiting a local vineyard
    Jen - making snow cream
     
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    • 24 min
    2020 Reading Goals and Reading Challenges - I Can Share My Spreadsheet with You

    2020 Reading Goals and Reading Challenges - I Can Share My Spreadsheet with You

    In this episode, we're facing the new year (and new decade!) and considering our reading lives and goals. We've also each signed up for a different reading challenge including Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge, the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge, and The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge for 2020. We're talking all things goal and resolution-oriented, and we're making grand plans for how our reading lives will look this year. Will they work out? We'll keep you all posted.
    Our Reading Challenges
     

    Jen - Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge with @bookriot
    Sara - Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge from @novelknight along with The Unread Shelf Project 2020 with @theunreadshelf
    Ashley - The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge with @annebogel
     
    Other Mentions
     
    The Morning News Tournament of Books
    Marie Kondo
    # 20backlistin2020 on Instagram
     
    Give Me One - New Year's Resolutions
     
    Jen - Updating the house, clearing out the clutter
    Sara - Monitoring consumption
    Ashley - Simplifying and focusing on clear goals
     
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    • 29 min
    Our 2020 TBR Lists - Round-Robin Style

    Our 2020 TBR Lists - Round-Robin Style

    In this episode, we're discussing some books we can't wait to read in 2020, including Brigid Kemmerer’s A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, and Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years. We also talk about Sarah J. Maas's works and end our episode talking about some of our favorite places to eat.


     

    Ashley’s Picks
    Brigid Kemmerer’s A Heart So Fierce and Broken - January 7, 2020

    Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay


    Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive
    *Listen to Jen’s comments about this one on our “All About the Journey” episode

     
    Jen's Picks

    Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words


    Sarah J. Maas’s House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City series) - March 3, 2020


    Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed’s When Stars Are Scattered - April 14, 2020
    *Colby Sharp's tweet

     
    Sara’s Picks

    Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years - March 3, 2020


    Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous


    Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved


     

    Other Mentions

    Rebecca Serle’s The Dinner List


    Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl


    Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1 in series) and Throne of Glass (book 1 in series)


     

    Give Me One - Our Favorite Type of Food

    Taste of Thai in Harrisonburg


    Taj of India in Harrisonburg


    Corgan’s Publick House of Harrisonburg


     


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    • 14 min
    Mary Beth Keane's ASK AGAIN, YES - I Had to Open Another Tin of Book Darts

    Mary Beth Keane's ASK AGAIN, YES - I Had to Open Another Tin of Book Darts

    In this Unabridged Book Club (#unabridgedpodbookclub) episode, we discuss Mary Beth Keane's Ask Again, Yes, the amazing multigenerational novel examining two families in a planned community. We make connections to Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies, and Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House, and we thoroughly discuss the intricacies of relationships over time and through generations as they are explored in the novel.
     
    Timeline
    Introduction - 00:00 - 01:35
    General Discussion - 01:36- 39:48
    Our Pairings - 39:50 - 46:15
    Classroom Connections - 46:16 - 49:52

     

    Our Pairings
    Ashley's pick - Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere
    Sara's pick - John Boyne’s The Heart's Invisible Furies

    Jen's pick - Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House


     

    Classroom Connections and Other Mentions

    Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You


    Mira T. Lee's Everything Here Is Beautiful


    F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby


    Children's author Kate DiCamillo on the What Should I Read Next? podcast (episode 213)


     

    Give Me One - Favorite Mixed Drink

    Sara - Amaretto Sour or Mimosa


    Ashley - Negroni


    Jen - Margarita


     


    Interested in what else we're reading? Check out our Featured Books page.

     


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

All the Books 2000 ,

Great Bookish Podcast

I love this podcast! The hosts have great chemistry and I love the book talk. One of my favorites!

misshollyjollyteach ,

Such great chemistry

I started listening because Ashley was my AP Lit teacher senior year and I loved the discussions she facilitated between us during class. I love listening every week because they have great chemistry; you can tell they really enjoy being with one another. I also love the books they share with listeners. I have added so many books to my TBR because of these women, many of which I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

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Great book talk

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