105 episodes

Everyone's got a book they'll remember forever. I want to find out what it is and why it matters so much. Each episode, I talk to a new guest about their favorite book. I read it too, draw all my own conclusions, and the fun begins!

Your Favorite Book Malavika Praseed

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Everyone's got a book they'll remember forever. I want to find out what it is and why it matters so much. Each episode, I talk to a new guest about their favorite book. I read it too, draw all my own conclusions, and the fun begins!

    FINALE (for now): My Favorite Books of 2022

    FINALE (for now): My Favorite Books of 2022

    Well, we're here, and it's bittersweet. Plain and simple, these are my favorite books that I happened to read in 2022, spoiler free of course, and ranked in order. Something for everyone, with plenty of honorable mentions to boot. I will miss each and every one of you, and I hope to be back in some capacity in the future. Till then, you can stay in touch with me via instagram and twitter @yfbpodcast

    • 26 min
    On Book Podcasting (Again!) with Julie Strauss (Best Book Ever Crossover)

    On Book Podcasting (Again!) with Julie Strauss (Best Book Ever Crossover)

    As the year (and Your Favorite Book as a whole) winds down, I wanted to bring back a favorite guest of mine and share some laid-back, lighthearted conversation about all things book podcasting. Julie Strauss is my podcast twin and the host of Best Book Ever, and if you don't already listen to her show, I highly recommend it! We chat about our different approaches to podcasting, how running these shows has changed our reading habits, and where I expect life to take me after wrapping up the show. 

    Follow Julie on instagram @bestbookeverpodcast

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    • 38 min
    The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson with Keenan Norris (Author of Chi Boy)

    The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson with Keenan Norris (Author of Chi Boy)

    For this, our last formal interview episode for Your Favorite Book, I'm delving back into nonfiction and into some serious topics. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS deserves all its accolades, not only for its extensive research on the Great Migration in Jim Crow era America, but on the attention to narrative detail and approachable, readable tone. My guest, Keenan Norris, touches on specific migrations and how the city of Chicago impacted several important Black historical figures, including Barack Obama and Richard Wright. Together, the two of us touch on the surprising results of research, what it means to learn something that should've been taught in schools, and so much more.

    Find Keenan at his website: https://www.keenannorris.com/

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    • 48 min
    I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy with Deeba Zargarpur (Author of House of Yesterday)

    I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy with Deeba Zargarpur (Author of House of Yesterday)

    After a couple weeks off, I'm bringing you an episode on one of the most hyped memoirs of the year, and it was an absolute joy to talk about. We're of course talking about I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED by Jennette McCurdy, a searing memoir of Hollywood, abuse, eating disorders, and coming into one's own identity. This book is straightforward and not for the faint of heart, but certainly rewarding. My guest is young adult author Deeba Zargarpur, whose YA novel HOUSE OF YESTERDAY combines elements of her Afghan-Uzbek heritage with ghost story elements, complex family dynamics, and a relatable female lead. Deeba and I chat all things families large and small, memoir styles, watching too much TV, and so much more.

    Find Deeba at https://www.deebazargarpur.com/

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    • 39 min
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (with Ethan Chatagnier, author of Singer Distance)

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (with Ethan Chatagnier, author of Singer Distance)

    Our guest this week is Ethan Chatagnier, whose debut novel SINGER DISTANCE effortlessly combines the space age paranoia of the 1960s, theoretical math, and the high stakes of a love unfulfilled. The book challenges the idea of what it would mean to communicate with another planet, presenting an alternate history where this contact has been made and scientists believe they've cracked the latest Martian math challenge set for Earthlings to understand.

    Ethan chose a book that also blurs the lines between literary and science fiction, Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO. This seminal work by the Nobel Laureate defies most summaries, with its slowly unfolding plot and piecemeal storytelling. This is one of few YFB episodes that dives headfirst into spoilers, so for those who have not read NEVER LET ME GO, it's highly recommended before listening, and a highly recommended book in general.

    • 40 min
    The House of Mirth with Sara Bennett Wealer (Author of Grave Things Like Love)

    The House of Mirth with Sara Bennett Wealer (Author of Grave Things Like Love)

    We're back with an author who's rapidly becoming one of my twentieth century favorites, Edith Wharton. In this early novel of hers, The House of Mirth, we follow the tragic demise of socialite Lily Bart and how her decline represents the decline of an era itself, and also shows us how precarious it is to be a woman of reputation. Somehow, Sara and I find plenty of laughs. Sara is a YA novelist whose most recent novel, Grave Things Like Love, is a contemporary romance with a ghost hunting twist, and is perfect for the Halloween season. 

    Buy Sara's book: https://bookshop.org/books/grave-things-like-love-9780593703557/9780593703557

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

wellsake ,

Great podcast

I listen to almost every episode of this podcast. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m rarely familiar with her guests beforehand, but the host is so smart and fun. I learn from and also enjoy this podcast. Five stars!

HpFanatix ,

Great Podcast for Book-Lovers

I was introduced to this podcast because my best friend (shoutout Rachel Allen) was on it, and I’ve so enjoyed both episodes she’s been on! Malavika is an insightful host and it makes the episodes such a pleasure to listen to.

Tfugh ,

Love Malavika!

This host is thoughtful and intelligent and curious, which I think are all of the best attributes of a host. I’m incredibly excited about the new series called Pulitzer Pries, where Malavika goes through all of the Pulitzer prize winners.

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