Episode 32: Family Read Alouds + Special Guest Co-Host Mindy Brouse
Meredith and Kaytee are joined by a special guest co-host this week, Mindy Brouse, a Currently Reading listener and super-fan of the show. This one was fun, you guys!
You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a funny bookish conversation, a sweet picture book that made me feel ~seen~, and a spoiler-ific discussion of a previous book.
Next, we discuss our current reads. Since there are three of us, we kept it to two titles each, but there’s no shortage of great stories and big opinions.
For our deep dive, we’re talking to Mindy about reading aloud to kids of multiple ages, since she has been homeschooling for 20 years and has 7 kids with a large span. Our listeners asked for something exactly like this, and Mindy delivers! We also get to hear from her about something we’ve heard from a lot of you: how Currently Reading changed her reading life. It’s a sweet conversation.
As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands. This week’s picks include a favorite read-aloud title, a YA sci-fi (Y-fi?) series, and a fairy tale retelling that has been a favorite for DECADES.
As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down!
3:49 - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
3:53 - Calico Bush by Rachel Field
3:57 - The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
4:02 - On The Edge of the Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
5:31 - Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro
6:43 - Lil’ Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
6:59 - Lil’ Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
7:06 -Lil’ Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
7:48 - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
9:51 - The Gown by Jennifer Robson
13:07 - The Editor by Steven Rowley
13:14 - Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
18:09 - The Lost Man by Jane Harper
18:39 - Force of Nature by Jane Harper
19:38 - Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
21:39 - Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
23:40 - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
26:49 - Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
26:54 - Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
30:30 - Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
33:27 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
33:28 - The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
33:43 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Deep dive. Here’s the photo and corresponding list of books that Mindy’s family has chosen as their very favorites over the past two decades.
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
The Broken Blade by William Durbin
The Second Mrs. Giaconda by E.L. Konigsburg
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
The Eagle of the Ninth by Sutcliff
On The Edge of the Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Geroge Speare
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
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