Episode 33: The Best BIG Bricks That'll Blow Your Mind
We’re back to regularly scheduled programming around here and happy to welcome so many new listeners!
You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a TV-show experience that only happened because of bookish friendships, and a win in the “raising readers” world, one of our favorite places to report about!
Next, we discuss our current reads for the week: brand new titles, buzzed about books and ones we think need more play in the book world.
For our deep dive this week, we are focusing on Brick books for the Currently Reading challenge. We qualify these as books over 700 (or maybe 650) pages, and we’ve got a lot of them for you to choose from.
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 two more giant tomes: an unforgettable, series that defies genre categorization, and a non-fiction biography.
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!
7:26 - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
9:40 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
10:44 - Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
10:48 - Episode 14 with Amy Allen Clark
11:01 - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
12:57 - He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
17:48 - Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown
18:00 - Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
20:15 - Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
20:17 - Goodnight, Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
20:55 - Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
24:15 - Interview with Dani Shapiro on the Happier Podcast
24:54 - The Current by Tim Johnston
29:27 - Bookshelf Thomasville Shelf Subscription
32:10 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King
32:39 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
32:55 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
33:02 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
33:33 - The Physician by Noah Gordon
34:48 - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
35:04 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
35:46 - Shogun by James Clavell
35:56 - Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
36:32 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck
35:38 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
37:02 - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
37:45 - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
38:00 - I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
38:39 - The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
38:58 - What Should I Read Next episode about big books
39:09 - Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
39:38 - The Passage (trilogy) by Justin Cronin
40:33 - It by Stephen King
40:35 - The Stand by Stephen King
40:35 - The Shining by Stephen King
40:36 - Needful Things by Stephen King
40:59 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
43:18 - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
44:27 - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
45:26 - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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