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Friends Julia, Kelly, and Rachael discuss the newest books, trends and their never-ending TBR stacks. There will be laughs, great recommendations, and possibly (definitely) some spoilers. Tune in weekly and find out why these three have entirely ruined their dispositions with books. Want us to let you know what YOU should read? Fill out our google form and we'll recommend something to you on the podcast! https://forms.gle/QkN4uFtBTjnsGom88
 
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CONTENT WARNING: There are descriptions of violence toward women, children and animals, as well as a discussion of murder and suicide. Hi, Should-Heads! We're going to discuss true crime in today's episode. It's been getting increasingly popular over the past few years and has taken over podcasts, Netflix, cable shows, and of course the book world.…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're back and we missed you (and each other)! We also have the best and most fun episode for you today. Danny and Amy Knowles travel around in their RV and listen to audiobooks. But how do you choose what to listen to? And how do you keep from getting lost if the book is really great? (OK, that may only be a concern for Kelly, wh…
 
Happy summer Should-Heads! This week we are taking time off to indulge in some summer reads by the pool (or in air conditioned apartments. Hey, it's summer, do what you want!) Please enjoy this special bonus re-release of our third ever podcast episode, where we recommend our favorite summer reads. Aww baby podcasters!…
 
Oh, Should-Heads. After the expensive months that were May and June, things are slowing down a little bit. (But only a little bit.) There are great books coming out this month, too, but July looks to be more of a reading month than a buying month. Our wallets and library hold lists are feeling very grateful for this. Book News: Goodreads bad review…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We are here to discuss our favorite reads of 2021 so far, and it was hard to narrow it down to five each! We're also joined by our friend (and tastemaker of the pod) Kathy Coe! While we could each have easily named another five books each (or 10, or 20), we're pleased with this list. No matter your taste, there's definitely someth…
 
Should-heads, you are in for a treat! We are joined by Tessa Bailey, here to talk to us about her upcoming release It Happened One Summer (out July 13). This Schitt's Creek-inspired novel is clever, sweet and scorching hot. We all loved it and it is perfect for poolside or beach reading, preferably with an umbrella drink. You need this book in your…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We are absolutely delighted to present our latest book club episode. We all loved Honey Girl and do a deep dive into parental expectations, love stories vs. romance, microaggressions, the importance of chosen family and what to do when your Plan doesn't work out. And are we really going to go monster hunting ourselves? We just mig…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're skipping the introduction so we have more time to discuss the amazing books out in June. We've got so, so many to choose from and we're excited to hear what you're looking forward to. So good luck to our wallets and our free time. Books mentioned in this episode: Julia: Darling (K Ancrum), God Spare the Girls (Kelsey McKinne…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're three podcasters who are delighted to talk to you about British rom-com novels! It's one of Rachael's wheelhouse categories and she has a lot of fantastic recommendations. Links mentioned in this episode: While Justice Sleeps sequels: https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/newswire/for-readers/2021/05/21/when-justice-sleeps-will-…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to talk about Asian authors this week and it's a lot of great books over multiple genres. We've got some amazing books to share and we'd love to hear any recommendations you have for us! Links mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Stop Asian Hate! and donate or get involved here: https://stopaapihate.org/act…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, we are so excited to share our conversation with Alena Dillon! Her second novel, The Happiest Girl in the World, was one of Julia's most anticipated books for April and for good reason. It's a ripped-from-the-headlines story that's infuriating and devastating in equal measure. Currently Reading: Julia: Tokyo Ever After (Emi…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're here to share our most anticipated May reads and this month is practically guaranteed to be both fantastic and very, very expensive. We also revisit our April most anticipated reads. What books are you excited for? And why are almost all the best ones coming out on May 4th? Links mentioned in this episode: Authors band toget…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Mother's Day is coming up and we're discussing our favorite mother/daughter books! Some of them are the ones you'd imagine and some of them are about moms we're glad we didn't have. Like any relationship, though, it can be complicated and we discuss that, too. Use the promo code WHATYOUSHOULDREAD to get two books for the price of …
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, we discuss one of Julia's "wheelhouse" books: the short story collection. (Everyone has wheelhouse books; the ones that, for whatever reason, they are guaranteed to buy.) We'll be exploring more of our wheelhouse books in future episodes. Do you like short stories? If so, which are your favorites? ALSO, we are excited to an…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Today, Miracle Creek author Angie Kim comes back to discuss Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's our third book club book, and we absolutely loved it. There's a lot to ponder (what makes us human? can we ever be 100% known, even by ourselves?) and it would take multiple episodes to fully cover this book. Buy it, read it, list…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! If you're like us, you probably already have more unread books than you could possibly ever finish...and still have a really unfortunate book habit anyway. Today, we discuss the April releases we're most excited for and, as you'd expect, there are a lot of them. Links mentioned in this episode: New Richard Wright novel: https://ww…
 
You're in for a real treat today, Should-Heads! We're joined by Sonali Dev, author of the Bollywood series and the Rajes family series. We're huge fans of hers and if you aren't already, this episode will do the trick. She's got some great recommendations and we didn't think it was possible but somehow we've gotten even more excited for Incense and…
 
Hello, Should-Heads! Why do we love retellings so much? Why is it so fun and (honestly a little comforting) to read these tales as old as time? We ponder these questions, share our favorite ones and debate where the line is between "homage" and "fanfiction." Links from show: Dawn from Netflix's Babysitters Club has been recast. https://www.eonline.…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're joined by Allison Dickson (the Steve Martin of our podcast!) and we're discussing "good for her!" books about women who are righting wrongs in various ways (some of those ways are violent). In light of everything going on right now, even being who you are can be a revolutionary act. Links mentioned in this episode: Pandemic …
 
Hi, Should-Heads and welcome to one of our more expensive episodes. Our friend Stephanie Henderson joined us to discuss Black speculative fiction, and she's got a lot of great recommendations. You'll definitely want to get every one you don't already have. It's a really fun conversation and there are so many great books out; we're very lucky. Links…
 
Oh, Should-Heads! If you haven't read Temporary, you are doing yourself a real disservice. It's clever and funny, but don't take our word for it. It's also received excellent reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post and made Best Of 2020 lists from NPR and Publisher's Weekly and many more outlets. As we approach the first anniversary of…
 
We are so excited to discuss Outlawed! We all absolutely loved it, and if you haven't read it, you need to. It's set in the past (and an alternate past) and it still feels very timely. (Bonus sidebar topics include westerns, pandemic life and, as always, a bunch of recommendations.) Books mentioned in the episode: How Much of These Hills is Gold (C…
 
Hi Should-Heads! This is a fun but expensive episode. We're joined by Claire Handscombe, author, bookseller, noted West Wing enthusiast and podcaster! Claire came with a great list of recommendations and they all sound amazing. You're going to want to take notes and hit up your library or favorite bookstore (or Blackwell's.com--just one of many hot…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're joined by Michael Koryta, bestselling author, screenwriter, nature enthusiast and murderer of sleep. His new book (Never Far Away) is out now and it is amazing. We talk about that, his upcoming movie (Those Who Wish Me Dead; out in theaters and HBO Max in May) and many other topics. Want to read some amazing books before mos…
 
Happy Valentine's Day, Should-Heads! In today's episode, we talk about love--and specifically love stories by Black authors. We also discuss that Slate article and the Netflix documentary we can't stop thinking about. Want to read some amazing books before most people can? Sign up for Book of the Month and use our promo code WHATYOUSHOULDREAD at ch…
 
Happy Tuesday, Should-Heads! We're happy to share our second book club with you, and this book gave us a lot to talk about. (If you haven't read it, you need to. It's even better than An American Marriage, and that's a high bar.) Highlights include secrets, family folklore and what makes for a happy ending. Want to read some amazing books before mo…
 
You Should Read: Something For Galentine's Day! Hello, Should-Heads! We're here today to celebrate Galentine's Day! Yes, we're a little early but this way, you can have some great books to read while you think about how wonderful your best girl friends are. (It's Feb. 13, so you have time.) Next year, we'll all celebrate together. Want to read some…
 
Greetings, Should-Heads! We're very excited to share this week's episode. Brigid Kemmerer has written one of our favorite trilogies ever and, as you may expect, we have some opinions over which kingdom should prevail. In the end we are for Syhl Shallow, except for Julia, who is not the boss of the show notes, KELLY IS. We also discuss her next rele…
 
Hello, Should-heads! This is the most dramatic podcast episode--EVER. Three hosts. Many books. Only one episode. Who. Will. SURVIVE? OK, sorry, I can't keep that going. We're here to talk about reality TV and the books it's spawned. We also discuss the shows we love (current and past) and what reality shows we would like to go on. Want to read some…
 
Welcome to our second podcast episode of 2021 and the first after an attempted coup! I'm mentioning that so if you think "Hey, they seem a little rattled," you'll know why. Today, in a departure from our usual format, we're discussing books we aren't reading. One of us slightly misunderstood the assignment and ended up with a bunch MORE books on he…
 
We're in a new year but we have the same goal (to read ALL THE BOOKS!). Today, we are joined by friend of the pod and book blogger Kathy Coe to talk about the 2021 releases we're most excited for. And just for fun, there's a drinking game. Want to get a head start on your 2021 reading goals? Sign up for Book of the Month and use our promo code WHAT…
 
We took this weekend off from recording a traditional episode, but we'll be back next week to discuss our most anticipated new releases for 2021. In the meantime, we're discussing our reading goals for ourselves and our goals for the podcast (and we may throw in a sneak peek at our most anticipated releases lists too!). We're getting very ambitious…
 
Merry Christmas everybody! For a special holiday treat, we are joined by our friends over at Movies and a Meal Podcast to discuss (and judge) six different adaptations of Charles Dickens's classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Find out which ones we loved, which ones we will never watch again, and who we'd love to see interpret Scrooge on the silver scr…
 
We're here to share our best memories, podcast episodes and, of course, books from 2020! We had so many fantastic reads this year...and a few that were less than stellar. We share our final thoughts on how this year affected our reading, from the pandemic to starting a podcast. It's been a crazy year and we're glad to see it go away. Currently Read…
 
Today we have mom back on the podcast! She offers her tried and true cinnamon roll recipe. To make the rolls, use this bread recipe Never Fail Bread: In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup warm water with 1 package dry yeast, combine and set 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt. 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp oil, 3 1/2 cups flour, knead for 5 minutes. Oil bowl and allow t…
 
Today we discuss the very prolific Stephen King! We have recommendations for every reader (which means that no matter what your reading taste is, we have something that will make you very happy). Sidebar topics include a minor competition about who read Stephen King the youngest (Kelly won) and who has a better Stephen King story (Becky won) and ou…
 
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