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Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Jaye Wells, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, and RedHeadedGirl, the crew of reviewers at SB-TB.com, also make frequent appearances with maximum silliness. Frequent topics ...
 
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Amanda and I catch up on her “lots of things to look forward to” plan, which now includes things that were done! We talk about anxiety, therapy, angsty books, trimming your own bangs, and we have book and video game recs, plus new year’s wishes from Elyse, Pudding, and Jane B!Do you like angsty books? Are there books that help you feel things catha…
 
Renee and Natalia are back with a conversation about some of the books they love that fall into super niche genres. For example, Natalia has an entire bookshelf dedicated to books about bananas and Renee will never say no to a thriller with an unlikeable 20-something woman protagonist who works in a startup. Tune in to hear all the weird things the…
 
Time to deep dive into another classic YA Romance: Sweet Dreams #7, Green Eyes by Suzanne Rand. Julie has a problem with the green-eyed monster, and it lasts for a lot of pages. We’ve got:Insecure teenagersSwim team!Yet Another Teen Hangout with a Fun NameJust Talk to Each Other for Goodness’ SakeJoin me as I struggle. Seriously, it’ll be fun.NB: I…
 
Niba gets into books that fit the ‘that girl’ aesthetic. According to Refinery 29, “‘that girl’ isn’t just healthy, she’s professionally successful and looks her best at every moment. She wakes up every morning at 5.30am so she can seize the day and her nails are always uniform, manicured and eternally chip-free.” Being “that girl” means to become …
 
Hana Lee co-developed the semi-autobiographical game No Longer Home with their partner Cel Davison (with help from others on the music and code) over the course of six years. In this episode, Hana tells Jordan what it was like to recreate their home and represent their relationship in a game, and how their feelings about it changed over the long de…
 
My guest this week is Olivia Dade! We had such a good time talking about fan supercuts, watching shows through gifsets, Game of Thrones spoilers, and writing characters with ADHD and learning disabilities.Highlight: we discover a vintage ship we have in common and we exclaim at each other.Thank you to Rachel, Alanna, and Kelly from the Patreon comm…
 
Amanda and I are saying goodbye to 2021, and looking ahead to 2022! We talk about exciting things coming in January, including the 17th anniversary of Smart Bitches, plus we talk about books that got us through 2021.Super bonus: we’ve got messages from Tara, Catherine, Sneezy, and Martin who have book recs, wishes for the new year, and lots and lot…
 
In Crème de la Crème you can be gay, straight, or pansexual; asexual and/or aromantic; monogamous or polyamorous; female, male, or nonbinary. You can choose the genders of other characters, and then befriend them, romance them, or even get engaged. You can use your time at the exclusive finishing school of Gallatin College to study, make connection…
 
It’s time to recap Sweet Dreams #6, California Girl by Janet Quin-Harkin, also known as Rhys Bowen! Jennie is a swimmer with her eyes on the Olympics, and Mark is a grumpy loner on crutches who sketches Jennie one day in the cafeteria. We’ve got:Overbearing sports parentsSnark about Texas driversHomesicknessLots and lots of swimmingLearning to set …
 
My guest this week is Nalini Singh! I have reader questions from our Patreon community and publicist and past podcast guest Erin Galloway about Archangel’s Light, Nalini's latest release. We cover writing multiple series at the same time. We also talk about fan art, which she absolutely loves, and about reading slumps - and how to escape them.Thank…
 
Renee and Natalia get together to record their first episode together so it’s fitting that it’s the last one of the year. Each gives their top five books of the year along with their reasoning and, honestly? You’re probably going to end up adding *something* to your TBR at the end of the episode. Thanks for joining us in 2021, and we can’t wait to …
 
Mariquita loves big, old Russian novels, but who has the time? And, frankly, haven’t we all already read those? (I still love them!) The answer is obviously incredibly rich, beautifully surreal short stories written by Latinx women. Stories that feature strong, flawed, fully-realized characters. Mariquita talks about three collections that she’s re…
 
Draknek is known for their excellent puzzle games like Sokobond, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build, and Cosmic Express. A Monster's Expedition (Through Puzzling Exhibitions) continues that legacy but also adds narrative. You play as an adorable monster navigating a museum of humanity curated by someone with only a vague understanding of what any of t…
 
This week, we have lots to talk about! First, some of y’all wrote fantastic epilogues to the very unsatisfying ending of Princess Amy, recapped in episode 486, and I share my ideas, too.Then, it’s time for Sweet Dreams 5, Little Sister. We’ve got:Big MisunderstandingsPlot Points that were in the cover copy so they’re not that dramaticSnarky sister …
 
Mariquita talks about Convenience Store Woman, the English language debut novel by Sayaka Murata, published in 2016 by Grove Press. Convenience Store Woman challenges ideas of capitalism, expectation, and contentment. In Convenience Store Woman, Murata provides readers with a different perspective and a new lens with which to view the world. Then R…
 
Renee answers requests from listeners Meagan, Leelyn, and Paulina with way more book recommendations than was probably necessary. But more is more around here! Books mentioned: Lobizona by Romina Garber (author interview) Cazadora by Romina Garber Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (podcast discussion) The City We…
 
Julia Quinn joins me to talk about The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton, a new release collecting quotes about the different characters, plus new commentary from Lady Whistledown. We talk about picking up Lady W’s pen after 20 years, looking back on the original series, her most embarrassing moment from high school, and the joyful romance fans in Brazi…
 
Emma hypes up How High We Go in the Dark, which will be out in January 2022. Then Phalin goes on a holiday rant about some questions to avoid asking family members this year. Books mentioned: How How We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri Other resources: CDC Infertility Facts Follow and…
 
If you’ve ever been curious about publishing a book, going back to school for writing, publishing, this is for you. Join Sarah Wendel on her journey as a fledgling author. From discussions on fanfiction to academia to her first book, Sarah chats highs and gets real about the lows with Niba. Books mentioned: Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven A Game of…
 
Murder by Numbers is a joyful mix of genres: a visual novel with Phoenix Wright style witness interrogation interspersed with nonogram puzzle-solving, in a camp 1990s setting. To get a sense of how a game like that gets made, Jordan spoke to its lead programmer Liz Wright, who explains how she built the framework to hold all of those disparate part…
 
This is a weird one, y’all. We’re taking a trip back to the early 80s where fiction for teens and pre-teens came with some awful, upsetting messaging, but also some fantastic clothing choices, some excellent descriptions of weird children’s birthday parties, a cute boy and a very good dog. It's Princess Amy by Melinda Pollowitz!I figured I’d probab…
 
Supply chain delays in book buying -- what does that even MEAN!? Emma talks a little about how this affects the publishing industry and suggests a few short reads as holiday gifts to order now (get that book buying in early for the holidays!). Next, Natalia gets vulnerable in a segment about Dominican oregano, homesickness, and the holidays. Are yo…
 
Hey, y'all! A special treat bonus episode for your American holiday week needs. Yup, there will be a regularly-scheduled episode on Friday, but here's an extra treat! I was a guest on Talking Simulator discussing...romance in video games. Isn't it weird when a topic puts itself in front of you so many times? Here's the description from host Jordan …
 
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