Season 4, Episode 5: Back to School with Campus Novels


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On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:

  • Bookish Moments: Pages at the Park and picking new curriciula

  • Current Reads: following up on a series, going on adventures, and learning through reading fiction and non-fiction

  • Deep Dive: back to school - our favorite campus novels

  • Book Presses: a foodie memoir and back to school for non-school-age readers

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!

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Bookish Moment of the Week:

1:44 - Amy’s Instagram @what_amy_reads

Current Reads:

5:19 - Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein (Mary)

8:51 - Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death and Glory in America’s Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt by Daniel Barbarisi (Kaytee)

11:30 - Collected Works Bookstore

11:47 - Rush by Lisa Patton (Mary)

15:21 - Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar (Kaytee)

18:37 - The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (Mary)

18:47 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

21:44 - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

22:58 - Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Back to School with Campus Novels

28:12 - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

28:54 - Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

29:24 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

30:40 - Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

31:41 - Admission by Julie Buxbaum

32:47 - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero

33:05 - Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

33:15 - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abbi Dare

33:53 - Dear. Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

34:41 - Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

35:13 - Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

35:29 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

36:11 - Legenborn by Tracy Deonn

36:56 - Lobizona by Romina Garber

37:00 - Cazadora by Romina Garber

37:03 -

37:38 - Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

37:57 - Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

39:11 - The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

39:42 - The Secret History by Donna Tartt

39:49 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

39:56 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman

40:43 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

42:00 - A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg (Mary)

44:52 - Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (Kaytee)

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