Season 4, Episode 35: Dream Bookshelves + Exiting the Comfort Zone


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

  • Bookish Moments: beautiful bookshelves and a booktuber to love

  • Current Reads: we’re all over the map this week with poetry and Cozy+ and a book I should have loved but didn’t and so much more!

  • Deep Dive: reading outside of our comfort zones

  • Book Presses: books that we didn’t expect to love

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!

New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!

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1:39 - Bookish Moment of the Week

6:24 - Nakia’s Hideaway on Youtube

6:30 - Nakia’s Hideaway on Instagram

8:39 - Current Reads

8:55 - The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (Kaytee)

11:56 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

12:26 - Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman (Meredith)

14:08 - Story Bound Story via Fabled

15:57 - By the Book by Jasmine Guillory (Kaytee)

16:03 - If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

19:19 - His and Hers by Alice Feeney (Meredith)

22:15 - Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

22:38 - Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman (Kaytee)

23:04 - The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

26:36 - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death by Amita Murray (Meredith)

30:35 - The Maid by Nita Prose

30:44 - An Elderly Lady is Up To No Good by Helene Turston

32:15 - Deep Dive: Reading Out of Our Comfort Zones

34:18 - Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

34:21 - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

36:38 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

37:25 - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death by Amita Murray

39:42 - Shelf Subscription Bookshelf Thomasville

39:50 - Book of the Month

39:57 - Access the Indie Press List by becoming a Patron

42:16 - Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

43:40 - An Unlikely Story

45:18 - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands

45:36 - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Kaytee)

48:39 - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (Meredith)

51:10 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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