Season 4, Episode 8: A Broad Swath of Current Reads + Gentle Murder


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

  • Bookish Moments: zooming with an author and a slow but steady encouragement

  • Current Reads: fairy tales and graphic novels and non-fiction and middle grade. We’re all over the place.

  • Deep Dive: “gentle murder” is for those readers who want the propulsive and page-turning nature of mysteries and thriller, but can’t handle adding new fears to their arsenal

  • Book Presses: propulsive but gentle books we think you’ll 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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Bookish Moment of the Week:

2:35 - Zoom call with Catherine Ryan Howard

2:39 - The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

2:40 - 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

4:07 - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

7:03 - The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

7:40 - New Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby

9:20 - Hawaii by James Michener

Current Reads:

10:05 - Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly (Meredith)

13:19 - Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

16:07 - The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Kaytee)

16:19 - Good Talk by Mira Jacob

16:57 - El Deafo by Cece Bell

19:46 - Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Meredith)

22:11 - Currently Reading Patreon

24:02 - How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes by Melinda Wenner Moyer (Kaytee)

25:33 - Expecting Better by Emily Oster

27:20 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

27:37 - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Meredith)

35:33 - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

35:47 - Refugee by Alan Gratz (Kaytee)

Deep Dive - Gentle Mysteries and Thrillers

39:24 - The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

39:27 - Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews

39:41 - Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (the mermaid book)

39:58 - The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

41:34 - The Whisper Man by Alex North

41:35 - The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

41:36 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

42:31 - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

42:38 - The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

42:54 - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

43:41 - No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

43:58 - Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

44:11 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

47:23 - A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

47:26 - One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

47:49 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

48:00 - My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

50:39 - The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

50:39 - Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

51:06 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

52:19 - Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Elliot Arnold

Books We Want to Press Into Your Hands:

53:22 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Meredith)

54:38 - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

54:42 - The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

55:55 - The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (Pre-order link)

56:18 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (Kaytee)

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