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Episode 120: Reading Goals

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Today’s Book Recommendation You Didn’t Ask For is

Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle


Other books discussed today:

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Soul of Baseball: a road trip through Buck O’Neil’s America by Joe Posanski

Called to Create by Jordan Raynor


My #theunreadshelfproject2019 picks (that I know about now):

February: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

March On Writing: a memoir of the craft by Stephen King

April What is Poetry? the essential guide to reading and writing poems by Michael Rosen

May The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne

June Imagined London by Anna Quindlen

July something from the Virago/Beacon Travelers series

October You Can’t Win by Jack Black


Find #theundreadshelfproject2019 at

Happy listening,



Special Episode #24: 24 Books of Advent Part 4

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Join the conversation on Instagram and Goodreads!

Today’s books on the Advent theme of “Love” are:

Christmas in America by Nancy S. Grant. Crescent Books, 1991.

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown. McSweeney’s Books, 2007.

Mince Pie and Mistletoe by Phyllis McKinley, illustrated by Harold Berson. J.B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

Come Let Us Adore Him by Robert J. Morgan. Thomas Nelson, 2005.

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree by Amye Rosenberg. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1985.

The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas: an Austin family story by Madeline L’Engle, illustrated by Joe DeVelasco. Harold Shaw Publishers, 1984.

Happy holidays,


Special Episode #23: 24 Books of Advent Part 3

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Join the book conversation over on Instagram and Goodreads!

Today’s books on the Advent theme “Joy” are: 

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon. The Blue Sky Press, 2010.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer. Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1993.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Janet Samuel. WorthyKids/Ideals, 2011.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Sergio Leone. Watertower Books, 1962.

A Child is Born by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Jump at the Sun Hyperion Books for Children, 2003.

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear! by Don and Audrey Wood. The Blue Sky Press, 2003.

Happy listening,


Special Episode #22: 24 Books of Advent Part 2

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The conversation continues on Goodreads and Instagram!

Today’s books on the Christmas theme of peace are:

Santa Clauses: short poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chuck Groenink. Carolrhoda Books, 2014.

Winter Lights: a season in poems and quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines. Greenwillow Books, 2005.

Amazing Peace: a Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou. Random House, 2005.

A Different Kind of Christmas by Alex Haley. Doubleday, 1988.

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, illustrated by Ruth Brown. St. Martins Press, 1986.

Refuge by Anne Booth, illustrated by Sam Usher. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Happy listening,


Special Episode #21: 24 Books of Advent Part 1

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Today’s books:

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien. George Allen & Unwin, 1976.

Santa’s Crash-Bang Christmas by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Tomie DePaola. Xerox Education Publications, 1977.

Frosty the Snow Man retold by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by Corinne Malvern. Western Publishing, Inc., 1977 (28th Printing.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Richard Scarry. Western Publishing, Inc., 1976.

Santa’s Toy Shop, adapted by Al Dempster, illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio. Western Publishing, Inc., 1980 (22nd Printing.)

The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985.

Other Notes:

Hay-on-Wye, Wales’s City of Books

Happy listening,


Episode 118: The BSC is You and Me

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Today’s books are:

The Baby-Sitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin. Scholastic, 1986-2000

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003.

Other books mentioned on today’s episode:

Harry: a history by Melissa Anelli. Penguin Group, 2008.

Dear Genius: the letters of Ursula Nordstrom, edited by Leonard S. Marcus. HarperCollins, 2000. (my apologies for my mistake in the episode. Ursula Nordstrom was with Harper & Row, not Random House.)

I’ll Get There. It Better be Worth the Trip by John Donovan. Harper & Row, 1969.

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982.

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. HarperCollins, 2003.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton Books, 2010.

Other Things Discussed Today:

Scholastic Book Orders

The Baby-Sitters Club Movie

Ann M. Martin

“The Gay YA” book recommendations website

Banned Books Week

Baby-Sitters Graphic Novels

Raina Telgemeier

The Bechdel Test

The Baby-Sitters Club Club Podcast

Please Find Me on Social Media!





Happy listening,



Episode 117: Anne of Green Gables Part 5: War, Women, and Historical Perspective

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Today’s books are:

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland and Stewart, 1921.

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Random House, 2016.

Other things discussed today:

Hardcore History podcast

The War Poets at Westminster Abbey

John McRae

The text of “The Piper” from The Blythes are Quoted

Happy listening,



Episode 116: Anne of Green Gables Part 4: Love and Marriage

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Today’s books are:

Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart, 1917.

Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace. Thomas Y Crowell Co., 1955.

Other things discussed today:

Episode 112, when we first talked about Betsy

A list of the Betsy books

The “Anne With an E” TV series.

The 1980s Kevin Sullivan Anne miniseries

Nancy Pearl, rock star librarian

Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter in the U.S. Senate

Happy listening,


Episode 115: Anne of Green Gables Part 3: Anne, Jo, Louisa, and Maud

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Today’s books are:

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Co., 1915.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Roberts Brothers, 1868-1869.

Other things discussed today:

#12daysofannestagram on Instagram

ProposalGate! Who copied who? Here’s a blog post on the topic or skip right to the video (bad quality.)

Louisa May Alcott as covered by The History Chicks

Some wild speculation on the men in Louisa May Alcott’s life.

Tune in next episode for Anne’s House of Dreams with Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Happy listening,


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