11: I Hate Reading Ruts

The BookBully is in the midst of a horrible reading slump. In this mini-episode she talks about how she combats periods like this, the ones that every avid reader dreads.

Sadly, the only books mentioned in this mini-episode are:

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (first in a series)
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

10: The BookBully Goes to the Dogs

With a new puppy in the house, The BookBully chats about books featuring dogs. From a childhood favorite to a BFF memoir, there’s something for every reader.

The books mentioned in this episode include:

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
My Dog Tulip by J.R. Ackerly
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (naturally the title came to me AFTER I recorded!)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

9: A Millennial Reader: An Interview with Podcast Maker Alex Ward

The (Boomer) BookBully chats with Alex Ward about his reading habits and those of his fellow Millennials. Just what the heck is a “Borgel” and are podcasts the new paperbacks?

Books, etc., mentioned in this episode include:

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran and Barbara Cooney
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Wayside Stories by Louis Sachar
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Choose Your Own Adventure series by R. A. Montgomery
Borgel by Daniel M. Pinkwater
Jon Ronson, including So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Astoria by Peter Stark
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
“It Follows” on Netflix
“The Butterfly Effect” podcast
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Beverly by Nick Drnaso
Killing & Dying by Adrian Tomine
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Watchmen by Alan Moore
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

You can find Alex on Instagram at @alexwords and at www.soundslikepictures.net

8: 2018 So Far

The BookBully chats about the books she’s read in 2018. And mentions a couple of books that landed in the DNF – Did Not Finish – column.

Here’s a list of the books mentioned in this podcast:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (paperback coming in late May)
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Two Girls Down by Louise Luna
Heart Berries by Terese Maillot
The Juniper Tree by Barbara Comyns
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick
Dog Training Revolution by Zak George
The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
Ferryman by Claire McFall
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
White Houses by Amy Bloom
Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Far From the Tree by Robin Fenway
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Improvement by Joan Silber
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce (Not “Afterlife” as I believe I state in podcast)
Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin
Mrs. by Caitlin Macy
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

7: Restoring My Faith in Mysteries

The BookBully reminisces about several of her favorite mystery novels and laments about popular ones that left her cold. Fortunately, there are several new entrees that have renewed her faith in this popular genre.

Books mentioned in this podcast include:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
Don’t I Know You by Karen Shepard
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

6: An Interview with Adrienne Martini, Sci-Fi Whisperer

Can this mild-mannered woman convert The BookBully into a Science Fiction/Fantasy Lover? Listen to Ellison’s interview with Adrienne Martini, who loves all things about a genre The BookBully isn’t crazy about.

You can find Adrienne at:
Twitter: @martinimade
IG: @adriennemartini
Blog: www.martinimade.com

Books Mentioned in this Podcast include:

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Vokosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold beginning with “Shards of Honor”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick
Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi
More Than You Know by Penny Vincenzi
The Heirs by Susan Rieger
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips

5: Non-Fiction Favorites

The BookBully chats about her five favorite non-fiction books from 2017 – and a great novel she just finished and highly recommends.

Books mention in this episode include:

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis
Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Inside the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
Restless by William Boyd
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Good Women by Jane Stevenson

4: Top Fiction Reads of 2017

Ellison dives into her favorite fiction books for 2017 and chats about two new books. And, hallelujah her website is up and running!

My Top Fiction Reads of 2017 are:

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Other books mentioned in this post include:

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (just out in paperback!)
Brewster by Mark Slouka
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilgamesh by Joan London
Summer at Gaglow by Esther Freud
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Mary and O’Neil by Justin Cronin
Longbourn by Jo Baker
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Signals by Tim Gautreaux (just out in paperback!)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Transit by Rachel Cusk
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
Single Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiny
Autumn by Ali Smith
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesymn Ward
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
This Could Hurt by Jillian Madoff
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (Not “in White”! as I believe I mistakenly said.)

3: Six Books That Tickled My Funny Bone

The BookBully presents her top six laugh-out-loud books, complete with quotes to make you chuckle. With winter upon us, who doesn’t look forward to losing themselves to a hilarious read?

2: The BookBully Blabs New Books

The BookBully goes a bit crazy talking about new books she’s read or is looking forward to reading. Let’s just say her eyes are bigger than her reading capacity!

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