Season 1 Episode 6

Amy Teegan on Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Amy TeeganWebsite Books discussed in this episode:Lolita by Vladimir NabokovThe Annotated Lolita: Revised and UpdatedSister Carrie by Theodore DreiserDinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne TylerEdgard Allen Poe, the Complete Poems (including Amy’s favorite, Annabel Lee)My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth RussellJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna ClarkThe Interestings by Meg WolitzerThe Heart’s Invisible Furies by John BoyneA Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaOur Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallThe Series of Unfortunate…

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Season 1 Episode 5

David Mills on Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: David MillsWebsite/Podcast/Vimeo Books discussed in this episode:Five Star Billionaire by Tash AwWhen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. – Samuel JohnsonMysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael ChabonLess Than Zero by Brett Easton EllisHello Darlin’! Tall (And Absolutely True) Tales About My Life by Larry HagmanJohnny WooTimberlinaFocus People! Podcast with David Mills    

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Season 1 Episode 4

Moni Boyce on Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Moni BoyceWebsite/Facebook/Instagram /Twitter/Pinterest/Book+Main Books discussed in this episode:Bel Canto by Ann PatchettTaft by Ann PatchettRun by Ann PatchettParnassus Bookstore, Nashville TN (takes online orders and ships! Support indie bookstores!)Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (part of the Stillhouse Lake Series)Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn    

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Season 1 Episode 3

AJ Scudiere on Enchantment by Orson Scott Card Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Author AJ Scudiere, can be found here:Website/Facebook/Instagram AJ’s Romance Pen name, Savannah Kade, can be found here:Website/Facebook/Instagram Books discussed in this episode:Ticket to True Love Series, multiple authorsEnchantment by Orson Scott CardClive CusslerJack Reacher by Lee ChildLisa GardnerThe Murder List by Hank Phillipi RyanGirl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Coming Plague by Laurie GarrettAngel Fire East by Terry BrooksJim ButcherEnders Game by Orson Scott CardWicked by Gregory MaguireLolita by Vladimir NabokovPhoenix by…

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Season 1 Episode 2

Denise Massar on "Mothers of Sparta" by Dawn Davies Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book ever Podcast on Instagram  Host: Julie StraussWebsite/Instagram/Facebook Guest: Denise MassarWebsite/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Medium/Goodreads Books discussed in this episode:Mothers of Sparta by Dawn DaviesMary Karr, Author and MemoiristKnow My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller Books discussed in Patreon-Exclusive EpisodeInside Out: A Memoir by Demi MooreMe by Elton John  

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2019 Book Roundup

Books Read in 2020 Here we are, eleventy weeks in to January 2020, and I finally have a book list for you! Jazz hands! 2019 was a great reading year for me. Not that I ever have bad reading years, because y’all know my very firm rule – never, ever, EVER read a book you don’t like. Ever. Life is too short for that nonsense. Give it a chance, sure, but if a book isn’t grabbing you, move on. It will always be there if you want to try again.   That said, of the 146 books I read last…

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2018 Book Roundup

In 2018, my friend Claire challenged me to read 100 books in a year. In general, I'm not really big on reading challenges. I don't want to get so focused on hitting goals that I'm not enjoying my books anymore. But 100 books was exactly the right challenge for me. I could still read whatever I wanted, and that number was only a little higher than what I have read in previous years. If I eliminated just a couple of my bad habits, I had enough time to increase my reading time. (That said, if the goal were much higher,…

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Saturday Distractions

One of my favorite artists, Austin Kleon, wrote this earlier this week: I love meeting my readers, but I am so aware that the person who writes the books that they read is the best version of me — the most hopeful, the most helpful version of me. In my day-to-day life, I am as confused, and stupid, and pessimistic as anybody. I’ve stayed offline lately because I’m having a hard time even finding my best version of myself during a national humanitarian crisis, and my rage won't help anything. But this blog is mostly about books and recipes and cocktails, and it all…

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Take Your Goddamn Meds

Anthony Bourdain was my introduction to foul-mouthed, bad boy chefs. But he was much more than that, and if you are not familiar with his work, I encourage you to skip over the salacious stories that are sure to emerge this weekend and instead read about some of the good he did. He was a perfect example of how to be a traveler, but he was also outspoken about the role of the immigrant workers in the restaurant industry. Most importantly, lately he was totally aware of the role he may have had in sexual harassment in food world, and…

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