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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Books. Bookstores. Coffee.

I’m feeling even more bookish than usual this week, so I’m going to hit you up with a good list of literary links today. For the most part I’m not really interested in “Best Of” lists, simply because they are subjective and reductive. But NPR has a rather genius approach to the Best Books of 2016: the list is 300 books long, but you can sort it according to your criteria. You can specify your preferences (“Book Club Reads,” for example, and “For Art Lovers”) and they will whittle that list down appropriately. “Let’s Talk About Sex” gives me twenty…

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A Book, A Movie, A Craft, and A Stupid Quiz

Happy December, my friends! I spent November writing the first book of a 4-book romance series that will publish in 2017. I had planned to start book two this weekend but my head is still fuzzy from the last one, so I think I need some time off for good behavior. Also? My house is a disaster. I know, most women say that when their house is perfect and there is like one unfolded dishtowel. But you have to trust me that when I say disaster, I mean it’s getting embarrassing. And I have a high tolerance for messes. (Remember:…

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Hope for You, Me, Us

I hope your turkey wasn’t undercooked. I hope you didn’t give anyone food poisoning. If you did, I hope it wasn't too serious. I hope it wasn't to someone you liked. I hope your pie didn’t burn and I hope you had more than one slice. I hoped you skipped over the green bean casserole and doubled up on the gravy. I hope you didn’t have to do the dishes. If you had to do the dishes, I hope you blasted some groovy music while you did them (I’m fond of The Commitments Soundtrack to accompany dishwashing), and I hope…

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Hope is the Thing With Feathers

"True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome. True hope responds to the real world, to real life; It is an active effort." Walter Anderson photo via Unsplash

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