Dying And Destruction Wherever She Goes, NBD

Amanda and Jenn discuss overpowering characters, travel novels and non-fiction, and more on this week’s Get Booked episode.

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1. Better to be booked:

I am writing on behalf of a friend who is having trouble finding a really scary horror book to read for this season. She can find a lot of genre bending works or books that are more thriller, but none of them are what she is looking for.

Here are some books she has found scary:
The ritual
The ring

Here are some books that she didn’t find scary:
Stephen King (any)
I am thinking of ending things

She reads in English, Japanese and French – if that gives you more options πŸ™‚

Anything you can offer to aid their quest would be greatly appreciated! She has received many unsuccessful referrals from people and is wary of new recordings, but I keep my fingers crossed, this podcast can help!


2. TIME SENSITIVE! I run a diversity book club in my office. We have read books in the past. Some of the topics we read about were race, gender, inequality of wealth and representation of disabilities. Some of the members have expressed an interest in a book on (American) politics to give us better information – be it about processes or systems that are in place, or just to understand how ideas were created / embedded in different parties. I think that’s difficult because everyone has different political views. I want the reading to be informative but not biased in one way or another, so that the discussion remains thoughtful and polite. Ideally, no matter which way you lean, you are likely to learn something. I think something more anthropological or historical might be best, but I’m looking for your expertise! We read both fiction and non-fiction, but in this case, non-fiction is probably the way to go. We always vote on 4 books and the majority wins, so I’m open to many different types of recommendations! Many thanks.

PS – The link I’m including is a picture of most of the books we’ve read for this group. We also just read Stamped / Stamped Remix and Disability Visibility.

3. Another type of puzzle for a book group with women who read a lot! Please do not plunge into horror. Must be first if it’s a show. Enjoy this podcast so much, but your theme music is meh.


4. I’m looking for a book that will focus on super powered people, preferably YA / adult age.

I’ve read the trilogy The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson and Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

I’m looking for something in the same direction, a good versus evil, action-packed adventure that follows superheroes.


5. Since travel is currently not an option due to the pandemic, I looked for nonfiction books. I would prefer different authors and with a funny tone (please don’t eat, pray, love).
Thank you so much!
I love the show!


6. I love the podcast!

So I saw this show on Netflix that I loved and that is called Amazing Hotels. You don’t have it anymore, but I long for a book that is set in a really luxurious and exotic location. I would love a travel novel with really rich descriptions and a good plot. Many of the ones I find are non-fiction or memoirs, but if possible I would love to read a fun plot that includes the backdrop. Something like Crazy Rich Asians maybe.

Thank you so much!

7. Thank you both (EVERYTHING from Book Riot, actually) for the work you are doing to guide us through these difficult times!

I’m looking for TWO recommendations. Both my cousin (who is more like a sister) and I have birthdays in December, December 15th and December 13th. I would like birthday present ideas for her … and for me. πŸ˜€

For them: My goal was to make a recommendation myself, but their tastes are very far from my wheelhouse. She said she needed good fiction [her] Life ‘and has moved away from fantasy. She said she likes historical fiction and “things like that” like To Kill a Mockingbird (TCAM). I found the book Riot Read-a-Likes for non-fiction similar to TKAM, but she prefers fiction.

For me: I read and loved the Truly Devious series. I realized that the trope / niche I want is “Boarding School Mystery” or something that feels similar. I think part of it depends on being in a cozy common room with a fire – YA, cozy feelings, boarding school, puzzles, in a cold place. NO historical fiction. I enjoyed A Study in Charlotte, In the Hall with the Knife, Magic for Liars (even though the main character was an adult), and Bellweather Rhapsody.

I hope you can help!

I wish you both all the best.


Books discussed

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Contribution: The Most Terrifying Books

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

A Folk Tale of the United States by Howard Zinn

The heartbeat of the wounded knee by David Treuer

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh (tw: violence against women and children, including rape and domestic violence; abortion; harm to animals)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (also the whole DC series) by Leigh Bardugo

The Sidekick Squad by CB Lee (Not Your Sidekick)

An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie, translated. by James Kirkup

Buttermilk graffiti by Edward Lee (captured by Jaime Herndon)

A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The improbable adventures of the Shergill sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (recorded by Neha Patel) (cw: emotionally abusive domestic situation; difficulties with pregnancy; discussion of gender-selective abortion; assisted suicide; sexual harassment and misogyny)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Fence by CS Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana La Fuente and Jim Campbell

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