Jun 18, 2021 • 36M

Episode 268 #SummerReading: Whose List Looks Like Your List?

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Whose summer #TBR looks like yours?

Call it a game, a competition or just an excuse to talk about books: this week we’re doing something new. Each of us will share 6 summer reading recommendations—some we’ve read, some we’re stockpiling for when our own vacations arrive. Your job is to pick whose list looks most like yours—which of us would you let choose the books for YOUR next vacation? (Fellow fans of the Bookriot podcast, yes, this is absolutely blatant theft—ahem, homage. Love you Jeff and Rebecca!)

The Lists:


Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews 

Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie 

Embassy Wife by Katie Crouch 

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz 

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner 

Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford 


A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter 

The Weight of Air by David Poses

New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan (pronounced Downith), 

Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason 

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell 

Fox and I by Catherine Raven


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Finlay Donovan is Killing it by Elle Cosimano 

Life is Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall 

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert 

Valedictorians at the Gate by Becky Munsterer Sabky 

Also mentioned

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto 

Bookriot Podcast Episode 447: Summer Draft Results and Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzles) on Twitter

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NEXT WEEK Our summer series, The Working Bookshelf, starts! Every week, KJ and Jennie Nash choose two beloved writing books on a variety of topics, from productivity to editing, and debate: which is better? Which helps more? Which should be on your shelf?

Jess and Sarina will be back in the fall, and we have a great new series up our sleeves. Sign up for our weekly emails HERE so you won’t miss it.

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