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Our Speculative Fiction Recs with Virginia Soenksen, Author of the GENETICS CHRONICLES Series
Oct 21 • 49 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we’re talking all things speculative fiction with Virginia Soenksen, author of The Titan Strain, The Osiris Contingency, and The Ragnarok Resolution.
Our 2020 Spooky Reads Recommendations
Oct 14 • 28 min
This week, Unabridged Podcast is launching into the Halloween spirit with some spooky recommendations. After our Bookish Check-in—featuring a guest appearance by Unabridged Ambassador Talie—each of shares a perfect October pick, and then (for our Give Me…
Teaching Tidbits 2: Technology during the Time of Virtual Teaching with Ashley
Oct 9 • 9 min
In this Unabridged Teaching Tidbits episode, Ashley talks about some tips for surviving the trials and tribulations of using technology during the era of virtual teaching.
October Book Club - Tommy Orange’s THERE THERE
Oct 7 • 55 min
In this Unabridged Podcast book club discussion, we talk about Tommy Orange’s There There. We all discuss this masterpiece, and then we share our pairings, including Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, Akwaeke Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji, and Tanya…
Lit Chat Game with Unabridged, Fall 2020
Sep 30 • 29 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we revisit a favorite game that we’ve played on past episodes, Book Riot’s Lit Chat Game. After our Bookish Check-in, we dive into the game and answer some impromptu questions related to our reading lives, all while…
Teaching Tidbits #1: Reflecting on Virtual Teaching … 3 Weeks In
Sep 25 • 8 min
In this Unabridged Episode, Jen shares five conclusions she has drawn about teaching virtually after three weeks of instruction with her students. Teaching and learning are definitely different than usual right now, but adjusting our expectations and…
Celebrating Global Read Aloud
Sep 23 • 62 min
In honor of the final year of the Global Read Aloud, Unabridged Podcast revisits our episode from last year, in which we discussed Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, Padma Venkatraman’s The Bridge Home, and Kelly Yang’s Front Desk. Join us in…
Reading Romance - Interview with Farrah Rochon, author of THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT
Sep 16 • 51 min
We are thrilled to share our interview with Farrah Rochon, the USA Today Bestselling author of more than 35 novels, including her latest release, The Boyfriend Project.
Unabridged Launches Teaching Tidbits
Sep 9 • 27 min
In this Unabridged Episode, we share with listeners a brand new type of episode that we’re launching in Season Four, Teaching Tidbits! These bite-sized episodes will focus on books and activities relevant to classroom teachers. We’ll share these a couple…
Chanel Miller’s KNOW MY NAME - September Book Club
Sep 2 • 52 min
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Chanel Miller’s memoir, Know My Name. We discuss the powerful impact of Chanel Miller’s words and the way that she is changing the world through sharing her story. In our book pairings, we talk about Laurie…
Patreon Preview - Book-to-Film Adaptation, Discussion of Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT
Aug 26 • 54 min
In this Unabridged episode, we give listeners a sneak peek into some of the content that we share on Patreon each month. In this one, after our bookish check-in, we share Jen and Sara’s book-to-film adaptation discussion of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.…
Great Book Recommendations - Our Season 4 Recs for Each Other
Aug 19 • 42 min
In today’s episode of the Unabridged Podcast, we each do our best to recommend a book that our friends and co-hosts will love. Be sure to listen to our Bookish Check-in and our Give Me One, where we pick a favorite karaoke song.
Dive into Nonfiction Reads
Aug 12 • 50 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we talk all things nonfiction, and we each make recommendations for nonfiction reads to dive into that we’ve loved.
Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi’s STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU - August 2020 Book Club
Aug 5 • 59 min
In this Unabridged Book Club discussion, we talk about Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. This phenomenal book is a remix for young people of Kendi’s original Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of…
Get to Know the Unabridged Podcast Hosts in 2020 - Season 3 Wrap-up
Jul 29 • 42 min
As we wrap up Season 3 of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Jen, and Sara look back at Give Me One, a segment we introduced this season. After our Bookish Check-in, we each recommend a Give Me One, and then we end with an episode we recommend from the…
Books We’d Love to See Adapted with Morgan Hoit @NYCBookGirl
Jul 22 • 54 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we have so much fun talking with Morgan Hoit, @NYCBookGirl, about book-to-screen adaptations. We talk about our latest reads, book-to-screen adaptations we have loved, and books that we would love to see adapted.
How to Find Joy - Discussing WHAT YOU WISH FOR with Katherine Center
Jul 15 • 69 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we’re talking with Katherine Center about her latest book, What You Wish For, which released on July 14th. Katherine shares her first experience as a writer, writing fan fic about Duran Duran, why clown socks are the…
Underrated Books and Authors with Mariely Sylvette Martinez of PodQueens Latinas
Jul 8 • 51 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we have so much fun talking with Mariely Sylvette Martinez of Podqueens Latinas about underrated books and series. She joins us for our Bookish Check-in, and then we chat about what it means to be underrated and why…
Emily Henry’s BEACH READ - July 2020 Book Club
Jul 1 • 54 min
In this Unabridged podcast book club episode, we’re discussing Emily Henry’s Beach Read. We have a great discussion and pair this one with some other great reads, including Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes, Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering, and Josie…
2020 Reading Challenge Check In
Jun 24 • 36 min
On this Unabridged episode, we consider where we are with our reading goals for the year, including how we’re doing on the reading challenges we each selected back in January.
Great Books for the Classroom by Black Authors
Jun 17 • 52 min
In this Unabridged Podcast discussion, we recommend some books by Black authors that we think would be a great fit in the classroom. We talk about recommendations for Kid Lit, Middle Grade, and YA Lit, and we touch on books by several of our favorite…
Re-release of Jason Reynolds Highlight with LONG WAY DOWN, GHOST, and WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST
Jun 13 • 45 min
In this bonus episode, we wanted to share a re-release of an episode highlighting three novels by Jason Reynolds, one of our favorite Black authors for young people and for the classroom.
Re-release of Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE Book Club Discussion
Jun 10 • 66 min
In light of the unjust loss of Black lives in America and of the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to share an episode from 2018 where, for our book club, we discussed one of our most favorite YA literature books for the classroom, Angie Thomas’s The…
A Message about Today’s Episode
Jun 3 • 1 min
Today, we are sharing a message about our decision to postpone the regularly scheduled book club episode.
Parenting and Partner Tips with Brandy Ferner of ADULT CONVERSATION
May 27 • 60 min
In this Unabridged Podcast interview episode, we had a wonderful time discussing all things parenting and partners with Brandy Ferner. We read her novel Adult Conversation, which just released on May 5th, and we all felt that the depiction of motherhood…
Building on the Classics: Middle-Grade Reads to Add to Your Shelves
May 24 • 8 min
We’re so excited to share a preview of “Is There Anything Newer?” an episode of Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library. This is a short excerpt from our conversation with Jill Hames, director of the James L. Hamner Public Library and…
Plugging into Bookish Communities Online with @readwithtoni from Instagram
May 20 • 28 min
In this week’s episode of Unabridged, Ashley, Jen, and Sara talk with Toni about the power of developing an online bookish community. Toni—who posts @readwithtoni—shares her own bookstagram journey, what she loves about buddy reads, and the books (like…
Thrillers that You Can’t Put Down - Better on Audio
May 13 • 39 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we’re discussing specific thrillers that we’ve read and LOVED (including books by Ruth Ware, Oyinkan Braithwaite, and T.M. Logan), and we’re talking more generally about what does and does not work for us when it comes…
Readers’ Choice Pick - Katharine McGee’s AMERICAN ROYALS
May 6 • 50 min
In this Unabridged Podcast book club episode, we discuss the readers’ choice spring 2020 pick, Katharine McGee’s American Royals. We pair it with other books we’ve loved, including Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (which we discussed in a film adaptation…
How to Help Young People Keep Reading when School Is Out
Apr 29 • 55 min
This week, we’re talking about all of the things that work for us and that have worked for our students to keep the reading momentum going! We talk about favorite authors like Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Mo Willems, and we share about awesome…
Bookish Turn Offs and What to Do about Them
Apr 22 • 41 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we’re discussing some bookish turn offs we each have and when it’s worth it to push past those turn offs (and when to accept them and move on!). We discuss tons of books including some of our collective favorites like…
Learn More about Yourself by Exploring Enneagram Books
Apr 15 • 41 min
In this episode, we have a great time discussing what we’ve each learned about the enneagram. We each chose a book (Ashley chose Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self, Jen chose The Essential Enneagram, and Sara…
Find Your Way Back to Reading with Comfort Reads
Apr 8 • 32 min
In this episode, we talk about what kinds of reads are bringing us comfort during these challenging times.
Samira Ahmed’s INTERNMENT — April Unabridged Book Club
Apr 1 • 43 min
For our April Unabridged Book Club episode and discussion, we talk about Samira Ahmed’s near-future YA literature novel, Internment (which was also our buddy read on Instagram in March!), and we make connections to other works including Mark Oshiro’s…
Hopeful Books to Engage Students - What Can I Recommend to Students Right Now?
Mar 25 • 35 min
In this episode, we consider books that we’d recommend to students as great choices to read independently. As the world around us has drastically changed and continues changing, we decided on this topic and talked about some of our favorites, including R.…
The Unread Shelf with Whitney Conard - Curate that Unread Shelf and Actually Get Them Read
Mar 18 • 40 min
In this episode, we had the wonderful experience of interviewing Whitney Conard from The Unread Shelf. She joins us for our bookish check-in (we’re big Camille Pagán fans!), shares the origin story of The Unread Shelf Project, and offers tips to help all…
Anne Bogel’s DON’T OVERTHINK IT - I Always Have the “Over” Problem
Mar 11 • 34 min
In this episode, we have fun discussing Anne Bogel’s Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life and its application to our lives. Although we don’t go in depth about her other books, I’d Rather Be…
Kevin Wilson’s NOTHING TO SEE HERE - Learning by Fire
Mar 4 • 54 min
For our March Unabridged Book Club discussion, we’re focusing on Kevin Wilson’s excellent Nothing to See Here (which was also a Book of the Month pick!). Listen to catch up with what we’re reading now and to hear why we chose to pair books like Ninth…
Read Alike Ideas and Lit Circles - I Think the Risk Is Worth the Reward
Feb 26 • 30 min
In this episode, we’re discussing the benefits of using Read Alikes within book clubs and within the classroom. We touch on some of our favorite YA lit books, such as Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, as well as classics like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.…
Why Teach YA? - There’s Nothing I Want More than for Kids to Love What We’re Doing
Feb 19 • 39 min
In this episode, we focus on classroom teachers and talk directly about how and why we incorporated Young Adult literature into our classrooms. We talk about series we saw our students loving like Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Stephanie Meyer’s…
2020 Love Is in the Air - The Protagonist’s Name is in the Title
Feb 12 • 29 min
In our 2020 Love Is in the Air episode, we’re talking all things romance. In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite romance novels, including Linda Holmes’s Evvie Drake Starts Over, Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue, and David Yoon’s…
Bryn Greenwood’s THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE - Challenging, in the Best Way
Feb 5 • 54 min
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Bryn Greenwood’s The Reckless Oath We Made. We discuss our overall impressions, what worked and didn’t for us in the novel, and some memorable quotations, before getting into our pairings, including Peter…
Winter Books - If I Read a Good Thriller, I’m Thrilled
Jan 29 • 24 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, we are sharing about a favorite topic of ours, seasonal reads. We discuss some favorite reads that revolve around winter in some way, including Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, Ruta Sepetys’s…
2020 Reading Goals and Reading Challenges - I Can Share My Spreadsheet with You
Jan 22 • 29 min
In this episode, we’re facing the new year (and new decade!) and considering our reading lives and goals. We’ve also each signed up for a different reading challenge including Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge, the Beat the Backlist Reading…
Our 2020 TBR Lists - Round-Robin Style
Jan 15 • 14 min
In this episode, we’re discussing some books we can’t wait to read in 2020, including Brigid Kemmerer’s A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, and Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years. We also talk about Sarah J. Maas’s…
Mary Beth Keane’s ASK AGAIN, YES - I Had to Open Another Tin of Book Darts
Jan 8 • 52 min
In this Unabridged Book Club (#unabridgedpodbookclub) episode, we discuss Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes, the amazing multigenerational novel examining two families in a planned community. We make connections to Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere,…
Unabridged Awards 2019 - Y’all Know I’m Indecisive
Dec 30, 2019 • 41 min
The hosts of Unabridged once again gathered to reflect on our year of reading and to choose some of our favorites. While Jen (as is typical) wanted to talk about all the books, Sara and Ashley did a much better job reining it in. Check out the episode to…
Holiday Wrap Up 2019 - 3 Favorites from the Year
Dec 23, 2019 • 73 min
In this special holiday episode, we’re wrapping up 2019 with 3 recent favorites. Stay tuned next week for our 2019 Unabridged Awards!How would you wrap up YOUR year? What are some of your 2019 favorites? Let us know on social media! timeline Click the…
Debate - What Makes a Holiday Movie? - I’m Having a Conversation in My Head
Dec 18, 2019 • 17 min
The Unabridged debate over what makes a holiday movie gets a little contentious as Jen and Sara face off (primarily) about Love Actually. Poor Ashley serves as moderator (sorry, Ashley!).What do YOU think makes a Christmas movie? Does it have to be ABOUT…
Unpopular Opinion Alert 2019 - I Have Some Trepidation
Dec 11, 2019 • 13 min
Unabridged is back with more unpopular opinions! For our second Unpopular Opinion Alert, we take on Where the Crawdad Sings, Verity, and The Female Persuasion.What books did everyone else love that you … well, that you don’t? Head over to our social media…
Hazel Gaynor and Heather Mariah Webb’s LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS - Tied Up with a Bow
Dec 4, 2019 • 48 min
Friends, for our Unabridged Book Club book this month, we’re reading Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb’s epistolary novel ​Last Christmas in Paris. This book, set predominantly during World War I, unveils the relationships of two characters, Evie and Tom,…
Human Trafficking Awareness with RuthAnn Deveney, Dressember Advocate - Fresh-Squeezed Freedom
Nov 27, 2019 • 58 min
The three of us had an amazing conversation with RuthAnn Deveney about ways that everyone can combat human trafficking every day. We discuss Dressember (find Ashley and Sara on social media to support their Dressember campaigns) and about how to talk to…
Bookish Gifts 2019 - Insert Party Horn Sound Here
Nov 20, 2019 • 24 min
​It’s that time of year again, friends. You know it: the time of year when we are all about finding the perfect gift for the bookworms in your life. We have a great time in this episode talking about some of our favorite bookish shops and items for all…
Debate - Classics or Not?: I Just Skipped the Scenery…and the Descriptions
Nov 13, 2019 • 17 min
What do you think of the classics? And, for that matter, how do you define classics? We take on these issues and more in today’s episode, discussing the merits of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Zora Neale Hurston, and more.Listen to the episode, and then…
Maggie O’Farrell’s I AM, I AM, I AM - Defiance of Death
Nov 6, 2019 • 53 min
For our November Book Club, we’re discussing Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, our first Unabridged Readers’ Choice pick! This collection of connected essays elicited a different reaction from each of us … some of us…
Spooky Stories - Twisty in All the Right Ways
Oct 30, 2019 • 28 min
Join us for our 2019 edition of Spooky Stories! ​​We’re here again this season to share with you our latest seasonal and spooky favorites. We’ll talk the latest books (including Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood, coming out on November 5th… SO GOOD!), and we will…
Update on Our Recommendations to Each Other: A Love Story … and Also Not
Oct 23, 2019 • 26 min
Well, we have failed at reading all of our recommendations for each other, but we had a good time with some confessions, some reflection, and some reviews of how well we know each other. In general, I’d say that we did a pretty good job recommending books…
Rainbow Rowell Rocks: You Have to Read It! You Have to Read It!
Oct 16, 2019 • 22 min
​​For this short episode of Unabridged, we are talking all about Rainbow Rowell and our love for her books. While we each have unique favorites of her work, we can agree that we are all fans, and there are some things that run through her writing that we…
Literary Friends in Real Life - I Felt Like I Had Somewhere Brilliant to Go
Oct 9, 2019 • 13 min
Our short episode in which we pair two characters from two different books, those literary folks we think might be friends in real life, proved to be more challenging than we anticipated. Fortunately, as friends in real life (ha!), we supported each…
Anissa Gray’s THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS - Relationships Between Women
Oct 2, 2019 • 50 min
We’re thrilled to discuss Anissa Gray’s new novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. Told in the alternating perspectives of the Butler sisters, this novel is timely, compelling, and, at times, heartbreaking.We offer pairings and…
All about the Journey - Bump It Up on the List
Sep 25, 2019 • 24 min
For this short episode of Unabridged, we thought about journeys. Nearly every book contains some sort of journey—emotional, moral, time—but we wanted to focus on the physical journeys that often lie at the heart of novels to symbolize or catalyze…
Book and Song Pairings - I’m Going to Go for It
Sep 18, 2019 • 23 min
We took on a new challenge for this episode, offering our ideas for songs that pair beautifully with books. While none of us would call this our wheelhouse (I don’t think!), we loved hearing the others’ ideas for songs that resonate, for books that…
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Book to Film Adaptation - Get With It!
Sep 11, 2019 • 22 min
In our newest short episode, we embark on a discussion of one of our favorite things: a book-to-film adaptation. This time, we’re discussing the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han’s fabulous YA romance To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. While the book is…
Elizabeth Acevedo’s WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH - On Her Side
Sep 4, 2019 • 48 min
We’re thrilled to discuss Elizabeth Acevedo’s sophomore novel, With the Fire on High. Protagonist Emoni is a high school student, a mother, a granddaughter, and an amazingly inspired chef in training. Listen in for our discussion of the ways that Acevedo…
Autumn TBR Lists - Shopping in My Kindle Closet
Aug 28, 2019 • 22 min
We’ll let you guess just which one of us went shopping in her Kindle closet … and then cheated to share an extra book (or two … or three!) on this episode. Well, actually, we ALL cheated because we have SO many books coming out this fall that we’re…
Get to Know the Hosts - A Great Story of Friendship
Aug 21, 2019 • 26 min
There’s a little bit about books and a whole lot about us in this Unabridged Short episode. Learn what books we loved to teach, what scares us, and what we do outside of reading. (This is more of a stretch for some of us than others!)Feel free to share…
Our Favorite Audiobooks - (Don’t) Come to Me, Animal Friends
Aug 14, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode, we are revisiting our love for audiobooks! Each of us has evolved as an audiobook listener, and we talk about that process, the types of books that work best for us on audio, how we’re stretching ourselves … and Sara’s deep, deep love for…
Global Read Aloud 2019 - I just have to read this quotation
Aug 7, 2019 • 44 min
For the second year, we are excited to explore three of the Global Read Aloud books. (You can find out more information about the Global Read Aloud here.) We are thrilled to begin Season 3 with a discussion of three amazing novels for middle grade, middle…
Season Three Launch - Brand Spanking New Logo!
Jul 31, 2019 • 6 min
We could NOT be more excited about launching Season 3!!!! We have so much good stuff planned for this upcoming season and are looking forward to reaching more readers and more teachers and more listeners.In this episode, we highlight some upcoming…
Summertime Drink and Book Pairings - The Food, The Family, the Relationships
Jul 24, 2019 • 21 min
What says summer more than curling up with a good book and a nice glass of … something? Unabridged dives into book and drink pairings in this episode. We share some books we’ve read, some books we hope to read, and the drinks that pop into our minds…
Our Anticipated Reads of 2019 Update - Intentionally Weird
Jul 17, 2019 • 21 min
Back in January, we shared the books that we planned (or hoped?) to read this year. Now, it’s time to share our progress. Have we read all of them? Nope. But we’ve made a valiant effort. (Or at least an effort.)What was on your TBR list for 2019? How are…
Best of Unabridged Shorts (So Far!) - Most Riveting of All
Jul 10, 2019 • 60 min
​In this summer highlights episode, we’re sharing three of our most popular Unabridged Short Story episodes! You can join us on the Rainbow Rowell Train, pick up some steamy recommendations, and learn all about our worst (or maybe best?) literary…
Top Book Club Pick from Season 2 - Tara Westover’s EDUCATED
Jul 3, 2019 • 63 min
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our discussion of Tara Westover’s Educated, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven’t yet read the book!timeline *Introduction and Summary of the Book: 0:00 - 01:10 *Main Discussion: 01:11 - 51:47 *​Book…
Our Recommendations to Each Other - I Just Love This Book
Jun 26, 2019 • 33 min
The Unabridged crew took time in our most recent short episode (#unabridgedshorts) to recommend books to each other, which was fun … and a little scary! (It’s weirdly vulnerable.) Check out what we chose to recommend for each other, and let us know if you…
Bonus Episode - Collins Center Tips for Promoting Healthy Relationships
Jun 22, 2019 • 25 min
In this Unabridged bonus episode, Ashley interviews Jess Balac from the Collins Center in Harrisonburg, VA, who works with local preschool and elementary school kids to teach sexuality education and to promote healthy attitudes toward bodies and…
Laurie Halse Anderson Highlight - It Is Okay to Fight
Jun 19, 2019 • 57 min
For our last Unabridged Highlight episode of season 2, we’re discussing the influence of one of our favorite YA authors, Laurie Halse Anderson. After seeing her at the Virginia Festival of the Book and reading her new memoir in verse Shout, we were…
Our Summer TBR Lists - We All Know How I Like the Romance
Jun 12, 2019 • 11 min
We at Unabridged are SO. Excited. About summer! As unrepentant bookworms, we have been plotting and planning which books we can fit in over our summer break. We are therefore happy to share our Summer TBR lists with you (and with each other) in this…
Bryan Stevenson’s JUST MERCY - A Must Read for All Human Beings
Jun 5, 2019 • 65 min
In this #unabridgedbookclub episode, we discuss Bryan Stevenson’s nonfiction book Just Mercy. Stevenson discusses his work as an attorney with prisoners on death row and with individuals who were sentenced to life in prison when they were children.During…
Nicola Yoon’s THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR - Book-to-Film Adaptation - I was right up on that book!
May 29, 2019 • 29 min
​Thanks for joining us for our discussion of the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star! We are big fans of Nicola Yoon’s work (check out episode 3, when we discussed her book Everything, Everything), so we eagerly anticipated this movie…
Bookworm Problems - I’m Feeling Anxious Just Talking about It
May 22, 2019 • 26 min
In this #unabridgedshort episode, we confess our bookworm problems (with a side of literary sins). These bookworm problems aren’t unique to us. Are they? (Please say no!)Want to confess some of your bookworm problems? Connect with us on social media…
Bonus Episode: Interviews with Gus Bus Kids, K-2 and 3-5 - I love it!
May 18, 2019 • 23 min
In this Unabridged Bonus episode, we share our experience with the Gus Bus, a mobile literacy program that also offers this after-school component. We met with two groups, K-2 and 3-5, to talk a little bit about podcasting, share some favorite children’s…
Author Interview for Claire Handscombe’s UNSCRIPTED — A “Smart Beach Read”
May 15, 2019 • 45 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, the Unabridged team had an amazing opportunity to interview author and podcaster of The Brit Lit Podcast Claire Handscombe about her book Unscripted. Claire describes her debut novel as a “smart beach read.”​Sara, Jen,…
Worth All the Tears - That Book Enriched My Life
May 8, 2019 • 26 min
In this #unabridgedshort episode, we recommend books that made us cry—we’re talking ugly tears!—but are worth the sorrow that accompanies them. These are favorite books that made us feel all the things. Want a cathartic experience? Pick up one of these…
Graeme Simsion’s THE ROSIE PROJECT - Immerse Yourself in the Way He Sees the World
May 1, 2019 • 53 min
Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project is our Unabridged Book Club pick this month. In The Rosie Project, professor Don Tillman has embarked on a mission — his plan is to find a suitable life partner. He decides to create an extensive questionnaire for female…
Rachael Lippincott’s FIVE FEET APART Book-to-Film Adaptation - Maybe It Is that Star-Crossed Lovers Thing
Apr 24, 2019 • 32 min
​In this Unabridged Short episode, we discuss the book-to-film adaptation of Five Feet Apart, a book that began as a screenplay. Our opinions about both the book and the film vary greatly, so check out our take on the film, and then let us know what you…
Virginia Festival of the Book (Jason Reynolds, Laurie Halse Anderson, and more!) - Loving Every Minute
Apr 17, 2019 • 44 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we focus on our field trip to the Virginia Festival of the Book, held in Charlottesville, VA, from March 20-24. We offer our impressions of four sessions, including a dream conversation between Jason Reynolds and Laurie…
I Love to Eat! — Cookbooks and Books about Food
Apr 10, 2019 • 33 min
In this short Unabridged podcast episode, we share some of our favorite cookbooks and books about food. Each of us talks about how much cooking she does in her home (spoiler alert: one of us just doesn’t cook). We also take on how working toward…
Beth Macy’s DOPESICK and Jarrett Krosoczka’s HEY KIDDO - Obviously, We Read Both
Apr 3, 2019 • 94 min
In this Unabridged podcast episode, we talk about two books that look at drug addiction and its impact on families. Beth Macy’s nonfiction book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America shows the bleak situation of the opioid…
I’m Over Here Having a Little Personal Celebration - YA TBR Update
Mar 27, 2019 • 14 min
In this podcast episode, we return to our TBR lists for YA Literature that we discussed in Episode 47. Interested in listening to that short episode first? Listen to that episode here. the YA books we read from our TBR lists *Ashley — Danielle Paige’s…
Interview with Nadine Brandes, Author of ROMANOV - That Was Really Captivating
Mar 20, 2019 • 24 min
In this Unabridged Podcast episode, the Unabridged team had an amazing opportunity to interview Nadine Brandes about her upcoming publication, the YA historical fiction novel Romanov. Nadine is the author of Fawkes, the Out of Time series, and Romanov,…
DUMPLIN’ Book to Film Adaptation - Different Ways to Be
Mar 13, 2019 • 26 min
In this Unabridged Shorts episode, we discuss the Netflix adaptation of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’. If you’d like to listen to our episode gushing about how much we loved the book, click here! ​A quote from the book and one of our favorite scenes:“There’s…
Julie Murphy’s DUMPLIN’ - Finding Your Own Way
Mar 6, 2019 • 57 min
In this Unabridged Book Club episode, we discuss Julie Murphy’s YA lit novel, Dumplin’. When “self-proclaimed fat girl” Willowdean Dickson decides to shake things up in her small town by entering her former beauty queen mother’s beloved beauty pageant,…
Nikki Giovanni at Bridgewater College - So Masterful (Short)
Feb 27, 2019 • 13 min
discussion *Our reflections on the evening: 0:00 - 12:59 mentions *A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter by Nikki Giovanni want to support unabridged? *Become a patron on Patreon.​ *Follow us @unabridgedpod on Instagram. *Like and follow our…
Ibi Zoboi’s PRIDE and AMERICAN STREET: Cherishing Culture (Highlight)
Feb 20, 2019 • 54 min
We worked hard to avoid spoilers in this #unabridgedhighlights episode; see the timeline below to avoid spoilers in American Street. If you haven’t read them yet, check out Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix and American Street by Ibi Zoboi!​timeline…
Love Is in the Air - Romantic Books to Read in February (Short)
Feb 13, 2019 • 20 min
​In this Unabridged Shorts podcast episode, we discuss our favorite love stories within novels.​Some of our favorite authors who write romantic characters (or characters with amazing love stories) include Rainbow Rowell, Leigh Bardugo, and Dane…
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer - Our Fascinating Discussion (Book Club)
Feb 6, 2019 • 61 min
Spoilers are inevitable throughout our book club discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven’t yet read the book The Female Persuasion!​timeline *Introduction and Summary of the Book: 00:00 - 01:58 *Main Discussion: 01:58 - 49:11 *​Book…
Bonus Episode - Unabridged Turns One!
Feb 2, 2019 • 6 min
Bonus Episode - Unabridged Turns One! #unabridged #readwithunabridged It’s hard to believe, but it has been a year since we launched the Unabridged Podcast. Here are a few things we’re celebrating: — Unabridged Book Club— Our Patreon Page— The Unabridged…
You Have the Power: A Discussion with College Students about Isabel Quintero’s GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES (Highlight)
Jan 30, 2019 • 36 min
Spoilers are inevitable throughout this discussion, so consider whether or not to listen if you haven’t yet read the book Gabi, a Girl in Pieces!​timeline *Introduction and Summary of the Book: 0:00 - 03:49 *Main Discussion: 03:50 - ​36:01 other mentions…
A Giant Pile: Anticipated Books for 2019 (Short)
Jan 23, 2019 • 19 min
Podcast Episode 57 - A Giant Pile: Anticipated Books for 2019 #unabridgedshorts #readwithunabridged @unabridgedpod our anticipated reads *Jen - *Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread *Dane Huckelbridge’s No Beast So Fierce *Karen Thompson Walker’s The Dreamers…
I Will Qualify Them All: Unabridged Awards (Highlight)
Jan 16, 2019 • 40 min
favorites by category mentioned in episode *Jen - *Most devastating, gorgeous novel that alternates between time periods - Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers *Most satisfying end of a long series that I’ve been reading for years - Sarah J. Maas’s…