Jun 04

It’s our first installment of “Hosts on the Hot Seat,” our Q&A segment where you Q and we A. We recommend The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope and Is This Tomorrow.

Hosts on the Hot Seat

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Remember when we asked you all to ask us questions? Many of you did and we’re answering a couple of them in this podcast. Don’t forget to submit your own questions here!

Connor in Ohio wondered what we do when we encounter an unfamiliar word while reading. Ann and I both tend to infer the meaning from context when we’re reading a paper book. When we’re e-reading we take advantage of the “click and define” feature. Unfortunately, that can lead down the Google rabbit hole, looking up things other than definitions. It recently happened for me while reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and for Ann while reading Detroit: An American Autopsy.

Robin from New Jersey asked if we were both readers growing up and what books or people influenced us. I’ve always been a reader. Early series I loved included The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, The Tripods Trilogy, and the Doctor Who show novelizations. Ann started her reading career by memorizing Twinkle Tots, and read, while in the bathroom, the entirety of a biography of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. The Chocolate War was very important to Ann in middle school. A few picture books that I particularly remember loving are The Story of Ferdinand and The Little House, and Ann loved The Story About Ping.

Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (16:51)

adam hope   tomorrow

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley is a beautiful love story about Evelyn, a woman who meets a person who is clearly not human, but their connection is instant and strong. This is a book I read knowing very little about the story, and the twists and revelations were wonderful to experience. In my opinion, the story synopsis on the book gives away far too much of the plot, so I beg you, don’t read the flap copy!

Ann recommends Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt. It’s the story of the disappearance of a child in the suburbs of Boston in the 1950’s. The writing is beautiful and captures the domestic life of the 50’s and 60’s perfectly, and brings these characters to vivid life.

Ann and I have each read (and loved) the other’s recommendation, so both of these books are recommended by both of us!

  • The Wright Place

    Hi Ann and Michael,
    I just listened to the first question of the podcast and grinned when Michael said he’d looked up basic details of the Chechen wars when reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I did the very same thing and wrote the dates down on a sticky note which is serving as my bookmark so that I could keep things clear! Thanks for that recommendation, I’m enjoying it.

  • Linda from Ohio

    Oh, so often when I read I look up words or dates or just more information about what I’m reading.

  • Carol Kubala

    Just like your “brilliant comments” and “reactions” to each podcast entry, “Hosts on the Hot Seat” rings true for our questions, your answers. Couldn’t do better and loved this segment!

  • Vanessa D

    It’s hard to say if one book was wholy responsible for making me a life-long reader, but these definitely stick out as important:

    1. The Wump World by Bill Peet (I devoured pretty much everything by Bill Peet)

    2. The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson (I particularly remember my addition was beautifully illustrated by James Warhola)

    3. My Fathers Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet

    4. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dhal

    5. The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy

    6. Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    7. Tiki Tiki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel

    8. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    10. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

    I would love to know if other people remember and loved these as much as I did!

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