Aug 25

Coloring books for adults, a bookselling vacation, and two backlist books that we can’t wait for you to read.


Have you heard about the new craze rocking the book world? Coloring books for grownups are selling like crazy, and in this episode we talk about what might be driving this craze, and if we are going to try it out. The trend started with books illustrated by Johanna Basford, and now it seems that almost every publisher has some in its lineup. Coming in October: The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book and Diana Gabaldon’s Official Outlander Coloring Book.  Michael is intrigued by Highlights Hidden Pictures and Fantastic Cities, which he posted about on the new Books on the Nightstand Instagram page (please follow us if you are on Instagram).  What about you? Have you tried grownup coloring books?



audiobooksAudiobook of the week (06:37)


Woman with a Secret

Woman with a Secret by Sophie Hannah (published in the UK as The Telling Error), narrated by David Thorpe and Julia Barrie, is my pick for this week’s Audiobook of the Week.

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AirB and Bookstore (11:54):

Wigtown AirBnB

Photo thanks to our friends at

This week the book world was all excited about a listing on AirBnB, where for £150 per week you can run a bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland and live in the apartment over the shop. This sounds like a dream vacation to us (even though it’s work). Wigtown itself sounds like an amazing book community. There are 10 bookstores in town, with a population of 1000.

Wigtown Airbnb listing

If you’re one of our listeners and decide to go on this bookstore AirBnB adventure, let us know — we’ll make you our roving reporter!


Don’t you forget about me (22:32):


Into the Wilderness   Z for Zachariah

I was thinking about what books I would recommend to people who love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and one of the books I thought about was Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. It’s not really like Outlander, but it’s historical fiction with a strong romance element. And it’s the beginning of a series, so there’s a lot more reading ahead if you love Into the Wilderness.

Michael recommends Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien, and the film of the novel is out today as we record. The movie differs a lot from the book, so Michael wanted us to know about it now. It’s the story of a young woman who believes she’s the last person alive after a nuclear war … until she sees a strange man in the valley.


  • OH MY WORD!!!!!!! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard this week’s episode. I read Z for Zachariah when I was in grade school, and I have thought about that book from time to time over the years. I wanted to go back and read it, BUT I COULDN’T REMEMBER THE TITLE. I already requested it from my library and I can’t wait to re-read it. Thank you, Michael!

    • mkindness

      This makes me very happy! I hope the story holds up to re-reading.

  • gapman

    Hey Michael, will you be commenting in the podcast or the blog about the 13 short stories from your earlier Reading Challenge from the May 19th Episode? Just to remind everyone, here is the link to those AMAZING Short Stories:
    [url=]13 Short Stories That Will Blow Your Bind[/url]

    • mkindness

      I definitely will be! I think we’ll probably discuss summer reading and BOTNS Book Bingo the week of Labor Day.

  • That audiobook sounds right up my alley. Added it to my goodreads list!
    I also wanted to say that I love when you make recommendations in the “if you like x, then you should read y” format. I would love to listen a whole segment of recommendations for “read-a-likes” of popular books. =)

  • Cindi

    Just found your podcasts, though I’d previously subscribed to your RSS feed. Anyone know the dates of the Wigtown Book Festival in spring? I’m planning a UK trip and wondering if I can loop it in somehow. Thanks!

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