May 24

A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. 


Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!


audiobooksAudiobook of the week (11:15) 

Assistants, Camille PerriThe Assistants by Camille Perri, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobook of the Week.

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The Beginning (16:22)

Memorial Day weekend is days away which means the start of Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo! Go to, and hit refresh to get a brand new card.

As in the past, the “rules” are what you make them. However, we suggest you:

  • Interpret the categories as you see fit
  • Not use a book for more than one square
  • Use the Free Square for any book that you read that won’t fit in another category


Some of the categories and books Ann and I discuss in this episode:


Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (32:50)

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I recommend Everything is Teeth, a graphic memoir by Evie Wyld, illustrated by Joe Sumner. It’s the story of Evie’s childhood, some of which she spent visiting family in Australia. She was obsessed with sharks and shark attacks, and those memories and experiences are brought to vivid life via that unusual juxtapositions of art style and color.

Ann recommends Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. It’s the story of a young woman indoctrinated into working at a high-end NYC restaurant (based on the real-life Union Square Cafe). Stephanie Danler actually did work at the Union Square Cafe and that background brings a level of reality to this work of fiction.

  • Robert Zimmermann

    I’m saddened by your announcement, but you’ve both been doing this for many years. You deserve a break, no matter how long it is. Even if it’s forever 🙂 I’m glad I got to spend the last however many years with BOTNS in my ears and can get one more summer of bingo! I’m about to get my card now. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll have to fill in a square with a book from Gilmore Girls. That won’t be too hard. My TBR grew so much because of GG. I’ll be able to get to some of those many books now.

    • Bookworm9798

      Yeah, I’m totally wishing for that square, too. 🙂

      • Robert Zimmermann

        I lucked out and got the square. And so many others that will make reading interesting this summer. I’m loving the categories.

  • Nooooooooo! Okay, I’ll be honest: I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while now off and on, and I’ve been a bad person, not leaving a review on iTunes or (m)any comments on the show notes. I really, really don’t want the podcast to end! I do hope it is just a temporary hiatus, and maybe you guys can come back as a bi-weekly or monthly podcast. ;_; *sobs*

  • tcheer4life

    In the words of Michael’s new best friend (according to a picture I saw of him on Facebook), “I’m so glad we had this time together. Just to have a laugh, or sing a song. Seems we just got started and before you know it. Comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’

    And Ann, I didn’t like “An Exaggerated Work of Staggering Genius” either.

    As a parting gift, Michael, we could all list a book that we didn’t like.

    Blessings to you both for all the joy you have brought to your listening family of book readers.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you for the podcast. Yours was the first book podcast I found and enjoyed. I’ve added several more book podcasts the last year or two, but BOTNS was always one I listened to every week and never got behind with episodes in my feed.
    It has been a pleasure and now I’ll have time to listen to the back catalog I have not heard.
    My best to you both – thanks again for BOTNS.

  • Lyn Baines

    I’ve been listening to BOTNS for the last couple of years & enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the podcast & good luck for the future.

  • Nancy

    This is such sad news for us, but I can understand that you need a break. Lots of us do hope it is just a break and not forever. In the meantime, enjoy the break.

  • Shannon Rooney

    Will miss you guys so much! I started listening last summer and listened all the way from episode 1. It’s been such a pleasure. I’ve looked around for other book podcasts and there’s none I like more than yours. Thank you for all the awesome work you’ve put in over the years. I feel like you’ve both been a part of my life in a way and I’ve truly enjoyed it. All the best to you! <3 <3

  • Peg Bradley

    I understand but I am so bummed that you are ending your podcast (or going on hiatus). I am not sure what I am going to listen to on my Wednesday morning drive to work!

  • Carol Kubala

    The selfish part of me does not want you to end the podcast however I do understand the time commitment this has meant to both of you. Geoffrey Chaucer’s said “all good things must come to an end”, so true in regards to BOTNS Podcast. Though I listen to other podcasts there is none that compare with BOTNS.
    The combination of your friendship, love of books and desire to share this with listeners can’t be duplicated. You tweaked the format, considering what worked best and produced a first-rate podcast. I will miss you both. Wishing you all the best in future endeavors and thanking you for your expertise, humor and the community you have built. Happy Reading!

  • Catherine Hanna

    I can understand the decision to put the podcast on hiatus – you two clearly do a lot of work to put together such an intelligent and composed show – but I am going to miss you very much. I guess I will have to go back to Episode 1 and listen to them all.

  • Lindsey Gilger

    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I listen to you guys at work and have started from the beginning of your playlist. You are my favorite book podcast and I’m really sad for this to end. Best of luck to both of you in your future endeavors.

  • Julie Smith

    I’m so sad that the podcast is ending, but I’m so glad I found it four years ago, and I’m also really glad I got to attend Booktopia Bellingham and meet you both. Best of luck in the future, and thank you for all the great book recommendations!

  • Bonney Dieperink

    I am just sad. Thanks for the recommendations, answering my question and being the highlight of my week. There is no other podcast to compare.

  • Alyson

    Just caught up with your podcast and was so very sad to hear that you are reaching the end of the road. I am a UK listener and only discovered your podcast by chance about 6 months or so. I have so enjoyed listening to you both – it has been like having friends over for a chat. I will miss you. P.S. Anne – I am so with you on ‘Me before You’…..

  • Bookworm9798

    I am so grateful to you both for the time you have given to this project for so long. Knowing that you both have families and jobs that require travel, I honestly always wondered how you found the time for BOTNS, but was happy that you did for so long. I have grown to trust your book recommendations over the years — when I go to a bricks and mortar store, I find myself unconsciously looking for things you’ve recommended. It’s silly, but listening to your podcast for a long time, since it is a personal project and not from a big media conglomerate, makes it feel like we’re virtual friends or something. I hope you will still occasionally have time to post in the BOTNS Goodreads group (or are you looking to hand that off to fans? I don’t know what it would entail, but I could help.)

  • Bookworm9798

    Oh! And for alliterative titles, Pride & Prejudice! 🙂

  • Liz F

    Thank you for all of your hard work over the years! BOTNS is one of my favorite podcasts, and I am so, so sad to see it end. Good luck in the future! You will be missed.

  • Diane365

    Thank you for so many great years of bookish fun and recommendations. I have been listening since the beginning and will miss you all. Thank you for this labor of love.

  • Steven A. Estep

    At the risk of being repetitive, I’ll miss you! That’s what I get for being codependent 🙂 My reading life has been so enriched by your podcast!

    Thanks, Michael! I read nearly all of your graphic novel recommendations and have not been disappointed: I was not a graphic novel reader at all until this podcast. Thanks to you, Ann, for those wonderful short stories, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes, and especially Haruki Murakami. So much advice, wisdom, and…now I’m babbling.

    I know that no one could take your place, but are there people you trust and recommend who would/could step up to the plate and continue such a wonderful tradition? Just an idea…now I’ll have to be codependent on that other book podcast.

    Best wishes! I hope to find an equally brilliant podcast.

  • NancyS

    I’m also sadden by your totally-understandable decision and hope that, over time, you’ll find a way in which you both can share your perspectives about books, authors, and the publishing world with your fans. I stumbled across BOTN several years ago, just in time to attend Booktopia in Asheville. It was an amazing experience and so, between that event and the BOTN podcasts, I would just like to say thank you!

  • Anna

    Nooooooo from me too! I am going to miss you. You have been a great source for contemporary fiction, both for my private reading and workrelated. You have made Wednesdays feel special and Christmassy.

  • Anita

    I will miss you. Your podcast is my favorite. You pack more into half an hour than most get to in an hour plus. I could tell you put a great deal of thought and planning into it. However, I may get a little caught up with my TBR since I won’t be adding to it each week from your recommendations.
    Thanks for all the hours of listening pleasure.

  • Wil H

    As soon as I found your amazing podcast, it ends 🙁 NOOO!
    I will just have to go to the backlist and listen to them all. I have enjoyed your podcast for about a month now.

    I loved your guys show and will continue to recommend it to everyone, just please do not delete the old episodes. I really liked your podcasts and the books you always recommend to me.

    You Guys are Great!

  • Mary Anne Sedney

    Weepy yesterday in the garden as I dug out weeds while listening to the “announcement”—I kind of suspected that was what you would say, but hearing it was tough. Which is just a way to tell you how much I have enjoyed listening to the podcast and to you two wonderful people, Ann and Michael, for all these years! You have made my gardening happy, my cooking first-rate, and my knitting extra-special. BOTN has truly been a gift to all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart—and from the inside of my brain:-)

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  • Maria

    You’re my favourite bookish podcast, and I’ll be sorry to see you go. I totally understand the decision though – 8 years is a long life for a podcast!

  • Anna S

    Aawwwwww sad to hear your news – Books on the Nightstand is ending – I have my tote bag and mug and stickers which I bought back in – I think it was 2010/2011 – Ive always loved listening to your podcasts and I wish Id been able to get to one of the Booktopias too – I never managed to get across the water from the UK for one – Ill really miss listening in and taking reccommendations – but all good things come to an end I guess and sounds like you both have busy lives – Ill keep an ear out for any one off pod casts or news – Good luck to both of you and thanks for sharing all things books 🙂
    Anna S xx

  • Jen Bubb

    I’ve been listening to BOTN since episode one. My husband loaded it onto my first smartphone years ago b/c he thought I’d like a podcast about books. He found a winner! Thank you so very much for years of marvelous discussions, insights and recommendations. I, too, wish I would have gone to one of the BOTN retreats (I did get the books that were bound and sold). Wishing you and your families all the best, Ann and Michael.

  • Julie Cody

    I am so sad to hear that the Books on the Nightstand Podcast is ending!! :(. While I did not start the podcast with you 8 years ago, your podcast was my first (and favorite) book podcast of all. I have been an avid listener for almost 5 years now. Even though I was not a frequent poster or emailer of your show, I loved listening to each weekly podcast and hearing your recommendations and suggestions. Thank you for sharing your love of books and the written word with us! I will miss all of your book commentary, but I truly wish you both the best in your future.

  • Julie Cody

    Question for upcoming podcast: Since you will no longer blog or podcast Books on the Nightstand , are there any other ways (thru social media) that we can follow what you are reading? Twitter, Facebook, etc? Thank you!

  • Judy Plum

    Dear Ann and Michael,
    This is a bittersweet announcement. I believe I have been a listener since you first began. I have read and enjoyed many of your recommendations. I like your podcast more than any other podcast, blog, or review. I think that is because (in addition to each of you being wonderful and having great taste) you both only recommend books you love. I am also taken by how much you both love reading & books, and your philosophy that any book is a good book if a reader likes it. Thanks for all the great episodes. Best wishes on your future adventures.
    Judy Plum

  • Nooo! So sad to hear my favourite podcast is coming to an end. I’ve been relying on you both for book recommendations for a number of years now and some of my favourite books of all time I’ve picked up because of the reviews you have given. Not to mention other interesting bookish things like libraries and fountain pens, I have a lovely TWSBI Diamond 580 that I adore thanks to Ann mentioning hers a couple of years ago. Thanks so much for your time and commitment over the years. I’m really really going to miss you!

  • Diane Zuber

    I am not averse to begging you to stay!

  • Allyson Wieland

    It took me a few weeks to process this news and collect my thoughts. How has BOTNS changed my life?
    1. Expanded my reading — both in quantity and in categories. I used to read 50 books a year; now it is 130. I used to read primarily genre fiction. Now my favorites are literary fiction and memoir. I’ve also been introduced to graphic novels and YA and a host of things I didn’t consider before.

    2. Lost 40 pounds — Once I learned about bookish podcasts (with BOTNS being my favorite) and audiobooks, regular exercise was less onerous. I started walking and kept walking and I continued to walk. Until by the end of six months in 2009, I’d lost 40 pounds. And kept it off for 7 years.

    3. Author events & Booktopia — BOTNS introduced me to author events of which Booktopia was the ultimate. Going to my local bookstore for an author reading is now my favorite form on entertainment. I was especially thrilled when a Booktopia author agreed to come to my book club last November when we read/discussed her novel. That would not have occurred but for BOTNS.

    Thank you Ann and Michael for changing my life in these exciting, enriching ways. I will miss you, but understand about the need for rest, etc. However, should you become restless . . . I’m ready to start listening.

    • I’m speechless. Thank you so much for sharing your changes with us. We won’t take any credit for your weight loss, though — that was all your hard work. Congratulations!

  • Denise

    I’m sad. I haven’t listened to every podcast (have listened to most), but hope you will leave the BOTNS site up so we can go back and listen to your archive. I certainly understand your being tired and have wondered how you deal with the responsibility of the podcast in addition to your work and families! Good luck, and I hope you come back eventually or from time to time! I have loved listening over the years.

  • Jodi

    I just wanted to say thank you for the time and energy you put into your podcast. I am a newbie to the podcast world (maybe the past year or so) and your podcast was the first one I started listening to. I’ve been listening to audio books (my commute is only an hour total each day) and so was late in receiving the news that the podcast is coming to an end. Thanks for adding to my TBR pile and providing much listening enjoyment. Luckily, I have many old episodes I still need to listen to!

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