Simon and Thomas are coming to Booktopia! Books with animals as key characters. And don’t you forget about: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, and Revolutionary Road.
The Readers crash Booktopia
We were thrilled to learn that Simon Savidge and Thomas Otto, co-hosts of The Readers Podcast, will be joining us at Booktopia Petoskey this September (sadly sold out). If you haven’t listened to The Readers, you should definitely check them out, maybe starting with this episode. We’ve each chosen a favorite novel, and during their visit to Booktopia, the four of us will record two live podcasts to talk about those books. Those episodes will likely be more “book-club” style, so if you want to read the books in advance, please do.
- Michael – Any Human Heart by William Boyd
- Ann – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- Thomas – The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
- Simon – Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty narrated by Caroline Lee, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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The dog ate my Bingo! card (10:35)
This week we’re taking a look at options to fill in the BOTNS Book Bingo square “with an animal as a key character.” Again, if you’re not playing Bingo, that’s OK — just consider these book recommendations around a single theme.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
- The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
- The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
- Watchers by Dean Koontz
- Firmin by Sam Savage
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron (publishes August 4th in the US)
- Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner
- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Still need more suggestions? Check out our Goodreads discussion thread for even more recommendations.
Don’t You Forget About Me (20:49):
It’s time for our monthly focus on a backlist title that we love! This month, Michael recommends Encylopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It’s a memoir (in encyclopedia form) of a woman that, like the title says, has lived a very ordinary life — and yet, it’s incredibly entertaining and relevant to so many.
A book that I recommend often in real life but haven’t discussed on the podcast is Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. It’s a bleak and depressing look at one couple, Frank and April Wheeler, who despair of their situation in 1950s suburban America, and it’s an incredible piece of literature. Yates has influenced so many writers and he deserves to be more widely read.