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May 27, 2020 @ 6:20 am

Ep. 47 An Anniversary, A Bored Teen Host, and Some Books 5-27-20

When Carrie and I began recording The Perks of Being a Book Lover, we called it our half-assed idea. One year later, we are still half-assing our way through it, although we think we have learned some things and gotten more adept at using microphones, troubleshooting the recording technology, and asking interesting questions of our guests. It was a year filled with laughter, frustrations, and climbing learning curves.

We thought it would be fun for our 1-year anniversary recording and 47th episode to put ourselves in the hot-seat, and fortunately, Carrie’s daughter, Norah, agreed to ask us the questions. Like a lot of 16-year-olds, she was excited to do it the night before but seemed to be completely bored and uninterested during the actual interview. She yawned and Pinterest-ed her way through our answers, which may be what a lot of our listeners do as well as they listen to it.

In this episode, we discuss how we started the show, some of our favorite experiences with guests, and what dictatorial book choices we’d make if we had the power.

Books We Discuss In This Episode:
1- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2- Sula by Toni Morrison
3- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
4- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
5- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
6- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow
7- March by Geraldine Brooks
8- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
9- Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anne Quindlen
10- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
11- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
12- The Glass Lake by Maeve BInchy
13- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
14- Me by Elton John
15- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
16- Daisy and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
17- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Anne Shaffer
18- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
19- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
20- American Born Chinese by Gene Yuen Yang
21- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
22- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
23- he Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
24- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
25- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
26- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
27- 1984 by George Orwell
28- It by Stephen King
29- Drood by Dan Simmons
30- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max


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Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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