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Jeff and Rebecca talk about another format they might want to try for talking about books, whether 2020 means we can finally stop confusing the fate of bookstores with the fate of publishing, catch up with some listener feedback, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Bookstore sales fell 28.3% in 2020 Big-picture look at the possible impact of …
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about what books actually get read, emotionally manipulative novels, tackle a couple of listener question, and try another guessing game. Discussed in this episode: While nothing we talked about today was newly linkable, I did promise to provide footage of Rebecca after her incredible showing last week. See omnystudio.com/list…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss the winner of the Spring Preview draft, Hachette getting out of the right-wing publishing game, the Obamas adaptation-heavy Netflix slate, and Jeff inadvisedly challenges Rebecca to a new game. Discussed in this episode: Big 5 named as co-defendants in ebook price fixing suit Hachette fired last remaining editor who would p…
 
Jeff and Rebecca reflect on the end of Jeff Bezos’ tenure as CEO of Amazon, the launch of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club app, and comment on a commendation for LeVar Burton. Discussed in this episode: Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO Reese’s Book Club has an app LeVar Burton named first PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion See omnystudio.com/listener f…
 
Jenn Northington joins Jeff to talk about a new ebook price-fixing lawsuit, the meteoric rise of Amanda Gorman, the high degree of difficulty of adapting The Sparrow, and much more. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Discussed in this episode: Update: Hawley’s book pick up by Regne…
 
Jeff and Rebecca preview the interesting new Spring releases in the form of a draft! They each drafted 10 books to make a basket with the intended audience of a generally interested reader. And they need your help to decide who won! Take a look at the lists below, and then email podcast@bookriot.com with your vote for who drafted the best all-aroun…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about Simon & Schuster pulling Josh Hawley’s book, Powell’s getting heat for carrying a title, discuss how to structure their spring 2020 preview, and much more. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Discussed in this episode: S & S cancels Josh Hawley’s book con…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the best-selling books of 2020, Eat a Peach follow-up, how the publishing industry fared last year, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Publishing did all right in 2020 Print book sales rose 8.2% in 2020 NYT bestsellers of 2020 We have to talk about this bonkers phishing scam in publishing Response to Eat a Peach M…
 
Jeff and Rebecca share their favorite things from 2020 that were not books. Discussed in this episode: Summer Camp Island Making of Frozen 2 The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom The Vast of Night Over the Moon Soft Baked Pretzel recipe from Tasty Carto Overcooked 2 Legend of Zelda, The Breath of the Wild Work at Home with Blossom Dearie Playlist Ch…
 
Jeff and Rebecca recount their favorite reads of 2020. Discussed in this episode: Intimations by Zadie Smith Eat a Peach by David Chang The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry Group by Christie Tate The Switch by Beth O’Leary The Wisdom of Finance by Mihir Desai Deacon King Kon…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about PRH buying Simon & Schuster, survey best books of the year lists, and much more. Discussed in this episode: The 2021 Read Harder Challenge is here! PRH buys Simon & Schuster Opposition to the PRH purchase Reed retires BEA and BookCon Amazon Best Books of 2020 NYT top 10 Book biz supply chain doing OK so far Bob Woodward …
 
Jeff and Rebecca their 2020 Holiday book recommendations. Discussed in this episode: Force of Nature by Jane Harper The Secret History by Donna Tartt Idaho by Emily Ruskovich A Separation by Katie Kitamura The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell Radical Dharma Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb H…
 
Jeff and Rebecca give book recommendations in response to reader requests. Discussed in this episode: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan Kings Queens & In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow Paper Girls by Brian Vaughn and Cliff Chiang Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmer…
 
Jeff and Rebecca go over some A Promised Land sales numbers, look over the National Book Award winners, check in with the sale of Simon & Schuster, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by The Orchard by David Hopen, HarperCollins Children’s Books/Quill Tree Books, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service. Discussed in…
 
Jeff, Amanda, and Rebecca return to The West Wing. At least for the pilot. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Yen Press, One Night Two Souls Went Walking by Ellen Cooney , TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and The Magic Ingredient by Lindy Miller. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the lead up to A Promised Land, authors you know by just their first names, a very real literary puzzle, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang, Bombas, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and Emporia State University’s School of Library & Information …
 
Jeff and Rebecca play a round of Buy/Sell/Hold with some of 2020’s most notable books. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Henry Holt & Co., Spalding University, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and Miami Book Fair Books discussed in this episode: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson Weather by Jenny Offill The Vanishing Half by B…
 
Jeff and Rebecca try to remain focused while doing a bunch of listener follow-up, wonder about HMH’s trade business being for sale, admire PW’s Best Books of 2020 list (mostly), and preview upcoming topics. This episode is sponsored bY This episode is sponsored by Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer, Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg, TBR, Book Riot’s…
 
Jeff and Rebecca list their most-wished for bookish adaptations. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Whatbook, TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service, and Book Riot Insiders Discussed in this episode: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Paradise by Toni Morrison Dust Tracks on a Road by Z…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about a call for help and a weird stock purchase at The Strand, more encouraging hires in publishing, an ugly fight at B&N goes away, and how much we really don’t like Audible-only things. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Fallen Queen (Mariposa Book 1) by Y. R. Shin, Emporia State University’s School …
 
Jeff and Rebecca mostly respond to listener ideas for bonus episodes. Some of it is even about books. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Macmillan Podcasts, Book Trip by C.J. Duarte, Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia, and Book Riot Insiders. Discussed in this episode: First Underground Railroad teaser trailer Toni Morri…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss the recent adaptations of Little Fires Everywhere, High Fidelity, and Enola Holmes. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Yen Press, Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling, Penguin Random House Audio, and Book Riot Insiders. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Jeff and Rebecca ask for ideas for post-election episode topics, go over what is going on with book sales, float the idea of making author “retirements” a bigger deal, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Sips by: Experience the joy of personalized tea discovery. , A Drop of Midnight by Jason Diakité, Watch Over…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the life and work of 2020 Nobel Laureate Louise Glück, plus an extended discussion of her 1993 poem, “Vespers.” This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse , Amazon Publishing, Read or Dead, and TBR. Discussed in this episode: The Collected Poems of Louise Glück “The Body Art…
 
Jeff and Rebecca tease their special 2020 Nobel Prize episode, look at the National Book Award longlist, consider an interesting new position at Simon & Schuster, and respond to listener feedback on their half-baked ideas, and more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by She Come By It Natural by Sarah Smarsh , The Invisible Lif…
 
Jeff and Rebecca pitch ideas that are not quite ready for prime-time. This episode is sponsored by Grand Central Publishing and Iris Johansen’s CHAOS , Daddy Daughter Day by Jeff Bridges and Isabelle Bridges-Boesch, Welcome to the United States of Anxiety by Jen Lancaster, and Book Riot’s mystery thriller podcast, Read or Dead. Discussed in this ep…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about Amazon’s apparent discount decline, a new Executive Editor at Random House, another major James Patterson donation, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by Bombas , Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse, and Book Riot’s mystery thriller podcast, Read or Dead . Di…
 
Liberty Hardy of All the Books! and Rincey Abrams of Read or Dead join Jeff to talk about Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY: This episode is sponsored by The Return by Nicholas Sparks , Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan, TBR, and Book Riot Insiders See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Jenn Northington joins Jeff to talk about listener reactions to the Dune trailer, the launch of Publishers Weekly in Spanish, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Nominees, an indie bookstore diversity reading initiative, and more. This episode is sponsored by: This episode is sponsored by White Fox by Sara Faring , These Vengeful Hearts by Ka…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss Eat a Peach by David Chang. Then Jenn Northington comes on to talk to Jeff about that Dune trailer. This episode is sponsored by Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh , Chaos by Iris Johansen, and Book Riot Insiders. DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE Eat a Peach by David Chang SFF Yeah with Ausma Zehanat Khan Dune and Middle …
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the CEO of Macmillan leaving, Obama’s presidential memoir release date and cover reveal, the DOJ looking to press charges against John Bolton, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Book Riot Insiders A Drop of Midnight by Jason Diakité Athena’s Choice by Adam Boostrom These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin Disc…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the book and the movie versions of The Princess Bride. This episode is sponsored by: See Her Die by Melinda Leigh Interference by Brad Parks Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community Harper Paperbacks Books discussed in this episode: The Princess Bride by William Goldman As You Wish by Care…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss rumors of PRH trying to buy Simon & Schuster, a bankrupt printer causing havoc in publishing, more cringe-inducing Dan Brown…stuff, a hero of the week, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest Book Ri…
 
Jeff presents Rebecca with a host of recently announced book deals of varying interest. This episode is sponsored by: Don’t Ever Forget by Matthew Farrell One by One by Ruth Ware Find Layla by Meg Elison Book Riot Insiders Books discussed in this episode: A Country You Can Leave by Asale Angel-Ajani Queen of Thieves by Erin Bledsoe Beasts of Prey b…
 
Jeff and Rebecca highlight the most interesting, noteworthy, and exciting books being released this fall. This episode is sponsored by; Book Riot Insiders Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest, with Fierce Reads Blue Box Press and 1001 Dark Nights His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie, now available from Algonquin Books Books mentioned in this epi…
 
Jeff and Rebecca follow-up about the Future Library, are surprised by the NBCC vote, get excited for Enola Holmes, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: TBR The Switch by Beth O’Leary Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi, Laura Shovan Lobizona by Romina Garber Discussed in this episode: Let’s make sounds about the Enola Holmes trailer NBCC fa…
 
Jeff and Rebecca review their favorite reads from the most unusual summer of 2020. This episode is sponsored by: TBR The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates Editorial Arts Academy for Freelance Book Editing 101 Books discussed in this episode: Intimations by Zadie Smith The Idea Factory by John Gertner B…
 
This week, Rebecca and Vanessa go deep into all things Stephenie Meyer, as well as more Trump books, Amazon, and a new Netflix series featuring Marley Dias. This episode is sponsored by: TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life Vault Comics and #1 New York Times Bestselling author Bran…
 
Jeff and Rebecca discuss some listener feedback, some bookseller discontent with Bookshop, Stephanie Meyer selling 1 million books in a week, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Flatiron Books, publishers of Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud His & Hers by Alice Feeney Read or Dead, Book Riot’s mystery/thriller podcast! Book Riot’s TBR Discussed in…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about more real censorship, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson arriving, extensions of live-streaming rights for kids books, Stephanie Meyer's unendingly surprising career moves, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Read or Dead Flatiron Books, publisher of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy Flatiron Books, publisher of Being Lolita …
 
Jeff gets Rebecca’s report on the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, they talk about one of the more shocking publishing confessions in recent memory, find a case of real censorship, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Sponsored by Flatiron Books, publisher of His & Hers by Alice Feeney Flatiron Books, publisher of Migrations by Charl…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk about the best-selling books of 2020 so far, Barnes & Noble adapting, several exciting adaptation announcements, a case of real censorship, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Chronicles of Now Podcast Page Chaser Chasing the Light by Oliver Stone Traitor by Amanda McCrina Discussed in this episode: Best-selling Books of 2…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk Tom Hank’s GREYHOUND, Lisa Lucas leaving The National Book Awards for Random House, The National Books Critics Circle getting its stuff together, how they are right about Colson Whitehead, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy With the Bark Off: Conversation…
 
This week, Jeff and Rebecca lap up the drops of tea spilling from Mary Trump’s book, talk about the coming wave of new releases, and get into that Harper letter. This episode is sponsored by: Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir by Anonymous Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust Amazon Publishing Book Riot Insiders Discussed in this episode T…
 
Jeff and Rebecca talk some new Trump books, some non-fun Dan Brown news, a hero of the week, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker Portrait in Sepia, Inés of My Soul, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, and Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende Thicker Than Blood by Mike Omer Book Riot Insiders, …
 
Mary Kay and Louise talk about important things like, what’s going on in the literary world right now? What are some great literary comics? And, what are you reading now? This episode is sponsored by THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE by Kimi Eisele, now in paperback from Algonquin Books; Dark August by Harper Publishing; and Hey YA, Book Riot’s o…
 
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about white people being upset at Black-owned bookstores for not getting them their anti-racist books fast enough (this is not a joke), how you should NOT repeat NOT microwave your library books, how Sherlock Holmes having feelings is a apparently a matter that needs adjudication, and much more. This episode is spon…
 
Rebecca, Vanessa, and Sharifah discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This episode is sponsored by: Hey YA, Book Riot’s own podcast about all things young adult lit Harper Perennial and Twisted by Emma Dabiri TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, Book Riot’s personalized reading recommendation service, which now has gifting! Book Riot Insiders, …
 
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about the NBCC imploding, campaigns to buy books by Black authors, Marley Dias continuing awesomeness, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Hey YA TBR The Secret Women from Amistad Books Neon, presenting Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss. Discussed in this episode: Book Riot’s Reader Survey NBCC board in shamb…
 
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