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Bibliophile Episode 10: “That’s a good name for a taxidermist”

In this first podcast of 2019, Julie Danskin, David Bloomfield and Jonathan “JT” Taylor discuss their most recent book picks, and in lieu of discussing a book group book talk how to track your reading. Lastly, they discuss reading resolutions for 2019!

Current Reads & Recommendations

  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
  • Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
  • Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Julie)
  • Witcher Series Andrzej Sapkowski (JT)
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (JT)
  • The Vorrh by Brian Catling (Julie)
  • Criminal Comic Book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (JT)
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (Julie & Kat)
  • Little by Edward Carey (David)
  • Lovecraft by I.N.J. Culbard (JT)
  • Muscle by Alan Trotter (JT)
  • French Exit by Patrick deWitt (Julie)
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Julie)
  • Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds (Julie)
  • Buda’s Wagon by Mike Davis (David)

Tracking Our Reading/Reading Resolutions

  • Goodreads
  • Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge
  • Read Harder Challenge Spreadsheet
  • David has a ‘read books’ shelf
  • JT also recommends Goodreads
  • Resolutions: more books by women and working-class writers; trans issues (David); more nonfiction/Book Riot Read Harder challenge (Julie); more nonfiction, more politics/books bought more than a year ago (JT)
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – as an example of the specific kind of world knowledge you acquire through novels
  • the exquisite agony of choosing the next book to read off your bookshelf
  • books on our shelf that we want to read: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; Dracula by Bram Stoker (JT); Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Julie); The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (David)

General Recommendations

Next time, we’ll be discussing Edward Carey’s novel Little for our book group segment – read along and join in!