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Bibliophile Episode 4 | Current reads, Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo & summer reading

Bibliophile is back! Julie Danskin and new co-host Alice Tarbuck discuss what they’re currently reading, delve into June’s book group pick Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo including audio clips from the in-store discussion and the best books to pick up this summer. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or on our Facebook group!


Books & Authors Mentioned

What we’re reading and recommending…

  • Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Julie)
  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Julie)
  • Women by Chloe Caldwell (Alice)
  • Crudo by Olivia Laing (Alice)
  • Up by Joanna Walsh (Alice)
  • James Joyce
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Julie)
  • The Fifth Season series by M.K. Jamieson (Alice)
  • Promising Young Women by Caroline O’Donoghue (Alice)
  • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Julie)
  • Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic (Julie)

Book Group…

  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Margaret Atwood
  • American War by Omar El Akkad (July’s book group choice)
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Summer Reading…

  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Alice’s example of how not to do summer reading)
  • Elizabeth’s German Garden by Elizabeth von Armin (Alice)
  • Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively (Julie)
  • Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (Alice)
  • Golden Man Booker Prize
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (never before used in a metaphor about the Booker Prize)
    • In A Free State by V.S. Naipaul
    • Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
    • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
    • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Satisfying summer reads
    • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (Alice)
    • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Julie)
    • The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante (Julie)
    • Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante (Alice)
    • Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (Julie)
    • Favourite of the Gods by Sybil Bedford (Alice)
    • Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Alice)
    • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esqueval
    • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Julie)
    • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Julie)
    • Johnny Cash’s 3-volume biography!
    • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Julie, again)
  • Escape to old/new worlds
    • Circe by Madeleine Miller (Alice)
    • Mary Renault (Alice)
    • Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
    • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Alice)
    • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Julie)
    • Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Alice)
  • Stay Woke This Summer
    • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
    • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  • Muriel Spark
    • The Comforters
    • The Driver’s Seat
    • Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor
  • Challenge Yourself
    • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Julie)
    • The Bible! (Alice)
  • Sad Parisian Novels (an Alice tangent)
    • Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
    • Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys