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Blind Date With a Book

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The podcast that matches guests up with their book soulmates, using exclusively dating app questions.
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Bonus Episode: Winter Reads

Blind Date With a BookDec 20, 2022

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Bonus Episode: Winter Reads

Bonus Episode: Winter Reads

Looking to cozy down with a book this winter? In this episode, we discuss the definition of a "winter read" (and if there is one), and share our picks for books to read this season.

Books Mentioned

The Secret History by Donna Tartt Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin Babel by R.F. Kuang St. Sebastian's Abyss by Mark Haber The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins The Method by Isaac Butler The Women in the Library by Sullari Gentill The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Books of Anthony Horowitz (The Word is Murder and The Magpie Murders) The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch
Dec 20, 202224:08
Boarding School Novels Bonus Episode with Meghan Phillips

Boarding School Novels Bonus Episode with Meghan Phillips

On this special bonus episode of Blind Date With a Book, we sit down with Meghan Phillips to discuss our favorite boarding school novels. Meghan is the author of the upcoming flash fiction chapbook Abstinence Only. Titles mentioned include:

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik The Lightness by Emily Temple Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Bonus picks

At Briarwood School for Girls by Michael Knight Plain Bad Heroines by emily m danforth True Biz by Sara Novic The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Oct 19, 202229:07
A Movie Buff Who Can't Find Time to Read
Aug 24, 202232:58
A Bookseller Used to Giving Out the Book Recs

A Bookseller Used to Giving Out the Book Recs

Today, we're setting up Nicole Brinkley, Bookseller and Manager at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY (and host of the Misshelved podcast). Nicole read and recently loved Year of the Witching and A Spindle Splintered, and she’s Oblong’s resident specialist for kids and SciFi Fantasy books. She loves autumn, and is impressed by other people’s generosity with their friends. She could give an on-the-spot TED talk about why frontline booksellers should make more money (we agree), or how Slenderman has big arms for big hugs. She’s looking to expand her reading list outside of her usual genres, and we’re more than happy to help.

The picks

Shop from the Lit.Bar

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Where to find us:

Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.

Aug 10, 202229:14
A Chorus Manager Looking for Music-Filled Books
Jul 27, 202221:13
Bonus Episode: Emi Nietfeld, author of ACCEPTANCE

Bonus Episode: Emi Nietfeld, author of ACCEPTANCE

Rachel chats with Emi Nietfeld, author of the debut memoir, ACCEPTANCE. ACCEPTANCE comes out on August 2, 2022, and follows Emi during her young adulthood, through the foster care system, mental health facilities, residence at an arts high school, temporary homelessness, and more on her way to college and beyond. Emi talks about the process of writing a memoir, plus recommendations for books she's loved recently.

Find Emi on Twitter, Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.

The Books We Talked About:

Acceptance by Emi Nietfeld

Blueprint your Bestseller by Stuart Horwitz

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford 

NSFW by Isabel Kaplan 

Post Traumatic by Chantal B Johnson 

Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen 

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (audiobook) 

Sirens and Muses by Antonia Angress

Jul 27, 202219:32
A Penne Vodka Expert Finds Amore With a Beach Read
Jul 13, 202223:59
An Artist Who Wants to Fall in Book Love at First Sight
Jun 29, 202225:17
Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters
Jun 15, 202227:31
A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines
Jun 01, 202229:26
A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds
May 18, 202221:43
Bonus Episode: Comedian Ginny Hogan on Dating and "Unlikeable" Characters
May 11, 202218:02
An "Indian Matchmaking" Alum Gets Set Up With Six Books
May 04, 202226:36
Bonus Episode: Adrienne Celt on Writing Time Travel, Drawing Cartoons, and Translating Russian Classics for Fun

Bonus Episode: Adrienne Celt on Writing Time Travel, Drawing Cartoons, and Translating Russian Classics for Fun

In this special bonus episode, Kristen talks with Adrienne Celt, a novelist and cartoonist. Celt is the author of the novels End of the World House, Invitation to a Bonfire, and The Daughters, which won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award for Fiction and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR. She has also published a collection of comics, Apocalypse How? An Existential Bestiary and publishes weekly comics at Love Among the Lampreys. We go deep on writing a book about friendship, Adrienne's writing inspirations, Silicon Valley, the importance of art, and translating Russian classics just for the heck of it. Adrienne also shares the books she's loved reading recently and answers questions from our dating app-inspired questionnaire in a lightning round.

 

Works Discussed

End of the World House by Adrienne Celt

The Daughters by Adrienne Celt

Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

In the Eye of the Wild by Nastassja Martin, translated by Sophie R. Lewis

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Severance (Apple TV+)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Somebody Somewhere (HBO Max)


Adrienne's Local Indie Bookstore

Antigone Books (Tucson, AZ)

Where to Find Adrienne

www.adriennecelt.com

Love Among the Lampreys

Twitter


Where to Find Us

Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.

Apr 27, 202253:13
A Playwright With an Italy Obsession
Apr 20, 202228:26
Bonus Episode: Valentine's Day Reading Recommendations
Feb 09, 202224:56
Episode 10: A Matchmaker Gets Set Up With Her Dream Reads
Nov 03, 202132:47
Episode 9: An Editor in Love With Outer Space and Romance Novels
Oct 20, 202126:32
Bonus Episode: Spooky Season Reads
Oct 13, 202131:06
Episode 8: A Ukulele Enthusiast Seeking Engaging Nonfiction
Oct 06, 202133:10
Episode 7: An Astrologer Destined for a Dishy Read
Sep 22, 202124:19
Episode 6: A Makeup Artist and Writer Looking to Get Deep

Episode 6: A Makeup Artist and Writer Looking to Get Deep

Niko Maragos is a makeup artist and writer. He's drawn to deep, difficult reads—and his taste sometimes means that reading can feel like work, for better or for worse. To meet the challenge, we try to find books that are intellectual and compelling. On this week’s episode, we learn some shocking news about eyebrow trends, plus recommend some books for people who loved Circe or Detransition Baby.

The guest: Niko Maragos

The picks:

The Ingenious Language by Andrea Marcolongo

Green Girl by Kate Zambreno

The World Does Not Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Wake Siren by Nina MacLaughlin 

Strip: Poems by Jessica Abughattas

SPOILER ALERT! The winning bookstore is For Keeps, which doesn’t typically sell new books. You should check out their store, however, especially their amazing merch.

Where to find us:

Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. You can sign up for our newsletter here, where we do bonus recs for subscribers! Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.

This Episode’s Featured Bookstores:

Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, IA

For Keeps in Atlanta, GA

Papercuts JP in Boston, MA

Where to find us:

Twitter

Instagram

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Sep 08, 202127:03
Episode 5: A TV Critic Looking for a Soap Opera in Book Form
Aug 25, 202127:57
Episode 4: A Comedy Writer Who Wants a Relaxing Read
Aug 11, 202132:34
Bonus Episode: Isle McElroy talks Bagels and Books

Bonus Episode: Isle McElroy talks Bagels and Books

Rachel was thrilled to have Isle McElroy on the podcast to chat about bagels and bookstores, plus cults and more. Their debut novel, The Atmospherians debuted in 2021. The Atmospherian is a satire which follows a cult to reform problematic men.


(Please note that this episode was recorded using a different first name for the author.)

Isle’s reading recommendations:

Kids These Days by Malcolm Harris


You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman 


The Answers by Catherine Lacey 


Darryl by Jackie Ess 


All links today go to their favorite Houston, TX indie bookstore: Brazos. Check out Isle's novel, The Atmospherians, and connect with them on Twitter. You can find more about Blind Date for a Book on Twitter or Instagram as well. 

Aug 04, 202115:53
Episode 3: A Fiction Editor Looking to Get Lost in a Book Again

Episode 3: A Fiction Editor Looking to Get Lost in a Book Again

This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions. In each episode, hosts Kristen Evans, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Elena Nicolaou go head-to-head to give the best recommendation. 

The guest: Chris Gonzalez, author of the forthcoming collection I'm Not Hungry but I Could Eat

The picks:

The End by Fernanda Torres

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers

Ayoade on Top by Richard Ayoade

Cars on Fire by Monica Ramon Rios 

We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson

You can order all of these by contacting Two Dollar Radio HQ directly! https://twodollarradiohq.com/contact/

They also have a book subscription service for “blind date” style books! https://twodollarradiohq.com/memberships/

Where to find us:

Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with recently.

Jul 28, 202126:42
Bonus Episode: A Very "Strange" Conversation with Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House

Bonus Episode: A Very "Strange" Conversation with Julia Fine, author of The Upstairs House

Apologies for the editing weirdness in the first few minutes! I promise, the juice is worth the squeeze. 

Rachel talks with Julia Fine about her new novel, The Upstairs House, writing about two historical literary figures, tattoos, and more. 


The books recommended in this episode:

Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened By the Moon by Leonard S. Marcus

Who Tells Me True by Michael Strange

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


Find Julia Fine on her website or on Twitter. Catch up with Blind Date with a Book on Twitter, Instagram, or our website. Until next time, keep reading!

Jul 21, 202118:29
Episode 2: A Product Manager Looking for Her Next Moby Dick

Episode 2: A Product Manager Looking for Her Next Moby Dick

This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions. In each episode, hosts Kristen Evans, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Elena Nicolaou go head-to-head to give the best recommendation. This week’s show also features a discussion of Moby Dick in quarantine and what it’s like to be in tech today.

The guest: Carrie Tian

The picks:

Elena Pick One: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (
https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780802129628) Kristen Pick One: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9781328764522) Rachel Pick One: Weird but Normal by Mia Mercado (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780062942807) Elena Pick Two: Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780358380887) Kristen Pick Two: The Heavens by Sandra Newman (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780802147974) Rachel Pick Two: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (https://www.bookculture.com/book/9780525541349)

Where to find us:

Find our show online at blinddatewithabookpod.com and @bookmeetcute on Twitter and Instagram. Please follow and tell us all the books you've fallen in love with. 

Kristen Evans: Twitter @paperalphabet,

Rachel Mans McKenney: Twitter @rmmckenny, Instagram @rachelmansmckenney

Elena Nicolaou: Twitter @elenawonders, Instagram @booksandelena

Carrie Tian: Twitter @carrietian, Website https://carrietian.com/

Jul 14, 202133:43
Episode 1: A Teacher in Search of Literary Escape
Jun 30, 202125:59
Blind Date With a Book - Trailer

Blind Date With a Book - Trailer

This is Blind Date With a Book, the podcast that matches guests up with their literary soulmates using dating app questions.

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