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Thanks For Reading

Thanks For Reading

By Chris Unger

Thanks For Reading is a place where book lovers of all kinds can come together and celebrate the joy of books. I'll be talking to booksellers, writers, and anyone else from the industry that might want to discuss the magic that is the literary world.
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Episode 1: An Interview with Bookseller and Comic Artist Mike Lugaresi

Thanks For ReadingDec 08, 2021

Episode 5: Love is in the Air! Romance + POC Literature

Episode 5: Love is in the Air! Romance + POC Literature

On today's episode I had the pleasure of talking to Ashley Hudson, bookseller and librarian in Daphne, Alabama, just outside Mobile. In the spirit of Valentine's Day and Black History Month we discussed some seasonally appropriate favorites and of course a few options on the To-Be-Read Pile. You can check out the link to her library (including recordings of speaking engagements) here

Here are the books mentioned in this episode:

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

Gild (The Plated Prisoner Series) by Raven Kennedy

Sunkissed by by Kasie West

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

The Moose Springs, Alaska Series by Sarah Morgenthaler

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Modern Love Series by Alisha Rai

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Fifty Shades of Earl Grey by Andrew Shaffer

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

The Slave Who Went to Congress by by Frye Gaillard and Marti Rosner

A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost by Frye Gaillard

Watermelon Wine by Frye Gaillard

Race, Rock and Religion: Profiles from a Southern Journalist by Frye Gaillard

The Dream Long Deferred by Frye Gaillard

Lessons from the Big House: One Family's Passage Through the History of the South by Frye Gaillard and Nancy Gaillard

Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide to the Cradle of Freedom by Frye Gaillard

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Smash It! by Francina Simone

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas 

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

Daughters of Nri by Reni K Amayo

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

The Bromance Book Club Series by Lyssa Kay Adams

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Ice Planet Barbarians Series by Ruby Dixon

Feb 21, 202201:57:49
Episode 4: Chris Kluwe Talks Sci-Fi, Otaku, and Sparkleponies

Episode 4: Chris Kluwe Talks Sci-Fi, Otaku, and Sparkleponies

Chris Kluwe may be most famous for his stint in the NFL, but his talents certainly don't end there. Chris has written several stand-out books including a collection of essays called Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies (2013) and more recently, his Sci-Fi debut novel, Otaku (2020). We sit down and discuss his books, his love of reading, and so much more. Pick up a copy of Otaku from your local bookseller and follow him on Twitter under the handle @ChrisWarcraft. 

Here is a list of books discussed in this episode:

The Foundation Series by Issac Asimov

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Mallorean by David Eddings

The Belgariad by David Eddings

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Neuromancer by William Gibson

The Peripheral by William Gibson

Agency by William Gibson

Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson

Prime: A Genesis Series Event by Andrew Reiner and Chris Kluwe

The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba (Webnovel)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

Planetside by Michael Mammay

The Misfit Soldier by Michael Mammay

The Player of Games by Iain Banks

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies by Chris Kluwe

Otaku by Chris Kluwe

Feb 01, 202201:32:26
Episode 3: A Chat with Subtext Books Manager Matt Keliher

Episode 3: A Chat with Subtext Books Manager Matt Keliher

Tucked away in the heart of Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota there is a very special bookstore called Subtext Books. Matt Keliher is the buyer and manager for the store and we sat down and talked about the indie book business, local authors, pandemic survival, and of course personal recommendations. You can follow Matt on Twitter under the handle @MAKeliher and you can support Subtext Books by purchasing from their website You can also support this and other local bookstores through that allows you to listen to audiobooks while contributing to indie booksellers.

Here is a list of books recommended in the episode:

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Bad Vibes Only (and Other Things I Bring to the Table) by Nora McInerny

Latehomecomer and The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang

IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman 

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Wintering by Peter Geye

The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier

The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

River of the Gods by Candice Millard

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

St. Paul: An Urban Biography by Bill Lindeke

I, Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

Jan 25, 202201:12:43
Episode 2: An Interview with Lee Mandelo, author of "Summer Sons"

Episode 2: An Interview with Lee Mandelo, author of "Summer Sons"

Lee Mandelo's 2021 debut novel, Summer Sons has been described as a "sweltering southern gothic" and boy does it ever live up to that description! We'll talk about the book, queer stories and publishing, and lots of other reads we love on this second episode of Thanks for Reading. Summer Sons from Tordotcom is available in hardcover and ebook format wherever books are sold.

Here is a list of books recommended in the episode:

She Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin

In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain by Tom Vitale

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly

Dec 30, 202101:07:19
Episode 1: An Interview with Bookseller and Comic Artist Mike Lugaresi

Episode 1: An Interview with Bookseller and Comic Artist Mike Lugaresi

Mike Lugaresi is a bookseller at the Barnes & Noble in Boise, Idaho, and not only is he a talented bookseller, but he is also a brilliant comic artist. Mike is the author and illustrator of the web comic "Mike: Bookseller" and Travels of Krrobar which can be found on his website You can also follow his work on twitter @MikeBookseller.

Here is a list of books and authors discussed and recommended in this episode:

Dune by Frank Herbert

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan

Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

Bone by Jeff Smith

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Stewart Little and Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Hush and Batman: Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

The City Watch Series by Terry Pratchett

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Mort by Terry Pratchett

1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies

Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding

Empires of the Sky by Alexander Rose

Unbroken and Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Swimming in the Dark by Thomasz Jedrowski

Black Death at the Golden Gate by David K. Randall

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher

Guns of August and The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman

Eiffel's Tower by Jill Jonnes

The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

The Queen of the Con by Thomas Crowl

Spook by Mary Roach

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell

Dec 08, 202101:37:28
Thanks For Reading Trailer

Thanks For Reading Trailer

Book lovers everywhere rejoice! Thanks For Reading is an exciting new interview series podcast that brings all sorts of people from the book industry right to your headphones. We'll be talking to booksellers, authors, artists, editors, and everyone else who makes those books possible. Tune in for thoughtful, joyful, book related conversation.

Nov 28, 202101:31