2019 Year in Review

 

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As we draw near to the end of 2019, we reflect on this past year of reading. From favorite books to reading goals to bookish items on our Christmas lists, we cover a lot of ground! Special thanks to everyone who commented or wrote us a message. We love our listeners, and it was so much fun to include you all in this episode! Grab some Peanut Butter M&M’s and a cup of tea and listen in to our 2019 Year in Review!

Favorite Books of 2019 (2:50)

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Educated by Tara Westover

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1) by John Flanagan

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib

Side by Side by Edward T. Welch

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Cuckoo’s Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Gailbraith

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Circe by Madeline Miller

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Least Favorite Books of 2019 (21:29)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Favorite Newbery Book of 2019 (29:25)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Roll of Thunder, Hear by Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Least Favorite Newbery Book of 2019 (32:24)

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

How Close Are You to Meeting Your 2019 Reading Goal? (38:19)

What Books or Bookish Items Are on Your Christmas Wishlist? (47:16)

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD

8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch, PhD and John Stonestreet (Kathy Koch’s last name is pronounced “cook” not “coe” as Lauren says it in the episode)

The Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection by Kate DiCamillo

The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell

His Dark Materials 3-Book Set by Philip Pullman

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition) by C.S. Lewis

The Jane Austen Collection (Macmillan Collector’s Library)

Book Bands

Help Books of Wonder Relocate Auction

Was there anything different about you reading life this year? (1:01:06)

Ask Us Anything! (1:07:53)

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

A Newbery Christmas edited by Charles G. Waugh

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

All Is Well by Frank Peretti

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

Episode 7: The Tale of Despereaux

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Other Books mentioned in this episode:

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Our Next Book (1:24:23)

Holes by Louis Sachar

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List of Newbery Medal Books


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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30: Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina! We also share some book news and listener feedback! So grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen to our discussion of this heartwarming book!

Book News (1:23)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile 

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo 

Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection (October 22)

Quiz! Are You a Raymie, a Louisiana, or a Beverly? 

Just in Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson

The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn (March 2020)

Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper

Charlotte’s Web audio book coming October 29, 2019!

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss and Andrew Joyner

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Anderson’s Bookshop

National Novel Writing Month!

Social Media Questions (21:23)

If you could meet any living author in person, who would it be? 

What do you do if you come across a word you don’t know while you’re reading? Do you look it up or just carry on? 

Book Discussion (26:10)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Meg Medina Wiki

https://megmedina.com/

http://theauthorvillage.com/presenters/meg-medina/

Hispanic Heritage Month

2019 Newbery Honor Books (45:03)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Our Next book! (45:48)

Lauren’s Pick

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Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

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Lauren

Leah

Mandalay

List of Newbery Medal Books


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

 

 

 

 

 

For the Love of Books Episode 3

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Nutrition, suspense, adult fiction, memoir, mystery, young adult, historical fiction, non-fiction, rom-com, and of course, middle-grade fiction! It’s all in this episode of For the Love of Books! Grab a cup of tea and some chocolate-covered berries and listen in to this episode where we share some book love from our favorite summer reads!

Listeners’ Favorite Summer Reads (1:18)

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung with Tim Downs

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The River by Peter Heller

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Team Friendships’ Favorite Summer Reads (4:35)

It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and the Six Audiobook

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

Instant Mom Audiobook

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses Audiobook

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Serial Reader App

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette Audiobook

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

Look! I Wrote a Book (And You Can Too!) by Salley Lloyd-Jones

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Link to our Discussion Group: 

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Our personal contact info: 

Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/

Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

And look for each of us on Goodreads!

Lauren

Leah

Mandalay

29: A Year Down Yonder

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys we discuss the winner of the 2001 Newbery Medal, A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck! We also share book news and listener feedback. Grab a glass of lemonade and some chocolate covered blueberries and listen in to this episode!

Book News (1:22) 

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made book series by Stephan Pastis

Stargirl Series

Stargirl book series by Jerri Spinelli

Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 1 by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos

Karina Yan Glaser Book Tour!

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Find Karina Yan Glaser on Instagram @karinaisreadingandwriting

Social Media Question (8:58) 

What was the last book you recommended to someone? 

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD

Book Discussion (13:26)

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Richard Peck Biography

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

2001 Newbery Honor Books (44:57)

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Our Next book (48:15)

Leah’s Pick

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Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/

Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

And look for each of us on Goodreads!

Lauren

Leah

Mandalay

List of Newbery Medal Books


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

 

28: The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Matchlock Gun, and The Twenty-One Balloons

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss three Newbery medal winning books. Leah chose The Trumpeter of Krakow, winner of the 1929  medal. Mandy chose The Matchlock Gun, winner of the 1942 medal, and Lauren chose The Twenty-One Balloons, winner of the 1948 medal. We also share some book news and listener feedback. Grab a glass of lemonade and some dark chocolates and listen in to our discussion!

Book News (1:59)

Reading the Newberys Episode 4: The Crossover

The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile

Flora and Ulysses Disney + Original Movie

Because of Winn Dixie Musical

Social Media Questions (5:53)

What book has been on your TBR the longest? Why?

Jane Eyre 

My Plane Jane

Heart of Darkness

The Jungle

The Hunger Games Trilogy

A Christmas Carol

Harry Potter Series

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Chronicles of Avonlea

The Boys in the Boat

Little House on the Prairie

War and Peace

Gone with the Wind

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Middlemarch

What is your favorite independent bookstore?

Books of Wonder in NYC

Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI

Murder by the Book in Houston, TX

The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA

Frugal Muse in Madison, WI

The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, IL

Third Place Books in Seattle, WA

Voices Book Nook in Freeport, IL

Looking for an Independent Bookstore near you? 

How do you rate books on Goodreads?

Book Riot article: What Does a Goodreads Three Star Rating Mean to You?

Book Discussions (26:18)

Leah (26:28)

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

The Trumpeter of Krakow St. Mary’s Trumpet Call

Mandy (45:53)

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds

Walter D. Edmonds Wikipedia Page

New York Times Article on Walter D. Edmonds

Walter D. Edmonds ENotes

Lauren (52:31)

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

William Pene du Bois Scholastic

Krakatoa: The Great Volcanic Eruption YouTube Documentary

1883 Eruption of Krakatoa Wikipedia

Our Next Book (1:15:51)

Mandy’s Pick

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Link to our Discussion Group: 

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Our personal contact info: 

Leah Clapp – https://www.instagram.com/readheadedreader/

Mandalay Parkman – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalayfauxreader/

Lauren Keen – https://www.instagram.com/jedireader1138/

And look for each of us on Goodreads!

Lauren

Leah

Mandalay

List of Newbery Medal Books


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound