Special Episode 12: 2018 Year in Review

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In this special episode of Reading the Newberys, we share our favorite (and least favorite) books we read in 2018. We also talk about our reading goals for this year, and we share some of our listener feedback! Get cozy, grab a cup of tea and some berries, and join us for this fun episode!

Books we loved in 2018 (5:01)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Elevation by Stephen King

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Becoming by Michelle Obama

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

How to Think by Alan Jacobs

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

The Sister Circle by Cheryle T. Ricks

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Emma by Jane Austen (Audible Audiobook narrated by Emma Thompson)

Books we did not love (28:28)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Favorite Newbery Books (43:59)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Least Favorite Newbery Books (49:41)

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Favorite Episodes of 2018 (52:56)

14: The Graveyard Book

23: Kira-Kira

19: Bud, Not Buddy

18: The One and Only Ivan

21: The Giver

16: Ginger Pye

Reading Goals (58:31)

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reading Challenges (1:07:35)

The Reading Women Podcast 2019 Reading Challenge

Currently Reading Podcast 2019 Reading Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2019 Reading Challenge

The Unread Shelf Project 2019 or #unreadshelfproject2019 on Instagram

Currently Reading (1:12:55)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Artisan Cake Company’s Visual Guide to Cake Decorating by Elizabeth Marek

Angel and Bavar by Amy Wilson

Displaying Books Backward (1:16:01)

Would You Display Your Books Backward?

The 2019 Youth Media Awards will take place Monday, January 28 beginning 8 a.m. PT/10 a.m. CT (1:18:59)

YMA: ALA Youth Media Awards

YMA Live Webcast

I Love Libraries Facebook Page

YMA Pajama Party

Our Next Book(s) (1:21:20)

Benji’s Review of Smoky the Cow Horse on Goodreads

Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

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Link to our Book Club: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/teamfriendshipbookclub/

Our personal contact info: 

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

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

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

And look for each of us on Goodreads!


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Special Episode 11: Laura Ingalls Wilder

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In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we discuss the recent name change of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award by the ALA and ALSC. We welcome back our very special guest, Zoey, to have a round-table discussion on this topic. This name change has evoked many passionate responses, but we were able to have a meaningful conversation on human rights, racial reconciliation, and the importance of remembering and learning from our history. We hope you will take the time to listen in on this episode.

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Image Credit: ALA.org

Links related to this episode:

American Library Association Press Release

ALSC Changes Wilder Award to Children’s Literacy Legacy Award – School Library Journal

American Libraries Defend Renaming Laura Ingalls Wilder Award – The Guardian

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Stripped from Children’s Book Award Over ‘Little House’ Depictions of Native Americans – Washington Post

ALSC Changes Name of Laura Ingalls Wilder Award – American Libraries Magazine

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award – When Is It Censorship? – Intellectual Freedom Blog

What the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Name Change Means – And What It Doesn’t – Book Riot

About the Children’s Literature Legacy Award

A Little House Picture Book Treasury: Six Stories of Life on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrations by Renee Graef (Amazon Link)

Quote from Caddie Woodlawn that Lauren couldn’t remember:

“The fear spread like a disease, nourished on rumors and race hatred. For many years now the whites had lived at peace with the Indians of Western Wisconsin, but so great was this disease of fear that even a tavern rumor could spread it like an epidemic throughout the country.” (Caddie Woodlawn, 119)

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Our personal contact info: 

Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

Zoey – https://www.instagram.com/zcook501/


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Special Episode 10: Little Women – Jo & Amy

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In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined again by our dear friend, Zoey, as we conclude our review of the PBS mini series Little Women. As promised, we spend our final discussion of this beloved story talking about Jo and Amy. Grab some peaches and a glass of sweet tea and listen in as we discuss the childhoods, challenges, and changes in the lives of these March sisters.

Links related to this episode:

PBS Masterpiece Podcast

PBS Masterpiece YouTube Channel – Little Women Behind the Scenes

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail: Louisa May Alcott

NPR Alcott: Not the Little Woman You Thought She Was

A Short History of the Tomboy

Listen to us on: 

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Stitcher

Google Play

Our personal contact info: 

Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

Zoey – https://www.instagram.com/zcook501/


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Special Episode 9: Little Women – Meg & Beth

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In this special episode of the Team Friendship Podcast, we are joined by our very dear friend, Zoey, as we discuss the PBS mini series Little Women. We focus on Meg and Beth in this episode and also give some history on Louisa May Alcott. Grab some coffee, jam, and biscuits and listen in on our conversation!

Show Notes:

  • There is a good reason why Heidi Thomas did such an excellent job writing the screenplay for this mini series
  • Leah and Zoey give some history on Louisa May Alcott and transcendentalism
  • The beauty in the ordinary
  • Meg’s visit to “Vanity Fair”
  • Does Meg truly love Mr. Brooke?
  • Lauren’s passionate response to some people’s critique of Meg and her role as a wife and mother
  • The marriage counsel we learn from Little Women
  • The child birth scene
  • Mandy gets spoiled about Beth’s death
  • We all love Annes Elwy’s freckles
  • Beth’s social anxiety and Marmee’s desire to help Beth work through it
  • Dumbledore! We love Beth’s relationship with Dumbledore…I mean, Mr. Laurence
  • Beth is a natural caregiver
  • Beth’s illness and acceptance that she is going to die
  • Beth and Jo’s relationship
  • The beach scene
  • Beth’s self-awareness
  • Would Beth’s life have been different if this story had taken place in today’s era?
  • Women’s rights: how far we have come…and how far we still need to go
  • Beth’s death scene
  • Parents that must walk their children through death
  • The relevance of Little Women
  • The book is called Little Women….not Jo March and Her Sisters
  • Beth’s sass and selflessness
  • We will be discussing Jo and Amy in our next episode

Links related to this episode:

PBS Masterpiece Podcast

How Nearly Dying after Childbirth Inspired My Wife to Create Call The Midwife

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail: Louisa May Alcott

NPR Alcott: Not the Little Woman You Thought She Was

U.S. History: Transcendentalism, An American Philosophy

Listen to us on: 

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Stitcher

Google Play

Our personal contact info: 

Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

Zoey – https://www.instagram.com/zcook501/


Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music
Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

*We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.