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For the most recent episode of the Bookrageous podcast, Jenn, Rebecca and I decided to turn things over to our listeners. What did you want to hear us talk about? Lots of stuff, actually. We cove long books, short books, prolific authors, reclusive authors, DRM, self-published books, and a bunch of other stuff. It was a hell of a lot of fun to jump from topic to topic, and it ended up creating a pretty entertaining episode.

Of course, we also cover what we’re reading right now, and manage to earn our “explicit” tag on iTunes pretty quickly.

Enjoy, subscribe, and let us know what you’d like to see in future episodes.

Show notes (including all books discussed) and an embedded player are below.


Bookrageous Episode 37; Listener Questions

Intro Music; Summertime — DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

What We’re Reading


[1:15] Jazz, Toni Morrison

[3:01] Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, Florence Williams

[5:45] Wait, nutcases??

[6:27] House of Holes, Nicholson Baker

[7:00] Getting Things Done, David Allen

[10:32] Better Book Titles: Write Shit Down


[11:00] Sorry Please Thank You, Charles Yu, July 24 2012

[13:22] Magic Hours, Tom Bissell

[15:16] The Gun, CJ Chivers


[17:25] The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller and Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin

[20:39] The Killing Moon, NK Jemisin (The Shadowed Sun, June 1 2012)

[21:20] The Likeness, Tana French

[22:04] Aurorarama, Jean-Christophe Valtat (Luminous Chaos, October 2 2012)


[23:00] The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall


[26:00] The Blind Giant, Nick Harkaway, May 15 2012

[27:09] Edie Investigates, Nick Harkaway

Intermission; Youth Without Youth — Metric

Listener Questions

[28:15] Jon Page: Book prizes? Too many, not enough, which ones, biases?

[30:31] We particularly heart The Morning News’ Tournament of Books

[33:20] The Orange Prize & gender in prizes

[34:18] Edmund: Revisiting books/rereadability?

[35:10] Rebecca rereads: The Sparrow, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sula

[35:52] Jenn is rereading: Jacqueline Carey

[36:49] Josh rereads: graphic novels & comics

[37:25] Paul Montgomery: Short & sweet books vs. epic flails?

[37:56] Episode 25: Great Big Not Very Short Huge Epic Big Big Books

[38:05] We the Animals, Justin Torres

[39:06] Small Books with a Big Punch on Brews & Books

[39:27] How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu

[39:40] Clandestine in Chile, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

[40:50] Paul Montgomery: Favorite one-hit wonder authors? e.g., Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird; authors we wish would write another book?

[41:28] Toby Barlow (Sharp Teeth)

[41:53] Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole)

[44:19] Philipp Meyer (American Rust)

[44:41] Joss Arden: What do we wish we had mentioned on a previous episode but didn’t?

[46:57] Joss Arden: What do you wish someone had told you when you started your blogs?

[47:15] Never look at the stats! (Or at least don’t get caught up in them)

[49:15] Anyone can find it.

[50:23] Schedule, schedule, schedule.

[51:36] Stacy: How did you come together to do the podcast?

[51:50] Episodes 1 (Just What the Hell is Bookrageous?) & 24 (One Year Anniversary!)

[53:37] Twitter! And there was this calendar…

[53:55] And there was Books on the Nightstand…

[55:05] Kevin: What were the first galleys/free stuff you received because of your blog?

[55:20] Months and Seasons, Christopher Meeks

[56:09] Red, White, and Brew, Brian Yaeger; also, free beer!

[59:00] Rebecca: First book that a rep gave you?


[1:01:06] Anonymous: What are your thoughts on self-published books?

[1:01:10] We have many thoughts on this! (Not sum-up-able in show notes)

[1:04:27] Anonymous: DRM, agency pricing, lawsuits, etc.?

[1:04:44] Tor/Forge goes DRM free!

[1:06:40] $0.99 and up — Amazon and agency pricing

[1:11:00] Better than cheap? Free! Libraries and ebooks

Outro; Summertime — DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

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Bookrageous Book Club Pick: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, Shehan Karunatilaka (out May 8 2012), 10% off from WORD for listeners! Just write BOOKRAGEOUS in the comments field.

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One Response to “Bookrageous Episode 37; Listener Questions”

  1. Great picture. Classic!

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