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TheBookstorePodcast

Joined December 2016

It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. | New episodes weekly | thebookstorepodcast.com | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | et cetera
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🌟 New Episode 🌟 Did we just read the most divisive book in all of The Bookstore‘s history?
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We know people are all over the board on this one. Tell us what you thought of TRUST EXERCISE!

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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On the blog this week: aside from our holiday shopping guide, we‘ve got a great list of read-alikes for all of the books we‘ve read so far in 2019! Add to your TBR! www.thebookstorepodcast.com

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🌟 New episode 🌟
This week we talk (ok rave) about Olga Tokarczuk‘s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. You can find the episode wherever you get your podcasts (and as always the link in bio).
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Have you read it? What did you think?

DGRachel I loved it. The writing, the characters, the plot - so good. 3w
TheBookstorePodcast @DGRachel I actually laughed out loud a couple of times. And I loved the MC so much, I could read a whole series about her. 3w
DGRachel Me, too! I loved her sass and spunk. 3w
Emilymdxn I adored this book one of my faves of the year, I‘ve already bought it for a close friend and made her fall in love with it too! 3w
BookwormM I love this one 3w
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Lindy West was fantastic on the DC stop of her book tour. I got to meet her and only semi-embarrassed myself! Meeting authors makes me so nervous I‘ve only recently been able to. Do you like to meet your favorite authors? -Becca

MallenNC I just finished this! I bet she was great in person. I love hearing authors talk about their books and I usually enjoy meeting them if they sign after. 3w
TheBookstorePodcast @MallenNC I was laughing so loud when she read from it, I can‘t wait to start. 3w
MallenNC @TheBookstorePodcast I really enjoyed it. 3w
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Taking a departure from my normal reading fare for this weekend. After the unexpected death of her husband, Long Litt Woon found solace and meaning in her life through mushroom hunting. Mushrooms are absolutely fascinating and I‘m enjoying reading about the very passionate world of mycologists.
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What are you reading this weekend?

TheLibrarian Just started 1mo
Laughterhp More than halfway through 1mo
Jeg Hoping to read this. I heard her on the radio recently. 4w
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Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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This week on the podcast we discuss and review The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. It‘s a literary fantasy/dystopia and despite its sparse prose left us with a ton to think about. Have you read it? What did you think?

Hazel2019 I finished reading this yesterday and listened to your podcast (loved it! 😊) this morning. 2 additional quick things that I found interesting in the book — bottom of 1st page of Ch. 5 it says - “The vapor trail of a jet was visible in the sky outside the window.” This seems to be placing it in time somewhat...and it made me think that perhaps a more ‘normal‘ world exists out there. Just out of reach though 😕 4w
Hazel2019 The second thing...on 2nd page of Ch. 10 the narrator tells R why she wants to hide him and one of the reasons is...”if you‘re arrested, what will become of the novel I‘m writing.” Wasn‘t sure how to interpret that but it seemed to stand out ...selfish motives? Maybe helping him survive is her way surviving, preserving her memories and what she‘s created...could take this really far based on how the book ends...interesting. 4w
TheBookstorePodcast @Hazel2019 Great points! I remember her comment about what would happen with her novel and thought that was interesting. The approach toward sentimentality (or lack of it) in the book is fascinating. 3w
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We loved the first part of this one. Leila‘s life was vividly remembered and compelling to read about, but we were totally thrown by the change in tone of the second section as her group of friends attempts to recover her body. You can hear more of our thoughts on this week‘s episode of the podcast.
Have you read it? What did you think?

JenFowler I like the title. It sounds interesting! 1mo
Simona I feel the same about the end. To comical/action packed to take it serious ... 1mo
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One of my biggest fears is being lost at sea (which is why you‘ll never catch me on a cruise ship). So this sounds like the perfect #spooktober read for me.

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There‘s not much scarier than a serial killer and rapist who breaks into people‘s homes and goes undiscovered for decades. #spooktober

Cathythoughts So good. 👍🏻 2mo
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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I liked this book, but I didn‘t LOVE it. Reimagining Lovecraft is great, I just needed a bit more character development to really connect with the characters. Black Tom is badass though. #spooktober

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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For the second day of my own personal #spooktober is modern gothic horror. Plus the cover is fantastic. Melmoth the Witness is always watching. We read this for Episode 34!

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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First pick for #spooktober is The Haunting of Hill House. Frightening and creepy, with a heroine who I identified with strongly. Love this book!

Laughterhp I definitely want to read this for Oct! I‘m so nervous I‘m going to be scared though! 2mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Laughterhp I think I‘d call it psychological horror, it‘s so good though! 2mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I‘ve been slowly working my way through the Women‘s Prize for Fiction longlist. After I finish this, I‘ve got four more to read. Do you have any favorites from the longlist? So far, mine are Ghost Wall and Circe. -Becca

gossamerchild What are your thoughts so far about the book you've tagged? I'm curious to know what other people thought about The Pisces. 3mo
TheBookstorePodcast @gossamerchild I‘ll be honest, this isn‘t for me. I‘m not into reading about a woman obsessed with men. I get Lucy is supposed to be awful, but at this point I‘m just bored by her antics. Maybe it will change though, I‘m just under halfway through. 3mo
gossamerchild @TheBookstorePodcast I REALLY didn't like it. But I won't say anything else till you finish it. I'll be super interested to hear what you say when you're done 😁 3mo
atticusgoldfinch Ah! Circe was my pick for my book club this year and I fell in love with it. I‘m looking forward to reading The Song of Achilles at some point and I‘m looking forward to seeing what else Madeline Miller does with Greek mythology. 3mo
TheBookstorePodcast @atticusgoldfinch I liked Song of Achilles even more than Circe! I‘m definitely going to be reading whatever Miller writes next. 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Our latest episode is now available! We read The Nickel Boys, a novel inspired by the real-life tragedy of the Dozier School for Boys. This was my first Whitehead novel, and I was blown away. Definitely going to pick up The Underground Railroad soon. -Becca

Leftcoastzen It is so good ! I read an earlier novel by him,but I need to get to Underground Railroad as well. 3mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Leftcoastzen I bought Zone One from a library sale, that might actually be the next one I read because I already own it! 3mo
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Went to see Jia Tolentino speak at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Okay, it seems like everyone is talking about this book, so while traveling for work I stopped by an indie bookstore to buy it. Because if I‘m paying list price for a hardcover, I want to buy it from an indie. I‘m so excited to read it, but I have 3 books checked out from the library. Such is my life. -Becca

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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Went to see a play my friend was performing in this past weekend, and I got the time wrong, so I showed up a full 45 minutes early. Walked down the street to the closest coffee shop to wait. This is why I always have a book with me!

Tamra Always! Now I can‘t leave without a backup which is crazy. 7mo
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Away for the weekend for a bridal shower, of course I brought books. This is one of them. I‘m enjoying it so far, but I have to say, I liked Madeline Miller‘s Song of Achilles so much that it‘s hard for me to get into Barker‘s Achilles. If you‘ve read both, did you prefer one over the other?

bookandcat Miller is far better. This was decent but not as amazing as Song of Achilles 7mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Starting The Friend this weekend for our upcoming episode to be released April 23rd!

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We‘re back! Today‘s episode is all about MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite, a fast and fantastic read. Check it out wherever you get your podcasts!

We also announced the launch of or Patreon. If you‘re interested: www.patreon.com/thebookstore

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Very into essays at the moment. What is your favorite essay collection? -Becca

Christine I love so many essay collections! A semi-recent fave was 8mo
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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I loved Katalin Street, so I had to read The Door ASAP. It‘s even better than Katalin Street! -Becca

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Fever Dream was my favorite book of 2017. I tell everyone about it. I still think about it often. I was so excited to see Samanta Schweblin had a collection of short stories being published in English. They‘ve got the same feeling as Fever Dream, but they‘re so much more fleeting. It makes for a disorienting reading experience - I‘d expect nothing less.

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Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
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Just finished this, and I think I want to read everything Magda Szabó has written. -Becca

Mdargusch I read her book The Door and it was definitely too dark for me. Was this one dark too? 9mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Mdargusch I haven‘t read The Door so I can‘t compare, but I‘d describe this one as bleak and depressing. 9mo
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NK Jemisin‘s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is one of my all-time favorite books, but I wasn‘t thrilled with The Fifth Season. I think this collection of stories is somewhere in between the two for me. It‘s fun to read really imaginative, speculative fiction in the winter.

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Howls Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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💫 New Episode 💫We‘ve got an old update on an old story, a gossip sesh about a new scandal, and a lot of unpopular opinions about a fan favorite book. Check is out wherever you get your podcasts.

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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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I‘m catching up on some e-galleys this weekend, starting with SABRINA & CORINA, a really beautiful collection of short stories about Latinas and indigenous women in Colorado and the American West.
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What are you reading today?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Your African violet 😍 10mo
TheBookstorePodcast @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! I bought it as a birthday present for myself. I hadn‘t seen one that had colors quite like it. 😊 10mo
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Bookmail from indie publisher Two Dollar Radio. I‘ve been trying to read more from indie presses lately. Do you have a particular independent publisher you really like?

LauraJ @ValancourtBooks is pretty awesome. 10mo
Tanisha_A What a beautiful photograph too! 10mo
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Continuing on with our project of reading books we already own, today we have a new mini episode discussing the illustrated memoir PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi. You can find it in your podcast feeds or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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The Wedding: A Novel | Dorothy West
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This week: we read and discuss THE WEDDING by Dorothy West. It‘s a remarkably complete history of several generations of a family up to their daughter‘s impending wedding in 1950. It tackles race and class in really thoughtful and interesting ways and you should definitely check it out.

You can find the podcast wherever you download your podcasts!

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I got a @barnesandnoble giftcard for Christmas and instead of buying a couple of paperbacks, I had to get My Year of Rest and Relaxation because literally every one of my favorite readers have been raving about it and I can‘t stand the FOMO anymore.
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Have you picked up anything new lately?

Ashley_Nicoletto I did the same thing with the new John Boyne. Just bought the hardcover for full price with my gift cards. 🤣 But I wanted it so badly. 11mo
TheBookstorePodcast @Ashley_Nicoletto I get something in my head and just can‘t let go! 11mo
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New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay | Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer
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I first learned about New Erotica for Feminists on Instagram, so I was delighted when my good friend gave this to me for my birthday last weekend. The short satirical sketches are very funny and great to read a few at a time when I‘m between bigger reading projects.

Weaponxgirl Awesome to hear, I have this kicking about somewhere 11mo
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The Transit of Venus | Shirley Hazzard
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On this week‘s episode we discuss our first #backlist read of January, The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard. What‘s the book about? You‘ll have to listen to see if we ever figured it out!

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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All of the books we read for the podcast this year! Which ones were your favorites?

Angeles It is not a matter of favorites, but for a book to cheer you up when you are down anything by Tessa Dare will hit the spot 12mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This week: THERE THERE by Tommy Orange! We read and discussed this highly praised, very ambitious debut for our latest episode. It‘s nearly as good as having to fight for the only spot of sun we‘ve seen in three weeks! Find the episode wherever you get your podcasts, or stream it on our website!

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Share your favorite memories and moments of LITTLE WOMEN with us! It‘s Corinne‘s first read of the classic (I know, what?!) and we know some of you out there love it dearly. So we want to hear your thoughts on the podcast! You can email us (thebookstorepodcast.com), leave us a comment or call our hotline at 616-730-1656 and we‘ll share your thoughts with our listeners. Or maybe you HATE IT... we‘ll take those comments, too 😈

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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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This week on thebookstorepodcast.com: I made a list of read alikes for many of our 2018 books. If you liked or loved or hated some of the things we discussed, check it out to see what else we suggest you read! Read it at thebookstorepodcast.com/2018-read-alikes

HeatherBookNerd Case Histories ❤️ 12mo
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Split Tooth | Tanya Tagaq
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Well, I should be reading Little Women for our next discussion episode, but I accidentally spotted SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq at the library this weekend and I‘ve been meaning to read it. It‘s a beautifully designed book with a mix of poetry, prose, and illustrations telling the story of a young girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970‘s. I‘m really fascinated by the storytelling here and can‘t wait to read more . -c

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I‘ve been on a real used book buying bender. And because Michigan is staring down 5 months of cold winter I couldn‘t resist a summer book. I‘ve also heard great things about this one, Jansson is beloved for her Moomin books and I can‘t wait to get a chance to crack this one.

Tamra Your post reminded me to shop for more of her work! 👌🏾 (edited) 12mo
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Don‘t tell her what the title says. 😂 This was our first read for the podcast and one of my favorite reads from the last few years. The episode was rough - we were podcast idiots at the time, but I was still very excited to find a used copy for my own.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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We‘re reading THERE THERE by Tommy Orange this week. I hadn‘t really considered the fact that we‘d be reading it over Thanksgiving when we put it on the schedule. The introduction, particularly, has been a sobering reminder of America‘s colonial history and has me reconsidering how I think and talk about this holiday season.

Wherever you are and whatever you‘re celebrating today and this week we hope you‘re safe and having a good day.

Samplergal I just had my book club read it. Sobering and yes, I‘ll view this “holiday” differently. 13mo
Leftcoastzen Great book! 13mo
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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In a Bookstore Podcast first, we revisit an author we‘ve read and discussed before. You wanna bet whether or not we liked If Beale Street Could Talk? Check out our latest episode now!

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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It‘s Election Day in the US and new Bookstore episode day. Today we talk Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Listen to it on your way to the polls. And remember, if you don‘t vote Melmoth is watching you. 🕴🏻

Get the episode wherever you get your podcasts!

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Old Dolls | Eleanor St. George
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Doll book display at my local used bookstore is brilliant for Halloween, if you ask me. I‘ve never been afraid of dolls, when I was a child I used to sleep with my American Girl dolls facing me at the foot of my bed, which really freaked out friends when they slept over. Now, having read enough scary possessed doll stories, I think I get the fear! -Becca

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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All Horror October continues with a discussion of Victor LaValle‘s novella The Ballad of Black Tom. It was written as a response to the very problematic short story, Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft (HP maybe stands for Horrible Person?).
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Check it out where you get podcasts! Also, sign up for tor.com‘s book club and get a free ebook every month!This was this month‘s pick!

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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Can‘t get enough horror.

DGRachel I love this book. 😍 14mo
Bklover I have this book! So I should read it? @DGRachel 14mo
DGRachel @Bklover it‘s a very slow burn, but I thought it was wonderful. I read it a decade ago, before I started writing reviews or even tracking my reading in Goodreads, but I remember loving it and getting lost in it. There are some gruesome bits, if you‘re squeamish be forewarned, and while I don‘t remember a lot of detail, I know I loved it. 14mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I love seeing the books and authors we‘ve discussed on shelves when I visit the bookstore. You can find all of our episodes in our podcast feed, or on our website.
See anything here you‘d love to read? I think I should check out Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine sometime.

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On today‘s episode of The Bookstore we talk about our worst fears. We read two stories inspired by our phobias and discuss them. You can read the stories online (links in our blog post www.thebookstorepodcast.com) and check out the episode where ever you get your podcasts!

What‘s your worst fear? Got any good story recommendations for it?

TheReadingMermaid One of my fears is the fear of heights. It makes me dizzy and I get vertigo and start feeling sick. So I decided to face my fears and get over it by skydiving ✈️ 18,500 feet!!! 14mo
TheBookstorePodcast @TheReadingMermaid That‘s pretty darn brave! 14mo
TheReadingMermaid Yeah and then my husband proposed to me on the ground when I touched down 💍😋 14mo
TheBookstorePodcast @TheReadingMermaid Awww, that‘s a very memorable proposal! 14mo
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Out October 16th (which is in a couple of hours, as I post this)! We‘ll be reading Melmoth for an upcoming episode. I started it this weekend and I‘m very impressed with the gorgeous writing so far (also impressed with the gorgeous book design!).

What new books are you looking forward to this fall?

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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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Our next stop for All Horror October is an episode about our worst fears. We‘ll be reading THE RAFT by Stephen King for Becca‘s phobia. It can be found in his collection SKELETON CREW. Or you can read it online, for free!

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