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ahoffkosik

Joined June 2018

Book Lover | Freelance Writer | Host of the (bookish) SSR Podcast — www.ssrpodcast.com
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The Emerald City of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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Join me and my guest on Episode 228 of my book podcast to reunite with Dorothy, Glinda, and all of your other fave yellow brick road pals. Author and Oz superfan Jen DeLuca is on the show this week to discuss all things THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ — the seventh book in L. Frank Baum‘s series. 💚✨ Link to listen in my bio!

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I truly had the best time recording this week‘s episode of my book podcast: a conversation with author Iman Hariri-Kia (A HUNDRED OTHER GIRLS), in which she makes her case for The Clique as empowering social commentary. Technically, we‘re covering book three, but our chat extends to the whole series and touches on matters of pop culture, insecurity, mean girls, class, and more. 💋 link to listen in my bio!

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Winter break for my pod is over and new episodes are BACK! I‘m thrilled to welcome Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka for the first show of 2023 — and to chat about a book that has personal significance to each of us, E.B. White‘s The Trumpet of the Swan. 🦢 Together, we (swan) dive into a conversation that covers ableism, capitalism, married animals, dad jokes and more. 🎺 Link to listen in my bio!

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Between Kiley Reid and Megan Angelo as guests and WISHBONE, today‘s episode of my podcast is a real dream. Tune in for a celebration of dogs in costume and fine literature at the link in my bio! 🦴

hannah-leeloo I loved this dog growing up 1mo
ahoffkosik @hannah-leeloo he was the best! 1mo
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The Midwife's Apprentice | Karen Cushman
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There‘s nothing like connecting with a new-to-you reader and/or writer and realizing that you would gladly listen to them talk about books indefinitely. That‘s how I felt about the guest on this week‘s episode of my podcast, author Chloe Liese! We talked about Karen Cushman‘s THE MIDWIFE‘S APPRENTICE… and wow wow wow we covered a lot of ground! Cozy up and listen to us discuss this classic of the ‘90s! 👶 Link to listen in my bio.

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The Cat Ate My Gymsuit | Paula Danziger
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Today, one of my podcasting dreams comes true as JASMINE GUILLORY joins me as a guest on my show! We chat about the ‘70s classic THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT. The book is about patriotism, feminism, and self-esteem way more than it is about cats or gymsuits, and Jasmine and I spend much of our time together reflecting on why it feels so timeless. 🐈🇺🇸 Listen at the link in my bio!

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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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This week on my book podcast, we say goodbye 👋👋👋 to my annual New Reads November series… but not without a great send-off! Author and former YA ghostwriter Morgan Baden and I chat about SEE YOU YESTERDAY, a time loop novel that explores questions of reinvention and rewriting history. Listen at the link in my bio!

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This week on my podcast, Newbery winner Erin Entrada Kelly joins me to discuss ANNE OF WEST PHILLY, a fresh retelling that casts Anne Shirley as a spunky foster kid who develops a passion for coding. We talk about the graphic novel format, girls in STEM, foster care, the challenges of making an apology, race, and a few of our favorite teachable moments from the book. 🌳 listen at the link in my bio!

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Ophelia After All | Racquel Marie
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It‘s Week 3 of New Reads November 2022 on my book pod! Tune in today as Lyssa Kay Adams (of Bromance Book Club fame) drops in to chat about OPHELIA AFTER ALL. We both really loved this coming of age story, which tackles matters of identity and friendship and self-discovery from seemingly endless fresh angles. We also swap stories from our own prom and high school experiences! 💐 Listen at the link in my bio.

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Kings of B'more | R. Eric Thomas
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If you‘re waiting in line to vote today 🇺🇸, I‘ve got the perfect thing to put in your earbuds — Episode 218 of my book podcast! Author Tracey Livesay is on the show to break down (and gush over) KINGS OF B‘MORE. We talk about books as “empathy engines,” the evolution of queer love stories, popularity, intense teen emotions, representation, and Ferris Bueller. 👑 Listen at the link in my bio!

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November 1 means the start of New Reads November on my book podcast, and we get things rolling with a visit from author Malinda Lo and a conversation about LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB. We cover topics from intersectionality and banned books to safe spaces and the immigrant experience. We also do a whole lot of fangirling! 🌉 Link to listen in my bio.

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L.A. Candy | Lauren Conrad
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The theme song for The Hills may have been Unwritten, but Lauren Conrad‘s fictionalized version of life in the reality TV spotlight is definitely *not.* (See what I did there?) In L.A. CANDY, everyone‘s favorite ‘00s O.C. good girl introduces a cast of characters attempting to navigate the same kind of fame into which she herself was thrust as a naive MTV star. Claire Parker from the Celebrity Memoir Book Club joins me on the pod! Link in bio.

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Double Crossing | Carolyn Keene
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Even a rockstar detective needs a vacation every once in a while, and when our girl Nancy Drew accepts an invitation to join a friend on a cruise to Mexico, that‘s exactly what she‘s hoping for. But what happens when Nancy finds her pals Frank and Joe Hardy sleuthing undercover when she boards the ship??? You can probably guess… and on the new episode of my book podcast, author Nisha Sharma and I get into all the juicy details. Link in bio!

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Can't Stay Away | Francine Pascal
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On Episode 214 of my book podcast, author Elissa Sussman and I go back to Sweet Valley…. but it‘s nothing like I remembered! CAN‘T STAY AWAY is the first installment in the SVH Senior Year spin-off series, which is grittier and sassier than the pastel paperbacks you used to check out from the library. 💋 Tune in at the link in my bio!

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This week on my podcast, bestselling author S.K. Ali is on to share one of her personal faves, THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart. You may be less familiar with this title than others we‘ve covered on the show, but let me just say… it might be at the top of *my* all-time list now. Tune in for our conversation about all things boarding school, feminism, old boys clubs, and power. 💪 Listen at the link in my bio!

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Slumber Party | Christopher Pike
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Today on my book podcast, author ALI HAZELWOOD and I would like to invite you to a slumber party — more specifically, Christopher Pike‘s 1985 SLUMBER PARTY. This particular gathering is extremely terrifying and verrrry problematic, but we chat about every last detail! 🔥❄️ Listen at the link in my bio.

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This week, Jordan from Completely Booked is on my book podcast… and I‘m so proud and excited to drop this particular episode on my birthday! 🥳 On it, we take a deep dive into Jerry Spinelli‘s MANIAC MAGEE, particularly what it‘s saying about race and racism and how those messages have evolved in the three decades since the Newbery medal winner was published. 👟 listen at the link in my bio!

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Animorphs #1: The Invasion | K. A. Applegate
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On Episode 210 of my book podcast, author Ashley Poston and I prove that it‘s never too late to catch up on the pop culture that the cool kids were consuming approximately 20 years ago. 🙈 In our conversation about the first book in the ANIMORPHS series, we touch on mall hangs, the blurry lines between middle grade and YA, things that creep us out, dog behavior, metaphors for puberty, horse girls, and more. ✨ Listen at the link in my bio!

ozma.of.oz Yeeesss! Animorphs! 5mo
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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By the end of the conversation I had with Claribel Ortega on this week‘s episode of my book podcast, we decided that we need to make some “What Would Pippi Do?” merch… so there‘s a lot to look forward to in this Pippi Longstocking episode! Listen at the link in my bio.

CogsOfEncouragement I love Pippi so much! I dressed as her one Halloween in HS. I hosted a mother-daughter book club with this book when my girlie was younger. I see why it has been translated to more than 40 languages. 5mo
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On Episode 208 of my book podcast, we are officially down the rabbit hole for what I know is a long overdue journey through ALICE‘S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Author Roselle Lim pulls up a seat at our podcast tea party and shares her personal love for this whimsical story and aesthetic. 🐰♥️♦️ Listen at the link in my bio!

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Denise Williams is on my book podcast this week chatting with me about WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN and the whole thing is a total delight! Listen to hear conversations about everything from representation and Book Tok to bathroom humor and existential dread in kid lit. 🚌 Listen at the link in my bio!

ozma.of.oz I remember this book! I can‘t wait to listen to the episode! (edited) 5mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz i hope you like it!!! 5mo
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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It‘s probably a littttle early to kick off the Halloween season, but the grocery store is already full of pumpkins and candy corn, so why shouldn‘t we get a head start on all things spooky on my pod, too? It‘s Episode 206 of my book podcast and my first time ever reading THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl. Author Amanda Aksel is on the show for a discussion about what makes something too dark for kids, adaptations, and more. Link to listen in my bio!

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The Hatchers and Judy Blume are BACK for Episode 205 of my book podcast! This week, it‘s all about TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING, and I was lucky enough to have author Carola Lovering as my guest to discuss Fudge‘s many antics… and big brother Peter‘s many frustrations. We talk about sibling dynamics, old school representations of fatherhood, pet turtles, fatphobia, and more. 🐢 listen at the link in my bio!

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As a ‘90s kid who coveted all things American Girl, I have to admit that the AG episodes we‘ve done so far on my book podcast have been especially near and dear to my heart. Episode 204 feels extra special, though! On it, the wonderful author Ebony LaDelle joins me to discuss all things MEET ADDY, American Girl business, BIPOC representation, and more. 🇺🇸 Listen at the link in my bio.

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Tall, Dark, and Deadly | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Pretty much anything can happen when Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are involved… including the arrival of a brooding, mysterious vampire who naturally becomes the most popular guy at Sweet Valley High. I mightttt even say that this is the wackiest SVH book I‘ve covered on my book pod yet — and it was a treat to have Andie J. Christopher on to talk with me about it! 🧛‍♀️ Link to listen in my bio.

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My book podcast is BACK after a brief summer break… and I‘m thrilled to share Episode 201! On it, author Alison Rose Greenberg joins me to chat about SUMMER SISTERS in all of its teen angst, heartbreak, and drama. Link to listen in my bio!

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Just Listen | Sarah Dessen
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Episode 200 of my book podcast drops TODAY 🎉 — and on it, I have the pleasure of chatting with the amazing Leah Johnson about a book by one of her all-time faves, Sarah Dessen. Leah talks me through my first experience reading JUST LISTEN, a book about every serious topic that somehow manages to navigate all of them pretty much perfectly. 🎧 Link to listen in my bio!

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Episode 199 of my book podcast features a real subject matter expert… who also happens to be a listener! Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a Jewish educator and author and was the perfect person to join me for a conversation about the stunning, heartbreaking THE DEVIL‘S ARITHMETIC. I learned so much from Samantha and loved talking with her. Link to listen in my bio!

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P.S. Longer Letter Later | Ann M. Martin, Paula Danziger
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It‘s not an exaggeration to say that Episode 198 of my podcast is more than a decade in the making! My guest Colleen McKeegan is the debut author of THE WILD ONE — but also a high school classmate of mine! We talk quite a bit about high school memories, but also a true gem of a throwback read P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER. 💌 Link to listen in my bio!

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Mandy | Julie Andrews Edwards
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She‘s Mary Poppins, Maria von Trapp, Queen Clarisse of Genovia, Lady Whisteldown… and a beloved author! 👑 She‘s Julie Andrews (Edwards), and on the new episode of my podcast, Erin La Rosa joins me for a full fangirl session about this icon and her first published work, MANDY. We talk about the book‘s emotional complexity, orphan stories, frenemies, and more. 🌸🌻 listen at the link in my bio!

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Voyage on the Great Titanic | Ellen Emerson White
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This week‘s episode of my book podcast will make you feel *almost* all the feels you experienced when Kate and Leo hit the big screen together in 1997… and not only because it covers similar historical territory. Author and podcaster Kelsey McKinney is on the show to chat about one of the most popular installments in the beloved Dear America series, Voyage on the Great Titanic. 🛳💔 Listen at the link in my bio!

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Ready or Not | Meg Cabot
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They say you should tread lightly around conversations about politics and sex… on this week‘s episode of my podcast, author Shauna Robinson and i dive into BOTH. It‘s impossible not to after reading Ready or Not, which is the sequel to All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. 🇺🇸 There‘s talk about sex ed, the murky business of likability, the pressures of having a platform, and so much more. Link to listen in my bio!

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We‘ve now covered three Sarah Dessen books on my book podcast and — spoiler alert! — The Truth About Forever is officially my favorite. Author Martha Waters joins me on today‘s episode to talk about Macy‘s story in all of its dreaminess and heartbreak. We discuss perfectionism, toxic relationships, terrible boyfriends, what it *really* means to work in a library, our collective approach to grief, and more. 💔 Listen at the link in my bio!

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Nancy Drew episodes on my podcast are always a fun ride! Our girl Nancy rarely disappoints. Each installment presents us with equal parts hilarity, problematic, and girl power. The Bungalow Mystery is no exception! I had an amazing time unpacking alllllll the juicy details with author and podcaster Kate Spencer. Listen at the link in my bio!

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We always love a Judy Blume moment on my book podcast — and today‘s Judy moment is especially lovely because 1.) we‘re discussing the author‘s most autobiographical novel and 2.) we have author Hena Khan on the show! Listen at the link in my bio.

BookBabe Nice! I‘ve read many of her books but never this one. I met her a few years back at her book signing—she was lovely! 9mo
ahoffkosik @BookBabe I‘d love to meet her someday! 9mo
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Hoot | Carl Hiaasen
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Had a major HOOT of a time (come on, I had to) talking about this Carl Hiaasen Newbery Honor winner with NYT bestsellers Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick on my book podcast! We talk about why Hoot is the perfect book for Gen X, early activism, licorice pancakes, grown-up problems in kid lit, and more. 🦉🥞 Link to listen in my bio!

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Amelia Bedelia | Peggy Parish
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One of my personal favorite podcasters — Kate Kennedy from Be There In Five — is BACK on today‘s episode of my book pod, this time for a deep dive into Peggy Parish‘s Amelia Bedelia. We chat about everything from our shared early love for this series and Amelia Bedelia reboots to ageism and what it really means to dress a chicken. 🌸 Listen at the link in my bio!

CogsOfEncouragement One of my favorites when I was a kid. I was pregnant with our first when we came across a treasury and was thrilled to nab it for our home library. 5mo
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Horse Crazy (Yearling) | Bonnie Bryant
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Calling all current horse girls, former horse girls, wannabe horse girls, and anyone who ever tried a pony ride at a birthday party. We‘re wayyyy overdue for a Saddle Club episode on my book podcast, but we finally make that right on today‘s episode with a little help from the hosts of OWWR Pod. We cover barn life, middle school drama, and everything in between. 🐴 link to listen in my bio!

TheSpineView I still am a horse girl even after more than 50 years of riding. This series came out after I was an adult so I never read it. Unfortunately, my grand daughters didn't get the horse gene. 10mo
ahoffkosik @TheSpineView so cool that you have a lifelong love of horses! 10mo
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Anacaona, Golden Flower | Edwidge Danticat
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One year after our first Royal Diaries deep dive on my book pod, the wonderful Amber Burns joins me for another one! On Episode 188, Amber and I chat about the many things we learned from and loved about the second to last title in the series — Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490. 👑 Link to listen in my bio!

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Kristy's Big Day | Ann M. Martin
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Wedding bells are ringing for Kristy Thomas‘s mom and Watson Brewer — and I was lucky enough to chat with author Alison Cochrun (The Charm Offensive) about all of the fun and drama that unfolds as a result in the sixth installment of the Baby-Sitters Club, Kristy‘s Big Day. This was Alison‘s first experience reading the BSC, which makes it extra fun. Tune in at the link in my bio!

BookBabe Ah, that makes me feel nostalgic! Childhood was such a treat. ❤️ 10mo
ahoffkosik @BookBabe it really was! 10mo
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Break out those magnifying glasses — plus those encyclopedias (or maybe just a handy Wikipedia scroll, perhaps). The new episode of my book podcast is all about the first book in the classic Encyclopedia Brown series! We chat about the origin of the series, the way it portrays smart kids, its super cool format, and a potential Encyclopedia/Rory Gilmore crossover. 🔎 Link to listen in my bio!

CogsOfEncouragement Ah! Another absolute favorite from my childhood. I could not have been happier when my son enjoyed the series too. 5mo
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Fantasy fans will be PSYCHED to see an Inkheart episode of my book podcast, but here‘s the thing — as I learned reading this book for the first time, it‘s a story for *all* book lovers! I like to think this episode is for all book lovers, too. Debut author Akshaya Raman is my guest, and we had the best time talking about world building, the reader/author relationship, and more. 📖 Link to listen in my bio!

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A Ring of Endless Light | Madeleine L'Engle
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We‘re way overdue for more Madeleine L‘Engle on my book podcast. On Episode 185, we set that situation right, this time for a conversation about A Ring of Endless Light. Author Claire Legrand joins me and shares her experience reading it for the first time. We have an in-depth discussion about main character Vicky Austin‘s journey with love and loss. We talk about dolphins, faith, mental health, and Gilmore Girls. Link to listen in my bio!

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There‘s something magical about a book for kiddos that manages to capture everything from the joy of baseball to the complexities of the American dream — and Bette Bao Lord pulled it off in 1984 with In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. This week on my book pod, author Traci Chee joins me for a deep dive into this gem of a story. ⚾️ Link to listen in my bio!

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A Little Princess (Collins Classics) | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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This week on my book podcast, we‘re taking it to the classics! Superstar author Danya Kukafka joins me to chat about A Little Princess, the book that inspired one of my very favorite childhood movies. Danya and I discuss the novel‘s cozy vibes, along with its dated, icky portrayals of gender dynamics, race, and morality. We also argue that main character Sara might just be the original manifesting babe! 👑 Listen at the link in my bio.

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I Was a Teenage Fairy | Francesca Lia Block
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This week, two of my favorite podcasters are back on my book podcast! Emma Gray and Claire Fallon from Love to See It reminded me of Francesca Lia Block‘s I Was a Teenage Fairy, which we discuss in-depth on Episode 181. We chat about fairy tales, masculinity, trauma, sexuality, fatphobia, and empathy. Emma and Claire are brilliant and I‘m so thankful for their insights! ✨ Link to listen in my bio.

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Anna and the French Kiss | Stephanie Perkins
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Just in time for Valentine‘s Day, romance author Alana Albertson joins me on my book podcast to dish about Anna and the French Kiss! Tune in to hear us chat about everything from cheating love interests and the meaning of home to film adaptations and privilege. We also talk quite a bit about the romance genre more broadly. 🇫🇷💋 Listen at the link in my bio!

Chrissyreadit #podcaster I was just thinking I would like a way to check out and share litsy podcasters. So now when I see a post reflecting that I‘m adding the hashtag. Eventually I will make a post on my page. 12mo
ahoffkosik @Chrissyreadit great idea! I will try to remember to do that! 12mo
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Kidnapped by the Cult! | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Sweet Valley High‘s Kidnapped By the Cult! has been on my personal wish list for my book podcast for a long time now, and when I read Cultish, I knew Amanda Montell *had* to be the one to break it down with me! On Episode 179, this brilliant, hilarious author and linguist fully deep dives with me into the way cults are portrayed in the SV universe. Is it accurate? Listen at the link in my bio!

JenlovesJT47 I read this for the first time a couple of years ago and I was completely engrossed in it! Yeah it‘s Sweet Valley so it‘s not Pulitzer material but it‘s a reminder how easy it is for people to get caught up in that kind of stuff. Pretty scary actually! 😱 10mo
ahoffkosik @JenlovesJT47 I couldn‘t agree more! Well said! 10mo
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On today‘s episode of my book podcast, the conversation about Artemis Fowl covers fairy lore, antiheroes, bathroom humor, racism in fantasy, office politics, law enforcement in literature, boy geniuses, and Santa Claus. Does the book hold up to my memories of it from childhood? Listen at the link in my bio to find out! ✨

ozma.of.oz Great episode! I have a very visceral memory of hiding under my quilt with a copy of this book, a pencil, and a flashlight trying to decode the bottom text. 😂 I think I still have it buried somewhere. 12mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz thank you for listening! I love that memory you shared. Those hiding-under-the-quilt books really are the best. 12mo
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Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery | Deborah Howe, James Howe
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Take one eager canine narrator, a well-read cat, and a seemingly harmless rabbit who might *actually* be a vampire, and you‘ve got yourself Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. The book was published in 1979 as the start of a beloved series… and now it‘s the focus of Episode 177 of my book podcast! The wonderful Lev (L.C.) Rosen joins me for a conversation about vampire lore, animal antics, and more. 🐇 link to listen in my bio!