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Best Book Ever

Apr 12, 2021

Briana O’Neal lives in the world of books professionally and personally. She’s a college Dean by day, a Ph.D. candidate by night, and a hardcore bookworm in the twilight hours. She fills her free time with live music, old movies and traveling. In the few months I’ve been following her online, she has opened up my reading life. Today, she joined me to talk about the joys of used books, Scholastic Book Fairs, and why “Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn is the Best Book Ever.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Briana O’Neal




Episode Sponsor: Books2Read Pocket Garden

Books2Read has curated a selection of feel-good springtime reads from across the publishing spectrum. From humorous fiction to romantic comedies, heart-warming literature, to feel-good nonfiction. There's even a selection of "happy pocket garden covers" because just looking at those beautiful covers will make you feel the spring sunshine on your face.



Discussed in this episode:

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Jazz by Toni Morrison

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

Machinehood by S.B. Divya

 The B2Weird Bookclub on Instagram

The City We Became by NK Jemisin

The Dream Blood Duology: The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun by NK Jemison

The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemison

The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemison (The first book in this series, The Fifth Season, is Briana’s favorite Jemison book.)

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Discussed in our Patreon Conversation:


Rosewater (Book 1 in the The Wormwood Trilogy) by Tade Thompson

I can understand why Briana bought these books based on the covers alone – they are gorgeous!

The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson

The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson


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