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Best Book Ever

Dec 13, 2021

Malavika Praseed is the host of the Your Favorite Book Podcast, a show with a similar theme as the Best Book Ever, but with a different format and philosophy. She’s been my guest here a couple of times, and I love talking books with her. Today, we got together to talk about what it’s like to ask people about their favorite books. What episodes are our most popular? Which ones are our personal favorites? What genres are we missing? Do we have an unpopular book opinions? Hosting these podcasts have changed both of our reading lives, in mostly (but not exclusively) positive ways, and I had so much fun digging in to the good, the bad, and the ugly of bookish podcasting with her.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Malavika Praseed

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Discussed in this episode:

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Debra Dean

Best Book Ever Episode 26 with Debra Dean

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Best Book Ever Episode 007 with H. Claire Taylor

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Your Favorite Book Podcast with Brandon Taylor

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor

Your Favorite Book Podcast with Malavika’s Mom

(Also, don’t miss Malavika’s episode with her Dad, which is also an absolute delight. I do so love a bookish family!)

Your Favorite Book Podcast with sportswriter Jeff Pearlman

Best Book Ever Episode 071 with Jeremy Patlen

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Barack Obama’s Summer Reading Lists

Liane Moriarty

Your Favorite Book Podcast with Shruthi Swamy

The Archer by Shruthi Swamy

Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Book Ever Episode 063 with Mona Kabbani

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Your Favorite Book Episode with Kota Connell-Ledwon

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Your Favorite Book Episode with Maxwell Dunn

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Best Book Ever Episode 047 with Aime Austin

What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

Three Pines Mysteries by Louise Penny

My Cousin Vinny

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rumors Fleetwood Mac

Black Panther

Elvis Costello The Best Of The First 10 Years

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir by Jenn Shapland

Best Book Ever Episode 029 Malavika Praseed

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

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