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Best Book Ever

Jan 3, 2022

I’m kicking off the New Year with a solo episode – a list of my favorite reads of 2020.


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Host: Julie Strauss




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Discussed in this episode:



Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I love this one on audio, thanks to the incredible voice work of Adjoa Andoh (voice actor for series)

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

(I mistakenly called this “A Scandal by Any Other Name” in the podcast; forgive my error. It’s part of Sarah MacLean’s The First Rule of Scoundrels series, and I should know better than to try to record a podcast while sick!)



The Witch Elm by Tana French

Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache Series



Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang


Graphic Novels

In Waves by AJ Dungo


Historical Fiction

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Iliad of Homer

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn



The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Severance by Ling Ma

Joanna Balfour on “The Body Papers: A Memoir” by Grace Talusan, Best Book Ever Episode 051

Bel Canto Books, Long Beach, California – ships all over the world, support indie bookstores!

Zenobia Neil on “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller, Best Book Ever Episode 035

Lisa Marie Cabrelli on “Severance” by Ling Ma, Best Book Ever Episode 050


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