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Books on the Nightstand: Episodes

Five more favorite reads from 2014, and our reading plans for 2015!   It’s our last episode of 2014!   Thank you to all who’ve joined the Books on the Nightstand team for National Readathon Day, which is a fundraiser for the National Book Foundation! Mark your calendars now to spend ...
Ann and Michael each pick their Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014!   Ann’s Audiobook of the Year (02:24) The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton, narrated by Davina Porter, is Ann’s pick for Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Year. (You’ll get my Audiobook of the Year next week) Special thanks ...
A TV show that we’re both hooked on, National Readathon Day, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Michael and I are now hooked on a TV show, Black Mirror, which is a UK show that has just come to Netflix (it’s also on YouTube,  and Not Safe for Work or […]
Download the Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide! Revisiting the concept of book polygamy. We recommend Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers and How to be both by Ali Smith   A reminder that the 2014 Books on the Nightstand Holiday Gift Guide is available now. It’s sure to make your ...
Lots of book recommendations in this episode geared toward gift-giving!  #GiveABook     Our employer is ready to donate books to children in need. Can you help us? Simply use the hashtag #GiveABook on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, and for each post using that hashtag, Penguin Random House ...
A book to read if you’re obsessed with the Serial podcast; we answer several of your questions; and two (uh, three) books we can’t wait for you to read.   As a follow-up to our recent discussion of the Serial podcast, I want to call your attention to The Journalist and the Murder by ...
Book Meccas: places you love to visit, or are dying to see. And, we recommend Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher and The World of Ice & Fire by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., and  Linda Antonsson. Audiobook of the week (02:49) Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller, narrated by ...
Reading (and listening to) a lot of non-fiction. Reminding you of two older books  Audiobook of the week (03:55) The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan, narrated by a large cast,  is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring ...
Getting ready for the holidays. Ambiguous and unresolved ending. We recommend The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, and The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The Holidays are Here! Ann and I spent much of last week traveling around to tell bookstore customers and staff about the ...
This week we catch up on questions from our inbox. Have a question for us? Use our Google Form to ask. But first… Audiobook of the week (10:25)   The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, narrated by the four different readers,  is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook ...
Creepy book recommendations for October. Hardcovers and paperbacks. And we love Some Luck by Jane Smiley and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Note: Apologies to those on our mailing list who received an e-mail containing several podcasts. It was a glitch that shouldn’t be repeated. Creepy Reads for ...
Coming-of-age novels for adults; October is National Reading Group Month, a new mystery, and a new Lee Child novel!  Coming of Age Books, when you’ve already come of age Anne Valente wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled 10 Essential Coming-of-Age Novels for Adults. Michael was struck ...
Booktopia 2015 announcements, Many graphic novel recommendations, and a new segment, “Don’t You Forget About Me.” It’s our 300th episode! We can hardly believe it ourselves. Booktopia 2015! Finally, the announcement so many of you have been waiting for… Booktopia 2015 dates ...
During Booktopia Asheville, podcaster extraordinaire Simon Savidge, of The Readers, You Wrote the Book, and Hear…Read This!, sat down with Ann and me to answer questions that had been submitted by Booktopia attendees earlier in the weekend. You’ll learn a lot about all three of us, but this ...
A novel that won’t be read for 100 years; reading goals (or not) for the fall, and two books of nonfiction that we can’t wait for you to read.   Why I’m exploring human cryogenic preservation   Margaret Atwood has been invited to be the first author to participate in The Future Library ...
Due to audio recording difficulties, this week’s episode is short. But, we still manage to recommend an audiobook, plus The Children Act by Ian McEwan and Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis.   Due to technical difficulties and an incomplete audio file, we have a short episode this week, one ...
A grant that allows writers to spend time reading, and Michael and I both talk about Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Getting Paid to Read:   Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, has announced that she will be using her prize money to give writers time to read. We ...
  This week we bring you the first two author talks from Booktopia Boulder, recorded at Boulder Book Store. Please enjoy these talks from Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not, and Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out.  
Remembering what happened in a series. A question about jacket copy. We recommend What We See When We Read and Cover, both by Peter Mendelsund. Series Confusion Angela from Wisconsin asks how to complete the details in a book series fresh in your mind when there is often a year or more in between ...
It’s here! The new novel from Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is officially on sale. We can’t attend one of the many midnight parties, so we’re having our own, with this “early release” episode of BOTNS!     We’re honored ...
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