Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 36

“Hornless Unicorns”

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This month’s homework was The HOuse Next Door by Ann Rivers Siddons.

Shannon’s Reading List
Emily of New Moon by L.M. MOntgomery
Shine by Lauren Miracle
The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

Erin’s Reading List
Lydia, Queen of Pallestine by Yuri Orleth
The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

In the News
‘Best Bits from Donald Trump’s New Book Crippled America
Prolific romantic fiction writer exposed as a plagiarist
Laura Bush and daughter Jenna co-writing children’s book
Random House Acquires First Book by Pope Francis
PW’s Best Books of 2015

Next Month’s Homework
We’ll next be reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Barnes and Noble), available on Amazon, and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 35

Episode 35: Stop the Sermon!

This month’s homework was The Best of Sisters in Crime edited by Marilyn Wallace.

Shannon’s Reading List
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
The Stars for a Light by Lynn Morris
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Erin’s Reading List
Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Athena’s Son by Gerald Schoenbeck

In the News
Some September 2015 New Book Releases

The Ten best book covers for September 2015
Student Accused of Being a Terrorist After Reading Book on Terrorism
Oyster Ebook Subscription Service Goes Out of Business

Other Items Mentioned
The Secret History by Donna Tart
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Next Month’s Homework
Our next reading selection will be The House Next Door by Ann Rivers Siddons (Amazon).


Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 34

“Make Some More Muffins!”

This month’s homework was Laddie by Jean Stratton Porter.

Shannon’s Reading List
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Season for Temptation by Theresa Romain
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Erin’s Reading List
Leap of Faith by Danielle Steel
Noah by Ellen Gunderson Traylor
The Letters: The Inn At Eagle Hill by Suzanne Woods Fisher

In the News
Wall Street’s Most Read Books of the Summer
Publishers Hopeful After Family Christian Sale
Book Selling Round-Up, August 14, 2015
John Green Says He Feels Like A Fraud
President Obama’s Summer Reading List
Holocaust Romance Novel Prompts Antisemitism Charges

Other Items Mentioned
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
Sarah by Orson Scott Card
Mary, Called Magdelene by Margaret George
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Girl of the Limberlost by Jean Stratton Porter

Next Month’s Homework
For next month’s episode we’ll be reading The Best of Sisters in Crime edited by Marilyn Wallace (Amazon).

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 33

Dumpster Diving

This month’s homework was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayde.

Erin’s Reading List
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
A People’s History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons

Shannon’s Reading List
Shannon says she is going through a reading slump at the moment, so the only book she read was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayde She’d love any book recommendations you’d like to give her.

In the News
Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died
James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies
‘Fifty Shades’ Fan Fiction Assumes a Life of Its Own
Review: E. L. James’s “Grey” goes inside his brain, and, yes, his pants

Other Items Mentioned
The Steerswoman’s Road by Rosemary Kerstein
Tiny Beautiful Things by cheryl Strayde
A Girl of the LImberlost by Jean Stratton Porter
Dreams of Dark and Light by Tanith Lee
Grey by E.L. James

Next Month’s Homework
For next time, we’ll be reading Laddie: A True Blue Story by Jean Stratton-Porter. You can also download this book for free at Project Gutenberg (Amazon), and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 32

“Humor and Armageddon”

Last month’s homework was Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Erin’s Reading List
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Bring up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel
The Sound of Language by Amulya Muladi
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Shannon’s Reading List
The shining girls by Lauren Bewkes
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen

Other Items Mentioned
Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A Distopian Future?
Obama To Announce Free ebooks for Low Income Kids
Star Wars to Release 20 Books in “Journey to the Force Awakens”
Ben Parson Issues Apology For Plagiarism In His New Book
Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of ‘Wexford’ Books, Dies At 85

Next Month’s Homework
For next month, we’ll be reading “Wild: From Lost to Found On The Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayde (, also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 31

“American Pie and the Apocalypse”

In this episode, Shannon and Erin discuss two homework assignments. First, they discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury followed later by To Kill A Mockingbirdby Harper Lee.

Shannon’s Reading List
Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Storyteller: The Aughorized Biography of Roald Dahl by Donal Sturrock

Erin’s Reading List
Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer and Stephen J. Gould
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Butter Did It by Phyllis Richman
All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen

In The News
Sir Terry Pratchett, Renowned Fantasy Author, Dies Age 66
Petition Asks Death To Bring Sir Terry Pratchett Back
Various interviews with Terry Pratchett RN:
There’s No Wrong Place To Start Reading Pratchett
Apple Opens Up To Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize An Old One
DC’s Batgirl Triggers Unlikely Furor Over Sexism
Harper Lee’s Condition Debated by Friends, Family, and now State of Alabama
Alabama Closes Harper Lee Elder Abuse Investigation

Other Items Mentioned
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
The Machineries of Joy by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
Dramas by The Mind’s Eye Radio Company

Next Month’s Homework
Next month we’ll be reading Good Omens by Neil Giman and Terry Pratchett (Amazon)  which is also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 30

“The Dust Jacket Edition”

In this episode, Shannon and Erin make a confession–neither of them did the homework and their dog ate it. Thus, the discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury will be put off until next month.

Nonetheless, Erin and Shannon talk about one book that they read this month.

Shannon Read
“It” by Stephen King

Erin Read
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

In The News
Harper Lee will release her first book since To Kill a Mockingbird this summer

We also mention that Blind Bargains is beginning a new weekly technology podcast. Visit the Blind Bargains web site or your favorite podcasting app of choice to subscribe.

Other Items Mentioned
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexii
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King

Next Month’s Homework
In light of this development, our homework for next month is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Amazon) and also available on We will discuss it in addition to the homework from this month.

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 29

“The Sky Is Not Falling!”

In this episode, Shannon and Erin discuss last month’s homework, The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. They also discussed various news items of interest and debated the wisdom and/or folly of setting reading challenges and goals for the upcoming year.

Shannon’s Reading List
Heartshaped Box by Joe Hill
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Erin’s Reading List
Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
Extinction Point by Paul Antony Jones
The Quality of Mercy by Fay Kellerman
Flight by Neil Hetzner

In The News
For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed : The Two-Way : NPR
Sharp decline in children reading for pleasure, survey finds | Books | The Guardian
What the Numbers Reveal About the 2014 Bestsellers
2015 Reading Challenge Round-up – BookRiot
Mark Zuckerberg Starts A FAcebook Book Club
J.K. Rowling Goes After Rupert Murdoch on Twitter
The 22 Most Exciting Literary Debuts Of 2014
The 17 Best YA Books Of 2014
The 19 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2014
The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2014

In The Book Bag
A listener, Karin M, has very kindly furnished us with a list of Smartphone apps so that we can keep track of our reading habits as book hoarders. As of this date, we only have iTunes links for them. is a site that allows you to keep track of the books you are currently reading and the books that you plan to read next, plus it has an app for iOS Devices in iTunes.
FictionDB is a site where you can look up authors and find out the order of their series or their latest book, plus it has an app for iOS devices in iTunes.
Tell me When is an iOS app that will keep track of your favorite authors and will notify you when they have a new book. You can also see some of your favorite authors’ older releases.

Other Items Mentioned
Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh
The Darkangel by Merredith Ann Pierce

Next Month’s Homeword
The episode would not be complete without mentioning next month’s homework which is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Amazon), and available on with reader/actor Tim Robbins which is highly recommended by other Audible subscribers.

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 28

“Her Rocket’s Red Glare”

This month’s homework was Silas Marner by George Elliott.

Shannon’s Reading List
Swan song by Robert McCammon
Code Name Varity by Elizabeth Wein
DownBelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak
The Moonshawl by Storm Constantine

Erin’s Reading List
The Long Way Home by Karen McQuestion
Half Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Guide to Spirituality by Chris Grosso

In The News
Warner Bros. is turning Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into a four-part epic
Barnes and Noble, Microsoft Part Ways Over The Nook
Sendak’s Estate: Debating Where the Things Go
Kent Haruf, Acclaimed Novelist of Small-Town Life, Is Dead at 71
Booker Winner Ben Okri Nabs Bad Sex Prize

Other Items Mentioned
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
The DragonRiders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Next Month’s Homework
For next month we’ll be reading the holiday classic The Christmas Train by David Baldacci ( and it is also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 27

All Things Book

Our homework for this month was NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

Shannon’s Reading List
Blackwater: The Flood et seq. by Michael McDowell
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
Fic: Why Fan Fiction Is Taking Over The World by Anne Jameson and Lev Grossman

Erin’s Reading List
Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh by Katie Hampstead
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Haven Lost by Josh de Lioncourt
Rebecca by Dame Daphne Du Maurier

In the News
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to Publish Dolores Umbridge Story on Halloween
Big Losses, Big Questions for Amazon
Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century? | Books |
The Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in NYC on 12/12
Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Other Items Mentioned
Transcendence by Shay Savage
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
Bear, Otter and the Kid by T.J. Klune
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
It by Stephen King

Next Month’s Homework
Next month we’ll be reading a blast from the educational past, Silas Marner by George Eliot (, and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 26

“Allergic to Preaching”

Last month’s homework was Being INvisible by Thomas Berger.

Erin’s Reading List
A Turn of Light by Julie Czerneda
Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Allen Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

Shannon’s Reading List
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Zelerod’s Doom by Jean Lorrah and Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

In the News
Bone author Jeff Smith speaks out ahead of US Banned Books Week
Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards
BBC News – Jane Austen festival: Fans ‘reclaim costume record’
A Book Festival Grows in Portland
Millennials Are Outreading Older Generations
Penguin Launches Cartoon Network Imprint

Other Items Mentioned
All The LIght We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
House of Zeor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Next Month’s Homework
For next month’s podcast, we’ll be reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (Amazon) and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 25

“From Sci-Fi to Westerns”

This month’s homework was This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind by Ivan Doig.

Erin’s Reading List
Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire

Shannon’s Reading List
No Proper Lady by Isabelle Cooper
Grabbed by Vicious by Lolita Lopez
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Sharp Love by Ava March
House of Zeor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg

In the News
Sex education book featuring bondage shelved after outcry from US parents
Orwell Estate Hits Back At Amazon’s Corporate Doublespeak
George RR Martin reveals why there’s no gay sex in Game of Thrones
Amazon ebook pricing battle intensifies after ‘Authors United’ ad | Technology
Publisher Hachette’s 3-way deal to acquire Perseus Fails
Letterman Named 2013 Thurber Finalist

Other Items Mentioned
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Outlyers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon K. Penman
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Short Stories of Jack London: Authorized One-Volume Edition by Jack London

Next Month’s Homework
Our homework for next month is Being Invisible by Thomas Berger (Amazon), and also available on iBooks via iTunes and Google Play.

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 24

“Wuv me, I’m Awesome!”

This month, we include an in-depth interview with Elisa Lorello, the author of our homework for this month, the novel Adulation. You can follow @ElisaLorello on Twitter and visit

Shannon’s Reading List
Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Erin’s Reading List
Smart Cookies Don’t Crumble by Sonya Friedman
What Is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
A Superior Death by Nevada Barr

Next month, we are reading This House of Sky by Ivan Doig (Amazon), and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 23

“Sniffling, Sneezing, Slapping, and Motorcycles”

The Book Hoarders attempt to record a podcast despite Erin Sniffling her way through a cold and motorcycles whizzing by Shannon’s window.

This month’s homework was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Shannon read the following books last month:
Dies The Fire: A Novel of the Change, Emberverse No. 1 by S.M. Stirling
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth
Adulting: How to Become a Grownup in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Erin’s Reading List
So Enchanting by Connie Brockway
The Great Starship Race by Diane Carey
Promises to Keep by Charles De Lint
Proxy by Alex London
Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide by William Sinkford

In the News
NASA has free e-book on decoding extra-terrestrial messages
As publishers fight Amazon, books vanish
Ray Bradbury’s House of Fantastical Stories is Yours for $1.5M” target=new>
Legendary Author Maia Angelou Dies At Age 86

Other Items Mentioned
Last Light by Terri Blackstock
The Little Country by Charles De Lint
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maia Angelou
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass

Next Month’s Homework
This month we will be reading the book Adulation by Elisa Lorello (Amazon), and also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 22

Gender Stereotypes All Over

Last month’s homework was Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi.

Shannon’s Reading List
Double Indemnity by James Cain
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom
Deanie by Judy Bloom
Tiger Eyes by Judy Bloom
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Erin’s Reading List
Magic bites by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Pilate’s Wife by Antoinette May
Starbright by Rachel Higginson
Stone Cold by Cheryl Douglas
The Zombie, The Cat, and Barak Obama: Featuring Appearances by The Illuminati, Osama Bin Ladin, Larry the Downing Street Cat, Queen Elizabeth II, The Cheshire Cat, and A Host of Characters by Christopher Antony Meade

In the News
George R.R. Martin says King’s Landing in Game Of Thrones is based on Staten Island
Rihchard H. Hoggart, Lady Chatterley’s Savior, Dies At 95
Women Writers Dominate Children’s Books, Right? Wrong. : The Two-Way : NPR
‘Mobile reading revolution’ takes off in developing world | Books |
2014 Pulitzer Prize winners announced | Shelf Life |

Other Items Mentioned
Mary, called Magdalene
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rande
The Goldfinch by Donna Tarte
War and Peace by Leo Toldstoy
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Next Month’s Homework
Next month, we will be reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler ( and is also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 21

“Heart, Humor, and Slap Fights”

This month’s homework was A Lady Awakened by Cecelia Grant.

Shannon’s Reading List
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Erin’s Reading List
Object Lessons by Anna Quindlin
The World of teh End by Ofir Gafla
People of the Lightning by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Honeysuckle Summer by Cheryl Woods

In the News
Voice Dream Reader Updated to Version 3.0
See The Trailer For Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink Win Book Awards
Joe McGinnis, age 71, Dies, Chronicled Politics And Sensational Crime

Other Items Mentioned
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris and Lisa Desimini
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Next Month’s Homework
Next month we will be reading Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry ( and it is also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 20

“HaHa, Just Kidding”

This week we discuss Hogfather: DiscWorld, Book 20 by Terry Pratchett.

Erin’s Reading LIst
V by A.C. Crispin
She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler
A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Shannon’s Reading List
The Steerswoman’s Road by Rosemary Kirstein
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan
Dreams of Dark and Light by Tanith Lee

In the News
J.K. Rowling Says She Regrets Matching Ron and Hermione
Be Careful at the Book Club, the Author Might Be There –
Famous Authors Help You Find New Writers To Read
Charlie Chaplin’s Only Known Novel is Unveiled
Portsmouth Erects Britain’s First Full-sized Statue of Charles Dickens
Fragment of Jane Austen’s Handwriting Found

Other Items Mentioned
The Sword and Laser Podcast
The First North Americans series by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
The Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny

Next Month’s Homework:
Next month we will be discussing A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series #1 by Cecelia Grant (Amazon), and the book is available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 19

“Looking For Eyeballs”

Last month’s homework was Hog Father by Terry Pratchett

Shannon’s Reading List
Archangel by Sharon Shinh
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L’Engle
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Steerswoman’s Road by Rosemary Kirstein
Plain Kate by Erin Bow and Cassandra Campbell

Erin’s Reading List
Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meir
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley
A Case of Conscience by James Blish

In The News
16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year
Sue Monk Kidd Tackles Race in the Invention of Wings
Mein Kampf Becomes an Epic Best Seller
Literature Glue Mirrors Economic Misery, Study Finds
Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson crowdsources new book on digital innovators
Isaac Asimov’s Predictions From 50 Years Ago Are Eerily Accurate
Sir Terry Pratchett: Hallucinating Gently for
Other Items Mentioned

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The “Cat Who” mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Stand by Stephen King
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk kidd

Next Month’s Homework
The homework for next month is The J. Alfred Prufrock Murders by Corinne Holt Sawyer, available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 18

“Hey, Cow Kid!”

This month’s homework was Under The Dome by Stephen King. The book was also made into a television series broadcast on the CBS Network in the U.S.

The following sites may be useful when comparing the book and the television series. Visit this site to find out the Differences Between Under the Dome Book and TV Show Visit this site for Stephen King’s thoughts on the matter.

Shannon’s Reading List
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
The Whipping Girl: A Trans-sexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
The Shifting Plains by Jean Johnson

Erin’s Reading List
The Soprano Sorceress by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Changing Lanes by Kathlene Long
The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind
Ladyfingers and Nun’s Tummies: A Light-Hearted Look At How Foods Got Their Names by Martha Barnette

In the News
An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope – NPR
Unraveling Huge Thefts From LIbrary in Naples – NY Times
Christmas Library Challenge Encourages Kids To Snuggle Down With Books – The Guardian
The 10 best books of 2013 – NY Times
Arnon Grunberg Is Writing While Connected to Electrodes

Other Books Mentioned
Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L’Engle
Christine by Stephen King
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Joyland by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King

Next Month’s Homework
The homework for next month is Hogfather: DiscWorld, Book 20 by Terry Pratchett (, also available on

Book Hoarders Anonymous, Episode 17

“Self-Published Dinosaur Erotica”

This episode’s homework was The Arkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce.

Shannon’s Reading List
Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan
Frat Boy and Toppy: Theta Alpha Gamma No. 1 by Anne Tenino
Sweet Young Thang: Theta Alpha Gamma No. 3 by Anne Tenino
The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry by John Ronson
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Erin’s Reading List
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Martian Child by David Gerrold
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Other Books Mentioned
Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The shining by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Gone by Michael Grant

In the News
Alice Monroe Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Tom Clancy, Author of ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games’, Dead at 66
Queen Voices Concern That Children May Desert Books For Technology
Neil Gaiman Novel Banned by New Mexico School After Mother Objects
Self-Publishing Boom Sees 59% Increase In DIY Titles
Lessons from Rereading Little House On The Prairie
15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

Next Month’s Homework
The homework for the next podcast is Under the Dome by Stephen King ( and it is also available on