Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Reading Envy 086: The Queen of Bailing

How often do you set a book aside before finishing? Shawn DNF Mooney knows a little something about bailing on books, and so we tackle that issue before chatting about recent reads and more.

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The first Reading Envy Readalong is coming in May next started this week!

Books featured:

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton*
The Bookshop that Floated Away by Sarah Henshaw
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Other mentions:

Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Version Control by Dexter Palmer
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
By the Book Column in NYRB - Ali Smith
Breath by Tim Winton
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Sharon Butala
The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale on HULU (not a paid advertisement)
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke
Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Related episodes:

Episode 077 - No One Messes With a Wolf with Shawn Mooney
Episode 085 - An Acquired Taste with Thomas Otto 
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*Jenny discovered this book comes out a week AFTER the posting date for this episode. My apologies; I really thought I had it right!


  1. This was another great episode. Shawn is becoming a favorite guest of mine. The discussion is always so rich and inviting.

    I highly recommend Rose Tremaine's collection of short stories The American Lover. They are fantastic and truly show her range as a writer.

    Thanks for adding to my TBR!

    1. Oh I do remember you talking about that short story collection but somehow I hadn't connected the dots. Definitely on my list.


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