Book Podcast Review : What Should I Read next

Ok here is part two so I will answer the questions I asked in the last post.

1. Is this podcast too long?

No.Most of the episodes were not over an hour….anything over an hour is way too long to listen to

2. Are there too many ads? No

3. Did she ask interesting questions?


4.Is her voice pleasant enough? Yes

As far as never finishing a #TBR list, Will Schwalbe feels like he will not ever finish his # TBR list, for him there would be no purpose if he did.

I understand but respectfully disagree. I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I finish a list I start another list. My list was shorter this year for several reasons

A) to give me room for books I buy at library sales or Half Priced Book store clearance section.

B) It just helped me to zero in and focus

C) to enjoy the book I am currently reading; to absorb it, appreciate and analyze without this self imposed pressure to hurry up so I can get to

The next book.

I went back and listened to episode 183 and 185 so I am sure I will be listening to this book podcast. Episode 185 is about Summer Reading there is a link to the books listed in the show notes. Hmmm I see a few that may be on my 2020 #TBR list.

Well I am taking a small break from the blog. I am in the process of moving😣 but I will be back in June

Book podcast review part 1:What should I read next with Anne Bogel (Episode 184:You will never finish your TBR list -and thats a good thing)

So far I like that she will verbally preview what’s in the episode and put in the description. The title piqued my interest since I am crushing my #TBR 2019 list. Since I have recently downloaded the Castbox app , I have found a lot of interesting podcasts about writing, nutrition, comedies, poetry, and books. So I thought it would be great to review several before I commit to a book podcast. I mean really I need time to write, blog, and read I cant spend all day listening to podcasts. Well so far I love the statement about books being a short-cut to what matters to them and their conversations partners. Some poets and of course books title were mentioned because she will recommend a book after the conversation and the guest give the books they enjoyed also.

Here are questions I ask myself when I initially start listening to a podcast:

1. Is this podcast too long? More than an hour?

2.Are there varying lengths?

3. Did she/he ask the right questions?

4.Do they have a pleasant voice, or at least not high pitched.

Next week I will have part two up with my overall impressions and check out at least two other episodes

Book to t.v. adaptations ( April 2019)

Susan Lori Parks, Pulitzer prize winner for her stage play Topdog/Underdog(2002), is adapting Richard Wright’s Native Son. Bigger Thomas is being brought up to date for 2019 and released this past April on HBO. I am looking forward to this not only because she did the adaptation for Their Eyes Were Watching God, she actually studied under James Baldwin. I usually hate how some books are adapted for film but not so for Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Honey, girlfriend did that. She was lit before we had a phrase for it 😏.

I believe it’s no secret that James Baldwin had issues with the Bigger Thomas character, he felt like he was a stereotype. So what Ms. Parks has done , with permission from the Wright Estate, has reimagined him, and fleshed out Mary’s character as well. I think in the right hands a good novel can be the basis of a phenomenally great film. Their have been two other adaptations the most recent one being Orpah Winfrey’s 1986 version that didn’t do so well.(I think Oprah has recovered since then😂).

Source: Essence magazine May 2019 LA times April 5, 2019

Book to Film Adaptations May 2019

There are two books that are being released this month May 17, 2019 as films:

The first one”The Sun is Also A Star” by Nicola Yoon.

Jamaican American Natasha meets and falls in love with Korean American Daniel on the day she is due to be deported.

Starring: Yara Shahidi(Blackish), Charles Melton(Riverdale, Anerican Horror Story)

Directed by Ry Russo Young(Cloak and Dagger, Before I Fall)

The second one is ” We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson

Merricat, Constance,and their Uncle Jukian live in isolation after experiencing family tragedy 6 years earlier, When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also knows the family secret.

Starring Taissa Farmiga(American Horror Story ), Alexandra Daddario(Baywatch), Sebastian Stan(Captain America, Avengers Endgame) Directed by Stacie Passon( The Punisher, Concussion)

There are a ton coming out in August so I will post those in July. I think that these may be some pretty good movies…and if nothing else some more books to add to my #TBR😏

Source: IMBD

Women ‘s Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)

Here is the shortlist for 2019. I always pick a few selections for future TBR lists. I have rarely ever been disappointed. Of course book posts on Instagram keep me in the loop.

Without further delays here is the Shortlist

1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

2. Circe by Madeline Miller

3. Ordinary People by Diana Evans

4. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

5.Milkburn by Anna Burns

6. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

The winner will be announced by June 5 2019. I cannot wait!!!

Also there is a Women’s Prize for Fiction podcast just launched this month on Spotify or you can subscribe in the Castbox app