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280. We Look Ahead to 2018

Amanda, Carrie, Elyse, Redheadedgirl and I look forward to many, many things in 2018, most of them books. Amanda has a recommendation for a book she really liked that came out on January 2, but I made her wait for the 2018 podcast because I’m terrible. We take a quick glance at the current rankings of the Chris list, Redheadedgirl takes a look at the movies she’s very much looking forward to, and we discuss the best options at Michael’s to keep your collection of hearts on display. And then, Linus, Amanda’s cat, makes his first very quiet guest appearance.

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  1. I am the first to comment! I’m reading Year One right now and freaking out. Although I’ve reached the slight lull where everyone’s happy dorky at New Hope … but It’s Coming. Year One is peak Scary Nora to me.

  2. Katty says:

    I am very much looking forward to reading “A Treacherous Curse” soon, and I am very relieved (though also confused) that my local price at Amazon is under 5 EUR for the Kindle edition while it seems to be over 15 USD at Amazon US. o.O I can’t imagine all that many readers will be ready to shell out that much money for an e-book – I certainly wouldn’t!

  3. Jean Russell says:

    The book I’m looking forward to is Alisha Rai’s Hurts to Love You, the third book in her Forbidden Hearts trilogy.
    I’m also looking forward to every Friday and this podcast. Listening every week last year was one of the best parts of the year.

  4. SB Sarah says:

    That is so kind of you to say – thank you, Jean!! It is such a happy feeling to know you look forward to new episodes each week. Thank you!

  5. Chelle says:

    @Anna Richland – I agree! I joined the Bad Decisions Book Club for two days to read ‘Year One’ and loved every minute!

    I’m looking forward to the rest of the story!!

  6. Doug says:

    I feel a tiny bit disappointed that no pictures of Linus accompany this podcast…

  7. Amanda says:

    @Doug: Here’s a picture of my beautiful, fluffy bud! He’s a senior cat, Maine Coon mix, and clocks in at 19lbs.

  8. Crystal says:

    I read Year One last month and was very surprised at it, because really, the romances in it are so not the focus of the book, but because Roberts is just that good, it still worked beautifully. I burned through it in about a day (this was partially hastened by the fact that my semester, which had been a bit stressful, had just ground to an end and I was reading everything in sight).

    It’s going to be a good year for books. Like Sarah, I’m looking at the clownshow, and I need them to be better. Just in my preorder list, I’ve got Breathless, A Princess In Theory, Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Reaper At the Gate by Sabaa Tahir, and The Governess Game by Tessa Dare. 2018, just…do better.

  9. marjorie says:

    I read “To Kill a Kingdom” as “To Kill a Klingon” which frankly doesn’t sound any LESS batshit.

  10. lorenet says:

    I’ve tried many times to listen to the Pod Save America podcasts. I usually end up deleting before listening. But I always listen to Driftglass and his wife BlueGal at The Cornfield Resistance has kept me sane(er) this year.

    They have also brought back Science Fiction University after a one year hiatus.

  11. Darlynne says:

    I struggled with WINTERSONG, which should have been my cuppa, but I spent most of the book grumbling, ”Just play the damn piano, FFS.” And the ending, while not a cliff hanger since I didn’t know there was another book, was unfulfilling. UPROOTED, by comparison, worked well for me, so I’m kind of puzzled.

    Thank you for the podcast. I look forward to more this year.

  12. Betsydub says:

    While sitting here praying for my feet to thaw from frozen meat back to human flesh, I idly scrolled down the book cover thumbnails. Am I alone in seeing the two hands on the cover of Molly Bloom’s “Nothing Happened” as linked by pinky fingers and handcuffs? I was really jazzed by the possibilities… and then I realized they were just friendship bracelets. Bummer.
    (I haven’t read the transcript yet, so if y’all covered this in the conversation, I apologize for the redundancy).
    Excuse me now; I have to go throw something (but NOT a book) at the 6:30pm news broadcast on my television.

  13. Chelle says:

    RE podcasts. Roman Mars co-hosts one that’s very interesting IMO. It’s titled “What Trump can Teach us sbout Con Law.” I can’t remember the name of the other host (shame on me!) but she’s a law professor at George Washington University who teaches US constitutional law. The episodes are typically about 20 minutes, which I find to be a good length.

  14. greennily says:

    Just wanted to say that I LOVE bad jokes at the end of your episodes! And thanks for the stuff to wait for!

  15. Critterbee says:

    Do you have a link for the Beowulf retelling? Thanks!

  16. Amanda says:

    @Critterbee: Whoops, the cover wasn’t showing up before! It should be in the list of covers beneath the podcast now. Just click on the cover of The Boneless Mercies.

  17. Critterbee says:

    Thanks, it sounds great.

  18. Kareni says:

    Thanks for an enjoyable post/transcript. I’m looking forward to Anne Bishop’s new book which comes out in March.

  19. Leigh Kramer says:

    I cannot wait to read Shadowsong and The Wedding Date!! I’m reading The Ones Who Got Away right now and I can barely put it down but it’s definitely a heavier book.

    Also, I got an ARC for Next Year In Havana and it was so damn good. I’m excited the author is going to write a second book about one of the sisters.

  20. AnonFan says:

    Many thanks to Redheadedgirl for the podcast recommendations. I, of course, enjoy your book recs, but really like it when you guys provide non-book recommendations, too!

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