From the Front Porch

It's time to forge ahead into the wild unknown. Are you ready to earn 20% off a Bookshelf purchase? Follow along with Chris and Annie as they explain the terms of this year's Bookshelf Reading Challenge!

Also, do we sound different?

Mentioned this week:
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Encyclopedia Brown by Daniel J. Sobol
The All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Familiar Enemy by Ardis Butterfield
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Dead Wake by Erik Larsen
Tale of Two Americas by various
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Arrival by Ted Chiang
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Black Panther by various
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
+ Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Color of Water by James McBride
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The Dry by Jane Harper
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
An American Marriage by 
Reunion by Hannah Pittard
Sean of the South by Sean Dietrich
Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Learn more at their website.

We talked about poetry with Will Fargason and Ruth Baumann in Episode 114.

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Annie sits down for our bi-monthly show-within-a-show with frequent guests Emily and Hunter. This month, one of President Obama's favorite books of 2017, The Power by Naomi Alderman.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by the City of Thomasville's 97th annual Rose Show and Festival. To learn more (and to begin booking your trip), check out the City of Thomasville's website.

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It's April, which means it's time to talk about what Chris and Annie were able to read in March. Follow along as we give our reviews!

And hey, so sorry about all that background noise. Starting with episode 167, we will be recording with a brand new microphone setup and our quality should dramatically improve. Thank you so much for bearing with us in this transition period!

Annie read:
+ Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi (on sale now)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
+ All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñafor (on sale May 15)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Chris read:
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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Do you have a favorite chair for reading? Maybe a front porch swing or a cozy bay window? A hammock, perhaps? This week, Annie and Chris talk about reading preferences. How to do it, why, under what circumstances, and how much at a time. Also, there aren't waterproof casts, right?

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Spring is in the air, which means pollen is in our sinuses, but Chris and Annie are here for your curated and almost week-by-week guide through some of this season's exciting new releases.

Also, it occurs to me that many of you probably don't listen all the way to the end of the episode... You might enjoy what you find back there--and for the past 30 or so episodes. :)

Featured books:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale now)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (on sale April 3)
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (on sale May 1)
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (on sale May 15)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (on sale June 12)

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Annie sits down for her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness episode, a long-standing FTFP tradition. This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation; the Foundation's new book, Thomasville in Concert, celebrates the Foundation's 80 years in Thomasville. You can purchase the beautiful new book (written by our friend Nadia Watts) on the TEF website or in-store at The Bookshelf.  

This year's book bracket features The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the 16 bestselling books of 2018 thus far: 
+ Gracism
by David Anderson
+ Beauty
by John O'Donohue
+ Tell Me More
by Kelly Corrigan
+ Text Me When You Get Home
by Kayleen Schaefer
+ The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
+ The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
+ A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
+ Awayland
by Ramona Ausubel
+ Sunburn
by Laura Lippman
+ Only Child
by Rhiannon Navin
+ Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
+ The Driest Season
by Meghan Kenny
+ We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
+ The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey
+ Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
+ Feel Free
by Zadie Smith

Other books mentioned on today's episode include: 

+ Help, Thanks, Wow
by Anne Lamott
+ To Bless the Space Between Us
by John O'Donohue
+ Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett
+ Room
by Emma Donoghue
+ To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
+ Walking on Water
by Madeleine L'Engle

You can listen to previous March Madness episodes here

The Out of Print book bracket from 2016 is still online

This episode
of On Being with John O'Donohue is so worth your time.

Follow along with Anne Bogel's Book Flight Bonanza here.  

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You've heard us talk about Shelf Subscriptions before, but it occurred to us that many of our listeners may not know exactly what it is we're talking about. This week, Annie and Chris are joined by bookseller Kate Sutton, one of the main cogs in the machine that is fulfilling Shelf Subscription mailing orders. Also, read the reviews on your Airbnb before book.

Interested in subscribing? Learn more and set up your pick at our store website.

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February flew by, but Annie and Chris read some great books along the way. Follow along as they recap what they read. Also, ice dancing.

Annie read:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale March 27)
Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee (on sale May 8)
The All of It by Jeanette Haien
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
Educated by Tara Westover

Chris read:
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani (on sale June 26)

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It's that time of year again. Chris and Annie are here to talk about the Academy's 
If you liked Lady Bird, we recommend:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

If you liked The Shape of Water, we recommend:
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, we recommend:
A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
The Hunting Ground by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

If you liked Call Me By Your Name, we recommend:
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

If you liked The Post, we recommend:
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

If you liked Dunkirk, we recommend:
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

If you liked Phantom Thread, reevaluate your choices, and then we recommend:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

If you liked Get Out, we recommend:
+ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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In the spirit of St. Valentine and Fabio, Annie and Chris are talking about romance in literature--the kind we like, the kind we don't, and why it seems like YA seems to be doing it best. 

Mentioned this week: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
+ The Meet Cute Series by HarperCollins Publishers 

You can listen to this week's This American Life here.

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