From the Front Porch

Annie is joined by friend and bookstagrammer from @shelfbyshelf, Hunter, to discuss their top ten reads of the year thus far.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

3. House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister

4. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb

5. A Burning by Megha Majumdar

6. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

7. Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

8. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

9. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

 

Hunter’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. Fairest by Meredith Talusan

3. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

4. How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

5. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

6. Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8. Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

9. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell and I know You Know Who I Am by Peter Kispert

Also mentioned: Memorial by Bryan Washington, Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland, Daddy by Emma Cline, and What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Memorial by Bryan Washington, and Hunter is reading A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined this week by cousin, friend and former Bookshelf staffer, Ashley Sherlock. The two will pair books with some of their favorite TV shows.

The books discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

  • Britt-Marie is Here by Fredrik Backman (matched withTed Lasso on Apple TV+)

  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore (matched with Ozark on Netflix)

  • Three by D.A. Mishani (matched with You on Netflix)

  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (matched with Tiger King on Netflix)

  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (matched with Gilmore Girls)

  • I Think You’re Wrong, but I’m Listening by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland (matched with The Politician)

  • Savage News by Jessica Yellin and Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (matched with The Morning Show on Apple TV+)

  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (matched with Married at First Sight)

  • Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel and All Adults Here by Emma Straub (matched with Schitts Creek)

  • Layoverland by Gabby Noone, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (matched with The Good Place)

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (matched with The Great British Bake Off)

  • Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (matched with Fleabag)

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (matched with Love on the Spectrum on Netflix)

  • The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames (matched with The Baby-Sitter’s Club on Netflix)

  • The Bright Lands by John Fram (matched with Lovecraft Country on HBO)

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin, and Ashley is reading A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined by friend and fellow royals aficionado, Courtney Kinsey to discuss the book Finding Freedom. Courtney and her sister Betsy host the podcast, I Do Declare!

The book discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today's podcast can be found online here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Recommended for You by Laura Silverman, and Courtney is reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Is August really over? It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but here we are! This week, Annie recaps her reads during the month of August.

All of the books mentioned on today’s podcast can be purchased online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Here She Is by Hilary Levey Friedman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week, Annie is joined by Olivia, The Bookshelf manager, children and young adult lit specialist and leader of Dumbledore’s Army, to discuss books kids like to read.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and Olivia is reading The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week Annie discusses how to start a book club and includes the view point of several of her book club friends.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

  • I'd Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Educated by Tara Westover

  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

  • The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

  • The Dry by Jane Harper

  • Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week Annie is joined by special co-host Kendra Adachi of the podcast The Lazy Genius and author of the soon-to-be-released The Lazy Genius Way. The two of them talk bookshelves, pandemic reading habits, and, of course, the release of Kendra’s new book, which you can preorder from The Bookshelf.

You can preorder Kendra’s book, which releases on August 11, and then join us for a “Books and Blandly Handsome Men” conversation on August 27. Tickets for the virtual event are $10, or free with the purchase of The Lazy Genius Way from The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone and Kendra is reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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It’s the end of July already! This week Annie reviews the books she read in July.

The books mentioned in Annie’s recap are available online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Betty by Tiffany McDaniel.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week, Annie shares her journey of becoming, and being, the owner of The Bookshelf for the past seven years.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Bright Lands by John Fram.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

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This week, Annie and friends Julie Anna Helms and Courtney Kinsey share their casting selections for the characters in Emily Henry’s Beach Read.

Please go to Julie Anna’s Instagram account and vote for your casting picks!

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. Julie Anna is reading Heir Affair, and Courtney is reading A Burning.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

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This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by her mom, Susie Butterworth who shares her suggested PG books for sensitive readers.

All of the books discussed in this episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans and Susie is reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

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This week Annie recaps all of her June reads.

The books mentioned in today’s podcast can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined this week by her well-traveled friend and fellow entrepreneur, Morgan Thomason. Morgan is the designer behind Winsome Paper, a whimsical stationery brand. Annie and Morgan help listeners travel through books this summer as most of our travel plans are a bust (for now).

The books discussed on today’s podcast are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

London picks:

Europe picks:

America picks:

Other hot summer vacation picks:

  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

  • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Annie’s Summer TBR list:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

  • The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Morgan is reading Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty by Kate Hennessy.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie’s tackling more readerly dilemmas in this week’s episode.

Leave your own bookish conundrum via voicemail by going to fromthefrontporchpodcast.com/contact.

Reading People

You and Me Forever

Garlic and Sapphires

A Woman Is No Man

A Place for Us

Mother Land

Delancey

House Lessons

I Capture the Castle

Happier at Home

Strangers and Cousins

This Is Where You Belong

Hidden Art of Homemaking
Anna Karenina

East of Eden

A Little Life

Poisonwood Bible

Theft by Finding

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s reading A Burning by Megha Majumdar. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former teacher/librarian, now homeschool dad. Robbie is a music and literary aficionado, and shares his summer playlist based on some of Annie’s anticipated summer reads. 

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased or preordered from The Bookshelf:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Lightness by Emily Temple

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Mae Goldberg

Mother Land by Leah Franqui

The Bright Lands by John Fram

Let's Never Talk about This Again by Sarah Faith Alterman

A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Of Bears and Ballots by Heather Lende


From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown and Robbie is reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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It’s hard to know what to say, so this week’s episode is unusually short, focused instead on sending you toward resources we hope might be helpful as we grieve and learn together.

You can find several titles geared toward racial justice on our store website, including: How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, and I’m Still Here. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of these titles and more are being donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Traci from The Stacks Podcast and Jaime from Absorbed in Pages posted excellent lists of fiction and nonfiction titles addressing anti-black racism and anti-racism. 

You can listen to The Stacks podcast here, and if you want to support Jamie and Traci directly, consider purchasing through Bookshop:

Other resources:

More than ever, it’s important to support black-owned small businesses; below are links to a few bookstores owned by people of color, and a more comprehensive list can be found here.

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This week, Annie recaps the fourteen books she read during the month of May, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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NOTE: There’s a small audio glitch in today’s episode, and you may hear it pop up when Annie's speaks. It’s not you; it’s us, and it should be resolved next week.

Annie is joined today by friend and fellow book club member Julie Anna Helms. You may know Julie Anna from her popular bookstagram account, @julieannareads, where she specializes in “Who Would You Cast?,” an Instagram story series where she partners with her followers to brainstorm casting her favorite books. This week, Julie Anna joins Annie on the front porch to cast one of Annie’s favorite books of the year, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

You can purchase The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin; and Julie Anna just finished reading The Grace Year by Kim Liggett.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Annie and cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf staffer Ashley Sherlock share their thoughts on quarantine reading. What is one supposed to read during a global pandemic? The following are Annie and Ashley’s recommendations.

All of the books mentioned in today’s podcast are available at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas and Ashley is reading The Office by Andy Greene.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined today by my friend Hunter McLendon to talk all about personal libraries. What books do we buy, which do we borrow? What titles stay on our shelves forever and which ones make their way to a donation bin?

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website.

The New York Times' piece about celebrities' bookshelves is here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Hunter is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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This week, Annie recaps the eleven books she read during the month of April, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

Other books mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: 200429_FTFP_269_April_Reading_Recap.mp3
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This week, Annie chats with Bookshelf staffer Lucy all about her favorite baby books and books for mom and moms-to-be, including:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie's reading The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey. Lucy is reading The Splendid and the Vile. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Direct download: Episode_268_Baby_Got_Books.mp3
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This week on From the Front Porch, host and owner of The Bookshelf, Annie Jones, has a special guest joining her to tackle an important listener question: What should the royals be reading? Annie’s friend Courtney Kinsey is a fellow royals enthusiast, an avid reader and book club member, and a podcaster in her own right, co-hosting the show “I Do Declare!” with her sister Betsy.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available for purchase on The Bookshelf website:

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • American Royals by Katharine McGee

  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

  • Dear America series

  • Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

  • Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham

Recommendations for Harry and Meghan:

  • Burnout by Emily Nagoski (for Meghan)

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (for Harry)

  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (for Harry)

  • Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Recommendations for Queen Elizabeth:

Recommendations for Charles:

Recommendations for William and Kate:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (for William)

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton (for Kate)

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe. Courtney is reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_267_Recommended_Royal_Reads_.mp3
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Today, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy. If you’re new here, Literary Therapy is a recurring episode series in which Annie plays the Dr. Frasier Crane or the Lucy van Pelt to listeners’ literary ailments. 

As mentioned in the episode, you can get book recs from the following:

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

  • The Explanation of Everything by Lauren Grodstein

  • Francis and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

  • The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: FTFP_266_Literary_Therapy_vol2.mp3
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Annie and Olivia sat down in the middle of the chaos to talk about The Bookshelf’s reading challenge (of sorts!) for 2020. We covered all sorts of categories, with a variety of books:

  • A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl

  • There There by Tommy Orange

  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich

  • This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

  • Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

  • She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

  • Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

  • A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner

  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

  • The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkienn

  • The Martian by Andy Weir

  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

  • Bread and Wine; Bittersweet; Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

  • Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

  • Flour + Water by Thomas McNaughton

  • The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin

  • Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

  • Illegal by Eion Colfer

  • Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Aliyy

  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

  • The Great Gatsby and Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

  • Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

  • Seven Days in Augusta by Mark Cannizzaro

  • Believe It by Nick Foles

  • The City Game by Matthew Goodman

  • Open by Andre Agassi

Find your Bookish bingo card here.

 From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie's reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: FTFP_265_Bookish_Bingo_Final.mp3
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Today, Annie recaps all the books she read in March.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_264_March_Reading.mp3
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Annie is joined this week by her husband, friend, audiobook listener, and fellow basketball enthusiast Jordan Jones. The NCAA tournament may have been canceled -- a true tragedy in the Jones’ house -- but they’re still debating The Bookshelf’s bestsellers in their annual March Madness episode. They hope their conversation brings a little light and levity to what’s been a stressful couple of weeks. 

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing Untamed, the new memoir by Glennon Doyle. Jordan just finished Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: Episode_263_March_Madness.mp3
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Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former literature teacher, avid reader, and frequent Bookshelf customer. Today, the two are previewing some spring titles that should be on your radar, but it’s being done a little bit differently—literature meets music.

Tap or click here for the full Spotify playlist.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading Most Likely by Sarah Watson, the creator of The Bold Type

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_262_Playlist_Meets_Booklist.mp3
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This week Annie and guest, Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf, bring you the first Backlist Book Club of 2020. The discussion revolves around Geraldine Brooks' March.

All of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

March by Geraldine Brooks

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading The Office by Andy Greene and Hunter is listening to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_261_The_Backlist_Book_Club_March.mp3
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This week Annie recaps the books she read in February, all of which can be purchased on our website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com:

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Layoverland by Gabby Noone

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Office by Andy Greene

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy

Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, as mentioned in today’s episode, Annie is finishing up Here for It by R. Eric Thomas.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_260_Reading_Recap.mp3
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Today, Annie is diving into listeners’ bookish dilemmas with some literary therapy. Topics include romance novels, tackling nonfiction, genre shame, and, of course, Little Women. Pretend Annie is coming to you live from Seattle, because she is Annie Jones, and she is listening.

Want to leave a voicemail for the next round of Literary Therapy? Email podcast@bookshelfthomasville.com, or leave a voicemail here.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Americana by Bhu Srinivasan

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

27 Dresses by Jesse Russell

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy by Ann Boyd Rioux

March Sisters by Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado & Jane Smiley

Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, Annie is reading Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_259_Literary_Therapy.mp3
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SURPRISE! We know it’s Tuesday, but we thought you’d enjoy this bonus episode of FTFP, where Annie and Olivia debrief about Winter Institute, an annual conference held for members of the American Booksellers Association.

Here’s a link to “Reinventing Retail: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores,” by Ryan Raffaelli.

Some books Annie brought home:

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

A Good Family by A.H. Kim

Broken People by Sam Lansky

Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here on Thursday.

Direct download: February_Bonus_Episode.mp3
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Annie and her two special guests — Ashley Sherlock, cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf social media guru, and Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf — discuss the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and reminisce about all the literary crushes they’ve had and what literary crushes say about you.

Most of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (4th book)

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins 

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  • Emma by Jane Austen

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • Emily Novels by L.M. Montgomery

  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by by Harper Lee

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Hunter is listening to Flowers in the Attic and Ashley is listening to Such A Fun Age on Libro.fm.

This week, Annie is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King, and she adores it. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_258_Literary_Crushes.mp3
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Annie and fellow book club member and Oscar enthusiast, Callie Sewell, deep dive the 2020 Academy Awards and what it means for our reading lives.

The books discussed during the podcast can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading -- Super Host by Kate Russo, which will be available June, 9, 2020, and guest, Callie is reading — The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: February_6th_The_Academy_Awards.mp3
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On this week’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie recaps all the books she read in January. These can be ordered or pre-ordered through The Bookshelf website:

Follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s listening to Know My Name by Chanel Miller, which you can listen to on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon.

Direct download: January_Recap.mp3
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Happy New Year! We are so excited to bring you the first episode of 2020! Annie and Hunter Mclendon, a regular From the Front Porch contributor and bookstagrammer at @shelfbyshelf, honor Greta Gerwig and Louisa May Alcott, by diving into the genius that is Little Women.

Find Kevin Porter’s review of Little Women can be found here.

What is Hunter reading this week? He is reading -- and loving -- Real Life by Brandon Taylor (pre-order here!) and Annie is reading Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is out on February 18 and can be pre-ordered here.

A special thanks to Dylan Garven and his team at Studio D Productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the prefect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: Episode_255_Little_Women.mp3
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