A Bookish Affair: The Podcast

A Bookish Affair: The Podcast

By Shannon & Shannon
We're Shannon and Shannon, librarians and co-founders of the Lake Oswego Public Library's romance book club, A Bookish Affair. Join us as we explore the wide world of diverse, inclusive romance! Get ready to open your heart.
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A Bookish Affair, Episode Five: We Love Romance. Period.
Happy July, friends! In our fifth episode, we'll give our best "gateway romance" suggestions for interested readers just starting out in the genre. Also, we'll check in on our June challenge to read an intersectional rainbow, rhapsodize about talking to authors on social media (they're real people! and they're so nice!), and issue a plea to authors of romance: more periods, please!  Books and authors mentioned in this episode: A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley Home to Milford College series by Piper Huguley The Rat-Catcher's Daughter by KJ Charles Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham Untamed by Anna Cowan All or Nothing by Rose Lerner Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon Take the Lead by Alexis Daria Uptown Trilogy by Ruby Lang A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev Reluctant Royals, Runaway Royals, and Off the Grid series by Alyssa Cole Cyclone series by Courtney Milan Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai (Hate To Want You, Wrong To Need You, Hurts to Love You) Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai Bollywood Confidential series by Suleikha Snyder Welcome to Sea Port and The Spies Who Loved Her series by Katrina Jackson Fit trilogy and Beards and Bondage series by Rebekah Weatherspoon Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen An Inconvenient Duke by Anna Harrington Rebel (and anything else!) by Beverly Jenkins Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Anything by Jojo Moyes Anything by Jasmine Guillory Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters Portland Heat series by Annabeth Albert Vampire Sorority Sisters series by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Better Off Red, Blacker Than Blue, Soul To Keep Be Mine by Savannah J. Frierson All Mine by Savannah J. Frierson The Virgin and the Rogue by Sophie Jordan Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera Jeremiah by Jayce Ellis Andre by Jayce Ellis The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby by Vanessa Riley
1:01:50
July 1, 2020
A Bookish Affair, Episode Four: Come Swoon With Us
Ahoy, romance fans! In this episode, we'll recap our delightful book club discussion of the oh-so-charming Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, check in on our rainbowy reading challenge, and continue musing about everything from cinnamon rolls (both human and pastry) to racial justice in romance. Come swoon with us!  Books mentioned in this episode: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Welcome to Sea Port series by Katrina Jackson (From Scratch, Inheritance, Small Town Secrets, Her Christmas Cookie) Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter Vampire Sorority Sisters series by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Better Off Red, Blacker Than Blue, Soul To Keep) High Rise series by Jayce Ellis (Jeremiah, Andre) Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole Real Life by Brandon Taylor Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera (American Dreamer, American Fairytale, American Love Story, American Sweethearts) Decades: A Journey of African American Romance A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans A Secret Desire by Kaia Danielle Love's Serenade by Sheryl Lister The Art of Love by Suzette Harrison Love's Sweet Melody by Kianna Alexander Pride and Passion by Carla Buchanan Promise Me A Dream by Wayne Adrian Jordan Election Day by Keith Thomas Walker Made To Hold You by Elle Wright Thug Love by Zuri Day Inconsequential Consequences by Denise Jeffries Campaign For Her Heart by Patricia Sargeant Uptown series by Ruby Lang (Playing House, Open House, House Rules) Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole 
52:12
June 23, 2020
A Bookish Affair, Episode Three: Black Voices and Racial Justice in Romance and Beyond
In this episode, we'll recommend some of our favorite Black romance authors and discuss other ways to support racial justice at home and across the nation.  Look for our antiracist resource list and Black romance reading list at https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/online-bookish-affair.  Books mentioned in this episode: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Beverly Jenkins: Rebel Through the Storm Indigo Topaz Alyssa Cole: Reluctant Royals: A Princess in Theory, A Duke by Default, A Prince on Paper, Can't Escape Love, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy The Loyal League: An Extraordinary Union, A Hope Divided, An Unconditional Freedom Historical novellas: That Could Be Enough, Be Not Afraid, Let Us Dream, Let It Shine Piper Huguley: Migrations of the Heart: A Virtuous Ruby, A Most Precious Pearl, A Treasure of Gold, A Champion's Heart Home to Milford College: The Lawyer's Luck, The Preacher's Promise, The Mayor's Mission, The Representative's Revolt Adriana Herrera: Dreamers: American Dreamer, American Love Story, American Fairytale, American Sweethearts Rebel Carter: Gold Sky: Heart and Hand, Hearth and Home, Honor and Desire, Three To Love, Leather and Lace Rebekah Weatherspoon:  Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny Jasmine Guillory: The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party Royal Holiday Party of Two Lindsay Evans: A Delicate Affair Decades: A Journey of African American Romance (series) Kwana Jackson: Real Men Knit The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology by Lena Hart, Kianna Alexander, Piper Huguley, and Alyssa Cole Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology by Lena Hart, Kianna Alexander, Piper Huguley, and Alyssa Cole Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynold Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racism in America by Ibram X. Kendi Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
38:23
June 9, 2020
A Bookish Affair, Episode Two: Comfort Reads and Cinnamon Rolls
Hello again, romance fans!  We're Shannon and Shannon, librarians and co-founders of the Lake Oswego Public Library's romance book club, A Bookish Affair. In this episode, we'll proclaim our love for our May 2020 book club pick (Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert), talk about our favorite comfort reads for strange and difficult times, and issue ourselves a rainbowy reading challenge.  Books mentioned in this episode: Get A Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny, Rebekah Weatherspoon Think of England, KJ Charles It Takes Two To Tumble, Cat Sebastian Skeleton Crew, Stephen King Night Shift, Stephen King Pet Sematary, Stephen King If I Stay, Gayle Forman Where She Went, Gayle Forman Just One Day, Gayle Forman Just One Year, Gayle Forman Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld Darcy’s Passions, Regina Jeffers Ayesha At Last, Uzma Jalaluddin Among the Janeites, Deborah Yaffe Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston Lucas, Elna Holst The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones Haven, Rebekah Weatherspoon Gold Sky (Heart and Hand, Hearth and Home, Honor and Desire, Three To Love, and Leather and Lace), Rebel Carter After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mt. St. Helens, Eric Wagner Real Men Knit, Kwana Jackson Pride, Ibi Zoboi Uptown Trilogy (Playing House, Open House, and House Rules), Ruby Lang When No One Is Watching, Alyssa Cole
1:02:58
May 28, 2020
A Bookish Affair, Episode One: An Energetic Wave of Love
Hi there, romance fans! We're Shannon and Shannon, librarians and co-founders of the Lake Oswego Public Library's romance book club, A Bookish Affair. In this inaugural episode, we'll advocate for reading romance in trying times, muse over the books that brought us to the genre (here's looking at you, knitting romance and Anya Seton), and talk about what we're reading next.  Books mentioned in this episode: How To Knit A Love Song by Rachael Herron Katherine by Anya Seton Green Darkness by Anya Seton The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian
34:49
May 11, 2020