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By Angourie Rice
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4.10 Quarterly Reading Stats #1
How has the first quarter of the year gone for you? Mine has definitely had its ups and downs, but I’m glad to be spending some time with my family for the Easter long weekend. In this episode I chat you through some of my reading statistics, and three of my favourite books I read in the last three months. I hope you enjoy x April’s book club pick is the nonfiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space by Amanda Leduc! I’ll be discussing this on the 25th of April, and I’d love for you to read along with me. For more links and resources, visit my blog Angourie's Library Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
26:46
April 4, 2021
4.9 Persepolis with Maija
Our book club discussion is finally here! My friend Maija and I discuss the YA graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – the art style, the coming-of-age storyline, and our different experiences with graphic novels. I hope you enjoy! For a full transcription of the episode, visit my blog Angourie's Library. April’s book club pick is the nonfiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space by Amanda Leduc! I’ll be discussing this on the 25th of April, and I’d love for you to read along with me. Follow Maija on Instagram @maija.ok Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
28:32
March 31, 2021
4.8 Read with Me: Graphic Novels
Never have I ever … read a graphic novel. Well, that’s not technically true. I read a few when I was a kid, but on the whole I am very unknowledgeable about the world of graphic novels. And because this topic has come highly requested by the listeners, this week I did a graphic novel marathon and read four! I read a YA romance, a gritty memoir, a collection of short horror stories, and an adaptation of a modern classic. Listen to discover which one was my favourite! Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, 2019 Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust, 2009 Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, 2014 Animal Farm by George Orwell, 1945, graphic novel adaptation by Odyr, 2018 Our book club pick for March is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (vol. 1 only). This is a YA graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. I’ll be discussing this NEXT WEEK with my good friend (and graphic-novel-lover) Maija. I hope you read along with us! You can access a full transcription of the episode on my blog, Angourie's Library Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
37:20
March 21, 2021
4.7 "But That's the Point"
Why do I hate the phrase “But that’s the point?” In this short essay-style episode, I unpack the anatomy of this phrase, its use, and why it should forever be banned. Not to be dramatic. CONTENT WARNING: In this episode I discuss violence against women and domestic abuse. For a full transcription of the episode, plus links to references and resources, visit my blog Angourie's Library. Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
11:14
March 13, 2021
4.6 A Very Casual Chat with my Sister, Kalliope
“How’s year twelve going? What movies have you loved recently? What’s your Instagram?” And many more questions answered by everyone’s favourite Community Library guest, my sister Kalliope. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy study schedule to once again grace your ears with her witty jokes and controversial opinions. Enjoy! Our book club pick for March is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (vol. 1 only). This is a YA graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of March with my good friend (and graphic-novel-lover) Maija. I hope you read along with us! Visit my blog, Angourie's Library, for a full transcription of the episode, plus a list of all the books, movies and TV shows we mentioned! Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
22:01
March 7, 2021
4.5 Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson: Review and Discussion
What did you all think of February’s book club pick, Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson? I loved it – such a powerful story about music, fame and power. I also talk about some of the discussion topics you suggested on Instagram! Our book club pick for March is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (vol. 1 only). This is a YA graphic novel about the author’s experience growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of March with my good friend (and graphic-novel-lover) Maija. I hope you read along with us! Content warning: This episode discusses rape, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and kidnapping. You can find more links and resources on my blog, Angourie’s Library. Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
25:09
February 28, 2021
4.4 What do Shakespeare and Taylor Swift Have in Common?
What’s a 400-year-old poem got to do with a 2012 breakup song? Well, more than you might think … This week I critically analyse and compare Shakespeare’s Sonnet 35 and Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble. I discuss iambic pentameter, double standards, and the importance of analysing our pop culture. I hope you enjoy! Our book club pick for February is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This is a YA contemporary novel about fame and power, with a slice of murder mystery on the side. Make sure you check out the content warnings for this book here. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of February, and I hope you read along with me! As always, you can find more links, references and resources, plus a full transcription of the episode, on my blog at Angourie’s Library. Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
42:11
February 20, 2021
4.3 Interview with Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell
This week I interviewed Australian authors (and sisters!) Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell about their latest book, Searching for Charlotte. Searching for Charlotte is a biblio-memoir that chronicles Kate and Belinda’s journey of writing about their ancestor, Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of Australia’s first children’s book. We chat about connecting to history, how exciting research can be, and the importance of storytelling. Hope you enjoy! Our book club pick for February is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This is a YA contemporary novel about fame and power, with a slice of murder mystery on the side. Make sure you check out the content warnings for this book here. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of February, and I hope you read along with me! For more links and resources, plus a full transcription of this episode, check out my blog Angourie's Library. Buy Searching for Charlotte here Follow Kate! Website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Follow Belinda! Website, Instagram, and Facebook Black Lives Matter resources Pay the Rent My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
39:34
February 14, 2021
4.2 Matching Books with Albums
Have you ever listened to an album and wished you could read it as a book? Have you ever read a book and wished you could experience the story as a song? Well, look no further, my friends! This week I’m recommending books based on some of your favourite albums. From Dua Lipa to Harry Styles to Arctic Monkeys, there’s a book (and an album) for everyone. I hope you enjoy! Our book club pick for February is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This is a YA contemporary novel about fame and power, with a slice of murder mystery on the side. Make sure you check out the content warnings for this book here. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of February, and I hope you read along with me! A list of all the books and albums I mentioned, plus a full transcription of the episode, is available on my blog, Angourie’s Library. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
35:43
February 7, 2021
4.1 What I Read on Holiday
To the new listeners, welcome! To the old friends who’ve listened before, welcome back! It’s a new year and a new season of the podcast. To kick things off, I’m talking about all the books I read while I was on holiday: the good, the not so good, and the Christmassy. If you liked this episode, make sure you subscribe on your favourite podcast platform, I put out new episodes every Sunday! Our book club pick for February is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This is a YA contemporary novel about fame and power, with a slice of murder mystery on the side. Make sure you check out the content warnings for this book here. I’ll be discussing this on the 28th of February, and I hope you read along with me! A list of all the books I mentioned, plus a full transcription of the episode, is available on my blog, Angourie’s Library. Watch my 2020 Reading Stats wrap-up on my IGTV here Listen to The Community Library Reading Awards 2020 here Read through a list of my favourite books of 2020 here Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
24:35
January 31, 2021
3.22 The Community Library Reading Awards 2020
It’s the season finale! And in this episode, this year’s winners of The Community Library Reading Awards are announced! From most surprising book, to favourite translated fiction, to best pandemic read, I highlight seventeen of my favourite books this year. I will be taking a break over the holidays, but no fear! I will be back with season four in the new year! January 17th, mark your calendars, folks. In the meantime, you can follow what I’m reading on my summer holiday @the_community_library on Instagram. The full list of all the books I mentioned can be viewed on my blog, Angourie's Library. Episodes mentioned Read With Me: Translated Fiction All That Glitters is Probably a Vampire with Kali and Maija Reading Like Marilyn Monroe for a Month Performing the Past podcast Clap When You Land with Bonnie Good Vibes Only: 3 Positive Book Reviews One Hundred Years of Technical Difficulties with Kali (pt. 1), and One Hundred Years of Wow-Factor with Kali (pt. 2) Read With Me: Australian Literature Reading Rush videos on my IGTV Percy Jackson episodes: book 1, movie 1, book 2, movie 2 Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
44:23
December 20, 2020
3.21 Reading Like Marilyn Monroe for a Month
Turns out books, not diamonds, are a girl’s best friend. Marilyn Monroe: actress, singer, blonde bombshell, and … avid reader. In 1999, Marilyn Monroe’s personal library was auctioned, and in 2010 the list of books was published online. People were surprised at her big collection of American literature, French classics, modern plays, poetry, books on religion and spirituality … the list goes on. So last month, I chose three books from Marilyn’s shelf and decided to read them. What did I discover? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out. Hope you enjoy! As always, a full transcription of the episode is available on my blog, Angourie’s Library. PLUS EXTRA GOODIES FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT! Such as links to photos, articles, and books I referenced in the episode.  Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
50:29
December 13, 2020
3.20 Die Hard, aka The Best Christmas Movie with Kalliope
DIE HARD IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE. YOU CANNOT CHANGE OUR MINDS. In this episode, I sit down with my sister, Kalliope, to discuss why Die Hard (1988), starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, is our all-time favourite Christmas movie. We chat about our favourite one liners, how Christmas music is used in the film score, and how The Twelve Days of Christmas song is really just about birds. Yippee-Ki-Yay, Other Buckets! As always, a full transcription of the episode is available on my blog, Angourie’s Library. Extra links! Die Hard, 1988 ‘‘Anyone Can Die?’ TV’s Recent Death Toll Says Otherwise.’ by Maureen Ryan – Variety, 13 April, 2016 Me and the girls rolling up to the club like The Snow Queen: The Frozen One with Kalliope Opinions on Austen, Harry Potter and Shakespeare with Kalliope Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
26:06
December 6, 2020
3.19 20 Books for 20 Years of My Life
After a quick break from social media and making podcast episodes, I am back with an extra-special birthday-themed episode! I turn 20 in just over a month, and so this week I am sharing with you 20 books that have made an impact on me. From Jacqueline Wilson to Virginia Woolf, what have I learnt from 14 years’ worth of books and 20 years’ worth of life? Listen to find out! Head over to my blog here for a full transcription of the episode, and the complete list of 20 books! Other episodes mentioned: Choosing Between What is Right and What is Easy: Discussing J. K. Rowling On acting in Film Adaptations of Books On the Percy Jackson film On my favourite screen adaptations of books On Jane Austen’s Emma and Clueless (1995) Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
39:39
November 28, 2020
3.18 The Trap: Review and Discussion
Happy Halloween! This week I am discussing our book club pick for the month of October: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. What did I think of this literary thriller? Did the twist surprise me? Did I get spooked? Listen to find out! Spoiler section: 16:00 to 23:06 As always, a full transcription of the episode is available to read on my blog here I will be taking a break from podcasting and Instagram for about 3 weeks, but don’t worry! I’ll be back! And during that time I’ll be reading heaps and planning lots of great episodes to share with you. Until November, I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves and reading good books. Chat soon, A x Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
24:57
October 27, 2020
3.17 Performance in a Pandemic: Interview with Kate Rice
How did theatre survive a pandemic 100 years ago? In this episode I interview my very own mother about her latest creative project: a podcast episode about the Australian performing arts industry in during the 1918 flu pandemic. In this episode we talk about the similarities between the pandemics, the importance of performing arts, and the ethics of creating works of nonfiction. We hope you enjoy! Listen to Performing the Past, Episode 1: 1919 Listen to Performing the Past, Episode 2: For The Term Of His Natural Life (My voice features in both of these episodes – I even sing a song in episode 1!) As always, a full transcription of the episode is available on the blog here Next week we are discussing our October book club pick: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. You’ve got one week left to read it, I hope you join in the discussion! Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
25:40
October 18, 2020
3.16 Read With Me: Agatha Christie
Why is Ms. Christie called the Queen of Crime? This week I did a Christie readathon to find out. Join me on a journey from 1932 to 1967, through isolated houses and benign dentist offices. I even overcome a childhood fear! I hope you enjoy listening. As always, a full transcription of the episode is available on the blog here Our next book club pick is a mystery thriller: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. I’ll be discussing this on the 25th of October, and I hope you read a long with us! Links The BookRiot list I consulted for recommendations Agatha Christie mentions Endless Night is one of her personal favourites “Orientalism” by Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman ­– Witch Please [Podcast] “Wes Anderson and the Follies of Modern Orientalism” by Broey Deschanel – Broey Deschanel [YouTube] Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
31:24
October 13, 2020
3.15 Read With Me: Australian Literature
What happened when I tried to read four books in two weeks while travelling across the world during a pandemic? Well, you lucky listeners get to find out. In this episode I read an Aussie classic, a Miles Franklin Award winner, an essay collection, and a YA contemporary. I hope you enjoy! Our next book club pick is a mystery thriller: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. I’ll be discussing this on the 25th of October, and I hope you read a long with us! As always, you can find a full transcription of the episode on my blog here Books I read: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Laurinda by Alice Pung Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin Deborah Cheetham's Eumarella, a war requiem for peace Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
31:30
October 10, 2020
3.14 Catching Teller Crow: Review and Discussion
This week we are discussing our book club pick for the month of September: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (also published under the title The Things She’s Seen in the US). Did I love it? Did I not? Listen to find out! As always, a full transcription of the episode is available to read on my blog here Our next book club pick is a mystery thriller: The Trap by Melanie Raabe. I’ll be discussing this on the 25thof October, so you have a whole month to read it before the episode goes up! I hope you read along with us. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
19:33
September 27, 2020
3.13 What it's Like to Narrate an Audiobook
How do you prepare? Does your voice get tired? Do you get nervous? How long does it take? All these questions answered AND MORE in this episode about my experience narrating audiobooks. I hope you enjoy this more casual, chatty, episode. Talk to you next week! As always, a full transcription of the episode is available to read on my blog here Listen to me read There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Listen to me read Under the Stars by Lisa Harvey-Smith Listen to me read The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen (not an official audiobook, but I did my own little production here on the podcast!) The VOX YouTube video on recording audiobooks The book club pick for this month is Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Also published under the title The Things She’s Seen in the USA. I’ll be discussing this next week, on the 27th of September, so make sure to tune in then. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
21:31
September 20, 2020
3.12 Recommending Aussie Books
This week on The Community Library, I’m recommending some Australian literature! From a YA mystery to an adult family drama, there’s something for everyone in this list. Hope you enjoy! TL;DL? I’ve listed all my recommendations on the blog here, plus a full transcription of the episode. Listen to me talk about what it’s like to be in a film adaptation of a book: Working on Film Adaptations of Books Listen to the audiobook of There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett, narrated by yours truly! The book club pick for this month is Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Also published under the title The Things She’s Seen in the USA. I’ll be discussing this on the 27th of September, I hope you read along with us! Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
21:48
September 13, 2020
3.11 Interview with Lisa Harvey-Smith
This week on The Community Library, I’m chatting to author and astrophysicist, Lisa Harvey-Smith, about her new book, The Secret Life of Stars! We chat about stars, science, and STEM. Hope you enjoy! As always, a full transcription of the episode is on my blog here. Follow Lisa! Website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. The Secret Life of Stars will be released on the 30th of September from Thames&Hudson. You can pre-order a signed copy here. While you wait for The Secret Life of Stars to be released, check out Lisa’s other works! When Galaxies Collide, and Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime. You can listen to my audiobook recording of Under the Stars here. The book club pick for this month is Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Also published under the title The Things She’s Seen in the USA. I’ll be discussing this on the 27th of September, I hope you read along with us! Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
30:47
September 6, 2020
3.10 Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - Review and Discussion
This is the fifth and final episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week I’m talking about this month’s book club pick: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. I also discuss my final thoughts on the whole fairy-tale-Disney-Princess project: what I discovered, what I learnt, and what conclusion I came to. I hope you enjoy! As always, a full transcription of the episode is linked here on the blog. Interested in more Disney Princess / fairy tale content? Listen to the first four episodes in this series: Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Frozen / The Snow Queen. You can also hear me read the full Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen for you here. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
20:07
August 31, 2020
3.9 The Snow Queen: The Frozen One with Kalliope
This is the fourth episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week I brought in my sister, Kalliope, to talk about our favourite frosty and feisty sister duo: Elsa and Anna from Frozen. We also talk about The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, which was the inspiration behind the iconic Disney movie. We hope you enjoy! As always, a full transcription of this episode is linked here on the blog. Tune in tomorrow to hear me talk about this month’s book club pick: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao! Interested in more Disney Princess / fairy tale content? Listen to the first three episodes in this series: Snow White, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. You can also hear me read the full Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen for you here. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
41:56
August 30, 2020
3.8 The Little Mermaid: Fish Out of Water with Kali
This is the third episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week, my friend Kali and I are talking all about that fiery red-headed fish, The Little Mermaid! We discuss the tragedy of the original fairy tale, talk about the portrayal of disability, and gush over our icon: Ursula the sea witch. Content warning: we discuss ableism and the harmful portrayal of disability from 22:05 to 26:25, and from 46:20 to 47:55. As always, a full transcription of this episode is linked here on the blog, as well as a list of sources and links that I used in my research. This month’s book club pick is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao! It’s an East Asian fantasy reimagining of Snow White, and I’ll be discussing it on Monday the 31st of August. Follow Kali on Instagram here: @kalishanthi Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
52:07
August 23, 2020
3.7 Cinderella: Glass Ceilings and Slippers
This is the second episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week I’m talking all about that day-dreaming, dainty-footed Cinderella! I discuss the ancient history of the Cinderella story, why dreams are more powerful than hopes, and if Cinderella is actually our unsung feminist heroine. As always, a full transcription of this episode is linked here on the blog, as well as a list of sources and links that I used in my research. This month’s book club pick is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao! It’s an East Asian fantasy reimagining of Snow White, and I’ll be discussing it on Monday the 31st of August. Interested in more Disney Princess / fairy tale content? Listen to last week’s episode on Snow White here, or hear me read The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen for you here. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
55:47
August 16, 2020
3.6 Snow White: Grimm Beginnings
This is the first episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week I’m talking about everyone’s favourite unpaid housekeeper, Snow White. I discuss the history of the Walt Disney Company, Snow White’s positive attitude, and why the Evil Queen might not be as evil as you think. This whole episode is basically a feminist rant, so buckle up, kids! As always, a full transcription of this episode is linked here on the blog, as well as a list of resources I used in my research. This month’s book club pick is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao! It’s an East Asian fantasy reimagining of Snow White, and I’ll be discussing it on Monday the 31st of August. Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
40:54
August 9, 2020
3.5 Good Vibes Only: July Favourites
Welcome back to The Community Library! Another month spent in lockdown … how’s everyone feeling? My mood’s been a bit all over the place, but this week I’m talking about all the things that have made me happy this past month. I talk about some 5 star reads, my favourite songs from Taylor Swift’s new album, and how I’m trying to create more art for myself. I also mention what you folks have been loving this month! Sending love and positivity all the way from Australia – I hope you enjoy. This month’s book club pick is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. It’s an East Asian fantasy reimagining of Snow White, and I’ll be discussing it on Monday the 31st of August. Visit my blog here for a full transcription of the episode, plus links to all the awesome things I talked about in the episode! Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
27:10
August 2, 2020
3.4 Clap When You Land with Bonnie - Fixed Audio
Note: There was a technical issue with the audio the first time I uploaded this episode. This issue has now been fixed, and this is the episode with the new audio. Welcome back to The Community Library! This week, feminist extraordinaire Bonnie and I are discussing Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. We chat about midwifery, toxic masculinity, and why teenage girls are the most poetic beings on earth. We hope you enjoy! Visit my blog here for extra notes, resources, and a full transcription of this episode Other episodes with Bonnie The Neverending Story of Bad Decisions with Bonnie Female Friendships with Bonnie Follow Bonnie on Instagram here Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
44:13
July 26, 2020
3.3 I Read 22 Sonnets in 22 Days
Welcome back to The Community Library! Since Melbourne is still in lockdown, and I have nothing better to do, I decided to read one Shakespearean sonnet every day for twenty-two days. And then … I wrote my own. Want to find out how it went? Listen now! Hope you enjoy x The book club pick for this month is Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, and we will be discussing this on the podcast on the 26th of July – exactly one week from today! Visit my blog here for extra notes, resources, and a full transcription of this episode Another episode on Shakespeare: “He’s Not Bad At Writing”: Thoughts on Shakespeare with Laurence Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
30:58
July 19, 2020
3.2 Good Vibes Only: 3 Positive Book Reviews
Welcome back to The Community Library! It’s been a rough week for Melbourne (where I live), so this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about things that make me happy. I’ve been baking, knitting, and watching lots of Masterchef. So, in the spirit of staying positive, today I’m going to review three books I recently read and loved: Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown, The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I hope you enjoy! The book club pick for this month is Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, and we will be discussing this on the podcast on the 26th of July – exactly two weeks away! Please read along with us so you can join in on the discussion! Visit my blog here for a full transcription of this episode Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, Goodreads and StoryGraph The Community Library’s Instagram Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
26:60
July 12, 2020
3.1 Choosing Between What is Right and What is Easy: Discussing J. K. Rowling
Hello and welcome back to The Community Library! In light of J. K. Rowling’s recent transphobic comments, this week I’m tackling a big question: can we separate the art from the artist? This episode is not a discussion or “debate” on trans rights. A person’s right to live their life as their truest self is not a debate, it is a human right. This episode is a discussion on what we do when the creator of something we love reveals their values are in conflict with our own. Please visit my blog here for a transcription of this episode, plus a full list of references, resources, and extra reading on this topic! Black Lives Matter resources Aboriginal Lives Matter resources My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
22:32
July 5, 2020
All That Glitters is Probably a Vampire with Kali and Maija
Welcome back to The Community Library. This week Kali, Maija and I are bringing you a very special bonus episode all about … [drumroll please] Twilight by Stephenie Meyer! With the impending release of Midnight Sun, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and do a deep analysis of our problematic fave. We discuss Bella and Edward’s toxic relationship, provide a feminist reading of the text, and we answer the most important question: team Edward or team Jacob? Hope you enjoy! Visit my blog here to access extra links and resources, plus a full transcription of the episode. Follow Kali on Instagram here Follow Maija on Instagram here My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website Resources for Justice for George Floyd and to support the Black Lives Matter movement here
54:29
May 31, 2020
One Hundred Years of Wow-Factor with Kali (pt.2)
Welcome back to The Community Library! Today’s episode is part 2 of our discussion of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez! Kali and I jumped right back in, talking about the banana company, the unreliability of memory, and that mind-blowing ending. Enjoy! Listen to part 1: One Hundred Years of Technical Difficulties with Kali (pt.1) Click the link here to access a full transcription of this episode. This Sunday, on the 31st of May, I am releasing a very special bonus episode. Listen to the episode for another clue as to what we’ll be talking about! Follow Kali on Instagram here for some fabulous isolation content. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
30:25
May 25, 2020
One Hundred Years of Technical Difficulties with Kali (pt.1)
Welcome back to The Community Library! This month the theme was FICTION IN TRANSLATION, so my dear friend Kali and I sat down to discuss One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. We talked for so long that I had to split this episode into two parts! Part two will be out tomorrow, so you don’t have to wait long at all. In this episode we talk about magical realism, how Macondo is its own character, and why Úrsula Iguarán is the baddest bitch in town. I hope you enjoy! Visit my blog here for a link to a full transcription of the episode. Next week, on the 31st of May, I am releasing a very special bonus episode. The clue is APPLE. Tune in tomorrow for another clue! Follow Kali on Instagram here for some fabulous isolation content. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
56:57
May 24, 2020
Read With Me: Translated Fiction
Welcome back to The Community Library! Because this month’s theme is FICTION IN TRANSLATION, I decided to try and read three translated novels in just one week. Did I succeed? Did I fail miserably? Listen to find out! This month’s discussion pick is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. That episode will be out on the 24th of May, just one week away! Visit my blog here for a full transcription of the episode, plus links to all the things I mentioned. On the 31st of May I am releasing a very special bonus episode. The clue is APPLE. Tune in next week for another clue! My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
36:57
May 17, 2020
On All Things Translation with Kate
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week I chat to translator and Doctor of Philosophy, my mother: Dr Kate Rice! We talk all things language and translation: my mum’s interest in languages, how she started working in translation, and why translated fiction is sometimes frustrating to read. I hope you enjoy! The discussion pick for this month is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. My dear friend and former guest on the podcast Kaliya and I will be discussing it on the 24th of May. Visit my blog here for a full transcription of this episode Things mentioned: - MSO’s live performance of Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace by Deborah Cheetham AO - Alone in Berlin [Jeder Stirbt für Sich Allein] by Hans Fallada, translated from German by Michael Hoffman - Playwright Henrik Ibsen - “I recall the common figure of speech between tears and rain.” Quoted from The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo, translated from Korean by Janet Hong My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
25:07
May 10, 2020
Recommending Translated Fiction (plus special guests!)
Welcome back to another episode of The Community Library! This month, the theme for the podcast is TRANSLATED FICTION, so we’re starting off with some recommendations! Because I have read a shockingly small amount of translated fiction, I enlisted the help of some friends and family (and you, the listeners!) to recommend some more books. The discussion pick for this month is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. My dear friend and former guest on the podcast Kaliya and I will be discussing it on the 24th of May. Visit my blog here for the list of recommendations, plus a full transcription of this episode. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
27:36
May 3, 2020
Percy Jackson: The Sequel and Finale with Harry
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week, Harry and I are back to talk about the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), which is an adaptation of the book we discussed last week: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Percy Jackson series – you can listen to our discussion of the first book here and the second book here, and our episode on the first movie adaptation here. In this episode, Harry and I talk about the VFX in the action sequences, how Annabeth is now inexplicably blonde, and we also mourn the fact that Pierce Brosnan does not reprise his role as Chiron. Please follow Harry on Instagram: @harrry.l – it’s his life’s ambition to become Instagram famous and that’s the only reason he does the podcast with me. Visit my blog here for a link to the transcription of this episode when it becomes available. What could have been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frE9rXnaHpE My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
45:02
April 26, 2020
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Isolation with Harry
Hello and welcome back to The Community Library! This week, my dear friend and regular guest on the podcast Harry and I discuss Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is the second book in the Percy Jackson series – you can listen to our discussion of the first book here, and our episode on the first movie adaptation here. In this delightfully chatty and chaotic episode, Harry and I discuss Percy’s hero complex, why Hermes is #notlikeotherGods, and the correct collective noun for a group of cyclopes. Is it “flock”? Is it “tribe”? Is it “congregation”? Listen to find out! Please follow Harry on Instagram – @harrry.l – he only does the podcast for the clout. Tune in next week for our discussion on the film adaptation! Visit my blog here for a link to the transcription of this episode when it becomes available. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
52:28
April 19, 2020
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Welcome back to The Community Library and Happy Easter Sunday! This week I wanted to do something a little more laid-back, and so I decided to read The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen for you. No analysis, no discussion, just a mini-audiobook! I hope you enjoy it. For a full transcription of this episode, visit my blog here. This month, the discussion pick is Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. It’s a really fun and quick read, and I’ll be discussing it next week with special guest star Harry! I read from Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Alice Lucas, illustrated by Thomas Heath Robinson and William Heath Robinson. A digital scan of this book is available in the public domain on internetarchive.org. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
52:45
April 12, 2020
Harry Potter vs The Brand
Welcome back to The Community Library, also known as Angourie’s Harry Potter Fan Club. This month, the theme is FANTASY, so of course I just had to do an episode all about Harry Potter (again). This week, I’m talking about the brand of Wizarding World TM, and its relationship to the original book series. This month, the discussion pick is Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. It’s a really fun and quick read, and I’ll be discussing it later on this month with a very special guest star. Visit my blog here for a full transcription of the episode and a list of links and resources. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
23:22
April 5, 2020
Zadie Smith and Haruki Murakami: Future Classics
Hello and welcome back to The Community Library! This week’s episode is continuing the theme from way back in December: Classics! In this episode, I analyse and compare Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, and what makes both of them future classics. Visit my blog here for a full transcription of this episode. White Teeth by Zadie Smith Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Other episodes pertaining to the theme of Classics Episode 2.6 – From Dickens to Woolf: What is a Classic? Episode 2.7 – “He’s Not Bad at Writing”: Thoughts on Shakespeare with Laurence The Community Library Awards 2019 blog post in which I talk about why Zadie Smith was my favourite author in 2019.  My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
31:18
March 29, 2020
Feel-Good Reads for Self-Isolation
Welcome back to The Community Library, and thank you for your patience while I was on hiatus. I am so glad to be back and bringing you a very special episode of the podcast: self-isolation edition! In this episode I recommend feel-good books for you to read that will hopefully ease your mind in this crazy time. Visit my blog here for my full list of book recommendations and more links! My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
28:36
March 22, 2020
"He's Not Bad at Writing": Thoughts on Shakespeare with Laurence
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week, keeping in theme with the idea of “classics”, my friend Laurence and I are talking all things Shakespeare. Laurence is a self-confessed Shakespeare nerd (or “Bardophile”, as he likes to be called), so I was very excited to have him on the podcast to talk about his old friend Billy Shakes. We chat about making Shakespeare more accessible, what England was like 400 years ago, and why Taylor Swift’s song Love Story is the best adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy! December’s discussion pick was chosen by you, the listeners! The most suggested book was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We’ll be discussing that next week, on the 15th of December, so make sure you read along and tune in! For a full transcription of this episode, plus more links and resources, please visit my blog: Angourie’s Library. Laurence’s play, Punk Rock, on NOW in Melbourne at fortyfivedownstairs! Click here to book tickets.
46:26
December 9, 2019
From Dickens to Woolf: What is a Classic?
Happy December! Welcome back to The Community Library, and to a whole new theme for this month! December’s theme is Classics, and we’re kicking it off with an episode that asks: what is a classic? I talk about Homer, Austen, Shelley, Dickens, Wilde, Woolf, Fitzgerald, Lee, and many, many more. I hope you enjoy this quick discussion episode! December’s discussion pick was chosen by you, the listeners! The most suggested book was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We’ll be discussing that on the 15th of December, so make sure you read along and tune in! For a full transcription of the episode, plus more links and resources, visit my blog: Angourie’s Library. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagramand Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
15:53
December 1, 2019
"Totally Buggin'!" Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless (pt. 2)
Welcome back to part 2 of my discussion of Jane Austen’s Emma and the 1995 modern film adaptation Clueless. In this episode I talk about privilege and class, the issue of Josh being Cher’s ex-step-brother, and why Elton is actually the WORST. I hope you enjoy! December’s discussion pick was chosen by you, the listeners! The most suggested book was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. We’ll be discussing that on the 15th of December, so make sure you read along and tune in! Listen to part one of the discussion here For a full transcription of the episode, plus more links and resources, visit my blog: Angourie’s Library My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
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November 25, 2019
"Ugh, As If!" Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless (pt. 1)
Welcome back to another episode! This week I’m talking about one of my favourite novels and one of my favourite movies: Emma by Jane Austen, and Clueless (1995). I talk about why Emma/Cher is so likable, how high society is just like high school, and why Cher and Josh are more compatible than Emma and Mr Knightley. This episode was really hard to cut down, so it’s actually been split into two parts. Tomorrow there will be a bonus episode to finish the discussion, so stay tuned! For a full transcription of the episode, plus extra links and resources, please visit my blog: Angourie’s Library. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
40:27
November 24, 2019
From Book to Screen: My Favourite Adaptations
Hello and welcome back to The Community Library! This week I’m talking all about my favourite film and TV adaptations of books. From Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet to Bridget Jones’s Diary, I talk about a wide range of adaptations. Make sure you tune in next week for a discussion of Jane Austen’s Emma in comparison with the 1995 classic film Clueless! For a full transcription of the episode, plus links to all of the books and films mentioned in this episode, please visit my blog: Angourie’s Library. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
30:06
November 17, 2019
Percy Jackson and the Questionable Adaptation with Harry
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week, in keeping with the book to film adaptation theme, Harry and I are talking about the movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Last season we discussed the book, and we’re back and better (or rather sillier) than ever talking about the Percy Jackson universe. We discuss costume design, what changed from book to film, and Pierce Brosnan’s majestic performance as Chiron the Centaur. For a full transcription of the episode, visit my blog: Angourie’s Library. This month we have two discussion picks: a book and a film! We’ll be reading and discussing Emma by Jane Austen, and its 1995 film adaptation Clueless. The discussion episode will be released on the 24th of November. Links! Please follow Harry on Instagram: @harrry.l – it’s the only reason he does the podcast with me (and because I pay him in alcohol and chocolate). He’s a sell-out, but we love him anyway. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Directed by Chris Columbus Written by Craig Titley Based on the novel Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T Jackson The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
48:45
November 10, 2019
Working on Film Adaptations of Books
Hello and welcome to season 2 of The Community Library! I can’t wait to get back into podcasting and share this season with you. This month’s theme is Book to Film Adaptations – something that has been highly requested by you guys! I’ve been lucky enough to act in three film adaptations of books, and so this week I’m talking about those experiences. I talk about Jasper Jones, Every Day, and Ladies in Black, and also answer some of your questions about book to film adaptations. Be sure to visit my blog here for a full transcription of the episode, and more information on the books and movies I mentioned! This month we have two discussion picks: a book and a film! We’ll be reading and discussing Emma by Jane Austen, and its 1995 film adaptation Clueless. The discussion episode will be released on the 24th of November, so you have some time! My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
29:06
November 3, 2019
Percy Jackson and the Confusing Prophecies with Harry
Welcome back! I’m sorry that this episode is a day late, but I hope it was worth the wait! In this episode, my friend Harry and I tackle Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. We discuss the pronunciation of Greek names, how all the kids at Camp Half-Blood are related, and why Keeping Up With Zeus and the Olympians should totally be a reality TV show. Though this is the last official episode of season one, next week there will be an extra-special-bonus-episode filled with bloopers and tangents that were cut from this episode. So, stay tuned! Please follow Harry on Instagram @harrrylowe. He says he “needs the clout”. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
52:11
July 30, 2019
Reading Plans and Life Update
Welcome back to another episode! This week I’m coming to you with a very mini minisode in which I talk about what’s happening in the next few weeks, both in my life and for this podcast. Next week I will be discussing Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, so make sure you tune in for that! The Community Library feedback survey! I would really appreciate it if you could fill this out with some feedback for season one and suggestions for season two. Visit my blog here for a list of links to things I mentioned in this episode, plus a full transcription!    My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
14:37
July 22, 2019
Straight Up Rebellion in A Room of One's Own with Maija
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week I sat down with Maija (who you might remember from episode 3) to chat about one of our favourite pieces of feminist literature, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. We asked ourselves what is required to create art, what would happen if Shakespeare had a sister, and we came to the conclusion that Virginia Woolf is a bad b*tch. I hope you enjoy! The next discussion pick is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. A full transcription and links to resources are available on my blog here.     My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
51:40
July 15, 2019
Visiting the Los Angeles Public Library
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week I’m talking about my trip to the Los Angeles Central Library. In this episode I talk about what inspired the visit, why I love libraries, and the library’s collection of patent listings. I hope you enjoy! Join me next week for a discussion of A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf! You can listen to the audiobook for free on Spotify or YouTube. Visit my blog here for a full transcription of the episode. Links! The Los Angeles Central Public Library Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf Mythos by Stephen Fry The Library Book by Susan Orlean Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling Emma by Jane Austen  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Animal Farm by George Orwell Pulp by Robin Talley My and Maija’s episode on Pulp by Robin Talley  My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
18:18
July 8, 2019
What I Read in June
Welcome back to The Community Library! This week’s episode is short and sweet, and all about what I read in the month of June. It was quite a sad reading month for me with only six completed books, but nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this episode!  The next discussion pick is A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. You can listen to the audiobook on Spotify here, or on YouTube here. Visit my blog here for a link to the full transcription of this episode. Books I read in June: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Stories: The Collected Short Fiction by Helen Garner I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie First Class Murder by Robin Stevens Other things I mentioned: My Buzzwordathon episode Spider-Man: Far From Home, in cinemas now! The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
15:42
July 1, 2019
Read With Me: Buzzwordathon
Welcome back to another episode of The Community Library! Last week I participated in BooksandLala’s Buzzwordathon, and I decided to document the process and turn it into an episode for you all! I hope you enjoy this more casual, follow-me-around-style episode.  The next discussion pick is A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. Links! Lala’s YouTube channel, Instagram, and Twitter Lala’s Buzzwordathon Vlog I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website 
54:58
June 24, 2019
Does Fiction Exist in the Wizarding World?
Welcome back to The Community Library! Last week I published an emergency episode because I wasn’t happy with the how the first draft of this episode turned out. Thank you so much for being patient! After putting more time and effort in, I’m really proud of the result of this episode. This week, I’m talking all about fiction, or rather the lack thereof, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I had lots of fun making this one, and I hope you enjoy listening! A full transcription of the episode is available on my blog here. The next discussion pick is A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. Links! Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
38:41
June 17, 2019
Opinions on Austen, Harry Potter, and Shakespeare with Kalliope
Welcome to another episode! Though my Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone discussion episode was originally scheduled for today, it has been postponed to next week because I was unhappy with the final edit. Thank you for your patience, and I can promise that next week’s episode is going to be the best that it possibly can be! This week I had to assemble the emergency team (which consists of me and my sister) in order to deliver you an extra-special emergency episode. We talk about Jane Austen, Harry Potter, and our dear friend Billy Shakes. Hope you enjoy! Tune in next week to listen to the episode on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling! Visit my blog post here for a full transcription of the episode.  Things we mentioned: Jane Austen’s works Pride and Prejudice and Emma This meme Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren The Jonas Brothers’ ASMR version of Sucker The Harry Potter franchise Actors on Actors Paper Towns by John Green, as well as the 2015 movie adaptation The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (it's set in the 1940s) William Shakespeare’s works Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Twelfth Night She's the Man (2006) The cinematic masterpieces that are Gnomeo and Juliet, Sherlock Gnomes, and Gnome Alone
27:24
June 10, 2019
A Big Reading Month - What I Read in May
Welcome to this week’s minisode! This week I’m talking about all twelve books I read in the month of May. There’s a good mix of stuff in here; from middle-grade murder mysteries to feminist non-fiction.  Our next discussion pick is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. Be sure to read along so you can join in the discussion! Books I read in May: Claudine in Paris by Colette - ★★★★ The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – ★★★ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling – ★★★★★ Circe by Madeline Miller – DNF, ★★ Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – ★★★1/2 Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – ★★★★1/2 Misogynation by Laura Bates – ★★★★ Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter – ★★★1/2 Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui – ★★★★ Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – ★★★★ Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – ★★★★ The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – ★★★1/2 Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens – ★★★★1/2 My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
29:53
June 3, 2019
Just The Little Prince and Me
Welcome back to The Community Library! Unfortunately for this week’s episode I don’t have a guest! It’s just little ol’ me talking all by myself for a whole 44 minutes. I loved discussing The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and I hope you enjoy this episode! Thank you to everyone who sent in questions and suggestions of what to talk about – I included almost all of them in this episode!  The next discussion book hasn’t been announced yet, but stay tuned on my social media accounts, I’ll be announcing it soon! Follow the link to my blog here for a full transcription of this episode.   My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
44:22
May 27, 2019
Books Featuring Plays
Happy 10th episode! This week, I’m discussing why I love books that feature plays, and recommending some of my favourite books that do so! I talk about Shakespeare and Jane Austen, but also a graphic novel and a middle-grade. Please let me know if you can think of any more books featuring plays that I might enjoy!    Next week, I’ll be discussing The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. There’s still time to read it! Here are some links to free audiobook versions: The Katherine Woods translation The Richard Howard translation     Books featuring plays: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Drama by Raina Telgemeier The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen  A full transcription of this episode, plus an extended list of resources and things I mentioned is available on my blog here.    My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
24:23
May 20, 2019
What Taylor Swift and Robert Browning Have in Common
Welcome back to The Community Library! I’m very excited to bring you this week’s episode, which is all about pop/country icon Taylor Swift and mid-19th-century poet Robert Browning. In this episode I discuss the parallels between Browning’s 1842 poem My Last Duchess and Swift’s 2014 hit Blank Space. I had lots of fun creating this episode, and I hope you enjoy!  Our next discussion pick is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry! Here are links to free audiobook versions: The Katherine Woods translation The Richard Howard translation    Some links to things I talked about in the episode:  My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Blank Space by Taylor Swift Taylor Swift talking about how and why she wrote Blank Space  Robert Browning’s Blank Space – British Literature 1700-1900, A Course Blog “My Last Duchess” and “Blank Space” – Later English Literature @antipodean.books on Instagram  Please visit my blog post here for a full list of links and notes on what I talked about in this episode, plus a full transcription!    My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
38:03
May 13, 2019
Re-Reading Childhood Favourites
Welcome back to another minisode! This week my topic of discussion is re-reading books, specifically childhood favourites. I talk about what happens when a re-read is disappointing, and why I’m scared of re-reading my Jacqueline Wilson favourites. Let me know if you like re-reading, and what the experience is like for you! A full transcription is available on my blog here. The next discussion pick is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Here are links to free audiobook versions: The Katherine Woods translation The Richard Howard translation Books mentioned (in order of their mentioning): Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark Jane Austen’s works Flush by Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf The Waves by Virginia Woolf I, Coriander by Sally Gardner Jacqueline Wilson’s works My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories by Carmel Bird My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website 
18:18
May 6, 2019
*Witchy Vibes* April Wrap Up
Welcome to an extra special bonus episode! This is a wrap up of all of the books that I read in April, featuring an extra special guest: my sister. This month I read a short story collection, a non-fiction book, a Hogwarts Library book, and a book with lots of *witchy vibes*, plus a few more. I say “witchy vibes” way too much in this episode. Please excuse me. The next discussion book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Check out the corresponding blog post here for a full list of links and a transcription of this episode!   Books I read in April: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman Growing Up African in Australia edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi Quidditch Through the Ages by J. K. Rowling Room by Emma Donoghue
20:39
May 1, 2019
Watch Us Rise Above the Haters with Kali
Thank you for waiting an extra week for this episode! It took me ages to edit, but I’m very happy with how it’s turned out. This week, activist and artist (artivist) Kali and I discussed Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan! We loved this book, and we hope you did too! We speak about growing as activists, styles of activism, and channelling activism into art. Kali also does a brilliant reading of one of the poems, and we basically just spend 45 minutes gushing about how great this book is.  Full transcription is available for download at this link. Make sure you tune in next week to catch the minisode! The next book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
45:15
April 29, 2019
A Place to Come Home
Welcome back! Due to some scheduling difficulties and the Easter weekend, I’ve decided to bring you another minisode this week instead of a full episode. This week, I’m talking all about my love for Harry Potter! I cover everything from why Hogwarts will always be my home to why J. K. R.’s magic system is so brilliant. I also read out some responses from the listeners! You guys had such interesting and wonderful things to say, thank you so much for participating!  A full transcription of this episode can be downloaded here.  Join me next week for a discussion on Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan! Some links: The Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling (it was mentioned just a few times)   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley My original blog post about the Studio Tour: Hogwarts Will Welcome You Home Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour, London J. K. Rowling’s tweet My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
20:28
April 22, 2019
Female Friendships with Bonnie
Welcome back! This week, I sat down with Bonnie (who also featured in episode 1) and we discussed our favourite female friendships in books. From Matilda and Miss Honey to Anne Shirley and Diana Barry, female friendships in books are so important and wonderful, and we loved recording this episode for you. Let us know your favourite female friendships in books! Join me next week for a discussion on Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan!  Visit the corresponding blog post here to access a full transcription of this episode!    Books mentioned (in order of their mentioning) Art Matters by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Chris Riddell Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan Matilda by Roald Dahl Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Emma by Jane Austen  Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark The Women In Black by Madeleine St John     Rik and Milly’s podcast: Yonks Ago    My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
24:10
April 15, 2019
Pulp - "We're Not There Yet, But it's Better" with Maija
Hello and welcome back to The Community Library! In this week’s episode, Maija and I sat down and discussed Pulp by Robin Talley. We talked about the 1950s, the power of representation in books, and why Maija is definitely a Luna and I’m totally a Hermione. We also talked about the importance of recognising and appreciating the movements and battles that came before us, while still striving for change and equality. I hope you enjoy! Content warning for the episode:  During the discussion, Maija and I addressed the topics of homophobia and transphobia, suicide, death, and also the systematic violence against the queer community. Join me next week for a minisode with Bonnie (remember her from episode 1?) in which we talk about our favourite female friendships in books.  The next discussion book is Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan. I hope you read along and join in on the discussion! Now for some links: Support for queer teens Support websites for kids and teens in Australia, USA, Canada, UK Organisations, networks and websites for queer youth: Minus18 (Australia) QLife (Australia)  It Gets Better Project (USA) Youth Line (Canada) Allsorts Youth Project (UK)  For a full list of links and resources, plus a full transcription of the episode, please visit the corresponding blog post here.     My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
45:21
April 8, 2019
Podcast and Book Q&A
Welcome to the first minisode! This week, I answered your questions about reading and the podcast! You'll discover which is my favourite Harry Potter book, how much I read in a week, and why I prefer buying books I've already read. I had a lot of fun, and thank you to everyone who asked questions on Instagram and Twitter. Check out the blog post here for a list of all books mentioned in this episode, and a full transcription. Some lovely links for you:  Witch, Please - the podcast that inspired this whole thing! Other honourable mentions include Reading Women and Secret Feminist Agenda My Goodreads favourites shelf The blog post in which I talk about how I had fallen out of love with reading The blog post in which I talk about the year of reading (aka 2018) My method of tracking my reading was completely copied from Lala from booksandlala on Youtube and Instagram The next discussion book: Pulp by Robin Talley My Instagram, Twitter, Blog and Goodreads The Community Library's Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley's Instagram, website, and printing studio website
24:45
April 1, 2019
The Neverending Story of Bad Decisions with Bonnie
 Welcome to our very first episode! This week I sat down with Bonnie, former literature classmate and long-time friend, to discuss The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. We covered many topics: from what makes Atreyu such a great hero to why The Childlike Empress is not even a real person. We also talked about at length why Bastian is literally the WORST, and the importance of story-telling in our world.  Join me next week for a minisode, which is a Q&A episode! I'll be answering your questions about reading and the podcast. In two weeks’ time, I will be discussing Pulp by Robin Talley with friend and literature-class-extraordinaire Maija! Please read along so you can join in the discussion! Now for some links: Corresponding blog post, which includes this episode's transcription.  Bonnie’s copy of The Neverending Story My copy of The Neverending Story The 1984 film, The Neverending Story trailer Bonnie’s favourite illustrator: Chris Riddell Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain: https://bit.ly/2Fw6ouV  The next discussion book: Pulp by Robin Talley My Instagram, Twitter, Blog, and Goodreads The Community Library’s Instagram and Goodreads Cover artwork is by Ashley Ronning Ashley’s Instagram, website, and printing studio website
40:42
March 25, 2019
Welcome to The Community Library!
Hello there! Welcome to The Community Library! I'm so glad you're here for this wonderful adventure.  The Community Library is a podcast, book club and discussion space, and my aim is for it to be as inclusive as possible! This podcast is for anyone interested in stories, and how and why we tell them. Every two weeks, I'm going to sit down with a guest to discuss a book, and every other week will be a minisode. Next week, my friend Bonnie and I will be discussing The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. You might know the story from the popular 1984 film of the same name; but I would still encourage you to read along so you can join in the discussion! Now for some links:  My instagram, twitter, blog, and goodreads! The Community Library's instagram and goodreads!  TRANSCRIPT [Ukulele theme music] Angourie (host) Hello there! My name's Angourie Rice. I'm an actor, blogger, feminist, ex-literature student and now podcast host! Welcome to The Community Library: a podcast, book club and discussion space. Every two weeks, I'm going to sit down with a guest to discuss a book. We will talk about themes, issues, raised, diversity, language, world-building, characters, cover design and so much more interesting stuff. Every second episode will be a minisode. The minisodes will be kind of more personal - I'll address a discussion topic, do a Q&A, talk about what I'm currently reading. It'll be so much fun.  I wanted to start this podcast for many reasons, but mainly I wanted to share my love of reading and discussion of storytelling. I want The Community Library to be as inclusive as possible, because reading is for anyone and everyone. And so The Community Library is a space for anyone interested in stories, and how and why we tell them.  The name of the podcast itself actually comes from a way that people make sharing stories free and accessible. So, community libraries are also known as street libraries, and they are little boxes planted in someone's front yard that store books for the community to read and share for absolutely free.  The first episode will be a discussion with my friend Bonnie. She is a fellow ex-literature student and friend, and we will be talking about Michael Ende's 1979 novel The Neverending Story. This was also made into a very popular movie, um, so you might know the story from there. But, I would also encourage you to read along, and then we can talk about the book together.  [Ukulele theme music] You can follow The Community Library on instagram with the handle @the_community_library, or you can use the hashtag #thecommunitylibrary on instagram or twitter. You can listen to all of the episodes on your podcast platform of choice, and you can choose to subscribe and rate and review.  So thank you so much for listening, and I hope you'll join me in this new and exciting project. I can't wait to talk to you next week. Bye! [Ukulele theme music]
02:36
March 13, 2019