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Kate and Laura get personal • #100

For our 100th podcast episode we turn the spotlight on ourselves a little more than usual to answer listeners’ questions. From our favourite childhood reads to the books that shaped us as adults, from books which kept us up all night to books we disagree on (with a shocking mid-show revelation from Laura that threatens to derail the whole discussion), listen in to learn more about us as readers, how we met and how our books podcast came to be.

Book recommendations

Childhood reads

The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Chalet School books by Elinor M. Brent Dyer

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and Little Plum by Rumer Godden

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Dark Canyon by Louis L’Amour

A Devil to Ride by Patricia Leitch

Cobbler’s Dream by Monica Dickens

Howl’s Moving Castle and other books by Diana Wynne Jones

The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

White Boots, Ballet Shoes, Theatre Shoes andHollywood Shoes by Noel Streatfield


Transition books

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien


General books

Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Moth and the Mountain by Ed Caesar

The Time-Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenneger

Watership Down by Douglas Adams

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W. E. Bowman

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin

The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante

The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Parisian Lives by Deidre Bair

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Travels by Michael Crichton

Don’t Miss

If you enjoyed this podcast episode don’t miss our other shows for a full book-club discussion of some of the books we touched on here.

Episode 6: The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine

Episode 94: Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

Episode 89: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Episode 35: Normal People by Sally Rooney

While the following books are featured in the linked shows:

The Moth and the Mountain: #88

The Idiot by Elif Batuman: #6

Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir: #95

Parisian Lives by Deidre Bair: #95

West with the Night by Beryl Markham: #85


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Over to you

Have you read any of the books we discuss here? What did you think? Let us know your favourite reads, we love to hear from you.


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