The Book Podcast – Show #11 Summer’s In Full Swing Edition

cover-not-reading-002 On this week’s podcast we ask the question what book would you read again? Share your “re-reads” on our Facebook page!

I also share an article addressing the issue of kids reading below grade level.  Are schools opting for keeping kids reading by assigning easier and easier book? Have we given up trying to get kids to read more challenging books like the classics? You can read the article here.

In that vein, I ask how do you keep your kids reading – especially over the summer when reading isn’t “mandatory”? I share some books that might get your reluctant reader interested. You can get the full list here. I also share a book I found that seems perfect for reluctant readers titled, Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. You can find a link to it here.

And I also share my review of Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins.

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The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #10 Summer Kickoff Edition


On today’s podcast we kick off the summer with a few new summer reads that I’m looking forward to. What’s on your summer reading list?

Also, I talk about summer reading programs. You can find out about summer reading programs at your local library by calling or going online. You can link to the San Jose Public Library’s summer reading program here.

I share two new recommendations for readers: the podcast What Are You Reading (you can link to the website here or listen on iTunes at this link) and the website

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Finally, I give a review of The Dinner by Herman Koch.

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The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #009 Books and the Oscars Edition

tous-les-espoirs-sont-permis-7   On this week’s show we celebrate the Oscars! This year there are no less than 4 movies competing for the Best Picture award that are based on books and last year 6 out of the 9 contenders were all inspired by best selling books!

Also, I talk about the strange goings-0n in Leicester, England. Could a skeleton that’s been discovered buried beneath a parking lot be the remains of a famous evil king?

Finally, I review the book “Wolf Hall” and talk about the author, Hilary Mantel. For more information on Ms. Mantel check out this great (and lengthy) New Yorker article.

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The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #008 The Super Super Bowl Edition

51JcwyZj0nL._SL500_AA300_In honor of the Super Bowl this week we are discussing sports themed books. Some books were compiled from Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time and some were my own pics including Moneyballl by Michael Lewis and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

We also discussed Book Riot’s new book “Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors”. This book (only available in eBook format at this time) lists authors from Sherman Alexie to Herman Melville to David Foster Wallace and provides you with background information and a reading plan to help you choose their best or most influential works and helps you determine in what order they should be read.

I also reviewed the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and shared some blog posts about the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You can find links to those articles at The Book Nerd’s Twitter feed.

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The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #007

67040_538836512802783_868751526_nOn this week’s show we discuss the best books of 2012 including the best audio books and comics and graphic novels categories, changes to the National Book Award, the demise of the brick and mortar book stores.  I share with you my weird obsession as a kid and what that reveals about me (maybe!).

I share a list of the best books of 2012 as picked by  You can find that list here.

We discuss book awards and the changes that are being made to the National Book Awards. The article I cite written by Hillel Itale can be read here.

Finally, we discuss whether book and mortar bookstores are on their way out. Barnes and Noble is slated to close an average of 20 retail stores per year over the next 10 years even as they continue to push the sales of their e-Reader, the Nook. Are eBooks the wave of the future for readers or not? If brick and mortar bookstores are no more where will you find out about new books? (Maybe podcasts like this one? Hint, hint!) The link to the article about Barnes and Noble can be found here. 

The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #006

416910_10151337286695020_1316672359_nHappy 2013 and welcome back to The Book Nerd Podcast! We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus working on getting some new equipment and, generally, just trying to make this the best show possible for all of our listeners.

On this week’s show I review two books, discuss the most depressing books ever written and end on a high note and list some of the most anticipated books being published this year.

The first book I discuss is HHhH by Laurent Binet. HHhH or “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich”, translates into “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich” and is a novel that tells of real historical events. Reinhard Heydrich, known as “The Butcher of Prague” was second only to Himmler in Hitler’s cabinet and, possibly, more dangerous. Two men, recruited by the British secret service, ambushed his motorcade in broad daylight in the middle of Prague, forever changing history. It is a novel, but with many details about events as they actually took happened.

I also discussed The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. In a small English town called Pagford a Mr. Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly and unexpectedly leaving his seat vacant in the parish council. How this affects the citizens of the town and their families is a the subject of the author’s first novel for adults after her wildly successful Harry Potter series of books.

I shared a couple of lists with you of the most depressing books ever written. From comes “Bleak Books – the Top 10 Most Depressing Books” and the answer posed to readers in a survey by, “What are the top 10 most depressing books of all time” rounded out our discussion of books you can wallow in when you are in a funk.

Finally, we look forward to 2013 and some great books being published this year by authors including Jamaica Kincaid, J.M. Coetzee, Maurice Sendak and Khaled Hosseini. gives us the 30 most anticipated books of the coming year in this article.

If you’d like to be a guest book reviewer send me a comment on our Facebook page or email me at Some books of interest: Sutton by J.R. Moeringer, The 12 Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

If you’d like to suggest a book in any genre that you think is a must read please let me know!

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The Book Nerd Podcast – Show #005

I’ve tentatively titled this week’s show “It was a Dark and Stormy Night” edition.  Hope you are all staying safe and warm and dry!

Topics covered on show #5 include:

Short Fiction – The Art of the Short Story.  I talked about the panel of short fiction writers I attended at Litquake in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Some of the writers on the panel included Catherine Brady, Thaisa Frank, Kathryn Ma and Lysley Tenorio.  I was inspired to read short stories by such esteemed writers as Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov and John Cheever.  Do you have any short stories or short story writers to recommend? Please share in the comment section below!

I also attended another panel at LitQuake, The Art of the Novel. The authors I mentioned on that panel were Gina Frangello, Joshua Mohr, Hector Tobar and Ellen Ullman.

I found a great bookstore in the San Francisco’s Mission District, Dog Eared Books, a new and used bookstore located at 900 Valencia Street.

Just in time for Halloween I shared a list of the 13 Scariest Books of All Time NOT Written by Stephen King a great list put together by Marc Bernardin for SyFy.

With Hurricane Sandy in the news I shared hopes that everyone in the path of the storm to stay safe and, while riding out the storm or any other stormy or rainy days we’re sure to have this season I shared a Stormy Weather Reading List from written by Emily Temple.

I talked about some recently published books and shared Poets and Writers “Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin” blog where the first lines of new books are shared with readers.  New books by Chinua Achebe, A.M. Homes, and Orhan Pamuk are featured.

Finally, I shared an exciting bit of news about an upcoming, much anticipated (at least by me and my book group!) novel by Kahled Hosseini. The third novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will be realeased next May 21st and the title is And the Mountains Echoed. You can read the AP article here.

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