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Recommended is a podcast featuring interesting people talking about their favorite books.
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18:00 | Sep 18th

Today on Recommended, Jen Wang and Courtney Maum talk about favorites that are very relevant to their interests!

18:54 | Sep 11th

In this episode, Tamsyn Muir recommends Peter Høeg and Keah Brown recommends Casey McQuiston.
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16:23 | Sep 4th

In this episode, Samantha Allen recommends Ursula K. Le Guin and Lauren Wilkinson recommends Nicholas Mancusi.

19:39 | Aug 28th

In this episode, Nicole Dennis-Benn and Dr. Jen Gunter each recommend a personal favorite read.

22:23 | Apr 24th

In this episode, Nicky Drayden and Helen Ellis talk about books that captured their attention in big ways.

20:42 | Apr 17th

In this episode, Lori Gottlieb and Nikesh Shukla join us to talk about books that have shaped their own craft.

19:46 | Apr 10th

In this episode, Elizabeth McCracken and Rincey Abraham talk about favorites that are hard to categorize.

18:54 | Apr 3rd

In this episode, Swati recommends Alanna: The First Adventure and Mary Norris recommends The War That Killed Achilles.

20:20 | Mar 27th

In this episode, Jean Kwok and Sarah Enni talk about books that have influenced their own writing.

20:36 | Mar 20th

In this episode, Laurie Halse Anderson and Mikki Kendall talk about books that have shaped how they write.

22:31 | Mar 13th

In this episode, G. Willow Wilson and Zen Cho talk about two of their favorite unreliable narrators.

23:09 | Mar 6th

In this episode, authors Susan Choi and Peter Mendelsund each talk about a classic that influenced their own work.

23:26 | Feb 27th

In this episode, author Dhonielle Clayton and bookstore owner Roxanne Coady talk about the books that have stuck with them.

24:08 | Feb 20th

In this episode, illustrator Francis Vallejo and romance author Mia Sosa talk about works that have shaped their own craft.

21:03 | Feb 13th

Today on Recommended, author Waubgeshig Rice and blogger Janssen Bradshaw each talk about a favorite teen novel.

19:14 | Feb 6th

Authors Preeti Chhibber and Sarah Gailey tell us about discovering new favorite novels while judging books by their covers.

00:34 | Dec 12th, 2018

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17:10 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this episode, Jane Mount picks The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Oyinkan Braithwaite talks Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

18:49 | Nov 14th, 2018

Sam Maggs talks about her love for Becky Chambers’ Record of a Spaceborn Few and Ausma Zehanat Khan discusses the impact of Dune by Frank Herbert on her writing life.

19:01 | Nov 7th, 2018

Joseph Fink picks Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth, and Kate Gavino discusses It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

20:17 | Oct 31st, 2018

In this episode, Nicole Chung recommends Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers and Becky Chambers recommends Changing Planes by Ursula K. LeGuin.

23:03 | Oct 24th, 2018

In this episode, Kim Stanley Robinson discusses Solar Bones by Mike McCormack and Sonia Faruqi picks Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

18:09 | Oct 17th, 2018

John Jennings talks about Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed, and R.F. Kuang picks The Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka.

20:32 | Oct 10th, 2018

In this episode, Nic Stone recommends The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Ryan North recommends Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by The Rule of One by Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders, and We...Show More

19:17 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In this episode, Sara Gran recommends Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov and Greg Pak recommends The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep and The Witch of Willow Hall by He...Show More

17:41 | Sep 26th, 2018

In this episode, Gretchen Rubin recommends Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language and Cynthia Leitich Smith recommends Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Vampires Like It Hot by Lynsay Sands and TBR.

21:08 | Sep 19th, 2018

In this episode, Rebekah Weatherspoon recommends If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman and Dessa recommends A Heart-Breaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Vampires Like it Hot by Lynsay Sands an...Show More

22:20 | Sep 12th, 2018

Rin Chupeco picks The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Grady Hendrix picks Ulysses by James Joyce. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Rule by Ellen Goodlett and Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. A transcript of this epi...Show More

22:01 | Sep 5th, 2018

Jasmine Guillory picks Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace, and historical novelist Amy Stewart talks Canteening Overseas by Marian Baldwin This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey and The Fall of Gondolin by J.R....Show More

21:57 | Aug 1st, 2018

In this episode, Karina Yan Glaser recommends Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor and Alyssa Cole recommends To Find You by Cerece Rennie Murphy. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and Annotated. A transcri...Show More

21:09 | Jul 25th, 2018

In this episode, Caitlin Doughty recommends The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker and Sherry Thomas recommends The Legends of the Condor Heroes by Louis Chan. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by our $500 YA Giveaway and Book Riot Insiders.

22:08 | Jul 18th, 2018

In this episode, Julie Murphy recommends Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Kevin Kwan recommends People Like Us by Dominick Dunne. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and Annotated.

21:59 | Jul 11th, 2018

In this episode, Walter Mosley recommends Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber and Doree Shafrir recommends Camille Perri's When Katie Met Cassidy. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Book Riot's Best of the Year YA Giveaway and the Annotat...Show More

20:02 | Jul 4th, 2018

This week we talked to Victor LaValle about Kenzaburō Ōe’s A Personal Matter and V.E. Schwab about Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Mae V. 1 & Series 2 by Gene Ha and Green Almonds by Anaële Hermans, illustrat...Show More

22:06 | Jun 27th, 2018

This week on Recommended, Lauren Groff discusses Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick and Zoraida Córdova raves about Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and Annotated.

22:19 | Jun 20th, 2018

In this episode, Ellen Oh recommends The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Cat Sebastian recommends Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Frolic Media and Annotated.

23:02 | Jun 13th, 2018

In this episode, Madeline Miller recommends Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare, and Sabaa Tahir recommends The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio and our bookstore gift card...Show More

18:41 | Jun 6th, 2018

In this episode, Rebecca Roanhorse recommends Erika Wurth's Buckskin Cocaine and Finn Murphy recommends George Orwell's 1984. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by The Wormworld Saga Vol. 1: The Journey Begins by Daniel Lieske and All the Litt...Show More

20:03 | May 30th, 2018

In this episode, Sylvain Neuvel recommends Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Tayari Jones recommends Alice Walker's Meridian. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Annotated and Book Riot Insiders.

20:11 | May 23rd, 2018

In this episode, Sandhya Menon recommends Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess and Alexander Chee recommends Anne Carson's Plainwater. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Furyborn by Claire Legrand and Penguin Random House Audio.

22:34 | May 16th, 2018

In this episode, Seanan McGuire recommends Sarah Rees Brennan's In Other Lands and Rumaan Alam recommends Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Oothar the Blue by Brandon Reese and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexan...Show More

01:27 | May 9th, 2018

Ready your earbuds: Season 2 of Recommended starts next Wednesday, May 16!

20:31 | Nov 22nd, 2017

In this episode, John Scalzi recommends The People’s Almanac by David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, and Irving Wallace and Alisha Rai recommends A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Renegades by Marissa Meyer. To en...Show More

18:49 | Nov 15th, 2017

In this episode, Andy Weir recommends Small Gods by Terry Pratchett and Louise Erdrich recommends The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. To enter the giveaway of all twelve ...Show More

17:13 | Nov 8th, 2017

In this episode, Valentine De Landro recommends Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick and Sarah Wendell recommends The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Ade...Show More

17:55 | Nov 2nd, 2017

In this episode, Lisa Lucas recommends The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and Leigh Bardugo recommends Catwitch by Una Woodruff and Lisa Tuttle. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Berserker by Emmy Laybourne. To enter the giveaway of all tw...Show More

17:35 | Oct 25th, 2017

In this episode, Joe Hill recommends Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill and Attica Locke recommends 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Ally by Anna Banks. To enter the giveaway of all twelve of t...Show More

19:14 | Oct 18th, 2017

In this episode, Malinda Lo recommends Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters and Jason Reynolds recommends The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. To enter the giveaway of all ...Show More

19:21 | Oct 11th, 2017

In this episode, Tom Perrotta recommends The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Nnedi Okorafor recommends What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. To enter the giveaway of all twelv...Show More

19:03 | Oct 4th, 2017

In this episode, Zareen Jaffery recommends Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and James McBride recommends To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. To enter the gi...Show More

20:34 | Sep 27th, 2017

In this episode, Tessa Dare recommends Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase and Malka Older recommends An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. To enter the giveaway of all twelve...Show More

17:37 | Sep 20th, 2017

In this episode, Annalee Newitz recommends The Mount by Carol Emshwiller and Jesmyn Ward recommends The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by Spinning by Tillie Walden. To enter the giveaway of all...Show More

18:50 | Sep 13th, 2017

In this episode, Celeste Ng recommends The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Tara Clancy recommends The Wanderers by Richard Price. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins To enter the give...Show More

18:32 | Sep 6th, 2017

In this episode, Samantha Irby recommends The Mothers by Brit Bennett and Robin Sloan recommends The Parable of The Sower by Octavia Butler. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by: Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough To ent...Show More

01:51 | Aug 31st, 2017

This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Recommended, Book Riot's new podcast featuring interesting people talking about their favorite books. Episode 1 will be released September 6.   This 12-episode season of Recommended is presented by Fie...Show More