Trish and Jess check in about books they got for Christmas, how their respective apartments are filling with books despite best efforts, and Jess's last ditch attempt to read a book a day for the rest of the year to reach her yearly goal. They then discuss Girl in Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, which made its way into the 30% of books Trish likes despite being a little unbelievable. They compare it to Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer which loaded Jess with tension as she worried that mother and daughter characters would not be reunited. Trish and Jess end with Top 5 Most satisfying or uplifting dogs in literature as recommended by Jess's mom. Next month, special guest Leah with A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
(Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-12-GirlInCoat.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Before Trish and Jess review "Endless Night" by Agatha Christie, they commiserate on their apartments filling up with books despite their best intentions and check in about their reading goals for the year. Trish has already read more books than weeks in the year, and Jess makes plans to power through detective novels to make her quota. While reviewing "Endless Night" they discuss their surprise over its structure, push back on extended recuperation periods for sprained ankles, and discuss the inaccurate cover on Jess's book from the 70s. They finish with Top 5 list of men from literature who got in over their heads. Next month they will compare and contrast "The Girl in Red Coat" by Kate Hamer and "Girl in a Blue Coat" by Monica Hesse, with Jess reading the former and Trish the latter. Happy reading till then!

 (Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-11-EndlessNight.mp3
Category:mystery -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

It's Podcast Unbound's 2 year anniversary! Our only regret so far is how weird our recorded voices are. This month's book is Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald because we found two copies at a consignment store. We share our mutual horror at having picked yet another book that ended up having weird sex stuff in it. A man who thinks he's developmentally disabled until he finds out he's not somehow raises a horde of pigs in his basement without being discovered and shares his secret with a local girl. Top 5 list this month: books we've read in the last year of recording the podcast. Next month: Endless Night by Agatha Christie.

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-10-Pigtopia.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Trish and Jess compare and contrast books with vaguely similar titles they found at a consignment shop: the Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory vs The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr. Trish reports historical princesses are weird pervs and Jess is unable to explain why a Scotsman would keep his back door open but his bedroom door locked. Top 5 list this month: consignment store purchases. Join us next month for our two-year anniversary, when we read Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald.

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-09-ConstantPrincess-Suicides.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Welcome to our August episode where we talk to our friend Jason, who has chosen “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz for us to read. We talk about potential dwarven hankey-pankey, wizard betrayal, and why so much ham gets eaten. We round the episode out with our top five lines from a book. Next month we do a double header where we’ll each read a different book with a sort-of similar title, and compare and contrast. Those two books are “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory and “The Case of Constant Suicides” by John Dickson Carr.

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-08-Dwarves.mp3
Category:fantasy -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Ok, back on track! This month, we enjoy some bad-boy time with “Hyde” by Daniel Levine. This episode contains bad rosé, all sorts of weird sex things none of us expected, and Star Trek top five. Next month, we read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz with a special guest. 

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden

Direct download: 2016-07-B-Hyde.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

And a belated Happy Father's day to you all! To celebrate we asked Jess's Father, Gary, to join us in a discussion of his favorite book, "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver. Hear how this book ruined us for other books. Top 5 for this month? Bad Dads. Next month, we read, "Hyde" by Daniel Levine. Enjoy, and send us your questions to @PodcastUnbound on Twitter or Facebook.

Direct download: 2015-07-PoisonWoodBible-low.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

Trish and Jess start with a chat about what else they've been reading recently, which included Joe Hill's newest novel, BuzzFeed articles, and essays about the Polyvagal Theory. They move on to talk about the powerful heartbreak of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." They qualify when they are willing to accept unbelievable circumstances in books and what makes a book feel hopeless. They end with a Top 5 list of other books that broke their hearts. Next month, Jess's dad guest stars for Father's Day to talk about one of his favorite books, "The Poisonwood Bible," by Barbara Kingsolver.

Direct download: 2016-05-Beloved.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Jess and Trish overestimate how much wine they can reasonably drink before podcasting. They share the professional writers they wish wrote fanfic before assessing "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend," by Katarina Bivald. They both are passionately distressed by an unrealistic depiction of stew and small town cohesion and end with Top 5 books they would recommend to strangers. Next month, "Beloved," by Toni Morrison. (Musical Credit: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans)

Direct download: 2016-04-BrokenWheel.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 10:24pm EST

Jess and Trish drink a bottle and a half of wine before playing judge a book by its title. A life changing event takes place when one of them actually guesses one correctly!! Who and which book? You'll have to listen to find out. They then discuss "Zorro" by Isabelle Allende, and touch upon plot points including children catching bears, the pressure of being a lady on a ship when everyone is trying to watch you dump your chamber pot, and the romance of being mute except for the girl of your dreams. Next month they review "The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend" by Katarina Bivald. Happy reading! (Musical credit: Fire and Fury by Oscar Lopez)

Direct download: 2016-03-Zorro.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

While chatting about "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving, Jess and Trish begin to ponder if there is a lot more weird sex in books than they realized until podcasting about it, or if they have a predilection for a certain type of novel. They discuss books which were better as movies and have a moment of intense consensus. Next month, "Zorro" by Isabel Allende. (Musical Credit: When the Lion Sleeps Tonight performed by Rockapella)

Direct download: 2016-02-TheFourthHand.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

Trish and Jess read "Bear" by Marian Engel, an award winning Canadian novel about a woman who falls in romantic, sexual, actualized love with a bear. Jess and Trish discuss the inherent physical dangers, the complications in getting a bear to do what a lady wants in bed, and briefly consider romantic armadillo love. Next month, The Fourth Hand by John Irving. (Musical Credit: Bear Necessities by Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman)

Direct download: 2016-01-Bear.mp3
Category:Romance -- posted at: 7:00am EST






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