For their final ever podcast, Trish and Jess read one of Trish's all time favorites, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. They get a little choked up discussing the heartbreak of the multiple characters who don't make it to the end of this novel that takes place in WWII Germany and get off track only briefly when they need to pause to kill a spider. They reflect on their podcasting highs and lows over the past 3 years, and end Podcast Unbound for good with a Top 5 of books they read for the purpose of podcasting. Thanks for listening and happy reading!

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-10-BookThief.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:00am EST

It's mid-August and Trish has already reached her goal of reading 52 books this year, so Jess and Trish discuss her updated reading goals. In spite of this reading high, Trish shares her recent literary low when she realizes she's been mispronouncing a word for a long time. Jess and Trish then share their heartbreak about how deeply events went wrong in this month's read "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy, and how heartbreaking books that take place in India always seem to be. With two podcasts left to go, Trish and Jess pick favorite books to read for each other. Next month Jess has picked "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. 

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-08-TheGodOfSmallThings-lofi.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

Trish and Jess talk about times they've been assholes, including Jess mispronouncing the word detritus on the podcast and in her personal life for forever. They also talk about the asshole main character in the beautiful, sparsely written "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. Next month they read "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-06-ThisIsHowYouLoseHer.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

Jess and Trish talk about fake mermaids and true love while discussing "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman. They also break down some important though unconnected topics, like if the new Beauty and the Beast movie is gonna be good. They end with one of their favorite Top 5s ever, characters who think they're a monster. Next month the delve deep into serious sci-fi, "Mute" by Piers Anthony. 

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-03-MuseumOfExtraordinaryThings.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:13am EST

Trish and Jess disagree about a variety of books from beginning to end. Trish fails to appreciate "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman the way it deserves, but they agree entirely that "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is great, and that the character development was clear when they had epiphanies about one character through the eyes of another. They finish with Top 5 books they've hated, and have moments of great agreement and dispute. Next month, they read "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman.

(Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-02-PurpleHibiscus.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:18pm EST

One of the best things about Leah is that she has a Pinterest board named "Mug Life," but it also is great that she was our guest in Jan! We talked about hot cheese, all while discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman. Leah and Trish describe their love of the cantankerous old man with a heart of gold at the heart of the book, while Jess has mild reservations. They debate how old you have to be to be considered old, and agree the limit should be upped. They get into Top 5 male characters over 50, and next month Jess and Trish read "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Music credit: “Books” by Minden http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2017-01-AManCalledOve.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:00am EST

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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2016-12-GirlInCoat.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:05pm 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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

Direct download: 2016-09-ConstantPrincess-Suicides.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:09pm 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 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/)

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



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