BONUS EPISODE: Best of 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

Yeah, so, if y’all hadn’t noticed, we’ve lagged a bit in getting new episodes posted this year. We blame life. To make up for being assholes, here’s ANOTHER bonus episode to keep you occupied until our next real episode posts. Which will be soon. Like, it’s been recorded, we’re just editing, and it should be ready in, like, a week. Get psyched.

You can also stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Find us on Tumblr at, and follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans.

Check out our show notes, below.


Bitches in Bookshops

Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. It’s the best.

  Introduction   [0:30]

In Which Emma’s Excited About an Event That You Can’t Attend ‘Cause It Already Happened and We Discuss the Awesomeness of Tactile Covers

Emma’s drinking Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Kim’s drinking Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter IPA

Emma’s reading: See You in the Morning by Mairead Case


Also mentioned: Slab by Selah Saterstrom, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin (of Bookslut fame)

Kim’s reading: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen


Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson

Listening to: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

Chapter I   [7:07]

In Which Your Noble Hosts Look Back at Their Favorite Books of 2015

Emma’s Picks:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (also mentioned: Lumberjanes)

Witches of America by Alex Mar

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Kim’s Picks:

Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (also mentioned: Skim & This One Summer)

Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

Women by Chloe Caldwell

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Chapter II   [27:00]

In Which Your Hosts Look Forward to 2016

Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters by Charles Wheelan (pubs 4 April 2016)

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (also mentioned: White is For Witching and Boy, Snow, Bird)

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs 5 April 2016)

The Crimson Skew by SE Grove (pubs 12 July 2016)

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente (also mentioned: Radiance, Six Gun Snow White)

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (pubs 25 October 2016) (also mentioned: Hyperbole and a Half, as well as Let’s Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson)

The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) by Anna Pulley, illustrated by Kelsey Beyer (pubs 19 April 2016)

  Chapter III   [40:53]

In Which Booksellers from Across The Land Recommend the Books They’re Looking Forward to in 2016

Ariana from Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT recommends The Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (pubs 20 September 2016)

Genevieve from the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, CO recommends Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (pubs 22 March 2016)

Sam from Village Books in Bellingham, WA recommends Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard (pubs 6 September 2016)

Carson from Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT recommends My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (pubs 17 May 2016)

Stacy from Book Bar in Denver, CO recommends After the Crash by Michel Bussi (published 5 January 2016)

Epilogue   [43:33]

In Which There Are Exciting Things On the Horizon

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We’ll be back soon (in a week or so?) with a for-realsies episode. Until then, read ALL the books.



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