Podcasting with The Readerly Report


Hello Friends,

A few weeks ago I mentioned being a guest on a podcast called The Readerly Report. I’m happy to tell you it’s now available - click here to listen. We discussed books set internationally.

I enjoy the book blogging community… so much goodness online!

From 2008-2011 I hosted a blog named Bookworm with a View, interviewing dozens of authors for the Manic Mommies Book Club, and coordinating book events with my local book store. From 2012-2018 I was traveling so much that I was unable to keep up with blogging. After missing the process of blogging, I launched this lifestyle blog to share my love for travel while weaving in book and cooking stories. This gives me the freedom to share current projects and discuss more than books.

Gayle & Nicole: I have a known these ladies for years. Gayle introduced me to book blogging, where I befriended Nicole during a visit to NYC a decade ago. Nicole joins me for book events in the city a few times a year.

The Podcast…

During the podcast I shared a story about traveling with my father, to Paris (click here to read the post about this trip). It’s one of my favorite memories, exploring a city for the first time with my Dad. He wasn’t walking well, having double knee replacement a few months later. It might be important to note that I am an early riser on vacation - often having explored a city for three-plus hours before my family is ready to go. On this trip, I remember exploring the city on foot and returning to the hotel with a banana crepe and coffee to start his day. We would then hire a taxi to drive us around Paris. We both remember the day I pushed him in a wheelchair to explore the many halls in the Louvre. I could write a short story about that day! I read almost a book a day on that trip, which occurred just before getting my first ipad… my suitcase weighted down with real books. ;)

A list of favorite books

Below are some of the books discussed on the podcast, and several more worth mentioning.

Favorites: Most of these are older novels, I’m highlighting them because they transported me to the location and daily struggles of the times. They also happen to be some of my favorite reads.

  • The Red Tent - Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood.

  • The Poisonwood Bible - told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. 

  • The Jane Austin Project - London, 1815: Two time travelers arrive in a field, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. Their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.

Local feel/experience : The novels below transport the reader to a location. I have traveled to countries similar to these settings, have been to slums in Africa and Nepal, questioned by someone with a military rifle, and more. These books feel representative of the countries to me.

  • The Space between Us (India). In 2017, we met a young Nepali man who invited us to meet his family. They live in a shared home with dirt floors, and limited access to water. It’s so important to remember how easy life is for us.

  • The Secret lives of Baba Segi’s Wive’s (Nigeria). The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union.

  • Tangerine (Morocco). The country and way we move around a city are described well in this novel. Part of this novel is a reminder to be cautious while exploring a foreign city.

  • Love and Ruin (Cuba and various other countries). Hemingway’s stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn - an independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century. The author spent time in Cuba and the reader feels her research!

Books set vacation locations: Places are most of our bucket lists that let the reader feel the city.

Social Causes/Awareness: This is a genre that I am drawn to, I have read dozens of books similar to the list below.

There are too many books to include in one post. What books am I missing from the list above? Books set in another land. Some of these titles were discussed on the podcast.