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The rating system reviewed

Beth Golay and Suzanne Perez divided by plexiglass and in opinion
Haley Crowson
Beth Golay and Suzanne Perez divided by plexiglass and in opinion

On this episode of Books & Whatnot, Suzanne Perez offers the criteria behind her book rating system, and Beth Golay explains why she wants no part of it. Plus, books about food, literary coincidences, and the latest books that are epic—in scope if nothing else.

This episode of Books & Whatnot was recorded on February 10, 2022. Any references to “new” or “forthcoming” and the like are relative.

These are the titles mentioned in this episode:

  • The Anthropocene Reviewedby John Green
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Devil Houseby John Darnielle
  • Small Worldby Jonathan Evison 
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Still Life by Sarah Winman
  • The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  • Great Circleby Maggie Shipstead
  • Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evision 
  • West of Here by Jonathan Evision
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
  • This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
  • All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison
  • Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison
  • Taste: My Life Through Foodby Stanley Tucci
  • Love and Saffron by Kim Fay
  • Fight Nightby Miriam Toews
  • Women Talkingby Miriam Toews
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • Moon Witch, Spider Kingby Marlon James
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis 
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • The Pushby Audrey Audrain
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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    Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.
    Suzanne Perez is a longtime journalist covering education and general news for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. Suzanne reviews new books for KMUW and is the co-host with Beth Golay of the Books & Whatnot podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SuzPerezICT.