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'Summer of Saunders' and other goals for this reading season

Suzanne's summer TBR includes essays, romance, family drama, an immigration memoir and books she meant to read last year.
Suzanne Perez
Suzanne's summertime TBR includes romance, family drama, an immigration memoir and books she meant to read last year.

It's summer reading season! Time to head outside to a hammock, the lakeside or under a shade tree and read those books you've been meaning to tackle.

In this episode of Books & Whatnot, Beth and Suzanne talk about their current reads and summertime TBRs.

We'd still love to see your shelfies! Take a picture of your nearest bookshelf and email it to us at podcasts@kmuw.orgor tag us on Instagram @books_and_whatnot. If we share it on our website, we'll send you a fancy Books & Whatnot sticker!

Books & Whatnot is produced by KMUW and is part of the NPR Podcast Network.

Books (and whatnot) discussed in this episode:

  • The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • SoulBoom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution by Rainn Wilson
  • Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb
  • Paper Names by Susie Luo
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Trust by Hernan Diaz
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Flint Hills Books
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Life Council: 10 Friends Every Woman Needs by Laura Tremaine
  • 10 Things To Tell You podcast
  • Share Your Stuff: I’ll Go First by Laura Tremaine
  • Retrospective: A Novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • Reputations: A Novel by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Blush Bookstore in Wichita
  • American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Marriage Act by John Marrs
  • The One by John Marrs
  • The Passengers by John Marrs
  • Black Mirror
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • The Guest Lecture by Martin Riker
  • Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast (Rebecca Makai episode)
  • In the Orchard: A Novel by Eliza Minot
  • Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • KMUW’s Literary Feast
  • The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
  • Search by Michelle Huneven
  • The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • Inciting Joy: Essays by Ross Gay
  • Solito by Javier Zamora
  • Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
  • Pew by Catherine Lacey
  • The Biography of X by Catherine Lacey
  • Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dryer
  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
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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.
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.