The first year of Words About Books has flown by. We’ve learned a lot about podcasting since we started back in January, and we’ve picked up quite a few new listeners. There have been numerous suggestions/ideas for new books, episode formats, and non-book content. We’ve also noticed that people seem to prefer shorter episodes released more frequently. With these things in mind, in 2021 we will be moving to a weekly release schedule. We will still continue to read 1 book per month as a club, but rather than try to stretch every book to fit a “Dune” length discussion, we’re going to experiment with mixing in some new episode formats.
Some of these new episode formats will include deep dives on interesting authors, non-fiction book recommendations, discussions about the publishing industry, short stories, and some surprises. As we ramp up to this new weekly schedule we’re going to be working some of these episode formats in throughout October, November, and December. Many of these episodes will reference books outside of our normal reading schedule, and while you won’t need to read these books to follow the episode, I thought that some listeners may appreciate a heads up.
First, for a list of all the books we will be reading and have already read as part of our book club please check out:
Below is a list of “extra credit” books that will be featured on upcoming episodes:
- “Deep in the Crease: H.P. Lovecraft” debuting 10/4/2020
- “The American 2020 Election Extravaganza” debuting late October 2020
I’ll give you some spoilers for this one since emotions will be running high. This is not going to be as political as it sounds. I’m going to be discussing these as non-fiction books written about a similar topic that we all have some familiarity with (whether we want to or not). I don’t plan on talking much about the content of the books, but rather if they’re good and/or informative books. I’ll be ranking each book based on the following criteria: readability, quality of the information, and whether or not each book brings a fresh perspective.
- Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
- Fear: Trump in the White House (The Trump White House Part 1) by Bob Woodward
- Rage (The Trump White House Part 2) by Bob Woodward
- Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
- The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John R. Bolton
- I might throw in Michael Cohen’s book if I get to it…we’ll see
- “Maybe Read Chainsaw Man?” debuting early November