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Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #44 – “Library Appreciation”

Renay and Jenny discuss terrible list making and how to be better, what we like in our nonfiction, and Jenny makes Renay a literary fiction starter pack!

Discussion References
Intro/What We’re Reading
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Southern Reach trilogy being adapted into movie by 28 Days Later writer
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval
How to Weep in Public by Jacqueline Novak

Making Good Lists; 04:36

Have a good variety between:

  • Time period
  • Tone
  • Race
  • Gender

Nonfiction Tangents; 19:53
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
A History of Namibia: From the Beginning to 1990 by John Kinahan & Marion Wallace
Ewan McGregor’s Stupid Beautiful Face: A History of Han/Luke and Star Wars Slash
Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays by Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Literary Fiction Starter Pack; 33:04
Jenny’s Excellent Literary Fiction Starter Pack
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Substitutes acceptable: Purple Hibiscus or Americanah)
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Also mentioned:
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Recommendations; 49:15
Jenny: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Renay: Avengers Academy


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