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242: Kelly Barnhill's THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON - November 2022 Book Club


Episode graphic - Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon - November 2022 Book Club

Looking for an amazing children's book that is perfect for many audiences? For our November book club pick, Jen and Ashley discuss Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm). We offer our pairings, including Tae Keller’s When You Trap a Tiger (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm) and Melissa Albert’s Our Crooked Hearts (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm). We wrap up by talking about our feelings about whether we are morning or night people. Interested in supporting us? Join our Patreon for $5 a month to get a bonus episode each month.


Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)

Jen - Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Our Book Club Pick

Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Our Pairings

Ashley - Tae Keller’s When You Trap a Tiger (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)

Jen - Melissa Albert’s Our Crooked Hearts (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


Give Me One - Morning or Night

Listen in to hear whether Jen and Ashley are morning or night people.


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Bookish Check-in

Ashley was reading...

Book Cover of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


From the publisher: "Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?


"In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place."


Jen was reading...

Book Cover of Four Thousand Weeks Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


From the publisher:

"The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks.


"Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, work-life balance, and the ceaseless battle against distraction; and we’re deluged with advice on becoming more productive and efficient, and 'life hacks' to optimize our days. But such techniques often end up making things worse. The sense of anxious hurry grows more intense, and still the most meaningful parts of life seem to lie just beyond the horizon. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks.


"Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Rejecting the futile modern fixation on 'getting everything done,' Four Thousand Weeks introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing how many of the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society—and that we could do things differently."


Our Book Club Pick

Book Cover of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


From the publisher:

"Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.


"One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . ."


Our Pairings


Book Cover of When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Tae Keller’s When You Trap a Tiger (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


From the publisher:

"Some stories refuse to stay bottled up...


"When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal--return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni's health--Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice...and the courage to face a tiger.


"Tae Keller, the award-winning author of The Science of Breakable Things, shares a sparkling tale about the power of stories and the magic of family. Think Walk Two Moons meets Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!"


Book Cover of Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert’s Our Crooked Hearts (Bookshop.org | Libro.fm)


From the publisher:

"On the way home from a party, seventeen-year-old Ivy and her soon-to-be ex nearly run over a nude young woman standing in the middle of a tree-lined road. It’s only the first in a string of increasingly eerie events and offerings: a dead rabbit in the driveway, a bizarre concoction buried by her mother in the backyard, a box of childhood keepsakes hidden in her parents’ closet safe. Most unsettling of all, corroded recollections of Ivy and her enigmatic mother’s past resurface, with the help of the boy next door.


"What if there’s more to Ivy’s mother than meets the eye? And what if the supernatural forces she messed with during her own teen years have come back to haunt them both? Ivy must grapple with these questions and more if she’s going to escape the darkness closing in.


"Straddling Ivy’s contemporary suburban town and her mother’s magic-drenched 1990s Chicago, this bewitching and propulsive story rockets towards a conclusion guaranteed to keep readers up all night."

 

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