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March Madness Round One: Match Ups Five and Six

Match ups five and six are here! Remember, all during our March Madness event, you'll have the chance to help us choose YOUR FAVORITE of the books we've discussed on Unabridged in the past year! You can vote throughout March as we move through our bracket. Be sure to check out our Instagram stories to vote. Each time you vote, you'll be entered to win a copy of the winning book OR a comparably priced book of your choice! Head over to this Instagram post for all the details.


Round One, Match Up Five:


Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give


Discussed in: Episode 129


The Details: In light of the unjust loss of Black lives in America and of the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to share an episode from 2018 where, for our book club, we discussed one of our favorite YA literature books for the classroom, Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. In the episode, we discuss the novel and share pairings including Gabrielle Union's We're Going to Need More Wine, Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil's The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, and Nic Stone's Dear Martin.






Book Cover of Beach Read by Emily Henry

Emily Henry's Beach Read


Discussed in: Episode 132


The Details: In this Unabridged podcast book club episode, we're discussing Emily Henry's Beach Read. We have a great discussion and pair this one with some other great reads, including Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes,Kate Clayborn’s Love Lettering, and Josie Silver’sThe Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Beach Read is a contemporary romance that balances witty banter with more serious themes.








Round One, Match Up Six:


Christina Lauren's In a Holidaze


Discussed in: Episode 154


The Details: In this Book Club episode of the Unabridged Podcast, we talk about Christina Lauren's holiday rom-com, In a Holidaze. After our Bookish Check-in, where we each share what we're reading, we chat about the novel and then offer another holiday book recommendation. We end with our Give Me One and talk about holiday songs that make us cringe.











Book Cover of Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram's Darius the Great Is Not Okay


Discussed in: Episode 159


The Details: In the first book club discussion of 2021, we are thrilled to discuss Adib Khorram's Darius the Great Is Not Okay. This brilliant young adult lit book addresses so many important topics including family heritage, bullying, friendship, family dynamics, managing depression, and so many other issues with nuance and humor.








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