This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there's a book vlogger out there for every literary palate. Max is a great example of this; his videos cover serious award winners, challenging experimental works, and deep dives into substantial modern literature.
In today's episode, Max & Anne discuss stories with unique structural elements, books that swing wildly between 1 and 5 star ratings, and the best way to find a Booktube creator who shares your taste.
Curious about the world of Booktube? Max's channel is a great place to start your exploration. Plus, keep up with his book life on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
Do you have a book you're dying to recommend to Max? What about a favorite Booktuber you recommend? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!
Books discussed in this episode:
• The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón• Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer• Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce• Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro• The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell• Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie• Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi• So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson• My Brilliant Friend (Neopolitan novels), by Elena Ferrante• Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell• The Best American Short Stories 2016, edited by Junot Diaz• Dead Souls, by J. Lincoln Fenn• Before We Visit the Goddess, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni• The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni• Blindess, Jose Saramago• Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel• Lucky, Alice Sebold• The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold• A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara• All At Sea, Decca Aitkenhead• When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
• NPR interview with Yaa Gyasi• Jessica Jones (Netflix series)• The Lovely Bones (movie)
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