#068: Nerd is a good thing

I‘m talking to Anne Bogel about books: good summer reads, how to encourage kids to read, when to buy versus when to check out at the library, e-reader versus the real thing, and more. Plus, Anne shares her book matchmaking “services” and we talk about her famous summer reading list. If you enjoy chatting books with your friends, you’ll LOVE this episode.


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Also? Get ready for the motherlode of show notes…

Books mentioned in the episode:

Summer Reading Guide, 2014

Anne’s official Summer Reading Guide for 2014

5-Book Summer Reading Guide

Her 5-Book Summer Reading Guide


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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Yay you made my morning!

  2. I can not. I am SO EXCITED for you two to hook up and chat books. Can’t wait to listen to this later when I have a few hours to myself.
    Sarah M

  3. I love when a new podcast shows up on my downcast feed. This is a fun summer one! Thanks.

  4. Just read THE ROSIE PROJECT on Anne’s recommendation. Oh my gosh, way too fun.

  5. This has to be one of my favorite podcasts you’ve done, Tsh. I have such a hard time finding websites with book recommendations that I like because I have yet to find any modern fiction novel that I don’t put down after the first PARAGRAPH (honestly), so I’m happy to find Anne who seems so open to all the different opinions and perspectives. She has a long, diverse list of “To-Read” books for me to enjoy! I love a good talk about a good book.
    Jane Eyre has to be one of my favorite books of all time. I read it for a college class when I was 20, and, just like Tsh said, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made my heart go “pitter-patter” (when Jane is in the garden and she wonders if Rochester’s shadow can feel… *sigh*). Oh, such a great book. I’ve been devouring books by the Bronte sisters. I love gothic novels. Thanks for this awesome podcast!!

  6. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this podcast! You and Anne have my most favorite two blogs so this was the best podcast you have done so far. Thank you!

  7. Yay! I was just looking for a good reading list earlier this week. Perfect!

  8. I heard you talking about Randy Alcorn books on the podcast. I highly recommend the book Safely Home. It’s a fiction book about the persecuted Chinese Christian church. It’s a game-changer that I think you will enjoy.
    Thanks for all the great recommendations. My Goodreads’ list overflows.

  9. This was my favorite podcast thus far. I’m an avid reader, so I get nostalgic about The Babysitters Club and Anne of Green Gables. I’m definitely going to read several of the recommended books.

    Also, Tsh, I saw that you were quoted in Redbook magazine (the one with Melissa McCarthy on the cover — love her!). That was pretty neat.

  10. I just read Jane Eyre for the first time. SO good.

    Re Harry Potter and kids, my husband read all the books over the course of a year to my elder two when they were 7-8 and 5-6. Since they read them together, the kids were “chaperoned” and it worked out beautifully. The kids then picked them up to re-read on their own, which was OK with me since they’d already been shepherded through the content by their dad. The later movies I actually won’t let them see, though, because I think the intensity of reading something and “seeing” it in your own head is different from the intensity of seeing it on a screen.

  11. Tsh-thanks so much for this show. I’ve spent hours devouring the content this week and the links within. A new blog (MMD) to read and new podcast (RAR) to listen to have been fantastic! Keep up the great work!

  12. I’ve lately discovered your podcast and I love it! I’m so glad I have so many episodes to catch up.
    That episode was my favourite so far, but I’m biased as you mentioned Anne of Green Gables and so many of my favourite books. I can’t believe that living so far away people still can so much in common, I’m surprised every time I notice that obvious fact.

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