For the Love of Books Season 2 Episode 1



For the Love of Books is back! In this first episode of season 2, we catch up with each other and discuss all things books and entertainment! We received some listener feedback, and it was fun hearing about what everyone has been up to!  Our discussion ranges from the 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards to books we have been reading to TV series we have been watching! And, of course, we discuss the new Little Women film! We hope you enjoy this episode all about our love of books and more!

ALA Youth Media Awards (1:38)

ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2020

New Kid by Jerry Craft

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; Illustrations by Kadir Nelson

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o; Illustrations by Vashti Harrison

Special Episode 11: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Books We Have Been Reading (12:29)

The Dutch House by Anne Patchett; Performed by Tom Hanks

The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn B. Purvis

Epic Bike Rides of the Americas by Lonely Planet

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury

I am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Gospel in Life Podcast by Tim Keller: Marriage as Ministry Power

Gospel in Life Podcast by Tim Keller: Cultivating a Healthy Marriage

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmer

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together by Kara Tippets and Jill Lynn Buteyn

Children’s Books We Are Loving (50:21)

Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Renaee Graef

A Little Prairie House by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Renaee Graef

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson; Illustrations by Jane Chapman

Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson; Illustrations by Jane Chapman

The Berenstain Bears Books by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Noah and the Very Big Boat by Tim Thornborough; Illustrated by Jennifer Davison

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

Hello, Ninja by N.D. Wilson; Illustrations by Forrest Dickison

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by Rafael Lôpez

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Television Shows We’ve Been Watching (1:04:08)

The Outsider

Stranger Things

The Stranger

The Leftovers

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Locke and Key



Terrace House

Hello, Ninja

Virgin River

This Is Us

The Mandalorian

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: Rebels

The West Wing

Madam Secretary

Movies We Have Been Loving (1:30:00)

Little Women 2019 Film Review (SPOILER ALERT if you have not seen the movie) (1:36:25)

20: Invincible Louisa

Listener Feedback (1:53:14)

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Polly and Buster Series by Sally Rippin

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason

Titan Base (Resisters Book 3) by Eric S. Nylund

Operation Inferno (Resisters Book 4) by Eric S. Nylund

Quinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen; Illustrations by Greg Swearingen

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken with Greg Lewis

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Flyboys by James Bradley

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo; Illustrations by Chris Van Dusen

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp; Illustrations by Garth Williams

Other book references made during this episode:

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Locke & Key Comic Book Series by Joe Hill; Illustrations by Gabriel Rodriguez

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephen Pastis

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs

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List of Newbery Medal Books

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound






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