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Welcome to From the Front Porch, a weekly conversational podcast on books, small business, and life in the South, produced by The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Episode 386 || Backlist Book Club: LESS
56:27

This week on From the Front Porch, Hunter McClendon of @shelfbyshelf joins Annie for the Backlist Book Club. Listen in as the two of them discuss the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less on the Backlist Book Club.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our new website:

The books discussed this week include:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Dinosaurs by Lydia Millett. Hunter is reading Paul by Daisy Lafarge.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Aug 18, 2022
Episode 385 || Kid’s Table: Late Summer
48:14

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by friend, cousin and former colleague, Ashley Sherlock. Annie and Ashley share what they’re reading, watching, listening to and buying.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our new website:

Annie is reading:

Ashley is reading:

Annie is watching:

  • Inside Man

  • Double Jeopardy

  • The Town

  • Gone Baby Gone

  • Tootsie

  • Fatal Attraction

  • TATBILB 1,2, and 3

Ashley is watching:

  • The Bear

  • The Gray Man

  • Only Murders in the Building

Annie is listening to:

Ashley is listening to:

Annie is buying:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien. Ashley is reading Florida Woman by Deb Rogers.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

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Aug 11, 2022
Episode 384 || August New Release Rundown
59:51

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia are back for another New Release Rundown. They’re sharing the August releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR list.

Don’t forget, if you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, you can enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10 percent off your order.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our new website:

Annie’s list:

Olivia's list:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Upgrade by Blake Crouch. Olivia is reading The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

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Aug 04, 2022
Episode 383 || July Reading Recap
42:19

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is talking about all the books she read in July. As always, we’re offering a July Reading Recap Bundle, which features Annie’s three favorite books from the month. You can purchase the bundle at this link.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Jul 28, 2022
Episode 382 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 15
58:46

This week on From the Front Porch, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy! Annie is back to answer more of your reading questions and dilemmas. If you have a question you would like Annie to answer in a future episode, you can leave us a voicemail here.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

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Jul 21, 2022
Episode 381 || Best Books of the Year (So Far)
47:31

We’re already halfway through 2022! In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Hunter share their favorite books of the year so far.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s Top Five:

Hunter’s Top Five:

Other Books Mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Also a Poet by Ada Calhoun. Hunter is reading Greenland by David Santos Donaldson.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

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Jul 14, 2022
Episode 380 || July New Release Rundown
50:31

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia are back for another New Release Rundown. They’re sharing the July releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR list.

Don’t forget, if you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, you can enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10 percent off your order.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s list:

  • Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola

  • Sister Mother Warrior by Vanessa Riley

  • The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser

  • Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia Armfield

  • Big Girl: A Novel by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

  • A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin

  • Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir by Erica L. Sánchez

  • Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown

Olivia's list:

  • The First Rule of Climate Club by Carrie Firestone

  • Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon

  • Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

  • The It Girl by Ruth Ware

  • Upgrade by Blake Crouch

  • Dead Water by C. A. Fletcher

  • The Witchery by S. Isabelle

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Midcoast by Adam White. Olivia is reading Dead Water by C. A. Fletcher.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Jul 07, 2022
Episode 379 || June Reading Recap
46:38

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for a reading recap! In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is talking about all the books she read in June. As we’ve done the past few months, we’re offering a Reading Recap bundle, which is $73 and includes Annie’s three favorite titles of the month.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Jun 30, 2022
Episode 378 || Summer Kids’ Table
47:41

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with her friend, cousin, and former colleague Ashley Sherlock. Together, they make up members of their own family’s kids’ table. They talk about what they’re reading, watching listening to, and buying this season.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Watching:

  • The Essex Serpent on Apple TV+

  • Stranger Things season 4

  • Somebody Feed Phil

  • Top Gun

  • The Circle

Listening To:

  • The Big Picture podcast (Top Gun episodes especially)

  • Playlists by Fran Dorsey/Coppertone & Sarah Tolzmann/Note to Self/Chill Summer

  • Wilder Mind by Mumford and Sons

  • A Place to Call Home by Michael Ottosson

Buying:

  • Dresses from Target’s Universal Thread line

  • August Cloth

  • The Olive & June summer collection

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau. Ashley is reading Normal Family by Chrysta Bilton.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

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Jun 23, 2022
Episode 377 || Backlist Book Club: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
53:52

It’s time for another installment of Backlist Book Club! This week on From the Front Porch, Annie and Hunter Mclendon (@shelfbyshelf) are talking about Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Flying Solo by Linda Holmes. Hunter is reading Oh, William! by Elizabeth Strout.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

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Jun 16, 2022
Episode 376 || Casting Call
37:53

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is talking with her friends and fellow book club members for a new episode of Casting Call. They’re casting the characters in Bonnie Garmus’ debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry.

You can follow @julieannareads on Instagram to vote for your casting picks!

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading On the Roof Top by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Julie Anna is reading Breathless by Amy McCulloch. Courtney is reading Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Jun 09, 2022
Bonus: Interview with Annabel Monaghan
29:00

In this bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie talks with Annabel Monaghan about her debut adult novel Nora Goes Off Script.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

If you enjoyed this conversation, here are a few more episodes you might like:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Jun 07, 2022
Episode 375 || June New Release Rundown
56:42

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia sit down to chat about the books releasing in June. Don’t forget, if you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, you can enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10 percent off your order. Just go to www.bookshelfthomasville.com and click or tap podcast, then Shop From the Front Porch to see today’s titles.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s list:

Olivia’s list:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley. Olivia is reading House Across the Lake by Riley Sager.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

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Jun 02, 2022
Episode 374 || May Reading Recap
48:45

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is recapping all of the books she read in May. Shorter versions of these reviews can be found on Annie’s personal Instagram page. The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf’s website and there’s a Reading Recap bundle featuring Annie’s three favorite titles from this month’s readings, available at a discounted price.

You can find links to the books mentioned in this episode below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Anna by Amy Odell.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

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May 26, 2022
Episode 373 || Literary Therapy, vol. 16
53:07

This week on From the Front Porch, it’s time for another episode of Literary Therapy! Every few weeks, Annie listens to your literary hangups and bookish conundrums, and much like fictional Frasier Crane in the 90s, she tackles your issues on air. If you have your own reading riddle you’d like her to solve in a future issue, leave a voicemail at the From the Front Porch website.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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May 19, 2022
Episode 372 || What Would Susie Read?, Vol. 4
45:16

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie sits down to chat with her mom Susie about books for more sensitive readers.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Susie is reading Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

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May 12, 2022
Episode 371 || May New Release Rundown
53:35

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia are discussing their favorite newly released titles of the month and highlighting books you’ll want to add to your TBR list!

Don’t forget our Summer Literary Lunch is coming up later this month! Tickets are on sale now and you can find them online here.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Annie’s List:

Olivia’s List:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Bridesmaids Union by Jonathan Vatner. Olivia is reading The Measure by Nikki Erlick.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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May 05, 2022
Episode || 370 April Reading Recap
47:02

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is recapping all of the books she read in April. Shorter versions of these reviews can be found on Annie’s personal Instagram page. The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf’s website and there’s a Reading Recap bundle featuring Annie’s three favorite titles from this month’s readings, available at a discounted price. Here is the link to purchase a Summer Literary Lunch ticket.

You can find links to the books mentioned in this episode below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Apr 28, 2022
Episode 369 || Spring Kids’ Table
48:15

This week on From the Front Porch, we invite you to pull up a chair at the Kids’ Table. The Kids’ Table is our seasonal episode series where Annie sits down with former colleague, friend, and cousin, Ashley Sherlock. They catch up on what they’re reading, watching, and listening to each season.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Reading:

Watching:

  • Bridgerton season two

  • Yellowjackets

  • Rothaniel

  • Upload

  • Severance

  • The Adam Project

Listening To:

  • Spring 2022 playlist

  • “Hilarious” by Charlie Puth

  • Harry Styles’ “As It Was”

  • Maggie Rogers’ “That’s Where I Am”

Buying:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Ashley is reading Chorus by Rebecca Kaufman.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Apr 21, 2022
Episode 368 || Backlist Book Club: Beloved
50:30

We’re bringing back one of our favorite podcast series, Backlist Book Club! In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Hunter Mclendon @shelfbyshelf are discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved by Toni Morrison.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow. Hunter is reading Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

flodesk.com/c/THEFRONTPORCH

Apr 14, 2022
Episode 367 || April New Release Rundown
50:59

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia are discussing their favorite newly released titles of the month and highlighting books you’ll want to add to your TBR list!

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Annie’s List:

Olivia’s List:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li. Olivia is reading Metropolis by B.A. Shapiro.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

https://tidd.ly/3C2zVbb

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Apr 07, 2022
Episode 366 || March Reading Recap
55:16

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is recapping all of the books she read in March. Shorter versions of these reviews can be found on Annie’s personal Instagram page. The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf’s website and there’s a Reading Recap bundle featuring Annie’s three favorite titles from this month’s readings, available at a discounted price.

You can find links to the books mentioned in this episode below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Another Marvelous Thing by Laurie Colwin (unavailable)

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

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Mar 31, 2022
Episode 365 || March Madness
50:48

This week on From the Front Porch, we’re talking books and basketball. That’s right: it’s time for our annual March Madness episode. Annie is joined in this annual tradition by her husband and friend Jordan Jones.

We’re debating 16 of The Bookshelf’s 2021 bestsellers to decide which one lands at the top. These were seeded, as always, by retail floor manager Olivia, who determines which books match up with which opponent. We also put together a Final Four Bundle, featuring the top 4 books from this episode. If you would like to purchase the Final Four Bundle, go here.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Beloved by Toni Morrison.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Mar 24, 2022
Episode 364 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 14
49:47

This week on From the Front Porch, it’s time for another episode of Literary Therapy! Every few weeks, Annie listens to your literary hangups and bookish conundrums, and much like fictional Frasier Crane in the 90s, she tackles your issues on air. If you have your own readerly riddle you’d like her to solve in a future issue, leave a voicemail at the From the Front Porch website.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading The Last Suspicious Holdout by Ladee Hubbard.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

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Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Mar 17, 2022
Episode 363 || I’ll Read What She’s Reading
50:59

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is talking all about romantic comedies with The Bookshelf’s resident rom-com expert (and our events and marketing coordinator) Mary Katherine.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Mary Katherine is reading The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

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Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Mar 10, 2022
Episode 362 || March New Release Rundown
54:04

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie, Olivia and Lucy are discussing their favorite newly released titles of the month and highlighting books you’ll want to add to your TBR list!

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Annie’s List:

Olivia’s List:

Lucy’s List:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, The 101st annual Rose Show and Festival, here in Thomasville, Georgia. If you want to come for the weekend and experience the flowers, fun, food, and shopping in beautiful Thomasville GA, plan your visit at thomasvillega.com.

This week Annie is reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. Olivia is reading Aquanaut by Dan Santat. Lucy is reading African Founders by David Hackett Fischer.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

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Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Mar 03, 2022
Episode 361 || February Reading Recap
48:56

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is recapping all of the books she read in February. Shorter versions of these reviews can be found on Annie’s personal Instagram page. The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf’s website and there’s a Reading Recap bundle featuring Annie’s three favorite titles from this month’s readings, available at a discounted price.

You can find links to the books mentioned in this episode below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Hope and Glory by Jendella Benson.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Feb 24, 2022
Episode 360 || Winter Kids’ Table
45:40

Every few months, Annie and her cousin Ashley sit down to talk about what they’re reading, watching, and listening to that season; basically, they’re having the kinds of conversations you might have around your family’s kids’ table.

You can purchase the books mentioned in this episode from The Bookshelf:

Reading

Watching

  • Abbott Elementary

  • The Story of Late Night

  • Emily in Paris

  • Encanto

Listening to

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. Ashley is reading Matrix by Lauren Groff.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

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Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Feb 17, 2022
359 || February New Release Rundown
49:35

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Olivia are discussing their favorite newly released titles of the month and highlighting books you’ll want to add to your TBR list!

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Mutual:

Annie's List:

Olivia’s List

Other Books Mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford. Olivia is reading The Verifiers by Jane Pek.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Feb 10, 2022
Episode 358 || January Reading Recap
44:53

In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is recapping all of the books she read in January. Shorter versions of these reviews can be found on Annie’s personal Instagram page. The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf’s website and there’s a Reading Recap bundle featuring Annie’s three favorite titles from this month’s readings, available at a discounted price.

You can find links to the books mentioned in this episode below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Studio D Podcast Production for the production of From the Front Porch and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is listening to Going There by Katie Couric on Libro.FM.

If you’d like to support From the Front Porch, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Your input helps us make the show even better and reach new listeners. All you have to do is open up the Podcast App on your phone, look for From the Front Porch, scroll down until you see ‘Write a Review’ and tell us what you think.

Or, if you’re so inclined, support us for $5 a month on Patreon, where you can follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic and participate in live video Q&As in our monthly lunch break sessions. Just go to: 

patreon.com/fromthefrontporch

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Feb 03, 2022
Episode 357 || Reading Resolutions 2022
38:18

This week, Annie is breaking down her 2022 Reading Resolutions with her friend and frequent co-host, Hunter Mclendon. You might recognize Hunter from his work on Instagram (you can find him @shelfbyshelf), or from his weekly newsletter of the same name, which you can find on Substack.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Studio D Podcast Production for production of From the Front Porch and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading The Maid by Nita Prose. Hunter is reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. 

If you’d like to support From the Front Porch, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Your input helps us make the show even better and reach new listeners. All you have to do is open up the Podcast App on your phone, look for From the Front Porch, scroll down until you see ‘Write a Review’ and tell us what you think.

Or, if you’re so inclined, support us for $5 a month on Patreon, where you can follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic and participate in live video Q&As in our monthly lunch break sessions. Just go to: 

patreon.com/fromthefrontporch

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

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Jan 27, 2022
Episode 356 || Interview with Christine Pride & Jo Piazza
41:07

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is interviewing Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, the authors of We Are Not Like Them.

You can order their book from The Bookshelf at the link below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Studio D Podcast Production for production of From the Front Porch and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

If you’d like to support From the Front Porch, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Your input helps us make the show even better and reach new listeners. All you have to do is open up the Podcast App on your phone, look for From the Front Porch, scroll down until you see ‘Write a Review’ and tell us what you think.

Or, if you’re so inclined, support us for $5 a month on Patreon, where you can follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic and participate in live video Q&As in our monthly lunch break sessions. Just go to: 

patreon.com/fromthefrontporch

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Jan 20, 2022
Episode 355 || Best of Literary Therapy
39:46

We are still on our podcast break so our team put together a compilation of the best moments from past Literary Therapy episodes. We will be back next week with a new episode of From the Front Porch.

If you’ve never listened to an episode of Literary Therapy, the first few episodes are linked below:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Jan 13, 2022
Episode 354 || Surviving the Pandemic
38:03

Hello and Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Holiday and are having a great start to your 2022. We are taking a much needed break at the beginning of January. To keep From the Front Porch on track with weekly releases, our team wanted to put together some special episodes over the next three weeks. In this episode of From the Front Porch, we are going to take a look back at 2020 and 2021.

Every Tuesday, Olivia and Annie gave an update on how they were doing and on how the Bookshelf was surviving the pandemic. This episode is a compilation of those updates.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Jan 06, 2022
Episode 353 || Thank You
22:16

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is saying thank you.

Here are the links to the poems mentioned in this episode:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here in the new year!

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Dec 30, 2021
Episode 352 || December Reading Recap
43:45

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is talking about the books she read in December.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Admissions by Kendra James.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

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Dec 23, 2021
Episode 351 || Holiday Kids‘ Table
51:46

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with her cousin Ashley and her brother Chet to talk about what they’re reading, watching, listening to, and buying this season.

Annie’s List / Reading

  • Bright Evening Star by Madeleine L'Engle (not available)

  • Picking Cotton by Erin Torneo, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, and Ronald Cotton

  • These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Annie’s List Watching

  • Merry Kissmas

  • The Holidate

  • Very Merry Bridesmaid

  • 8-Bit Christmas

  • Love Hard

Annie’s List/ Listening to

  • Emily P. Freeman's The Quiet Collection (podcast)

  • Finishing up The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill (podcast)

  • Red (Taylor’s Version)

Chet’s List/Reading

  • Robert Bly, Iron John: A Book About Men (not available through The Bookshelf)

  • Austen Hartke, Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians (not available)

  • A.P. U.S. Government and Politics material

Chet’s List / Watching

  • Seinfeld

  • Survivor

  • Great British Baking Show

Chet’s List / Listening

  • Wolves in the Throne Room, Diadem of 12 Stars

  • Deafheaven, Sunbather

  • Page CXVI, Advent to Christmas

Ashley’s List / Reading

Ashley’s List / Watching

  • One Tree Hill

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Ashley’s List/ Listening to

  • Red (Taylor’s Version)

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Golden Boys by Phil Stamper. Ashley is reading Wild Spectacle by Janisse Ray. Chet is reading Iron John by Robert Bly.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

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Dec 16, 2021
Episode 350 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 12
43:44

Welcome to From the Front Porch! Annie is back to answer more of your literary dilemmas in another episode of Literary Therapy.

Before we get started, this is your friendly reminder that From the Front Porch is a production of The Bookshelf, an indie bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia. We’re in the throes of our second holiday shopping season held during a pandemic, and remarkably, our spirits are high. As you support indies like ours this holiday season, please remember to shop early, to be open to our suggestions when your first book preference might already be back-ordered, and to trust our deadlines.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading These Precious Days by Ann Patchett.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

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Dec 09, 2021
Bonus: Dressember with RuthAnn Deveney
39:21

In this bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie is talking with her friend RuthAnnDeveney, an avid reader and advocate for the Dressember Foundation.

Below you can find links to the resources RuthAnn mentioned in the episode:

Links

Book recommendations (To purchase through The Bookshelf, go here)

  • The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen

  • The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

  • The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth

  • They are all included in my top 9 recommendations about human trafficking (which you can win in a giveaway for generous donors, $100 = 1 entry)

Articles

Podcasts/TED talks

Documentaries

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found below.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

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Dec 07, 2021
Episode 349 || Best Books of the Year
01:00:35

December is a great time to look back on your reading year. In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie, Lucy, and Olivia are talking about their favorite books of 2021.

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s List

Lucy’s List

Olivia’s List

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Anastasia’s Chosen Career by Lois Lowry. (not available) Lucy is reading Every Good Boy Does Fine by Jeremy Denk. Olivia is reading The Maid by Nita Prose.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

flodesk.com/c/THEFRONTPORCH

Dec 02, 2021
Episode 348 || November Reading Recap
48:39

This week, Annie is recapping the books she read in November. Whether you’re listening while you prep your favorite side dish or in the middle of a post-meal food coma, we’re glad you’re here.

Don’t forget: From the Front Porch is a production of The Bookshelf, an indie bookstore in South Georgia, and this weekend is Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Online customers earn $5 off their $100 purchases, and $10 off their $200 purchases, including Shelf Subscriptions, our shop’s book of the month club. No discount code is needed, just go to www.bookshelfthomasville.com and shop between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Local and nearby customers, we’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. offering in-store discounts, prizes, and tote bags, and we’d love to see you there!

The books mentioned in this episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

flodesk.com/c/THEFRONTPORCH

Nov 25, 2021
Episode 347 || Books You Might Have Missed
49:31

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is talking with frequent guest and friend Hunter Mclendon (you might know him as @shelfbyshelf on Instagram). They are evaluating their reading year and sharing some favorite titles that might have gotten lost in the 2021 chaos.

Before we get started, this is your friendly reminder that From the Front Porch is a production of The Bookshelf, an indie bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia. We’re in the throes of our second holiday shopping season held during a pandemic, and remarkably, our spirits are high. As you support indies like ours this holiday season, please remember to shop early, to be open to our suggestions when your first book preference might already be back-ordered, and to trust our deadlines. This year, December 1 is the deadline to purchase something from us and have it arrive by Christmas.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports the community. All you need is a smartphone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

flodesk.com/c/THEFRONTPORCH

Nov 18, 2021
Episode 346 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 11
50:54

Welcome to another episode of From the Front Porch! Annie is back to answer your literary dilemmas like a bookish Frasier Crane in volume 11 of Literary Therapy.

Before we get started, this is your friendly reminder that From the Front Porch is a production of The Bookshelf, an indie bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia. We’re in the throes of our second holiday shopping season held during a pandemic, and remarkably, our spirits are high. As you support indies like ours this holiday season, please remember to shop early, to be open to our suggestions when your first book preference might already be back-ordered, and to trust our deadlines. This year, December 1 is the deadline to purchase something from us and have it arrive by Christmas.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Taste by Stanley Tucci.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Nov 11, 2021
Episode 345 || November New Release Rundown
54:14

In today’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie, Olivia, and Lucy are discussing their favorite newly released titles of the month and highlighting books you’ll want to add to your TBR list!

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Annie's List:

Olivia’s list:

Lucy’s list:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho. Olivia is reading Loveless by Alice Osman. Lucy is reading How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

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Nov 04, 2021
Episode 344 || October Reading Recap
56:38

It’s already the final week of October! In this episode of From the Front Porch, Annie talks about all the books she read this month.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf. As our store heads into the last three months of the year, we hope you’ll consider shopping small.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

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Oct 28, 2021
Episode 343 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 10
47:37

This week Annie is back to answer listeners' literary conundrums in round ten of Literary Therapy.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Oct 21, 2021
Episode 342 || Pandemic Reading
48:44

In this week’s episode, Annie and her friend Hunter are talking about “pandemic brain” and how their literary tastes have changed since March of 2020.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Groundskeeping by Lee Cole. Hunter is reading The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCracken.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Oct 14, 2021
Episode 341 || October New Release Rundown
51:13

In this week’s episode, Annie talks with Olivia and Lucy about the new releases you don’t want to miss this month!

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

This week, Annie is reading Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King. Olivia is reading Thursday’s Child by Noel Streatfield. Lucy is reading These Precious Days by Ann Patchett.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

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Oct 07, 2021
Episode 340 || September Reading Recap
43:11

In this week’s episode, Annie talks about all the books she read in September.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, Annie is reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to www.patreon.com/fromthefrontporch

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Sep 30, 2021
Episode 339 || Casting Call, Vol. 5
33:03

Annie is joined by her friends and casting experts, Courtney Kinsey and Julie Anna Helms. Every few months, Julie Anna, Courtney, and Annie brainstorm their dream cast for a recent book they loved. Julie Anna then allows readers to vote for their favorites on her Instagram @julieannareads. This week, they’re casting Finlay Donovan Is Killing It.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It is available for purchase at The Bookshelf, and you can cast your votes on our castings on Julie Anna’s Instagram stories on Sunday.

You can click this link to purchase Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano from us.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Smile by Sarah Ruhl. Julie Anna is reading Rabbits by Terry Miles, and Courtney is reading The Dating Plan by Sara Desai.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Sep 23, 2021
Episode 338 || Kids Table Fall
53:07

Today Annie is joined by her cousin and frequent Bookshelf collaborator, Ashley Sherlock. Every season, they sit down at the metaphorical kids’ table to chat about what they’re reading, watching, listening to, and buying.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, Annie is reading Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket by Hilma Wolitzer and Ashley is reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Sep 16, 2021
Episode 337 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 9
51:32

This week Annie is back to answer listeners' literary questions and dilemmas in round nine of Literary Therapy.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found below.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Matrix by Lauren Groff.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Sep 09, 2021
Episode 336 || September New Release Rundown
51:18

In this week’s episode, Annie talks with Olivia and Lucy about the new releases you don’t want to miss this month

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found below.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, Annie reading All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. Olivia is reading Last Graduate by Naomi Novik. Lucy is reading The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Sep 02, 2021
Episode 335 || August Reading Recap
54:59

In this week’s episode, Annie talks about the books she read in August.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Aug 26, 2021
Episode 334 || Books Kids Actually Want to Read, Vol. 2
18:41

This week Annie is talking with store manager Olivia about some favorite titles shared with her by kids in the local community, and we thought it’d be fun for you to hear directly from the kids themselves.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Let’s Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder. (Published April 2022)

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it.

And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

flodesk.com/c/THEFRONTPORCH

Aug 19, 2021
Episode 333 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 8
35:39

This week Annie is back to answer listeners' literary conundrums in round eight of Literary Therapy.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough by Taylor S. Schumann.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Libro.FM:

Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly from your favorite local bookstore (Like The Bookshelf). You can pick from more than 215,000 audiobooks, and you'll get the same audiobooks at the same price as the largest audiobook company out there (you know the name). But you’ll be part of a different story -- one that supports community. All you need is a smart phone and the free Libro.fm app.

Right now, if you sign up for a new membership, you will get 2 audiobooks for the price of one. All you have to do is enter FRONTPORCH at checkout or follow this link:

libro.fm/redeem/FRONTPORCH

Flodesk:

Do you receive a weekly or monthly newsletter from one of your favorite brands? Like maybe From the Front Porch (Or The Bookshelf)... Did you ever wonder, ‘how do they make such gorgeous emails?’ 

Flodesk is an email marketing service provider that's built for creators, by creators, and it’s easy to use. We’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I personally love it. And right now you can get 50% off your Flodesk subscription by going to:

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Aug 12, 2021
332 || August New Release Roundup
38:43

The Bookshelf’s store manager, Olivia and Lucy join Annie this week to share their August new release rundowns.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King. Olivia is reading We Are Family by Lebron James. Lucy is reading The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Aug 05, 2021
331 || July Reading Recap
46:08

In this week’s episode, Annie recaps her July reads.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King.

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jul 29, 2021
330 || So You Watched Ted Lasso
33:57

Listen in this week as Annie and guest, cousin and Bookshelf Community Manager, Ashley Sherlock discuss all things Ted Lasso.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Falling by T.J. Newman. Ashley is reading The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jul 22, 2021
329 || Jane Austen Revisited
41:58

This week Annie is joined by friend, Bookstagrammer (@shelfbyshelf) and frequent co-host, Hunter McLendon to talk all things Jane Austen!

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang. Hunter is reading Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jul 15, 2021
328 || What Would Susie Read?, Vol. 3
40:20

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by her mom, Susie to discuss books for sensitive readers.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Survive the Night by Riley Sager. Susie is reading When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash.

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jul 08, 2021
327 || June Reading Recap
42:11

This week Annie recaps her June reads.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Hola Papi by John Paul Brammer.

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jul 01, 2021
326 || Best Books of the Year... So Far
49:00

This week Annie is joined by friend, Bookstagrammer and frequent co-host, Hunter McLendon to chat about their favoirte books of the year... so far.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Annie’s list:

Hunter’s List:

  • The Natural Mother of the Child by Krys Malcolm Belc

  • With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

  • Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters

  • Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

  • My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Sarahland by Sam Cohen

  • Yes Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

  • Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Hunter is reading The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin. Thank you again to our sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

 

Jun 24, 2021
325 || Reading to Understand with Sharon Says So
01:00:07

This week, Annie is joined by America’s government teacher, Sharon McMahon. Sharon is the mastermind behind the Instagram account Sharon Says So. She and Annie tackle how best to read to understand, how fiction helps cultivate empathy, and why becoming a lifelong learner is so important..

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Sharon’s favorite podcasts:

Sharon’s suggested press reading:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney and Sharon is reading Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jun 17, 2021
324 || The Kids‘ Table: Summer
43:33

Listen in this week as Annie and guest, cousin and Bookshelf Community Manager, Ashley Sherlock chat about their Summer reading, listening, watching and buying lists.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Reading:

Watching:

  • Mare of Easttown

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

  • Law and Order: SVU

  • Friends: The Reunion

Listening:

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Buying:

  • Iced chai latte with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and cinnamon dolce syrup from Starbucks

  • The Common Room Shop

  • Pickleball set

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford and Ashley is reading Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jun 10, 2021
323 || Nostalgia Reading
48:24

This week the co-hosts of The Bookshelf’s I Want It That YA book club, Lucy Stoltzfus, also The Bookshelf's online sales coordinator and Olivia Schaffer, shop manager, join Annie to discuss nostalgia reading.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby. Olivia is reading Holdout by Jeffrey Kluger, and Lucy is reading Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jun 03, 2021
322 || May Reading Recap
40:02

This week Annie recaps her May reads.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Finding Freedom by Erin French.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 27, 2021
321 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 7
52:37

This week Annie is answering listeners' literary conundrums in this episode of Literary Therapy.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
  • A Deadly Education
  • The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
  • House on the Cerulean Sea
  • Once and Future Witches
  • The Night Circus
  • Cinder
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Caraval series
  • Devil and the Dark Water
  • Piranesi
  • House on Vesper Sands
  • Sorrow & Bliss
  • Brood
  • Early Morning Riser
  • Crying in H Mart
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • The Best Babysitters Ever series
  • Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
  • Competitive Grieving by Nora Zelavansky
  • Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
  • Good Company 
  • Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
  • Somebody's Daughter by Ashley Ford
  • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Rules for Visiting
  • The Other’s Gold
  • Young Jane Young
  • Savage News
  • Hello, Sunshine
  • Rise & Shine
  • The Dutch House
  • Low Country
  • Late Migrations
  • Ruby & Roland
  • A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better
  • Fresh Water for Flowers
  • Five Tuesdays in Winter
  • The Harpy
  • Milk Blood Heat
  • The Dragons, the Giant, the Women
  • All the Water I've Seen Is Running
  • Britt-Marie Was Here
  • Olive, Again
  • This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance
  • The Ride of Her Life
  • City of Girls
  • Hannah Coulter
  • State of Wonder
  • Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Home Stretch by Graham Norton.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 20, 2021
320 || Faith Books, Part Deux
43:23

This week Annie is joined by friend and bookstagrammer (@shelfbyshelf) Hunter McLendon to discuss faith books.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead and Hunter is reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 13, 2021
319 || April Reading Recap
47:24

This week Annie recaps and reviews her April reads.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 06, 2021
318 || Casting Call, Vol. 4
42:45

Annie is joined by her casting experts, Courtney Kinsey, FTFP royals correspondent and co-host of the podcast I Do Declare; and Julie Anna Helms, @julieannareads on Instagram and creator of Who Would You Cast? polls. The three are casting One to Watch this week.

One to Watch is available for purchase at The Bookshelf, and you can cast your votes on our castings on Julie Anna’s Instagram stories on Sunday.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian. Julie Anna is reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, and Courtney Kinsey is reading Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 29, 2021
317 || Indie Bookstore Day
48:18

Listen in this week as Annie and The Bookshelf staffers celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by sharing their favorite things about indie bookstores and the books they love to sell.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 22, 2021
316 || The Kids‘ Table: Spring
47:49

Listen in this week as Annie and guest, cousin and Bookshelf Community Manager, Ashley Sherlock chat about their Spring reading, listening, watching and buying lists.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf.

Reading:

Watching:

Listening:

Buying:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Kisses and Croissants by by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau and Ashley is reading Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 15, 2021
315 || The Power of Poetry
29:45

Listen in this week as Annie is joined by special guest and author Andre' Hadley Marria (The Songs I Could Not Sing) to discuss all things poetry.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • The Songs I Could Not Sing by Andre’ Hadley Marria

  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • The Prophet by Kalil Gibran (including poem On Children)

  • The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • We Speak Your Names by Pearl Cleage

  • Good Night, Willie Lee, I’ll See You In the Morning by Alice Walker

Some of Andre’s other favorite poets:

  • William Wordsworth

  • Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Langston Hughes

  • Walter Wintle

  • Edgar Guest (Sermons We See )

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 08, 2021
314 || March Reading Recap
52:55

This week Annie recaps and reviews her March reads.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

March Reads:

Other books mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 01, 2021
313 || March Madness 2021
49:24

Annie is joined this week by her husband and March Madness super fan, Jordan Jones to discuss their own bookish brackets.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Turnout by Megan Abbott.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 25, 2021
312 || What Would Susie Read?, Vol. 2
41:33

Annie’s mom Susie joins the podcast this week to discuss books for sensitive readers.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann and Susie is reading The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 18, 2021
311 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 6
43:01

This week Annie puts her literary therapy hat back on to answer some listener questions.

To leave your own voicemail for an upcoming literary therapy episode, go here.

The books mentioned in this week’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • Libertie

  • Early Morning Riser

  • Caste

  • Me and White Supremacy

  • Is Your Allyship Conditional

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • Everybody Rise

  • This Close to Okay

  • Room

  • Brown Girl Dreaming

  • Before the Fall

  • Dear Edward

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 11, 2021
310 || February Reading Recap
42:38

Join Annie this week as she recaps her reads from the month of February.

Some of the books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf.

Annie’s February reads:

Other books mentioned:

  • Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

  • We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 04, 2021
309 || Baby Gabriel Recommends
30:19

Annie is joined by Bookshelf staffer and online sales coordinator, Lucy Stoltzfus. Lucy's son Gabriel just celebrated his first birthday so in honor of him, the two will discuss Gabriel's reading tastes and see what books are his current favorites. 

Some of the books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

  • Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy

  • Harry Maclary by Lynley Dodd

  • Jam Jam books

  • Greedy Python by Eric Carle

  • Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

  • Nanette Baguette by Mo Willems

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor by Mr. Rogers

  • It’s You I Like by Mr. Rogers

  • Hello Neighbor by Mr. Rogers

  • Goodnight Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora

  • Vegetables Wear Underpants Vegetables in Underwear

  • The One, Two, Three of Thankfulness

  • ABCs of Kindness

  • Ellie Holcomb

  • When I Pray For You by Matthew Turner

  • Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd

  • Found

  • Snowy Day

  • Dress Can’t Dance

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins and Lucy is reading Love and Fury by Samanatha Silva.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 25, 2021
308 || The Kids‘ Table: Winter
45:21

Annie is joined by frequent podcast contributor Ashley Sherlock. Ashley is a former Bookshelf staffer and social media expert, as well as Annie’s actual relative. The two are going to share what they’ve been reading, watching, and listening. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

Reading:

Watching:

  • Fake Famous on Hulu

  • Brittney Spears Documentary on FX

  • Crocheting tutorials on YouTube

  • Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live clips on YouTube

  • Sex in the City

  • Encore on Disney+

  • Dawson’s Creek

Listening:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge and Ashley is reading Upstream by Mary Oliver.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 18, 2021
307 || Share Your Stuff: A Galentine‘s Conversation
01:00:55

Annie is joined by special guest and author Laura Tremaine, whose new book, Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First, is perfect reading for Galentine’s Day. Laura is also the host of the podcast Ten Things to Tell You, and her book’s mission intertwines beautifully with her work there, encouraging readers and listeners to open up and share their stories. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 11, 2021
306 || January Reading Recap
34:39

This week Annie is recapping all of the books she read in January.

All of the books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 04, 2021
BONUS: Elizabeth Passarella interview
39:14

You were so kind and patient during our winter hiatus, so we wanted to bring you a bonus author interview today! We post author interviews to Patreon every so often, and this is one of them. If you like what you hear, consider supporting us there! Our guest today is Elizabeth Passarella, the author of Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York. Enjoy!

Feb 02, 2021
305 || So You Watched Bridgerton
39:49

Annie is joined this week by Royal correspondent and frequent podcast contributor, Courtney Kinsey. The two debrief the Netflix sensation, Bridgerton and what books show lovers might enjoy.

The books discussed on today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters

  • A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

  • A League of Extraordinary Women series by Evie Dunmore

  • Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

  • The Cazalet Chronicles series by Elizabeth Jane Howard

  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

  • Emma by Jane Austen

  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

  • The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge and Courtney is reading Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jan 28, 2021
304 || Reading Resolutions 2021
34:00

We are back! This week Annie is joined by frequent guest, good friend and bookstagrammer of @shelfbyshelf, Hunter McClendon. The two will discuss their 2021 reading resolutions.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin and Hunter is reading Let’s Get Back to the Party by Zak Salih.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jan 21, 2021
303 || Our Favorite Books of 2020
56:51

This week, Annie is joined by Bookshelf staffers Olivia Schaffer and Lucy Stoltzfus to discuss their favorite books of 2020.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton; Lucy is reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan; and Olivia is reading We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Dec 24, 2020
302 || Ask Us Anything
48:21

This week, Annie answers listeners questions about books, small business and life in the South.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Wintering by Katherine May. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Dec 17, 2020
301 || Books You Might Have Missed
36:51

Annie is joined by frequent guest, friend and bookstagrammer, Hunter McLendon (@shelfbyshelf ) to chat about books they loved that you might have missed in 2020 since, you know, pandemic. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

Weather by Jenny Offill

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves

Sad Janet by Lucie Britsch

Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant and Hunter is reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Dec 10, 2020
300 || November Reading Recap
44:53

Join Annie this week as she recaps the books she read in November.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Dec 03, 2020
299 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 5
36:01

Join Annie this week for a little literary therapy as she answers and consults listeners on their questions and reading conundrums.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

  • John Grisham

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Anna K by Jenny Lee.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Nov 26, 2020
298 || Season‘s Readings
36:08

Annie is joined by one of her favorite members of her family’s kids’ table, Ashley Sherlock. Ashley’s the former events coordinator at The Bookshelf, a frequent From the Front Porch contributor, and a pop culture enthusiast, so she’s the perfect person to talk to about holiday reading and watching. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Ten Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Recommended for You by Laura Silverman

All About Us by Tom Ellen

Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

One Day in December by Josie Silver

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Ashley’s reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Nov 19, 2020
297 || Holiday Shopping with The Bookshelf
33:46

This week, Annie is joined by Bookshelf manager, Olivia Schaffer and online sales coordinator, Lucy Stoltzfus. The three talk all about holiday book-buying and sharing their favorite titles for gifting this season. 

A full transcript of the episode can be found here.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani 

This Is a Book for People Who Love the Royals by Rebecca Stoeker

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval

Creativity by John Cleese

The Zealot and the Emancipator by H.W. Brands

Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty

Crossings by Alex Landragin

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Admission by Julie Buxbaum. Lucy is reading The Heiress by Molly Greeley. Olivia is reading Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Nov 12, 2020
296 || Casting Call, Vol. 3
35:32

Annie is joined by her casting experts (and now regular contributors), Courtney Kinsey, FTFP royals correspondent and co-host of the podcast I Do Declare and Julie Anna Helms, @julieannareads on Instagram and creator of Who Would You Cast? polls. The three are casting Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic this week.

Mexican Gothic is available for purchase in-store or online at The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found at www.fromthefrontporchpodcast.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Kristy and the Snobs by Ann M. Martin. Julie Anna is reading A Field Guide to Internet Boyfriends by Esther Zuckerman, and Courtney is reading The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

 

Nov 05, 2020
BONUS: Evil at Lake Seminole
39:41

This Friday, we’re bringing you a bonus episode featuring author Steven Epstein. We don’t do a lot of author interviews on From the Front Porch, but when we do, we generally put them on Patreon. This month, we thought we’d give you a taste of what those interviews sound like, and offer you insight into what kind of content is available to our Patreon supporters.

For more bonus content, support us on Patreon here.

Steve Epstein’s true crime book, Evil at Lake Seminole, can be purchased on The Bookshelf website. Steve references this episode of Crime Junkie. 

Oct 30, 2020
295 || October Reading Recap
37:35

This week, Annie brings you a reading recap of the books she read in October.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Oct 29, 2020
294 || Anna Karenina and Pop Culture
33:32

Annie is joined by Hunter McLendon from @shelfbyshelf to reflect on their 2020 reading of Anna Karenina. Join them on Patreon to hear recaps and reviews of all eight parts of Tolstoy’s classic.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Anna Karenina

Anna K

East of Eden

Rebecca

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Searcher by Tana French. Hunter is reading Memorial by Bryan Washington.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Oct 22, 2020
293 || Baby-Sitters Back, Alright!
43:21

Annie is joined by Olivia and Lucy this week to discuss the Baby-Sitters Club books and the enjoyment they've brought during these strange times.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Book Bundle one

Kristy’s Great Idea

Claudia and the Phantom Caller

The Truth about Stacey

Mary-Anne Saves the Day

Dawn and the Impossible Three

Kristy’s Big Day

Claudia and Mean Janine

Boy-Crazy Stacey

The Ghost at Dawn’s House

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird by Sue Cerulean. Olivia is reading Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood. Lucy is reading The National Road by Tom Zoellner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Oct 15, 2020
292 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 4
39:49

Today, Annie channels her inner Frasier Crane to dispense bookish wisdom to her fellow readers. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Ghost at Dawn’s House by Ann M. Martin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Oct 08, 2020
291 || September Reading Recap
37:04

This week Annie recaps the books she read in September.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Oct 01, 2020
290 || Books for Every Enneagram Type
46:41

Annie is joined by Jordan Jones, her husband who also happens to be an attorney and personality typing expert. Today, they’re chatting about the Enneagram and making book recommendations for each type.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Boy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin and Jordan is reading The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Sep 24, 2020
289 || Our Top Ten of the Year (thus far)
41:15

Annie is joined by friend and bookstagrammer from @shelfbyshelf, Hunter, to discuss their top ten reads of the year thus far.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

3. House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister

4. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb

5. A Burning by Megha Majumdar

6. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

7. Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

8. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

9. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

 

Hunter’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. Fairest by Meredith Talusan

3. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

4. How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

5. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

6. Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8. Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

9. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell and I know You Know Who I Am by Peter Kispert

Also mentioned: Memorial by Bryan Washington, Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland, Daddy by Emma Cline, and What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Memorial by Bryan Washington, and Hunter is reading A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Sep 17, 2020
288 || Netflix and Read
34:51

Annie is joined this week by cousin, friend and former Bookshelf staffer, Ashley Sherlock. The two will pair books with some of their favorite TV shows.

The books discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

  • Britt-Marie is Here by Fredrik Backman (matched withTed Lasso on Apple TV+)

  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore (matched with Ozark on Netflix)

  • Three by D.A. Mishani (matched with You on Netflix)

  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (matched with Tiger King on Netflix)

  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (matched with Gilmore Girls)

  • I Think You’re Wrong, but I’m Listening by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland (matched with The Politician)

  • Savage News by Jessica Yellin and Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (matched with The Morning Show on Apple TV+)

  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (matched with Married at First Sight)

  • Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel and All Adults Here by Emma Straub (matched with Schitts Creek)

  • Layoverland by Gabby Noone, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (matched with The Good Place)

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (matched with The Great British Bake Off)

  • Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (matched with Fleabag)

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (matched with Love on the Spectrum on Netflix)

  • The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames (matched with The Baby-Sitter’s Club on Netflix)

  • The Bright Lands by John Fram (matched with Lovecraft Country on HBO)

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin, and Ashley is reading A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Sep 10, 2020
287 || Royals Report: Finding Freedom
38:14

Annie is joined by friend and fellow royals aficionado, Courtney Kinsey to discuss the book Finding Freedom. Courtney and her sister Betsy host the podcast, I Do Declare!

The book discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today's podcast can be found online here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Recommended for You by Laura Silverman, and Courtney is reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Sep 03, 2020
286 || August Reading Recap
36:47

Is August really over? It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but here we are! This week, Annie recaps her reads during the month of August.

All of the books mentioned on today’s podcast can be purchased online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Here She Is by Hilary Levey Friedman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Aug 27, 2020
285 || Books Kids Actually Want to Read
39:25

This week, Annie is joined by Olivia, The Bookshelf manager, children and young adult lit specialist and leader of Dumbledore’s Army, to discuss books kids like to read.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and Olivia is reading The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Aug 20, 2020
284 || How to Start a Book Club
43:36

This week Annie discusses how to start a book club and includes the view point of several of her book club friends.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

  • I'd Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Educated by Tara Westover

  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

  • The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

  • The Dry by Jane Harper

  • Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Aug 13, 2020
283 || Lazy Genius Your Bookshelves
36:28

This week Annie is joined by special co-host Kendra Adachi of the podcast The Lazy Genius and author of the soon-to-be-released The Lazy Genius Way. The two of them talk bookshelves, pandemic reading habits, and, of course, the release of Kendra’s new book, which you can preorder from The Bookshelf.

You can preorder Kendra’s book, which releases on August 11, and then join us for a “Books and Blandly Handsome Men” conversation on August 27. Tickets for the virtual event are $10, or free with the purchase of The Lazy Genius Way from The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone and Kendra is reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Aug 06, 2020
282 || July Reading Recap
28:37

It’s the end of July already! This week Annie reviews the books she read in July.

The books mentioned in Annie’s recap are available online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Betty by Tiffany McDaniel.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Jul 30, 2020
281 || Owning a Bookstore: A Reflection
35:11

This week, Annie shares her journey of becoming, and being, the owner of The Bookshelf for the past seven years.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Bright Lands by John Fram.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

Jul 23, 2020
280 || Casting Call, Vol. 2
40:59

This week, Annie and friends Julie Anna Helms and Courtney Kinsey share their casting selections for the characters in Emily Henry’s Beach Read.

Please go to Julie Anna’s Instagram account and vote for your casting picks!

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. Julie Anna is reading Heir Affair, and Courtney is reading A Burning.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

Jul 16, 2020
279 || What Would Susie Read?
36:30

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by her mom, Susie Butterworth who shares her suggested PG books for sensitive readers.

All of the books discussed in this episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans and Susie is reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

Jul 09, 2020
278 || June Reading Recap
43:03

This week Annie recaps all of her June reads.

The books mentioned in today’s podcast can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Jul 02, 2020
277 || Traveling through Books
40:19

Annie is joined this week by her well-traveled friend and fellow entrepreneur, Morgan Thomason. Morgan is the designer behind Winsome Paper, a whimsical stationery brand. Annie and Morgan help listeners travel through books this summer as most of our travel plans are a bust (for now).

The books discussed on today’s podcast are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

London picks:

Europe picks:

America picks:

Other hot summer vacation picks:

  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

  • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Annie’s Summer TBR list:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

  • The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Morgan is reading Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty by Kate Hennessy.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Jun 25, 2020
276 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 3
34:09

Annie’s tackling more readerly dilemmas in this week’s episode.

Leave your own bookish conundrum via voicemail by going to fromthefrontporchpodcast.com/contact.

Reading People

You and Me Forever

Garlic and Sapphires

A Woman Is No Man

A Place for Us

Mother Land

Delancey

House Lessons

I Capture the Castle

Happier at Home

Strangers and Cousins

This Is Where You Belong

Hidden Art of Homemaking Anna Karenina

East of Eden

A Little Life

Poisonwood Bible

Theft by Finding

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s reading A Burning by Megha Majumdar. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Jun 18, 2020
275 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Summer
38:38

Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former teacher/librarian, now homeschool dad. Robbie is a music and literary aficionado, and shares his summer playlist based on some of Annie’s anticipated summer reads. 

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased or preordered from The Bookshelf:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Lightness by Emily Temple

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Mae Goldberg

Mother Land by Leah Franqui

The Bright Lands by John Fram

Let's Never Talk about This Again by Sarah Faith Alterman

A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Of Bears and Ballots by Heather Lende

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown and Robbie is reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Jun 11, 2020
274 || Reading as a Place to Start
04:54

It’s hard to know what to say, so this week’s episode is unusually short, focused instead on sending you toward resources we hope might be helpful as we grieve and learn together.

You can find several titles geared toward racial justice on our store website, including: How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, and I’m Still Here. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of these titles and more are being donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Traci from The Stacks Podcast and Jaime from Absorbed in Pages posted excellent lists of fiction and nonfiction titles addressing anti-black racism and anti-racism. 

You can listen to The Stacks podcast here, and if you want to support Jamie and Traci directly, consider purchasing through Bookshop:

Other resources:

More than ever, it’s important to support black-owned small businesses; below are links to a few bookstores owned by people of color, and a more comprehensive list can be found here.

Jun 04, 2020
273 || May Reading Recap
43:27

This week, Annie recaps the fourteen books she read during the month of May, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 28, 2020
272 || Casting Call
52:35

NOTE: There’s a small audio glitch in today’s episode, and you may hear it pop up when Annie's speaks. It’s not you; it’s us, and it should be resolved next week.

Annie is joined today by friend and fellow book club member Julie Anna Helms. You may know Julie Anna from her popular bookstagram account, @julieannareads, where she specializes in “Who Would You Cast?,” an Instagram story series where she partners with her followers to brainstorm casting her favorite books. This week, Julie Anna joins Annie on the front porch to cast one of Annie’s favorite books of the year, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. 

You can purchase The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin; and Julie Anna just finished reading The Grace Year by Kim Liggett.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 21, 2020
271 || The One with the Pandemic
40:30

Annie and cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf staffer Ashley Sherlock share their thoughts on quarantine reading. What is one supposed to read during a global pandemic? The following are Annie and Ashley’s recommendations.

All of the books mentioned in today’s podcast are available at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas and Ashley is reading The Office by Andy Greene.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

May 14, 2020
270 || Building a Personal Library
36:04

Annie is joined today by my friend Hunter McLendon to talk all about personal libraries. What books do we buy, which do we borrow? What titles stay on our shelves forever and which ones make their way to a donation bin?

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website.

The New York Times' piece about celebrities' bookshelves is here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Hunter is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

May 07, 2020
269 || April Reading Recap
38:12

This week, Annie recaps the eleven books she read during the month of April, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

Other books mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 30, 2020
268 || Baby Got Books
32:30

This week, Annie chats with Bookshelf staffer Lucy all about her favorite baby books and books for mom and moms-to-be, including:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie's reading The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey. Lucy is reading The Splendid and the Vile. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Apr 23, 2020
267 || Recommended Royal Reads
38:41

This week on From the Front Porch, host and owner of The Bookshelf, Annie Jones, has a special guest joining her to tackle an important listener question: What should the royals be reading? Annie’s friend Courtney Kinsey is a fellow royals enthusiast, an avid reader and book club member, and a podcaster in her own right, co-hosting the show “I Do Declare!” with her sister Betsy.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available for purchase on The Bookshelf website:

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • American Royals by Katharine McGee

  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

  • Dear America series

  • Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

  • Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham

Recommendations for Harry and Meghan:

  • Burnout by Emily Nagoski (for Meghan)

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (for Harry)

  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (for Harry)

  • Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Recommendations for Queen Elizabeth:

Recommendations for Charles:

Recommendations for William and Kate:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (for William)

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton (for Kate)

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe. Courtney is reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 16, 2020
266 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 2
41:34

Today, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy. If you’re new here, Literary Therapy is a recurring episode series in which Annie plays the Dr. Frasier Crane or the Lucy van Pelt to listeners’ literary ailments. 

As mentioned in the episode, you can get book recs from the following:

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

  • The Explanation of Everything by Lauren Grodstein

  • Francis and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

  • The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 09, 2020
265 || Bookish Bingo
45:43

Annie and Olivia sat down in the middle of the chaos to talk about The Bookshelf’s reading challenge (of sorts!) for 2020. We covered all sorts of categories, with a variety of books:

  • A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl

  • There There by Tommy Orange

  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich

  • This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

  • Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

  • She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

  • Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

  • A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner

  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

  • The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkienn

  • The Martian by Andy Weir

  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

  • Bread and Wine; Bittersweet; Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

  • Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

  • Flour + Water by Thomas McNaughton

  • The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin

  • Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

  • Illegal by Eion Colfer

  • Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Aliyy

  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

  • The Great Gatsby and Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

  • Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

  • Seven Days in Augusta by Mark Cannizzaro

  • Believe It by Nick Foles

  • The City Game by Matthew Goodman

  • Open by Andre Agassi

Find your Bookish bingo card here.

 From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie's reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Apr 02, 2020
264 || March Reading Recap
33:55

Today, Annie recaps all the books she read in March.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 26, 2020
263 || March Madness, Indeed
37:30

Annie is joined this week by her husband, friend, audiobook listener, and fellow basketball enthusiast Jordan Jones. The NCAA tournament may have been canceled -- a true tragedy in the Jones’ house -- but they’re still debating The Bookshelf’s bestsellers in their annual March Madness episode. They hope their conversation brings a little light and levity to what’s been a stressful couple of weeks. 

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing Untamed, the new memoir by Glennon Doyle. Jordan just finished Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Mar 19, 2020
262 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Spring
36:23

Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former literature teacher, avid reader, and frequent Bookshelf customer. Today, the two are previewing some spring titles that should be on your radar, but it’s being done a little bit differently—literature meets music.

Tap or click here for the full Spotify playlist.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading Most Likely by Sarah Watson, the creator of The Bold Type. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 12, 2020
261 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 7: March
32:18

This week Annie and guest, Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf, bring you the first Backlist Book Club of 2020. The discussion revolves around Geraldine Brooks' March.

All of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

March by Geraldine Brooks

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading The Office by Andy Greene and Hunter is listening to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Mar 05, 2020
260 || February Reading Recap
37:51

This week Annie recaps the books she read in February, all of which can be purchased on our website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com:

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Layoverland by Gabby Noone

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Office by Andy Greene

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy

Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, as mentioned in today’s episode, Annie is finishing up Here for It by R. Eric Thomas.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 27, 2020
259 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 1
27:47

Today, Annie is diving into listeners’ bookish dilemmas with some literary therapy. Topics include romance novels, tackling nonfiction, genre shame, and, of course, Little Women. Pretend Annie is coming to you live from Seattle, because she is Annie Jones, and she is listening.

Want to leave a voicemail for the next round of Literary Therapy? Email podcast@bookshelfthomasville.com, or leave a voicemail here.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Americana by Bhu Srinivasan

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

27 Dresses by Jesse Russell

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy by Ann Boyd Rioux

March Sisters by Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado & Jane Smiley

Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, Annie is reading Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 20, 2020
BONUS: Winter Institute 2020
34:02

SURPRISE! We know it’s Tuesday, but we thought you’d enjoy this bonus episode of FTFP, where Annie and Olivia debrief about Winter Institute, an annual conference held for members of the American Booksellers Association.

Here’s a link to “Reinventing Retail: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores,” by Ryan Raffaelli.

Some books Annie brought home:

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

A Good Family by A.H. Kim

Broken People by Sam Lansky

Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here on Thursday.

Feb 18, 2020
258 || To All the Boys in Books I‘ve Loved Before
36:26

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Annie and her two special guests — Ashley Sherlock, cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf social media guru, and Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf — discuss the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and reminisce about all the literary crushes they’ve had and what literary crushes say about you.

Most of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (4th book)

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins 

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  • Emma by Jane Austen

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • Emily Novels by L.M. Montgomery

  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by by Harper Lee

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Hunter is listening to Flowers in the Attic and Ashley is listening to Such A Fun Age on Libro.fm.

This week, Annie is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King, and she adores it. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Feb 13, 2020
257 || Books and the 2020 Oscars
33:21

Annie and fellow book club member and Oscar enthusiast, Callie Sewell, deep dive the 2020 Academy Awards and what it means for our reading lives.

The books discussed during the podcast can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading -- Super Host by Kate Russo, which will be available June, 9, 2020, and guest, Callie is reading — The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Feb 06, 2020
Episode 256 || January Reading Recap
34:22

On this week’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie recaps all the books she read in January. These can be ordered or pre-ordered through The Bookshelf website:

Follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s listening to Know My Name by Chanel Miller, which you can listen to on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon.

Jan 30, 2020
255 || We‘re Still Not Over Little Women
30:50

Happy New Year! We are so excited to bring you the first episode of 2020! Annie and Hunter Mclendon, a regular From the Front Porch contributor and bookstagrammer at @shelfbyshelf, honor Greta Gerwig and Louisa May Alcott, by diving into the genius that is Little Women.

Find Kevin Porter’s review of Little Women can be found here.

What is Hunter reading this week? He is reading -- and loving -- Real Life by Brandon Taylor (pre-order here!) and Annie is reading Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is out on February 18 and can be pre-ordered here.

A special thanks to Dylan Garven and his team at Studio D Productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the prefect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Jan 23, 2020
254 || Favorite Books of 2019
38:19

In our final episode of 2019 (and the decade as a whole!), Annie and Bookshelf staffers Olivia and Lucy sit down to talk through their favorite titles of the year. These are the books that meant the most over the last 12 months:

Annie's List:

1. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

2. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

3. The Dearly Beloved by Carla Wall

4. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

5. Family of Origin by CJ Hauser

6. Normal People by Sally Rooney

7. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

8. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

9. The Current by Tim Johnston

10. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Olivia's List

1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

2. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

4. All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

5. The Line Tender by Kate Allen

6. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

7. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

8. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

9. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

10. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Lucy's List:

1. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

2. Furious Hours by Casey Cep

3. The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

4. Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

5. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

6. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

7. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

8. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

9. The Innocents by Michael Crummey

10. The Organs of Sense by Adam Ehrlich Sachs

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As we close out 2019, we're so grateful to our listeners for playing such a large role The Bookshelf's success. Every purchase, every like, every comment, every email means the world.

Special thanks to Chris Jensen for his work on From the Front Porch over the years. We're so grateful for his contribution to The Bookshelf and the podcast, and we wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavor.

This episode of From the Front Porch was produced by Dylan Garven at Studio D Productions. Our new theme music -- a hint of what's to come in 2020 -- is by Simeon Church.

Annie's got some fun things in the work for Patreon; support us there for more bonus Bookshelf content coming in 2020.

From the Front Porch is going on a brief hiatus; new episodes will launch Thursday, January 30.

Dec 19, 2019
Episode 253 || Seasonal Reads: Christmas
34:10

In our final Seasonal Reads of 2019, Chris and Annie run through some reads (and movies) for the Christmas season and chat about the Christian season of Advent.  + A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens + A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote + A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas + Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris + Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle + One Day in December by Josie Silver + Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory + The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder + Miracle on 10th Street by Madeleine L'Engle Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalog of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

This was unexpectedly Chris's last episode, but please know he appreciates your support over the years.

Dec 12, 2019
Episode 252 || November Reading Recap
31:27

A new month means a new look at what books Annie and Chris were able to read in the last one. And folks, it was pretty light. Annie read: + Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodeser-Akner + Born a Crime by Trevor Noah + Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout Chris read: + The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges + The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Dec 05, 2019
Episode 251 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 6: Born a Crime
38:48

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Nov 28, 2019
Episode 250 || Mailbag, Vol. 6
56:21

On this milestone episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Chris answer YOUR questions--from what we're getting our parents for Christmas to what to read your kids at bedtime to how we track our reading! Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Nov 21, 2019
Episode 249 || Who Are We Really?
45:03

Chris and Annie take a personal deep-dive into a few literary characters they may or may not resemble, and what that ultimately means to them. You can read CJ Hauser's "Just (Un)Like Me" at The Millions.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Nov 14, 2019
Episode 248 || Seasonal Reads: Feast
35:00

We’re moving some things around in our traditional Thanksgiving-season episode calendar to bring our our food and cookbook episode at the BEGINNING of the month so that you can prepare for the holiday with some of our new favorite recipes. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt + Dining In by Allison Roman + Nothing Fancy by Allison Roman + Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen + Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin + Indian-ish by Priya Krishna + Eat Joy by various authors + South by Sean Brock + Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch + The Saltwater Table by Whitney Otawka Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Nov 07, 2019
Episode 247 || October Reading Recap
38:05

Happy Halloween! Spooky Season will soon be over, but Chris and Annie are here to walk you through what they read in October. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman + Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra + Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow + East of Eden by John Steinbeck + Miracles (And Other Reasonable Things) by Sarah Bessey + 21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks + Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti + The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 246 || Seasonal Reads: Spooky Season
33:03

It's officially Spooky Season, if you can believe it, and Annie and Chris sound absolutely manic this week as they record their third episode in a row to bring you some of their favorite books of the season! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman + A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan + The Secret Place by Tana French + The Witch Elm by Tana French + Dare Me by Megan Abbott + The Fever by Megan Abbott + The Crucible by Arthur Miller + Final Girls by Riley Sager + The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager + The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz + The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack + The Winters by Lisa Gabriele + The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry + Melmoth by Sarah Perry + Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse + We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson + The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Oct 24, 2019
Episode 245 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 5: East of Eden
37:23

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Oct 17, 2019
Episode 244 || ”Faith” Books, Whatever That Means
43:16

Since talking about censorship wasn't hard enough, we've taken it upon ourselves--at listener behest--to talk about one of the hardest, most personal things there is: faith. These are some of the books that got us thinking and growing and changing, and we hope, at the very least, that they are useful to your journey. You can read Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Daniel Cox's piece on 538. You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR's Throughline podcast here. You can listen to our old, old episode on "grief literature" here. Also, The Life of Pi came out in 2002, which we know now! + Leaving Church by by Barbara Brown Taylor + A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis + Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon + The Life of Pi by Yann Martel + A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza + Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl + Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle + Christ and Culture by Richard Neibuhr + Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans + The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry + The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein + Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff + Hogfather by Terry Pratchett Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Oct 10, 2019
Episode 243 || September Reading Recap
39:47

Somebody wake up Green Day because September is over, and we’re back with our customary reading recap. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Little Weirds by Jenny Slate + All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg + Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur + She Said by Jodi Kandor and Megan Twohey + Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Oct 03, 2019
Episode 242 || Banned Books Week
38:26

Challenges and censorship are hard things to discuss! But we're going to try.  The American Library Association's discussion of 2018's most challenged books is here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Sep 26, 2019
Episode 241 || Seasonal Reads: Falling into Fall
35:42

In anticipation of next week's seasonal Literary Lunch, we're talking about some of Annie's favorite "fall books" and letting you in on a quick preview of what's new for the season! To join us virtually, purchase your ticket here and select "Virtual Option" for your lunch! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Body Lies by Jo Baker + The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + The Dutch House by Ann Patchett + Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Sep 19, 2019
Episode 240 || Book-TV-Movie
37:56

The fall season means new TV, and Annie came prepared this week with a series of curated media samplers just for you. Also, Chris and Annie have some cultural amnesia regarding the respective careers of Amanda Bynes and Mandy Moore. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Politician (Netflix) + The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern + Election (dir. Alexander Payne, 1999) + Nancy Drew (The CW) + The Spellman Files by + Nancy Drew by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge + Nancy Drew (dir. Andrew Fleming, 2007) + Nancy Drew (dir. Kat Shea, 2019) + Succession (HBO) + All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg + This is Where I Leave You (dir. Shawn Levy, 2014) + The Righteous Gemstones (HBO) + The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler + The Book of Essie by Meghan McLean Weir + Saved! (dir. Brian Dannelly, 2004) + Unbelievable (Netflix) + A False Report by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller + The Hunting Ground (dir. Kirby Dick, 2015) + The Unicorn (CBS) + Fleishman is in Trouble by  + Three Men and a Baby (dir. Leonard Nimoy, 1987) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 239 || August Reading Recap
41:03

Another calendar page has come and gone. Join us for a good, old-fashioned chat about the books we read in August. Annie read: + The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff + Frankly in Love by David Yoon + The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth + Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James + The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt + The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall + The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Chris read: + God by Reza Aslan + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Sep 05, 2019
Episode 238 || We‘re Stressed Out!
37:33

Annie and Chris are back together, but y'all, it's a stressful season. And we know we always say that! Join us for a discussion of some of the particular stressors in our lives and how they do or do not affect our reading habits. Particular books we recommend on the subject are: + Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski + Marriageology by Belinda Luscombe Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Aug 29, 2019
Episode 237 || Live with Mary Laura Philpott
46:18

As part of The Bookshelf's July 2019 Reader Retreat, Chris and Annie had the pleasure of sitting down for a live podcast recording with Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink. We chatted about the US/British children's lit split again, some of our favorite bookselling moments, and how weird it is to do this live! Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Aug 22, 2019
Episode 236 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 4
36:18

Annie and frequent guest contributor Hunter keep the Backlist Book Club feature rolling with a discussion of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, soon to be a major motion picture.

Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club here.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Aug 15, 2019
Episode 235 || Seasonal Reads: Back to School!
37:01

On this edition of Seasonal Reads, we're taking you back to school! Or celebrating the fact that your kids are back in school and you might be feeling some relief after the long days of summer vacation.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Now That You've Got a Break... + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane + The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead + Lock Every Door by Riley Sager For the Nervous Student + We Don't Eat our Classmates by + All Are Welcome by + Planet Kindergarten by + Kindergarten Countdown by Marjorie Parker + The Pigeon Has to Go to School by + The King of Kindergarten by For Those Who Want to Go Back + Bloomability by Sharon Creech + People Like Us by + The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak + Looking for Alaska by John Green + The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Aug 08, 2019
Episode 234 || July Reading Recap
38:11

July was a very busy month here at The Bookshelf, and while our combined list is somewhat small, it allowed us to have a deeper conversation about what we managed to finish! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + Ordinary People by Diana Evans + The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory + Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner + The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames Chris read: + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + God by Reza Aslan Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Aug 01, 2019
Episode 233 || Family of Origin
42:47

Chris and Annie are joined by longtime friend of the show CJ Hauser to talk about her new novel, Family of Origin, available now from Doubleday. They discuss millennials, dysfunctional families, healing from trauma, wacky scientists, baseball, and Anglo-Saxon poetry. By now you've probably seen her viral essay, "The Crane Wife," published at The Paris Review. You can snag your copy of Family of Origin in The Bookshelf's online store. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Jul 25, 2019
Episode 232 || Imagining the Perfect Book
25:58

Last month, Chris and Annie were challenged to think of a book that doesn't exist (yet) that they would love to see written. This episode is a very silly grappling with answers to that question. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Jul 18, 2019
Bonus Episode || Allen Cheney
43:54

In this special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with Allen Cheney, co-author of the new book Crescendo, a story of Thomasville.  Allen and his co-author, Julie Cantrell, will be at The Bookshelf on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 PM for an in-store Shelf Talk and signing. Learn more here. Order your copy at The Bookshelf's online store. Hear more of Annie's author interviews exclusively on our Patreon. Find the rest of our show on our website.

Jul 16, 2019
Episode 231 || June Reading Recap
35:36

Annie and Chris are traveling through time to bring you a list and discussion of the books they read in June.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + Burnout by Emily an Amelia Nagoski  + Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston + The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren + Heartburn by Nora Ephron + Recursion by Blake Crouch + Furious Hours by Casey Cep + Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid + The Body Lies by Jo Baker + My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan + 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Chris read: + A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Jul 11, 2019
Episode 230 || Seasonal Reads: America
35:05

As the heat settles and the mosquitos start biting and we all converge in the back of a pickup truck in an antique store parking lot to watch the fireworks, we hope you'll take the time to join us for a conversation on books about what our nation is, has been, and could be. Happy Independence Day. https://www.raicestexas.org/donate/ You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville + Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese + I Think You're Wrong, But I'm Listening by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Shivers + A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee + We Were 8 Years in Powerby Ta-Nehisi Coates + The Soul of America by Jon Meacham + Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Rise and Fall by Mitchell Zuckoff + Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker + Parkland by Dave Cullen + Dissent and the Supreme Court by Melvin Urofsky + Songs of America by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Jul 04, 2019
Episode 229 || Reader Retreat Live!
45:16

In this very special episode, Chris and Annie were finally able to sit down together for their first ever tandem live show! The occasion was the very first Bookshelf Reader Retreat, and good news: We’ll be doing this again. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Jun 27, 2019
Episode 228 || #TackleSomeTomes
36:33

Listen. We've all seen the summer reading guides. We here at FtFP have even given you one. Beach, breezy, light, and fun. But what if I told you there was another option? You know, for those of you who don't live anywhere near a beach. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace + The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky + The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor + Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt + The Campus Trilogy by David Lodge + Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke + A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara + The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach + Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow + The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco + The Witch Elm by Tana French + Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Jun 20, 2019
Episode 227 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 3
41:11

Join Annie and frequent contributors Hunter and Emily for a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Jun 13, 2019
Episode 226 || Seasonal Reads: Summer
36:39

Suuummertiiiiiime, and the front doors are swoooollen. Join Chris and Annie for a preview of the summer's hottest releases and a look back to some of our favorite backlist beach reads. Some other "best of" lists we mentioned: + Good HousekeepingModern Mrs. Darcy  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. New in 2019: + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane + The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + Stars of Alabama by Shawn Dietrich + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + The Queen by Josh Levin Backlist: + Dark Matter by Blake Crouch + Recursion by Blake Crouch + Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel + You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein + Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor + The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer + Limelight by Amy Poppel + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + Girl in the Water by Paula Hawkins + Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende + Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave + Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid + My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Jun 06, 2019
Episode 225 || May Reading Recap
39:36

May came and went like a bullet train, but Annie and Chris are here to talk about what they read this month and/or are still reading. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (on sale June 4) + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + State of the Union by Nick Hornby + The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley + Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff + Miracle Creek by Angie Kim + Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson Chris is reading: + The Thebaid by Statius, translated by Charles Stanley Ross + A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

May 30, 2019
Episode 224 || Quick Reads
32:54

Sometimes you need to build some momentum between your hefty tomes, and sometimes you're sitting in an airport and just want a book you can finish before the plane lands. In any case, Chris and Annie are here for you to recommend some one- or two-sitting reads. Ben Dolnick's New York Times article on the Binge Read is here. + We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson + If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin + The Pearl by John Steinbeck + The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway + The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald + State of the Union by Nick Hornby + The End We Start From by Megan Hunter + Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman + My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout + Our Souls at Night by Kent Harouf + We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill + Shopgirl by Steve Martin + The Vanderbeekersof 141st Street by Karina Glaser + The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall + The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley + Bloomability by Sharon Creech + Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli + Holes by Louis Sachar + Wonder by R. J. Palacio Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

May 23, 2019
Episode 223 || Our Favorite Classics
44:01

We consulted with the rest of the Bookshelf staff and rounded up a list of our favorite "classic" books--whatever that means. Olivia + Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte + The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte + Villette by Charlotte Bronte Nancy + Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte + Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte + The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Lucy + Middlemarch by George Eliot + East of Eden by John Steinbeck + A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Chris + Brave New World by Aldous Huxley + The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger + The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald + The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky Annie + To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee + Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger + Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

May 16, 2019
Episode 222 || Seasonal Reads: Wedding Season
32:36

It's wedding season, y'all, and Annie and Chris are here to guide you through the most relevant reads of the season. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead + Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen + Save the Date by Morgan Matson + Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld + The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory + Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun + The Gown by Jennifer Robson + Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close + Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner + Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry + The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn + Standard Deviation by Katharine Heiny + Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

May 09, 2019
Episode 221 || April Reading Recap
36:53

The changing of the calendar page signals that Annie and Chris are back, as they are every month, to talk about what they read in April! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Liar's Club by Mary Karr + The Body in Question by Jill Clement (on sale June 11) + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (on sale July 16) + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (on sale May 28) + How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (on sale May 28) + Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith + The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

May 02, 2019
Episode 220 || Indie Bookstore Day 2019
35:44

This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so Annie and Chris are here to talk about WHY independent bookstores matter and to bring you a list of some of their favorites up and down the east coast--and beyond! + The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA + Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL + Sundog Books in Seaside, FL + Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL + Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA + Book Culture in New York, NY + Book People in Austin, TX + E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, GA + Square Books in Oxford, MS + Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI + Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL + Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK + Forum Books in Corbridge, UK + Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe, OH + Twenty Stories in Los Angeles, CA + The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) in Nashville, TN + Greedy Reads in Baltimore, MD + Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX + Books are Magic in New York, NY + Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, DC Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Apr 25, 2019
Episode 219 || Stuck in Your Head
35:57

In honor of National Poetry Month, Chris and Annie are back to talk about their favorite poems, collections, and the words they've gotten stuck in their heads over the years. Poets, poems, books, and collections mentioned this week: + Mary Oliver + William Wordsworth + "If" by Rudyard Kipling + "Mine Own John Poins" by Thomas Wyatt the Elder + John Donne, including "Holy Sonnet 10" and "Holy Sonnet 14" + Percy Shelley, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Ozymandias" + John Milton, including Paradise Lost and "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint" + "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins + "Orion" by Adrienne Rich + Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery + The End We Start From by Megan Hunter + T. S. Eliot, including "Little Gidding," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and The Waste Land + Emily Dickinson + She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy + Robert Frost + Shel Silverstein + A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd + A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers + Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong + On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (on sale in June) + Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar + Space Struck by Paige Lewis (on sale in October) + Millennial Roost by Dustin Pearson + A Family is a House by Dustin Pearson + Parse by Ruth Baumann + Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing + 1919 by Eve L. Ewing (on sale in June) + Rupi Kaur + Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander + Tracy K. Smith + Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib You can listen to Ruth Baumann's episode of From the Front Porch here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Apr 18, 2019
Episode 218 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 2
37:24

Your favorite long-distance book club is back as Annie and frequent contributor Hunter discuss Mary Karr's celebrated memoir, The Liar's Club.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Liar's Club by Mary Karr Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Apr 11, 2019
Episode 217 || Seasonal Reads: April Foolery
37:28

We all need a laugh now and then, and when better than prank season? Learn more about Thomasville's Rose Show and Festival here. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Andre Miller + Bossypants by Tina Fey + You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein + Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiney + The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton + A Woman First: First Woman: A Deeply Personal Memoir by the Former President by "Selina Meyer" + The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster and Jules Feiffer + The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Apr 04, 2019
Episode 216 || March Reading Recap
38:38

Here at the end of our pollen-covered month, it's time to discuss what we were able read between, y'know, everything else. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 30) + Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson (on sale April 2) + Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (on sale April 2) + Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen (on sale May 14) + Inheritance by Dani Shapiro + Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16) + Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Mar 28, 2019
Episode 215 || Spring Literary Lineup
39:38

Spring is officially springing, so Chris and Annie are back to tell you what books to look out for in this new green season. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Good Talk by Mira Jacob (on sale March 26) + Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9) + What My Mother And I Don't Talk About by various authors (on sale April 30) + See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + The Moth Presents Occasional Magic by various authors + The Second Mountain by David Brooks (on sale April 16) + Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (on sale April 9) + If, Then by Kate Hope Day + I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott + Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16) + A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee (on sale April 2) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Mar 21, 2019
Episode 214 || March Madness 2019
40:24

It's March, and everything's gone MAD! Annie is joined by her husband, Jordan, for their annual adventure through book brackets and The Bookshelf's recent bestsellers.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. The Current by Tim Johnston 3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 4. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 5. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker 6. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 7. Becoming by Michelle Obama 8. Educated by Tara Westover 9. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 10. Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz 11. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 13. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland 14. The Point of It All by Charles Krauthammer 15. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro 16. The Library Book by Susan Orlean Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Mar 14, 2019
Episode 213 || Seasonal Reads: Spring Break
32:43

I don't know what it's like where you live, but we're in the middle of a cold snap, and it doesn't feel much like spring break. Join us this week on a new installment of Seasonal Reads in which we recommend just the right books to get you ready for a break. Spring break forever. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Vacationers by Emma Straub + Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy + This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison + A Separation by Katie Kitamura + Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter + Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward + Tangerine by Christine Mangan + Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan + The From-Aways by CJ Hauser + Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Liste