…We are so excited to announce that A Novel Chat is officially back! 

This week Willa, Emily and I, Aneeqah, are continuing our discussion of the beloved This Savage Song. Something unique about this book is that it’s actually a dystopian novel- which is pretty unheard of right now. We start this episode off by talking about some of the first dystopian novels we read back in 2012, when the dystopian trend was on the rise. We even dive into some classics that Willa and Emily have read (sorry not sorry for not enjoying Animal Farm, though).

After talking a bit about the dystopian trend and how the sub-genre is fairing, we dive right into the books. Of course, we start off our discussion on the dystopian elements present in This Savage Song, which we all agree is done fantastically. Hopefully, this book can bring the dystopian trend back. We dive into a lot of recommendations in this episode with a great mix of different types of dystopian- those with fantastical elements, classics, and even a book with a unique writing style. It’s a great episode with some excellent backlist books that you absolutely need to check out.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

Happy Monday everyone!

For our last episode of the month, we’re switching things up on the podcast and doing something not directly related to our book of the month. Instead, we’re talking about a topic super relevant to us right now: summer books! We start the discussion by discussing just what we classify as summer book (spoiler alert: Willa’s definition is pretty different from ours!). But mainly, we focus on lighter and super engaging reads for the sake of this show! We then dive into some awesome recs to help fill your beach bag or keep you company on a lazy, hazy summer day. We cover a wide array of genres, so regardless of if you’re a seasonal or mood reader, you’ll be sure to find the perfect new read. (Also, we totally talk about Jellicoe Road- so if you’re curious about what I thought about Willa’s beloved book, stay tuned!).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, if you’d like to contact us, please find us on Twitter @aNovelChat or send us an email at anovelchat @ gmail dot com! <3 We hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome back to another fabulous episode of A Novel Chat!

We’re changing things up here today on le podcast. We’re talking about a deeper, more ‘theme’ like concept on the podcast: guilt versus innocence. We start off our discussion talking about how much we all love this theme in literature. I mention that I love when it blurs the line of character motivations- sometime you don’t really know why a character is doing something (is it guilt or something else?). Em mentions that she loves unlikable character, and I agree, saying that reading helps engender empathy. We then dive into talking about the wide array of books with guilt vs. innocence as a theme. One interesting thing is that this theme can be found across almost all genres, so there’s huge mix in this episode. There’s light books, creepy books, mysterious books, some really, well, strange books, and I even manage to throw in some fantasy and time travel books! Overall, this is definitely a different episode with some hilarious tangents (why Willa hates on Finding Dory, the world may never know), but it’s sure to make you think.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

Other things we mention: (like I said, we switched things up today!)

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, if you’d like to contact us, please find us on Twitter @aNovelChat or send us an email at anovelchat @ gmail dot com! <3 We hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday everyone! We’re back on our normal schedule with podcasting, and this means it’s time for another episode of A Novel Chat.

This week, we’re continuing our discussion on The Walls Around Us with our topic of multiple POVs. The book itself actually features two different alternating narratives, with Violet and Amber. We kick off our discussion talking about why we do or don’t like multiple narratives, and discuss that it truly needs to be done well if it’s going to work. Also, I can’t help but mention that villain POVs = the absolute coolest, yo. We then dive into our discussion of books, starting with TWAU. Willa specifically mentions that she had mixed feelings with the narrative of this one, and that it could have been done better. Yet, most of the books we talk about have multiple narratives that are done fantastically. It’s, as per usual, an excellent mix of contemporary, fantasy, and even more. With some additional tangents, and laughs, hopefully you’ll smile and laugh along with us (even amidst what’s happening in the world <33).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, if you’d like to contact us, please find us on Twitter @aNovelChat or send us an email at anovelchat @ gmail dot com! <3 We hope you enjoy!

Happy… Tuesday? Yes, we apologize that this episode is going out a little late! As I type this, however, it is still *technically* considered Monday in some time zones, so let’s just pretend everything still went out on Monday, shall we? 😉

Regardless, as Em mentions in the podcast episode, don’t doubt our commitment to the show or our new book of the month! It’s June, which means we’re discussing a new book, and our book for June is The Walls Around Us! We’re especially excited about this book because it’s so different from everything we’ve talked about up to this point. This book, by Nova Ren Suma, can be classified under magical realism (especially with that ending!), and that’s what we’re discussing today. Each one of us has an interesting story about our relationship with this genre (ranging from love to full on hate), and we share our takes on magical realism as a whole. Em and Willa also share their definition of magical realism, and we talk about how the line between MR and other genres is really pretty blurry. Regardless, we forge on to a discussion about some of our favorite magical realism books, some heavier, some lighter, and I even sneak in a middle grade rec in there! 😉 Overall, it’s a fun-filled episode about a genre that isn’t always talked about in YA.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, if you’d like to contact us, please find us on Twitter @aNovelChat or send us an email at anovelchat @ gmail dot com! <3 We hope you enjoy!

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