Three Books Podcast

Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. Three Books will also feature a wide variety of guests on the show to talk about their own favorite books and why.

Three Books Podcast can be found on iTunes or HERE

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Twitter - @threebookspod

Epiosode 6 - Yours In Library Love 


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. Veronda Pitchford, talks about her love of food, reality tv, and (more than anything else) libraries.


0:00 Show begins

0:37 Guest Introduction

1:17 Veronda talks about Veronda

3:27 How she chose her three books & the theme

5:10 Book One

7:42 Book Two

13:41 Book Three

18:51 First Library Memory

23:47 The hosts recommend a book to Veronda

34:00 Using electronic resources in the library

38:33 The Goodreads challenge/Indy Press books

38:50 How to get Biblioboard

44:55 ShoutMouse

50:02 Book recommendation- Rad Dad

54:21 Favorite Quotes

1:02:41 Recap of Veronda’s three books

Veronda’s Three Books:

Off the Menu by Stacey Ballis

Article about her kitchen:

Chicago Food Writer Creates A Home Kitchen For Serious Entertaining

Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Being made into a tv series – premiering May 6

Stephanie Danler’s Twitter (for great books/New Yorker articles)


Other Titles/Information Discussed:

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Audio read by Lin-Manuel Miranda

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Bingo Love by Genevieve FT, Jenn St-Onge, and Tee Franklin


Bibliboboard books

Super Sikh by Eileen Kaur Alden, Supreet Singh Manchanda, and Amit Tayal - “Loves Elvis. Hates bad guys.”

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler (illustrated by David Lee Csicsko)

Chicago Children’s Musuem

Kids Only collection (Including Shout Mouse Press)

One Lonely Camel by Rashaan Edwards, Sejal Mobley DaQuan Smith and Zorita Workman

Rad Dad - Contributors include: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cory Doctorow


Watching -

Top Chef

The Good Place


Eating -

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant


Listening To -

Entry Of The Gladiators - Julius Fucik


Episode 5: Creating A Bridge


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. This month, Becca and Christen talk with Brenda Gornick about her three book choices.


0:09 Intro

0:21 Guest Intro

2:55 Three Books- tough to choose just 3

3:34 Book One

7:18 Book Two

10:05 Book Three

14:57 How all three books relate to each other

17:32 Sharing Books with her teens

28:45 Choosing appropriate books to share with your kids

32:39 Brenda talks about her writing

37:37 Choosing books for the “to read” pile

44:09 What she is reading now

46:14 First library memories

51:04 Quotes


Brenda’s Three Books:

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee


Additional Titles Discussed:

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Death Note by Oba Tsugumi

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (Zabuza)

Monster by Naoki Urasawa

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Discworld Series by Pratchett

The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Murder At The Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

Euphoria by Lily King


Brenda's Writing:

New Girl In Town


Additional Sources:

Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 4 - Three Stories 

Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. This month, Becca and Christen talk with Catherine Knight about her three book choices.


Introduction 0:00 to 0:30

Guest Introduction 0:30 to 2:26

Hipster Chickens 2:26 to 3:36

Catherine’s Three Books 3:36 to 20:40 Book 1 3:36 to 8:14

Book 2 8:14 to 13:30

Book 3 13:30 to 20:40

Fun with Language 18:24 to 20:40

Reading and ADHD 20:40 to 30:33

The Impacts of Reading 30:33 to 35:16

Connecting to the World 35:16 to 39:49

New Traditions and Poetry 39:49 to 48:55

Reading Out Loud 48:55 to 56:00

Quotes and Conclusion 56:00 to 58:31


Catherine’s Three:

Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon


Additional Sources:

Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter: Tales of the Young Wizard Install Empathy A Study Finds

Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 3 - Roses Are Read 

Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. This month, Becca and Christen sit down with Ela Library's very own Business Librarian, Melissa Keegan, to discuss her three book choices and other cool projects she's working on.


Introduction 0:00 to 0:25

Guest Introduction 0:25 to 1:30

Melissa’s Three Books 1:30 to 8:34

Book 1 1:30 to 3:42

Book 2 3:42 to 5:40

Book 3 5:40 to 8:34

Why these three books? 8:34 to 9:11

Were there others on your list? 9:11 to 10:36

Melissa’s Top 3 Books              10:36 to 10:49

The Beauty of Books              10:49 to 13:54

Roses are Read Bookstagram 13:54 to 19:40

Hygge 19:40 to 21:01

Word Wrap 21:01 to 24:36

Deciding What’s Next 24:36 to 29:06

This Year’s Challenge 29:06 to 30:20

Quotes and Conclusion 30:20 to 33:56


Melissa’s Three:

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Artemis by Andy Weir


Additional Sources:

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Melissa Keegan’s Social Media:




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Episode 2 - Booksgiving (Part 2 - Teen, Childrend, Babies, & Literary Themed Gifts) 


Young Adult
Diviners Series by Libba Bray 
The Reckoners Series (Steelheart is Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson 
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman 
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry 
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire 
Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
Words in Deep Blue by Catherine Crowley
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 
Theodore Gray - The Elements, Molecules and Reactions 

3-5 Grade Fiction and Comics
HiLo by Judd Winick 
Bone Series by Jeff Smith 
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson 
Pedro & Me by Judd Winick 
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey 
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey 
The Big Sparkly Box of Unicorn Magic: Phoebe and Her Unicorn Box Set Volume 1-4 by Dana Simpson 
Science Comics published by MacMillan 
Science Comics: Rockets (Defying Gravity) by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd 
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded by DK Books 
LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Character Encyclopedia by DK Books 
LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary by DK Books 
Batman Character Encyclopedia by DK Books 
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by David Wiesner 

Beginning Chapter Books 1-2nd Grade 
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz 
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch 
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon 
Junie B Jones by Barbara Park 
Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary 
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker 
Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems 
Ballet Cat by Bob Shea 
Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea 
Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton 
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton 

Picture Books 
Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals 
First Stories: A Fairytale Board Book Series, Illustrated by Dan Taylor 
Sleep Tight Farm: A farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle, Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander 
Cat on the Bus by Aram Kim 
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano 
Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis 
Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol 
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro 
Cate’s Magic Garden by Betsey Coffeen and Samantha Smith 

Bookish Gift Ideas 
Ex Libris Board Game 
Paperback Board Game 
Out of Print - website with delightful literary-themed goods 
Ideal Bookshelf - pins, totes, mugs and prints. Bookshelves include things like “Jane Austen” or “Harry Potter” (US and UK), cookbooks, design, kids and more. Or request a custom bookshelf for the book lover in your life! 
Book Box Subscriptions! - Owl Crate, Bookish Box -- design your own!

Episode 2 - Booksgiving! (Part 1 - Adult Fiction & Nonfiction - November 2017)


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. This month is a two part special to celebrate Booksgiving! Part one features book recommendations and gift experiences for adult fiction and non-fiction.

Introduction 0:00 to 0:24
Booksgiving Explanation 0:24 to 3:30
Adult Fiction 3:30 to 15:54
Adult Non-fiction 15:54 to 49:18
Wrapping Up 49:18 to 49:59
Conclusion 49.59 to 50:58

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
Amanda Wakes Up by Alyson Camerota

Devotions by Mary Oliver (We mentoned the concept of Hygge - you can read more about it HERE)

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
The Long Haul by Finn Murphy
Unique Eats and Eateries Chicago by Matt Kirouac
Smitten Kitchen Every Day
Craft Coffee: A Manual by Jessica Easto
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
Killlers of the Flower Moon
Born A Crime by Trever Noah
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore by Jared Yates Sexton
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo
The Gentle Are of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
National Geographic The Photo Ark
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson by Joel Sartore and Douglas H. Chadwick
Playing with Super Power by Sebastian Haley and Megan Marie


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. In episode one, the library world's horror maven, Becky Spratford, talks about why we need horror and her three horror book choices.


Introduction 0:00 to 0:35

Guest Introduction 0:36 to 2:02

Learning About Horror and Why We Need It 2:03 to 6:43

Approaching Horror 6:44 to 10:38

Becky’s Three Books 10:39 to 25:28

Book 1 11:06 to 13:02

Book 2 16:56 to 20:39

Book 3 20:44 to 25:12

What Becky is Reading Now 25:29 to 33:09

A Gateway Book to Horror   33:10 to 38:55

Library Origin Story              38:56 to 43:51

Where to Find Becky           43:52 to 45:47

Featured Books Review       45:48 to 46:20

Conclusion              46:21 to 47:40

Becky Spratford’s Three Books:

Bird Box and Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

The Ruins by Scott Smith

In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson

Additional Books Discussed:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Becky Spratford’s Social Media:

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RA For All Horror:


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Pilot - Why Are We Here?     



Introduction 0:00 to 0:20

How did Three Books start? 0:32 to 2:42

Type of guests to expect 2:43 to 3:32

Timeline of the show 3:33 to 4:22

Becca’s three books 4:23 to 6:38

Christen’s three books 6:39 to 7:36

Re-reading books 7:37 to 8:23

Featured books review 8:24 to 9:04

Conclusion 9:05 to 10:04

Becca’s Three:

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Christen’s Three:

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Additional Books Discussed:

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton






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