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

Contact us:

Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 12 - Three Books and Several Bookstores


ThreeBooks is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. Laura Dooley-Taylor, talks about growing up a school librarian’s daughter, and nerdy book experiences. Becca thinks everything is lovely. Come on an indie bookshop tour with us!


00:28 Meet Laura Dooley-Taylor

01:40 How she chose her books

02:12 Book 1: Christina Katerina and The Box

07:34 Book 2:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

11:23 The Great American Reads List

13:30 Book 3-  A Man Called Ove

17:17 Other books by Frederik Backman

18:50 Laura’s first library experience

21:26 Christen’s Birthday Bookstore tour

24:30 Favorite Bookstores in Chicago

32:39 Cool Bookstores outside of IL

41:46 Bucket List Bookstores

45:02 Laura’s Book Quote


Laura’s Three Books:

Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Lee Gauch

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman


Other Titles/Information Discussed:

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

PBS - Great American Reads -

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Ramona Quimby Series by Beverly Cleary

Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw by Patricia Reilly Giff


Indie Bookstores:

Town House Books - St. Charles, IL -

The Book Cellar - Chicago, IL (Lincoln Square) -

Women & Children First - Chicago, IL (Andersonville) -

Book Riot - Chicago Bookstore Day Challenge -

Map -

Independent Bookstore Day -

Anderson’s Bookshop -

Read Between the Lynes - Woodstock, IL -

InkLink Books - East Troy, WI -

2894 On Main - East Troy, WI (restaurant) -

East Troy Railroad Museum - East Troy, WI -

The Elegant Farmer - Mukwonago, WI -

Square Books - Oxford, MS -

The Dial Bookshop - Chicago, IL (Downtown) -

Russian Tea Time -

Powell’s Books - Chicago, IL & Portland, OR -

Best Indie Bookstores by State Lists (it turns out there are tons of these lists):

Book Riot -

Huffington Post -

Real Simple -

Books & Brews - Indianapolis, IN -

Books & Books - Miami, FL -

Carmichael’s Bookstore - Louisville, KY -

Chinatown|Chicago Public Library -

Chinatown/Him Mark Lai - San Francisco Public Library -

Mr. B’s Emporium - Bath, England, UK -

And a yarn store for fun -

Wool & Co. Fine Yarn - St. Charles, IL -


Episode 11: Maggie Lehrman & The Last Best Story


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our host (just Becca this time) chats about three popular/favorite books. Author Maggie Lehrman talks about her new book (The Last Best Story), high school memories, highway overpasses, stream of consciousness poems and more!


00:32 Maggie Lehrman Introduction

02:25 The Last Best Story

04:53 Local Inspirations in The Last Best Story

11:12 How His Girl Friday Inspired The Last Best Story

13:57 Word Association Game

17:34 Book 1: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

21:30 Book 2: Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

25:42 Book 3: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

27:58 Experiences with Rita Williams Garcia

31:50 Why she chose her three books

32:38 Why Last Best Story was set aside for 10 years

36:20 Notable Books she has edited

40:07 The Editing Process

43:16 Maggie’s Library Story

52:37 Maggie’s Quote



Maggie’s Books:

The Last Best Story

The Cost of All Things


Maggies’s Three Books

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia


Other Titles/Information Discussed:

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales (Lafayette! out 10/16)

Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale (out March 12, 2019)

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (out April 16, 2019)

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon (out Feb. 26, 2019)

The Bachman Books: Rage / The Long Walk / Roadwork / The Running Man by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery


Watching -

His Girl Friday (Available on Hoopla!)


Find Maggie -

‎@maggielehrman on Twitter

@maggielehrmanauthor on Facebook


Contact us!


Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 10 - Summertime and the Readin' is Easy (Unless You Work in a Public Library) 


Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. They talk about what they’re reading this summer and get three book recommendations from Ela Staff.


0:2:28 Staff Picks Part 1

0:5:27 Becca is STILL reading Children of Blood & Bone

0:6:49 Staff Picks Part 2

0:9:23 Christen Book One- The Tin Man by Sarah Winman

0:13:31 Christen Book Two: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

0:22:53 Christen Book Three: The Murderbot Diaries (Series) by Martha Wells

0:33:22 Books to TV news- Sanditon by Jane Austen

0:34:55 Staff Picks Part 3

0:36:51 Becca doesn’t do summer reading

0:37:52 Becca Book One: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

0:48:24 Becca Book 2: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

0:52:13 Becca Book 3: The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez

1:02:38 Staff Picks Part 4

1:05:16 Closing Notes


Additional books mentioned by Christen and Becca -

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

The Martian by Andy Weir

Raina Telgemeier graphic novels

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon


Watching -


“An Origin Story” by Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye


Other Info -

Project Voice

The Cardboard Kingdom Projects and Info



Staff Picks Part 1


Anything by Nora Roberts

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffen



A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Whahong

The Poppy War by RF Quang



The Swedish Art of Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

The Long Haul by Finn Murphy

The Real Queen Elizabeth by Andrew Maher



The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Mare

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah



Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl


Michelle W.

The Fallen by David Baldacci

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

The Neuroscientist That Lost her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska



Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Daves

Love and Other words by Christina (Hobbs) Lauren

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel


Staff Picks Part 2


A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Reif Ziarnik

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

The Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins


Staff Picks Part 3

Michelle B.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka Mac Bennett

Dory and the real true friend by Abby Hanlon

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo


Staff Picks Part 4


Americanah- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The House Girl by Tara Conklin



Summer in Orcus by T Kingfisher

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

We Free Men by Terry Pratchett



The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Home of the Unwanted girls by Joanna Goodman

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan


Three Books- Contact Us:


Twitter - @threebookspod



Episode 9 - Teen Writers And Artists Project 

Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our host (just Becca this time) chats about three popular/favorite books. Our TWO guests this month, Adam Gottlieb and Corey Dillard, talk about Louder Than A Bomb, spirituality, Winnie the Pooh, chocolate cake and more!


0:00:28 Guest Introductions

0:04:32 About the Louder than a Bomb Festival

0:10:12 Adam Book 1-  The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu

0:13:49 Middle School Transformations thru reading

0:16:30 Corey Book 1:  The Tao of Pooh

0:24:58 Pooh in China

0:26:36 Corey Book 2:  The Thief of Always

0:35:27 Adam Book 2:  Pedagogy of the Oppressed

0:45:21 Adam Book 3:  Climbing Poetry

0:50:33 “Living” Poetry

0:51:41 Teaching Poetry the right way

0:55:07 Corey Book 3:  Hurdy Gurdy by Tim Seibels

1:10:13 What Corey is Reading Now

1:11:00 Up with Thoughts by W. Kamau Bell

1:14:04 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

1:15:22 What Adam is reading

1:23:53 Adam’s Poem

1:26:18 Corey’s Poem

1:29:50 Algonquin Word Play

1:31:13 Final Credits


Corey’s Three Books

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Hurdy-Gurdy by Tim Seibles

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff


Adam’s Three books

The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu trans. Brian Browne Walker

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Climbing PoeTree (self-titled poetry collection)


Other Titles/Information Discussed:

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (Pinhead)

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell

American Gods by Neil Gaiman [TV Tie-In] Narrated by George Guidall

Injustice 2 (Volume 1) by DC Comics

Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius by Kwame Dawes

World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts: A Project of the International Religious Foundation

The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions by Philip Novak

Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis

Chuang Tzu trans. Burton Watson

That One Black Kid by Corey Dillard


Watching -

Climbing PoeTree

Def Poetry Jam

Louder Than A Bomb (documentary)


Listening to -

Midnight, the Coyote, Down in the Mouth (poem) by Tim Seibles

Natasha In A Mellow Mood (poem) by Tim Seibles

Living Colour (Music Group)

Nursery Rhyme (poem) by Adam Gottlieb

Token (poem) by Corey Dillard




T-WAAP at Party in the Park: We are thrilled to participate in Party in the Park, a West Chicago festival featuring poetry, music, a Master Grill-Off, and more! We are still seeking participants who are willing to perform in a spoken word showcase with us at the festival. This would take place at The Shell, a beautiful new outdoor public stage at Reed Keppler Park. If you are a young person (ages 12-25) who would love to get on stage on August 11th and present your work (or know of any youth who would), click THIS LINK so we can contact you. (We may even have a special surprise for the first ten confirmed performers!)

T-WAAP Wordplay at Daily Projects: Every fourth friday of the month at Daily Projects Coffee Bar in Algonquin, IL, from 6:30-9:00pm, you can attend our regular Wordplay Open Mic program, a safer/braver space to speak your truth. The event begins with a writing workshop taught by one of our Teaching Artists, which is followed by the open mic (open to all forms of expression and all ages, with priority for youth), followed by a featured artist. Our feature on June 22 will be poet Lesley Casas.

Adam Gottlieb's band, Adam Gottlieb and One Love



Three Books Social Media:


Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 8 - We Do Not Advocate Setting Books On Fire

Three Books is Ela Area Public Library’s podcast series where our hosts, Becca and Christen, chat about three popular/favorite books. Jen Eberle, talks about the Babysitters Club, transitioning from teacher to school librarian, and her feelings on everything from Summer Reading to foxes.


0:00:25               Introducing Jen Eberle  

0:01:15               Why Jen loves books

0:02:27               Jen’s education background

0:04:51               BOOK 1-  Life of Pi

0:10:56               BOOK 2- Option B

0:12:43               Why best sellers get a bad rap

0:19:46               BOOK 3-  Eleanor and Park

0:27:03               Jen’s first library experience

0:30:34               What Jen is reading now

0:34:51               Jen’s Teacup animal

0:42:46               I hate Holden Caulfield

0:47:57               The Outsiders is not great literature

0:52:49               The right kind of summer reading for kids

1:00:04               Getting kids to be “popcorn” readers

1:15:12               Closing Thoughts


Jen’s Three Books:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (audio narrated by Elisa Donovan)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


Other Titles/Information Discussed:

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Bible

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Holding Up The Universe Jennifer Niven

A Step From Heaven by An Na

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (stated as Lost In Translation)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Spliced by Jon McGoran

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Good Enough by Paula Yoo

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

"Nothing Gold Can Stay" a poem by Robert Frost

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Shoe Books Series by Noel Streatfeild

The Baby-Sitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

V.C. Andrews (author)

Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Listening To -

Stay Gold by Stevie Wonder -


Three Books Social Media:


Twitter - @threebookspod


Episode 7 - April is the Crulest Month (Part 1) 

00:03:26 The Book Buzz Categories
00:05:13 Lord of The Rings Debate
00:05:51 Children of Blood and Bone
00:06:26 Harry Potter comparison
00:10:05 Why this book is important
00:12:18 Children of Blood & Bone plot discussion
00:21:47 Audiobook info
00:24:12 Literary Fiction Book Buzz
00:24:50 Book One: The Fruit of the Drunken Tree
00:25:11 Why you should judge this book by its cover
00:35:11 Book Two: There, There
00:41:41 Book Three: The Female Persuasion
00:47:47 Better examples of Intersectional feminist fiction
00:48:02 Street by Anne Petrie
00:48:02 Aya
00:50:45 Americanah
00:55:42 The Optimistic Decade
Pre-Buzz Buzzing
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 
Literary Fiction
The Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contraras - Available July 2018
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
There, There by Tommy Orange - Available June 2018
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Lena Dunham NYT Review 

Intersectional Feminist Fiction
Street by Ann Petry
Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
YA Options
The Hate U Give by ThomasThe Sun Is Also A Star by Yoon
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel - Available May 1, 2018
Also the author of Gut Instincts: Dispatches from the Wide Open Spaces Between Sickness and Health

Episode 7 - April is the Crulest Month (Part 2) 

00:00:35 Young Adult Book Buzz
00:00:49 Blood Water Paint Readers guide
00:02:26 Furyborn
00:10:19 The Belles
00:17:44 Dread Nation
00:21:57 Comic & Graphic Novels Book Buzz
00:23:27 Manfried the Man
00:28:32 Bingo Love
00:31:47 I am Alphonso Jones
00:39:17 Sci Fi/ Fantasy Book Buzz
00:39:21 The Power
00:43:48 Spinning Silver
00:53:11 The Book of M
1:01:30 Closing Thoughts
Young Adult
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Blood Water Paint Discussion Guide 
Furyborn by Claire Legrand - Two Queens will rise. The World will fall.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Comics and Graphic Novels
Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow - Available May 1, 2018
My Lady's Choosing by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran (regency romance choose your own adventure)
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jen St Onge, Joy San
I am Alphonso Jones written by Tony Medina ; illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John Jennings ; foreword by Bryan Stevenson
Science Fiction / Fantasy
The Power - Naomi Alderman
“Zombies, Run!” fitness game
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik - Available July 10, 2018
Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd - Available June, 2018
Watching - Once Upon A Time Series 

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:




Social Media:




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
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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:

RA For All :

RA For All Horror:


Email the pod:



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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