S.5 Ep. 4 — Reading Resolutions

Thank you to JMRL staff members who agreed to be guest stars on today’s podcast!

In order of appearance, they are: 

David Plunkett

Jess Moore

Andrew Grimm

Kayla Payne

Heather Pehnec 

Tish Colvin

Jennifer MacAdam-Miller


We talked about the following titles: 

Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers

The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon Garrity 

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 

My Monticello by Jocelyn Johnson 

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Milkman by Anna Burns

For Every One by Jason Reynolds

March by John Lewis (graphic memoir)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Across the Airless Wilds by Earl Swift


Consider these tips, discussed in today’s episode,  to read more in 2022! 

Visit the JMRL new books list for what’s new

Read along with the Virginia Festival of the Book

Challenge yourself to the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Make a conscious effort to read a genre you don’t normally read

It’s not free like your local library, but you might try the YA owl crate subscription service

Go down author rabbit holes….visit your favorite author’s website, blog, or Goodreads page. What are THEY reading? Try reading what they’re reading, or read a biography ABOUT them. 

And of course, do you use Goodreads? If not, maybe you should! 


Tune in next time for more support and encouragement for your reading journey! 


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