Episode twenty-two: Shout outs and a special guest

Episode Twenty-two: Shout outs and a special guest

In this episode, we welcome a very special guest, talk about our latest reads and discuss the conclusion of the Read More! Reading Challenge.

About the hosts

Discover more about Mary, Jackie and Leigh

Books mentioned

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
*Mary’s read

A latest holiday-themed novel by the best-selling author of The Christmas Box follows the experiences of a man who, in the wake of estrangements and losses, is given a chance to rewrite and rediscover his true past.




Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
*Mary’s read

A plucky young woman clashes with a real-life Scrooge—her grouchy, arrogant, annoyingly handsome neighbor—and tries to get even the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.




Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven
*Caitlyn’s read

FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online





180 Seconds by Jessica Park
*Jackies’s read

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds. One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome. When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing — and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.