Episode 29: Quarterly Book Haul, sharing our favorite book acquisitions so far in 2019, from sports history to poetry collections

Between books sales and birthday celebrations, we’ve acquired quite a few books so far in 2019! Today we’re sharing the highlights of our Quarter One book purchases, including poetry collections, sports stories, and mystery novels. We’re also answering a listener question about how to ask for Advanced Review Copies and giving our recommendations of the week.

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Show Notes:

How to request ARCs from publishers


The Art and Practice of Military Strategy 1984

Gods and Generals by Jeff Shara

What Should I Read Next Ep. 164

Gates of Fire Steven Pressfield

The Killer Angels by Michael Shara

James Baldwin: The Last Interview

Talent by Juliet Lapidos

Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey

Felicity by Mary Oliver

The Return by Hisham Matar

Commonplace Books OKC

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

On Writing by Stephen King

The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Forde

My Plain Jane by Hand, Ashton, and Meadows

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys of ‘36

Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon

Playing to the Edge by Michael V. Hayden

The Assault on Intelligence by Michael V. Hayden

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

The Jedburghs by Will Irwin

Dadland by Keggie Carew

The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham

Assata by Assata Shakur

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, and Meadows


  1. Valerie S. on April 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Since you mentioned Inheritance by Dani Shapiro, I recently discovered that she started a podcast inspired by her experience. It’s called Family Secrets, and as the name implies, it’s people publicly sharing significant, long-held family secrets. I appreciate that this is done as respectfully as possible – no Maury Povich here.

    • Chelsey on April 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Great rec. Thank you!

  2. Jean on April 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I love your podcast. I have 2 boys in the military (one who is a great reader) and a husband who loves history/military history. I get so many ideas of books from you. I send them on to my son and husband- with great success. Thank you. I am more the fiction/ mystery lover.
    I have enjoyed your recommendations so much. I now have a new list of books from this podcast. Thank you so much,

    • Chelsey on April 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

      We’re so glad! Thanks for listening!

  3. Melissa on April 19, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I thought of another buddy read y’all might like after listening to the WSIRN episode this morning. Have you read or heard of the Bosch series (books by Michael Connelly or Amazon Prime tv show)? My husband and I have very different reading preferences (he reads ESPN and I read everything else), but we both love the books and the tv shows. Have a happy Easter!!

    • Chelsey on April 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

      We’ve heard of the TV series but we haven’t watched or read it. Thanks for the rec!

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