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Staff Picks: Joseph's 9 Books for Podcast Lovers

Updated: Apr 21

Do you love podcasts? Do you love books? Well, you're in luck because so does our staff! Joseph is the leader of Quantum Book Club here at The Book Jewel, and in addition to being a bookseller, he's also an avid podcast listener, an actor (stage & screen) and a writer (for podcasts, comics, and more). Him and his brother John are the imaginative & hilarious duo behind the 'Bobo & J-5' comic sold at The Book Jewel. Without further ado, here are Joseph's 9 books for podcast lovers.

Non-Fiction:

-The 99% Invisible City by Kurt Kohlstedt and Roman Mars. Based on the hit podcast, this book takes a closer look at design and architecture features that we often take for granted.

-Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller. Are you a fan of Radio Lab? Longtime contributor and current host Lulu Miller sings in this book that is part memoir and part biography of a complicated scientific figure: David Starr Jordan.

-The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara. If you love film, horror, history, wit, and/or feminism, you'll love this book! O'Meara, host of the Reading Glasses podcast, details her account of investigating Milicent Patrick, a trailblazing monster designer, who seems to have been wiped from the record.


Graphic Novels:

-Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaughter by Brea Grant, Illustrated by Yishan Li. Speaking of Reading Glasses. co-host Brea Grant also has a book! This incredibly fun read follows Mary, descendent of THE Mary Shelley, who discovers that she may have a more magical connection to her family lineage than she thought.

-Bubble by Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan, Illustrated by Tony Cliff, Color by Natalie Riess. Co-host of the historic and comedic podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Jordan Morris created a graphic novel based on his hilarious audio drama series. There's monsters. There's jokes. There's kick-assery. What else do you need?


-The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint, Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, Illustrated by Carey Pietsch. The McElroys, among their podcast empire, have adapted their hit show The Adventure Zone into a graphic novel series! Follow the journey of three heroes as they bumble their way through a D&D-inspired world.


Poetry/Essays

-The Immortal Soul Salvage Yard by Beth May. While we're talking about D&D, have you listened to the comedy podcast Dungeons and Daddies? If you have, you may be interested to read co-host Beth May's visceral and vulnerable poetry collection.


-Blackened White by Brian W. Foster. In the vein of hilarious people writing personal and evocative work, Foster's collection was written before his tenure at Critical Role, and is now a podcast of its own!


-The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green. Young Adult novelist/youtuber/public figure John Green adapted his insightful podcast into an essay collection! In the book, Green dives deep into a variety of topics that make up the human-centered planet and then rates them on a five star scale. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be moved.


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