The Readerly Report

85 EpisodesProduced by Readerly Magazine

The Readerly Report is a lit podcast hosted by Nicole Bonia & Gayle Weiswasser. We offer candid book conversations, recommendations, observations and tips for the reading life.

85 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Coming Of Age With Jean Kwok, Author of "Searching For Sylvie Lee"

June 20th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole have a guest – Jean Kwok, the author of the newly-released Searching For Sylvie Lee – to help them decide what makes a coming of age …

First Half 2019 Reads - Did Goodreads Get It Right? Plus All The Books From The BEA Buzz Panel

June 13th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole continue to catch up on Book Expo 2019, including this year’s 6 Adult Buzz Panel picks, and they discuss the Goodreads list of the

Nicole's Vacation Reading Report & Book Expo Update

June 6th, 2019


Nicole is back from vacation – what did she read while she was gone? (Or when she got back, thanks to the busy nature of her trip?) And Gayle is back …

The Readerly Report Summer Book Preview!

May 30th, 2019


Clear the decks! It's time for the Readerly Report Summer Book Preview! Gayle and Nicole scoured the lists of upcoming releases, and here are the …

Talking Historical Fiction with Anne Bogel, The Modern Mrs Darcy

May 23rd, 2019


We welcome Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy to The Readerly Report to talk about historical fiction, reading guilt (and why you should let go of …

Nicole's Vacation Reads And Book Club Discussion of A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

May 11th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole discuss which books Nicole is taking on her upcoming two-week jaunt to Asia - how to decide? And we have our book club discussion …

Books We Love Are Now In Paperback

May 8th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole talk about what they are reading, the frustration of having too many library books come in at the same time and some upcoming …

Behind The Scenes At Book-of-the-Month With Siobhan Jones

May 2nd, 2019


Gayle and Nicole chat with Siobhan Jones, Editorial Director at Book of the Month, about how BOTM has transformed the reading community. We talk …

Where The Men Are? The Male Authors We Love

April 25th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole talk about female authors a lot on this show, so on this episode, they talk about why they tend to read more books written by women …

Readerly Report Book Club: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

April 18th, 2019


On this episode of The Readerly Report podcast, Gayle and Nicole talk about the myth (?) of the sophomore writing slump and our admiration for …

The Washington Post's Ron Charles on Reading, Reviewing and Reaching Readers

April 16th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole talk to Ron Charles, book critic for The Washington Post‘s Book World, about many aspects of his reading life, from the genres he …

April Books We Can't Wait To Read & The First Of Our Backlist Book Spotlights

April 11th, 2019


Nicole finally read Daisy Jones And The Six, and she's turning into a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. Gayle is trying to close the book on recent stressful …

The March Book Madness Finale & Gayle's Stressful Vacation Reads

April 4th, 2019


Gayle is back from Florida and picked an appropriate mix of stressful reads for a sunny beach vacation. Find out what’s stressing her out so much. …

Our Q1 Reading Retrospective & Becoming Book Club

March 28th, 2019


It’s the end of March, so Gayle and Nicole take stock of the reading they’ve done so far this year, now that it’s one-quarter over. We also check in …

Spring Reads Are !Hot! This Year

March 21st, 2019


This week, Gayle and Nicole talk about the upcoming spring books that they are most excited about reading. There are a lot! And there’s something …

The Readerly Report March Book Madness Round II

March 19th, 2019


We’re already at Round II of the Readerly Report March Book Madness competition! (See and listen to Round I if you missed it) This week, we’re down to 4 book matchups, and we predict some major disagreements between us …

Reading Around The World

March 14th, 2019


This week, Gayle and Nicole talk about books set in foreign places— especially those that are evocative of place— and how that enhances or changes …

The Readerly Report March Book Madness

March 12th, 2019


We are so excited to announce the first ever Readerly Report March Book Madness competition!

Here’s how this works:

It’s March, so we’re all thinking about bracket competitions, close calls and eliminations. We’ve …

Because Vacation Reads Are The Best Reads Around

March 7th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole talk about dark book-based dramas on various TV networks, particularly Caroline Kepnes’ You (Lifetime and Netflix) and and Teddy …

We Take A Look At March New Releases & Trendspot Locked Room Mysteries

February 28th, 2019


A new month means new reads, and they all seem to be coming out on March 5! There are a ton of books coming out that day that Gayle and Nicole want …

Girls, Wives, Women & Sisters of the Books

February 21st, 2019


After teasing the start of having guest for the last several episodes, we come through. Today we chat with Catherine from The Gilmore Guide to Books

We Love These Books Focused on the African-American Experience

February 14th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole discuss current bookish news items, the majority of which are scandal free. They also talk about their current reads, and recommend …

Gayle and Nicole Talk Romance

February 8th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole attempt to discuss the romance books they've read over the year. Gayle has read some recent ones, but Nicole had to go further into …

Trendspotting! Gayle and Nicole Try Their Hand At Examining The Emerging Trends of 2019

January 31st, 2019


Gayle and Nicole are reunited and eager to catch up with each other and all of you. They fill you inn on what they've been reading and also share …

The Reading Challenges of 2019, plus What's New In Paperback

January 24th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole reading challenges. Gayle has created one of her own and Nicole has discovered a few more that she wants to try out. Plus. they …

The Readerly Report - Episode 60 - Winter Book Preview, But Really Just January

January 10th, 2019


Gayle and Nicole discuss DNA Tests, what they've been reading and some of the tempting books that are coming out in January 2019.

The Readerly Report - Episode 58 - Of Books and Superlatives

December 31st, 2018


Gayle and Nicole welcome Sarah from Sarah's Bookshelves back to the podcast to talk book superlatives. From the books that most benefitted from a …

The Readerly Report - Episode 57 - Our Best Books Of The Year

December 25th, 2018


Gayle has updates for Nicole. She's joined Scribd, she's a veteran Spivey swapper and she's hit her reading goal for the year. Nicole discusses why …

The Readerly Report - Episode 56 - The Readerly Report Gift Guide

December 18th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss the books they've been reading lately and suggest last minute books that will make the perfect gifts for friends with a wide …

The Readerly Report - Episode 55 - The Most Memorable Scenes from Our Favorite Books.

November 29th, 2018


Nicole loves that Gayle dogears because she dogears sometimes too. Memorable scenes in books from some of our favorite books. Will these all  be …

The Readerly Report - Episode 54 - The Best Books To Read Over The Holiday Season

November 20th, 2018


Gayle shocks Nicole with 1) trading a book on the Ashley Spivey Book Club group, and 2) reading a book before its release date. Inspired by …

The Readerly Report - Episode 53 - The Best Long Books To Read Over The Holidays

November 15th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole endeavor to recommend the best big books to read over the upcoming holiday season and get stopped up by the philosophical …

The Readerly Report - Episode 52 - Nonfiction November, Our Best Picks & The Nonfiction We Can't Wait To Read

November 8th, 2018


Nicole coaxes Gayle into taking a look at the Goodreads Choice Award and to consider voting in them. How Gayle chooses the books that she reads. How …

The Readerly Report - Episode #51 - The November New Releases (Mostly Fiction!) We're Looking Forward to Reading

November 1st, 2018


Gayle has moved and has misplaced her audiobook and book. Gayle and Nicole try to figure out how to get Gayle more time with her audiobook, now that …

The Readerly Report - Episode 50 - Examining The National Book Award Nominees, Plus Other Book Prize Lists

October 26th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss the National Book Awards and whether they are inclined to read books from these lists. We also briefly refer The Man Books, …

The Readerly Report - Episode 48 - All That's New & Exciting In The World Of Paperback Releases

October 11th, 2018


Jane Austen is dead and we can’t get Pride & Prejudice back. Gayle is in her feelings about our current read, Katherine J. Chen’s Mary B. We are not losing our minds, literary fiction just does not have very …

The Readerly Report - Episode 47 - What We're Reading, More Hot Fall Releases & All The Feels Over Banned Books

October 4th, 2018


Guys, why do we love Pride & Prejudice so much? We speculate, but we have no clear reasons why we love P&P & Jane Austen so much.  We get …

The Readerly Report - Episode 46 - Books Hitting The Movies This Fall

September 27th, 2018


So many books are finding new lives as either movies or series adaptations. We discuss the movies and series that we are most looking forward to this …

The Readerly Report - Episode 45 - The Second of Our Fall Preview Shows. a.ka. ALL THE BOOKS!

September 21st, 2018


As promised, Gayle and Nicole are back with another round up of books coming out this fall that should be on your radar. There are so many great …

The Readerly Report - Episode 44 - Celebrity Book Clubs with Sarah's Bookshelves

September 14th, 2018


Gayle, Nicole and their guest, Sarah (Sarah's Bookshelves), chat like long lost friends over the merits of the many celebrity books clubs on offer. …

The Readerly Report - Episode 43 - The First of Our Fall Preview Shows. a.ka. ALL THE BOOKS!

September 6th, 2018


Fall is the season that every reader is primed to anticipate. While we're a little sad to say goodbye to Summer, all the great books that are lined …

The Readerly Report - Episode 42 - Barack Obama's Summer Reading List

September 1st, 2018


Make no mistake, Gayle and Nicole spend this entire episode making wild speculations about 44- his interests, his personality, and his approach to …

The Readerly Report - Episode 41 - Investigating the Hot Books of the Summer 2018

August 25th, 2018


Every year Gayle and Nicole take a moment to review the summer book lists and pick and discuss the books that seem to be everywhere.

Books Discussed …

The Readerly Report - Episode 40 - The Rise of The Female Revenge Fantasy

August 17th, 2018


There is a fair amount of whine in this podcast. Nicole can’t get into Circe, Gayle is tired of sociopath husbands. Are all of the books victim …

The Readerly Report - Episode 39 - Don't Laugh, But Gayle Is In Vegas

August 10th, 2018


Books stolen on the airplane. Gayle didn’t bring enough to read in Vegas. Kindle, Overdrive, Netgalley, Edelweiss. Books and mood. Nicole read a …

The Readerly Report - Episode 38 - Fresh Reads! A Look At Some August Reads

August 2nd, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss their recents reads and a few books they are looking forward to that are coming out in August or that have just been …

The Readerly Report - Episode 37 - 2 Impromptu Book Club Discussions, Gayle Rates Her Vacation Reads

July 26th, 2018


Gayle is back from vacation. Gayle updates Nicole on whether Nicole predictions about her reading proved correct. As it turns out, they've now both …

The Readerly Report - Episode 36 - Some New July Reads

July 19th, 2018


Gayle is still on vacation, but before she left Gayle & Nicole took a minute to discuss some of the books we're looking forward to reading or are …

The Readerly Report - Episode 35 - One Of Us Is Going On Vacation (Again)

July 12th, 2018


Once again one of us is on the road again. In this episode we prep Gayle for her ten day vacation by helping her decide which books to take, while …

The Readerly Report - Episode 34 - The Best Books of 2018 (So Far!)

July 5th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss the quality of books they’ve read over the year and compare notes on the books that they’ve most enjoyed reading.

The Readerly Report - Episode 33- June is Audiobook Month And We Almost Missed It

June 22nd, 2018


Gayle and Nicole catch you up with their latest reads and also discuss the audiobooks that they have most enjoyed this year. Spoiler alert: Kitchens …

The Readerly Report - Episode 32 - All Our Audiobook Dilemmas

June 19th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss current reads, try to figure out what should be Gayle's next audiobook and their weird book buying habits and quirks.

The Readerly Report - Episode 31 - 2018 Post Book Expo Show

June 12th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole do the math and figure out that they have have attended 9 and 10 book Expos, respectively. Discussion includes how BEA has changed …

The Readerly Report - Episode 30 - Chatting with Cynthia Swanson, Author of The Glass Forest

May 2nd, 2018


Gayle and Nicole spend the first half of the podcast chatting with Cynthia Swanson, the author of The Bookseller & The Glass Forest. Though both …

The Readerly Report - Episode 29 - Our First Batch of Spring Reads

April 6th, 2018


However premature, Gayle and Nicole throw caution to the winds and discuss the first round of books that they are reading and anticipating this …

The Readerly Report - Episode 28 - What We've Been Reading & Spring Paperbacks

March 22nd, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss the state of their reading lives, and catch up on their current reads. Gayle previews a bunch of Spring paperbacks she is …

The Readerly Report - Episode 27 - Evaluating Gayle's Vacation Reads

February 16th, 2018


Gayle shares the books that she took with her on her travels to Asia and then Gayle and Nicole discuss the ins and outs of picking the right vacation …

The Readerly Report - Episode 26 - We Want To Read More Nonfiction! And Here's What We'll Read

February 1st, 2018


Nicole and Gayle shine the spotlight on non-fiction this week as they share some non-fiction titles coming out this quarter that they are excited to …

The Readerly Report - Episode 25 - The Books We Want To Read in Q1 2018

January 17th, 2018


Gayle and Nicole discuss the books they can't wait to read in the first quarter of 2018. While Gayle shares a bunch of debut author, Nicole shares …

The Readerly Report - Episode 24 - The Best Books We've Read This Year

December 31st, 2017


Gayle and Nicole take a look back at some of the best books they've read this year; Gayle discusses the type of nonfiction she likes to read and why …

The Readerly Report - Episode 23 - Year End Reading Goals and TBRs

December 24th, 2017


​Gayle and Nicole discuss progress they've made on their reading goals and those last minute books they want to sneak in.   Discussed in this …

The Readerly Report - Episode 22 - Classics Challenge Wrap Up & Our Very Own Fall Preview!

September 13th, 2017


Nicole and Gayle share the books they are most excited about coming out in Fall 2017 - and there are a lot. They also report back on the results …

The Readerly Report - Episode 21 - The Readerly Report Does Book Club

September 6th, 2017


Gayle and Nicole find that they have read three of the same books this summer. Discussion ensues. Plus, what they've been reading as of late.

Books …

The Readerly Report - Episode 20 - Investigating the Hot Books of the Summer v2 2017

September 3rd, 2017


Nicole and Gayle debate whether there were any real “Hot Books of Summer 2017”, and after concluding that there weren’t, they then discuss several …

The Readerly Report - Episode 19 - Summer Book Events & What We’ve Been Reading

August 29th, 2017


We’ve been having some technical difficulties, so really belatedly (the event discussed in this episode took place on August 7!) we talk Nicole’s …

The Readerly Report - Episode 18 - Our Late Summer Reading Report & A Chat With Xe Sands

August 16th, 2017


In this episode, Nicole and Gayle give a midterm report on their summer reading goals. (Surprise! They didn’t stick to their lists.) They also …

The Readerly Report - Episode 17 - How To Read More Books

August 2nd, 2017


This is the first episode in which neither Gayle nor Nicole gives a single book recommendation! It's unheard of, right? That's not what we're about. …

The Readerly Report - Episode 16 - The Books We’ve Read, Now Out In Paperback

July 25th, 2017


In what may be their shortest episode ever, Gayle and Nicole chat about some of the books they have read over the last year, which are now out in …

The Readerly Report - Episode 15 - Our Summer Reading Lists

July 13th, 2017


Nicole and Gayle make a bunch of promises they probably won’t keep when they share their 2017 Summer Reading Lists. But our ambitiousness is your …

The Readerly Report - Episode 11 - The Post BookExpo 2017 Report

June 6th, 2017


Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS | The Readerly Report - All Episodes After spending some time discussing the fact that Book Expo America is now just

The Readerly Report - Episode 10 - Our First Major Holiday of the “Summer” and What To Read When It Gets Here!

May 23rd, 2017


Among many tangents, side conversations and musings (authors writing about unhappy marriages while all claiming to have happy marriages, the disappointing odds of Goodreads giveaways, authors whose debut novels are …

The Readerly Report - Episode 9 - The Hot Summer Books Are Starting To Roll In

May 11th, 2017


Gayle and Nicole discuss their conception and notion of summer books and what constitutes summer reading. They also discuss some upcoming books that …

The Readerly Report - Episode 8 - The Most Disturbing Books We've Ever Read

April 27th, 2017


After debating the types of books that get under their skin, Gayle and Nicole discuss the most disturbing books they have ever read. But before they …

The Readerly Report - Episode 7 - Spring Reading Is In The Air

April 7th, 2017


We're seeing signs of spring and so Nicole and Gayle discuss some of the books they are adding to their spring reading lists. They also chat about …

The Readerly Report - Episode 6 - Escapist Reads

March 30th, 2017


Reading can be the perfect antidote to an overly busy or troubling day-to-day life experiences, Gayle and Nicole discuss what constitutes the …

The Readerly Report - Episode 5 - Reading Vows & Resolutions

January 20th, 2017


Gayle and Nicole discuss their reading resolutions, psychological thrillers as the equivalents of one night stands, and the books they are most …

The Readerly Report - Episode 4 -Looking Back: Examining The Best Book Lists of 2016

January 5th, 2017


Gayle and Nicole compile a list of the numerous compilations of the best books of the year and offer some thoughts on these lists and their own …

The Readerly Report - Episode 3 - What We've Been Reading

September 22nd, 2016


Welcome to The Readerly Report, a podcast of Readerly Magazine. Your hosts are Gayle Weiswasser and Nicole Bonia.

Books Discussed in This Podcast:

The Readerly Report - Episode 2 - Gayle's Vacation Reads and Two Overlooked Books of 2016

August 25th, 2016


Welcome to The Readerly Report, a podcast of Readerly Magazine. Your hosts are Gayle Weiswasser and Nicole Bonía.

Today, we’re catching you up on …

The Readerly Report - Episode 1 - Investigating the Hot Books of the Summer

August 18th, 2016


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