The Armchair Librarians

The Armchair Librarians is a weekly show devoted to all things books, reading, and general literary enthusiasm with a just splash of author fangirling.
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Nov 25, 2016

A post-election, post-Halloween, spoiler free discussion of the thriller The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena.

Other books mentioned in this episode: The Trespasser (part of the Dublin Murder Squad series), The Mothers (our next book discussion), The Sea of Tranquility, Burn Baby Burn, Good Behavior, Abandon, and Behind Closed Doors


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Nov 11, 2016

With Steph in Ireland, Jana's friend Eric joins the post World Series, pre-election show to discuss his favorite books and recommendations. 

Books mentioned in this episode: all the books by Chuck Palahniuk, all the books by Chuck Klosterman, Jennifer Government, Ready Player One, Syrup, House of Leaves, We're All Damaged, The Art of Nonconformity, and The Alchemist


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Oct 27, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, Steph and Jana discuss Ruth Ware's thrillers The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark Dark Wood

Other books mentioned in this episode include: Eileen, Adnan's Story, Brat Pack America, The Mothers, The Things We Wish Were True, After I Do, and The Education of Dixie Dupree. 

Please note that there are some audio quality issues in this episode. We're working on getting them straightened out, along with some improvements for future episodes. 

Sep 29, 2016

Live from #FinCon16 in San Diego, it's Jana and her friend Athena (filling in for Steph) discussing The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson along with some true crime Netflix documentaries and podcasts. (Note: because this was a live recording, there is some constant background noise. It gives the episode that "you feel like you were there" flavor)

Other books mentioned in this episode:  The Recovering Spender, Pines, The Woman in Cabin 10, Monster, and Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Sep 15, 2016

Oprah picked this book as her book club selection and in this episode, hosts Jana and Steph discuss their opinions and thoughts on Colson Whitehead's much talked about The Underground Railroad. Steph's dog makes an usual appearance during the discussion as well.

Other books mentioned include: The Woman in Cabin 10, In a Dark Dark Wood, Monster, The Girl in the Ice, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, and Small Great Things. 

Aug 18, 2016
This week marks the return of Jana's daughter, Erica, with her comments and thoughts on Dork Diaries #2: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl. Other books mentioned in this episode: I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies), Doc, A Gentleman in Moscow, Rules of Civility, The Color of Water in July, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Valley of the Moon, The Girls, White Trash: The 400-Year Old History of Class in America, and other Dork Diaries titles. *Note: there are some audio issues in this episode. We apologize.
Jun 16, 2016

In this episode, Jana and Steph discuss How to Start a Fire (the book, not the instructions) by Lisa Lutz. Stay tuned to the end to listen to them search feverishly for a different book. 

Jun 9, 2016

In this episode, Steph and Jana field more questions from listeners, this time focusing on book buying choices, literary crushes, and access to books. 

Jun 2, 2016

In this episode, Steph and Jana field some questions from blog readers and podcast listeners about their reading habits, preferences, and choices. 

May 26, 2016

In this episode, Jana and Steph discuss 2 books by Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary and Dumplin'

*There are some audio issues towards the end, specifically the last minute, where the editing is not the best it's been. Blame Jana's cold.

May 18, 2016

In this week's episode, Steph and Jana talk about movie versions of book and why they do or don't like them. 

May 12, 2016

In this week's episode, Jana and Steph talk reading apps. And if you listen closely, you might just hear a bit of Billy Idol.

Apr 19, 2016

In this episode, hosts Jana and Steph talk about finding time to read, using NetGalley, and assorted other reading topics. 


*Note: There are some major issues with audio starting approximately 5 minutes into the recording. 

Apr 14, 2016

In this week's abbreviated episode, hosts Jana and Steph celebrate National Library Week by talking about libraries, NetGalley, and, as always, what they're reading.

Apr 7, 2016

In this episode, Jana and Steph explore the depths of reading slumps, try to understand the popularity of wine and question what happened to Skippy from Family Ties.

Mar 31, 2016

In this week's epsiode, hosts Steph and Jana talk with special guest and actual 9 year old who happens to be Jana's daughter about kids books including Little House on the Prairie, the Humphrey the Hamster series, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

*note: there are some issues with the audio beginning in the middle of the recording. We're working on getting these issues resolved for future recordings.

Mar 15, 2016

In this episode, we discuss, at length, Tampa by Alissa Nutting. 

Mar 8, 2016

In the premiere episode, hosts Steph and Jana talk about Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies, Goodreads's star rating system, reading short stories, and more.