Based on the Book: Episode 4

Show Notes:

Welcome back to Based on the Book!

Something Old, Something New
The Life She Was Given (Wiseman 2017) –New Release 7/25/17

What I’m Reading Now
Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01 (Kaufman and Kristoff)

Which Was Better? Book or Movie?
The Hunger Games Series (Collins)
Survey Link:
Give your input!

Bookish Bitch Session
Heartfelt thanks to generous listeners and followers.
Amanda’s Classroom Wish List:

Where to Find Amanda and Based on the Book
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Based on the Book: Episode 1

Welcome to Based on the Book, a new podcast from Angry Angel Books! In its first episode learn a little bit about Amanda, she talks about what she’s reading right now (Exit West by Mohsin Hamid), and you are presented with a “Which Was Better?” challenge based on the Harry Potter series. Amanda also introduces the Bookish Bitch Session, where we talk about putting a book down when it’s not right for us.

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An Angel Gets Its Wings

I am taking a moment today to welcome all new followers to Angry Angel Books, and to thank all the followers that have been here since the beginning. This was a tough week for me and as I sit here this morning I am so excited that more and more people are joining our family here online. Your presence here brings me joy.

Angry Angel Books is always about books first, but no matter the topic, all of my posts are written with the goal of connecting entertainment and personal experience to the larger social world. My posts are not book reports, they are an emotional journey into the book, letting you know what your experience might be like, and why it would be important to indulge in that experience.

Something that makes this website very special to me, and I hope to you, is that it is a kind of chameleon. There are so many genres of books, so many stories to read and enjoy, that I can take you on a journey into fantastical lands, or I can ask important questions about women’s rights or representation. You can encounter knights defending the realm or a memoir about Scrabble tournaments. The world is our oyster, because the literary world is never ending, a many tentacled beast that stretches into our minds to teach, to inspire, and to delight our imaginations.

So welcome to this world. I will strive to teach, to inspire, and to help you imagine a world in which we can all come down from our respective clouds to get happy, get angry, get together around the comfort of a good book, a good movie, and hopefully, a good life.

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Have a great day, angels. Stay angry.


Twitter: @angryangelbooks

Challenge Accepted!


Suit up fellow angels! 2017 is about to crash down around us like a Steinway falling from a moving company crane and I am trying my hardest to find things to look forward to and to engage in that will help me survive what is coming.

In that spirit I present the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Located on Goodreads, it encourages readers to diversify their reading habits to include a variety of books. This year’s challenge looks like this:

1. Read a book about sports.

2. Read a debut novel.

3. Read a book about books.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

6. Read an all-ages comic.

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

8. Read a travel memoir.

9. Read a book you’ve read before.

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

12. Read a fantasy novel.

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

14. Read a book about war.

15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

17. Read a classic by an author of color.

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)

21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)

22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)

23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

There are 24 challenges and 12 months, with a more than reasonable two books per month. I’m gonna give it the good old college try, why don’t you join me?

Remember I’m on Goodreads as Angry Seraph, on Twitter as @angryangelbooks, and now on Facebook! I’m working on making my Instagram something more than just “Here’s a pic of the book I just read!” but I’ve discovered I basically suck at Instagram so it’s a work in process.

Just two more reviews this year and then my inaugural Top 5 Angriest Books of 2016!