In Episode 7, Ashley Spivey (founder of #SpiveysClub Facebook Group and former Bachelor contestant) shares Galentine’s Day book recommendations and talks a bit of The Bachelor behind-the-scenes!
We had a lot to cover this week (including 3 extra book recommendations from Ashley!), so the episode as a little longer than you’re used to. But, I don’t think you’ll be mad about it!
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- Surviving The Bachelor without being allowed to read.
- A bit of behind-the-scenes of The Bachelor & what it’s like to be a contestant on the show.
- Why Ashley doesn’t like reading books in advance of publication.
- Sarah’s favorite podcasts.
- Why Ashley rarely DNF’s books.
- Ashley’s dream job.
- Authors on social media (and some that are particularly good follows).
- Why Ashley doesn’t read books about The Bachelor anymore.
Ashley’s Book Recommendations
Four OLD Books She Loves
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt | Buy from Amazon [22:29]
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | Buy from Amazon [25:01]
- Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan | Buy from Amazon [27:37]
- Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo | Buy from Amazon [31:24]
Two NEW Books She Loves
- Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering | Buy from Amazon [33:47]
- Matchmaking for Beginners by Maggie Dawson | Buy from Amazon [37:05]
One Book She Didn’t Love
Two Upcoming Releases She’s Excited About
- Otherwise Engaged by Lindsey J. Palmer (Publication Date: February 26) | Buy from Amazon [43:52]
- The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvais Graves (Release Date: April 2, 2019) | Buy from Amazon [46:51]
Other Books Mentioned
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel | Buy from Amazon [3:54]
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart | Buy from Amazon [10:34]
- Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center | Buy from Amazon [12:52]
- How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [13:04]
- It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After by Andi Dorfman | Buy from Amazon [18:18]
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Buy from Amazon [22:02]
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [24:26]
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [24:44]
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [24:44]
- Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan | Buy from Amazon [27:49]
- I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott | Buy from Amazon [29:29]
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Buy from Amazon [32:15]
- The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [35:47]
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman | Buy from Amazon [38:24]
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [41:15]
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | Buy from Amazon [41:45]
- Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian | Buy from Amazon [41:45]
- On the Island by Tracey Garvais Graves | Buy from Amazon [46:59]
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Buy from Amazon [47:31]
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion | Buy from Amazon [47:40]
- Bachelor Nation by Amy Kauffman (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [49:21]
- The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [51:06]
- The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [51:06]
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | Buy from Amazon [51:16]
- American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld | Buy from Amazon [51:26]
- You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [51:26]
- #SpiveysClub Facebook Group
- The Strand Bookstore in New York City
- Sarah’s 2018 Summer Reading Guide
- Some of Sarah’s Favorite Podcasts: From the Front Porch, Gladiator, Dirty John
- Camille Pagan Twitter and Instagram
- Emily Giffin Twitter (her Instagram is sadly private)
- The Stripe blog (Twitter, Instagram)
- Bad on Paper podcast (Instagram)
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz scandal
- Reality Steve
Ashley is the founder of the #SpiveysClub Facebook Group and Book Club. She’s also co-host of the He Said, She Said Podcast sharing advice on life and love with Reality Steve. Prior to all that, she was a contestant on Season 15 of The Bachelor with Brad Womack.
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