Ep 132 – Best Books of 2019 and Announcement of Reading Glasses Challenge 2020!

Episode 132

26th December 2019

We were able to decide on only 10 books each for our favorites of the year but it was very hard.

Episode notes

Brea and Mallory talk about their favorite books of 2019! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com!

Announcement of the Reading Glasses Challenge for 2020! 

We do both books and activities. Check it out!

Read a…

  • Book set in another country
  • Romance novel
  • Book written by a woman of color
  • Novel with a non-human protagonist
  • Book you have already read


  • Stop reading a book you aren’t enjoying
  • Review a book, either on Goodreads, Amazon or on your library’s website
  • Donate a book
  • Recommend a book on social media
  • Annotate a book, or write down/save/highlight quotes you like

All the links:

Reading Glasses Merch 

Reading Glasses Facebook Group

Reading Glasses Goodreads Group

Amazon Wish List


Books Mentioned –

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Styles of Radical Will by Susan Sontag

Amatka by Karin Tidbeck

Brea’s Favs

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

Bunny by Mona Awad

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Mallory’s Favs

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Dig by A.S. King

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

 Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle

Reading Glasses Co-Fav

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

Sean’s Fav

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Fav Book from 2019 Not Written in 2019

Brea – The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

Mallory – The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

Book In 2019 Most Likely to Be Made into a Movie

Brea – City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Mallory – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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About the show

Do you love books? Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join hosts Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better on Reading Glasses, a podcast designed to help you get more out of your literary experiences.

As professional creatives and mega-readers, Mallory and Brea are experts on integrating a love of reading into a busy lifestyle. Listeners will get help for bookish problems, like how to vanquish that To-Be-Read pile and organize those bookshelves. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on reader dilemmas. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the bodies of the people who won’t stop talking while you’re trying to read? No matter what you read or how you read it, Reading Glasses will help you do it better.

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