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September 30, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

I am a bibliophile!  There, I said it!  I read books, I listen to books, I buy books, I borrow books, I give books, I write about books, I cook with books, I talk about books, and I decorate with books.  When I can’t get my fix from one or more of these things, guess what I do????  I listen to other people gush about their love of books via literary podcasts.  As I battle my never-ending to-do list, I eagerly listen to author interviews and new and old book recommendations making my routine chores much more bearable.  I relish all of the dialogue, opinions, and banter between the hosts and their guests and oftentimes pretend I am there too chatting amongst friends. Like all my fellow bookworms, my days are so much brighter when books are a part of them.  Today I am sharing four podcasts that bring me lots of joy.  Get ready to pop in your earbuds, hit play, and escape into a world of endless reading possibilities.  

What Should I Read Next hosted by Anne Bogel is the quintessential weekly literary podcast.  I have been listening to this show since 2016 and it never grows old.  Anne talks with one guest each week about their reading life and what they would like to change or make better.  Her unique format is what makes her so special and I love how predictable and comforting each episode feels.  Guests need to name three books they love, one book they don’t like, and what they are reading now.  Anne then offers three book recommendations based on their responses.  What I love about this podcast is that it is not hyper-focussed on hot new releases.  New books are of course recommended, but I discover so many “new to me” backlist books that make me squeal!  Her guests are a variety of everyday readers, authors, and people in the book industry. Episodes run between 40-60 minutes long making  What Should I Read Next, my go-to listen while cleaning out my pantry.  Anne and her guests are great company while I vacuum up crumbs, put chip clips on bags, and get rid of cereal boxes that were put back EMPTY. Anne is famous for her literary matchmaking skills and she never ever disappoints. 

Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books is the award-winning podcast hosted by Zibby Owens. Lovers of shiny new books will be in their glory listening to this gem.  Zibby is THE Literary Cheerleader for all books.  She talks with a different author EVERY DAY about their new or upcoming book.  Episodes are light and fun and showcase fabulous writers and their book babies.  Episodes are spoiler-free and range from 20-30 minutes long making Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books perfect to listen to while waiting in the school pickup line. Zibby and her fellow writers ease the boredom of sitting in an endless line of cars and make school pick-up almost pleasurable. If you want to be in the know about all things books and writing, Zibby is where it is at.  In case you were wondering…there are over 800 episodes to listen to.  

This is My Hobby is hosted by Maddie and Abby, two MN teachers who break down one book each week for our listening pleasure.  Because book spoilers are plentiful, I enjoy listening to episodes that focus on a book that I have already read.  This gives me different perspectives and insight which I absolutely crave after I complete a book.   Maddie and Abby talk freely with each other and their dialogue is organic and enjoyable to listen to. There is explicit language from time to time, so be mindful of the little ones around. This podcast debuted in December 2020 and episodes range from 50-90 minutes long. I love tuning in to This is My Hobby while managing mountains of laundry. Folding endless piles of clothes is actually somewhat enjoyable when Maddie and Abby are around.  

Book Talk, etc. is hosted by Tina and Renee, two mid-west mood readers easily distracted by new release books.  This podcast is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  It debuted in May 2021 and has been going strong ever since.  Each week, these ladies discuss a specific literary theme such as Book Hangovers, Celebrity Book Clubs, Under The Radar Books, One-Sit Reads, etc.  I absolutely love how accessible and unintimidating their conversations are.  Not only do they share all of the new and old books they have read, but they also reveal books that they are eagerly awaiting as well.  Before they dive into all of the books, Tina and Renee briefly share what they are loving lately, which can include skincare, podcasts, TV shows, etc.  I have definitely gotten more than just great book recommendations from these two beauties.  Episodes range from 45-70 minutes in length.  Each week I pretend I am hanging out with Tina and Renee on Book Talk etc. while I vacuum and mop my floors.  Sometimes they even accompany me in the bathroom while I aggressively scrub toilets and shine toothpaste splattered mirrors. 

I hope you check out all of these lovely podcasts Mr. H.  Who knows… maybe your books have been talked about 🥰🥰🥰!

Your Biggest Fan,


P.S. I am out of witty things to say today. Just go listen!

The Art of Seduction

Kill Me Tomorrow by Britney King

“When Ali steps up to the podium, she adjusts the mic.  She starts her talk with a question.  How many of you have ever been seduced?  What was it about that time in your life that felt exciting?

Ali knows the answer, of course, even if the audience can’t quite put their finger on it.

It was the uncertainty.  The highs and lows.  The push and pull.  Attraction without polarity cannot be sustained.  Once the excitement is gone, you might as well just be friends.”

April 1, 2021

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

You should know by now that my love of psychological thrillers is a real thing.  I will always adore your writing, but every now and then I need to read a book that really messes with my brain. A mind bending story with sharp turns and more twists than a pretzel is what I crave more often than not.  My go to author for this kind of fun is Britney King.  Any one of her books paired with a fabulous glass of pinot noir is my perfect Friday night.  Her latest book, Kill me Tomorrow is out TODAY, and let me tell you something….it did not disappoint.  Let’s take a look!

“Don’t focus on what you fear.  You know where all the walls are.  If you look at what you’re afraid of, you’ll literally steer into it.”

Ali is our leading lady of this story.  She is a well known sex therapist who practices what she preaches.  She is not afraid to put herself out there on a dating website with her gorgeous looks, complex past and mysterious baggage.  Her moodiness and habit of abruptly disappearing leave her men drooling for more.  Next we have Ethan who is a former FBI agent turned Private Investigator.  He is hired to investigate a possible suicide, but lands on a string of murders all with a common thread. All of the dead gentlemen were on the same dating website as Ali.  Ethan needs the money from this gig to provide for his kids who live with his ex-wife. He goes undercover on the dating website and lands a date with Ali, one of his suspects.  As the two get to know one another (lots of “sexual healing” going on guys), the plot truly thickens.  Ethan has his own theories about all of these murders, but in order to prove them right, he needs to stay alive.  Easier said than done in a Britney King book. A perplexing sex goddess, secrets galore and a potential serial killer keep this story moving at a tremendous pace.   At what cost will this mystery be solved?

“My cheek pressed against the cold tile.  I think, so this is how it ends.  There’s a rattling in my chest, the kind you hear stories about.  It tells me I don’t have long.”

I can only leave you with a taste of this story in order to not give ANYTHING away.  What I can tell you for sure is that King writes multifaceted characters who lack reliability and have killer charm. PERFECTION! There are three POVs in Kill Me Tomorrow:  Ali, Ethan and the killer. Mystery narrators in thrillers are my absolute weakness.  They add an extra layer of creepiness and “whodunit” to the story keeping me guessing until the very end. King’s latest creation is sensual, ominous and down right binge worthy.  I personally found this book (and her last book Savage Row) not as graphic as some of her previous books… just throwing that out there to curious readers.  The best part about King’s book is that you can try and guess your way through this story all you want, but she will stump you in the end!

Cheers to this thrilling tale!

Your Biggest Fan,


P.S. Kill Me Tomorrow has a PLAYLIST. Check it out over on SPOTIFY! How cool is that!!!

P.P.S. Here is where you can find the lovely Britney King. Go say HI to her. She would love to hear from you!








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Be sure to read what I had to say about Savage Row and The Book Doctor. Add them as well to your Britney King TBR!

April 2021~Buddy Read

The One by John Marrs (Hanover Square Press)

March 23, 2021

Hello fabulous readers!

It is almost spring time here in Maine and I am already thinking about what my spring reading is going to look like. Katie @basicbsguide and I are continuing on with our monthly buddy reads. It’s all about the backlists for us, so get ready to check your shelves for all those unread books that keep staring you down. This April we will be reading 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘯𝘦 by John Marrs This will be my second book by Marrs and I CAN’T WAIT! ⁣You can check out what I had to say about What Lies Between Us, RIGHT HERE!

If you didn’t know, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘯𝘦 has been made into a Netflix series. If you haven’t read this yet…. don’t watch the show until You do. 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭, 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐉𝐔𝐈𝐂𝐘 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡…….𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 😂😂! ⁣

Email me at or message me on Instagram to join in the fun!

𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬 ⁣
“How far would you go to find The One?⁣

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner–the one you’re genetically made for.⁣

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.⁣

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…”

I look forward to chatting books with you!


P.S. Click on the book pic below to purchase this book!

March Buddy Read

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf) Photo Credit-Kelly Fredericks

March 2, 2021

Dear Gorgeous Readers,

I can not believe it is March already. With a new month comes a new buddy read. This month, Katie (@basicbsguide) are co-hosting a group discussion on Betty by Tiffany McDaniel. Our group discussions are a wonderful and safe place to talk about all things books and reading and sensitive topics. Also, you will most likely make a new reading friend or two along the way. How fabulous is that!!!! Here is how it works….⁣

1. Read at your own pace ⁣
2. Private Instagram chat at the end of March. Date and Time TBA.⁣

If you have an instagram account and would like to join in with an awesome group of fellow readers from all over the country, please connect with me via email or message me on instagram. It is simple and a great way to connect with some new readers.

@dearmrhemingway on instagram

Be sure to visit Katie on instagram as well. She is from Texas and has an awesome account. @basicbsguide


“A girl comes of age against the knife.”⁣

“So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a white mother and a Cherokee father, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit in the rural town of Breathed, Ohio, is one of poverty and violence–both from outside the family and, devastatingly, from within. The lush landscape, rich with birdsong, wild fruit, and blazing stars, becomes a kind of refuge for Betty, but when her family’s darkest secrets are brought to light, she has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters.⁣

Despite the hardships she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters, and her father’s brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all to which she bears witness, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write. She recounts the horrors of her family’s past and present with pen and paper and buries them deep in the dirt–moments that have stung her so deeply she could not share them, until now.⁣

Inspired by generations of her family, Tiffany McDaniel sets out to free the past by delivering this heartbreaking yet magical story–a remarkable novel that establishes her as one of the most important voices in American fiction.”⁣

I hope you will join in on the fun!

Happy Reading!


P.S. Click on the book pic below to purchase.

Dear Mr. Hemingway Fall 2020 Updates

Kelly Fredericks and Fall 2020 updates
Kelly Fredericks and Fall 2020 updates

October 30, 2020

Dear Book Friends,

Greetings from Maine…a balmy 25 degrees when I woke up this morning. Needless to say, Cecilia and I are freezing. Winter is coming and so are some fun things over here on Dear Mr. Hemingway. First, this website is in the process of getting a makeover…so fun! The new version will give me more room for content, videos, and so much more. I can’t wait to reveal the new site this November. Also, The 2020 Dear Mr. Hemingway Holiday Books & Pairings is almost complete. This year all of my pairings are from small and local businesses. Be on the lookout……its coming before Thanksgiving, just in time for all your holiday shopping!

I wish you a safe and healthy Halloween! I will be back in a few weeks with the brand new site! In the meantime, I will be putting the finishing touches on all my bookish projects!

Happy Reading!


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