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The Bookmark Podcast S3 E5: Explore psychological & gothic fiction


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Misunderstood genres

This week, our hosts define a couple genres you might not be familiar with. You may have heard the terms, but not really understand what they mean.

First up is psychological fiction, also fondly known by our hosts as "What the bleep?" books. These reads contain an internal struggle based on an external event. The authors often use inner dialog and flashbacks as devices. You'll generally find more than one point of view with at least one unreliable character/narrator. Deception and suspense drive these twisty novels.

The gothic genre was created as a counter to the overly realistic writings of the late 1700s and 1800s. These reads usually involve emotional extremes and big sweeping weather. Gothic books also tend to have characters who are secretive, isolated and naive. Authors of the genre often include some supernatural elements.

book cover Mrs. MarchLet's all read Mrs. March

The Bookmark hosts are going to participate in what Autumn has dubbed the "All Read." She chose one book that all three hosts will read and you are also invited to read. The selection is Mrs. March by Virginia Feito. We can't wait to find out what everyone thought.

Here are the books we discussed this time:


What’s Next?

The next episode of The Bookmark drops Oct 18!

Meet your Hosts

Autumn Friedli, Chris Blocker and Miranda Ericsson relish talking books with recurring readers and special guests from the library and community in The Bookmark.

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