From the Front Porch
Episode 400 || FTFP Live from Reader Retreat!

Episode 400 || FTFP Live from Reader Retreat!

November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so grateful for you. To thank you for listening, we have a special episode for you this week: a recording of our live show from our August Reader Retreat! In this episode, Annie, Ashley, and Hunter pair books with their favorite celebrity couples and chat about what they were reading, watching, and listening to this past summer.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements

The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

My Eyes are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann (currently unavailable to order)

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Matrix by Lauren Groff

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

The Work Wife by Alison Hart

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Hooked by Sutton Foster

Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li

Florida Woman by Deb Rogers

Paul by Daisy Lefarge

Babysitter by Joyce Carol Oates

All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien

Thank You For Listening by Julia Whelan

Husband Material by Alexis Hall

Rabbit Run by John Updike (currently unavailable to order)

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Spend Christmas in Thomasville! There is something truly special about the holiday season in Thomasville. From shopping for those must-have presents for everyone on your list, to the twinkling lights, sparkling window displays, and tempting smells wafting from restaurants all add to the festive feeling of the season. From downtown hotels, to delightful vacation rentals, book your getaway to Thomasville and add a little more sparkle to your holidays! Learn more and plan your trip at www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 399 || Backlist Book Club: The Road

Episode 399 || Backlist Book Club: The Road

November 17, 2022

It’s time for another installment of Backlist Book Club! This week on From the Front Porch, Annie and Hunter Mclendon (@shelfbyshelf) are talking about The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Clean Air by Sarah Blake

The Revivalists by Christopher Hood

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Room by Emma Donoghue

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (this book is permanently backordered)

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week, Annie is reading Have I Told You This Already? by Lauren Graham. Hunter is reading The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 398 || What Would Susie Read? Vol. 5

Episode 398 || What Would Susie Read? Vol. 5

November 10, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is chatting with her mom, Susie, about books for readers with PG-13 tastes.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron
Things That Matter by Joshua Becker
Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner
I Guess I Haven’t Learned that Yet by Shauna Niequist
The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
We Are the Light by Matthew Quick
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week, Annie is reading Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club by J. Ryan Stradal. Susie is reading A Place to Land by Lauren K. Denton.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 397 ||  New Release Rundown

Episode 397 || New Release Rundown

November 3, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, it’s another New Release Rundown! Annie, Olivia, and Erin are sharing the November releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR.

Don’t forget, if you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, you can enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10 percent off your order.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

Annie's books:

Olivia's books:

Erin's books:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week, Annie is reading Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson. Olivia is reading Snow Foal by Susanna Bailey. Erin is reading Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Bonus: Interview with Audrey Elledge & Elizabeth Moore

Bonus: Interview with Audrey Elledge & Elizabeth Moore

November 1, 2022

On today’s bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie talks with Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore about their book Liturgies for Hope, releasing today. Liturgies for Hope is a book of sixty contemporary, comforting liturgies that break through the noise of modern life to offer time-tested wisdom for readers navigating burnout, anxiety, and other stresses.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 396 || October Reading Recap

Episode 396 || October Reading Recap

October 27, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie recaps the books she read and loved in October. As always, we’re offering a October Reading Recap Bundle, which features Annie’s three favorite books from this month.

Get your October Reading Recap Bundle or your favorites of Annie’s October reads on our website:

October Reading Recap Bundle

People Person by Candice Carty-Williams

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

What Cannot Be Lost by Melissa Zaldivar

Super Bloom by Megan Tady

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week Annie is reading The Sweet Spot by Amy Poeppel.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 395 || Kids’ Table: Autumn

Episode 395 || Kids’ Table: Autumn

October 20, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by friend, cousin and former colleague, Ashley Sherlock. Annie and Ashley share what they’re reading, watching, listening to and buying.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our new website:

Annie is reading:

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Ashley is reading:

Everything, Beautiful by Ella Frances Sanders

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Annie is listening to:

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman (also available as a physical book)

Ashley is listening to:

Crying in the Bathroom by Erica L. Sanchez (also available as a physical book)

Ashley is buying:

Cozy Earth bed sheets

Newton Running Shoes

**Correction: In today’s episode, Annie says the FTFP Patreon Book Club is meeting on November 1. We’re actually meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. Sorry about that! We can’t wait to see you there.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Everyone loves fall in Thomasville, Georgia! When it’s time to getaway, we have exactly what you need! Find romance, explore historical sites, dine out, shop, and make time to relax and unwind. There’s no better getaway than a Thomasville Getaway! Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week Annie is reading Night Film by Marisha Pressl. Ashley is reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 394 || Spooky Book Flights

Episode 394 || Spooky Book Flights

October 13, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie, Olivia, and Keila are back to create Spooky Book Flights! They’re pairing books with eerie vibes for your spooky season enjoyment.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

Purchase Annie's bundle:

The Likeness by Tana French

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

Purchase Olivia's bundle:

Devolution by Max Brooks

Hide by Kirsten White

Reprieve by James Han Mattson

Purchase Keila's bundle:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

Thank you again to this week’s sponsor, Visit Thomasville. Whether you live close by or are passing through, I hope you'll visit beautiful Thomasville, Georgia: www.thomasvillega.com or @thomasvillega on Instagram.

This week Annie is reading Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn. Olivia is reading Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger. Keila is reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 393 || New Release Rundown

Episode 393 || New Release Rundown

October 6, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, it’s another New Release Rundown! Annie and Olivia are sharing October releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR.

Don’t forget, if you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, you can enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10 percent off your order.

To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website:

Annie's list:

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken

The Night Ship by Jess Kidd

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro

Olivia's list:

Malice House by Megan Shepherd

A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga

Two Degrees by Alan Gratz

This Story is Not about a Kitten by Randall de Seve

Undercover Latina by Aya de Leon

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega

Outside Nowhere by Adam Borda

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading People Person by Candice Carty-Williams. Olivia is reading The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

Episode 392 || September Reading Recap

Episode 392 || September Reading Recap

September 29, 2022

This week on From the Front Porch, Annie recaps the books she read and loved in September. As always, we’re offering a September Reading Recap Bundle, which features Annie’s three favorite books from this month.

Get your September Reading Recap Bundle or your favorites of Annie’s September reads on our website:

September Reading Recap Bundle

Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette

The Revivalists by Christopher M. Hood

Directed by James Burrows by James Burrows

Sam by Allegra Goodman

River of the Gods by Candice Millard

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

A Flaw in the Design by Nathan Oates

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is listening to Celebrities for Jesus by Katelyn Beaty.

If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Angie Erickson, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson, and Kate Johnston Tucker.

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