The Books We Loved

The Books We Loved is a podcast about revisiting old favorites with an open mind and a new perspective. Despite the title, we won’t be limiting ourselves to books-- movies, music, TV shows, and other aspects of pop culture will be up for discussion. Hosts and TPL Librarians Manda and Olivia (alongside some special guests from the Troy community!) will be asking themselves: does this book hold up? Tune in to revisit your old favorites while adding some new titles to your TBR list.

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2 days ago

Join us as we discuss Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Elizabeth joins our hosts to talk about the book, the TV show, and our favorite musical media. Stay solid and dream big, little bird. 
Click here for a list of books discussed on the show. 

Wednesday Mar 08, 2023

Sweet sassy molassy, we're talking about the 2014 film Vampire Academy! Eric and Cassie from Adult Services join Manda and Olivia to dissect this critical and box office flop to ask themselves-- why is it so fun to watch "bad" movies? 


Wednesday Feb 22, 2023

Wednesday Feb 22, 2023

Grab your favorite digging shovel and get your lizard-repellant ready-- this week, we're talking about Holes by Louis Sachar! April, president of the Friends of the Troy Public Library, joins Manda and Olivia to talk about great and terrible movie adaptations, neo-Westerns and middle grade fiction, and the quizzical history of Shia LaBeouf. Don't miss it! 
Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Troy Public Library. 

Tuesday Feb 14, 2023

Listen up, lovers-- it's the Valentine's Special! In this bonus episode, Manda and Olivia share their favorite books in these four swoony categories: 
Romantic Love
Love Gone Wrong
Self Love
Family/Friendship Love
Tune in to add a bunch of new titles to your TBR list!
Click here to find a list of books discussed on the show. 

Movie Sequels

Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

Movie sequels are *not* always terrible, and we have your proof right here. Nicole and Elizabeth join our hosts to share their favorite movie sequels of all time while asking themselves: what makes a good sequel? 
What is YOUR favorite movie sequel of all time? Write in to to let us know!

Knuffle Bunny

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

The age-old controversy rears its ugly head: do you pronounce the K in Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems? Assistant City Attorney Julie joins Manda and Olivia as they battle it out while asking themselves, does this beloved picture book series stand the test of time? 
Click here to learn more about the Mailbox Mysteries program. 

Mean Girls

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

Get in, loser, we're talking about Mean Girls! Liz Karg, owner of the BIBBGY Coffee franchise in Troy, will be joining us to discuss this, the most fetch of films. Thank you Drew from Digital Services from joining us as well. 
Click here for a list of books discussed on the show. 

Princess Bride

Wednesday Dec 28, 2022

Wednesday Dec 28, 2022

Grab your poisoned goblet, your fencing sword, and the nearest farm boy-- today we're talking about Princess Bride! It's literally everyone's favorite movie! Becky and Cassie joined us to revisit this classic and ask ourselves--does it stand the test of time? 
Click here for a list of books discussed on the show. 


Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Trade your blah Abnegation robes for a sweet leather jacket from Dauntless-- today we're talking about the Divergent series by Veronica Roth! Allyson Leach from Troy Recreation joins us to revisit the series and ask, does this book stand the test of time? 
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Click here for a list of books discussed on the show. 

Wednesday Nov 30, 2022

It's the holiday season, and here at the library, we believe books make the best gifts of all. Manda and Olivia have challenged each other to come up with great recommendations for all types of readers you may have in your life, including: 
1. Your 4th grader who reads at a high level but isn't ready for mature content
2. Your friend who loves scammer stories like Anna Delvy and Elizabeth Holmes
3. Your reluctant reader student who wants to try a fantasy series
4. Your sister who is obsessed with Gilmore Girls
And many more! Tune in to celebrate the year with us and add a bunch of great books to your list. Happy holidays! 
Click here to find a list of books discussed on the show. 

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