Five or Flop: the Best (and Worst) Historical Fiction Has to Offer

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Welcome to Five or Flop, a podcast for the best (and worst) historical fiction has to offer! Each week, we'll be reading and reviewing a different historical fiction book on a scale from flop to five. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates! Have a book you want us to read? Send us a recommendation: https://forms.gle/1JroxLkK157zpa9N8 Read along with us on StoryGraph! Join the Five or Flop: Season One Reading Challenge and track your progress: https://bit.ly/3T7z8jO

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich: Horse Flop???
#9
Last Tuesday at 9:30 AM

In today's episode, we're discussing The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, repeat pod authors, and (unfortunately) horses.

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates!

Join our Season Two Reading Challenge on StoryGraph: https://bit...


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: For You, A Thousand Flops Over
#8
06/11/2024

In today's episode, we're discussing The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates!

Join our Season Two Reading Challenge on StoryGraph: https://bit.ly/3Qa1oQz

Want...


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez: Flops in the Time of Fives
#7
06/04/2024

In today's episode, we're discussing Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. AND we're back with another special guest to provide a dissenting opinion!

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates!

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The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah: The Flop Bowl
#6
05/28/2024

In today's episode, we're discussing The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah of Booktok fame (and also well-deserved real world fame). Are we finally back on the same page of agreeing with each other?

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for...


Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Women are Fives, Men are Flops
#5
05/21/2024

In today's episode, we're discussing Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and we get into some conflicts and controversies with this one!

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates!

Join our...


Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn: The Secrets of Lady Whistleflop
#4
05/14/2024

In honor of the Bridgerton Season 3 premiere, this author invites you to a discussion of Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Catch up on all things Polin, Whistledown, and more before watching the latest season on Netflix!

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and...


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: Not the Step-Dad but the Dad Who Didn't Flop
#3
05/07/2024

In this week's episode, we discuss Min Jin Lee's Pachinko, the Japanese colonization of Korea, intergenerational trauma, and just how many side characters is too many.

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest updates!

Join...


Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: Topping or Flopping?
#2
04/30/2024

In this episode, we welcome special guest Ashley Bell onto the pod to discuss Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, queer lit, and the ultimate question of topping or flopping.

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @fiveorflop_pod for all the latest...


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: The Sea of Flops
#1
04/23/2024

In the Season Two premiere of the podcast, we're trekking to Europe to read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, start a series-long discourse on time jumps in books, and listen to Erin's thoughts on the Netflix adaptation.

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to offer. Each week we'll be reading a new book and rating it on a scale of flop, fine, or five. The theme for Season Two is Booktok and Bestsellers.

Leave us a review and give us a follow...


RWA and Little Free Libraries: Book World Flops
#15
04/02/2024

In this special bonus episode, we discuss two pretty niche controversies within the book and library space. We've mentioned these both in previous episodes, so it's time for a deep dive!

Read up on RWA: https://www.vox.com/2020/1/10/21055125/rwa-what-happened-resignations-courtney-milan-damon-suede-backstory-2020-ritas-conference

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2020/6/17/21178881/racism-books-romance-writers-of-america-scandal-novels-publishing

https://lithub.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-ongoing-racism-controversy-surrounding-one-of-romance-writings-biggest-awards/

https://www.jezebel.com/inside-the-spectacular-implosion-at-the-romance-writers-1841002358

https://claireryanauthor.com/blog/2019/12/27/the-implosion-of-the-rwa/

Read up on LFLs: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/01/02/question-little-free-libraries/

Five or Flop is a podcast dedicated to the best and worst historical fiction has to...