The WFL Book Report Podcast

Hi! I’m Heather-Lee Byrne, Information Services librarian and host of the Wellesley Free Library Book Report podcast. We want to make it easy for busy people in our community to figure out what to read next. Our podcast connects Wellesley library patrons with ranked popular titles and book recommendations from subject librarians in different genres so you know what to reach for when you’re ready to read!

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Latest Episode: Episode 4 – SciFi with Annette
Guest Librarian: Annette Diola

Interview Notes:

Today we’re going to be speaking with librarian Tyson Bolles about non-fiction history title, The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us by Steve Brusatte. Known for his New York Times bestseller, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (2018), Brusatte is an  American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist.

If you like science writing, especially natural history, here are some other titles and authors Tyson recommends that you try:

Jennifer Ackerman – Genius of Birds

Sy Mongomery – Soul of an Octopus

Elizabeth Colbert – TheSixth Extinction

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Reader’s Report


  1. The only good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  2. Behold the dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  3. The Lincoln highway by Amor Towles
  4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  5. The plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz


  1. The spy and the traitor : the greatest espionage story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
  2. From strength to strength : finding success, happiness, and deep purpose in the second half of life by Arthur C. Brooks
  3. Crying in H Mart : a memoir by Michelle Zauner
  4. Atomic habits : tiny changes, remarkable results : an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones by James Clear
  5. Survival of the sickest : a medical maverick discovers why we need disease by Sharon Moalem



  1. The woman in the library : a novel by Sulari Gentill
  2. Poison for breakfast by Lemony Snicket
  3. The Palm Beach murders : thrillers by James Patterson
  4. Sleep no more : six murderous tales by P.D. James
  5. Death of an avid reader by Frances Brody


  1. Ancillary justice by Ann Leckie
  2. Fire & blood by George R. R. Martin
  3. Leviathan wakes by James S. A. Corey
  4. The hero of ages by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


  1. Jurassic World dominion
  2. Downton Abbey. A new era
  3. Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness
  4. Morbius
  5. Fantastic beasts. The secrets of Dumbledore



  1. What my bones know : a memoir of healing from complex trauma by Stephanie Foo
  2. The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race by Walter Isaacson
  3. The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates by Wes Moore
  4. Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. The kid : the immortal life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee



  1. The Lincoln highway : a novel by Amor Towles
  2. The overstory by Richard Powers
  3. Left on Tenth : a second chance at life by Delia Ephron
  4. These precious days by Ann Patchett
  5. How to lead : wisdom from the world’s greatest CEOs, founders, and game changers by David M. Rubenstein



  1. The weekday vegetarians by Jenny Rosenstrach
  2. Half baked harvest every day : recipes for balanced, flexible, feel-good meals by Tieghan Gerard
  3. The lighter step-by-step Instant Pot cookbook by Jeffrey Eisner
  4. The winter table : fireside feasts for family and friends by Lisa Lemke
  5. The wok : recipes and techniques by J. Kenji López-Alt



  1. The promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai
  2. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  4. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  5. Dress coded by Carrie Firestone, Carrie


GRAPHIC NOVELSAttack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

  1. The mortal instruments : the graphic novel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Black butler by Yana Toboso
  3. The best we could do : an illustrated memoir by Thi Bui
  4. Jujutsu kaisen. 2, Fearsome womb by Gege Akutami

More Episodes

  • WFL Book Report Podcast Episode 4 – SciFi with Annette (9/23/2022) - Guest Librarian: Annette Diola Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Interview Notes: Our book recommendation this week is from librarian Annette Diola, her SciFi Book Club’s August pick: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. She has also written a sequel to this book titles Harrow the Ninth, and the third […]
  • WFL Book Report Podcast: Episode 3 – YA Romance with Jackie (9/9/2022) - Guest Librarian: Jackie Linsky Interview Notes: Today Wellesley Librarian and YA selector Jackie Linsky discusses the popular title The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han Jackie also mentions the other books in the Summer series, as well as To All the Boys…, another series by Jenny Han and puts in a good word for […]
  • WFL Book Report Podcast: Episode 2 – Memoir with Deb (8/26/2022) - Guest Librarian: Debra Berenbaum Our book recommendation this week is from librarian Debra Berenbaum: Anne Patchett’s These Precious Days. Interview Notes In today’s episode, Deb and I discuss Anne Patchett and how her work can be found throughout the library. Deb also mentions some other works by Anne Patchett: This is the story of a […]
  • Episode 1: Beach Read with Megan (7/30/2022) - Guest Librarian: Megan Flynn This week we’ll introduce the podcast, the Wellesley Reader’s Report, and speak with Information Services librarian Megan Flynn about her summer book pick in Adult Fiction, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner. Interview Notes In today’s episode, Megan and I discuss Novelist, a Reader’s Advisory service that you can access through […]