Better Than The Movie

...because the book normally is!

Better Than The Movie is a podcast for people who love reading diversely, books, book news, and issues related to literacy and popular culture. Our goal is to review and discuss book themes with passion and an open mind. We want to encourage our readers to look beyond the best sellers lists and  discover new voices and stories. 

We are The Readers, the people who the publishing world should be catering to, but oftentimes  don't . We are smart. We are funny. We are sometimes a little snarky. And we always, ALWAYS, think that the book is better than the movie



This episode we're talking independently released books from Black female authors that run the gamut from romance to urban to work memoir to YA(ish). But first...the news! Articles discussed linked below:

Nappily Ever After on Netflix:

Victoria Christopher Murray + TD Jakes collaboration:

This Anna March malarkey:

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and its relationship to publishing:

EPISODE SEVENTY FOUR: skip to my Lou (featuring Rachel Howzell Hall)

Hey hey! This episode is a special one because we got to talk about and to one of our favorite writers, Rachel Howzell Hall. We speak about her creative process, the dearth of Black female crime writers, and her love of Prince!

Links to news discussed in show:

Lambda Literary Awards

Laundromat Books

18 Black Music Month Reads

EPISODE SEVENTY-THREE: a chat with eric jerome dickey

A note from Jeanette: So guys...mea culpa, this show should have been out a couple of weeks ago, but I got slammed with life, which delayed the editing. So some of the things discussed herein are old news, but our takes are still pretty fresh, so yanno, balance. ;-) 

Today's show is pretty special. If you have been rocking with us from the beginning, you'll remember our very first episode was about the books of one Eric Jerome Dickey. Well friends, our little show has come full circle because we were afforded the opportunity to have a conversation with Mr. Dickey. We played it cool, but we were pretty excited! Hope you enjoy listening.

News stories discussed in the show:

FOLD Human Lit Library:

Pulitzer Winners:

GSK Killer Caught:

8 Books You Should Read in April:

Universal Fan Con:

EPISODE SEVENTY-TWO: the gift of gab

This week we're discussing Gabrielle Union's memoir We're Going to Need More Wine. Articles discussed in news are below:

Junot Diaz on the legacy of childhood trauma:

New Generations of Black bookstores:

Black bookstores directory:

Laurie Hernandez's upcoming book:

Aspen Words Literary Prize:

RWA and the RITAs clusterfuck:

EPISODE SEVENTY: burn it down

This week we're discussing Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, but first...the news! Articles discussed below:

Prize for Thrillers with No Violence Against Women?

How to Make Money Self-Publishing Short Romance Novels on Amazon:

15 New Theatre-Related Reads Out This Spring:

Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira are adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah for TV:

Thread bout there being more black book reviewers:

EPISODE SIXTY-NINE: sometimes we rant

EPISODE SIXTY-EIGHT: Back Like We Never Left


It’s been a minute, but we back with the jumpoff. This week we’re talking villains. But first…the news! Links to articles discussed below:

New Books in August 2017: 

LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase on His Podcast 

Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Adapt Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TV 

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter 

EPISODE SIXTY-FIVE: Wesssssiiiiidddddeeeee!

We're discussing books set out West!

Articles discussed in news:

Tahmeka’s Literary Heart and Literary Brain Have A Conversation

A Joy Luck Club TV Show

Well Read Black Girl Conference Kickstarter

Why Literary Journals Don’t Pay

EPISODE SIXTY-THREE: My Book, Yo Book. Everybody Book

This week Jeanette and Tahmeka are discussing the world of indie publishing and highlighting some folks for y’all to check out.

Articles Discussed in News:

Books for Girls, About Girls

Big Little LIes

Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt 'The Mothers':

Chimamanda and the Trans Community

Her New Book:

Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t:

Authors Highlighted:

Constance Burris: 

Renaldo Christopher:

DL White:

Alexandra Warren:

Love Belvin:

Té Russ:

Danielle Allen:

Indie Love in the A Event Info:


EPISODE SIXTY: A Swing and a Miss

EPISODE FIFTY-NINE: #bttmpodbestof16

We're back! And talkin' books...

Articles discussed in news section below:

Simon & Schuster + That Milo Dudeguy:

The Millions Most Anticipated of 2017:

In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster:

EPISODE FIFTY-EIGHT: Recommendations Vol. 4 ft. Ashley

Friend of the show Ashley stops by to give us some recommendations on (mostly) nonfiction titles regarding race relations. 

White Rage - Carol Anderson:

More Beautiful and More Terrible - Imani Perry: 

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander: 

Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells & Jacqueline Jones Royster :

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography - Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully: 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - isabel Wilkerson: 

Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward: 

Passing - Nella Larsen:   


Stories discussed in news: 

Claudia Rankine using MacArthur Genius grant to create an institute to study whiteness & its influence on culture:

Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’: 

Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age: 

Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read:

EPISODE FIFTY-SEVEN: We just be talkin' & talkin'...

EPISODE FIFTY-SIX: Reader Recommendations Vol. 3 [featuring @brandonrambles]

You get two episodes this week! In Tahmeka's absence, I spoke with Brandon Taylor, a PhD candidate in biochemistry and an avid reader, to get some recommendations. What follows is a discussion that includes the aforementioned recommendations as well as random musings about things that are literary adjacent.

Brandon's Recommendations: 

Swallowed By The Cold - Jensen Beach: 

Arcade - Drew Nellins Smith:  

Boy Erased - Garrard Conley: 

The Narrow Door - Paul Lisicky: 

The Border Of Paradise - Esme Weijun Wang: 

Private Citizens - Tommy Tulathimutte: 

Disgruntled - Asali Solomon: 

Ladivine - Marie Ndiaye: 

Dinosaurs On Other Planets - Danielle McLaughlin: