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


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: 


This week we’re reading an idiot & discussing “diversity”. 

Stories Discussed in News Section:

Claudia Rankine Leads This Year’s Class of MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients:

What I Pledge Allegiance To (Kiese Laymon essay): 

Who gets to write what: 

EPISODE FIFTY-FOUR: This show is on fire!

This week we’re discussing the brilliantly written and curated The Fire Next Time. But first…the news! And we also have a special guest in the Honeycomb Hideout—Brooklynn (Tahmeka’s daughter) drops in to give us some kid lit picks!

Articles discussed in news:

What Makes a Reader Stop Reading a Book: 

Simone Biles Autobiography Deal: 

Lit Spins Kickstarter: 

Five queer black female authors you need to be familiar with: 

No, the Internet has not killed the printed book, most people still prefer them:

St. Martin’s Press Acquires New Nick Cannon Novel:

Brooklynn’s picks:

Roller Girl - Victoria Jameson

Pack of Dorks - Beth Vrabel

The Missing Pieces of Me -  Jean Van Leeuwin

Who is Malala Yousafazi? - Dinah Brown

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson



We're coming to you live from Rocky Mountain High on this episode. WE visited a few of the local Denver bookstores and discuss our thoughts about them. This week we’re also tackling the complicated feelings that come along with wanting to support indie booksellers, but ultimately succumbing to the low low prices of The Man (aka Amazon) along with our usual assessment of lit news and other minutiae. 

Articles discussed in news section below:

Stop telling black people not to self publish:

Save Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home:

Publisher delays YA novel amid row over invented black 'street dialect':

What Pres. Obama is reading this summer:

EPISODE FIFTY-TWO: Happily Nappily

We are honored to have author Trisha R. Thomas on the show this week to talk about her latest novel Postcards From Venus which will be released on August 16, 2016. Tahmeka speaks with Trisha about her writing process, the Nappily Ever After book series and her thoughts and views on the state of the literary world in general. Show begins with the usual News You Can Use segment and we also have a brief chat about "hypebeasting" in the literary world.. Articles discussed in news section below: 

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

Slave Narrative

Jonathan Franzen and His Negro Friend

Read Books, Live Longer