SSoP Podcast Season 5: Announcing 12 Exciting Destinations
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Season Five of our podcast starts 06 February! We're delighted to share the 12 destinations we'll explore. From Jamaica to Sri Lanka, Argentina to Maine, and points in between. Get set for adventure and great books.

SSoP Podcast Season 5: Announcing 12 Exciting Destinations

Season Five of our podcast starts 06 February! We're delighted to share the 12 destinations we'll explore. From Jamaica to Sri Lanka, Argentina to Maine, and points in between. Get set for adventure and great books. {more}

Listen Now: Italy!

Italy: A Bottle of Red, the Tuscan Sun, and Il Dolce Far Niente

We end season 4 on the road to Rome.

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Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got ranking the alphabet's letters, snowy Prague, international vending machines, a new Paris reading room, cake (!), and more.

It's quite cozy to read stories blanketed in snow. These books are all set in appropriately chilly environs, and there's a genre for every reader: adventure, thriller, mystery, horror, and a delightful caper.

Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got New Year's Eve traditions, a Library of Congress restoration project, upcoming Dark Academia novels, tote bag mania, and more.

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