Least Favorite Books (with Jonny Vance, Sandy Wilmoth, and Lawrence Takeuchi)

Hello again! This episode we brought Jonny Vance, Lawrence Takeuchi, and Sandy Wilmoth back for another Round Table where we flipped the script a bit. Instead of discussing our favorite books of all time we talked about some of our least favorite books (and some of their redeeming qualities). Take a listen to get a good overview of why we didn’t enjoy these books and where we each find value in literature. And be prepared next week for when we discuss “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden.

Crime and Punishment (with Chase Larson)

Hey Mini Lit nation! This episode we covered the Russian classic “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. With the help of guest Chase Larson, we discussed what the true punishment to Raskolnikov’s crime actually was, how society plays a role in that punishment, and the incredible imagery Dostoevsky uses in describing St. Petersburg. Take a listen and get ready for next week’s episode where we discuss some of our least favorite books and their redeeming qualities.

Romeo and Juliet (with Lucie Riddell)

This episode of Miniature Literature we covered William Shakespeare’s classic play “Romeo and Juliet.” We had Lucie Riddell, the President of the BYU Shakespeare Society, discuss some of the major themes of this amazing play including the fickle nature of love and why Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and not a romance. Take a listen and get ready for a handful of other episodes in the coming weeks, including “Memoirs of a Geisha” and some of our least favorite books of all time!

The Crucible (with Zachary Reinstein)

This week we discussed a terrific play by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible.” With the assistance of the eloquent Zachary Reinstein we covered the themes tackled by the play including the concept of “too much” morality and the way the play tackles the Red Scare and McCarthyism. Take a listen and come back next week as we discuss some of our favorite books with some of our favorite people.

Frankenstein (with Brianne Blaisdell)


Hello Mini Lit Clan!
This week we covered a classic in all respects: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. We had the always brainy bookworm Brianne Blaisdell with us who helped us pick apart the themes of the modern Prometheus, obsession, and man playing God. Give it a listen and don’t forget to join us next week as we cover “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

The Lord of the Flies (with Thom Sorensen)


This week we covered “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. With the help of Tom Sorenson, we discussed the merits of society and savagery alike, the descent of man into depravity, and its possible inevitability. Not to mention some great Mini Bits that you can get the same messages and themes. Stay tuned next week for our newest episode on “Frankenstein.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (with Hunter Kozak)

This week’s episode covers “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams! We had a lot of fun putting this one together as it’s one of Abbie’s favorite books. Hunter Kozak joined us and helped dissect the themes, including cosmic horror, nihilism, and the optimism of the human race.

Hope you guys enjoy it! Keep in touch for next week’s episode, too: The Lord of the Flies.