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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate!

Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate!

Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

    Episode 095 - Ratings, Reviews, and Tags

    Episode 095 - Ratings, Reviews, and Tags

    This episode we're discussing Ratings, Reviews, and Tags! We talk about subject headings, our most used tags, malicious metadata, how we use star-based rating systems, the value we see in bad reviews, art styles that are morally wrong, and more!
    Plus: A data-driven analysis to find the most unfinished book on Goodreads!
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards
    Media We Mention
    My Ideal Bookshelf edited by Thessaly La Force  The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Guillermo del Toro’s Penguin Horror line Yotsuba&!, Vol. 11 by Kiyohiko Azuma Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Links, Articles, and Things
    Folksonomy (Wikipedia) Tag (metadata) (Wikipedia) Library of Congress Subject Headings (Wikipedia) BiblioCommons (Wikipedia) OverDrive (Wikipedia) Hoopla (Wikipedia) BoardGameGeek’s list of top games Scarleteen | Sex Education For The Real World Spider Reviews by Jenny Nicholson  Bic Pens 'For Her' Get Hilariously Snarky Amazon Reviews  What are the most unfinished books according to Goodreads?*
    The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The Book Thief by Markus Zusak American Gods by Neil Gaiman A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt *Based upon the top 50 most tagged titles from these shelves. Data taken on 2020-01-20. 
    abandoned couldn't finish did not finish didn't finish dnf gave up gave up on never finished unfinished (I missed “not finished”.)
    Here’s the spreadsheet if you want to see the other titles.
    Suggest new genres or titles!
    Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!
    Join us again on Tuesday, March 3rd we’ll be discussing Non-Fiction Climate Change books!
    Then on Tuesday, March 17th we’ll be talking about Objectifying Books!

    • 55 min
    Episode 094 - Chick Lit Romance

    Episode 094 - Chick Lit Romance

    This month we’re reading the genre of Chick Lit Romance. Does it exist and if so, what should it be called? Plus: The poor portrayal of library jobs in fiction, not being able to connect with people in novels who are desperate to get married, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), World of Warcraft romances, post-feminist fiction, picking books based on the cover, and more!
    (Our apologies for use of the word "real" in relation to biological families in this episode. Adopted families are real families too.)
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards
    Things We Read
    Dear Emma by Katie Heaney When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri ‘When Katie Met Cassidy’ Is The Lesbian Chick Lit Romance Of The Summer The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis  Nappily Ever After by Trisha R. Thomas Almost Single by Advaita Kala India's Cheeky 'Chick Lit' Finds an Audience  Tall, Dark & Dead by Tate Hallaway The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich Other Media We Mention
    Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus  The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams The Red Satin Collection by Giselle Renarde Casper Gets His Wish by R. Cooper (gay elf romance) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby "Laura was, is, a lawyer, although when I met her she was a different kind of lawyer to the one she is now: then, she worked for a legal aid firm (hence, I guess, the clubbing and the black leather motorcycle jacket). Now, she works for a City law firm (hence, I guess, the restaurants and the expensive suits and the disappearance of the spiky haircut and a previously unrevealed taste for weary sarcasm) not because she underwent any kind of political conversation, but because she was made redundant and couldn't find any legal aid work.” Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella Links, Articles, and Things
    Romance is publishing’s most lucrative genre. Its biggest community of writers is imploding (article about RWA/Romance Writers of America) Readers' Advisory for Library Staff (Facebook Group) Chick Lit (French Wikipedia) Smart Bitches Trashy Books - Bookfinder results for Chick Lit Collection Development "Chick Lit": Hip Lit for Hip Chicks (Library Journal)
     
    What Was Chick Lit? A Brief History From the Inside by Lucinda Rosenfeld  
    Drunk Booksellers Podcast: Ep 13: Bea & Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice New adult fiction (Wikipedia) Sexy Lamp Test Suggest new genres or titles!
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    Join us again on Tuesday, February 18th we’ll be talking about ratings, reviews, and tagging systems for books.
    Then on Tuesday, March 3rd we’ll be discussing Climate Change Non-Fiction!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 093 - 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions

    Episode 093 - 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions

    This episode we’re talking about our 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions! We discuss how we are bad at reading resolutions, loot boxes filled with books, giving up books two pages from the end, setting aside time to read, reading bingo, and more!
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards 
    Media We Mention
    Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventure from Chess to Role-Playing Games by Jon Peterson All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Autonomous by Annalee Newitz Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  Links, Articles, and Things
    Translated books subscription Meghan didn't buy Popular DNF books on Goodreads 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions Bingo Square Bullet Journal (Wikipedia) Hark! The Holiday Music Podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men Romance is publishing’s most lucrative genre. Its biggest community of writers is imploding Suggest new genres or titles!
    Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!
    Join us again on Tuesday, February 4th when we’ll be discussing the romance subgenre of Chick Lit!
    Then on Tuesday, February 18th we’ll be playing a Readers’ Advisory themed Dungeons and Dragons adventure!

    • 56 min
    Episode 092 - Arts (Non-Fiction)

    Episode 092 - Arts (Non-Fiction)

    This month we’re discussing the non-fiction genre of Arts! We discuss “capital-A” art, creating, consuming, and destroying art, library hold-list hacks, Video Game Club for Masochists, woo woo, and scraping ideas off of the sides of artist Faraday cages.
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards | Kaya Fraser
    Things We Read
    Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Irvin Painter Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Me Artsy edited by Drew Hayden Taylor Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert Gorey's Worlds by Edward Gorey Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey La Bande Dessinée by Benoît Mouchart Other Media We Mention
    Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud  The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville Graphic Annotations of China Miéville’s The Last Days of New Paris The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Wikipedia) Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring painting by Johannes Vermeer (Wikipedia) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum Stardew Valley (Wikipedia) Krobus: “He is a shadow person who lives in the sewers.” Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Halo (franchise) (Wikipedia) Mass Effect (Wikipedia) Book Club for Masochists Episode 003 - Technology (non-fiction) Episode 064 - Video Games Trailer for Take Me (a short film Matthew’s mom wrote) The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey Three Books From The Fantod Press by Edward Gorey (are they zines? Maybe?) Redburn: His First Voyage by Herman Melville This is the one with the cover by Edward Gorey featuring some sailors Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey Dracula (1924 Play) > 1977 Revival (Featuring art design by Edward Gorey) Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You in School) by Sara Benincasa Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Me Funny edited by Drew Hayden Taylor Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality by Drew Hayden Taylor The Secret by Rhonda Byrne The Creative Independent The Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey The Coasters - Searchin’  Wikipedia article on the song Links, Articles, and Things
    Paradise, Nevada (Wikipedia) “Paradise is an unincorporated town” (it’s for tax reasons, of course…) David Datuna (Wikipedia) “Known for: Sculpture, installation; consuming the banana from Comedian” Love is in the Bin (Wikipedia) Banksy artwork that was shredded after auction Twitter thread from Stephanie about books they read in their art book club Shia LaBeouf's extremely loud motivational speech, explained Rupi Kaur Is the Writer of the Decade (Instagram poetry) Matthew’s analysis of the Goodreads top graphic novels of the year CinemaSins (Wikipedia) Suggest new genres or titles!
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    Join us again on Tuesday, January 21st we’ll be talking about our 2020 Reading Resolut

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 091 - Best of 2019

    Episode 091 - Best of 2019

    It’s our Best of 2019 episode! Of course, these are not necessarily the best things published in 2019, but instead the best things we read for the podcast (including everything from Bizarro Fiction to True Crime) and the best of everything else we read. Join us!
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards
    Favourite Non-Fiction read in 2019:
    For the podcast:  Anna:  Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic by Emma Episode 084 - Political Non-Fiction Matthew:  The Antifa Comic Book: 100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements by Gord Hill The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill RJ:  I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Episode 080 - True Crime Meghan:  The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Not for the podcast:  Matthew:  You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane AI Weirdness blog Twitter thread including neural net generated smut titles - Featuring “Sex Tongs” and “The Nutwoble Resort” RJ:  Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob Meghan:  How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell Anna: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom Favourite Fiction read in 2019:
    For the podcast RJ: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson  Episode 086 - American Gothic Meghan:  Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Episode 078 - Supernatural Thrillers Anna:  Gutshot by Amelia Gray Episode 074 - Short Story Collections Matthew: Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe Not for the podcast Meghan:  All Systems Red by Martha Wells Anna:  Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition by Tsutomu Nihei Matthew:  Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee RJ:  Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson Favourite other stuff from 2019:
    Meghan:  Au-dela des limites: L'histoire des sports en fauteuil roulant by Judith Lussier and Donald Royer Les petits garcons by Sophie Bédard Matthew: Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni Lego Rewind Lego Rewind Ep.20- Halloween Special RJ:  A Tour of My Plants by Jenna Marbles Anna:  SciShow Safiya Nigard Jungle Chvrches Billie Eilish Lizzo Flume Sofi Tukker King Princess The Dø Like a Version (triple j) CHVRCHES cover Arctic Monkeys 'Do I Wanna Know?' for Like A Version CHVRCHES cover Kendrick Lamar 'LOVE.' for Like A Version Runner ups (not necessarily mentioned in the podcast):
    Meghan: The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus  The Breakaway by Nicole Cooke Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch Anna:  The Good University: What Universities Actually Do and Why It’s Time for Radical Change by Raewyn Connell For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisely Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily Carroll Matthew:  Fiction Clade by James Bradley A Big Ship a

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 090 - Adventure Fiction

    Episode 090 - Adventure Fiction

    This month we’re discussing Adventure Fiction! We talk about bears (and bear fighting), spies, secret tunnels, robots, survival, thrillers, male romance, geese, pirates, stolen smartphones, shipwrecks, and more!
    You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.
    In this episode
    Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards | Robert Hamaker
    Things We Read
    The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy There are ten sequels to this book! And spin-offs! Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Muppet Treasure Island - Professional Pirate (featuring Tim Curry) The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Robinsonade (Wikipedia) Pirates! by Celia Rees The Wild Robot by Peter Brown The Anomaly by Michael Rutger Matthew forgot this bit of the book that he also really hates:  “We were guaranteed a spread in Ancient American magazine, and maybe a mention in Obscure Academic Quarterly About Indigenous Peoples (circulation: 151 copies worldwide, hidden in college libraries where no one under the age of forty goes expect to make out).” The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler Dirk Pitt (Wikipedia) Sahara (2005 film) (Wikipedia) The photo that RJ shared with everyone Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia Rick Riordan Presents (Wikipedia) John Henry (folklore) (Wikipedia) Steel (John Henry Irons) (Wikipedia) Can RJ find a book in this genre by a trans author?
    Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg Other Media We Mention
    You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane Conan the Barbarian (Wikipedia) The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope Hawkins (Wikipedia) The Shadow (Wikipedia) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Wikipedia) Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Diana Tixier Herald, Wayne A. Wiegand The Executioner (Wikipedia) Deathlands (Wikipedia) The Young Indiana Jones series of kids books Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Ghost Twins Series by Dian Curtis Regan The Boxcar Children (Wikipedia)  My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Wikipedia) Heinlein juveniles (Wikipedia) Indiana Jones (franchise) (Wikipedia) Tomb Raider (Wikipedia) Uncharted (Wikipedia) Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer Links, Articles, and Things
    Episode 059 - Food and Cooking Episode 084 - Political Non-Fiction Posts from the AI Weirdness blog tagged as “recipes” Something Something Soup Something (the “soup or not soup” game) "The Lectores Who Read to Cuba's Cigar Rollers" Jack London (Wikipedia) Adventure fiction (Wikipedia) Suggest new genres!
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    Join us again on Tuesday, December 17th for our Best of 2019 episode!
    Then on Tuesday, January 7th we’ll be talking about the non-fiction genre of Art!

    • 1 hr 17 min

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