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Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit WorstBestsellers.com for our readers advisory booklists and other fun stuff.

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Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit WorstBestsellers.com for our readers advisory booklists and other fun stuff.

    Episode 186 – The President Is Missing

    Episode 186 – The President Is Missing

    Our beloved patrons voted on a book for us to read, and they chose The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. We still love them, and we also love returning guest Carrie for reading this book even though she didn’t have to. Listen now before some terrorists delete the entire internet!

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: Unclear and Present Danger podcast

    Coming up next: Bests of 2021.

     

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    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

     

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    Episode 185 – The Meaning of Mariah Carey

    Episode 185 – The Meaning of Mariah Carey

    All we want for Christmas is…another celebrity memoir, and Mariah Claus delivered. We read The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis and enjoyed our visit to Mariah’s realm. Listen to this episode on your way to visit your lambily!

    Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains non-graphic discussions of child neglect, domestic abuse, and racism.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “Mariah Carey Explains Why She Tweeted That “Thanksgiving Is Cancelled” by Bianca Betancourt

    “This Throwback Photo Of Mariah Carey & Will Smith Will Give You All The ’90s Feels” by Brad Witter

    “This Video Of Mariah Carey Communicating With A Dolphin Has Over 30,000 Retweets, Like She Is Actually Speaking Dolphin” by Matt Stopera

    “The Summer That ‘I Don’t Know Her’ Became the Most Crushing Celebrity Shade” by Kenzie Bryant

    Mariah Carey’s Ice Cream Meltdown on TRL

    Mariah Carey’s Weddings in Photos

    “Mariah Carey smashes pumpkins to kick off Christmas season: ‘It’s time'” by Nick Romano

    “27 Burning Questions About Mariah Carey’s New McDonald’s Ad” by Dave Holmes

    How Did This Get Made #94 – Glitter

    Coming up next: The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.

     

    * Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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    Episode 184 – Yours Cruelly, Elvira

    Episode 184 – Yours Cruelly, Elvira

    Hold on, Mariah, it’s still spooky season around here for a few more days. We read Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson and had a scary-good time getting to know the Mistress of the Dark (and her girlfriend)! Listen to this podcast while updating your list of enemies.

    Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains non-graphic discussions of child abuse, sexual assault, miscarriages, and old-fashioned light misogyny and racism.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “Meet Teresa Wierson, Elvira’s Girlfriend of 19 Years” by Raffy Ermac

    “Elvira: Tom Jones took my virginity, I needed stitches, and he ditched me” on CeleBitchy

    Coming up next: The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey.

     

    * Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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    Episode 183 – Jay’s Journal

    Episode 183 – Jay’s Journal

    After reading Go Ask Alice last year, we were still left with some lingering questions about issues facing teens. Like, drugs are bad, but what about doing occult rituals? Are they okay if you’re only using them to win high school debate tournaments? To find out, we read another book from Beatrice Sparks’ Anonymous Diaries series, Jay’s Journal. Join us for another spine-tingling episode with our beloved former editor Becca!

    Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains non-graphic discussions of death by suicide, animal abuse, drug use, sexual assault, and a lot of confusing cultural appropriation.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: Episode 163 – Go Ask Alice

    “Teen Death Diary” by Ben Dieterle

    Alden’s Brother’s Amazon Review of Jay’s Journal

    Grady Hendrix on Jay’s Journal

    Coming up next: Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson.

     

    * Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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    Episode 182 – Michelle Remembers

    Episode 182 – Michelle Remembers

    We were joined by our Caftan Club sisters, Grace and Ashley, to discuss a bestseller that was so bad it had to be removed from publication: Michelle Remembers by Michelle Smith and Lawrence Pazder. The book represents irresponsible therapeutic practices as well as irresponsible journalism, but at least it’s also uncomfortably horny! Listen while assembling your 13-piece evil bench from evil Ikea.

    Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains non-graphic discussions of miscarriage, child abuse, animal abuse, sexual assault, and a lot of generally gross stuff.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: You’re Wrong About: Michelle Remembers.

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    “The destructive conspiracy theory that Victoria unleashed upon the world” by Jen Gerson

    “The Real Victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

    “Real ‘Sybil’ Admits Multiple Personalities Were Fake” by Lynn Neary

    Coming up next: Jay’s Journal by Anonymous.

     

    * Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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    Episode 181 – The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

    Episode 181 – The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

     

    This is our seventh anniversary episode! We’ve been podcasting for much longer than the titular character of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner has been a vampire. We’d been putting off reading this Twilight novella because we suspected there wouldn’t be too much to talk about, and well, we were kinda right. Still, we had a great time talking to our all-time most frequent guest Carrie again. Plus, we experienced some of the Friendship Challenges from the Twilight: Eclipse card game, and I think it’s safe to say we all grew from the experience. Listen to this episode while politely petitioning Stephenie Meyer to write another book! #WheresFred

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes:



    When this novella was released in 2010, Stephenie Meyer pledged $1 from the sale of each copy to go towards earthquake relief in Haiti, and ended up donating a total of $1.5 million.

    As there was another earthquake in Haiti, and inspired by SMeyer’s charitable example, this month we donated $150 of our Patreon proceeds to Partners in Health, an NGO that does a lot of good work in Haiti and elsewhere.

    Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Bree Tanner’ Raises $1.5 Million for Red Cross by Amy Wilkinson



    “Haiti quake revives anger over aid response to past disasters” by Laura Gottesdiener and Dave Graham



    Quileute Move to Higher Ground

    Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

    Episode 158 – Midnight Sun

    Episode 133 – The Host

    Episode 107 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

    Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

    Episode 40 – Twilight Life and Death

    Episode 31 – New Moon

    Episode 01 – Twilight

    Coming up next: Michelle Remembers by Lawrence Pazder & Michelle Smith.

     

    * Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    (But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

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