100 episodes

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.

Book Club for Masochists: a Readers’ Advisory Podcast Book Club for Masochists

    • Books
    • 3.7 • 23 Ratings

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 109 - Recent Media We've Enjoyed

    Episode 109 - Recent Media We've Enjoyed

    This episode we’re giving you an update on the media we’ve been enjoying not for the podcast! We talk about music, books, podcasts, comics, videos, movies, 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
    Announcements
    Check out our weekly "spooky" visual novel stream at twitch.tv/bookclub4m. Starting Friday, September 18th at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific. Or check out the recordings on our YouTube channel Media We’ve Been Enjoying
    Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, Vol. 1 by Kagiji Kumanomata The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 by Kōsuke Ōno Matthew heard about both of these manga in the Best and Worst Manga of 2020 panel Coode Street Podcast The Slowdown Strides Forward Comrades Marathon (Wikipedia) Dig: A History Podcast Choice, Sterilization, and Eugenics in Twentieth Century Puerto Rico Steaming the “Nefarious Sin”: Bathhouses and Homosexuality from the Victorian Era to the AIDS Epidemic Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams The Undying by Anne Boyer In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado Turning: A Swimming Memoir by Jessica J. Lee Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery Black Dresses on Bandcamp Black Dresses - Eternal Nausea Mitski on Bandcamp Mitski - Nobody Sofi Tukker on Twitch Sofi Tukker - Batshit Anarchism & Police Abolition Feat. Domri Rade by Spice8Rack On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss A Christmas Prince  The Grim Dystopia of A Christmas Prince (video by Jenny Nicholson) What things need to be saved in RJ’s winter holiday RPG? Suggest something! Finish It! Podcast Journey Under the Sea episode 1 Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee Links, Articles, and Things
    Our “to be read” piles Matthew Anna Meghan Hark! The Holiday Music Podcast Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery Trailer for the new Dune movie 15 Non-fiction Technology Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour) Authors (see all our lists here)
    Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life by Ruha Benjamin Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simons Browne Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind by Regine Gilbert Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine G. Johnson Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the Afronet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet by Lisa Nakamura Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life edited by Alondra Nelson and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu with Alicia Headlam Hines Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science by Kim TallBear Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu 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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 108 - Visual Novels

    Episode 108 - Visual Novels

    This episode we’re discussing Visual Novels! We talk about what visual novels are, whether they count as books, reading novels we’re much too young for, being unable to suspend our disbelief, watching videos at 2x speed, monetization, watching vs playing, linear vs divergent stories, and more! Plus, this episode is like 75% tangents!
    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 (Played?) This Month
    Bury Me, My Love Dungeons & Lesbians Stream with Matthew and RJ Serre - “A visual novel about a girl and an alien drinking tea and falling in love!” Stream with Matthew and Meghan Speed Dating for Ghosts Order a Pizza: A Visual Novel Stream with Matthew and hosts of Finish It! Podcast All the streams on YouTube! Our Twitch channel Matthews list of (more) Visual Novels he enjoyed playing
    A Mortician's  Tale - “a story-driven death positive video game where you play as a mortician tasked with running a funeral home.” Arcade Spirits - “a romantic visual novel that follows an alternative timeline where the 1983 video game crash never occurred.” Don’t Take It Personally, I Just Don’t Like You: The Camping Trip - “a lo-fi relationship dramedy about camping illegally on government property in the chill of early autumn, having public anxiety attacks in crowded shopping malls, the people we choose to be with, and what we do when they don't choose us back.” The Night Fisherman - “A short tale of inhumanity in the English channel." The Outcast Lovers - “Driving home late one night you encounter a refugee in distress.” (Sequel to The Night Fisherman.) Us Lovely Corpses - “a short surreal-horror-romance visual novel about helping a friend.” Watch Me Jump - “a digital story of scandal and betrayal, played out in four quarters.” Mission: It's Complicated - “a visual novel about getting superheroes to fall in love, and the shenanigans that happen along the way.” Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator - “a game where you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other hot Dads.” Other Media We Mentioned
    Choose Your Own Adventure (Wikipedia) Doki Doki Literature Club! (Wikipedia) Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess (Wikipedia) Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim Orcs that RJ drew! More orc(cupation)s that RJ drew Radical Dreamers (Wikipedia) Butterfly Soup - “A visual novel about gay asian girls playing baseball and falling in love.” 2064: Read Only Memories (Wikipedia) Now Kiss! YouTube Playlist of visual novel streams by Kathleen de Vere Finish It! Podcast Rise of the Videogame Zinesters: How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form by Anna Anthropy  Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty Ask a Mortician Signs of the Sojourner - “a narrative card game about relationships and connecting with people.” Links, Articles, and Things
    Bingo Sheets for podcast Visual novel (Wikipedia) Gamebook (Wikipedia) Text-based game (Wikipedia) Interactive fiction (Wikipedia) Point-and-click adventure games (Wikipedia) Twine (software) (Wikipedia) Pandemic (board game) (Wikipedia) RJ’s itch.io page Pricing Hobby Games: An argument for pricing your small independent games. How One Gameplay Decision Changed Diablo Forever Why So Few Violent Games? Visual Novel Maker Says It Will Replace Its Striking Writers Visual Novel Writers Win Pay Raise After 21 Day Strike Visual Novels (TV Tropes) 5 Visual Novels (and 1 amazing resource) by People of Colour
    Blerdy Otome: this episode’s list would not be possible without Blerdy Otome, who

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 107 - Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    Episode 107 - Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

    This episode we talk about Pet by Akwaeke Emezi! There are lots of spoilers, plus discussions of ambiguity, language and communication, names, family, community, trust, 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
    Announcements
    Matthew is streaming visual novels on Twitch (and archived on YouTube)! Here are some of his favourites Serre (with Meghan) Dungeons & Lesbians (with RJ) This Sunday, August 23rd, at 8pm Eastern Matthew will be joined by the co-hosts of Finish It! Podcast! 12 Gothic Literature Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour) Contest! Win a copy of Pet (the book we discussed in this episode) by sharing this episode (on social media, in an email, wherever) and tagging or otherwise telling us (e.g. screenshot it and email it to us at bookclub4m@gmail.com). The Book We Discussed
    Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Akwaeke Emezi on "Pet" and on Making a Better World for Their Protagonist, a Black Trans Girl Named Jam (Teen Vogue) My America: Akwaeke Emezi on Belonging (American Writers Museum/YouTube) Review: Pet, Akwaeke Emezi (Reading the End) Other Media we Mentioned
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements edited by Adrienne Maree Brown Links, Articles, and Things
    Visual Novel (Wikipedia) Ludo (Labyrinth Wiki) James P. Sullivan (Sully) (Disney Wiki) Sign language (Wikipedia) Igbo Language (Wikipedia) Hark! Podcast 12 Gothic Literature Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Colour) (link)
    Ruby by Cynthia Bond The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones A Visitation of Spirits by Randall Kenan Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Beloved by Toni Morrison The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor Cane by Jean Toomer Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 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, September 1st we’ll be talking about Visual Novels!
    Then on Tuesday, September 15th we’ll be giving an update on media we’ve been consuming that’s not for the podcast.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 106 - Alternative/Alternate History

    Episode 106 - Alternative/Alternate History

    This episode we’re discussing Alternative/Alternate History! We talk about realism and magic, how long ago is history, tropes and when they’re good, why this genre always seems to be about war, and more. Plus Matthew almost gets bingo!
    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 This Month
    The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson (an American writer, Meghan misspoke :/ ) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville Graphic Annotations of China Miéville’s The Last Days of New Paris Batman: Holy Terror by Alan Brennert and Norm Breyfogle (Wikipedia) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Other Media We Mentioned
    The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory What If (comics) (Wikipedia) Elseworlds (Wikipedia) Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson/Andrew Robinson, and Kilian Plunkett/Walden Wong The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard Isanove Milkweed Triptych Series by Ian Tregillis Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Bright: The Apotheosis of Lazy Worldbuilding (Lindsay Ellis video) Shadowrun (Wikipedia) The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon Battle Royale by Koushun Takami PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Wikipedia) Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Volume 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga Links, Articles, and Things
    Alternate History (Wikipedia) Bingo Sheet for the podcast (play along at home!) When is an Alternate History Entertaining, and when is it Harmful? American Civil War alternate histories (Wikipedia) Hypothetical Axis victory in World War II (Wikipedia) List of civil wars (Wikipedia) American exceptionalism (Wikipedia) Surrealism (Wikipedia) Visual Novel Stuff
    Stream 1: Boa Retina and a completely normal dating simulator (just Matthew) Stream 2: Dungeons & Lesbians (Matthew and RJ) Stream 3: Arcade Spirits (just Matthew) Our Twitch channel Our YouTube channel Schedule 15 Alternative History Books by People of Colour
     
    Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes Zulu Heart by Steven Barnes Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus Wild Seed by Octavia Butler The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark The Sea Is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant Dread Nation by Justina Ireland Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson Everfair by Nisi Shawl Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead  
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Suggest new genres or titles!
    Fill out the form to suggest a genre or title! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!
    Join us again on Tuesday, August 18th we’ll be discussing the book Pet by Akwaeke Emezi!
    Then on Tuesday, September 1st we’ll be talking about Visual Novels!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 105 - Summer Reading and Challenges

    Episode 105 - Summer Reading and Challenges

    This episode we’re discussing Summer Reading and Challenges! We talk about summer reading programs, struggling with reading during a pandemic, why we’re bad at naming our podcast, ever expanding to-read lists, 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
    Announcements
    We’ve started doing retrospective lists of books by people of colour for genres we covered  on old episodes. You can find a list of the lists here. Our stream of the visual novel BAKED:MAGIC Bingo sheets for Book Club for Masochists Or try this link 15 Historical Romance Novels by People of Colour (Link)
    An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin Stars in Their Eyes by Pema Donyo A Summer for Scandal by Lydia San Andres The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas The Duchess War by Courtney Milan Unmasked Heart by Vanessa Riley Heart and Hand by Rebel Carter Rebel by Beverly Jenkins Indigo by Beverly Jenkins A Delicate Affair by Lindsay Evans The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Huguley Media we Mentioned
    The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney One of the Calvin and Hobbes comics featuring Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie Munchers (Wikipedia) Play Number Munchers on the Internet Archive  Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark Can't Escape Love by Alyssa Cole Plainsong by Kent Haruf Pet by Akwaeke Emezi Links, Articles, and Things
    Literature Review on the Impact of Summer Reading Clubs Is Matthew talking garbage about gamification? Let us know! Calgary Public Library - Ultimate Summer Challenge BC Summer Reading Club 2020 TD Summer Reading Club: Home A History of Youth Summer Reading Programs in Public Libraries Milk caps (Wikipedia): These are Pogs THAC0 Closed Stack Libraries (Wikipedia) National Magazine Awards 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, August 4th when we’ll be discussing the genre of Alternative History.
    Then on Tuesday, August 18th we’ll be discussing the book Pet by Akwaeke Emezi!

    • 57 min
    Episode 104 - Entertainment Non-Fiction

    Episode 104 - Entertainment Non-Fiction

    This episode we’re discussing Entertainment Non-Fiction! We talk about what does (and doesn’t) count as entertainment, how we’re bad at watching TV, whether people are now turning non-book sources for analysis of media (e.g. watching videos on YouTube), and how many bananas are in a bunch.
    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 This Month
    As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by Paul Fischer Jim Brown: Last Man Standing by Dave Zirin Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms by John Hodgman Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film by Adilifu Nama Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara Reading the Vampire Slayer: An Unofficial Companion to Buffy and Angel edited by Roz Kaveney 15 Entertainment Non-Fiction Books by People of Colour
    Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang by Lamont U-God Hawkins Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies by bell hooks Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric by Madison Moore Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film by Adilifu Nama Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes by Adilifu Nama Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed by Shea Serrano This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone Iwao Takamoto: My Life With A Thousand Characters by Iwao Takamoto EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest by Qiana Whitted Announcements
    The book we’ll all be reading and discussing for episode 107 is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi  Matthew talked about streaming visual novels, and that will hopefully happen, but there’s no pilot episode (yet…).  We’ve started doing lists for each genre by people of colour. You can find a list of the lists here. We’re designing new bingo sheets for the podcast! (Here are the bingo sheets we made for episode 50.) What topics or titles always come up on the podcast? What verbal tics do we have? Let us know! Other Media We Mentioned
    If You're Talking to Me, Your Career Must Be in Trouble: Movies, Mayhem, and Malice by Joe Queenan Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation by Susan J. Napier Pulgasari (Wikipedia) (North Korean giant monster movie) 3 Ninjas (Wikipedia) Mars Attacks! (Wikipedia) Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett Bossypants by Tina Fey Métis in Space Stardew Valley (Wikipedia) Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Wikipedia) The Jackbox Party Pack (Wikipedia) What we completely forgot to mention: 33⅓ (a well-known and popular series of books about specific albums) Links, Articles, and Things
    American Ninja Warrior (Wikipedia) Pedestrianism (Wikipedia) Six-day racing (Wikipedia): Bicycle races Dust-to-Digital (Instagram) Get a Mac (Wikipedia): Ad campaign featuring John Hodgman A bunch of the ads in question Slash fiction (Wikipedia) Ars Technica’s War Stories lonelygirl15 (Wikipedia) Todd in the Shadows

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

corey nelson ,

Like sitting in on a knowledgeable book club

After listening for a year, I have really enjoyed the open discussion that often can vary in perspective. Adds to the quality of the experience with these librarians who are in different areas but share a clear love of books and literature.

CallerofStorms ,

Librarians FTW!

Long time listener, I’m just bad a ratings/reviews. That being said, I’ve really enjoyed how this podcast has evolved over the 2+ years. As a librarian, it’s nice to hear recommendations and ideas from an outside group. Keep up the great work!

DJL Jr. ,

Poorly Informed Podcast

I listened to several episodes of this podcast as I am always trying to find great podcasts over literature. These individuals cover different genres of literature but offer no information for listeners. They do not discuss tropes, elements or great authors in a particular genre. They just make up stuff off the top of their head. Most of them do not even read books from their chosen topic episode. You can only hear “So I read one page of this book...and this type of lit sucks” before you angrily stop listening. Self absorbed poorly researched hosts. A bad podcast.

Top Podcasts In Books

Listeners Also Subscribed To