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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 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
    Episode 103 - Battle of the Books 2020

    Episode 103 - Battle of the Books 2020

    Battle of the Books 2020! It’s the one time a year that we all read the same book! We each pitch a title and our listeners vote and decide on which it will be. Our possibilities include Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord, My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet, and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.
    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
    Which book should we all read?
    Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (RJ’s pick) Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (Meghan’s pick) My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet (Anna’s pick) An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Matthew’s pick)
     
    Vote for which book we all read! (deadline is July 1st)  
    Our Shortlists
    RJ Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey Circe by Madeline Miller The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa Anna Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks Matthew Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch  Meghan Normal People by Sally Rooney The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Burnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Other Media we Mentioned
    Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (the 1000 page, one sentence book) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red by Martha Wells Links, Articles, and Things
    Episode 079 - Which Book Should We Read? (our “book pitch” episode from last year, includes shortlists) Episode 083 - The Fifth Season (our “we all read the same book” episode from last year) Domestic Fiction (encylopedia.com) A writer chronicles her “time among the whites” (Vox) Another Thing the Book Burning at Georgia Southern Reveals (Inside Higher Ed) Jennine Capó Crucet and Post-Trump Latinx Literature (Los Angeles Review of Books) Hark! (RJ’s winter holiday music podcast) Bingo sheets!
    The bingo sheets we made for episode 50.  What should we add to updated bingo sheet? 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, July 7th we’ll be talking about the genre of Entertainment (Non-Fiction)!
    Then on Tuesday, July 21st we’ll be discussing Summer Reading/Challenges!

    • 41 min
    Episode 102 - Literary Fiction

    Episode 102 - Literary Fiction

    This episode we’re discussing Literary Fiction! We talk about books that win awards, writing as art, reading books because other people think they’re good, whether YA literary fiction exists, literary fiction vs literary merit, real vs unreal reading, the pandemic allowing us to check out quick read books for months at a time, the BDSM awards, bookshelf bragging, 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
    Things We Read This Month
     
    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler Spoilers for this book in the podcast! A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion Plainsong by Kent Haruf On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong Other Media We Mentioned
    Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher Us Conductors by Sean Michaels The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Lord of the Flies by William Golding A Separate Peace by John Knowles The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt White Noise by Don DeLillo Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf Loose Time by RJ Edwards (won the 2019 National Magazine Award for fiction) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin Links, Articles, and Things
    Literary Fiction Readers' Advisory with Meghan Savage Literary Fiction guide Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction Is Literary Fiction Elitist?  Forget Literary Fiction. Is Reading Anything Elitist? Yes, literature is elitist… thank God! Crepuscular (definition) Magic realism (Wikipedia) Speculative fiction (Wikipedia) Washoe (chimpanzee) (Wikipedia) National Geographic, June, 1980 (Living With Orangutans) Bookcase Credibility (@BCredibility) (Twitter) Lego Treehouse that Matthew and Anna built Here’s a photo of someone else’s copy of the Young Animal poster that Anna mentioned 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, June 16th we’ll each be pitching a book we think all of us should read and discuss on the podcast! You get to vote!
    Then on Tuesday, July 7th we’ll be talking about the genre of Entertainment (Non-Fiction)!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 101 - Comfort Reads

    Episode 101 - Comfort Reads

    This episode we’re talking about Comfort Reads! We discuss what makes something a comfort read, re-reading books, Animal Crossing, nostalgia, horror movies, problematic faves, listening to music on repeat, and more! Plus: Special guest stars galore!
    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
    Comfort Reads Discussed
    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Dear Prudence (and the other Slate advice columns) Captain Awkward Carolyn Hax Ask A Manager Dear Sugar Dumbing of Age by David Willis Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran YU + ME = Dream by Megan Rose Gedris Books by Tamora Pierce Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling The Others series by Anne Bishop Books by Mary Roach Books by Sarah Vowell Books by David Sedaris Get Fuzzy series by Darby Conley Read online Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson Read online Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson  Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road edited by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell Discworld series by Terry Pratchett Desert Island Discworld podcast Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce Comfort Reads Mentioned by Our Guests
    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder Includes Night Highway 99 Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and others. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North and Erica Henderson Pastwatch series by Orson Scott Card Homecoming Saga by Orson Scott Card
     
    (Thank you to  Inti, Kelsey, Helen, Jean, and Sam!)  
    Other Media we Mentioned
    Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake Anne of Green Gables (1985 film) (Wikipedia) Jack Reacher series by Lee Child Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed Diablo (Wikipedia) Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Wikipedia) Books We Discovered Because of the Podcast
    Red Spider White Web by Misha Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede Your Republic Is Calling You by Young-Ha Kim The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson Links, Articles, and Things
    ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) (Wikipedia) HEA stands for “Happily Ever After” Audio Cassette Tape Open Close Play Stop by Bertrof Episode 089 - Other People’s Faves (that we do not like) The Besties Podcast: Animal Crossing New Horizons will save us all! Suggest new genres or titles!
    Fill out the form to suggest genres! Send Us Your Comfort Reads!
    Email them to bookclub4m@gmail.com! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!
    Join us again on Tuesday, June 2nd we’ll be discussing the genre of Literary Fiction.
    Then on Tuesday, June 16th we’ll each be pitching a book we think all of us should read and discuss on the podcast! You get to vote!

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

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