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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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    • 4.6 • 452 Ratings

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 197 – Night of The Living Dummy

    Episode 197 – Night of The Living Dummy

     

    The day has arrived: Renata read her very first Goosebump novel. Courtney Summers, Best Bestselling author of books like The Project and the upcoming I’m The Girl, joined us to discuss Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine. Please rate this episode 10/10 Splats in the Apple Podcasts store.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes:





    Episode #54 – R. L. Stine

    Episode #152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

    Episode #177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

    Slappy the Dummy on Goosebumps Fan Wiki

    ‘A small corner of the internet is obsessed with ‘Long Furbies’ and the creations are both disturbing and hilarious” by Julie Gerstein

    Pangur & Grim

    Coming up next: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

    Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

    As the earth makes another journey around the sun (allegedly), we return to Flashback Summer. Writer Annie Cardi (@AnnieCardi) returned to the show to discuss A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, a formative read for many 90s children who aspired to be psychic marine biologists. Listen on your way to the beach, and make sure to share it with any dolphins who might want to listen in!

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “The World” by Henry Vaughn

    Depresh Mode #61 – Maggie Smith

    “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith

    “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” by Adam Zagajewski

    Mariah Carey Can Speak Dolphin

    Coming up next: Goosebumps #7: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 195 – Get Out Of Your Own Way

    Episode 195 – Get Out Of Your Own Way

     

    Sure, we at Worst Bestsellers have read several self-help books over the years, but you may be asking: what about the men? Oh, you weren’t asking? Well, Dave Hollis (ex-husband of Rachel) is concerned, and he wrote Get Out Of Your Own Way to help men understand that they have problems too. And we made that Margaret Willison‘s problem, as she returned to discuss this book with us. Turn your volume up to bless up!

    Our friends at Porter Square Books hosted us for this virtual live show! If you watched it on Crowdcast: thank you so much for joining us! This is just the audio from that event for those of you who prefer not to see our faces. (The video is still archived and you can watch it here if you’d like. You can also watch the archived video of our previous virtual live show at PSB discussing Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis here.)

    Readers advisory: Here (via Porter Square Books).

    Footnotes: Ally, Ally, Ally, or Ali Slides

    Episode 170 – Didn’t See That Coming

    Episode 144 – Girl, Wash Your Face

    Appointment Television

    Coming up next: A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Episode 194 – The Witcher: The Last Wish

    Episode 194 – The Witcher: The Last Wish

    We asked a djinn to bring us a book that could be adapted into a video game, a Netflix series, and a podcast episode, and we got The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. We were joined by Arielle to discuss this book that, to our great surprise, was actually pretty good–and best of all, didn’t even have a fantasy map in it. Hire a bard to perform this episode for you in your local tavern!

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “What Was Geralt’s Last Wish in The Witcher?” by Sadie Gennis.

    Coming up next: Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 193 – The Maze Runner

    Episode 193 – The Maze Runner

    Every once in awhile it’s nice to read something that’s so bad it truly reminds us why we do what we do. We were joined by Rachel Andelman (of Union Comedy, Improv Boston, 2MB Studios, and Smiling Women Comix) to discuss The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Listen to this episode on your next long, pointless run!

    Content warning: It turns out that James Dashner was dropped by his agent and publisher following accusations of sexual harassment in 2018 and we didn’t find that out until we checked his wiki page at the very end of recording, so sorry for not mentioning that earlier in the episode!

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “Dylan O’Brien Is Ready to Talk About That Accident” by Kyle Buchanan

    I Don’t Even Own a Television #119 – The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner IMDB Trivia

    Coming up next: The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 192 – Catwoman: Soulstealer

    Episode 192 – Catwoman: Soulstealer

    What’s new, pussycat? We were joined by Meredith Goldstein, the Boston Globe’s Love Letters columnist and podcaster (and author of Things That Grow), to discuss Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas. It’s a book about DC’s horniest character written by one of the horniest YA authors of our time, so why was this book so focused on serious medical conditions? Listen to this episode while you prepare for your next gala.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: “Ranking 10 Batman actors from best to worst” by Meredith Goldstein

    Coming up next: The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
452 Ratings

452 Ratings

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SEROTONIN

This podcast makes me so happy. I love the friendship and energy between the two hosts and the games / activities they do after describing the book. It makes me laugh that they always choose Steaks n Cakes no matter what 😂 I also love the guests they bring, and appreciate sweet Duarte’s perspective. 5 stars because this podcast really feels like hanging out with two awesome, smart, funny friends, even if you haven’t read the books. Thanks Kait and Renata!! Keep it up!

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Why is Maze Runner on here?!!!!

After I saw this I just stopped listening
Because maze runner is THE BEST!

curioatlas ,

Better than my meds

This podcast single-handedly cured my adult-onset illiteracy.

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