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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 162 – The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1)

    Episode 162 – The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1)

    Like a newborn vampire, we’re always thirsty for more supernatural teen drama around here. We turned to a finely-aged vintage, The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1) by L. J. Smith, and we were thrilled to be joined by Lily Sparks (@lilyroro), … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 161 – The Wig, The Bitch, And The Meltdown

    Episode 161 – The Wig, The Bitch, And The Meltdown

    We read a semi-fictional, semi-self-published, completely bonkers book about the inner workings of the reality show Model Muse which is, of course, legally distinct from the long-running reality show America’s Next Top Model. Bestselling author and ANTM superfan Mackenzi Lee … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 160 – Wait Till Helen Comes

    Episode 160 – Wait Till Helen Comes

    It’s spooky season, so we revisited a classic of our childhoods: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. It was a nice change of pace to read a competently-written book, so we had to spend most of our time … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 159 – The First Time

    Episode 159 – The First Time

    We read The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking For Love on Reality TV by Colton Underwood with our special guest Rebecca Kim Wells (@RebeccaWriting), Bachelor fan and the author of Shatter The Sky and Storm The Earth. If you … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 158 – Midnight Sun

    Episode 158 – Midnight Sun

    There’s a lot that’s bad about 2020, but hey, we’ve made it to our 6th anniversary! We are feeling extremely #blessed that Stephenie Meyer saw fit to release Midnight Sun just in time for this momentous occasion. Even so, we … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 157 – I Know This Much Is True

    Episode 157 – I Know This Much Is True

    Think of the saddest thing you can imagine. No, sadder. Make it fifty times sadder. Okay, you are in the vicinity of comprehending the levels of tragedy porn Wally Lamb has packed into his novel I Know This Much Is True. … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

camille93ellimac ,

Can’t stop listening!

This is a new favorite! I just discovered this podcast a few days ago and have listened to a bunch of episodes. Funny and insightful discussions with a great group of hosts and guests! I enjoy episodes even when I haven’t read the book. So happy they have a ton of episodes out since I will be burning through them!

AParmesan ,

My favorite “mean” podcast

I love that the hosts aren’t afraid to talk about both bad writing and bad representation/effects of some of the best sellers. But they also talk about things that worked in the books and parts that they loved! It’s a good mix of genuine analysis and enthusiasm, as well as dunking on the more ridiculous parts of the books. Very funny! Plus, Duarte’s corner brings an important cat perspective to the show.

anniebel7 ,

Love your show

Thank you for explaining the rage headache that is Rachel Hollis. Maybe you could revisit either her other book or Dave’s trash book in light of their divorce news? Their divorce just highlights how inauthentic they are as they sold thousands of tickets to their marriage retreats over the past few years.

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