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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 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.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: You’re Wrong About: Michelle Remembers.

    The Shrink Next Door podcast

    “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.

     

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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 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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    Episode 180 – The Dark Knight Returns

    Episode 180 – The Dark Knight Returns

    We’ve read a lot of popular books over the years, but this episode might be the one most likely to make men on the internet yell at us. Oh well! We’ve already read The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley and there’s no turning back now. Phillip Mottaz, author of The Murderous Haircut of the Mayor of Bel Air, joined us at the local dump to discuss this extremely influential–perhaps too influential–Batman graphic novel.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: Squirrel Girl on Dump Teens

    Bruno on the Batman Wiki

    “What was the conflict between Green Arrow and Superman that lead him to lose his hand?” on Quora

    “Frank Miller: ‘I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things'” by Sam Thielman

    Coming up next: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer.

     

    * 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.)

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 179 – Slayer

    Episode 179 – Slayer

    Flashback Summer is over, and yet we’re still talking about a TV show that ended almost 20 years ago. We were joined by Buffy enthusiast Talia to discuss Slayer by Kiersten White, a YA book set in the world of a TV show that ended before today’s teens were born. It’s a publishing choice that confuses us, but hey–the book itself is pretty good! Listen to this episode to get your blood pumping before vampire fight club.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: Gwendolyn Post on the Buffy Wiki

    Merrick on the Buffy Wiki

    “Kiersten White answers all your burning ‘Slayer’ questions” by Karen Rought

    Coming up next: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley.

     

    * 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.)

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 178 – Halloween Rain

    Episode 178 – Halloween Rain

     

    Flashback Summer has moved past our time with the Baby-Sitters Club to revisit another enterprising teen girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We read a vintage Buffy tie-in novel, Halloween Rain by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, with our guest THE Meredith Goldstein, the Boston Globe’s Love Letters columnist and author of books like Things That Grow and Can’t Help Myself. This book may contradict established Buffy canon, but at least it also has some very dated pop culture references in it! Play this episode over the sound system at the Bronze.

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Footnotes: Sunnydale Mall on the Buffyverse wiki

    Slayerfest 98 podcast

    “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby

    “Nightmare Before Christmas‘ Sally Gets to Shine in a New YA Novel From Shea Ernshaw” by James Whitbrook

    Coming up next: Slayer by Kiersten White.

     

    * 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.)

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

    Episode 177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

     

    The Baby-Sitters Club’s worst nightmare was a dream come true for us, as Courtney Summers, best-bestselling author of books like The Project and Sadie, joined us to discuss The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2: Baby-Sitters Beware by Ann M. Martin. Courtney identified this title as a formative book for her, and you simply can’t argue with the results that have come from this foundation. Listen to this in the station wagon on your way to Shadow Lake!

    Readers advisory: Here.

    Number of stars: Ten **********

    Footnotes: Nola Thacker on the BSC Wiki

    Michelle Kwan Presents Skating Dreams series

    Coming up next: Halloween Rain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer series) by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder.

     

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

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

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421 Ratings

421 Ratings

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