Episode 83 – Handbook for Mortals

Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem

Kelly Jensen (Book Riot editor, co-host of Book Riot’s Hey YA podcast, & editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World) joined us for the 23-hour bestseller, Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem. We’re so glad that CSI: YA solved this case and brought the book off the bestseller list, because, wow, it is not good. Join us for a story about a girl who’s pretty, but not, like, too pretty? But pretty enough that her magick (with a k) brings all the boys to the yard, including Wayne Newton and Carrot Top. For real: Carrot Top is in the yard. Enjoy!

Readers advisory: Here.

Special note: If you’re reading this the day it comes out, 10/9/17, it’s the last day to enter our raffle to benefit hurricane relief for Puerto Rico! (If you’re reading this in the future: greetings. Sorry you missed our raffle.)

Footnotes:  Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?

The Story of Lani Sarem & Her Handbook for Mortals Is Peak White Entitlement

The Making (and Unmaking) of a 23-Hour New York Times Best Seller

Author Removed From New York Times Best-Seller List Fires Back at Critics

The Story Of “My Immortal” Is More Wild And Heartbreaking Than You Imagined

My Immortal memoir canceled: Author says she’s been ‘branded a liar’

Candy pairing:  Kait says Raven’s Revenge, Kelly says Fun Dip, Renata says a stolen maraschino cherry.

Coming up next: Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom.

 

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Worst Disaster Relief

As you’re no doubt aware, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the need for aid is dire. Every little bit we can give helps. Team Worst Bestsellers (Renata, Kait, and Becca) gave all of October’s Patreon earnings ($266.22) to the Hispanic Foundation’s Unidos Hurricane Relief Fund. Thanks to our Patreon patrons for making this possible!

Hurricane Relief donationof $266.22

We know many of our listeners have already donated too, or are planning to when they can. So, inspired by works like the Pub for PR auction, we’d like to give back to you all as well.

If you’ve donated any amount to any kind of hurricane relief effort (if you’re not sure where to donate, we recommend Celeste Pewter’s list of organizations), email proof (screencap, forwarded receipt, or whatever) to worstbestsellers at gmail dot com with the subject line “Hurricane Relief”, and we’ll enter you in a raffle (powered by Random Picker) to win a Worst Bestsellers prize package inspired by our upcoming episode about Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom including:

Assorted Lizzie Borden postcards and magnets"I slept at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast" magnet

  • an “I Slept at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast” magnet
  • a Lizzie Borden postcard of your choice from Kait & Renata
  • a candy pairing of your choice
  • a $20 Amazon gift certificate (so you can buy yourself a copy of Lizzie Borden…or any other book of your choice)

We’ll also send Lizzie Borden postcards to 5 runners up. This offer is open to international listeners. American listeners can get 2 entries if they also call an elected official to request federal aid for Puerto Rico (we recommend Celeste Pewter’s scripts) and mention that in their email to us.

We’ll accept entries from Monday October 2nd-Monday October 9th, 2017, and will announce our winners on Tuesday, October 10th. (Donations may have been made prior to October 2nd to be eligible for our raffle, but should be after September 20th.)

Our thoughts are with Puerto Rico, as well as everyone else affected by the recent natural disasters. We’re proud to be part of a community that gives back.

 

Update 10/10/17: We’ve drawn our winners! Thanks so much to everyone who contributed, and congratulations to:

Prize Winner
1: Lizzie Borden prize pack Alan Y.
2: Lizzie Borden postcard Ben S.
2: Lizzie Borden postcard Devin M.
2: Lizzie Borden postcard Melinda B.
2: Lizzie Borden postcard Trina M.
2: Lizzie Borden postcard Danielle W.

 

 

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Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

 

It’s been three years since our very first episode, when Carrie read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And two years since we read New Moon and one year since we read Eclipse!) We’re back to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking game and drunkenly discuss the final book in the saga, Breaking Dawn. It’s a book with something for everyone–a wedding, a horrifyingly graphic birth scene, a baby, a werewolf pack schism, and a vampire named Renata. Thanks to all our Best Listeners for three great years of terrible books!

Readers advisoryTwilight

New Moon

Eclipse

Footnotes:  Bonus Episode – Twilight Movies (Patreon patrons only)

Iron Wine – “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” (Breaking Dawn wedding song)

We Might Be Getting More ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ Movies

Great Comet’s Creator Still Can’t Believe How His Show Ended

Renata Batteries

How Did This Get Made? #27 – Breaking Dawn Part 1

How Did This Get Made? #50 – Breaking Dawn Part 2

Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

Candy pairing:  Carrie says Lik-M-Aid, Kait says Jordan almonds, Renata says Doritos.

Coming up next: Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem.

 

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Episode 81 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Kait and Renata decided to take a break from sexy vampires and learn some more about our nation’s history, so they asked KL (@momebie@LaraEckener) to read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith with them. They learned that white people are bad and vampires are even worse. Tuck your headphones under your stovepipe hat and listen now!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “I Don’t Want To Watch Slavery Fan-Fiction” by Roxane Gay

Queer as a Five Dollar Bill by Lee Wind

Was Lincoln Bisexual? by Gore Vidal

Lincoln the Lover by Wilma Frances Minor

Worst Bestsellers #46 – Killing Lincoln

How Did This Get Made #108 – Con Air with Seth Grahame-Smith

Candy pairing:  Kait says wax vampire fangs, KL says root beer barrels, Renata says old timey stick candy.

Coming up next: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 81 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

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Episode 80 – Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

 

Out of the coffin and into the world of Bon Temps! Kristin May joined us to read Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the show True Blood. Despite the troubling trend of Confederate vampires and the overabundance of heterosexuality, this book had a lot of over-the-top drama for us to sink our teeth into–and, even better, a lot of paperwork for us to fill out.

Thank you note: Thanks so much to our Patreon sponsors for choosing this book for us to read in our first annual Patreon poll!

Patreon shout-out: Devin encourages you to visit the Wayne State University Museum of Anthropology and Planetarium, newly under the direction of his sister Megan!

Content warning: This book has light mentions of child sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Buffy Failed: ‘True Blood’ and the Accommodation of Vampires by Jon Stratton

The Trials, Tribulations & Turning of True Blood’s Tara Thornton

‘Redliners’ Drama Based On Charlaine Harris Works Gets NBC Pilot Order

Dracula vs. The Marvel Universe: 14 Times The Lord of The Undead Fought Superheroes!

Candy pairing:  Kait says candy blood, Kristin says a Take5 bar, Renata says beignets.

Coming up next: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 80 – Dead Until Dark

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Episode 79 – Dark Archer

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

In a crossover event worthy of the CW itself, the Bellwether Friends, Anna & Alene, joined us to discuss the Arrow tie-in graphic novel The Dark Archer, written by Kait’s nemesis John Barrowman (and Carole Barrowman) with art by Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran. Are you fan of the CW’s Arrow? Well, too bad, because this comic contains none of the characters you love from that show, only John Barrowman. Alternately, have you never seen Arrow? Don’t worry, neither has Kait, and she understood this comic just as well as everyone else did. (None of us understood this comic at all because it’s extremely convoluted.)

Spoiler warning: This episode contains some spoilers for previous seasons of Arrow, except not really because Renata cannot reliably remember anything that actually ever happened on that show.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Arrow Wiki page for Malcolm Merlyn

Arrow Wiki page for Nanda Parbat

Podcast-strology: WBS’s Compatibility with Bellwether Friends

Dramatic Reading Panels: (click to embiggen)

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The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

That Sideboob Tho

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

Renata’s Future Tattoo

Candy pairing:  Alene says bulk chocolate fake M&Ms, Anna says a Choco Taco, Kait says Cool Ranch Doritos, Renata says a jawbreaker with a gummy dino.

Coming up next: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 79 – Dark Archer

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