Episode 100 – Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books over the years, so we weren’t surprised when it won our listener poll for the 100th episode. We were surprised by how it was almost exactly like all the parodies of it we saw on Twitter. Thanks to all our listeners for helping us make it to 100 episodes! We love you all so much we want to stand in your yards and play this episode on a boombox.

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Footnotes: John Mulaney explains Back to the Future

The 6 Most Absurd Product Placements in Video Game History

Monster Factory: The Boy Mayor of Second Life

Monster Factory: Second Life, Second Chances

DM’s Deep Dive: D&D Economics

Grandma Shirley Plays Skyrim

Candy pairing:  Becca says Skittles, Kait says Airheads,  Renata says the description of a sugar molecule.

Coming up next: The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville.

 

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Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Y’all know TFW you’re an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you’re also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love Letters column and podcast, knows all about that feel, so we invited her to discuss A Court of Wings and Ruin, as well as the rest of Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses YA fantasy series.  If you take a drink every time we mix up the titles of these books, then you probably won’t notice all the times we mess up the characters’ names!

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Footnotes: What Happened in A Court of Thorns and Roses?

What Happened in A Court of Mist and Fury?

“The Mate Rules” in Sarah J. Maas’s series

Candy pairing:  Kait says a bag of trail mix with gummy penises, Meredith says cotton candy, Renata says edible underwear.

Coming up next: Our 100th Episode – book TBD!

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Episode 98 – Unmasked

Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Wbber

Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn’t have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir UnmaskedJoin us to learn more than we ever wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s child bride, and not as much as Duarte wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cats. We apologize in advance for all the earworms.

Special note: Our 100th episode is coming up! Please vote on what we should read for the occasion.

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Footnotes: Renata’s Highly Subjective Audio-Visual Guide to the World of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit House of Lords due to Brexit making his schedule ‘impossibly’ busy

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Andrew Lloyd Webber Rap

Comedy Bang! Bang!: John C. Reilly, Ice-T, & Andrew Lloyd Webber Call in from a Hot Air Balloon

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “MUSICAL; THEATRE” with guests THE BOTH (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Episode 1

Candy pairing:  Ashley says Trolli Sour Brite Blasts, Kait says a themed Broadway cocktail in a souvenir sippy cup, Stacey says Riesens, Renata says sherbet lemons.

Coming up next: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 98 – Unmasked

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Episode 97 – Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It’s also the story of a boy’s inexplicable love of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.  Tune in now to get your recommended daily allowance of Inspirational Quotes!

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Footnotes: Review of Wonder, written by Mike Moody for Disability in KidLit

On Wonder by Mindy R.

What “Wonder” Gets Wrong About Disfigurement and Craniofacial Disorders by Ariel Henley

“I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” by Stella Young

Children’s Craniofacial Association: About Treacher Collins Syndrome

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’ by Lauren Barack

About R. J. Palacio

Worst Bestsellers #2 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Candy pairing:  Angie says Werther’s Originals, Kait says McDonald’s apple slices,  Renata says sketchy charity candy.

Coming up next: Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

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Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we read Alyssa Cole’s first Reluctant Royals romance, A Princess in Theory, with the 2016 Romance Writers Association librarian of the year, Robin Bradford. Although this book has a slightly silly premise–namely, what if spam emails insisting that you’re betrothed to the prince of a small African nation were real–we loved it, just as much as Prince Thabiso loves his lost love Naledi. Join us to be reminded that love is real, even if neither Thesolo nor Wakanda are.

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Footnotes: Fanfiction 101

Library Journal Movers & Shakers: Robin Bradford

Candy pairing:  Kait says homemade macarons,  Renata says King Size Skittles, Robin says a 100 Grand Bar.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

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