Episode 64 – Bests & Worsts of 2016 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2016 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites! Please note:

  • We counted things that we read in 2016, regardless of publication year.
  • We didn’t count anything that we read specifically for this podcast, so our worst books are aside from those.
  • For that reason, we picked top 5 favorites and only 1 least favorite–we have this whole podcast to talk about bad books, so for these episodes we’re choosing to focus on the positive!
  • Some of our “worsts” are really just “least best.” Listen to the podcast to hear more detail!

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No New Episode Again!

Happy New Year, Best Listeners!

Sorry to report that we have to push our Best of 2016 episode back a little further, still! Renata is still sick, and with all of the holiday travel and work, we’re still a little behind. We hope to have the next episode up VERY SOON, and we apologize for the continued delay. We’ve worked really hard the past 2+ years to try and deliver our episodes on time, but, unfortunately, life happens! In 2017, we’re going to try and work on creating a backlog so this doesn’t happen again.

In the meantime, send your best health wishes to Renata (hint: cute cats delivered via Twitter are the best medicine, followed by compliments to Duarte) and revisit some of our most popular episodes!

Episode 01: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Episode 58: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Episode 19: Modelland by Tyra Banks

Episode 31: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Episode 12: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Episode 21: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Episode 60: Dark World by Zak Bagans

Episode 17: Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews

Episode 46: Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Episode 15: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

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No New Episode This Week

Apologies, best listeners! In case you didn’t see it on social media–there’s no new episode this week due to illness & injury. We did write up a couple of blog posts to tide you over until we can get our Best of 2016 podcast episodes up and running!

We hope you enjoy them! Happy holidays, and we’ll be back soon!

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Bonus Episode I – Christian Mingle The Movie

Christian Mingle the Movie

Thanks to our generous Patreon supporters, our editor Becca joined us to watch Christian Mingle The Movie for our first Patreon Goal bonus episode! Our longtime sponsor Christian Mingle inspired this romantic comedy; meanwhile, our Patreon patrons sponsored the Straw-Ber-Ritas we got drunk on while we watched it. If you don’t like it when we laugh at our own jokes, you are gonna hate this episode! If you are Stephen Tobolowsky: we’re sorry. Make yourself a steak and/or cake and enjoy this episode!

Footnotes: Stephen Tobolowsky on IMDB

Christian Mingle on IMDB

A Brief History of Lex Luthor’s Cake Stealing Ways

Steaks n Cakes

Hank Schrader's Serial Killer Chalkboard

Hank Schrader’s Serial Killer Chalkboard

 

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Episode 63 – The Immortal Nicholas

The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck

The holidays are upon us, and that, unfortunately, means that Caitlin read The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck with us. We have to admit–we liked it a lot better than we liked The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (who has shocked us all by getting moderately woke since the publication of these books)! But The Christmas Sweater was the most soul-crushing book we’ve ever read, so that’s a very low bar to clear. Tune in now to hear us make sense of this Biblical hurt/comfort fanfiction that somehow is supposed to be a heartwarming story to read to your good Christian children at bedtime! Happy holidays from Worst Bestsellers!

Note: Apologies for the audio issues with this episode! Our noble editor Becca did her best to salvage it, and we’re going to do our best to investigate and resolve the underlying causes. (It’s probably ghosts.)

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “Nicholas Was” by Neil Gaiman

Comedy Bang! Bang! – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar Rap

Glenn Beck Says Voting for Hillary is a ‘Moral, Ethical Choice’

Glenn Beck Becoming a Voice of Reason is More Surprising Than Donald Trump Becoming President

Glenn Beck: Empathy for Black Lives Matter

Ophios Pteros (Winged Serpents)

Krampus on Wikipedia

 Candy pairing: Caitlin says white chocolate Kit-Kats, Kait says an orange in your stocking, Renata says Christmas peppermint nougats.

Coming up next: Bests & Worsts of 2016, Part 1

 

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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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Readers Advisory: Episode 63 – The Immortal Nicholas

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 62 – Outlander Kitchen

Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders

With American Thanksgiving approaching, we wanted to make sure we had enough #herbs on hand, so we had Lucky Peach cookbook reviewer Paula Forbes read Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders with us! Based on a blog based on the book series based on Doctor Who fanfiction, the cookbook actually made more sense to us than the first Outlander book did. Pour yourself an overly-elaborate cocktail, harvest your #herbs, and join our dinner party!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: OutlanderKitchen.com

What is a spurtle and how to cook with it

Meet the author bringing the recipes of Westeros and Warcraft to our world

Elven lembas bread recipe

 Candy pairing: Kait says goat cheese, Paula says fun-size Snickers, Renata says herbs.

Coming up next: The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck.

 

* 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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Readers Advisory: Episode 62 – Outlander Kitchen

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 61 – The Bridges of Madison County

Kait, Renata, and their guest Lyette read the Fifty Shades of Grey of the 90s, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Like Fifty Shades, this book reminded us that women need men (or lizard people) to teach them about their sexualities, and also that men are garbage. Listen now to learn about bridges, antique cameras, and the worst possible inheritance your mom could leave you!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Brings Iowa to Broadway

A Big Year for ‘Bridges’

“This is Not My Beautiful House” by Kim France

Dar Williams – Iowa

Adventure Cats

 Candy pairing: Kait says a chocolate rose, Lyette says Necco wafers, Renata says applesauce souffle.

Coming up next: Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders.

 

* 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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Readers Advisory: Episode 61 – The Bridges of Madison County

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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