Episode 58 – Eclipse

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

It’s been two years since our very first episode, when Caroline of Fantastic Fangirls read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And one year since we read New Moon!) And now we’ve added Danielle to our crew to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking game discuss the third book in the saga, Eclipse. Even though not that much happens in this book, and there are barely any Civil War vampire scenes, we couldn’t stop talking about it, and we hope you enjoy listening to it! Thanks to all our Best Listeners for two great years!

Readers advisory: Twilight

New Moon

Eclipse

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Footnotes: Another Look at Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight

American Indians in Children’s Literature on Twilight

Sucking The Quileute Dry

Truth Versus Twilight

Running With The Wolves: A Racialicious Reading of Twilight

Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

Candy pairing:  Caroline says Nerds, Danielle says Pop Tarts, Kait says Mike and Ikes, Renata says Twizzlers.

Coming up next: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 58 – Eclipse

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth! See also: our readers advisory for Twilight and our readers advisory for New Moon.

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Episode 57 – The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass 

Kait, Renata, and their guest Sophi received special hand-delivered invitations to discuss The Selection by Kiera Cass. Imagine a combination of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, but then throw that combination in the trash and read a J. Crew catalog instead, and that’s The Selection. The worldbuilding and characters make no sense, and yet somehow…we loved it even more than Prince Maxon of Illea loves America Singer? We can’t explain it, but we all accepted this rose, and we hope you will too.

Readers advisory: Here.

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Footnotes: The Selection caste system

The Selection map

Rose Buddies podcast

The Selection CW promo

Yes, The CW Passed on The Selection

 Candy pairing:  Kait says a fancy lollipop, Renata says cotton candy, Sophi says rock candy.

Coming up next: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (and the return of the Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game!)

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 57 – The Selection

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Episode 56 – Angels Watching Over Me

Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel

Out of the sadness cave and into the pediatric hospital, Renata has returned to join Kait and Eryn for the final book of Flashback Summer, Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel. We went back to a time before WebMD and The Fault in Our Stars, back when tweens had to cry over a romance between an English girl who doesn’t know she has cancer and an Amish boy who doesn’t know what candy bars are. We also learned about the dangers of spider bites. PSA: if you can’t find your Kleenex, maybe an angel stole it?

Readers advisory: Here.

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Footnotes: Everything Hurts: A Slurlene McDaniel Review

I Was Obsessed With YA Cancer Novels Long Before The Fault In Our Stars

Lifted Up By Angels plot summary

Until Angels Close My Eyes plot summary

Lurlene McDaniel Fanfiction

 Candy pairing:  Eryn says buckeyes, Kait says vinegar candy, Renata says Milky Ways.

Coming up next: The Selection by Kiera Cass.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 56 – Angels Watching Over Me

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Episode 55 – Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Craven Cove The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Sigma Seven 
 

Kait, Becca, and their guests Anna of Bellwether Friends and Holly of TopatoCo continue Flashback Summer by trying to solve the mystery of the missing entertainment after slogging through Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Craven Cove and The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Sigma Seven. Will they discover why they read so many of these books as kids? Will they uncover the secret to why these series are so long-lasting? Will they deduce the three basic personality types of all teenagers in series mystery books? (Spoiler alert: no, no, yes.)

Readers advisory: Here.

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Footnotes: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys YouTube Playlist

Nancy Drew TV Show Not Happening Because It’s ‘Too Female’

Hardy Boys Online

A Nancy Drew Ghostwriter on the Art of Being “Carolyn Keene” and the Evolution of Nancy Drew in a More Feminist Age

15 Mysterious Facts About the Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew in Starlight

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children’s Fiction

Nancy Drew by Kate Beaton: 1 2 3 4 5

The Original Ghostwriter Behind Nancy Drew Was One of The Most Interesting YA Writers of All Time

 Candy pairing:  Kait says old-timey penny candy, Becca says Three Musketeers, Anna says Twix and Bit O’ Honey, Holly says candy buttons.

Coming up next: Angels to Watch Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel.

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Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

Goosebumps: A Night in Terror Tower by RL Stine Fear Street: The Face by RL Stine 
With Renata still in her Sadness Cave, Kait, Becca, and their guest Sarah took advantage of her absence to talk about Goosebumps and Fear Street. Join us on a trip back to Scholastic Book Fairs past, which is much more fun than taking a trip back to a torture chamber in vaguely medieval times. Just be careful not to DIE!!!!

Chapter Two: …of boredom, because it turns out not much happens in these books, despite the cliffhanger shoved in every five pages.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Goosebumps television theme song

Monster Edition: Goosebumps fanzine

Welcome to the Dead House by Rebecca Mock

Review of the Goosebumps movie

Goosebumps the movie is streaming on Netflix

RL Stine AMAs – 2013, 2016

A Definitive Ranking of Ever Goosebumps Cover by Creepiness

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Season One on Amazon | Later seasons on YouTube

Ross Hull (Gary on Are You Afraid of the Dark?) is a weatherman now

 Candy pairing:  Kait says Creepy Crawlers Edibles, Becca says Caramel Apple Pops, Sarah says Warheads.

Coming up next: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

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