Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kait and Renata decided to treat themselves to the gift of Nora Roberts. They read Whiskey Beach with special Galentine pal (and mother of Renata), Susan. Although Duarte didn’t like this one as much as our last experience with Nora, the cougariffic Black Hills, it was still a welcome respite from the usual garbage we read. Join us for the romantic story of a man who totally didn’t murder his wife falling in love with his quirky crime-solving housekeeper/masseuse/yoga instructor/jewelry designer. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Nora Roberts enjoys describing home decor!

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Footnotes: Episode #28 – Black Hills 

North Shore vs South Shore

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”’ by Nathan Rabin

Candy pairing: Kait says cinnamon toast, Renata says Gibraltars, Susan says Snickers.

Coming up next: Angels Fall by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 91 – Warriors

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Warrior cats, come out to play! Librarian Sam joined us Twolegs podcasters to discuss Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter, the first volume of the long, complex, deeply upsetting Warriors series. We jumped into the jam-packed dramatis fursonae of feral cats fighting over the best sunbeams in the woods and were shocked at their prejudice toward housecats. Warning: we do not recommend letting your pets listen to this episode.

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Footnotes: What Warrior Cats Clan Do You Belong In? quiz

Warriors Wikipedia entry

MBMBaM – Warriors Cat Names

Does The Dog Die? Dot Com

Candy pairing: Kait says Ice Mice, Renata says Wild Berry Skittles, Sam says Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

Coming up next: Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 90.5 – A Queer Chat About Martians and Venusians

If all Venusians communicate so easily, why is Kait so garbage at asking girls out? That’s just one of the questions John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus tire fire left unanswered from a queer perspective, so Kait rounded up a few of her queer friends to talk about why this book is extra garbage if you don’t conform to the cisgender, heterosexual societal norm. Join Kait, Wren, and Red as they have a collective rage aneurysm and make a lot of dumb queer jokes about the Mars/Venus designation. Will Wren and Red actually remain friends with Kait after she made them read this nonsense book? Listen to this bonus episode to find out!

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Episode 90 – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

We wanted to start the new year off with a self-help book, so we teamed up with Jolenta and Kristen from By the Book, a podcast where they try out living by self-help books, and read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray. We’re glad Jolenta and Kristen already tried out John Gray’s advice, because we would hate to even think about living by his gender essentialist nonsense. Make sure to download this before you retreat to your Woman Well or Man Cave, because everyone knows the wifi down there is terrible.

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Footnotes: By The Book: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

This American Life #291 – Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

How To Talk To Babies About Gender Theory” by Mallory Ortberg

“Solved: Do Men Cry? Do Women Defecate?” by Amy Collier

Captain Awkward 

Savage Love

Candy pairing: Jolenta says rock candy, Kait says gin, Kristen says circus peanuts,  Renata says astronaut ice cream.

Coming up next: Warriors: Into the Wild  by Erin Hunter

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 90 – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

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Episode 89 – Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 2, Adult & Graphic Novels)

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2017 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 2017, 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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Episode 88 – Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2017 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 2017, 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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Episode 87 – The Christmas Caramel Murder

The Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke

‘Tis the season…for murder. Mystery enthusiast Kelsey joined us to discuss the Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke, a cozy mystery starring amateur detective/baker Hannah Swensen. It’s a heartwarming story featuring one murder and a lot of recipes. Plus, the casual introduction of our new least favorite cocktail: hot lemonade! Happy holidays from Worst Bestsellers! We really hope you don’t get murdered! PS Sorry some of us got so drunk on hot lemonade.

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Footnotes: Christmas Caramels and Other Murder Foods (our attempts at cooking these recipes)

Hot lemonade recipe

Hot Kool-Aid

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 (the zine issue)

Murder on the Menu: A Feast of Cozy Food Mysteries

Candy pairing: Kait says strawberry hard candies, Kelsey says Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Renata says hot lemonade.

Coming up next: Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

 

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