Join Us For A Live Event on June 20th!

Talking Point at the Freepoint Hotel

Please join us for a live event on Tuesday, June 20th at 7pm at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA! We’ll be in conversation with Meredith Goldstein from the Boston Globe, recording a special live episode where we’ll discuss our podcast process, play some rounds of our favorite games, share some of our most memorable dramatic readings, and answer questions!

The event is free, but please RSVP on EventBrite or by emailing talkingpoint at freepointhotel.com by June 15th!

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Episode 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous

 

Kait, Renata, and their guest KL (@momebie, @LaraEckener) read Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. They’re glad the author hasn’t revealed his identity, because otherwise it might be too hard for us to resist the urge to go egg his house. This is a rambling tale of a man who hates and hurts women and doesn’t get nearly as much comeuppance as we would have preferred. Listen now to find out how much we wish The Rock and/or Wolverine could have saved us from this book!

Content warning: Almost everything imaginable. This book contains child abuse, child sexual abuse, rape, emotional abuse, self-harm, and pretty much every other intense topic you can imagine.

Apologetic note: Apologies for the annoying audio issues in the first half of this episode! Renata had the wrong microphone settings and she is very, very sorry and promises never to do it again.

Promotional note: Come see us live at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA on June 20th at 7pm!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: How ‘Diary of an Oxygen Thief’ Went from Self-Published Obscurity to Bestsellerdom

Candy pairing:  Kait says an expired, moldy Yorkie bar, KL says salt licorice, Renata says chewed up gum stuck to the floor of a bar.

Coming up next: Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal.

 

* 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 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 72 – Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna (of LCARS Librarian and Women Write About Comics) read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It’s a confusing melange of everyone’s favorite YA dystopia tropes, like “love triangle,” “government-sponsored competition,” and “manic pixie blood girl.” Listen now for the return of Fucking, Marrying, Killing, and a discussion of dystopian menstrual blood art!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: This Woman Is Using Her Own Period Blood To Create Beautiful Photographs

Candy pairing:  Anna says red velvet candy corn, Kait says generic grocery store knockoff candy, Renata says Shock Tarts.

Coming up next: Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous.

 

* 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 72 – Red Queen

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 71 – The Shack

The Shack by William Paul Young

 

Kait, Renata, and their guest Dolly (@loather, Withdrawn) read The Shack by William Paul Young. It’s about a man who meets God, but get this, God is a black woman who wants you to call her “Papa”! Did that blow your mind? Don’t worry, God turns back into a man when times get really tough. Please listen to this episode on your next drive out into the middle of nowhere!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: ‘I Have Deep Regrets’: Graphic Artist Who Designed ‘Shack’ Novel Renounces Book

This American Life #304: Heretics

The Shack (2017) on IMDB

Candy pairing:  Dolly says Peeps Oreos, Kait says a chocolate cross, Renata says Cadbury Creme eggs.

Coming up next: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

 

* 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 71 – The Shack

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Looking for a Rock, Paper, Snikt! logo artist!

Hello, best listeners!

As you may be aware, one of our Patreon goals is to have someone create a logo for “The Rock, Paper, Snikt!” that we could potentially offer on merchandise, etc. As we’ve recently hit that milestone, we’re starting to put out feelers to find an artist to commission for that logo. The graphic designer we’re working with for some other logo work suggested reaching out to the fan artist community to see if anyone would be interested in working with us on this, as a fan artist might make for a more dynamic logo given the subject matter.

That’s where you come in! If you would be interested in potentially taking on this paying gig, please send a link to your portfolio to worstbestsellers@gmail.com with the subject link “Rock, Paper, Snikt!” We’ll take a look at people’s portfolios in the next week or so and get back to you soon. We’re pretty flexible–we don’t have a solid idea for this logo in mind and we’re definitely interested to hear what you think.

As always, thanks for listening, and feel free to pass this on to your friends!

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Episode 70 – The Notebook (LIVE at Trident Booksellers!)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Kait, Renata, and their guest Margaret H. Willison (Two Bossy Dames, Appointment Television) read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks for a special live episode recorded at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! If you’re familiar with the movie, you might be surprised at some of the book’s more upsetting twists and turns. If you’re a doctor, you might be surprised to hear that love cures Alzheimer’s! Thanks again to Trident for having us and to everyone who turned out to see our live show!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Photo Roundup from the Live Show

A Brief History of Rachel McAdams’ Time-Traveling Dating Obsession

Nicholas Sparks on The Choice, Religion and Love After Divorce

Legend of Zelda: Lon-Lon Ranch

The Rock: The Notebook 2

Noah’s Crab Hands

Candy pairing:  Kait says fancy candy jewelry, Margaret says Werther’s originals, Renata says Crybabies sour gum.

Coming up next: The Shack by William Paul Young.

 

* 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 70 – The Notebook

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

Continue reading

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