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.

Readers advisory: Here.

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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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.

Readers advisoryHere.

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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Readers Advisory: Episode 87 – The Christmas Caramel Murder

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Episode 86 – The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr

The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr by Anonymous

 

Since Alex & Eliza left us unsatisfied, we decided to read some anonymously-written 19th century erotica. And who better to accompany us for The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr than Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Bygone Badass Broads? This is not the most erotic book we’ve ever read for the podcast, but it is definitely the oldest and possibly the most fat-positive. Join us as we learn about exactly how reliable with the ladies Aaron Burr was.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Barnes & Noble edition (NSFW cover art)

 Smart Bitches Trashy Books – Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr

Key & Peele – Substitute Teacher

Neko Atsume Hamilcats

Episode 38 – Hamilton

Episode 33 – The President Did Me From Behind And I Liked It

Episode 69 – Tinglers

Fanfiction 101

Candy pairing: Kait says Smarties, Mackenzi says Sour Patch Kids, Renata says poison licorice.

Coming up next: The Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke.

 

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Episode 85 – Alex & Eliza

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

We’re helpless for the Schuyler Sisters (you know, Angelica, Eliza…and Peggy), so we read Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz with Andrea. Unfortunately, the author threw away her shot at writing something we didn’t want to burn. Make sure your vaccines are up-to-date before you listen to us discuss some Hamilton fanfiction that has a lot more smallpox and a lot less love than we were hoping for.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode 38 – Hamilton

Fanfiction 101

Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex & Eliza: Hamilton-inspired YA novel retells a love story

Queer as a Five Dollar Bill by Lee Wind

U.S. Army Medical Department: John Cochran

George Washington and the First Mass Military Inoculation

Candy pairing: Andrea says peppermint coconut, Kait says a picked-over Russell Stover sampler, Renata says a chocolate orange.

Coming up next: The Amorous Adventures and Intrigues of Aaron Burr by Anonymous.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 85 – Alex & Eliza

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