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Flashback Summer Featuring…You?

Hi Best Listeners!

We’re coming up on another Flashback Summer, where we revisit the books of our childhood with a (generally) fondly nostalgic eye. We’re also coming up on our 150th episode, which we’d like to mark by inviting all of our lovely listeners to join us for a Flashback Summer party. Here’s how:

  • Record yourself telling us your name, where you’re from, a little something about your favorite book from childhood, whether it’s something ubiquitous like the Babysitters Club or something more obscure. You can give a plot summary or just tell us about a favorite character or moment that stuck with you. Try to keep it short, 1-2 minutes. You can use the voice memo app on your phone, recording software on your computer–whatever you’re comfortable with!
  • For bonus points, please tell us a candy pairing for your book, whether it’s your childhood favorite or something that somehow encapsulates the spirit of your book.
  • Email this audio file to worstbestsellers at gmail dot com with the subject line “Flashback Summer.” If it’s too big to be attached to an email, you can upload it to Dropbox or GoogleDrive and send us that link (just make sure you give us permission to download it!).
  • Try to make your recording as clear as possible–if it’s too hard to hear, we might not be able to include it in the episode. We’d like to include as many as we can!
  • Send these in by Monday, May 4th, 2020.

 

To make this a little more interesting, your Flashback Summer voice memo will also serve as an entry into a prize raffle. We’ll send out some books and candy to a few randomly selected Flashbackers!

If you have any questions also feel free to email us or reach out on social media. 

Thanks for joining us for 145 episodes (so far)!

 

Love,

Kait, Renata, and Duarte

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Episode 145 – Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

We’ve been reading too much frivolous lady fiction around here, so we had to make time to read a Serious Book by an Important White Man. Our guest Amy used her human skills of persuasion to get us to read Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Finally, someone has dared to ask the questions: what if robots could have emotions and also working penises and also what if the UK had lost the Falklands War?

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Archana and Chandni” by Iona Datt Sharma

“Ian McEwan: ‘Who’s Going to Write the Algorithm for the Little White Lie?'” by Tim Adams

“In McEwan’s Latest, The ‘Machine’ Is Too Much Like You” by Heller McCalpin

Candy Pairing:  Amy says Fry’s Turkish Delight, Kait says a potato battery, Renata says Mystery Airheads.

Coming up next: American Royals by Katharine McGee.

 

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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 145 – Machines Like Me

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 144 – Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Hey girl, guess what? Your life could be way better than it is right now if you just believed in yourself and also married a high-up Disney executive! Definitely mostly the first thing though. We were joined by Margaret H. Willison (1/2 of Two Bossy Dames, 1/3 of Appointment Television, and one of Pop Culture Happy Hour‘s 4th chairs) to discuss Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, a Christian self-help book that misleadingly contained no skin care advice whatsoever.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Rachel Hollis on Jen Hatmaker

Rosie Perez on Bullseye

Girl, Wash Your Face on By the Book

Candy Pairing:  Kait says an Oreo while crying, Margaret says leftover Christmas candy, Renata says a cheese plate.

Coming up next: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan.

 

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 144 – Girl, Wash Your Face

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 143 – Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper

Episode 143 – Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper by Patricia Cornwell

 

We invited Rebecca Mahoney, co-writer of The Bridge podcast and author of the upcoming YA novel The Valley and the Flood, to be a guest on our new podcast, My Least Favorite Murder. We read novelist Patricia Cornwell’s ambitiously-titled true crime book Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper–Case ClosedListen now to hear more than you ever wanted to know about a famous painter’s penis!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: A new Ripper mystery: Why Patricia Cornwell won’t stop hunting him by Mary Wakefield

“Whitechapel mural will celebrate the lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims” by Alison Flood

“Historian speaks of ‘constant trolling’ over Jack the Ripper book” by Mark Brown

Sawbones #151 – The Royal Fistula Fad

Sawbones #245 – Medical Illustration

Bear Brook podcast

The Fall Line podcast

In the Dark podcast

Candy Pairing:  Kait says gruel, Rebecca says bachelorette party penis pops, Renata says ginger chews.

Coming up next: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

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 143 – Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper by Patricia Cornwell. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 142 – Scythe

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

 

As a belated Valentine to ourselves, we invited our friend Angie Manfredi (@MissKubelik), editor of The Other F-Word, back on the show to read a Best Bestseller. We read Scythe by Neal Shusterman, a twisty YA utopia-ish where death is optional and the cloud is your friend. This episode does contain full spoilers for a book that we sincerely recommend reading, so maybe hold off on listening if you’ve been meaning to read Scythe? Or listen to the episode now–in the age of mortality, life is short.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes:

Angie sent me this clip from an interview with Neal Shusterman before we recorded but the actual article seems to have disappeared from the internet???

Four Questions for Neal Shusterman

Candy Pairing: Angie says whatever candy you like best, Kait says a box of chocolates with one poisoned one, Renata says Dippin Dots.

Coming up next: Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper–Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell.

 

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 142 – Scythe

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

Continue reading

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Episode 141 – Midnight Bayou

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

 

To ease ourselves back into reading garbage after our winter break, we had returning guest Christine join us for another book by Our Lady Nora Roberts. This time around, we read Midnight Bayou, a Louisiana love story for the ages between a man and home renovations. You’re going to have to turn your volume way up if you want to listen to this episode over all that Mardi Gras ruckus!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “Welcome to Noraville, the Small Maryland Town Rebuilt by Nora Roberts” by Esther Wang

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – Renovation Romances

Candy Pairing:  Christine says rum candy, Kait says a French 75, Renata says beignets.

Coming up next: Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

 

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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