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Readers Advisory: Episode 116 – How The Secret Changed My Life

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading How the Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 115 – Bests & Worsts of 2018 (Part 2, Adult & Graphic Novels)

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2018 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites! Please note:

  • We counted things that we read in 2018, 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 114 – Bests & Worsts of 2018 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2018 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites! Please note:

  • We counted things that we read in 2018, 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 113 – The Thorn Birds

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

As the weather outside grows frightful, we decided to have our editor Becca join us for a trip Down Under. We read The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, the 700-page epic saga of the Cleary family, who have almost as many shocking secrets as they do sheep. (And they have a lot of sheep.) Join us now in swearing fealty to Boy King!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Colleen McCullough’s ‘The Thorn Birds’ Is A Total Classic, And Here Are 6 Reasons You Need To Revisit It Right Now by Lindsay Harrison

Instant vomit!’ The Thorn Birds author gives her damning verdict on the iconic TV series

Review: The Thorn Birds, the musical – a tragic disaster in Swansea

Candy Pairing: Becca says a giant jawbreaker, Kait says a dirty hard candy, Renata says a sexy communion wafer.

Coming up next: Bests & Worsts of 2018 (Part 1, Children’s & YA).

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Readers Advisory: Episode 113 – The Thorn Birds

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

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Episode 111 – Stranger than Fanfiction

Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

Have you been wondering what Chris Colfer has been up to since Glee? Are you ready to read some self-insert celebrity real person fanfiction written by an actual celebrity? Honestly, you’re probably not, and we weren’t either, but we were happy to have Cory along for the ride with us as we read Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. Have this podcast queued up to fill the awkward silence the next time you take a roadtrip with your best friends who don’t actually know anything about you!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Check, Please

St. Louis City Museum

844,739 Ways to Eat a Hamburger

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing: Cory says candy cigarettes, Kait says Nerds, Renata says a slushie.

Coming up next: Having it All by Helen Gurley Brown (Part 2).

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 111 – Stranger than Fanfiction

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 110 – Red Rising


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

 

Did you ever read a science fiction book and think, “I wish I knew more about these characters’ bathroom usage?” If so, Red Rising by Pierce Brown is the book for you! Children’s librarian Anna (@opinionsbyanna) joined us for this miserable slog through a Martian Hunger Games with no carbs and no bathroom breaks. Listen now to find out into which Hogwarts House each Martian House would be sorted!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains sexual assault, war, and general unpleasantness.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Red Rising Wiki – Caste Pyramid

Red Rising Wiki – Houses

My Brother, My Brother and Me: Cool Pee Book

The West Wing – CJ Does The Jackal

Candy Pairing: Anna says Atomic warheads, Kait says generic beef jerky,  Renata says vomit flavored Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

Coming up next: Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer.

 

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 110 – Red Rising

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

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Episode 109 – Five Night’s At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes


Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon

Happy Halloween! We faced the scariest thing imaginable for a bad books podcast: a video game tie-in novel that turned out to be actually like, really good? We know: we were shocked too. Almost as shocked as the teen protagonists of Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon were to discover all the horrors awaiting them at Freddy Fazbear’s Funtime Pizza. Rebecca Mahoney of The Bridge podcast joined us for one night of terror. Do not listen to this podcast on your overnight security guard shift: you need to keep your senses alert!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains the death of a child, suicide, and some very scary animatronics.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Five Nights at Freddy’s on Steam

Five Nights at Freddy’s on Wikipedia

Five Nights at Freddy’s on GameFAQs

PlayPals – Five Nights at Freddy’s

Game Grumps – Five Nights at Freddy’s

Markiplier – Five Nights at Freddy’s

Polygon (feat Griffin and Justin McElroy) – Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

Polygon (feat Griffin and Justin McElroy) – Five Nights at Freddy’s 3

Candy Pairing: Kait says fruit flavored Tootsie rolls, Rebecca says Pop Rocks, Renata says birthday cake.

Coming up next: Red Rising by Pierce Brown.

 

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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