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Episode 124 – The Five People You Meet in Heaven

If you like sitting around, listening to esoteric monologues that may or may not relate to your life from random people who refuse to answer any pertinent questions, do we have the vision of the afterlife for you! Chelsea joined us for The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, a trudge through one man’s severely messed-up existence that was probably meant to be inspirational, but mostly made us feel disturbed and dead inside. Hold onto your keys and join us on this carnival ride into our own personal hell!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: The Five People You Meet In Heaven movie trailer

Reading ‘The Next Person You Meet in Heaven’ is Hell by Ron Charles

Death Parade opening theme song

Candy Pairing:  Kait says generic lollipops, Chelsea says Tootsie Rolls, Renata says saltwater taffy.

Coming up next: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, live from Trident Books!

 

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Episode 123 – Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

We don’t have anybody’s HBO login, so instead of watching the show, we were forced to read the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty! Fortunately, we were joined by Melissa of the Truer Words podcast for this trip through the delightfully sordid world of Australian elementary school politics. Are you #TeamMadeline or #TeamRenata? Duarte is #TeamRenata, but only because Madeline has never fed him.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Chloe’s Big Little Lies playlist on Spotify

The Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl

Framed: She Was the PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want to Harm Her? by Christopher Goffard

This American Life #447 – The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Tim Tams, Melissa says Calissons, Renata says champagne Jelly Bellies.

Coming up next: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

 

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Episode 122 – A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

When Gina joined us to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, we were startled to discover that this book has way more than just witches! This book also has vampires, daemons, and plenty of #herbs. Join us for a relationship between a witch with tenure and a vampire who is 15 times older than Edward Cullen!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Deborah Harkness’ ‘A Discovery of Witches’ started with airport bookstores

Candy Pairing: Gina says Cadbury Flake, Kait says old timey candy, Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

 

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Episode 121 – Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

In a world…where a teen girl’s touch is deadly…to everyone except one hot guy…who she’s locked in a jail cell with…what will happen next? According to Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, maybe she’ll overthrow the government? Bookseller Maggie joined us to discuss this chaste, yet horny YA dystopian novel.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “A Very Large Expanse Of Sea” Author Tahereh Mafi on Representation for Muslim-American Teens and the Need for More Diverse Love Stories

Rogue & Gambit #5 Review (Featuring a Kate Beaton tribute)

Hilliterate

Candy Pairing: Kait says Thin Mints, Maggie says cinnamon rock candy, Renata says Twinkies.

Coming up next: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

 

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Episode 120 – Murder Games (Instinct)

Murder Games (Instinct) by James Patterson

Since James Patterson & Howard Roughan went to the trouble of giving their book two different titles, we decided that we needed the power of two book podcasts to discuss it. So we had our old friends J.W. and Chris from I Don’t Even Own a Television (@IDEOTVpod) join us for Murder Games aka Instinct! The best thing about this book is that it got Alan Cumming an acting job. The worst thing about this book is…well, we’ll tell you at the end of the next chapter.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Readers Advisory – Naked in Death

Episode #94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

I Don’t Even Own a Television #102 – The Angel Experiment

A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions

Urban Dictionary: Skittles

Candy Pairing: Chris says a Hershey bar, J.W. says Ben & Jerry’s Cores, Kait says Hershey’s Kisses, Renata says white Skittles.

Coming up next: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

 

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Episode 119 – After

After by Anna Todd

We read After by Anna Todd, a fanfiction-turned-novel that’s bold enough to ask the question: would you like to date Harry Styles, if, rather than being a member of One Direction, he was just a college student, and also a completely rude and hurtful person? Liz from Liz & Alissa Make Stuff joined us to conclude: no, we definitely would not like that. Be sure to download this before you begin the impossibly long journey from your dorm room to your boyfriend’s frat house!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Harry Styles Carpool Karaoke

Harry Styles Caught a Gummy Bear Thrown By a Fan and Everyone at O2 Arena Lost It

Anna Todd: From 1D fan fiction to feature film writer

From Fangirl to Phenomenon: Anna Todd and the Rise of Fanfiction

After on Fanlore

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing: Kait says Baby Bottle Pops, Liz says Sugar-Free Haribo Gummy Bears, Renata says Conversation Hearts.

Coming up next: Murder Games (Instinct) by James Patterson.

 

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Episode 118 – Naked in Death

Naked in Death by J. D. Robb

As the talents of Our Lady Nora Roberts cannot be held by one pen name alone, we were joined by fellow Nora devotee Christine to investigate Naked in Death by J. D. Robb. It’s a romantic suspense novel set in a future that is in some ways better than our present day (the USA banned guns!) and in some ways much worse (coffee beans are nearly extinct due to deforestation)! Still, no matter what year it is, Nora is here to provide us with excellent strong female protagonists and the male love interests who almost deserve them.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains sexual assault and, um, death.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: This Cat is Chonky Facebook Group

Nora Roberts Addresses Plagiarism

Candy Pairing: Christine says Starbursts, Kait says Oreos, Renata says chocolate covered espresso beans.

Coming up next: After by Anna Todd.

 

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Episode 117 – Year One

Year One by Nora Roberts

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, since we’re spending it with Kathryn from the Truer Words podcast! Our Lady Nora Roberts has launched a post-apocalyptic series with Year One. Don’t worry–even though 90% of the human population has been killed by a mysterious, magical virus, Nora wouldn’t kill the dog.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains sexual assault, graphic illness, and, well, the death of 90% of Earth’s population. The dog is fine though.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: Real Romance: How Nora Roberts became America’s most popular novelist

Romance Author Nora Roberts Responds To Tomi Adeyemi Accusation: ‘You Can’t Copyright A Title’

Nora Roberts: Mob Rule by Social Media

Candy Pairing: Kait says freshly-baked bread, Kathryn says peanut M&Ms, Renata says Little Debbies.

Coming up next: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb.

 

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Episode 116 – How The Secret Changed My Life

How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne

 

Our lives have been changed by The Secret, as have those of Andrew and Craig from the Overdue podcast. So they joined us in reading How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne. We were delighted to combine our vision boards with Andrew and Craig; less delighted to hear about all the people who quit their jobs and their medicines and their Canadian lifestyles with no backup plan other than the goodwill of the universe. We know you’ll love this episode, because we already asked the universe for your approval.

Readers advisory: How The Secret Changed My Life

Readers advisory: The Secret

Footnotes: Overdue Episode #280 – The Secret

The Secret Check from the Universe

The Downside of Positive Thinking

The Secret movie (2019)

Ryback (Wikipedia)

Does the Law of Attraction apply to animals too, or just humans?

Money Cat meme

Smithsonian Zoo Giant Panda Cam

Candy Pairing: Andrew says CBD gummies, Craig says Zeebo pills, Kait says a picture of candy, Renata says 3-course meal gum.

Coming up next: Year One by Nora Roberts.

 

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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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