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Episode 100 – Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books over the years, so we weren’t surprised when it won our listener poll for the 100th episode. We were surprised by how it was almost exactly like all the parodies of it we saw on Twitter. Thanks to all our listeners for helping us make it to 100 episodes! We love you all so much we want to stand in your yards and play this episode on a boombox.

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Footnotes: John Mulaney explains Back to the Future

The 6 Most Absurd Product Placements in Video Game History

Monster Factory: The Boy Mayor of Second Life

Monster Factory: Second Life, Second Chances

DM’s Deep Dive: D&D Economics

Grandma Shirley Plays Skyrim

Candy pairing:  Becca says Skittles, Kait says Airheads,  Renata says the description of a sugar molecule.

Coming up next: The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville.

 

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Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Y’all know TFW you’re an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you’re also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love Letters column and podcast, knows all about that feel, so we invited her to discuss A Court of Wings and Ruin, as well as the rest of Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses YA fantasy series.  If you take a drink every time we mix up the titles of these books, then you probably won’t notice all the times we mess up the characters’ names!

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Footnotes: What Happened in A Court of Thorns and Roses?

What Happened in A Court of Mist and Fury?

“The Mate Rules” in Sarah J. Maas’s series

Candy pairing:  Kait says a bag of trail mix with gummy penises, Meredith says cotton candy, Renata says edible underwear.

Coming up next: Our 100th Episode – book TBD!

 

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Episode 98 – Unmasked

Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Wbber

Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn’t have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir UnmaskedJoin us to learn more than we ever wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s child bride, and not as much as Duarte wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cats. We apologize in advance for all the earworms.

Special note: Our 100th episode is coming up! Please vote on what we should read for the occasion.

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Footnotes: Renata’s Highly Subjective Audio-Visual Guide to the World of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit House of Lords due to Brexit making his schedule ‘impossibly’ busy

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Andrew Lloyd Webber Rap

Comedy Bang! Bang!: John C. Reilly, Ice-T, & Andrew Lloyd Webber Call in from a Hot Air Balloon

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “MUSICAL; THEATRE” with guests THE BOTH (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Episode 1

Candy pairing:  Ashley says Trolli Sour Brite Blasts, Kait says a themed Broadway cocktail in a souvenir sippy cup, Stacey says Riesens, Renata says sherbet lemons.

Coming up next: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

 

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Episode 97 – Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It’s also the story of a boy’s inexplicable love of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.  Tune in now to get your recommended daily allowance of Inspirational Quotes!

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Footnotes: Review of Wonder, written by Mike Moody for Disability in KidLit

On Wonder by Mindy R.

What “Wonder” Gets Wrong About Disfigurement and Craniofacial Disorders by Ariel Henley

“I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” by Stella Young

Children’s Craniofacial Association: About Treacher Collins Syndrome

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’ by Lauren Barack

About R. J. Palacio

Worst Bestsellers #2 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Candy pairing:  Angie says Werther’s Originals, Kait says McDonald’s apple slices,  Renata says sketchy charity candy.

Coming up next: Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

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Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we read Alyssa Cole’s first Reluctant Royals romance, A Princess in Theory, with the 2016 Romance Writers Association librarian of the year, Robin Bradford. Although this book has a slightly silly premise–namely, what if spam emails insisting that you’re betrothed to the prince of a small African nation were real–we loved it, just as much as Prince Thabiso loves his lost love Naledi. Join us to be reminded that love is real, even if neither Thesolo nor Wakanda are.

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Footnotes: Fanfiction 101

Library Journal Movers & Shakers: Robin Bradford

Candy pairing:  Kait says homemade macarons,  Renata says King Size Skittles, Robin says a 100 Grand Bar.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

 

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Episode 95 – Having It All

Having it All by Helen Gurley Brown

Kait and Renata dug into some vintage life advice from former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown’s 1982 book Having It All. Who better to help them talk about compliance to gender and beauty norms than Bitch Planet writer Kelly Sue DeConnick? That’s not a rhetorical question, we really got to talk to Kelly Sue DeConnick! Join us now to hear 17 easy ways to tell whether or not you’re a mouseburger!

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Footnotes: The Author of Enter Helen on Why Helen Gurley Brown Is Such an Enigma by Julia Felsenthal

Bitch Planet has always been absurd. But in 2017, it reads like a warning.

Candy pairing:  Kait says hot lemonade,  Kelly Sue says monkfruit, Renata says a packet of Equal.

Coming up next: A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole.

 

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Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

In Part 2 of our Big Podcast Crossover Event with I Don’t Even Own A Television, J.W. and Collision joined us to discuss James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas. It’s a beautiful example of the power of Telling, Not Showing. Specifically, telling your children all about your sex life with way too much detail. Turn off your Macy Gray albums and get ready to dive into a book so stupid that it took four book podcasters to fully unpack it!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains both miscarriage and the death of an infant.

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Footnotes: I Don’t Even Own A Television #102 – Maximum Ride

Episode #61 – Bridges of Madison County

Episode #70 – The Notebook

Dave Malloy – The Whale As A Dish (from Moby Dick)

Dave Malloy – A Squeeze of the Hand

Shoba Narayan Performs A Song From Dave Malloy’s Moby Dick

Candy pairing: Collision says butterscotch hard candy, J. W. says Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies, Kait says Jolly Ranchers,  Renata says an elaborate caramel apple.

Congratulations to Melinda, who won our #BygoneBadassBroads pin giveaway! And thanks to everyone who entered and supported Trident Books. We may have more things to support Trident through the aftermath of their fire, so stay tuned!

Coming up next: Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown.

 

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Bonus Episode III – Twilight Movies

Twilight Movie

We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled book podcast to release this bonus episode about the movies of the Twilight saga! As a Patreon goal, we watched all 5 films and recorded our reactions to them. (Renata’s dazzled reactions and Kait’s….less-dazzled reactions.)

Special note: Check out our Bygone Badass Broads Giveaway, running through 3/25/18, to support an independent bookstore and get cool stuff!

Apologies: Sorry for the delayed episodes and for the iffy audio quality of the first part of these episodes!

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Footnotes: Storified #TwiWBS

Storified #TwiWBS: New Moon

Storified #TwiWBS Eclipse

Storified #TwiWBS Breaking Dawn Part 1

Storified #TwiWBS Breaking Dawn Part 2

 Candy pairing: Cranberry-apple cider punch

Coming up next: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.

 

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Episode 93 – Angels Fall


Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

Our February observance of Nora Roberts Month continues, as we read Angels Fall with author and longtime Nora devotee Christine Ricketts. It’s a quirky small-town romance between a traumatized chef and a mystery writer who hates vegetables. What could go wrong? A murder? An elaborate town-wide gaslighting campaign? A lack of fresh #herbs? All this and more, but spoilers…it ends happily ever after.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains a fictional mass shooting.

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Footnotes: Concept of Waffles Newsletter

Stained Page Newsletter

Episode #92 – Whiskey Beach

Episode #28 – Black Hills 

Candy pairing: Christine says hotel chocolates, Kait says trail mix,  Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kait and Renata decided to treat themselves to the gift of Nora Roberts. They read Whiskey Beach with special Galentine pal (and mother of Renata), Susan. Although Duarte didn’t like this one as much as our last experience with Nora, the cougariffic Black Hills, it was still a welcome respite from the usual garbage we read. Join us for the romantic story of a man who totally didn’t murder his wife falling in love with his quirky crime-solving housekeeper/masseuse/yoga instructor/jewelry designer. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Nora Roberts enjoys describing home decor!

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Footnotes: Episode #28 – Black Hills 

North Shore vs South Shore

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”’ by Nathan Rabin

Candy pairing: Kait says cinnamon toast, Renata says Gibraltars, Susan says Snickers.

Coming up next: Angels Fall by Nora Roberts.

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