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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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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!

Continue reading

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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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Episode 112 – Queer Thoughts on Having It All

Having it All by Helen Gurley Brown

How do you get and keep a man? Hell if Kait knows, even after reading Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown. Once again, Kait has gathered some queer friends to see if Helen Gurley Brown’s worldview falls apart if you are not a heterosexual, cisgender woman. (Spoiler alert: It does!) Join Kait, Wren (of Ready to Roll), and Laura as they explore whether bisexual people exist (Spoiler alert: They do!), what the best “thanks for the sex!” gift is (brass lion all the way), and how much to tip on dates (less than the price of whatever outmoded status symbol you gift to your date at the start).

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Readers Advisory

Coming up next: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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