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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).

Original Episode

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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Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews

Out of the attic and into the rocking chair, we were joined by Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to read My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews. We were grudgingly impressed by how effectively Andrews gaslit us, the readers, because by the end of this book we had no idea which end was up anymore. Play this episode at your next tea party/seance!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains sexual assault, physical & emotional abuse of a child, ableism, gaslighting, miscarriage, and pretty much any other upsetting topic you could imagine.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode #17 – Flowers in the Attic

Prisms and Bon-Bons: (Re)Reading V.C. Andrews’ My Sweet Audrina by Leila Roy

A Review of the Worst Book in History by Erin Callahan

Flowers in the Attic (The Appeal Thereof) by Sigrid Ellis

Girl Catches Boyfriend Gaslighting Her Then Tricks Him Into Watching The Movie “Gaslight”

Candy Pairing: Kait says a bowl full of marbles mistaken for jelly beans, Renata says two-year-old birthday cake, Sophie says prismatic rock candy.

Coming up next: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon.

 

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Episode 107 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

D&D Players Handbook

It’s our 4th anniversary! Traditionally, we’ve read a new book from the Twilight saga each year to celebrate our anniversary. But last year, we finished the saga, so this year we decided to create our own Twilight adventure. Danielle (of Hello World Tarot) ran a Twilight-themed D&D (5th edition) adventure for Kait, Renata, and Amy (of WTF Is America?). Listen now to hear what happens when a dwarf, a half-elf, and a dark elf walk into a Steaks & Cakes in Forks, Washington and roll for initiative. Please accept 20 points of gratitude for listening to us for all these years!

Footnotes: Renata’s Wolverine character sheet

Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

Episode 58 – Eclipse

Episode 40 – Twilight: Life & Death

Episode 31 – New Moon

Episode 1 – Twilight

Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

The Adventure Zone

Critical Role

Roll20

Coming up next: My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews.

 

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Episode 106 – Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

We teamed up with Anna and Alene from Bellwether Friends, our BFP (best friend podcast), to read about our nation’s greatest BFFs, Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Unfortunately for us, Andrew Shaffer’s political RPF mystery Hope Never Dies turned out to be light on the friendship and heavy-handed on the opioid crisis. Listen to this episode on your next Amtrak trip!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Watching President Obama Make a Bracelet for Joe Biden Gave Us Friendship Goals

18 Times Barack Obama And Joe Biden Were #FriendshipGoals

Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in ‘Hope Never Dies’

Stop, You’re Killing Me: List of Real People Mysteries

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing: Alene says a melted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Anna says a Waffle House pecan waffle, Kait says White House M&Ms, Renata says almond milk.

Coming up next: 4th Anniversary Spectacular!

 

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Episode 105 – Sunset Island

Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett

As the sun goes down on this year’s Flashback Summer, we pay a visit to Sunset Island by Cherie Bennet. We’re joined by Denise (@DezDono), editor of the Gailsone series and one of the few people who remembers this 90s Sweet Valley High knockoff series. Listen now to hear about the lifestyles of a secretly rich babysitter and her horny middle-class friends!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: TeenReads bio of Cherie Bennett

Candy Pairing: Denise says Pop Rocks, Kait says OUCH Bubble Gum, Renata says a melting milkshake.

Coming up next: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.

 

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Episode 104 – House of Danger

House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery

If you’d like to continue with Flashback Summer, turn to page 2 for Kait, Renata, and Becca’s discussion of House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery. If you’re curious about the Choose Your Own Adventure franchise’s crossover into board game territory, roll a die. If you’re curious about how a single dangerous house can contain aliens, ghosts, carnivorous plants, and counterfeiting chimpanzees, listen to this episode now.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: North & Henderson Choose Their Own Adventure for Special “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” Issue

The Seven Most F***ed up Real ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

House of Danger on BoardGameGeek.com

Candy Pairing: Becca says banana Runts, Kait says a boardwalk candy store, Renata says a mall candy store.

Coming up next: Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett.

 

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