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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 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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