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Episode 194 – The Witcher: The Last Wish

The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

We asked a djinn to bring us a book that could be adapted into a video game, a Netflix series, and a podcast episode, and we got The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. We were joined by Arielle to discuss this book that, to our great surprise, was actually pretty good–and best of all, didn’t even have a fantasy map in it. Hire a bard to perform this episode for you in your local tavern!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “What Was Geralt’s Last Wish in The Witcher?” by Sadie Gennis.

Coming up next: Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis.

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Episode 193 – The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Every once in awhile it’s nice to read something that’s so bad it truly reminds us why we do what we do. We were joined by Rachel Andelman (of Union Comedy, Improv Boston, 2MB Studios, and Smiling Women Comix) to discuss The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Listen to this episode on your next long, pointless run!

Content warning: It turns out that James Dashner was dropped by his agent and publisher following accusations of sexual harassment in 2018 and we didn’t find that out until we checked his wiki page at the very end of recording, so sorry for not mentioning that earlier in the episode!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “Dylan O’Brien Is Ready to Talk About That Accident” by Kyle Buchanan

I Don’t Even Own a Television #119 – The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner IMDB Trivia

Coming up next: The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Episode 192 – Catwoman: Soulstealer

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

What’s new, pussycat? We were joined by Meredith Goldstein, the Boston Globe’s Love Letters columnist and podcaster (and author of Things That Grow), to discuss Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas. It’s a book about DC’s horniest character written by one of the horniest YA authors of our time, so why was this book so focused on serious medical conditions? Listen to this episode while you prepare for your next gala.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “Ranking 10 Batman actors from best to worst” by Meredith Goldstein

Coming up next: The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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Virtual Live Show Announcement 2022

Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis

Announcement: On Thursday, April 14th at 8PM Eastern, we’ll be doing a virtual live show presented by Porter Square Books! Our very special guest Margaret H. Willison will join us to discuss Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis (aka the man whose divorce was washed by Rachel Hollis). The event is free and will be recorded and archived if you can’t make it on the 14th.

Register here!

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Episode 191 – The Kissing Booth

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Worst Best Friends have reconvened at the high school carnival! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the kissing booth is closed, but returning guests Anna and Alene (aka the Bellwether Friends) still joined us to discuss The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. We discussed Wattpad, why the movie is better than the book, and what our own summer dance prom masquerades were like. If you ask nicely, maybe the barista will play this episode over the sound system at the sit-down Starbucks.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode #79 – Dark Archer

“The Kissing Booth: How a Newport teen author inspired Netflix”

“‘Kissing Booth 2’: Meet Beth Reekles, the young author behind the popular Netflix rom-coms” by Carly Mallenbaum

“Netflix Releases Some More Fuzzy Viewing Data: Congrats, ‘The Kissing Booth’!” by Rick Porter

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Plain White Ts – I Really Want You

Coming up next: Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas.

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Episode 190 – The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman


Kait and Renata were left unattended and their love tanks were running pretty low, so they turned to The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman. This one has been kicking around since 1992, and you know what? Some parts of it were not that bad. Unfortunately, there are also…other parts of it. Listen to this one on your way to your next softball game or funeral!

Readers advisoryHere.

Candy pairing: Kait says M&Ms, Renata says Skittles (with green apple flavor).

Footnotes: What’s Your Love Language Quiz?

“The Creator Of The 5 Love Languages Is A Homophobe And This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” by Kristen Mae

“There’s No Escaping the Five Love Languages” by Katie Heaney

The Gottman Institute on Same-Sex Couples

“Tucker Carlson complains new M&M’s mascots are ‘less sexy'” by Grayson Quay

This American Life Episode #291 – Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

Coming up next: The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles.

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Episode 189 – Carnal Innocence

Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts Month continues with a gracious Southern-style housecall from Heidi and Emily, the cohosts of the Nora Roberts podcast Romancing the Shelf. For this podcast crossover event, we discussed Nora’s 1991 thriller Carnal Innocence. It’s the story of a serial killer in a small Southern town and aspects of it have not aged well. Listen now to find out how to sign up for a true crime LARP!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it includes sexual assault, murder, child abuse, racism, and hate crimes.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Romancing the Shelf: Carnal Innocence

Romancing the Shelf on Instagram

Worst Bestsellers Episode #169 – Divine Evil

Coming up next: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

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Episode 188 – Brazen Virtue

Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts

We’re once again starting the year with a visit from our Nora Roberts expert, Christine. This time we read Brazen Virtue, a murder mystery-romance novel from 1988 that has been mystifyingly adapted into a 2022 Netflix original movie. This episode costs $1.99 per minute to listen to via long-distance phone call.

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it includes rape and murder.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: A Statement from Nora Roberts Re: Alyssa Milano

“Nora Roberts defends Alyssa Milano’s casting in adaptation of Brazen Virtue” by Maureen Lee Lenker

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Finale Fails to Reckon with Its Pro-cop Legacy” by s.e. smith

Coming up next: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts.

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Episode 187 – Bests of 2021

Another year has come and gone, and Kait and Renata are here to make lemonade out of the lemons of 2021. We each picked our top 6 books of the year and discussed some other highlights of the year.

Footnotes: The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2021, featuring Renata’s picks for best middle grade and young adult novels

Taylor Swift

Legends of Tomorrow

Ted Lasso

The West Wing

Fast & Furious: Highway Heist Game



Screenshot of a TikTok featuring a young Black woman with a stack of books, captioned Book that I love & recommend but I do not remember anything about the plot

Coming up next: A January hiatus. Happy New Year! We’ll see you in February!

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Episode 186 – The President Is Missing

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

Our beloved patrons voted on a book for us to read, and they chose The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. We still love them, and we also love returning guest Carrie for reading this book even though she didn’t have to. Listen now before some terrorists delete the entire internet!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Unclear and Present Danger podcast

Coming up next: Bests of 2021.


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