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Book Club for Masochists: a Readers’ Advisory Podcast

A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not!Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

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Episode 053 - Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy

Our genre this episode is Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy. We talk about anachronisms, comedy in sci fi/fantasy and sci fi/fantasy in comedy, "laugh out loud" funny vs. "clever" funny, and more!  You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Read This Month Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North Choose Your Own Adventure (Wikipedia article) Nintendo Adventure Books Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede The cover with the ice cream Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja Scary Go Round by John Allison The webcomic The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex His tweet that was mentioned Debbie Reese's commentary posts Hark, Episode 165: Beats and Bimuelos - RJ’s podcast about holiday music where they discuss a song from Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Terminal Alliance: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse by Jim C. Hines Monster by A. Lee Martinez The Rook by Daniel O'Malley Other Media and Authors We Mention Terry Pratchett Discworld Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair Christopher Moore Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five Piers Anthony “Themes of Pedophilia in the Works of Piers Anthony” on LitReactor Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Lois McMaster Bujold Bad Machinery by John Allison Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Lissa Treiman The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson The Cold Cereal Saga by Adam Rex Soulless by Gail Carriger Links, Articles, and Things Cyberpunk derivatives “Clockpunk portrays Renaissance-era science and technology based on pre-modern designs” Zip-A-Tone/Screen Tone Episode 6,  Books in Translation - For more on reading War and Peace The Magical Bureaucracies with the Most Paperwork Questions How much comedy do you like in your science fiction or fantasy? Announcements Anna and Matthew will be at ALA in New Orleans. Come say “Hi!” Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, June 5th when we’ll be talking about how (and why) we started working in libraries! Then come back on Tuesday, June 19th when we’ll be talking about Military Non-Fiction!

1hr 12mins

15 May 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 061 - Romance Fiction

This month we read Romance Fiction! We talk about “interpersonal attraction”, fake fan fiction, imagining the leads of romance novels look like David Bowie, spice-o-meters, the prime minister of the werewolves, and romance novels about low income housing. Plus: In the Arms of the Spider Hunk! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Read This Month (or tried to read) Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt ‘But his eyes were black, framed by curling lashes, and he hadn't shaved and he looked like a highwayman with cynically twisted thick lips. He looked like one of those rogues the molls in St Giles loved to sing romantic ballads about in the taverns. A man born to hang. A man born to break a woman's heart.’ ‘Hugh caught the man and had another thought, which was: Tits?’ The Maiden Lane series Alaskan Sweethearts by Janet Tronstad Ship It by Britta Lundin “How 1 question triggered a “Supernatural” fandom meltdown” The Duchess War by Courtney Milan ‘He leaned forward and whispered in conspiratorial fashion. "It's your tits."’ Protector of the Realm by Gun Brooke ‘Examining Rae's sex, so trustingly displayed before her, she identified the engorged clitoris, grateful for the similarity in human and Gantharian physiology.’ Silver Silence by Nalini Singh Let’s Talk About Love By Claire Kann Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh Lindsay Ellis Twilight video link: “Dear Stephanie Meyer” Roller Girl by Vanessa North Other Media We Mention Tessa Dare (romance author Anna mentioned enjoying) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins Spicy Library Stories (rated two-stars on Goodreads!) Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series by Gyles Brandreth The Monster at the End of this Book: An episode of Supernatural that discusses slash fiction The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden Mass Effect (Wikipedia) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and  Steenz The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang The Others series by Anne Bishop Stardew Valley (Wikipedia) Links, Articles, and Things 31 Podcasts For Every Type Of Book Lover - BuzzFeed Episode 001 - Historical Romance (it’s literally been 40 months since we did this one!) Episode 008 - Holiday/Christmas Reads Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Smart Podcast, Trashy Books Selkie (Wikipedia) WereBear (Wikipedia) (the image on this page is the one that Matthew sent to Meghan and RJ) Lindsay Ellis Twilight video link: “Dear Stephanie Meyer” Wine Moms Anne of Green Gables gets her hair pulled An Ode to the Romance Novel by Lindsay Ellis Questions At what point did consent become a bigger thing in romance? How do you think werewolves go deep sea diving? Are there any super-awkward were-creatures? What’s the most adorable were-creature? Who we want to date in Stardew Valley What romance genre would you like us to read next? Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, October 2nd when we’ll give you an update on our non-bookclub related media consumption! Then come back on Tuesday, October 16th when we’ll be talking about our “genre” of books that costs one dollar or less!

1hr 29mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 070 - Erotic Romance

Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’re reading Erotic Romance! We discuss how to talk about erotica without getting too personally revealing, the physics of perpetual boners, BDSM, and goth-shaming. Plus: We really need to buy pop shields! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Suggest new genres! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Books We Read This Month Hidden Away by Maya Banks At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec Worked Up by Tessa Bailey Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection by Colleen Coover Off the Clock by Roni Loren Goodreads review Matthew mentioned Pleasure for Two by Pamela Yaye Other Media We Mention Chester 5000 by Jess Fink Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich Nymph by Francesca Lia Block Oglaf by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic edited by Tobi Hill-Meyer Don’t Bang the Barista! by Leigh Matthews The Devil's Submission by Nicola Davidson Little Sister's vs. Big Brother The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and  Daniel Kraus Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai The Firework Exploded by Tara Sivec Palmerino by Melissa Pritchard Links, Articles, and Things What is Erotic Romance? by Sylvia Day Do Not Mess with the Happy Ever After: defining the romance novel by KJ Charles You Will Take My Fluff From My Cold Dead Hands by KJ Charles Historical Romance: Who Gets the HEA by KJ Charles My 2018 Year in Reading: Favourite Books of the Year, Most Memorable Character, Best Cover, and More! By Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian RITA Award - Romance Writers of America List of nominees for Best Erotic Romance An Ode to the Romance Novel (Feat. Lindsay Ellis) Growing-up for goths "It's a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite … all the going out and being into the music, goths have always had a fairly positive view of people who are also achieving academically." Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, February 19th we’ll be talking about Canadian Content! Then on Tuesday, March 5th we’ll be discussing the genre of Occult/Mysticism/New Age (non-fiction)!

1hr 19mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 068 - Best of 2018

It’s our Best of 2018 episode! Of course, these are not necessarily the best things published in 2018, but instead the best things we read for the podcast (including everything from Family Sagas to Nature/Outdoors Non-Fiction) and the best we read of everything else. Join us for our #libfaves18! [Sorry this is a bit late coming out, Matthew had a terrible bout of food poisoning.] You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Favourite books read for the podcast Fiction Meghan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Episode 045 - Family Sagas) Anna: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell (Episode 049 - Southern Gothic) Matthew: Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North (Episode 053 - Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy) RJ: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Episode 053 - Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy) Non-Fiction: Anna: This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins (Episode 051 - Essay Collections) Matthew: Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga by Hirohiko Araki (Episode 047 - Creative Writing/Books About Writing) RJ: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (Episode 059 - Food and Cooking) Meghan: My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle (Episode 051 - Essay Collections) Favourite books we read not for the podcast Fiction Matthew: Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers RJ: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Meghan: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang Anna: Jørn Lier Horst (Anna talked about his book The Caveman for Episode 057 - Nordic/Scandinavian Noir) Here’s Jørn Lier Horst’s tweet about us! Non-Fiction: RJ:  Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis Meghan: The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White Anna: Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast Matthew: Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr Other Meghan: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill Matthew: Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler Matthew talked about this one in Episode 062 - French and Dinosaurs and Beetles and Cereal RJ: "Revenant" from Invasions by Calvin Gimpelevich Anna: Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer Runner ups (not necessarily mentioned in the podcast) Meghan: Non-Fiction Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence War's Unwomanly Face by Svetlana Alexievich The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience by Jennifer Pharr Davis The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont and Manjit Thapp What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan Sci Fi: Home by Nnedi Okorafor Romance: A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson Graphic Novel: Spinning by Tillie Walden Poetry: A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom Middle-grade/YA: The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Anna: My Neighbor Totoro Matthew: Non-Fiction: How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller by Ryan North Graphic Novels: Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky (So good!) About Betty's Boob by Vero Cazot and  Julie Rocheleau (Great!) Erased, vol. 1 by Kei Sanbe Frankenstein by Junji Ito Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac Ménage à 3, vol. 1 by Gisèle Lagacé and David Lumsdon (webcomic) Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 4-5 by Tom Siddell (webcomic) Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew (webcomic) Dimension W by Yuji Iwahara Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa Dodo by Felipe Nunes RJ She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap and  Greg Pizzoli The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North and Erica Henderson Links, Articles, and Things Hark! Episode 146: Fuck Yes Dragon Tuesday JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, January 15th we’ll be talking about Bizarro Fiction! Then on Tuesday, February 5th we’ll be talking about Erotic Romance! (Just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

1hr 5mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 073 - Reading Habits

It’s our 73rd episode and we’re talking about Reading Habits! We discuss reader robes, the worst things we’ve spilled on books, getting motion sick while reading on vehicles, using things as bookmarks, when not to donate books to the library, and judging people by their bookshelves. Plus: Aeroplane and other vehicle noises! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Questions What is your background as a reader? (early, late, family tradition, core identity, fun hobby, professional requirement) When do you read? (specific to work or pleasure? type of reading?) Where do you read? (in public, a specific chair, on transit, audio books in car, etc) How many books do you read at the same time? Do you track your reading? (take part in challenges or reading marathons? have quotas per type of reading material?) How do you choose what you read next? What do you do with books when you’re done with them? (bookshelves, ebooks) give to friends? leave on benches? fill donation bins/little free libraries? rebuy copies you lent to friends and never got back? Do you mark up your books, highlight, take notes, dogear, get sand in them at the beach? Media We Mention Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Episode 006 - Books in Translation Essential Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 1 White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo Links, Articles, and Things Goodreads 24in48 Readathon Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge Queer Book Club Episode 042 - Childhood Favourites Suggest new genres! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, April 2nd we’ll be talking about the genre of Short Stories! Then come back on Tuesday, April 16th for our 75th episode when we’ll be discussing other books and media we've been imbibing!

1hr 11mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 089 - Other People's Faves (that we do not like)

In this episode we’re talking about Other People’s Faves (that we do not like)! Yes, it’s time for our hot takes and unpopular opinions! We discuss all the pretty spider girls, not finishing books, hate reading, and waiting to read the next book in a series. Plus: Fish venting! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Media We Mention (Some of these we like and some of them we do not like…) Wanted (2008 film) (Wikipedia) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Wikipedia) - The play we mention The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien The Princess Bride by William Goldman The film version (Wikipedia) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman The TV version (Wikipedia) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Redwall by Brian Jacques (Wikipedia) Along Came a Spider by James Patterson Kiss the Girls by James Patterson Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Night by Elie Wiesel The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (Wikipedia) Discworld by Terry Pratchett (Wikipedia) Uprooted by Naomi Novik Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Murakami off reading lists in New Jersey Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish Rap The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (this is a book that is actually recommended!) Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman and Rob Guillory Dog Man by Dav Pilkey Links, Articles, and Things S. R. Ranganathan’s Five laws of library science (Wikipedia) “Just thinking about the time I talked mad shit about good ol Jimmy Patterson…” The story about only owning one book. CliffsNotes (Wikipedia) 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read The Dracula live-tweet thread (read this!) Tom King (Wikipedia) Orson Scott Card (Wikipedia) “Card has publicly declared his support of laws against homosexual activity and same-sex marriage.” Episode 052 - Separating the Art from the Artist Judge Dredd (Wikipedia) The movie “Using twitter is just microdosing anxiety” Don Cherry (Wikipedia)  "cryptic horror nightmare country" (Twitter thread) HARK! The Holiday Music Podcast Suggest new genres! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, December 3rd we’ll be talking about the fiction genre of Adventure Fiction! Then on Tuesday, December 17th it’s our Best of 2019 episode!

1hr 17mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 081 - New and Upcoming Books We're Excited About

This episode we’re talking about the American Library Association’s annual conference and New and Upcoming Books We’re Excited About! We discuss LGBTQ comics, Star Trek, memoirs, and an author who we learn we went to school with. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Matthew Murray | Kelsey Ockert | Amie Wright New and Upcoming Books We Mention Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman - Published September 3rd 2019 (Matthew was wrong, it’s being published by Graphic Universe) Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe - Published May 28th 2019 Spivak pronoun (including “eir”) We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix - Paperback published June 25, 2019 Angels With Blue Faces by Lyra McKee - Published late June 2019 Lyra McKee (Wikipedia) Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Published September 10th, 2019 They Called Us Enemy by George Takei,  Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker - Published July 16th, 2019 Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story Heritage Minutes: Vancouver Asahi No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant - Published August 20th, 2019 Bitter Root, Vol. 1: Family Business by David F. Walker,  Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene - Published May 21st, 2019 What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading by Leah Price - Published August 20th, 2019 Stonebreaker by Peter Wartman - Published 25th, 2019 Who Says You're Dead? Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned by Jacob M. Appel - Published October 8th, 2019 Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe - Published October 8th, 2019 Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender - Published November 12th, 2019 The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills - Published September 10th, 2019 The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow - Published September 10th, 2019 Counterfeit Girl by Pete Milligan and  Rufus Dayglo - Published June 25th, 2019 Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton - Published August 6th, 2019  Magical Beatdown by Jenn Woodall Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir - Published August 6th, 2019  Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - Published September 10th, 2019 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood - Published September 10th, 2019 Other Books & Media We Mention As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman Webcomic Nonbinary by Melanie Gillman Buy it! Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye Generations by Flavia Biondi Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix Matthew talked about this book in Episode 038 - Halloween! Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey Matthew talked about this book in Episode 059 - Food and Cooking The Nib Milkman by Anna Burns Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Far Beyond the Stars Remembering "Far Beyond The Stars" Links, Articles, and Things 2019 ALA Annual Conference S.S. Librarianship HARK! – The Holiday Music Podcast Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table Friday Discussion Forum: Social Justice and Comics Europe Comics (Wikipedia) Matteo Farinella You can search through the ALA conference Schedule to find the podcasts, but I can’t seem to link specific to it. HiJinx Episode 26: Conference Call Zine Pavilion Circulating Ideas Episode 161 - Grady Hendrix and Becky Spratford Summer Scares Reading Lists Graphic medicine A Different Booklist Ideas for Books Crow Detective Noir/Detective Crow Adventures Magical Girl Supervillian  Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres or titles! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, August 6th we’ll be discussing the genre of Steampunk! Then on Tuesday, August 20th we’ll be discussing The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin!

1hr 8mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 080 - True Crime

This month our genre is True Crime! We discuss bird thieves, rich people, caring more about the stories around the crimes than the crimes themselves, and audiobooks that make us scared to go to bed. Check it out! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Read This Month (or tried to read…) Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel Can You Ever Forgive Me? (movie) Noël Coward Edna Ferber The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson Internet Archive: Wayback Machine The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt The Mystery of Mary Rogers by Rick Geary The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Letter to the Golden State Killer Other Media We Mention American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women by Stevie Cameron Invisible Victims: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women by Katherine McCarthy The Library Book by Susan Orlean The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams 30 for 30: A Queen of Sorts (podcast about “ an elaborate baccarat scheme”) Treasury of Victorian Murder Series Treasury of XXth Century Murder Series The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold Rashomon (Wikipedia) Long Overdue Episode 79: Meta-Podcast Links, Articles, and Things Yellow journalism (Wikipedia) Ann Rule (Wikipedia) Gregory Peck (Wikipedia) Patty Hearst (Wikipedia) Kevin Mitnick (Wikipedia) Hamburglar strikes again, feasts on $2,000 in meals using customer's McDonald's app (CBC) Vote for which book we’ll read! (Please vote only once! Polls will close by July 14th) Episode 079 - Which Book Should We Read? Twitter Facebook Google Form Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres or titles! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, July 16th we’ll be talking about books we’re excited are coming out in the 2nd half of 2019. Plus a segment recorded live at the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC. Then on Tuesday, August 6th we’ll be discussing the genre of Steampunk!

1hr 16mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 077 - Books That Changed Our Lives / Books That Haunt Us

This episode we talk about Books That Changed Our Lives and Books That Haunt Us. We talk about comics, cooking, problematic faves, what caused us to study what we did in school, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Questions we discuss Is there such a thing as a "life-changing book"? What do we mean when we use that phrase? What distinguishes a "life-changing" book from a "favorite book"? Do you have any "life-changing" books? Are there any books that haunt you? Media We Mention Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman Sandman, vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III “Dramatically Different ‘absolute Sandman’ Recoloring Is Absolutely Necessary” Hark Podcast The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Episode 058 - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block Which Baby for the Billionaire? by Tiana Cole (I couldn’t find a book/sitcom/game show just called “Which Baby?!”) Which Witch Is Witch Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano Number 6 Fumbles by Rachel Solar-Tuttle Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible by Madhur Jaffrey Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Episode 006 - Books in Translation Dark Souls Deerskin by Robin McKinley The Girl Without Hands Cul de Sac: This Exit by Richard Thompson How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein Bitch (magazine) The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators by Char Booth Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce Uzumaki by Junji Ito Links, Articles, and Things Rural book borrowing in peril as libraries slam PC budget cuts Suggest a genre or book! Fill out the form to suggest a genre or book! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, June 4th when we’ll be talking about the genre of Supernatural Thrillers! Then on Tuesday, June 18th we’ll each be pitching a book we think all of us should read and discuss on the podcast!

59mins

21 May 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 091 - Best of 2019

It’s our Best of 2019 episode! Of course, these are not necessarily the best things published in 2019, but instead the best things we read for the podcast (including everything from Bizarro Fiction to True Crime) and the best of everything else we read. Join us! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Favourite Non-Fiction read in 2019: For the podcast:  Anna:  Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic by Emma Episode 084 - Political Non-Fiction Matthew:  The Antifa Comic Book: 100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements by Gord Hill The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill RJ:  I’ll Be Gone In the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Episode 080 - True Crime Meghan:  The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich Not for the podcast:  Matthew:  You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane AI Weirdness blog Twitter thread including neural net generated smut titles - Featuring “Sex Tongs” and “The Nutwoble Resort” RJ:  Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob Meghan:  How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell Anna: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom Favourite Fiction read in 2019: For the podcast RJ: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson  Episode 086 - American Gothic Meghan:  Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Episode 078 - Supernatural Thrillers Anna:  Gutshot by Amelia Gray Episode 074 - Short Story Collections Matthew: Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe Not for the podcast Meghan:  All Systems Red by Martha Wells Anna:  Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition by Tsutomu Nihei Matthew:  Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee RJ:  Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson Favourite other stuff from 2019: Meghan:  Au-dela des limites: L'histoire des sports en fauteuil roulant by Judith Lussier and Donald Royer Les petits garcons by Sophie Bédard Matthew: Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni Lego Rewind Lego Rewind Ep.20- Halloween Special RJ:  A Tour of My Plants by Jenna Marbles Anna:  SciShow Safiya Nigard Jungle Chvrches Billie Eilish Lizzo Flume Sofi Tukker King Princess The Dø Like a Version (triple j) CHVRCHES cover Arctic Monkeys 'Do I Wanna Know?' for Like A Version CHVRCHES cover Kendrick Lamar 'LOVE.' for Like A Version Runner ups (not necessarily mentioned in the podcast): Meghan: The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus  The Breakaway by Nicole Cooke Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch Anna:  The Good University: What Universities Actually Do and Why It’s Time for Radical Change by Raewyn Connell For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisely Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily Carroll Matthew:  Fiction Clade by James Bradley A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke Non-Fiction Thrill-Power Overload: The First Forty Years by David Bishop and Karl Stock Academia Obscura by Glen Wright 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph Comics Hex Vet, vol. 1: Witches in Training by Sam Davies Stonebreaker by Peter Wartman My Brother's Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations by Keith Giffen and Bilquis Evely Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer by Sylvie Rancourt (the first Canadian autobio comic) SP4RX by Wren McDonald (Cyberpunk!) Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore O Human Star, Volume One by Blue Delliquanti Hilda and the Mountain King by Luke Pearson Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu Coda, Vol. 1 by Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama RJ Pokémon Cafe Ghibli Museum I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll Radishes by Carolyn Nowak (also published in Girl Town) Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings Santa’s Husband by Danielle Kibblesmith & AP Quach Links, Articles, and Things Visual novel (Wikipedia) Now Kiss — Love Thyself - A Horatio Story Doki Doki Literature Club! (Wikipedia) Top Visual Novel games - itch.io We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Ida B. Wells (Wikipedia) Hermitude cover Nirvana 'Heart-Shaped Box' for Like A Version Ft. Jaguar Jonze Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, January 7th we’ll be talking about the non-fiction genre of Art! Then on Tuesday, January 21st we’ll be talking about our Reading Resolutions for 2020!

1hr 17mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 030 - Rereading

We talk about when, why, (whether), and what we Reread, and what does it all mean? Plus: format shifting for rereads, plays vs. scripts, cover versions of fiction, and the suck fairy. You can download the podcast directly, find it  on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favourite podcast delivery system.  In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi  Books We Mentioned Titus Groan and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett The BPRD: Hell on Earth series by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and others A spinoff of the Hellboy series by Mike Mignola and others The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth Grendel by John Gardner (Jessi said “John Green”, but she meant this one) Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Uprooted by Naomi Novik Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson On Trails by Robert Moor Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Microserfs by Douglas Coupland The Great Alta series by Jane Yolen Sister Light, Sister Dark White Jenna The One-Armed Queen Sassinak by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon The Nintendo Adventure Books series The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen LaFayette and the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell Othello by William Shakespeare Amadeus by Peter Shaffer And the movie based on the play The Others series by Anne Bishop Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, graphic novel adaptation by Tony Parker Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Adventures of Tintin series by Hergé If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino The Princess Bride by William Goldman The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood And the Hulu show The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery The movie with Megan Follows Anne, the new TV show Wild by Cheryl Strayed Links, Articles, and Things The Suck Fairy 10 Reasons We Reread Our Favorite Books by Sara Jonsson (Barnes & Noble blog) The Seven Basic Plots The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I. A Brief Guide to Tintinology The magic sound used by Matthew in our endtro is “fairy magic wand” by Robinhood76 from freesound.org. Questions Do you reread books? Why (or why not)? How often? What’s a book you wish you could read again for the first time? Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, June 19th, when we will inflict upon you the genre of QUILTBAG/LGBTQ+ NonFiction! Then come back on Tuesday, July 4th, when we’ll talk about Reading Exhaustion and Reading Slumps.

59mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 092 - Arts (Non-Fiction)

This month we’re discussing the non-fiction genre of Arts! We discuss “capital-A” art, creating, consuming, and destroying art, library hold-list hacks, Video Game Club for Masochists, woo woo, and scraping ideas off of the sides of artist Faraday cages. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards | Kaya Fraser Things We Read Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Irvin Painter Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks Me Artsy edited by Drew Hayden Taylor Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert Gorey's Worlds by Edward Gorey Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey by Edward Gorey La Bande Dessinée by Benoît Mouchart Other Media We Mention Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud  The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville Graphic Annotations of China Miéville’s The Last Days of New Paris The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Wikipedia) Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier Girl with a Pearl Earring painting by Johannes Vermeer (Wikipedia) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum Stardew Valley (Wikipedia) Krobus: “He is a shadow person who lives in the sewers.” Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Halo (franchise) (Wikipedia) Mass Effect (Wikipedia) Book Club for Masochists Episode 003 - Technology (non-fiction) Episode 064 - Video Games Trailer for Take Me (a short film Matthew’s mom wrote) The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey Three Books From The Fantod Press by Edward Gorey (are they zines? Maybe?) Redburn: His First Voyage by Herman Melville This is the one with the cover by Edward Gorey featuring some sailors Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey Dracula (1924 Play) > 1977 Revival (Featuring art design by Edward Gorey) Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug Real Artists Have Day Jobs: (And Other Awesome Things They Don't Teach You in School) by Sara Benincasa Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Me Funny edited by Drew Hayden Taylor Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality by Drew Hayden Taylor The Secret by Rhonda Byrne The Creative Independent The Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey The Coasters - Searchin’ Wikipedia article on the song Links, Articles, and Things Paradise, Nevada (Wikipedia) “Paradise is an unincorporated town” (it’s for tax reasons, of course…) David Datuna (Wikipedia) “Known for: Sculpture, installation; consuming the banana from Comedian” Love is in the Bin (Wikipedia) Banksy artwork that was shredded after auction Twitter thread from Stephanie about books they read in their art book club Shia LaBeouf's extremely loud motivational speech, explained Rupi Kaur Is the Writer of the Decade (Instagram poetry) Matthew’s analysis of the Goodreads top graphic novels of the year CinemaSins (Wikipedia) Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, January 21st we’ll be talking about our 2020 Reading Resolutions! Then on Tuesday, February 4th we’ll be discussing the romance subgenre of Chick Lit!

1hr 23mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 082 - Steampunk

This month we’re reading Steampunk! We talk about the history of the genre, umbrella fights, boring white men, colonialization, graphic novel adaptations, werewolf sex, good vs bad worldbuilding, and Matthew made a spreadsheet and did some math (of course…). You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Discussed This Month  The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley Boneshaker by Cherie Priest Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter The Difference Engine by William Gibson,  Bruce Sterling Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction edited by Dominik Parisien Soulless by Gail Carriger Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger and Rem Other Steampunk (or “Steampunk”) Books We’ve Read (or tried to…) Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio  The Glass Scientists by Sabrina Cotugno Airborn by Kenneth Oppel The Sea Is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng Discussed in Episode 014 - Historical Fantasy Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente  Everfair by Nisi Shawl Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger Discussed in Episode 013 - Spies and Espionage Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre The Stowaway Debutante by Rebecca Diem Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann “If I wanted to read Batman fanfiction, I could probably find better fic on the Internet for free.” - Goodreads review The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman Other Media We Mention Vampire: The Masquerade Chap hop Fighting Trousers - Professor Elemental The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang Rat Queens The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton Links, Articles, and Things S.S. Librarianship Aether (classical element) Timeline of *Punk fiction subgenres Fantasy of manners Sad Puppies Bakka-Phoenix Books - Sci-Fi/Fantasy bookstore in Toronto Gaslamp fantasy Intro to Speculative Fiction by People of Color Atrocities in the Congo Free State Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres or titles! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, August 20th we’ll be discussing The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Then on Tuesday, September 3rd we’ll be discussing the non-fiction genre of politics.

1hr 22mins

6 Aug 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 078 - Supernatural Thrillers

This month our genre is Supernatural Thrillers! We discuss grand dogs, fairies stealing children, Abbott and Costello Meet the Eldritch Abominations, spooky houses, the best celery, whether hackers are supernatural, snuggling lake monsters, reading Wikipedia articles instead of consuming media, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Read This Month (or tried to read…) The Devil's Labyrinth by John Saul Meghan’s review Ring by Kōji Suzuki The Ring (franchise) Ring (novel series) The Ring, Volume 1 by Misao Inagaki and Hiroshi Takahashi The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir NOS4A2 by Joe Hill Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero Abbott by Saladin Ahmed,  Sami Kivelä, and Jason Wordie Can RJ Recommend a Book by a Trans Author in this Genre? Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierny The Dreaming Drawing Blood by Billy Martin (published as Poppy Z. Brite) Other Media We Mention Loose Time by RJ Edwards Winner of a National Magazine Award for Fiction! Stephen King The Bishop Files Series by Kay Hooper Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (fantasy novel about a lawyer. It’s good!) Dean Koontz The Curse Workers Series by Holly Black White Cat The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins Scooby-Doo The Changeling by Victor LaValle The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu by Junji Ito The Enigma of Amigara Fault is collected in Gyo The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo Black Creek Crossing by John Saul The Cabin in the Woods The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Fireman by Joe Hill Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes The Shape of Water Abbott and Costello Call of Cthulhu (role-playing game) Links, Articles, and Things Pontianak: “Pontianaks are usually depicted as pale-skinned women with long black hair, red eyes, and white dress smeared in blood, but they are said to be able to take on a beautiful humanly appearance since they prey on men and helpless people.” Penanggalan: “a detached female head capable of flying about on its own. As it flies, the stomach and entrails dangle below it, and these organs twinkle like fireflies as the Penanggalan moves through the night.” 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith Changeling: “A changeling was believed to be a fairy child that had been left in place of a human child stolen by the fairies.” Ideas for Books The Corpse/Ghost With Good Taste (A good book about) a trans woman fighting monsters with a pickaxe in one hand and a pirate’s cutlass in the other Questions Is “supernatural thriller” more of a movie genre? Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres or titles! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on on Tuesday, June 18th we’ll each be pitching a book we think all of us should read and discuss on the podcast! You get to vote! Then on Tuesday, July 2nd we’ll be discussing the non-fiction genre of True Crime!

1hr 18mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 088 - Psychology

This month we’re discussing Psychology! We discuss psychedelics, rodent-based experiments, citations and footnotes, and books that turn out to be not what we expected. Plus: Why some of us don’t eat cephalopods!  You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards | Amanda Wanner Things We Read How to Change your Mind by Michael Pollan Not the Monty Python guy, that’s Michael Palin Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len Catron To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This (New York Times article) Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives by Richard Wiseman How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do by Stanley Coren Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith  The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski Other Media We Mention The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making by Jared Yates Sexton Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee  The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love by Dessa  The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson Links, Articles, and Things Episode 041 - Dystopian Fiction Oliver Sacks (Wikipedia) Michael Murray (Google Scholar) - Matthew’s dad Jean Piaget (Wikipedia) XKCD - Purity - "sociology is just applied psychology"  SF Masterworks (Wikipedia) - The ones with yellow covers Contest! Tell us your favourite episode! Win a sticker! Suggest new genres! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, November 19th we’ll be discussing Other People’s Favourites! Then on Tuesday, December 3rd we’ll be talking about the genre of Adventure Fiction.

1hr 5mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 083 - The Fifth Season

This month we’re reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin! In this episode there are lots of spoilers! We discuss whether or not we enjoy maps in books, grimdark fantasy, protests, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Book We Discussed This Month  The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin Map of The Stillness Other Media We Mention Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Discworld by Terry Pratchett The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin Links, Articles, and Things Dunwich (and other fictional places that H.P. Lovecraft created) are in Massachusetts "I make a LOT of maps, and have zero art skills so here's how I do it" Grimdark (Wikipedia) Hugo Awards (Wikipedia) Announcing the 2019 Hugo Award Winners Archive of Our Own The Hobbit: A Long-Expected Autopsy (Part 1/2) by Lindsay Ellis Pangaea (Wikipedia) Colin Kaepernick (Wikipedia) U.S. national anthem protests (2016–present) (Wikipedia) Tricking readers into acceptance - Blog post by N.K. Jemisin Green Ronin To Publish The Fifth Season Roleplaying Game Book Club Questions Bored to Death book club: I’ve Read The Fifth Season, Now What? Pingel Sisters: April 2019 Book Club Discussion Questions: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club: Discussion questions for ‘The Fifth Season’ Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres or titles! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, September 3rd we’ll be discussing the non-fiction genre of politics! Then on Tuesday, September 17th we’ll talk about books and other media we’ve consumed recently.

1hr 12mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 035 - Gardening (and plants!)

Gardens! Plants! Growing things! Can we do it? Probably not! But we read books about it anyway. We talk about houseplants we’ve killed, the appeal of beautiful pictures of plants, and failing to grow things. Plus: Another chance to enter our contest! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Books We Read (or tried to) Lone Pine Publishing 37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill by Mary Kate Hogan Bunch Up!: A Step-By-Step Guide for Budding Florists by Irene Cuzzaniti, Irene Rinaldi Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi Cougar Annie’s Garden by Margaret Horsfield Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-Step Guide to Easily Contained Life by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow Terrariums Re-Imagined: Mini Worlds Made in Creative Containers by Kat Geiger Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello, Kate Bryant, and Kate Baldwin The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Obsession, Commerce, and Adventure by Adam Leith Gollner Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin Martin Art of the Olmsted Landscape by Bruce Kelly Books We Mentioned Monster Manual Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance by Patricia Rain Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice by Pat Willard American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT by James McWilliams Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal Blood Flag by Steve Martini Links, Articles, and Things Vellum (“is prepared animal skin or "membrane" used as a material for writing on”) Hooker’s Onion Folly  (“is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs”) Legends of the coco de mer (Wikipedia article) Rambutan (after more research, Matthew thinks he loaded Longan onto the truck) Our list of potential genres for the podcast Photos of our plant babies Questions Do you read books about gardening? How do you choose them? How many houseplants have you killed? What’s your favourite plant? Contest! To celebrate 15,000 total downloads of our podcast we’re having a contest! Retweet one of our tweets about episode 34 or episode 35 of this podcast any time during August, 2017, and you’ll have a chance to win some books or comics! Prizes include Moonstruck #1, Moonshine vol. 1, I Hate Fairyland vol. 2, Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction, Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, Run by Ann Patchett, and Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell (plus probably some other stuff). We can neither confirm nor deny that this is extra stuff we have from ALA and other conferences. (Though all the above listed titles are unread.) Number of prizes will depend on number of entrants. Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Gardening, plant, etc books we read, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, September 5th, when we’ll talk about Podcasts. Then come back on Tuesday, September 19th, when we’ll be discussing Experimental Fiction!

59mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 076 - Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, Myths, and Folklore

This month we’re reading Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, Myths, and Folklore. We talk about the internet, oral stories, where to start reading superheroes, the problems with incredibly long books, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Books We Read This Month (or tried to read…) A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm by Varla Ventura Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms Christmas Customs and Folklore: A Guide to Season Rites by Margaret Baker Hark! Podcast Jingle Bells written by James Lord Pierpont Wassailing Haxey Hood Boggans - Changeling: The Dreaming Snap-dragon (game) Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O'Brien Here Comes a Chopper to Chop Off Your Head: The Dark Side of Childhood Rhymes and Stories by Liz Evers Ring a Ring o' Roses Contes et sortilèges des quatre coins du Québec Les grandes légendes du Québec : un tour du Québec en 25 récits traditionnels Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder's Fork and Lizard's Leg: The Lore and Mythology of Amphibians and Reptiles by Marty Crump Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan Crash Course Mythology White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth translated by Shelley Tanaka and illustrated by Willow Dawson Willow Dawson’s website Contes du Nord illustrated by Kay Nielsen Kay Nielsen - 43 artworks Other Media We Mention Andrew Lang's Fairy Books PBS Idea Channel How is Slender Man Internet Folklore? What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe What If? Website Links, Articles, and Things Kelpie: “malevolent water horses” Jack Zipes: “an American academic and folklorist who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales” Slender Man Creepypasta (just spooked myself out by watching some videos on Petscop…) Afrofuturism The crew of the Argo Folklore of Quebec Protein poisoning Russian Fairy Tales Baba Yaga Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie comic series) (Sonic News Network wiki) Transformers Wiki (read the image captions) Favourite Folklore/Fairy Tales The Girl Without Hands (The Handless Maiden) Vasilisa the Beautiful (girl sent to Baba Yaga’s hut) The Yule Lads Suggest a genre or book! Fill out the form to suggest a genre or book! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, May 21st when we’ll be discussing Books That Changed Our Lives and Books That Haunt Us! Then come back on Tuesday, June 4th when we’ll be talking about the genre of Supernatural Thrillers!

1hr 21mins

7 May 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 095 - Ratings, Reviews, and Tags

This episode we're discussing Ratings, Reviews, and Tags! We talk about subject headings, our most used tags, malicious metadata, how we use star-based rating systems, the value we see in bad reviews, art styles that are morally wrong, and more! Plus: A data-driven analysis to find the most unfinished book on Goodreads! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards Media We Mention My Ideal Bookshelf edited by Thessaly La Force  The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Guillermo del Toro’s Penguin Horror line Yotsuba&!, Vol. 11 by Kiyohiko Azuma Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Links, Articles, and Things Folksonomy (Wikipedia) Tag (metadata) (Wikipedia) Library of Congress Subject Headings (Wikipedia) BiblioCommons (Wikipedia) OverDrive (Wikipedia) Hoopla (Wikipedia) BoardGameGeek’s list of top games Scarleteen | Sex Education For The Real World Spider Reviews by Jenny Nicholson  Bic Pens 'For Her' Get Hilariously Snarky Amazon Reviews  What are the most unfinished books according to Goodreads?* The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling Outlander by Diana Gabaldon The Book Thief by Markus Zusak American Gods by Neil Gaiman A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt *Based upon the top 50 most tagged titles from these shelves. Data taken on 2020-01-20.  abandoned couldn't finish did not finish didn't finish dnf gave up gave up on never finished unfinished (I missed “not finished”.) Here’s the spreadsheet if you want to see the other titles. Suggest new genres or titles! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, March 3rd we’ll be discussing Non-Fiction Climate Change books! Then on Tuesday, March 17th we’ll be talking about Objectifying Books!

55mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 090 - Adventure Fiction

This month we’re discussing Adventure Fiction! We talk about bears (and bear fighting), spies, secret tunnels, robots, survival, thrillers, male romance, geese, pirates, stolen smartphones, shipwrecks, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards | Robert Hamaker Things We Read The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy There are ten sequels to this book! And spin-offs! Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Muppet Treasure Island - Professional Pirate (featuring Tim Curry) The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Robinsonade (Wikipedia) Pirates! by Celia Rees The Wild Robot by Peter Brown The Anomaly by Michael Rutger Matthew forgot this bit of the book that he also really hates:  “We were guaranteed a spread in Ancient American magazine, and maybe a mention in Obscure Academic Quarterly About Indigenous Peoples (circulation: 151 copies worldwide, hidden in college libraries where no one under the age of forty goes expect to make out).” The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler Dirk Pitt (Wikipedia) Sahara (2005 film) (Wikipedia) The photo that RJ shared with everyone Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia Rick Riordan Presents (Wikipedia) John Henry (folklore) (Wikipedia) Steel (John Henry Irons) (Wikipedia) Can RJ find a book in this genre by a trans author? Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg Other Media We Mention You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane Conan the Barbarian (Wikipedia) The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope Hawkins (Wikipedia) The Shadow (Wikipedia) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Wikipedia) Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Diana Tixier Herald, Wayne A. Wiegand The Executioner (Wikipedia) Deathlands (Wikipedia) The Young Indiana Jones series of kids books Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Ghost Twins Series by Dian Curtis Regan The Boxcar Children (Wikipedia)  My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Wikipedia) Heinlein juveniles (Wikipedia) Indiana Jones (franchise) (Wikipedia) Tomb Raider (Wikipedia) Uncharted (Wikipedia) Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer Links, Articles, and Things Episode 059 - Food and Cooking Episode 084 - Political Non-Fiction Posts from the AI Weirdness blog tagged as “recipes” Something Something Soup Something (the “soup or not soup” game) "The Lectores Who Read to Cuba's Cigar Rollers" Jack London (Wikipedia) Adventure fiction (Wikipedia) Suggest new genres! Fill out the form to suggest genres! Check out our Tumblr, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, December 17th for our Best of 2019 episode! Then on Tuesday, January 7th we’ll be talking about the non-fiction genre of Art!

1hr 17mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #20