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Too much recapping

By j00n1e - Nov 07 2019
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Every show is basically just the hosts retelling the entire plot of the featured book, with about 5 minutes of insights and opinions. Maybe the hosts stick to recapping the plot because ppl complain that the show is too “political.” Honestly it’s their right to share their opinions. The show is called Worst Best Sellers so I expect the hosts to tell me WHY these books are the worst. That’s what I came here for, not to hear a 45 minute plot summary. Maybe the hosts feel that the badness of the book will be inherent in the plot summary, but any book would sound kinda dry if you just summarize the plot beats. tl;dr: I wish they spent more time discussing things like writing style, tropes, and character development instead of just recounting the whole plot.

Love it!

By DoraBunny - Jul 03 2019
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I love when they review children’s books during the summer

iTunes Ratings

281 Ratings
Average Ratings
233
17
9
12
10

Too much recapping

By j00n1e - Nov 07 2019
Read more
Every show is basically just the hosts retelling the entire plot of the featured book, with about 5 minutes of insights and opinions. Maybe the hosts stick to recapping the plot because ppl complain that the show is too “political.” Honestly it’s their right to share their opinions. The show is called Worst Best Sellers so I expect the hosts to tell me WHY these books are the worst. That’s what I came here for, not to hear a 45 minute plot summary. Maybe the hosts feel that the badness of the book will be inherent in the plot summary, but any book would sound kinda dry if you just summarize the plot beats. tl;dr: I wish they spent more time discussing things like writing style, tropes, and character development instead of just recounting the whole plot.

Love it!

By DoraBunny - Jul 03 2019
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I love when they review children’s books during the summer

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Rank #1: Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

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It’s been three years since our very first episode, when Carrie read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And two years since we read New Moon and one year since we read Eclipse!) We’re back to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking game and drunkenly discuss the final … Continue reading →

Sep 25 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 90 – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

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We wanted to start the new year off with a self-help book, so we teamed up with Jolenta and Kristen from By the Book, a podcast where they try out living by self-help books, and read Men Are From Mars, … Continue reading →

Jan 15 2018

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Rank #3: Episode 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

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Kait, Renata, and their guest KL (@momebie, @LaraEckener) read Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. They’re glad the author hasn’t revealed his identity, because otherwise it might be too hard for us to resist the urge to go … Continue reading →

May 22 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

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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 … Continue reading →

Oct 08 2018

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Rank #5: Episode 133 – The Host

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Unlike vampires, we keep aging, so this is our 5th podcastversary! Tragically, we’ve completed our run on the Twilight saga, but the show must go on. We brought back returning guest Caroline to discuss Stephenie Meyer’s awkward alien follow-up to the Twilight saga, The Host. Bad news: it’s not as entertaining as Twilight. Good news: she never followed through on making this a trilogy. As you listen to this episode, please join us in using The Secret to compel Stephenie Meyer to write another vampire book for next year!

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Footnotes: Remembering The Host, a Scifi Book That Barely Wanted to be Scifi by Beth Elderkin

Stephenie Meyer Hopes The Host Will Be A Trilogy, Is That A Good Thing? by Kelly West

Candy Pairing:  Carrie says Blow Pops, Kait says a giant lollipop, Renata says giant gummy worms.

Coming up next: The Rock Says… by The Rock and Joe Leyden.

Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

(But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

Sep 23 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #6: Episode 12 – Outlander

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Ring in the new year–1743–with Kait, Renata, and their guest lassie Erica! We read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and we learned so much about British history, medicinal herbs, corporal punishment, witchcraft, animal husbandry, the Loch Ness Monster, and many other … Continue reading →

Jan 05 2015

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Rank #7: Episode 03: The Secret

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For our third episode, Kait and Renata are joined by writer/activist Keane to discuss The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This best-selling self-help book taught us that the Universe doesn’t understand the word “no.” Seriously, the Universe, no means no. Listen … Continue reading →

Sep 29 2014

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Rank #8: Episode 132 – Divergent

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Divergent by Veronica Roth, a dystopian society controlled by Buzzfeed quizzes, has been one of most frequently-requested episodes. In an effort to bring peace to the five factions, we invited Annie, author of The Chance You Won’t Return and cohost of the Crossover Appeal podcast to read this flash-in-the-pan dystopian novel with us. Listen to this episode on your next trip to Chicago–just make sure to be careful when jumping off the El train!

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Footnotes: GoodReads Interview with Veronica Roth

Official Divergent Faction Quiz

Bean cleaned: Workers quickly remove graffiti from Chicago’s beloved sculpture

Candy Pairing:  Annie says Pop Rocks and Coke, Kait says chocolate with a razor blade in it, Renata says abandoned chocolate.

Coming up next: The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Worst Bestsellers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

(But no pressure, we’re also happy if you get these items from your local library or independent bookstore.)

Sep 09 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: Episode 31 – New Moon

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It’s been one year since our very first episode, when Caroline of Fantastic Fangirls read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! To celebrate, we decided to return to the scene of the crime and read New Moon, the next book … Continue reading →

Sep 28 2015

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Rank #10: Episode 100 – Ready Player One

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It’s our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books … Continue reading →

Jun 18 2018

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Rank #11: Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

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In Part 2 of our Big Podcast Crossover Event with I Don’t Even Own A Television, J.W. and Collision joined us to discuss James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas. It’s a beautiful example of the power of Telling, Not Showing. … Continue reading →

Mar 26 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 71 – The Shack

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Kait, Renata, and their guest Dolly (@loather, Withdrawn) read The Shack by William Paul Young. It’s about a man who meets God, but get this, God is a black woman who wants you to call her “Papa”! Did that … Continue reading →

Apr 24 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 83 – Handbook for Mortals

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Kelly Jensen (Book Riot editor, co-host of Book Riot’s Hey YA podcast, & editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World) joined us for the 23-hour bestseller, Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem. We’re so glad that CSI: … Continue reading →

Oct 09 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 70 – The Notebook (LIVE at Trident Booksellers!)

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Kait, Renata, and their guest Margaret H. Willison (Two Bossy Dames, Appointment Television) read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks for a special live episode recorded at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! If you’re familiar with the movie, you might … Continue reading →

Apr 10 2017

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Rank #15: Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

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Flashback Summer continues! While Renata is off in the wilderness, settling into her Sadness Cave, Kait, our editor Becca, and our guest Jennifer said hello to their friends–the Baby-sitters Club! Kait, Becca, and Jen revisited the BSC franchise as a … Continue reading →

Jul 18 2016

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Rank #16: Episode 119 – After

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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 … Continue reading →

Mar 11 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #17: Episode 17 – Flowers in the Attic

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Kait, Renata, and their guests Sophi and Stacey read (or re-read) Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews. Some of us reflected fondly about furtively reading this in our childhoods, while others of us struggled to understand the appeal … Continue reading →

Mar 16 2015

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Rank #18: Episode 15 – Fifty Shades of Grey

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Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna of Bellwether Friends read Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James! Their inner goddesses are all annoyed at how much they felt compelled to defend this book. Sure, it’s unconventional to have a … Continue reading →

Feb 16 2015

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Rank #19: Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

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In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we read Alyssa Cole’s first Reluctant Royals romance, A Princess in Theory, with the 2016 Romance Writers Association librarian of the year, Robin Bradford. Although this book has a slightly silly premise–namely, what … Continue reading →

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 30 – Dianetics

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Kait, Renata, and their pre-clear guest Sigrid (@SigridEllis) read Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, a man who is on record as not believing in second drafts. It’s definitely the worst thing we’ve ever read, and also now we’re afraid … Continue reading →

Sep 14 2015

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