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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

280 Ratings
Average Ratings
232
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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The Worst Bestsellers

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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

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Rank #9: Episode 58 – Eclipse

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It’s been two years since our very first episode, when Caroline of Fantastic Fangirls read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And one year since we read New Moon!) And now we’ve added Danielle to our crew to play the … Continue reading →

Sep 26 2016

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Rank #10: 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 #11: Episode 77 – Boxcar Children

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Flashback Summer goes all the way back to 1942 to read The Boxcar Children and The Mystery of the Purple Pool (Boxcar Children Mystery #38) by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Kait has returned from her Comet pilgrimage, and we were also … Continue reading →

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #12: Episode 72 – Red Queen

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Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna (of LCARS Librarian and Women Write About Comics) read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It’s a confusing melange of everyone’s favorite YA dystopia tropes, like “love triangle,” “government-sponsored competition,” and “manic pixie blood girl.” Listen … Continue reading →

May 08 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 74 – Sweet Valley High

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Flashback Summer is back! With Kait camped outside of the Imperial Theater waiting to see Dave Malloy in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Becca stepped in to join Renata and their guest Kristi to discuss Double … Continue reading →

Jun 05 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 21 – City of Bones

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Kait, Renata, and Kait’s secret cousin Nicole read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, because we read all the rest of the Harry Potter fanfiction the internet had to offer. This is a book with something for everyone: vampires, werewolves, … Continue reading →

May 11 2015

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Rank #15: Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Y’all know TFW you’re an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you’re also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love … Continue reading →

Jun 04 2018

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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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