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Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit WorstBestsellers.com for our readers advisory booklists and other fun stuff.

Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit WorstBestsellers.com for our readers advisory booklists and other fun stuff.
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Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit WorstBestsellers.com for our readers advisory booklists and other fun stuff.

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Episodes

Episode 112 – Queer Thoughts on Having It All

12/3/2018
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How do you get and keep a man? Hell if Kait knows, even after reading Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown. Once again, Kait has gathered some queer friends to see if Helen Gurley Brown’s worldview falls apart if … Continue reading →

Duration:00:41:03

Episode 111 – Stranger than Fanfiction

11/19/2018
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Have you been wondering what Chris Colfer has been up to since Glee? Are you ready to read some self-insert celebrity real person fanfiction written by an actual celebrity? Honestly, you’re probably not, and we weren’t either, but we were … Continue reading →

Duration:01:29:14

Episode 110 – Red Rising

11/5/2018
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Did you ever read a science fiction book and think, “I wish I knew more about these characters’ bathroom usage?” If so, Red Rising by Pierce Brown is the book for you! Children’s librarian Anna (@opinionsbyanna) joined us for … Continue reading →

Duration:01:17:22

Episode 109 – Five Night’s At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

10/22/2018
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Happy Halloween! We faced the scariest thing imaginable for a bad books podcast: a video game tie-in novel that turned out to be actually like, really good? We know: we were shocked too. Almost as shocked as the teen protagonists … Continue reading →

Duration:01:09:45

Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

10/8/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:36:39

Episode 107 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

9/24/2018
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It’s our 4th anniversary! Traditionally, we’ve read a new book from the Twilight saga each year to celebrate our anniversary. But last year, we finished the saga, so this year we decided to create our own Twilight adventure. Danielle (of Hello … Continue reading →

Duration:01:51:18

Episode 106 – Hope Never Dies

9/10/2018
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We teamed up with Anna and Alene from Bellwether Friends, our BFP (best friend podcast), to read about our nation’s greatest BFFs, Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Unfortunately for us, Andrew Shaffer’s political RPF mystery Hope Never Dies turned out … Continue reading →

Duration:01:25:15

Episode 105 – Sunset Island

8/27/2018
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As the sun goes down on this year’s Flashback Summer, we pay a visit to Sunset Island by Cherie Bennet. We’re joined by Denise (@DezDono), editor of the Gailsone series and one of the few people who remembers this 90s … Continue reading →

Duration:01:24:14

Episode 104 – House of Danger

8/13/2018
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If you’d like to continue with Flashback Summer, turn to page 2 for Kait, Renata, and Becca’s discussion of House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery. If you’re curious about the Choose Your Own Adventure franchise’s crossover into board game territory, … Continue reading →

Duration:01:09:08

Episode 103 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

7/30/2018
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Flashback Summer gathered around the campfire to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell with our editor Becca. Put your hand in a bowl of peeled grapes and listen to hear how deeply upsetting … Continue reading →

Duration:01:26:07

Episode 102 – Ramona and Her Mother

7/16/2018
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Flashback Summer continues as we revisit everyone’s favorite little sister. Becca and Katelyn joined us to discuss Beverly Cleary’s classic Ramona and Her Mother. Relive the thrill of squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste and the tragedy of a … Continue reading →

Duration:01:27:13

Episode 101 – The Ghost in The Third Row

7/2/2018
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We’re launching our third Flashback Summer with one of Kait’s most formative childhood books. Author Becky Allen (@allreb) joined us to discuss The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville, a middle-grade mystery that’s aged surprisingly well, much like a … Continue reading →

Duration:01:08:49

Episode 100 – Ready Player One

6/18/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:54:38

Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

6/4/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:20:23

Episode 98 – Unmasked

5/21/2018
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Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn’t have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir Unmasked. Join us to learn more than we ever wanted to know … Continue reading →

Duration:01:21:53

Episode 97 – Wonder

5/7/2018
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Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It’s … Continue reading →

Duration:01:28:34

Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

4/23/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:30:40

Episode 95 – Having It All

4/9/2018
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Kait and Renata dug into some vintage life advice from former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown’s 1982 book Having It All. Who better to help them talk about compliance to gender and beauty norms than Bitch Planet writer Kelly Sue … Continue reading →

Duration:01:49:35

Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

3/26/2018
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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 →

Duration:01:45:15

Bonus Episode III – Twilight Movies

3/12/2018
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We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled book podcast to release this bonus episode about the movies of the Twilight saga! As a Patreon goal, we watched all 5 films and recorded our reactions to them. (Renata’s dazzled reactions … Continue reading →

Duration:00:49:02