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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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This episode we’re talking about Adaptations! We discuss (the fictional) Junji Ito's Anne of Green Gables, The Muppets presents Dune the Musical, bad wigs in adaptations, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system…
 
This episode we discuss non-fiction books about Music! We talk about sea shanties, whether musical scores count as non-fiction, reading about music we’re unfamiliar with, how we interpret lyrics, and more! Plus: We made a playlist of music for you to listen to based on the books we read! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or …
 
This episode we’re playing Hearts of Magic: Threads Entangled! There’s illegal printing presses, malformed creatures, rooftop chases, stolen hats, tea ceremonies, and a masquerade ball! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery s…
 
This episode we’re talking about Erotica! We discuss the relationship between erotica and porn, the differences between erotica and romance fiction, fanfiction, and much more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. Che…
 
This episode we’re discussing Piranesi by Susanna Clarke! Major spoiler warning for this episode as we talk about a lot of various plot points! (Though we don’t reveal everything.) There’s an extra spoiler siren immediately before we start diving into the plot in depth. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through App…
 
This episode we’re talking about Flash Fiction (aka: microfiction, sudden fiction, micro-stories, & short-short stories)! We discuss poetry hating barbarians, SEO for formats, Twitterature, intentionality, and how academic journals are Cosmopolitan for scientists! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Pod…
 
This week it’s another episode where we talk about Media We’ve Recently Enjoyed! We talk about woman’s basketball, resource mining, musicals, translations, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episo…
 
This episode we’re talking about Cyberpunk fiction! We discuss the aesthetics of neon and grime, cultural fears and xenophobia, techno-pessimism, survival and revolution, noir fiction, and more! Plus: When cybernetic implants meet body horror! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Goog…
 
This episode it’s the first part of our 2021 Battle of the Books! We’re each pitching a book that we think we should all read and discuss, and you get to decide which one we read! We talk about pombies, wooden book clubs, friendship, and more! Plus: Digressions about superheroes! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it t…
 
This episode we’re talking about Non-Fiction Film & TV books! We discuss media about media, self-pity book purchasing, spoilers, and more! Plus: Kakapos! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferr…
 
This episode we’re playing the storytelling game Plucky Kid Detective! Charles and Meep investigate the summer reading club kickoff party’s missing cake! Will they find out who the thief was? Plus: Dog Person, fedora wearing robots, maps, clues, thrilling escapes, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through…
 
This episode we’re talking about Crime Fiction! We discuss the Venn diagram of crime, mysteries, and thrillers, teenage girls punching robots, whether superhero comics count as crime fiction, teen sleuths, whodunnits, howdunnits, hughdunnits, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitc…
 
This episode we’re discussing the dreaded Did Not Finish! We talk about why we don’t finish books, specific titles we didn’t finish, why not finishing books can be good, what “finishing” a book even means, how you “finish” a cross-media property, and returning to books we stopped reading. Plus: Speedrunning books! You can download the podcast direc…
 
This episode we’re talking about Literary Theory & Literary Criticism! We discuss what literature even is, books we haven’t read, preconceived notions, and much more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this epis…
 
This episode we’re discussing Media (and Noodles) We’ve Recently Enjoyed! We talk about spicy noodles, which Dakota is our least favourite state, fictional planets that totally suck, tenuous connections, flexing over signed books, vaccine envy, podcast synergy, and why you should mail us an envelope filled with five dollar bills! Plus: We reveal ho…
 
This episode we’re talking about Psychological Horror! We discuss gore, people being weenies, books with running in them, kiwi fruit, checking the under the bed for monsters, Law & Order: SVU, and our guest host says they want to poison everyone! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, G…
 
It’s our 5th anniversary episode and this time we’re discussing Bad Book Reading Habits! Sticky notes, bookmarks, tagging and tracking, borrowing more library books than we can read, books on display in video calls, reading books out of order, throwing books in the garbage, and more! Plus: Which host is a book goblin? (The answer may surprise you.)…
 
This episode we’re talking about Biology Non-Fiction! We discuss epidemiology, genetics, microbes, kissing, sex, and more! Plus: using physical bookmarks when reading ebooks! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In t…
 
This episode we’re discussing what makes a good book cover: The Design and Art of Books! We talk about physically icky feeling books, hidden messages on (and under) book covers, the history of the book, women's pants, and more! Plus: We discuss whether we prefer hardcovers, trade paperbacks, or mass market paperbacks! You can download the podcast d…
 
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we’re talking about Regency Romance! We discuss dukes, sex, the ton, misunderstandings, feelings, and (of course) Bridgerton. Plus: someone’s otter gets loose, if you know what we mean. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or…
 
This episode we’re talking about Our Reading Resolutions and Intentions for 2021! We discuss failing our reading resolutions from 2020, reading in a pandemic, reading for fun, reading for work, reading (or not reading) books given to us as gifts, and how we deal with To Read lists. Plus: Matthew’s appalling reading plans for 2021. You can download …
 
This episode we’re reading Sociology Non-Fiction! We discuss the differences between sociology and psychology, what Karl Marx and Aziz Ansari have in common, the over-educated but kind-of-broke worker, and the difficulties of reading books that make us both sad and angry. Plus: Pandemic Monkey Brains! You can download the podcast directly, find it …
 
This episode we’re talking about the Best Books We Read in 2020! (Not necessarily things that came out in 2020, but there are some of those too!) We discuss reading in the pandemic era, “good enough” reads, academic publishing, and more! Plus: Are noodles media? You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podca…
 
This episode we’re talking about New Weird Fiction! Strap in, because we spend a lot of time discussing what this genre even is (or if it exists at all!). We talk about whether a genre needs more than two authors to be a genre, how to describe books in which the plot is not the point, “capital W” Weird vs “lowercase w” weird, and more! You can down…
 
This episode we’re Receiving Book Recommendations! Last episode we asked each other for books in specific areas and this week we’re back with our suggestions for table top role playing games, folklore, healthcare, poetry, urban fantasy and more. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Go…
 
This episode we’re Seeking Book Recommendations! We’ve each picked some topics and we’re going to perform Readers’ Advisory interviews to help figure out what titles to suggest to each other. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast deli…
 
This episode we’re discussing Business Non-Fiction! We talk about personality quizzes, questioning capitalism, fighting against productivity/the productivity trap, the rigourousness of professional degrees, (somehow on-topic) tangents, and how books can manage to disappoint us in new and bizarre ways. It’s got both silliness and existential dread i…
 
It's Halloween! And in this very special episode we're playing the game Happy Birthday Dracula! 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 Games We Played…
 
This episode we’re discussing Comedic/Humorous Fiction! We discuss what makes something funny, the different types of humour fiction, when you can’t tell if something is supposed to be funny until you know the context, and more! Plus: Comics’ comic comics! (That kind of makes sense in context…) You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libs…
 
This episode we’re giving you an update on the media we’ve been enjoying not for the podcast! We talk about music, books, podcasts, comics, videos, movies, 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 A…
 
This episode we’re discussing Visual Novels! We talk about what visual novels are, whether they count as books, reading novels we’re much too young for, being unable to suspend our disbelief, watching videos at 2x speed, monetization, watching vs playing, linear vs divergent stories, and more! Plus, this episode is like 75% tangents! You can downlo…
 
This episode we talk about Pet by Akwaeke Emezi! There are lots of spoilers, plus discussions of ambiguity, language and communication, names, family, community, trust, 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 t…
 
This episode we’re discussing Alternative/Alternate History! We talk about realism and magic, how long ago is history, tropes and when they’re good, why this genre always seems to be about war, and more. Plus Matthew almost gets bingo! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play,…
 
This episode we’re discussing Summer Reading and Challenges! We talk about summer reading programs, struggling with reading during a pandemic, why we’re bad at naming our podcast, ever expanding to-read lists, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or you…
 
This episode we’re discussing Entertainment Non-Fiction! We talk about what does (and doesn’t) count as entertainment, how we’re bad at watching TV, whether people are now turning non-book sources for analysis of media (e.g. watching videos on YouTube), and how many bananas are in a bunch. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, o…
 
Battle of the Books 2020! It’s the one time a year that we all read the same book! We each pitch a title and our listeners vote and decide on which it will be. Our possibilities include Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord, My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet, and An Unkindn…
 
This episode we’re discussing Literary Fiction! We talk about books that win awards, writing as art, reading books because other people think they’re good, whether YA literary fiction exists, literary fiction vs literary merit, real vs unreal reading, the pandemic allowing us to check out quick read books for months at a time, the BDSM awards, book…
 
This episode we’re talking about Comfort Reads! We discuss what makes something a comfort read, re-reading books, Animal Crossing, nostalgia, horror movies, problematic faves, listening to music on repeat, and more! Plus: Special guest stars galore! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher…
 
This episode we’re discussing non-fiction Library and Information Studies books! We talk about how useful we find webinars, reading things for our jobs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, comic books, digital preservation, difficulties accessing digital material through libraries, feminist pedagogy, debunking misinformation, how we track articles and things…
 
We’re talking about Books and Stuff! Yes, it’s time for one of our occasional “media we actually enjoyed” episodes. We talk about baking, sentient suits of armour, short stories, webcomics, podcasts, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourit…
 
This episode we’re talking about Historical Fiction! We discuss how far in the past something has to be before it counts as historical fiction, whether reading fiction is supposed to be enjoyable, anachronisms and inaccuracies (both purposeful and accidental), and historical pandemics. Plus: Someone’s power goes out half way through the recording! …
 
This episode we’re talking about Objectifying Books! We discuss how books make the places we live feel like homes, how and when we give away books, paperbacks vs hardbacks, judging books by their covers, book smells, arranging bookshelves, fake books, books as design elements, what we use as bookmarks, the underpants of a book, and more. Plus: What…
 
In this episode we’re talking about Climate Change and Climate Crisis Non-Fiction! We talk about being depressed, capitalism, actions individuals can take, and more! Plus, we ask the important question: Are scientists people? You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, …
 
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…
 
This month we’re reading the genre of Chick Lit Romance. Does it exist and if so, what should it be called? Plus: The poor portrayal of library jobs in fiction, not being able to connect with people in novels who are desperate to get married, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), World of Warcraft romances, post-feminist fiction, picking books based on…
 
This episode we’re talking about our 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions! We discuss how we are bad at reading resolutions, loot boxes filled with books, giving up books two pages from the end, setting aside time to read, reading bingo, and more! You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through Apple Podcasts, Stitche…
 
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, Sti…
 
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 Podca…
 
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 favour…
 
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 thr…
 
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