A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate!
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.
United States
82 episodes
since March 16, 2016
explicit content


This book we’re discussing Which Book Should We All Read? Once a year we pick one title that we all read and discuss. This year we each suggest one title and are asking you to vote for which one we’ll read. Also discussed: Books & Beverages library displays, The Podcaster’s Dilemma, poetry clocks, touching, smelling, and tasting podcasts, and a fantasy novel that’s a collection of found and fragmentary historical documents. 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 The Nominees! Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Meghan’s pick) The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family by Lindsay Wong (RJ’s pick) The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (Anna’s pick) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Matthew’s pick) (It didn’t win the Hugo in early June 2016, so who knows what happened then.) Vote for which book we’ll read! (Polls will close by July 14th) Twitter Facebook Google Form (Shortlists only include books that none of us had read.) Meghan’s Shortlist Black Leopard, Red Wolf by by Marlon James All Systems Red by Martha Wells The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and  Amelia Nagoski She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal RJ’s Shortlist Little Fish by Casey Plett nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon Mistakes to Run With by Yasuko Thanh Anna’s Shortlist Orlando by Virginia Woolf The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older Matthew’s Shortlist Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by Paul Fischer Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey Links, Articles, and Things Episode 058 - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Canada Reads (Wikipedia) Meet the 2019 Combat national des livres contenders - The geographic region that got left out of Le combat des livres was BC Epistolary novel (Wikipedia) Episode 033 - Legal Thrillers Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (the fantasy novel) Masquerade, Initiation, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy: N.K. Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation “I am still not sure what that [Afrofuturism] is,” Jemisin said. “I write what I write; you put whatever label makes you feel comfortable, have fun with it. I would write these stories whether they were getting published or not. […] I don’t have a problem with labeling, as long as it’s not too restrictive or conservative. People do try to hammer me into this little slot, but I don’t let them. I write what I feel like writing.” 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, July 2nd when we’ll be talking about the non-fiction genre of True Crime! Then on Tuesday, July 16th we’ll be talking about the American Library Association annual conference and books we’re looking forward to in the second half of 2019!
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