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Book Club for Masochists

Becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we randomly select a genre and each choose a book (or two) to read and share.
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Jun 20, 2017

Just in time for LGBT Pride Month, this episode has us discussing LGBTQ+/QUILTBAG Non-Fiction books! We talk about queer Canadians, own voices, the importance of cultural context, and how this is our newest episode ever (in terms of publication dates for books). Plus: Anna and Matthew will be at the American Library Association conference in Chicago this weekend. Tweet at us if you’ll be there and want to say “Hi!”.

You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favourite podcast delivery system.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessica F

 Books We Read (or tried to)

 Books We Mentioned

Links, Articles, and Things

Questions

  • Do you want a postcard? Email us your address!
  • Will you be at ALA in Chicago? Let us know!
  • Got any recommendations for asexual non-fiction?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the QUILTBAG/LGBTQ+ books we read, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!

Join us again on Tuesday, July 4th, when we’ll talk about Reading Exhaustion and Reading Slumps (or maybe a super secret surprise).

Then come back on July 18th when we’ll be discussing Legal Thrillers!

Jun 6, 2017

We talk about when, why, (whether), and what we Reread, and what does it all mean? Plus: format shifting for rereads, plays vs. scripts, cover versions of fiction, and the suck fairy.

You can download the podcast directly, find it  on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favourite podcast delivery system.

 In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

 Books We Mentioned


Links, Articles, and Things

The magic sound used by Matthew in our endtro is “fairy magic wand” by Robinhood76 from freesound.org.

Questions

  • Do you reread books? Why (or why not)? How often?
  • What’s a book you wish you could read again for the first time?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email!

Join us again on Tuesday, June 19th, when we will inflict upon you the genre of QUILTBAG/LGBTQ+ NonFiction!

Then come back on Tuesday, July 4th, when we’ll talk about Reading Exhaustion and Reading Slumps.

May 16, 2017

Yee-haw! Episode 29 has us reading Westerns! We discuss whether Westerns need cowboys, if stories featuring Mounties count as Westerns (maybe?), the idea of black hats and white hats, and Mr. Coffee Nerves! Plus: Matthew shows his ignorance of US history and everything rural.

You can download the podcast directly, find it  on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favourite podcast delivery system.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Recommended

Did Not Finish

Links and Stuff

Say “Hello”

Upcoming events we’ll be attending. Tweet at us if you’ll be there!

Questions

  • Do cattle rustlers still exist?
  • Does a Western have to be historical?
  • Can anyone tell us about any Spanish Language tradition of literature similar to Westerns?
  • Is Oregon Trail (the game) a Western?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Westerns people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, June 5th for an episode on rereading.

Then come back on Tuesday, June 19th, when we will inflict upon you the genre of QUILTBAG/LGBTQ+ NonFiction!

May 2, 2017

While we planned on talking about all the non-bookclub stuff we read, this turned out to be an Accidental Romance episode! We talk about romances in video games, romance novels (both bad and good), romance manga, and movies we watch with our partners. Plus: Meaghan really loves bicycles. (That counts as a romance, right?)

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Things mentioned (in order of appearance)

Questions

  • What are you into reading/watching/playing/or listening to?
  • What media do you suggest that we check out?
  • Can you recommend (or even name) any early Canadian writers or literature?

Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for all the books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, May 16th when we’ll be talking about Westerns!

Then on Tuesday, June 6th when we’ll discuss Rereading Books!

Apr 18, 2017

In this episode, Non-Fiction Audiobooks! Join us as we discuss the power of narrators, the problems of technology, and what to do while you’re listening to an audiobook. Also: We actually enjoy things!

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended

Read/Listened

Did Not Finish (DNF)

Meghan’s Many DNFs

Links and Stuff

 

Questions

  • Do you listen to audiobooks?
  • How important is the narrator to your enjoyment?
  • What do you do while listening to audiobooks?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Non-Fiction Audiobooks people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, May 2nd for our semi-regular “things we read that aren’t for the podcast (except now they are)” episode.

Then come back on Tuesday, May 16th, when we will inflict upon you the genre of Westerns!

Apr 4, 2017

Our attempt to be super efficient in deciding the winner of Print vs. Digital and Library vs. Owning fails. We read off a bunch of Chuck Tingle ebook titles, so if our listeners might have small children in earshot...just maybe consider not. Seriously. UBC archives a pizza box (see link in the notes). Libraries have so many great things, you all! Finally, we end by discussing eating vs. consuming of library materials. Don’t eat library materials!

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Books & Magazines (which we’ve read)

Library Resources

  • Adobe Digital Editions is a program that allows you to read ebooks on your computer, eReader, and some tablets or which is sometimes used to transfer library ebooks to eReader devices when they cannot be wirelessly downloaded directly onto the device
  • hoopla is a resource some libraries have for borrowing audiobooks, movies, ebooks, and comics
  • Zinio is a resource some libraries have that allows library patrons to access full-color, digital versions of popular magazines
  • Playaway individual audiobooks loaded on a small, simple mp3 player
  • The elephant in the library ebook lending room that we don’t really mention is OverDrive

Things & Stuff

Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter, and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, April 18th, when we will inflict upon you the “genre” of Non-Fiction Audiobooks!

Then on May 2nd we’ll be back for the second of our bimonthly “non-book club media” episodes.

Mar 21, 2017

In this (long) episode, Detective Fiction! Join us as we discuss our (least) favorite detectives, inspectors, and PIs in fiction. Also: the problem of pronouncing author names without ever having heard them out loud before, to read in series order or not, all the formats and mediums we can “read” in (Yay!), detective TV versus detective novels, and how much like a P.I are you?

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended

Read

DNF

Links and Stuff

Questions:

  • Can you deal with a protagonist you don’t identify with or like very much?
  • What are your favourite detective series or one-offs?
  • Are there any detective stories set in prisons?
  • Are there some detective fiction genres (other than straight out thrillers) that are more focused on large systemic evils and/or the impacts of history rather than interpersonal conflicts?
  • Do you prefer your detectives via TV or in writing?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Detective Fiction books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, April 4th for a discussion of print versus digital reading and library borrowing versus owning.

Then come back on Tuesday, April 18th, when we will inflict upon you the “genre” of Non-Fiction Audiobooks!

Mar 7, 2017

This episode we tackle the genre of...wait? What do you mean there’s no genre? We have to read things that aren’t for the book club?! I guess somehow we have time to consume other media outside of our book club picks! If you’re curious about what we read/listen/watch/play when we’re not way outside of our comfort zone, then listen along for a run down of what we’ve been into since the beginning of the 2017.

We talk superhot sidekick guys in mystery tv shows, sharing the same haircut with friends, planes, trains, and automobiles, too much snow in Canada (or at least in Vancouver), and Jessi getting scared by her cat.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Books

Comics/Graphic Novels

  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen, and others (recommended)
  • Suicide Squad by John Ostrander, Kim Yale, Luke McDonnell, and others
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (recommended)

Podcasts

Movies/TV

Games

Other Things Mentioned

Anna’s project on reading the research into #WhatWeRead and sharing her thoughts on it will happen over her Twitter and Tumblr accounts.

Questions

  • What are you into reading/watching/playing/or listening to?
  • What media do you suggest that we check out?
  • Can you recommend (or even name) any early Canadian writers or literature?

Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for all the books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, March 21st for our first anniversary episode where we’ll discuss Detective Non-Fiction!

Then on Tuesday, April 4th when we’ll discuss “digital vs physical” and “library vs owning”.

Feb 21, 2017

This episode we tackle (and get distracted repeatedly from) the genre of Non-Fiction Romance, Relationships, and Dating books. We discuss what’s it like reading a book about dating when you’re in a committed relationship, the difficulties of finding books about alternative relationships, and whether or not we’d date people who hate reading. Plus! A rant about the lack of diversity in the publishing industry. 

Welcome to all of our new listeners from Bustle!

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended

Other Books

Did Not Finish

Other Books Mentioned

Links and Stuff

Contest!

Questions

  • What are your recommendations for Non-fiction romance and relationship books?
  • When you think of “Non-Fiction Relationships” do you consider books about parenting, divorce, or other non-romantic relationship?
  • How do you pronounce the last letter of the alphabet?

Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for all the Non-Fiction Romance/Relationship/Dating books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, March 7th for the first of our semi-regular “things we read that aren’t for the podcast (except now they are)” episodes.

Then come back on Tuesday, March 21st, for our first anniversary episode when we’ll talk about Detective Fiction!

Feb 7, 2017

In our first non-genre episode for 2017 we take on Planning and Tracking Your Reading! We discuss if (and how) we track our reading, how we plan what to read in the future, and reading challenges. Plus: A kitty!

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Notes ‘n’ Things

Books and Comics We Mentioned:

Questions

  • Do you track your reading? How?
  • What are your 2017 reading goals?
  • What’s your favourite boys adventure media tie-in novel?
  • Can you recommend a classic travel narrative for Anna?

Check out our Pinterest boards and Tumblr posts for all the books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, February 21st, when we discuss Romance & Dating Non-Fiction!

Then on Tuesday, March 7th it's the the first of our semi-regular “things we read that aren’t for the podcast (except now they are)” episodes.

Jan 17, 2017

In our first genre for 2017 we take on Coming-of-Age books! We discuss whether coming-of-age needs to be about teenagers, whether it needs to be fiction, and what happens if characters never age. Plus: Alliterative authors, our inability to pronounce the word bildungsroman (among other words…), and a brand new type of audio problem.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other Books Mentioned

Links and Other Things

Bildungsroman sample from “Oxford Dictionaries” on YouTube

The magic sound is “fairy magic wand” by Robinhood76 from freesound.org

Questions

  • Do you think coming-of-age books have to be about young people?
  • Have you intentionally read a book because it featured a coming-of-age theme?
  • What’s your favourite book from this genre?
  • Have you managed to come-of-age yet?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Coming-of-Age books people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter,  and join our Facebook Group!

Join us on Tuesday, February 7th, when we discuss Reading Tracking and Challenges, then on Tuesday, February 21st for our next genre, Non-Fiction Romance/Relationships/Dating!

Jan 3, 2017

In our one hour and 22 minute long Best of 2016 episode we talk about our favourite reads from the past year, what it even means for a book to be “best”, how we are not very good at tracking our reading, and what to read when you’re on painkillers. [Our apologies for the sound quality (as usual), someday we’ll get everything to work perfectly.]

 [Also, we're now on Stitcher and Google Play!]

In this episode

 Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

 Favourites from things we read for the Book Club

 Fiction

Non-Fiction

 Favourites from everything else

[We cheated so bad that we had to split Fiction favourites into Prose and Comics.]

Fiction (prose)

Fiction (comics)

 Non-Fiction

 Other books mentioned

 Links and Other Things

 Questions

  • How do you define “best”?
  • What were your favo(u)rite reads of 2016?
  • What are your favo(u)rite “best of” lists?

 Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all our favo(u)rite books we read in 2016, follow us on Twitter, and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, January 17th, when we discuss Coming-of-Age books!

 

Dec 20, 2016

In this 1 hour and 25 minute episode of our podcast/never-ending quest to become better library staff we talk about Weird and New Weird Fiction! We have a few audio problems this time out (blame Matthew), but we don’t let that stop us discussing the difference between Weird and New Weird, how to make everything about ghost stories, whether you need elements of the fantastic to be considered “Weird”, and existential dread. Plus: Our special guest Jon (who’s getting his PhD in Weird Fiction) drops big words like Oneiric and talks about things like the paradox of aversion, so be ready for that.

You can download the podcast on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes or your favourite podcast delivery system.  

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup | Jon Newell

Recommended

Did Not Finish

Other books mentioned

Links and Other Things

This blog post about Masochistic Reading features our second mention on Book Riot! Also, check out Jon’s blog where he writes up some of the Weird D&D adventures that he runs! And thanks to Sam and Aly from the SS Librarianship podcast for letting us use their recording space and equipment!

Questions

  • What is your definition of weird fiction?
  • Can you have weird non-fiction?
  • Can you recommend some outer space weird fiction?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Weird Fiction people in the club read (or tried to read), follow us on Twitter, and join our Facebook Group!

Join us again on Tuesday, January 3rd, for our Best of 2016 episode! Then come back on Tuesday, January 17th, when we discuss Coming-of-Age books!

 

Dec 6, 2016

In the newest episode of our podcast/never-ending quest to become better library staff we talk about Philosophy books! Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we podcast? Plus: Dead white men we find boring, Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophers, and books we didn’t finish reading (as usual).

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other Books Mentioned

Links/Other

Questions

Does anyone have any recommendations for Matthew concerning the philosophy of consciousness in regards to artificial intelligence and aliens? Will someone please make the “Jodorowsky and Philosophy” book we mentioned?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Philosophy people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!
 

Join us again on Tuesday, December 20th, when we discuss Weird Fiction!

Nov 15, 2016

In this very “insider-baseball” episode we discuss Metafiction! What is it? Who is it for? Why should you read it? Plus: Children’s books that help kids figure out what’s real and what isn’t, comic books with a lot of bondage, and marginalia written by library patrons.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended
Read

Did Not Finish

Other Books Mentioned
Links/Other
Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Metafiction people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, December 6th, when we discuss Philosophy!

Nov 9, 2016

Join us for this super special bonus episode featuring the full version of our conversation with Jessi about Supernatural and Paranormal Nonfiction.

Your hosts in this episode

Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup | Matthew Murray

Recommendations
Did Not Finish
Other Books Mentioned
Links and Things
If you missed our full episode on Supernatural and Paranormal non-fiction you can find it here.
 
Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Supernatural and Paranormal Nonfiction people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!
 
Join us again on Tuesday, November 15th, when we discuss Metafiction!
 
Nov 1, 2016

Just in time to miss Halloween, this episode has us reading Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction. And by “reading” we mean “not reading”, as several of us fail to finish any books. Thankfully, we can blame everything on gremlins. Plus wolfmen, ghosts, mermaids, dramatic readings, and special guests.

 

Your hosts this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Inti Dewey | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup

Recommended (thanks entirely to Jessi)
Read
Did Not Finish
Links/Other
The magic sound introducing our guests is "fairy magic wand" by Robinhood76 from freesound.org.

Questions

  • What colour of the rainbow did you cross over into Atlantis on?
  • What appeal factors for the paranormal/supernatural genre did we miss?
  • How could cataloguing be altered to make things more ‘findable’?
  • Can you draw our Guardian Gremlins for us?
Oct 18, 2016

This episode we take on the genre of Self Help, and are decidedly unenthused. We talk about reading what was on our parents' book shelves, books filled with terrible advice, and the fact that even if the advice in a book is good we're probably just going to ignore it.

Your hosts in this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Jessi Bernáldez Frostrup  | Matthew Murray

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other Titles Mentioned

(Almost every single one of the above books has a Title: Subtitle. That was too many words/too much work for us. You all just get the Title part.)

Links/Other

Questions

  • Do you read self-help books and then not implement any of their advice?
  • Have you ever taken part in Bibliotherapy?
  • When would you recommend professional intervention vs a self-help book?
  • Have you ever thrown a book across a room?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Self Help people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, November 1st, when we discuss Supernatural and Paranormal non-fiction!

Oct 4, 2016

This episode we tackle a fantasy genre for the first time and once again ponder the question “How much history do you really want in your historical [genre]?” We encounter a lot of ghosts and westerns, but not nearly enough luchadores, wonder how steampunk fits into Historical Fantasy, and discuss the importance of research, the appeal of setting, and how authentic we should expect historical fiction to be in regards to race and gender. Plus: We say goodbye to Amanda :’(

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other Books and Comics by order of mention:

Links/Other

Questions

  • Are you powerfully attracted to or repelled by the fantasy genre and whyever for?
  • Do you like your historical fantasy historical-ish with an extra helping of fantasy or light on the fantasy and heavy with history?
  • How far did we stray from your definition of Historical Fantasy in our reading this month?
  • What is your dream historical fantasy period/style?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about Historical Fantasy people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, October 18th, when we discuss Self Help!

Sep 20, 2016

This episode we take on books about Spies and Espionage, which meant extra painful reading for Anna. We tackle topics like how to pronounce John Le Carré’s name, if the Cold War is necessary for the spy-espionage genre, how to use Novelist to read diversely, whether we need a “Badass Women” subject heading, if spy novels are fundamentally boring, what to do when authors don’t write their own books, and if it ever hurts to call officers “dude”.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Also read, not mentioned:

 Links/Other

Questions
Has anyone read any Corporate Espionage books? What's the appeal? What are your recommendations? How about books about hackers and/or social engineering? Is the stereotype of spy/espionage novels as male power fantasies unavoidable? Did we miss something on why spy/espionage novels appeal to readers?

“John le Carre” sample from the audiobook version of Call for the Dead, narrated by Michael Jayston.

The intermission music was Intermission by Unthunk from the Free Music Archive.

And a super extra-big thank you to Amanda Wanner, who has moved continents and will no longer be appearing regularly on the podcast. We'll miss you!

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the books about spies and espionage people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, October 4th, when we discuss Historical Fantasy!

Sep 6, 2016

Our “genre” this month (Zines!) is one that is close to our hearts. We discuss our extensive and not so extensive backgrounds in zine reading and creation, what distinguishes zines from other self-publishing efforts, how Matthew is a big cheater, whether the motivations behind writing zines is different from reading zines, when Amanda and Meghan used to be twins, the best time of day to make a zine, perzines, artzines, wordless zines, and Kirk/Spock fan fiction.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Zines Read (in order of appearance):

  • Never Finish Grad School
  • Skillshot
  • Taking the Lane #1, #2, #9 by Elly Blue
  • Culinary Cyclist (zine?!)
  • Fix your clothes by Raleigh Briggs
  • Fashion (We couldn’t find it in the catalogue!)
  • Great Chicken Escape by Nikki McClure
  • Eggheads by Rick Quemado
  • Puddles of Cute by Leda Zawacki
  • Samurai Dreams #6
  • Velo Vixen #1, #2 by Rachel Krause
  • Long Distance #1 by Sassy Fran Circus
  • Dropping out for Students by Cavegirl
  • He/Her/Him Free/Frer/Frim by Adrian Prawns Sinclair, Sylvie LS, Jewels Generic
  • The Jaded Review
  • Astronaut and Alien by Jen Deberux
  • Fluffah by Kelsey Smith
  • A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation #1, #3, #6 by Joshua Chapman (aka Zachary)
  • Peach Melba

Links:

Software tools

Places and Events

Matthew’s zine things

Questions

  • What is more important in reading Zines: community or creation?
  • What do you think of the ‘fake’ Star Trek Zine - does it ruin it to know it wasn’t a true story?
  • What is a photocopier? “In this dramatization of transcripts from a legal deposition, a lawyer becomes embroiled in an absurd argument about the definition of a photocopier.”
  • What is QUILTBAG? It stands for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans*, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer.

Our Zines

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Zines people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, September 20th, when we discuss books about Spies and Espionage!

Aug 16, 2016

Our genre this month (Religious Fiction) demands we take a look at what makes a book count as "religious fiction" (instead of just fiction about religion). Plus in our one hour and 48 minute episode, Meghan reads too many books (as usual), Amanda explains Sex Magicks, Matthew makes terrible jokes, and Anna fails to finish anything. BIG spoiler for the graphic novel Therefore, Repent! by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Recommended:

Read:

Did Not Finish:

Other Titles We Mentioned

Links:

Questions

  • Do Amish write Amish Romance novels?
  • Is Wiccansploitation a thing?
  • Doesn’t Matthew make just the worst jokes ever!?! (Okay, the Belieber one was pretty good.)
  • What makes a book “religious” fiction?
  • What is your favourite Satanist book?

The On-Call Waltz, a zine by Anna and Meghan, can be obtained by tweeting at us or emailing ferritalelibrarian@gmail.com.

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Religious Fiction people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, September 6th, when we discuss Zines!

Aug 2, 2016

In this episode we discuss Space Opera and all the endless tangents. This is a LONG conversation (we almost split it in two, but we’re trying to catch up episodes to our current reading topic). We talk about losing our solid footing on genre definitions, defining the term “worldbuilding”, when re-reading books from your youth goes horribly wrong, wondering just what is up with those TV and movie tie-ins, misogyny infecting Sci-Fi classics (Oh, hello there Sad Puppies), the delight of scientists reading Sci-Fi, and so much more.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Space Opera We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other titles and media mentioned

Links etc.

Questions

  • What (the heck) is space opera? (We thought we knew! We were so naive.)
  • What is Worldbuilding?
    • Any suggestions of your favourite instances of worldbuilding?
  • Is bug punk real?
  • Who else wants a “Ten Rules to Break When Dating a Space Pirate” from Sarah MacLean?
  • Are Star Trek tie-in novels Space Opera?
  • What’s the relationship between Space Opera/space-based Sci-Fi and the history of Colonialism?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Space Opera people in our club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Jul 19, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nations Books.  

This episode we're looking at another thematic genre/non-genre, so join us as we discuss the problems of reading aboriginal or indigenous characters written by non-indigenous authors, how we really didn’t get enough education in First Nations/Native Americans in school, and why it’s hard to find Australian Aboriginal or Sami books in Vancouver libraries.

Your Hosts This Episode

 Anna Ferri Meghan Whyte Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

 Recommended

Read

Children's Picture Books 

Did Not Finish

Other titles mentioned

Comics

Links/Other

Podcasts

Questions

  • Are there any First Nations mysteries?
  • Are there Indigenous/Aboriginal specific genres?
  • Does your library have an Aboriginal/Indigenous/First Nations section, sticker, or other method of bringing attention to these titles?
  • Is there anything that we missed, misunderstood, or misspoke on?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nations Books people in our club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

 

Jul 5, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Christmas and Holiday Reads.  

It's Christmas in July as we talk about library displays, book stickers, the wonders of Terry Pratchett and Edward Gorey, Christmas and holiday series’, finding Christmas books in every genre, nostalgia, and coziness.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Recommended

Other Books Read

Did Not Finish

More “books” we mentioned

Links/Other

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Christmas and Holiday Reads people in our club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

 

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