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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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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!

 

Jun 21, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Cozy Mysteries.  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Amanda Wanner discuss why people read cozy mysteries, character vs. plot, how everything seems to be a series, and their favourite punny titles.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Cozy Mysteries We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

More “books” we mentioned

The Punniest of the Month

Other Links

Questions

  • Will someone please write Death By Squats for Meghan and Amanda?
  • What are your favourite punny book titles?

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

Jun 7, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Books in Translation.  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Jorge Cardenas discuss the reasons for reading books in translation, publishing barriers to international works, the importance/effect of a translator, which language should you read a book in, the Canadian context, grants to read War and Peace, and what makes a great book.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Jorge Cardenas | Matthew Murray

Recommended

Other Books Read/Listened

DNF

Questions:

  • Do you seek out or avoid works in translation?
  • Do you ever feel like you are missing context/need more footnotes?
  • Have you read a book than was significantly better or worse in one language than another?
  • Are there genres that exist only (or predominantly) in non-English languages?

Links/Other

Meanwhile in Canada:

Places to find reading suggestions:

Other podcasts

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

May 17, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Religion (non-fiction).  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, and Matthew Murray discuss how/whether reading non-fiction is different than fiction, Scientology, new religious movements, travelogues, biographies, how religion interacts with different cultures, accessibility, and Meghan geeks out about charismatic Christianity.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Religion (Non-Fiction) We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

More “books” we mentioned

Other Links

Interpreting Meghan

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

May 3, 2016

In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Psychological Thrillers.  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri,Meghan Whyte, and Matthew Murray discuss appeal factors (atmosphere vs plot, literature vs pulp), the violence against women trope,grown-ass women, the Twist (plot, not dance), reading a book because you mistake it for something else, search strategies,non-linear narratives and unreliable narrators, science with fairies, board games, word-cloud based thriller descriptions, and the Bestsellers problem.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri| Meghan Whyte| Matthew Murray

Psychological Thrillers We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Other books read

Did Not Finish

A few more “books” we mentioned

Other Links

Questions

  • Do "Cozy Thrillers"exist?
  • Are there any psychological thrillers set in fantasy worlds?

Check out our Pinterest board, Tumblr posts, and big list of all the Psychological Thriller books people in our club read (or tried to read).

Apr 19, 2016

 Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Amanda Wanner | Matthew Murray

We discuss online reading vs book reading (“I just want to read the wiki article”), whether pop science is formulaic, if we read non-fiction to learn explicit facts or provoke thought generally, the impact of blog writing/reading on technology books, our audiobook preferences, anti-narratives (handbooks), edutainment, “There is some fiction in my non-fiction!,” lying by omission, hate reads, and more…

Technology (Non-Fiction) We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Other books read

A few more “books” we mentioned
(or that Meghan wanted us to mention since she couldn’t be there)

Other/Links

Check out our Pinterest board of all the Technology (non-fiction) books people in our club read (or tried to read).

Apr 5, 2016

In a podcast where we set out to read every genre (regardless of our actual interest) our second episode features: Gothic Literature.

Listen to hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Amanda Wanner, and Matthew Murray discuss dread, castles, fear of foreigners, just what exactly counts as "gothic" literature, and all the vampires. 

(With a slightly lower sound quality than the first; our apologies!)

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Amanda Wanner | Matthew Murray

Gothic Literature We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Other Books We Read 

Did Not Finish

A few more “books” we mentioned

Other Links

Questions

Amanda asks: Where does Matthew find his books? Answer: The Internet!

What was the short story Anna read? …she has noooooooooooooooooooo idea. Sorry. That was more than 5 minutes ago.

Mar 16, 2016

In a podcast where we set out to read every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we are hit with a doozy for our first episode: Historical Romance.

Listen to hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Amanda Wanner, Sam Mills, and Matthew Murray discuss royal marines, princesses, pirates, concubines, and far too many rakes and dukes. 

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Amanda Wanner | Sam Mills | Matthew Murray

Historical Romances We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Not Recommended

Did Not Finish

A few more books we mentioned

Other Links

Questions

Where do you buy sheepskin condoms? Well, you can search for that yourself.

Our theme music is To Arrakis by DarkSunn, found on the Free Music Archive.

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