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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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



Did Not Finish

Also read, not mentioned:


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


Software tools

Places and Events

Matthew’s zine things


  • 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!