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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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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!

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