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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!

 

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