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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Jan 2, 2018

It’s time for our Best of 2017 episode! We’ll talk about our favourite things we read for the podcast, our favourite things we read that weren’t for the podcast, and lots more! Please note, while many of the titles we recommend were published in 2017, this is our list of best of that we read in 2017, so there is some older material on the list as well.

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In this episode

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

Top Book Club Picks

Non-Fiction

Anna

Jessi

Matthew

Meghan

Fiction

Anna

Jessi

Matthew

Meghan

 

Top Non-Book Club Picks

Non-Fiction

Anna

Jessi

Matthew

Meghan

Fiction

Anna

Jessi

Matthew

Meghan

 

Other recommendations

Anna

Jessi

Matthew

Meghan

Matthew’s List of Top Comics he Read in 2017 that weren’t his top picks (Anna’s recommendations were also good!)

  • Monstress vols. 1-2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (2016-2017)
    • This is an insanely epic (and beautiful) fantasy. You should read it!
  • No Mercy, vol. 2 (2016) by Alex de Campi, Carla Speed McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee
    • No, I haven’t read volume 3 yet...
  • Omega Men: The End is Here (2016) by Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Toby Cyprus, and Ig Guara
  • Invincible vols. 23-24 (2017) by by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, Ryan Ottley, and  Nathan Fairbairn
    • It’s superheroes meet Dragonball Z, except much bloodier. It’s ending with volume 25, and I’m kind of sad about that.
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (2016) by Sonny Liew
    • Despite really liking this, I don’t think it should have won the Eisner for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia”
  • The Private Eye (2015) by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
    • As much as I enjoyed this, I don’t think the hardcover is worth $50.
  • 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank (2017) by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss
    • I was supplied with a review copy by the publishers.
  • Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (2017) by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni
  • Delicious in Dungeon vol. 1 (2017) by Ryoko Kui
  • Yowamushi Pedal vols. 3-4 (2016) by Wataru Watanabe
    • Bicycles!
  • Demon vols. 1-4 (2016-2017) by Jason Shiga
    • The first volume is the best and, to be honest, this series is kind of gross, so be warned...
  • Order of the Stick: How the Paladin Got His Scar (2017) by Rich Burlew
    • This was a reward only given to backers of the 2012 Kickstarter so you can’t actually buy or read it, but it’s really good!

Questions

  • What were your favourite reads of 2017?
  • What would you recommend to us?
  • Is there a supernatural gardening book you could recommend to Jessi?
  • What is “Clean Sweep”?
    • A curling related cozy mystery?
    • A high school hijinx sports novel?
    • A romance novel about a chimney sweep who is reforming himself after his criminal past?
    • Something else?

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Join us again on January 16th for our episode on Family Sagas!

Then come back on February 6th for our episode on our Reading Resolutions for 2018!