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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not! 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.

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):


Other books read

Did Not Finish

A few more “books” we mentioned

Other Links


  • 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).