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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.

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



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


  • 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?

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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!

seven and a half years ago

I enjoyed listening to this podcast.

Others that I would recommend are
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
Bonjour Tristesse, Francois Sagan
The Outsiders S.E.Hinton
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Oranges are Not the Only fruit, Jeanette Winterson
Mansfield park, Jane Austen