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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 frie… read more

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Episode 126 - Did Not Finish

May 18th, 2021


This episode we’re discussing the dreaded Did Not Finish! We talk about why we don’t finish books, specific titles we didn’t finish, why not finishing books can be good, what “finishing” a book even means, how you …

Episode 125 - Literary Theory & Literary Criticism

May 4th, 2021


This episode we’re talking about Literary Theory & Literary Criticism! We discuss what literature even is, books we haven’t read, preconceived notions, and much more!

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Episode 124 - Media (and Noodles) We’ve Recently Enjoyed

April 20th, 2021


This episode we’re discussing Media (and Noodles) We’ve Recently Enjoyed! We talk about spicy noodles, which Dakota is our least favourite state, fictional planets that totally suck, tenuous connections, flexing over …

Episode 123- Psychological Horror

April 6th, 2021


This episode we’re talking about Psychological Horror! We discuss gore, people being weenies, books with running in them, kiwi fruit, checking the …

Episode 122 - Bad Book Reading Habits

March 16th, 2021


It’s our 5th anniversary episode and this time we’re discussing Bad Book Reading Habits! Sticky notes, bookmarks, tagging and tracking, borrowing more library books than we can read, books on display in video calls, …

Episode 121 - Biology

March 2nd, 2021


This episode we’re talking about Biology Non-Fiction! We discuss epidemiology, genetics, microbes, kissing, sex, and more! Plus: using physical …

Episode 120: The Design and Art of Books!

February 16th, 2021


This episode we’re discussing what makes a good book cover: The Design and Art of Books! We talk about physically icky feeling books, hidden messages on (and under) book covers, the history of the book, women's pants, …

Episode 119 - Regency Romance

February 2nd, 2021


Just in time for Valentine's Day, we’re talking about Regency Romance! We discuss dukes, sex, the ton, misunderstandings, feelings, and (of course) Bridgerton. Plus: someone’s otter gets loose, if you know what we mean.

Episode 118 - Reading Resolutions and Intentions for 2021

January 19th, 2021


This episode we’re talking about Our Reading Resolutions and Intentions for 2021! We discuss failing our reading resolutions from 2020, reading in a …

Episode 117 - Sociology Non-Fiction

January 5th, 2021


This episode we’re reading Sociology Non-Fiction! We discuss the differences between sociology and psychology, what Karl Marx and Aziz Ansari have in …

Episode 116 - Best Books We Read in 2020

December 15th, 2020


This episode we’re talking about the Best Books We Read in 2020! (Not necessarily things that came out in 2020, but there are some of those too!) We discuss reading in the pandemic era, “good enough” reads, academic …

Episode 115 - New Weird

December 1st, 2020


This episode we’re talking about New Weird Fiction! Strap in, because we spend a lot of time discussing what this genre even is (or if it exists at all!). We talk about whether a genre needs more than two authors to be …

Episode 114 - Hot Cocoa & Book Recommendations

November 24th, 2020


This episode we’re Receiving Book Recommendations! Last episode we asked each other for books in specific areas and this week we’re back with our …

Episode 113 - Seeking Book Recommendations

November 17th, 2020


This episode we’re Seeking Book Recommendations! We’ve each picked some topics and we’re going to perform Readers’ Advisory interviews to help figure out what titles to suggest to each other.

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Episode 112: Business Non-Fiction

November 3rd, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Business Non-Fiction! We talk about personality quizzes, questioning capitalism, fighting against productivity/the productivity trap, the rigourousness of professional degrees, (somehow …

Episode 111 - Happy Birthday Dracula

October 20th, 2020


It's Halloween! And in this very special episode we're playing the game Happy Birthday Dracula!

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Episode 110 - Comedic/Humorous Fiction

October 6th, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Comedic/Humorous Fiction! We discuss what makes something funny, the different types of humour fiction,  when you can’t tell if something is supposed to be funny until you know the context, …

Episode 109 - Recent Media We've Enjoyed

September 15th, 2020


This episode we’re giving you an update on the media we’ve been enjoying not for the podcast! We talk about music, books, podcasts, comics, videos, movies, and more!

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Episode 108 - Visual Novels

September 1st, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Visual Novels! We talk about what visual novels are, whether they count as books, reading novels we’re much too young for, being unable to suspend our disbelief, watching videos at 2x …

Episode 107 - Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

August 18th, 2020


This episode we talk about Pet by Akwaeke Emezi! There are lots of spoilers, plus discussions of ambiguity, language and communication, names, family, community, trust, and more!

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Episode 106 - Alternative/Alternate History

August 4th, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Alternative/Alternate History! We talk about realism and magic, how long ago is history, tropes and when they’re good, why this genre always seems to be about war, and more. Plus Matthew …

Episode 105 - Summer Reading and Challenges

July 21st, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Summer Reading and Challenges! We talk about summer reading programs, struggling with reading during a pandemic, why we’re bad at naming our podcast, ever expanding to-read lists, and more!

Episode 104 - Entertainment Non-Fiction

July 7th, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Entertainment Non-Fiction! We talk about what does (and doesn’t) count as entertainment, how we’re bad at watching TV, whether people are now turning non-book sources for analysis of media …

Episode 103 - Battle of the Books 2020

June 16th, 2020


Battle of the Books 2020! It’s the one time a year that we all read the same book! We each pitch a title and our listeners vote and decide on which it will be. Our possibilities include Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, Best of all …

Episode 102 - Literary Fiction

June 2nd, 2020


This episode we’re discussing Literary Fiction! We talk about books that win awards, writing as art, reading books because other people think they’re good, whether YA literary fiction exists, literary fiction vs …

Episode 101 - Comfort Reads

May 19th, 2020


This episode we’re talking about Comfort Reads! We discuss what makes something a comfort read, re-reading books, Animal Crossing, nostalgia, horror movies, problematic faves, listening to music on repeat, and more! …

Episode 100 - Library and Information Studies

May 5th, 2020


This episode we’re discussing non-fiction Library and Information Studies books! We talk about how useful we find webinars, reading things for our …

Episode 099 - Books and Stuff

April 21st, 2020


We’re talking about Books and Stuff! Yes, it’s time for one of our occasional “media we actually enjoyed” episodes. We talk about baking, sentient suits of armour, short stories, webcomics, podcasts, and more!

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Episode 098 - Historical Fiction

April 7th, 2020


This episode we’re talking about Historical Fiction! We discuss how far in the past something has to be before it counts as historical fiction, whether reading fiction is supposed to be enjoyable, anachronisms and …

Episode 097 - Objectifying Books

March 17th, 2020


This episode we’re talking about Objectifying Books! We discuss how books make the places we live feel like homes, how and when we give away books, paperbacks vs hardbacks, judging books by their covers, book smells, …

Episode 096 - Climate Change / Climate Crisis

March 3rd, 2020


In this episode we’re talking about Climate Change and Climate Crisis Non-Fiction! We talk about being depressed, capitalism, actions individuals can take, and more! Plus, we ask the important question: Are scientists …

Episode 095 - Ratings, Reviews, and Tags

February 18th, 2020


This episode we're discussing Ratings, Reviews, and Tags! We talk about subject headings, our most used tags, malicious metadata, how we use star-based rating systems, the value we see in bad reviews, art styles that …

Episode 094 - Chick Lit Romance

February 4th, 2020


This month we’re reading the genre of Chick Lit Romance. Does it exist and if so, what should it be called? Plus: The poor portrayal of library jobs …

Episode 093 - 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions

January 21st, 2020


This episode we’re talking about our 2020 Reading Resolutions and Intentions! We discuss how we are bad at reading resolutions, loot boxes filled …

Episode 092 - Arts (Non-Fiction)

January 7th, 2020


This month we’re discussing the non-fiction genre of Arts! We discuss “capital-A” art, creating, consuming, and destroying art, library hold-list …

Episode 091 - Best of 2019

December 17th, 2019


It’s our Best of 2019 episode! Of course, these are not necessarily the best things published in 2019, but instead the best things we read for the podcast (including everything from Bizarro Fiction to True Crime) and …

Episode 090 - Adventure Fiction

December 3rd, 2019


This month we’re discussing Adventure Fiction! We talk about bears (and bear fighting), spies, secret tunnels, robots, survival, thrillers, male …

Episode 089 - Other People's Faves (that we do not like)

November 19th, 2019


In this episode we’re talking about Other People’s Faves (that we do not like)! Yes, it’s time for our hot takes and unpopular opinions! We discuss …

Episode 088 - Psychology

November 5th, 2019


This month we’re discussing Psychology! We discuss psychedelics, rodent-based experiments, citations and footnotes, and books that turn out to be not …

The Midnight Library: Episode 001 - Halloween Poetry

October 31st, 2019


Good evening, and welcome to The Midnight Library! Please enjoy this special spooky bonus poetry episode, just in time for Halloween! 


Matthew MurrayMeghan Whyte | RJ EdwardsAnna Ferri

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Episode 087 - Suspending Your Disbelief

October 15th, 2019


This episode we’re discussing the topics of Suspending Your Disbelief and Trick or Treaters’ Advisory (e.g. Halloween costumes)! We discuss how we read realistic fiction differently from more outlandish fiction, …

Episode 086 - American Gothic

October 1st, 2019


This month we’re discussing American Gothic! We discuss old creepy houses, weird families, cultural context, potential supernatural, the sense of …

Episode 085 - Recent Media We’ve Experienced and Enjoyed

September 17th, 2019


This episode we’re discussing recent media we’ve experienced and enjoyed. We talk Muppets, French pop music, anarchist witches, and in-depth analyses of video game lore. Plus: We talk about some books too!

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Episode 084 - Political Non-Fiction

September 3rd, 2019


This episode we’re discussing Political Non-Fiction! We talk about the design of American political books, anarchism, accessing abortion, …

Episode 083 - The Fifth Season

August 20th, 2019


This month we’re reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin! In this episode there are lots of spoilers! We discuss whether or not we enjoy maps in books, grimdark fantasy, protests, and more!

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Episode 082b - Bonus *Punk Fiction Spreadsheet Discussion

August 13th, 2019


In this extra special bonus episode Matthew and Anna talk about a spreadsheet for forty minutes. Seriously! They go through all of the *punk subgenres from Stonepunk to Whalepunk and everything in between.

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Episode 082 - Steampunk

August 6th, 2019


This month we’re reading Steampunk! We talk about the history of the genre, umbrella fights, boring white men, colonialization, graphic novel …

Episode 081 - New and Upcoming Books We're Excited About

July 16th, 2019


This episode we’re talking about the American Library Association’s annual conference and New and Upcoming Books We’re Excited About! We discuss LGBTQ comics, Star Trek, memoirs, and an author who we learn we went to …

Episode 080 - True Crime

July 2nd, 2019


This month our genre is True Crime! We discuss bird thieves, rich people, caring more about the stories around the crimes than the crimes themselves, and audiobooks that make us scared to go to bed. Check it out!

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Episode 079 - Which Book Should We Read?

June 18th, 2019


This month we’re discussing Which Book Should We Read? Once a year we pick one title that we all read and discuss. This year we each suggest one …

Episode 078 - Supernatural Thrillers

June 4th, 2019


This month our genre is Supernatural Thrillers! We discuss grand dogs, fairies stealing children, Abbott and Costello Meet the Eldritch Abominations, spooky houses, the best celery, whether hackers are supernatural, …

Episode 077 - Books That Changed Our Lives / Books That Haunt Us

May 21st, 2019


This episode we talk about Books That Changed Our Lives and Books That Haunt Us. We talk about comics, cooking, problematic faves, what caused us to …

Episode 076 - Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, Myths, and Folklore

May 7th, 2019


This month we’re reading Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends, Myths, and Folklore. We talk about the internet, oral stories, where to start reading …

Episode 075 - Recent Faves

April 16th, 2019


It’s our 75th episode! and we discuss some of our Recent Favourites. We talk about magic in outer space, fiction about dating animals, underground civilizations, jigsaw puzzles, and more!

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Episode 074 - Short Story Collections

April 2nd, 2019


This episode we’re reading Short Story Collections! We talk about the differences between collections and anthologies, when a short story is too …

Episode 073 - Reading Habits

March 19th, 2019


It’s our 73rd episode and we’re talking about Reading Habits! We discuss reader robes, the worst things we’ve spilled on books, getting motion sick while reading on vehicles, using things as bookmarks, when not to …

Episode 072 - Occult/Mysticism/New Age/Esoteric/Magic(k) Non-Fiction

March 5th, 2019


This episode we’re discussing Occult/Mysticism/New Age/Esoteric/Magic(k) Non-Fiction! We discuss youthful tarot experimentation, cultural …

Episode 071 - Canadian Content

February 19th, 2019


This episode we’re talking about Canadian Content! We discuss books by indigenous authors, French Canadian literature, the immigrant experience, what it means to be Canadian, and more! Plus: The Log Driver's Waltz!

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Episode 070 - Erotic Romance

February 5th, 2019


Just in time for Valentine’s Day we’re reading Erotic Romance! We discuss how to talk about erotica without getting too personally revealing, the physics of perpetual boners, BDSM, and goth-shaming. Plus: We really need …

Episode 069 - Bizarro Fiction

January 15th, 2019


This episode we’re talking about Bizarro Fiction! We discuss body horror, transgression, kaiju butts, dildo salesmen, and more! Plus: Books that make us (or at least Matthew) want to throw up!

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Episode 068 - Best of 2018

January 2nd, 2019


It’s our Best of 2018 episode! Of course, these are not necessarily the best things published in 2018, but instead the best things we read for the podcast (including everything from Family Sagas to Nature/Outdoors …

Episode 067 - Nature/Outdoors Nonfiction

December 18th, 2018


This episode we’re talking about Nature/Outdoors Non-Fiction! We discuss armchair travelling, whether olden days explorers were idiots, manliness, …

Episode 066 - Tabletop Games

December 4th, 2018


This episode we’re talking about Tabletop Games (including board games, card games, and role playing games)! But first we spend six minutes talking …

Episode 065 - Political Thrillers

November 20th, 2018


In this episode: Political Thrillers, are they even real? At the very least we think they’re terrible! Plus: Weird politics, macho men being manly, …

Episode 064 - Video Games

November 6th, 2018


This episode we talk video games! We discuss taxonomies of birds, when is a game not a game, defining soup and sandwich, and the gamification of everything. Plus: We really indicate our ages by mentioning our first …

Episode 063 - Cheap eBooks

October 16th, 2018


Our “genre” this month was Cheap eBooks! We talk about satire, mysteries, the appeal of short fiction, and queer Christmas romances!

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Episode 062 - French and Dinosaurs and Beetles and Cereal

October 2nd, 2018


It’s one of our irregular “other media” episodes! This time we talk about French language books, dinosaurs, beetles, breakfast cereal, children’s …

Episode 061 - Romance Fiction

September 18th, 2018


This month we read Romance Fiction! We talk about “interpersonal attraction”, fake fan fiction, imagining the leads of romance novels look like David …

Episode 060 - Travel Reading

September 4th, 2018


This episode we’re talking about Travel Reading! What do we read when we travel? How do we pick which books to bring? Which fictional places would we …

Episode 059 - Food and Cooking

August 21st, 2018


This episode we’re discussing Non-Fiction Food and Cooking books! We talk about the mystery of electric kettles, bodybuilding expertise, and fear of trying to make recipes that look like the pictures. Plus: Songs about …

Episode 058 - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

August 7th, 2018


This month we all read The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente as though we were a real book club! We talk about fairy tales, libraries, and book clubs that have met …

Episode 057 - Nordic/Scandinavian Noir

July 17th, 2018


This month our genre is Nordic/Scandinavian Noir! There’s coldness and darkness in fiction, blood on snow, screaming children, and we ask (and …

Episode 056 - Upcoming Books and the American Library Association Annual Conference 2018

July 3rd, 2018


This episode we discuss the American Library Association Annual Conference and the many galleys we got there! We talk about wrestling, ballet, leeches, cancer, demons, opium, boobs (twice!), Soviet magic, and much more. …

Episode 055 - Military Non-Fiction

June 19th, 2018


This month our genre is Military Non-Fiction! We talk about defining war, sword fighting, genocide, and conscription. Plus: Trebuchets!

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Episode 054 - How We Ended Up Working in Libraries

June 5th, 2018


This episode we’re talking about how we ended up working in libraries, literary inspirations for our careers, and what you should think about before …

Episode 053 - Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy

May 15th, 2018


Our genre this episode is Comedic Science Fiction & Fantasy. We talk about anachronisms, comedy in sci fi/fantasy and sci fi/fantasy in comedy, "laugh out loud" funny vs. "clever" funny, and more! 

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Episode 052 - Separating the Art from the Artist

May 1st, 2018


A potentially controversial episode as we discuss Separating the Art from the Artist. We bring up #MeToo, library neutrality, problematic faves, and firing people out of cannons. What are your thoughts? Can you separate …

Episode 051 - Essay Collections

April 17th, 2018


In this 80 minute episode we talk about Essay Collections! We get into some deep topics this time, talking about precarity, race relations, and …

Episode 050 - Two year Anniversary - Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered!

April 3rd, 2018


Our Fiftieth Episode Extravaganza is our longest episode ever! We answer your questions! We answer our questions! We talk about library fines, reading parties, stats, and much more.

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Episode 049 - Southern Gothic

March 20th, 2018


This episode we discuss the genre of Southern Gothic! We talk about the “key elements” of Southern Gothic fiction (plantations, swamps, secrets, and racism), gothic vs goth fiction, vampires, rural fiction, pessimism, …

Episode 048 - What We've Been Reading Recently

March 6th, 2018


This episode we catch you up on what books and comics we’ve been reading and shows we’ve been watching. We discuss guitar-playing ghost talkers, …

Episode 047b - Terrible Stories by Matthew (you have been warned)

February 27th, 2018


In last week's episode (Episode 047 - Creative Writing/Books About Writing) Matthew threatened to read some of the fiction he'd written for exercises …

Episode 047 - Creative Writing/Books About Writing

February 20th, 2018


This month our genre is Creative Writing/Books About Writing! With real, live, award-winning authors! (Well, one anyway.) We discuss our own experiences with these sort of books, why people might read them, and whether …

Episode 046 - 2018 Reading Resolutions

February 6th, 2018


This episode we look back on our Reading Resolutions from last year and discuss our plans for reading in 2018!

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Episode 045 - Family Sagas

January 16th, 2018


This episode we're reading Family Sagas! Do they have to be incredibly long? Do they have to be boring? Plus: We talk about diversity, reading books from earlier time periods, and we say farewell (for now) to a host.

Episode 044 - Best Books of 2017

January 2nd, 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 …

Episode 043 - Page to Screen (Books turned into movies and TV shows)

December 19th, 2017


In this episode we chat about what happens when books go from page to screen in Adaptations! In the process we argue about lots of stuff (as usual) and you learn more than you ever wanted to know about manga sound …

Episode 042 - Childhood Favourites

December 5th, 2017


We’re going back in time this episode as we talk about our Childhood Favourites! (Or childhood favorites for the Americans.) We talk about problematic faves, Matthew drones on about X-Men comics, and we can’t figure out …

Episode 041 - Dystopian Fiction

November 21st, 2017


This episode, Dystopian Fiction! And some of us are considerably more excited about it than others. We talk about the difference between oppressive and consumerist dystopias, how things that were shocking or innovative …

Episode 040 - Precipitation in Video Games

November 7th, 2017


In this weirdly chill episode, we talk about memoirs and track cycling and magical fantasy and female relationships and six-legged octopuses. Plus: The mystique of a book club in which you might actually read a book you …

Episode 039 - Non-Fiction Travel

October 17th, 2017


Pack your bags, because it’s time for our episode about non-fiction Travel books! We talk about haunted libraries, North Korea, Komodo dragons, and …

Episode 038 - Halloween!

October 3rd, 2017


It’s October which means it’s time for our Halloween episode! We talk about our favourite spooooooky movies, books, comics, video games, and more! Plus: Early Canadian history!

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Episode 037 - Experimental Fiction

September 19th, 2017


This episode we talk about Experimental Fiction and stumble all over our words and can’t pronounce anything right. We explore experimental comics, wonder at what point experimental fiction stops being experimental, and …

Episode 036 - Favourite Podcasts

September 5th, 2017


This episode we talk about our favourite podcasts! Weightlifting, comics, poetry, wrestling, books, and more! Plus: Tales of living in the woods in Alaska, radio dramas, cosplay, and Belgian hip hop!

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Episode 035 - Gardening (and plants!)

August 15th, 2017


Gardens! Plants! Growing things! Can we do it? Probably not! But we read books about it anyway. We talk about houseplants we’ve killed, the appeal of …

Episode 034 - Reading Resolutions

August 1st, 2017


We give an update on how our reading resolutions for the year are going, talk about recent reads (and watches) we’ve enjoyed, and briefly discuss San …

Episode 033 - Legal Thrillers

July 18th, 2017


This episode we talk about Legal Thrillers! We discuss how much time lawyers should spend in the courtroom, if we’d prefer to read about a lawyer or …

Episode 032.5 - BookExpo America and the American Library Association Annual Conference

July 11th, 2017


Time for a special bonus episode (which apparently happen every sixteen episodes?) where we talk all about what we did at BookExpo America and the American Library Association Annual Conference. Plus: Reviews and

Episode 032 - Reading Fatigue and Reading Slumps

July 4th, 2017


In this 40 minute (short!) episode we try to define reading slumps and reading fatigue, talk about reading as a job, extol the wonders and magic of …

Episode 031 - LGBTQ+/QUILTBAG Non-Fiction

June 20th, 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 …

Episode 030 - Rereading

June 6th, 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.

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Episode 029 - Westerns

May 16th, 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: …

Episode 028 - Accidental Romance

May 2nd, 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 …

Episode 027 - Non-Fiction Audiobooks

April 18th, 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 …

Episode 026 - Print vs. Digital + Libraries vs. Owning

April 4th, 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 …

Episode 025 - Detective Fiction

March 21st, 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 …

Episode 024 - Other Stuff We Read

March 7th, 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! …

Episode 023 - Non-Fiction Romance, Relationships, and Dating

February 21st, 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 …

Episode 022 - Planning and Tracking Your Reading

February 7th, 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!

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Episode 021 - Coming of Age

January 17th, 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 …

Episode 020 - Best of 2016

January 3rd, 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 …

Episode 019 - Weird Fiction

December 20th, 2016


In this 1 hour and 25 minute episode of our podcast/never-ending quest to become better library staff we talk about Weird and New Weird Fiction! We have a few audio problems this time out (blame Matthew), but we don’t …

Episode 018 - Philosophy

December 6th, 2016


In the newest episode of our podcast/never-ending quest to become better library staff we talk about Philosophy books! Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we podcast? Plus: Dead white men we find boring, Dungeons & …

Episode 017 - Metafiction

November 15th, 2016


In this very “insider-baseball” episode we discuss Metafiction! What is it? Who is it for? Why should you read it? Plus: Children’s books that help …

Episode 016b - Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction (bonus!)

November 9th, 2016


Join us for this super special bonus episode featuring the full version of our conversation with Jessi about Supernatural and Paranormal Nonfiction.

Episode 016 - Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction

November 1st, 2016


Just in time to miss Halloween, this episode has us reading Supernatural and Paranormal Non-fiction. And by “reading” we mean “not reading”, as …

Episode 015 - Self Help

October 18th, 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 …

Episode 014 - Historical Fantasy

October 4th, 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 …

Episode 013 - Spies and Espionage

September 20th, 2016


This episode we take on books about Spies and Espionage, which meant extra painful reading for Anna. We tackle topics like how to pronounce John Le …

Episode 012 - Zines

September 6th, 2016


Our “genre” this month (Zines!) is one that is close to our hearts. We discuss our extensive and not so extensive backgrounds in zine reading and creation, what distinguishes zines from other self-publishing efforts, …

Episode 011 - Religious Fiction

August 16th, 2016


Our genre this month (Religious Fiction) demands we take a look at what makes a book count as "religious fiction" (instead of just fiction about religion). Plus in our one hour and 48 minute episode, Meghan reads too …

Episode 010 - Space Opera

August 2nd, 2016


In this episode we discuss Space Opera and all the endless tangents. This is a LONG conversation (we almost split it in two, but we’re trying to catch up episodes to our current reading topic). We talk about losing our …

Episode 009 - Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nations Books

July 19th, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nations Books.  

This episode we're looking at another thematic …

Episode 008 - Christmas/Holiday Reads

July 5th, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Christmas and Holiday Reads.  

Episode 007 - Cozy Mysteries

June 21st, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Cozy Mysteries.  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Amanda …

Episode 006 - Books in Translation

June 7th, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Books in Translation.  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Jorge …

Episode 005 - Religion (non-fiction)

May 17th, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Religion (non-fiction).  

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, and Matthew Murray discuss …

Episode 004 - Psychological Thrillers

May 3rd, 2016


In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Psychological Thrillers.  

Episode 003 - Technology (non-fiction)

April 19th, 2016


 Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Amanda Wanner | Matthew Murray

We discuss online reading vs book reading (“I just want to read the wiki …

Episode 002 - Gothic Literature

April 5th, 2016


In a podcast where we set out to read every genre (regardless of our actual interest) our second episode features: Gothic Literature.

Listen to hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Amanda Wanner, and Matthew Murray discuss …

Episode 001 - Historical Romance

March 16th, 2016



In a podcast where we set out to read every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we are hit with a doozy for our first episode: Historical Romance.

Listen to hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Amanda Wanner, Sam …

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