The Worst Bestsellers

Worst Bestsellers


Writer Kait and librarian Renata read bestselling books in an attempt to understand their appeal and, barring that, to become the Crow and Servo of the book world. New episodes every other Monday. Visit for our readers advisory b...Show More

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Episode 97 – Wonder

1:28:35 | May 7th, 2018

Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It's also...Show More

Episode 109 – Five Night’s At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

1:09:45 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Happy Halloween! We faced the scariest thing imaginable for a bad books podcast: a video game tie-in novel that turned out to be actually like, really good? We know: we were shocked too. Almost as shocked as the teen protagonists of Five Nights at Fr...Show More

Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

1:36:40 | Oct 8th, 2018

Out of the attic and into the rocking chair, we were joined by Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to read My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews. We were grudgingly impressed by how effectively Andrews gaslit us, the readers, because by the end of this book we had...Show More

Episode 91 – Warriors

1:13:07 | Jan 29th, 2018

Warrior cats, come out to play! Librarian Sam joined us Twolegs podcasters to discuss Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter, the first volume of the long, complex, deeply upsetting Warriors series. We jumped into the jam-packed dramatis fursonae...Show More

Episode 77 – Boxcar Children

1:43:02 | Jul 17th, 2017

Flashback Summer goes all the way back to 1942 to read The Boxcar Children and The Mystery of the Purple Pool (Boxcar Children Mystery #38) by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Kait has returned from her Comet pilgrimage, and we were also joined by Katie Sch...Show More

Episode 75 – Saddle Club

1:25:49 | Jun 19th, 2017

Hey, do you like horses? If so, great news: Flashback Summer continues as Jess (from Book Riot Comics) joined Renata and Becca to discuss Horse Shy from the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant! If you don't like horses: too bad, because that's litera...Show More

Episode 74 – Sweet Valley High

1:25:57 | Jun 5th, 2017

Flashback Summer is back! With Kait camped outside of the Imperial Theater waiting to see Dave Malloy in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Becca stepped in to join Renata and their guest Kristi to discuss Double Love by Francine Pascal, t...Show More

Episode 120 – Murder Games (Instinct)

1:34:48 | Mar 25th

Since James Patterson & Howard Roughan went to the trouble of giving their book two different titles, we decided that we needed the power of two book podcasts to discuss it. So we had our old friends J.W. and Chris from I Don't Even Own a Television ...Show More

Episode 119 – After

1:28:05 | Mar 11th

We read After by Anna Todd, a fanfiction-turned-novel that's bold enough to ask the question: would you like to date Harry Styles, if, rather than being a member of One Direction, he was just a college student, and also a completely rude and hurtful ...Show More

Episode 118 – Naked in Death

1:19:20 | Feb 25th

As the talents of Our Lady Nora Roberts cannot be held by one pen name alone, we were joined by fellow Nora devotee Christine to investigate Naked in Death by J. D. Robb. It's a romantic suspense novel set in a future that is in some ways better than...Show More

Episode 117 – Year One

1:26:21 | Feb 11th

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, since we're spending it with Kathryn from the Truer Words podcast! Our Lady Nora Roberts has launched a post-apocalyptic series with Year One. Don't worry--even though 90% of the human popula...Show More

Episode 116 – How The Secret Changed My Life

1:31:30 | Jan 28th

Our lives have been changed by The Secret, as have those of Andrew and Craig from the Overdue podcast. So they joined us in reading How The Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne. We were delighted to combine our vision boards with Andrew and Craig; ...Show More

Episode 115 – Bests & Worsts of 2018 (Part 2, Adult & Graphic Novels)

1:23:59 | Jan 14th

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2018 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2018, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count anything that we read specif...Show More

Episode 114 – Bests & Worsts of 2018 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

1:46:46 | Dec 31st, 2018

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2018 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2018, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count anything that we read specif...Show More

Episode 113 – The Thorn Birds

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

As the weather outside grows frightful, we decided to have our editor Becca join us for a trip Down Under. We read The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, the 700-page epic saga of the Cleary family, who have almost as … Continue reading →

Episode 112 – Queer Thoughts on Having It All

41:04 | Dec 3rd, 2018

How do you get and keep a man? Hell if Kait knows, even after reading Having It All by Helen Gurley Brown. Once again, Kait has gathered some queer friends to see if Helen Gurley Brown's worldview falls apart if you are not a heterosexual, cisgender ...Show More

Episode 111 – Stranger than Fanfiction

1:29:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Have you been wondering what Chris Colfer has been up to since Glee? Are you ready to read some self-insert celebrity real person fanfiction written by an actual celebrity? Honestly, you're probably not, and we weren't either, but we were happy to ha...Show More

Episode 110 – Red Rising

1:17:22 | Nov 5th, 2018

Did you ever read a science fiction book and think, "I wish I knew more about these characters' bathroom usage?" If so, Red Rising by Pierce Brown is the book for you! Children's librarian Anna (@opinionsbyanna) joined us for this miserable slog thro...Show More

Episode 107 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

1:51:19 | Sep 24th, 2018

It's our 4th anniversary! Traditionally, we've read a new book from the Twilight saga each year to celebrate our anniversary. But last year, we finished the saga, so this year we decided to create our own Twilight adventure. Danielle (of Hello World ...Show More

Episode 106 – Hope Never Dies

1:25:16 | Sep 10th, 2018

We teamed up with Anna and Alene from Bellwether Friends, our BFP (best friend podcast), to read about our nation's greatest BFFs, Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Unfortunately for us, Andrew Shaffer's political RPF mystery Hope Never Dies turned out to ...Show More

Episode 105 – Sunset Island

1:24:15 | Aug 27th, 2018

As the sun goes down on this year's Flashback Summer, we pay a visit to Sunset Island by Cherie Bennet. We're joined by Denise (@DezDono), editor of the Gailsone series and one of the few people who remembers this 90s Sweet Valley High knockoff serie...Show More

Episode 104 – House of Danger

1:09:09 | Aug 13th, 2018

If you'd like to continue with Flashback Summer, turn to page 2 for Kait, Renata, and Becca's discussion of House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery. If you're curious about the Choose Your Own Adventure franchise's crossover into board game territory, rol...Show More

Episode 103 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

1:26:08 | Jul 30th, 2018

Flashback Summer gathered around the campfire to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell with our editor Becca. Put your hand in a bowl of peeled grapes and listen to hear how deeply upsetting Renata finds the forma...Show More

Episode 102 – Ramona and Her Mother

1:27:14 | Jul 16th, 2018

Flashback Summer continues as we revisit everyone's favorite little sister. Becca and Katelyn joined us to discuss Beverly Cleary's classic Ramona and Her Mother. Relive the thrill of squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste and the tragedy of a ba...Show More

Episode 101 – The Ghost in The Third Row

1:08:49 | Jul 2nd, 2018

We're launching our third Flashback Summer with one of Kait's most formative childhood books. Author Becky Allen (@allreb) joined us to discuss The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville, a middle-grade mystery that's aged surprisingly well, much li...Show More

Episode 100 – Ready Player One

1:54:38 | Jun 18th, 2018

It's our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books over the years, so we weren't su...Show More

Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

1:20:24 | Jun 4th, 2018

Y'all know TFW you're an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you're also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe's Love Let...Show More

Episode 98 – Unmasked

1:21:53 | May 21st, 2018

Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn't have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir Unmasked. Join us to learn more than we ever wanted to know abo...Show More

Episode 96 – A Princess in Theory

1:30:41 | Apr 23rd, 2018

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, we read Alyssa Cole's first Reluctant Royals romance, A Princess in Theory, with the 2016 Romance Writers Association librarian of the year, Robin Bradford. Although this book has a slightly silly premise--name...Show More

Episode 95 – Having It All

1:49:35 | Apr 9th, 2018

Kait and Renata dug into some vintage life advice from former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown's 1982 book Having It All. Who better to help them talk about compliance to gender and beauty norms than Bitch Planet writer Kelly Sue DeConnick? Tha...Show More

Episode 94 – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

1:45:16 | Mar 26th, 2018

In Part 2 of our Big Podcast Crossover Event with I Don't Even Own A Television, J.W. and Collision joined us to discuss James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas. It's a beautiful example of the power of Telling, Not Showing. Specifically, tell...Show More

Bonus Episode III – Twilight Movies

49:03 | Mar 12th, 2018

We're taking a break from our regularly scheduled book podcast to release this bonus episode about the movies of the Twilight saga! As a Patreon goal, we watched all 5 films and recorded our reactions to them. (Renata's dazzled reactions and Kait's.....Show More

Episode 93 – Angels Fall

1:24:01 | Feb 26th, 2018

Our February observance of Nora Roberts Month continues, as we read Angels Fall with author and longtime Nora devotee Christine Ricketts. It’s a quirky small-town romance between a traumatized chef and a mystery writer who hates vegetables. What coul...Show More

Episode 92 – Whiskey Beach

1:20:55 | Feb 12th, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! Kait and Renata decided to treat themselves to the gift of Nora Roberts. They read Whiskey Beach with special Galentine pal (and mother of Renata), Susan. Although Duarte didn’t like this one as much as our last experience with...Show More

Episode 90.5 – A Queer Chat About Martians and Venusians

36:08 | Jan 22nd, 2018

If all Venusians communicate so easily, why is Kait so garbage at asking girls out? That's just one of the questions John Gray's Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus tire fire left unanswered from a queer perspective, so Kait rounded up a few of h...Show More

Episode 90 – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

1:24:41 | Jan 15th, 2018

We wanted to start the new year off with a self-help book, so we teamed up with Jolenta and Kristen from By the Book, a podcast where they try out living by self-help books, and read Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray. We're glad Jo...Show More

Episode 89 – Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 2, Adult & Graphic Novels)

1:21:01 | Jan 1st, 2018

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2017 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2017, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count ...Show More

Episode 88 – Bests & Worsts of 2017 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

1:52:00 | Dec 18th, 2017

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2017 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2017, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count ...Show More

Episode 87 – The Christmas Caramel Murder

1:28:19 | Dec 4th, 2017

'Tis the season...for murder. Mystery enthusiast Kelsey joined us to discuss the Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke, a cozy mystery starring amateur detective/baker Hannah Swensen. It's a heartwarming story featuring one murder and a lot of rec...Show More

Episode 86 – The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr

1:38:46 | Nov 20th, 2017

Since Alex & Eliza left us unsatisfied, we decided to read some anonymously-written 19th century erotica. And who better to accompany us for The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr than Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice...Show More

Episode 85 – Alex & Eliza

1:26:24 | Nov 6th, 2017

We're helpless for the Schuyler Sisters (you know, Angelica, Eliza...and Peggy), so we read Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz with Andrea. Unfortunately, the author threw away her shot at writing something we didn't want to burn. Make sure your vacc...Show More

Episode 84 – Lizzie Borden

1:26:10 | Oct 23rd, 2017

We heard you like true crime podcasts, so we read Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom and hit the road for a visit to Fall River to investigate the shocking Borden murders, joined by our editor Becca and Renata's roommate Lindsay. But mostly we want ...Show More

Episode 83 – Handbook for Mortals

1:20:58 | Oct 9th, 2017

Kelly Jensen (Book Riot editor, co-host of Book Riot's Hey YA podcast, & editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World) joined us for the 23-hour bestseller, Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem. We're so glad that CSI: YA solved this case and bro...Show More

Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

2:08:28 | Sep 25th, 2017

It’s been three years since our very first episode, when Carrie read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And two years since we read New Moon and one year since we read Eclipse!) We're back to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking game and drunkenly ...Show More

Episode 81 – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

1:30:13 | Sep 11th, 2017

Kait and Renata decided to take a break from sexy vampires and learn some more about our nation's history, so they asked KL (@momebie, @LaraEckener) to read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith with them. They learned that white peop...Show More

Episode 80 – Dead Until Dark

1:30:41 | Aug 28th, 2017

Out of the coffin and into the world of Bon Temps! Kristin May joined us to read Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, the first of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired the show True Blood. Despite the troubling trend of Confederate vampires and...Show More

Episode 79 – Dark Archer

1:33:50 | Aug 14th, 2017

In a crossover event worthy of the CW itself, the Bellwether Friends, Anna & Alene, joined us to discuss the Arrow tie-in graphic novel The Dark Archer, written by Kait's nemesis John Barrowman (and Carole Barrowman) with art by Daniel Sampere & Juan...Show More

Episode 78 – The Face on the Milk Carton

1:05:48 | Jul 31st, 2017

It's Flashback Summer. Do you know where your daughter is? Have you looked on your beverage container? Jenny (definitely not Janie), Co-Founder of Grinnell College's Caroline B. Cooney Book Club, joined us to discuss The Face on the Milk Carton. Join...Show More

Episode 76 – American Girl

1:38:29 | Jul 3rd, 2017

As Flashback Summer continues and the 4th of July approaches, we asked our guest Rebecca the most fraught question you can ask an American child of the 90s: which American Girl doll did you have? After the nostalgic dust settled, we also discussed Me...Show More

Episode 73 – Diary of an Oxygen Thief

1:12:35 | May 22nd, 2017

Kait, Renata, and their guest KL (@momebie, @LaraEckener) read Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. They're glad the author hasn't revealed his identity, because otherwise it might be too hard for us to resist the urge to go egg his house. This is ...Show More

Episode 72 – Red Queen

1:23:26 | May 8th, 2017

Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna (of LCARS Librarian and Women Write About Comics) read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It's a confusing melange of everyone's favorite YA dystopia tropes, like "love triangle," "government-sponsored competition," and...Show More

Episode 71 – The Shack

1:19:45 | Apr 24th, 2017

Kait, Renata, and their guest Dolly (@loather, Withdrawn) read The Shack by William Paul Young. It's about a man who meets God, but get this, God is a black woman who wants you to call her "Papa"! Did that blow your mind? Don't worry, God turns back ...Show More

Episode 70 – The Notebook (LIVE at Trident Booksellers!)

1:37:24 | Apr 10th, 2017

Kait, Renata, and their guest Margaret H. Willison (Two Bossy Dames, Appointment Television) read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks for a special live episode recorded at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! If you're familiar with the movie, you migh...Show More

Episode 69 – Tinglers

1:08:10 | Mar 27th, 2017

It's our 69th episode, nice! Returning guest & hardcore lady buck Jennie read 2 Tinglers with us: Redacted in the Butt By Redacted Under the Tromp Administration and Taken By The Gay Unicorn Biker, both by the Hugo-nominated author Chuck Tingle. Plea...Show More

Episode 68 – Cookie Meets Peanut

53:48 | Mar 13th, 2017

Storytime Underground Joint Chief Cory joined us to discuss the fact that writing picture books is way harder than most celebrities think it is! We read Cookie Meets Peanut by Real Housewife/Adult Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, illustrated by Daniel Ro...Show More

Bonus Episode II – Gossip Girl

1:04:35 | Mar 6th, 2017

Thanks to our Patreon sponsors, we recorded a bonus episode about Gossip Girl (the novel by Cecily von Ziegesar as well as the TV show) with special guest Renata's mom, Susan. We have to say: we enjoyed this dive into the lives of hyper-privileged Ma...Show More

Episode 67 – The Chemist

1:40:40 | Feb 27th, 2017

Kait, Renata, and Jeanne (@FangirlJeanne) read Stephenie Meyer's adult romantic thriller, The Chemist. It's a love story that starts off with torture (but like the 24 kind, not the 50 Shades kind) and ends with a Food Network reality show. It made us...Show More

Episode 66 – Violets Are Blue

1:44:34 | Feb 13th, 2017

Kait, Renata, and their guest Ryan Sandoval (author of The D.A.D.D.Y. Complex) read Violets Are Blue, the 7th book in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. Intrepid detective Alex Cross investigates vampire-themed murders, as well as the body of every...Show More

Episode 65 – Bests & Worsts of 2016 (Part 2, Adult & Graphic Novels)

1:24:20 | Jan 30th, 2017

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2016 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2016, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count ...Show More

Episode 64 – Bests & Worsts of 2016 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

1:46:38 | Jan 16th, 2017

Tune in to our Bests & Worsts of 2016 episodes to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites! Please note: We counted things that we read in 2016, regardless of publication year. We didn’t count ...Show More

Bonus Episode I – Christian Mingle The Movie

42:45 | Dec 12th, 2016

Thanks to our generous Patreon supporters, our editor Becca joined us to watch Christian Mingle The Movie for our first Patreon Goal bonus episode! Our longtime sponsor Christian Mingle inspired this romantic comedy; meanwhile, our Patreon patrons sp...Show More

Episode 63 – The Immortal Nicholas

1:22:36 | Dec 5th, 2016

The holidays are upon us, and that, unfortunately, means that Caitlin read The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck with us. We have to admit--we liked it a lot better than we liked The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (who has shocked us all by getting mo...Show More

Episode 62 – Outlander Kitchen

1:00:36 | Nov 21st, 2016

With American Thanksgiving approaching, we wanted to make sure we had enough #herbs on hand, so we had Lucky Peach cookbook reviewer Paula Forbes read Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders with us! Base...Show More

Episode 61 – The Bridges of Madison County

1:07:16 | Nov 7th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Lyette read the Fifty Shades of Grey of the 90s, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. Like Fifty Shades, this book reminded us that women need men (or lizard people) to teach them about their sexualities...Show More

Episode 60 – Dark World

1:39:07 | Oct 24th, 2016

We're not alone...we sense a presence...oh, it's podcast editor Becca and supernatural aficionado Wren, who joined us to discuss Dark World: Into the Shadows With the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew by Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger! Lik...Show More

Episode 59 – A is for Alibi

1:01:29 | Oct 10th, 2016

Our friend Sarah came back to discuss A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton! A turns out to be for an Adequate mystery, an Awkward romance, and an Awful way to learn the alphabet, all wrapped up into one series. This episode is perfect for listening to on lo...Show More

Episode 58 – Eclipse

2:19:49 | Sep 26th, 2016

It’s been two years since our very first episode, when Caroline of Fantastic Fangirls read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! (And one year since we read New Moon!) And now we've added Danielle to our crew to play the Worst Bestsellers drinking gam...Show More

Episode 57 – The Selection

1:25:26 | Sep 12th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Sophi received special hand-delivered invitations to discuss The Selection by Kiera Cass. Imagine a combination of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games, but then throw that combination in the trash and read a J. Crew catalo...Show More

Episode 56 – Angels Watching Over Me

1:21:09 | Aug 29th, 2016

Out of the sadness cave and into the pediatric hospital, Renata has returned to join Kait and Eryn for the final book of Flashback Summer, Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel. We went back to a time before WebMD and The Fault in Our Stars, ba...Show More

Episode 55 – Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys

1:38:23 | Aug 15th, 2016

Kait, Becca, and their guests Anna and Holly continue Flashback Summer by trying to solve the mystery of the missing entertainment after slogging through Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Craven Cove and The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Sigma Seven. Will t...Show More

Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

1:23:58 | Aug 1st, 2016

With Renata still in her Sadness Cave, Kait, Becca, and their guest Sarah took advantage of her absence to talk about Goosebumps and Fear Street. Join us on a trip back to Scholastic Book Fairs past, which is much more fun than taking a trip back to ...Show More

Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

1:38:25 | Jul 18th, 2016

Flashback Summer continues! While Renata is off in the wilderness, settling into her Sadness Cave, Kait, our editor Becca, and our guest Jennifer said hello to their friends--the Baby-sitters Club! Kait, Becca, and Jen revisited the BSC franchise as ...Show More

Episode 52 – Animorphs #1

1:29:51 | Jul 4th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Priscilla (@Priscellie) read Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate. As the first entry in our Flashback Summer, we revisited our favorite teens who can turn into animals, and also the one teen who is a bird. Rena...Show More

Episode 51 – Lone Wolf

1:29:03 | Jun 20th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guests Malia and Meagan read Lone Wolf by the mistress of twist endings, Jodi Picoult! This episode starts with the revelation that "Picoult" is pronounced like "pekoe" and only gets more shocking from there. Actually, a lot o...Show More

Episode 50 – X-Men 3: The Last Stand

1:31:31 | Jun 6th, 2016

It's our 50th episode! We celebrated with our favorite thing: talking about X-Men with Caroline from Fantastic Fangirls and Panels. Unfortunately, this means we had to read the novelization of our least favorite X-Men movie: X-Men: The Last Stand by ...Show More

Episode 49 – X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song

1:25:50 | May 23rd, 2016

We read X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song so you don't have to!

Episode 48 –

1:22:24 | May 9th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Patrick read a book a ghostwriter wrote based on a computer game created by Tom Clancy based on a nonexistent website. If that sounds confusing, it's still not as confusing as this corporate espionage-y Orientalist mess ...Show More

Episode 47 – One for the Money

1:22:34 | Apr 25th, 2016

Happy early Mother's Day! Kait, Renata, and their guest Rachel read their moms' favorite book, One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. It's the origin story of Spandex-clad rookie bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Fellow Jersey Girl Kait has a lot to say a...Show More

Episode 46 – Killing Lincoln

1:19:14 | Apr 11th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Caitlin read Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. And--because we care about the youth of America--we also read the young readers' adaptation, Lincoln's Last Days, by Bill O'Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. ...Show More

Episode 45 – Hollow Earth

1:20:08 | Mar 28th, 2016

For part 2 of Nemesis Month, Kait, Renata, and returning guest Naomi read Hollow Earth by Kait's nemesis John Barrowman (and Carole Barrowman, with whom Kait has no particular beef). It's a confusing middle grade novel about twins with magic art powe...Show More

Episode 44 – Stories I Only Tell My Friends

1:10:55 | Mar 14th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and Rob Lowe's Other Nemesis Steve read Stories I Can't Tell My Friends by Renata's Nemesis, Rob Lowe. In addition to a lot of grade-A 80s celebrity gossip, we learned a lot about Rob Lowe, such as how important he thinks celebrities ar...Show More

Episode 43 – Redeeming Love

1:43:20 | Feb 29th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guests Ally (of Join the Girl Gang) and Katelyn (of Women of Library History) read the classic evangelical Christian romance novel Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It's AU Bible fanfiction based on the Book of Hosea, a minor...Show More

Episode 42 – The Perfect Letter

1:29:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their guest Margaret (of Two Bossy Dames and Appointment Television) read The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison. It's a somewhat competently written romance novel by the host of The Bachelor (and/or an uncredited, under-appreciated g...Show More

Episode 41 – Gerald’s Game

1:13:33 | Feb 1st, 2016

Kait, Renata, and their returning guest Nicole (of OWL Reviews) read Gerald's Game by Stephen King and concluded: there's a good reason this isn't one of King's better-known works. What should have been a compelling psychological horror short story i...Show More

Episode 40 – Twilight Life and Death

1:57:35 | Jan 18th, 2016

For this special episode, Kait, Renata, and their guests Amy (of Join the Girl Gang and Panels), Caroline (of Fantastic Fangirls and Panels), and Samuel (a dazzling youth) all read Twilight Life and Death, the 10th anniversary, gender-swapped edition...Show More

Episode 39 – Bests & Worsts of 2015 (Part 2, Adult and Graphic Novels)

1:23:29 | Jan 4th, 2016

We list our Bests & Worsts of 2015 in Adult and Graphic Novels. Tune to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites!

Episode 38 – Hamilton

1:17:27 | Dec 28th, 2015

As you might have noticed, Kait, Renata, and their special guest, Bossy Dame Sophie, read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and have been listening to the Broadway cast recording of Hamilton the musical non-stop. We want you, too, to be in the room w...Show More

Episode 37 – Bests & Worsts of 2015 (Part 1, Children’s & YA)

1:30:24 | Dec 21st, 2015

We list our Bests & Worsts of 2015 in Children's and Young Adult. Tune to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites!

Episode 36 – The Mistletoe Promise

1:16:54 | Dec 7th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their returning guest Caitlin read The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans and unanimously agreed: it's not nearly as bad as The Christmas Sweater was! In fact we actually... kinda liked The Mistletoe Promise? We liked it almost...Show More

Episode 35 – Purity

1:28:42 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Sophie (of Two Bossy Dames) read Purity by Jonathan Franzen, a length tome on technology, privacy, and mostly, how women are the worst. They are just the worst! Luckily, these women often have older men around, on whom t...Show More

Episode 34 – Whisper of Death

1:22:37 | Nov 9th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guests Abby (The Librarian) and Molly (author of The Princesses of Iowa) read Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike. It's arguably even more bonkers than the last Christopher Pike book they read, even though it doesn't even hav...Show More

Episode 33 – The President Did Me From Behind and I Liked It

1:14:47 | Oct 26th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guests Becca and Kristi read The President Did Me From Behind And I Liked It, I Got Freaky With Santa Claus And I Liked It, and Bigfoot Did Me From Behind And I Liked It by Raven Blackbird. These self-published erotic comedies...Show More

Episode 32 – Dino Park After Dark

57:39 | Oct 12th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guests Ashley and Sam dipped their toes into the confusing and unsanitary waters of creature erotica with Dino Park After Dark by Christie Sims & Alara Branwen. We're still not convinced it adds up physiologically, but sometim...Show More

Episode 31 – New Moon

2:22:38 | Sep 28th, 2015

It's been one year since our very first episode, when Caroline of Fantastic Fangirls read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer with us! To celebrate, we decided to return to the scene of the crime and read New Moon, the next book in the Twilight saga. Also, w...Show More

Episode 30 – Dianetics

1:20:37 | Sep 14th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their pre-clear guest Sigrid (@SigridEllis) read Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, a man who is on record as not believing in second drafts. It's definitely the worst thing we've ever read, and also now we're afraid we're going to get su...Show More

Episode 29 – Grey

1:16:52 | Aug 31st, 2015

By popular demand, Kait, Renata, and returning guest Anna of Bellwether Friends read Grey by E. L. James. It's Fifty Shades of Grey from the point of view of Christian Grey and his talkative cock. We went on record as... well, not quite fans of the o...Show More

Episode 28 – Black Hills

1:17:22 | Aug 17th, 2015

Welcome to Cougartown! Kait, Renata, and their guest Kathryn read Black Hills by Nora Roberts. Nora Roberts has written over 200 books, and this one is about a murder mystery on a big cat sanctuary. It's a sexy page-turner with something for everyone...Show More

Episode 27 – Inferno

1:25:00 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest, actual scientist Sarah (@allthatihavemet, @sarahnbay) read Inferno by Dan Brown. It's the fourth book about Robert Langdon, and probably the only one where he faces a problem that cannot be solved with symbology alone a...Show More

Episode 26 – The Forest of Hands and Teeth

1:14:05 | Jul 20th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Kelly read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It's the story of a teenage girl bravely fleeing her oppressive, zombie-infested village to start a new life where she can freely express herself. Or... to be with...Show More

Episode 25 – True Believer

1:12:49 | Jul 6th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and the ghost who lives in Kait's apartment read True Believer by Nicholas Sparks, the inventor of the "love tragedy" genre. It's a ghost story without ghosts and a love story without any real romantic chemistry. Listen now to hear our...Show More

Episode 24 – Live and Let Die

1:29:36 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Molly read Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming. It's the second James Bond novel and probably the most racist one. (We didn't read the other ones to confirm, though.) Can 007 possibly win when literally all the black people ...Show More

Episode 23 – The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress

1:10:28 | Jun 8th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Jennie (of Biblio File and Explaining Songs to My Toddler) read The Greek Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress by Lynne Graham. This Harlequin romance novel has more complicated sex paperwork than Fifty Shades of Grey, but less...Show More

Episode 22 – The Target

1:19:06 | May 25th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Nick (@polykinetic) read The Target by David Baldacci. It's the story of CIA assassins and neo-Nazis and North Korean prison camps, but most of all, it's the story of the power of maternal love. Actually, most of all, it...Show More

Episode 21 – City of Bones

1:27:31 | May 11th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and Kait's secret cousin Nicole read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, because we read all the rest of the Harry Potter fanfiction the internet had to offer. This is a book with something for everyone: vampires, werewolves, magical cats...Show More

Episode 20 – Disclosure

1:19:21 | Apr 27th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and returning guest Caroline (of Fantastic Fangirls and Panels) read Disclosure by Michael Crichton. It's the ultimate sci-fi horror story for white men: a woman sexually harasses a man and lies about it, and everyone believes the woman...Show More

Episode 19 – Modelland

1:31:32 | Apr 13th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and returning guest Margaret (one of Two Bossy Dames) read Modelland by America's Top Author Tyra Banks! It's a fashionable YA dystopia with 550 pages of text and easily 1000 nonsensical made-up concepts. This episode is plus-sized beca...Show More

Episode 18 – Not Cool

1:05:55 | Mar 30th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Amy read Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and their War on You by Greg Gutfeld. It's the idle musings of a Fox News correspondent who hates "cool" things, such as Sean Penn, the environment, and minorities. We struggled to un...Show More

Episode 17 – Flowers in the Attic

1:13:42 | Mar 16th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guests Sophi and Stacey read (or re-read) Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews. Some of us reflected fondly about furtively reading this in our childhoods, while others of us struggled to understand the appeal of the Dollanga...Show More

Episode 16 – Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

55:32 | Mar 2nd, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Abby (The Librarian) read Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. It's an unexpectedly dark psychological thriller (of sorts) that made us reflect on our own middle school years a...Show More

Episode 15.5 – Fifty Shades of Grey (The Movie)

42:56 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Renata was snowed in, so she had three lesbians--Kait, returning guest Anna of Bellwether Friends, and internet personality Laura--tell her all about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. They all agreed: it needed more dick. We also addressed various weir...Show More

Episode 15 – Fifty Shades of Grey

1:14:30 | Feb 16th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Anna of Bellwether Friends read Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James! Their inner goddesses are all annoyed at how much they felt compelled to defend this book. Sure, it's unconventional to have a modern college-aged prot...Show More

Episode 14 – The Shunning

1:12:11 | Feb 2nd, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their guest Becca put on their forbidden satin gowns and read The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. It's the ferhoodling story of a mildly rebellious Amish girl whose worldly desires eventually lead to her getting shunned by the community....Show More

Episode 13 – Need for Speed

1:15:25 | Jan 19th, 2015

Kait, Renata, and their special guests Amanda and Christy read Need for Speed: The Movie Novelization by Brian Kelleher, a book based on a movie based on the video game based on the invention of the automobile. We originally read this book hoping tha...Show More

Episode 12 – Outlander

1:19:52 | Jan 5th, 2015

Ring in the new year--1743--with Kait, Renata, and their guest lassie Erica! We read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and we learned so much about British history, medicinal herbs, corporal punishment, witchcraft, animal husbandry, the Loch Ness Monster, ...Show More

Episode 11 – Bests & Worsts of 2014 (Part 2, Adult and Graphic Novels)

1:17:10 | Jan 4th, 2015

In part two of our Bests & Worsts of 2014 special, we tackle the best and worst books for Adults and the best and worst comics. Tune to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites!

Episode 10 – Bests & Worsts of 2014 (Part 1, Children’s and YA)

1:07:27 | Jan 3rd, 2015

We list our Bests & Worsts of 2014 in Children's and Young Adult. Tune to hear us discuss these titles and read excerpts from our favorites and least favorites!

Episode 09 – The Christmas Sweater

1:00:51 | Dec 22nd, 2014

This is it: Kait, Renata, and their guest Caitlin have found the very worst bestseller. It's The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck and it is truly terrible on every level. Listen now to hear our spirits get fully crushed by this holiday story of a youn...Show More

Episode 08.5 – The Christmas Shoes (The Movie)

34:52 | Dec 15th, 2014

God wanted to make sure you understood the true meaning of Christmas, so he sent you this podcast episode based on the movie, based on the novel, based on the song, The Christmas Shoes. In this bonus mini-sode, Kait and Renata confront Renata's long-...Show More

Episode 08 – The Christmas Shoes

1:01:56 | Dec 8th, 2014

For this very special holiday episode, Kait and Renata are joined by librarian/Christmas enthusiast Ashley to discuss The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere, the bestselling novel based on a #1 hit single. From this book we learned that Heaven has a d...Show More

Episode 07 – Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

1:06:41 | Nov 24th, 2014

In this shocking episode, Kait and Renata have their first-ever white male guest, Renata's brother Reid, to discuss Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by noted white male Rush Limbaugh. In this book Rush Revere, an irresponsible substitute teacher/ic...Show More

Episode 06 – Under the Radar

1:17:01 | Nov 10th, 2014

Kait, Renata, and their guest, practicing misandrist Naomi, read Under the Radar by Fern Michaels and questioned the motives of the vigilante Sisterhood. You'd think a group of women dedicated to rescuing women from abuse would have sympathy for the ...Show More

Episode 05 – Scavenger Hunt

1:02:29 | Oct 27th, 2014

In this episode, Kait, Renata, and their guest Lisa struggle to piece together the clues of Christopher Pike's Scavenger Hunt. As far as we can tell, it's the story of a bunch of horny high school students on a scavenger hunt with their dead friend (...Show More

Episode 04.5 – I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends, Part 2

46:31 | Oct 24th, 2014

Listeners, will you accept this bonus episode? Margaret of Two Bossy Dames joins Kait, Renata, and returning guest Stacey to explain The Bachelor to us in this follow-up to our episode about I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Realit...Show More

Episode 04 – I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends

1:03:14 | Oct 13th, 2014

In this shocking rose ceremony--we mean podcast--three people who have never watched The Bachelor staunchly defend the show's greatest villain! Kait and Renata are joined by Stacey to discuss I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reali...Show More

Episode 03: The Secret

1:05:01 | Sep 29th, 2014

For our third episode, Kait and Renata are joined by writer/activist Keane to discuss The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This best-selling self-help book taught us that the Universe doesn't understand the word "no." Seriously, the Universe, no means no. Lis...Show More

Episode 02 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

1:05:00 | Sep 26th, 2014

In our second episode of Worst Bestsellers, Kait, Renata, and their special guest Angie from Fat Girl Reading read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, John Grisham's weird attempt to tap the lucrative children's book market. Listen to us wonder if John Grish...Show More

Episode 01 – Twilight

54:35 | Sep 23rd, 2014

Welcome to the very first episode of Worst Bestsellers! Kait, Renata, and their special guest Caroline from Fantastic Fangirls, talk about Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Listen now to hear about nutritive power of tofu, the untapped potential for a vam...Show More