Book Club for Masochists: a Readers’ Advisory Podcast

Hosted ByAnna Ferri

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.


All Episodes

Episode 115 – New Weird

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 a genre, how to describe books…

Episode 114 – Hot Cocoa & Book Recommendations

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 suggestions for table top role playing games, folklore, healthcare, poetry, urban fantasy and more….

Episode 113 – Seeking Book Recommendations

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. You can download the podcast , find it…

Episode 112: Business Non-Fiction

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 on-topic) tangents, and how books…

Episode 111 – Happy Birthday Dracula

It’s Halloween! And in this very special episode we’re playing the game Happy Birthday Dracula! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , , or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode | | | Games We Played…

Episode 110 – Comedic/Humorous Fiction

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, and more! Plus:…

Episode 109 – Recent Media We’ve Enjoyed

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! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , , or your…

Episode 108 – Visual Novels

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 speed, monetization, watching vs…

Episode 107 – Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , , or…

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