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 037 – Experimental Fiction

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 are amazed at how a book with…

Episode 036 – Favourite Podcasts

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

Episode 035 – Gardening (and plants!)

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 beautiful pictures of plants, and failing to grow things. Plus: Another chance to enter our…

Episode 034 – Reading Resolutions

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 Diego Comic-Con. Plus: Enter our contest to win fabulous prizes! You can download the podcast ,…

Episode 033 – Legal Thrillers

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 a barista investigating a murder, and tariff laws and sci-fi/fantasy cultures. Plus: Tabula rasas…

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

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 previews of upcoming books we’re…

Episode 032 – Reading Fatigue and Reading Slumps

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 giving up on books, and discuss choosing what to read next. Plus: Matthew finds a way to complain about…

Episode 031 – LGBTQ+/QUILTBAG Non-Fiction

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 importance of cultural context, and how this is our newest episode ever (in terms of publication dates…

Episode 030 – Rereading

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

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