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 180 – Pulp

This episode we’re talking about the fiction genre of Pulp! We talk about aliens, Mounties, sleuths, and vigilantes as discuss what counts as pulp and what doesn’t! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or your…

Schedule Update (August 2023)

No new episode this week, but we’ll still be releasing two episodes this month! Vote in our 2023 Battle of the Books! Meghan – by Nicola Griffith Jam – by Sarah Gailey Matthew – by Lea Ypi Anna – by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

Episode 179 – Battle of the Books 2023

This episode we’re giving our book pitches for our Battle of the Books 2023! Each of us has picked one title that we think we should all read and discuss and you get to vote for which one it is! Will we read Spear by Nicola Griffith, Upright Women…

Episode 178 – Aliens, Extraterrestrials, and UFOs

This episode we’re talking about non-fiction books about Aliens, Extraterrestrials, and UFOs! We discuss unexplained aerial phenomenon, owls, exobiology, and aliens wearing hats! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or…

Episode 177 – Book Clubs

This episode we’re talking about the concept of mass promotional book clubs! Whether it’s One City, One Read, Canada Reads, or Oprah’s book club, listen to us discuss if we read book club books, the celebrity book club we wish existed, and the…

Episode 176 – Fantasy

This episode we’re talking about the genre of Fantasy! We discuss whether fantasy needs magic, clam powers, forklore, Tears of the Kingdom, worksonas, It’s Always My First Day at Wizard School, and more! You can download the podcast , find it on ,…

Episode 175 – Revisiting Genres

This episode we’re talking about the very many genres we’ve read for the podcast…and which ones we’d read again! We discuss Jeff VanderMeer’s Zorro, Boat Fiction, We Have Always Hosted The Podcast, Bubble Gum Fiction, Cheese-based Erotica,…

Episode 174 – Economics

This episode we’re talking about the genre of Economics! We discuss economic philosophy, Excel spreadsheets, micro vs macro, and more! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or your favourite podcast delivery system. In…

Episode 173 – Spring 2023 Media Update

This episode we’re talking about recent media we’ve experienced and enjoyed! We discuss Return of the Obra Dinn, Worlds Beyond Number, Horror Queers, If Books Could Kill, Superman Smashes the Klan, Incredible Doom, Taste: My Life through Food by…

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