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 166 – Sports (Non-Fiction)

This episode we’re talking about Non-Fiction Sports books! We discuss how to define sports, live sports, weird rules, and more! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this…

Episode 165 – Favourite Reads of 2022

This episode we’re talking about our Favourite Reads of 2022! (Some of them were even published in 2022!) We discuss our favourite things we read for the podcast and our favourite things we read not for the podcast. Plus: Many more things we enjoyed…

Episode 164 – Military Fiction

This episode we’re talking about Military Fiction! We discuss jingoism, how war is hell, war stories vs military fiction, clichés, historical fiction, and more! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or your favourite…

Episode 163 – Podcasts

This episode we’re talking about Podcasts! We talk about the first podcasts we listened to (and whether we still listen to them), how we find new podcasts, what speed we listen to podcasts at, what podcasts we’ve been enjoying recently, podcasting…

Episode 162 – Investigative Journalism

This episode we’re talking about Investigative Journalism! We talk about what makes something journalism, when we don’t read articles, enjoying vs. appreciated media, and more! You can download the podcast , find it on , or get it through , , , or…

Episode 161 – Hate Reads

This episode we’re talking about Hate Reads! We discuss annoyance reading, hate reading vs reading something you hate, completionism, experiencing bad media as a social bonding experience, and 1-star reviews of books. Plus: Books about women…

Episode 160 – Biographical Fiction & Fictional Biographies

This episode we’re talking about Biographical Fiction & Fictional Biographies! We talk about metafiction, superhero origins as cover songs, spaceship detectives, cat biographies, amendments to amendments, alien abductions, and more!  You…

Episode 159 – Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose by Leigh Cowart

This episode we’re talking about Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose by Leigh Cowart! We discuss how much science a book needs to be to count as “pop science,” content warnings for books, BDSM, MRIs, and other acronyms!…

Episode 158 – Audiobook Fiction

This episode we’re talking about Audiobook Fiction! We discuss narrators vs casts, sound effects, music, adaptations, footnotes, and more! Plus: How do you picture the hosts in your mind when you listen to us? You can download the podcast , find it…

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