In this episode, we talk to author and librarian emeritus Kelly Jensen about mental health and how it impacts our ability to read for work and pleasure, and what we can do to get out of reading slumps (if we want to).
In this episode, we discuss fairies with author friend and known fairy aficionado Stephanie Burgis! Including some discussion of what we define as a member of the fey, how to get rid of an earworm, and all the things you should be reading and watching.
In this episode, we work our way through our own version of March Madness: our third annual What to Watch Next TV Bracket! At the end of this episode, you will get to vote on what TV series we will watch and discuss next from among four categories: Comedy, Crime, Drama, and SFF. Previous brackets in Episode 57 and Episode 81.
BUT BEFORE WE START THAT
We guest edited an issue of the Two Bossy Dames newsletter! If you have always wished our podcast was a newsletter, now is your chance to read our thoughts instead of listen to them! Also, you should subscribe.
In this episode, we review and comment on a ratings-based Rotten Tomatoes list of the 150 best romantic comedies of all time! Tune in for many opinions about romance, comedy, and the intersection of the two in film.
Best Picture: Black Panther
Best Director: Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite
Best Actor: Rami Malek
Best Actress: Olivia Coleman
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King
Original Screenplay: The Favourite
Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins
Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Score: Black Panther
Song: Shallow by Lady Gaga from A Star is Born
Sound Editing: A Quiet Place
Alene: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga from A Star is Born
Anna: “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA from Black Panther
Can you believe there have been a hundred episodes of Bellwether Friends? Well, there haven’t. THIS is the one hundredth episode! Carolyn, Margaret, Sophie, and Ally joined us to discuss our inspiration and beloved novel Bellwether, by our beloved and inspiring Connie Willis, complete with all the digressions you’ve come to love over our past 99 episodes, readalikes, and other suggestions!
In this episode, we discuss the ocean and her presence in movies, books, music, television, and art, in partial response to Episode 94, when our guests were not as pro-sea as Alene might have liked. The #1 takeaway from this episode is that boat safety is very important to Alene. Also, WHAT is the DEAL with the Bountys?
Roiling waves and some deadly rocks are what we’re all about
We visited New York City to hear from a variety of publishers about their upcoming titles, and we’re here to share some of our favorites, as well as likely candidates for library collections, against a backdrop of rustling paper! (See episodes 48, 64, 75, 88, and 89 for previous Book Buzz content.)
In this episode, we talk about the 25 first-run movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory session, Episode 86. Our extensive movie viewing has been brought to you by MoviePass (RIP) and Ladies in Suits.
motorcycle slides under giant flying hello kitty pez
In this episode, we discuss sharks in pop culture with Worst Best Friends Renata and Becca, including deep dives (see what we did there?) into The Meg and Jaws as well as our ideal shark movie plots–call us, Hollywood! We were also recently on Worst Bestsellers to discuss Hope Never Dies.
In this episode, we talk basketball with Cecily of The Riverdale Rag and Deb, sharing our personal basketball histories and favorite teams, coaches, and players. When we recorded the episode, the winner of this year’s WNBA championship was still in doubt, but since then the STORM have claimed the title, to the delight of many.
In this episode, jumping off our presentation at the Massachusetts Library Association conference in May, we discuss inclusive romance novels we’ve read and are looking forward to reading. The official genre of Bellwether Friends is Historical Romance. This episode is brought to you by Fake Dating with a side of Getting It Out Of Our System.
In this episode, we continue what we began in Episode 90 and bring you Alene’s hard pass. Content warning for discussion of various unpleasant topics, primarily suicide. Apologies for the poor sound quality, we didn’t feel like we would make it through this one again if we tried to re-record it.
The first of two episodes exploring the things that we don’t like to encounter in our books, television, movies, and more. Content warning for discussion of various unpleasant topics, primarily cancer.
We’re bringing you our top picks for the fall and early 2019 for you and your library patrons, based on our trips to recent conferences. This is part two of a two-part episode, featuring titles from Hachette, Penguin Random House, Sourcebooks, Quirk Books, Soho Press, Pegasus, Sterling, Ingram, and more! Catch up with part one here.
Other ISAN by Mary Ting (Vesuvian, May 2018) Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond (Dorling Kindersley, October 2018) Goat Yoga by Yoga Shenanigoats (Author) and Ashley Hylbert (Photographer) (Turner Publishing Company, October 2017)
We’re bringing you our top picks for the fall and early 2019 for you and your library patrons, based on our trips to recent conferences. This is part one of a two-part episode, featuring titles from WW Norton, Simon & Schuster, New York Review Books, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Workman, Macmillan, and Bloomsbury!
In this episode, we discuss the movies we have seen since our last movie advisory episode (Episode 77), skipping those we already discussed on other episodes (Episode 81: Oscar Thoughts). We subscribed to MoviePass and it increased our volume of movies seen, but not the overall quality of movies in general. Light spoilers and content warning for gore and vomit mentions.
Already discussed: Black Panther, Call Me By Your Name, Coco, Ferdinand, The Greatest Showman, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Proud Mary, The Shape of Water
In this episode, we discuss our viewing of The Good Place, winner of our #episode81 What to Watch Next TV Bracket. Spoiler alert! We talk about a lot of details of both seasons of The Good Place, which has some twists and surprises you might not want spoiled.
Not at the same time! In preparation for Avengers: Infinity War, we’ve been catching up on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (that’s everything except the X-Men and Deadpool and most Spider-Mans, we think?) we missed because of our unwillingness to watch stories about dude superheroes in the theater. We need to watch in the comfort of our home, with our cats and the ability to snark at top volume. And we also have a bunch of stuff to say about bullet journaling, so pull up a seat for this new episode!
In this episode, we follow up Episode 82 with Classical Music Advisory, bringing back Robin @Tuphlos Bradford (previously our guest on Episode 36) to share her expertise. We learned a lot about Robin’s dark musical past in the process, including her love for the cello and her secret years as a flutist?!
It’s time for March Madness and time for another What to Watch Next TV Bracket! We’re also going to tell you what we think about top Oscar categories. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this page to tell us what to watch next!
“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
…and a moderately good librarian podcast should aspire to the same!
In this episode, we brought in author and podcaster Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) discuss things everyone likes that we don’t. Yes, it was covered in Episode 9, but that was back in December 2014, so here’s an update!
We brought in writing implement expert Cecily Walker (@skeskali) of the Riverdale Rag podcast to talk about one of our favorite things: pens! Warning: if you are at all inclined to rash internet purchases, Cecily makes buying pens and ink sound very appealing.
We brought in holiday romance expert Cory (and her mom) to help us sift through the offerings from the 2017 season. We talked about diversity, Lifetime vs. Hallmark, nude nail polish, royalty, adorable moppets, and more, using our Holiday Romance Movie Checklist as a baseline. See our spreadsheet of the 38 movies the Bellwether Friends team watched this season here.
We give our takes on the theatrical releases we watched in the back half of 2017, then talk about our bests of the past year before plunging into what we’re looking forward to in the new year! There are some spoilers, but we rarely make much sense. Movie Advisory 2017A was episode 66!
In this episode, we recap the 17 horror movies we’ve watched since we last checked in, and what we Learned About Ourselves in the process of watching them. Content warning: we couldn’t resist spoilers for some of the movies, and there is a brief discussion of sexual assault in The Evil Dead.
We visited New York City to hear from a variety of publishers about their upcoming titles, and we’re here to share some of our favorites, as well as likely candidates for library collections, against a backdrop of rustling paper! (See episodes 48 and 64 for previous Book Buzz content.)
All the checking in this episode as we discuss the progress we’ve made on watching horror movies since Episode 73 and also our plans for watching and unpacking holiday romance movies (see also Episode 56) for a future episode. If you want to follow along with us, we’ll be using the hashtag #BFHolidayRomance on Twitter and Facebook and using our Holiday Romance Movie Checklist:
In this episode, Alene tries to find horror films that Anna will consent to watch with her. We discuss our history and preferences regarding horror movies, with a brief foray into horror in other media. See Episode Six for earlier thoughts related to this topic.
For this episode, we brought in Jennie Rothschild to give strong opinions on the current state of children’s television and reminisce about a few old favorites. Including a theme song quiz! Bucking tradition, we start with the quiz, which ends at 19:00 if you want to skip ahead.