Episode 86: Movie Advisory Spring 2018

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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.

Links
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

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Annihilation
Blockers
Fifty Shades Freed
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Game Night
Insidious: The Last Key
Love, Simon
Molly’s Game
Pacific Rim Uprising
The Party
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A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
Thoroughbreds
Tomb Raider
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Truth or Dare
Winchester
A Wrinkle in Time

What we’re looking forward to:
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Ocean’s 8
Deadpool 2
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Skyscraper
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Crazy Rich Asians
Sorry to Bother You
Breaking In
Life of the Party
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Disobedience
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Book Club
The Wife
The Meg
Uncle Drew
The Spy Who Dumped Me
The Little Stranger

Obsessions
Alene: Pixel Art Color by Number (Android)
Anna: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
Alene: “Almost Like Praying” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Episode 85: The Good Place

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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.

Links
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Vulture: Our 7 Biggest Questions After The Good Place Season Finale
The Guardian: The Good Place: how a sitcom made philosophy seem cool
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The New Yorker: Dystopia in “The Good Place”
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Buzzfeed: Which Character From “The Good Place” Are You?
Buzzfeed: Would You Actually Get In To The Good Place?
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Nerdist: The Good Place Dished Out a Huge Menu of Food Puns

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
Anna: “Least Complicated” by Indigo Girls

Obsessions
Anna: Force of Nature by Jane Harper, old movies on the big screen: Persona, Dune
Alene: laws of physics, bicycle commuting

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Episode 84: MCU and Bullet Journaling

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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!

Links
Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Phase one: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers
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Phase two: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man
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Phase three: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther
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Deadpool
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Marvel: 15 Huge Problems No One Wants To Admit About The MCU
Why Marvel Movies Have Such Bland, Forgettable Music
Orientalism, Whitewashing, and the Failure of Imagination in Doctor Strange
From Iron Man to Black Panther — Ranking the Romances of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
What is the Funniest Marvel Movie?

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Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller (who cowrote the article Alene is always suggesting!)
Episode 79: All About Pens with @skeskali
Anna’s book: Grids & Guides
Alene’s current book: Exacompta Club
35 Cool Lists To Start And Keep In 2018

Musical Obsessions
Anna & Alene: “My House” by Flo Rida

Obsessions
Anna: Flavored syrups
Alene: pistachios
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Episode 83: Classical Music Advisory with @Tuphlos

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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?!

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Links

Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic
Mstislav Rostropovich
Bagpipe scholarship
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Jean-Pierre Rampal
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major
Chaminade: Concertino for Flute
Bach: Cello Suites
Ennio Morricone
Rachel Portman
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor
Johannes Moser
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Zuill Bailey (Oz)
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Yo-Yo Ma (Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor)
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto in D Minor
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Dr. Robert Greenberg (Twitter)
The Great Courses: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works (get it from your library!)
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Beethoven: 5th Symphony
Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
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The Guardian View on Diversity in Classical Music: Quality and Equality
10 Female Composers You Should Know
Ten Black Composers Whose Works Deserve to be Heard More Often
14 of the Most Influential Latin American Composers of the 20th Century
Classical So White and Male: Time is Overdue for Diversity
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in G Major
Fanny Hensel (nee Mendelssohn): Overture
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G Minor
Florence B. Price: Concerto in One Movement
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: Three Dances for Orchestra
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá
Fathom Events

13 Best Classical Music Movies
10 of the best (and worst) films about composers
Immortal Beloved
Impromptu
Amadeus
The Red Violin
Fantasia
Fantasia 2000
Shine
Hilary and Jackie

Twelve of the Best: Books Featuring Classical Music
11 Musical Novels That Hit All The Right Notes
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall (also TV)
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Musical Obsessions
Robin: Johannes Moser playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor
Anna: first movement of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
Alene: “The Hamilton Polka” by Weird Al Yankovic

Obsessions
Robin: YouTubing cellists
Anna: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Alene: My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

Episode 82: Classical Music Favorites

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In this episode, we talk about our favorite classical pieces and our recent live symphony experiences.

Also: our What to Watch Next Bracket poll results! By the will of the popular vote (or the person/s with the most ways of accessing the internet), we will be watching The Good Place.
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The playlist for this episode is on Spotify.

Links
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Boston Symphony Orchestra
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Für Elise
Seattle Symphony
Tanglewood
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Classic King FM
Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 “Elvira Madigan”
Amadeus
Mozart: Turkish March
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Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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Ravel: Bolero
Torvill & Dean 1984 Gold Medal Ice Dancing Routine
Tchaikovsky: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Great Courses: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
San Francisco Chronicle: “Classical So White and Male: The Time is Overdue for Diversity
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (stand up)
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Beethoven: 5th Symphony
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra/2001: A Space Odyssey
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini/Somewhere in Time
Pachelbel: Canon in D
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Satie: Gymnopedie
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Beethoven: Pathétique
Beethoven: 7th Symphony
Billy Joel: This Night
Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Star Trek/Star Wars Spectacular
John Williams

Musical Obsessions
Belle of the Ball” by Leroy Anderson
Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty

Obsessions
A Wrinkle in Time
One Day at a Time

Episode 81: What to Watch Next TV Bracket II and Oscar Thoughts

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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!

Our first TV bracket was covered Episode 57.

Links
Challonge! (our complete bracket)

BBC Bracket
The Crown
Wallander
Lark Rise to Candleford
The Night Manager
Vera
MI:5
Midsomer Murders
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
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Last Tango in Halifax
The Bletchley Circle
Victoria
The Tudors/The White Queen
Scott and Bailey
Luther
The Hour
Alias Grace
Broadchurch

Comedy/Musical Bracket
Master of None
Grown-ish
Happy Endings
Trophy Wife
Galavant
Younger
One Mississippi
Faking It
Parks and Recreation
Catastrophe
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Lady Dynamite
Difficult People
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Jane the Virgin
Sports Night
Cougar Town
Black-ish

Crime
Counterpart
White Collar [The Boys in the Band]
The Fall S2
Mindhunter
Psych
The Killing
Leverage (Episode 21 discussion)
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How to Get Away with Murder
Laws and Orders
The Alienist

Drama
Make it or Break It
Royal Pains
The Wire
The Good Place
Nashville
The Bold Type
Dear White People
The L-Word S2-6
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GLOW
Homeland
The West Wing
Friday Night Lights
Atlanta
Still Star Crossed
Masters of Sex
Feud
The Americans
Being Mary Jane
ER

Science Fiction and Fantasy
Birds of Prey
She-Ra
The Librarians
American Gods
The Legend of Korra
Battlestar Galactica
Penny Dreadful
Orphan Black
Buffy
Lost Girl
Runaways
Jessica Jones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Twin Peaks
Black Lightning
Luke Cage
Stars Trek
The Dresden Files
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Xena: Warrior Princess
Crazyhead
Cloak & Dagger
American Horror Story
Black Mirror
Warehouse 13
Stranger Things
Merlin
The Expanse
Agent Carter

Obsessions:
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Anna and Alene: Black Panther
Anna: Phantom of the Opera

Musical Obsessions
Anna: Vibranium (sung to the tune of “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia)
Alene: “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera

Episode 80: Things We Just Don’t Get with @anniecardi

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“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
~Jo Godwin

…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!

Links
Joanna Newsom
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen (twitter thread of Bruce and Clarence kissing)
Grunge
Experience Music Project (now the Museum of Pop Culture)
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Sorting
Passive Aggressive Planmaking “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”
Karaoke
Brandy’s
Starting the week on Sunday (ISO 8601 decrees the week starts on Monday!)
Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
S’mores
grass
Walking barefoot in grass
Changing display names on Twitter
Christmas Cards
This Is Us
Call the Midwife
My So-Called Life
Reality TV
Broad City
Bridget Jones
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Literary Fiction
Buying Books (estimating shelf capacity)
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Bananas
Video Games (Lego Lord of the RingsKing’s Quest VI)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read by Jim Dale)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Sarah MacLean
The Cat in the Hat
Roller Coasters

Musical Obsessions
Annie: “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street motion picture soundtrack
Anna: “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Alene: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Obsessions
Annie: Olympic Figure Skating
Anna: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall
Alene: Plant Nanny

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Crossover Appeal (Tumblr)

Episode 79: All About Pens with @skeskali

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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.

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Links
The House Bunny :: Easy A :: Mean Girls
Parker Jotter
Gel
Skilcraft
Uniball Onyx
JetPens (aka WetHens)
Pentel Slicci
Uni Jetstream
Lamy Safari

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This is Cecily’s handwriting on Lamy

Glossary of Fountain Pen Terminology
Pilot Vball (extra fine)
Gelly Roll
Uniball Jetstream
Pilot Precise V5/7
Pilot G2
Muji Gel
Bic Rollerball
Parker Vector fountain
Le Pen
University Book Store

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Purple Pilot BP-S

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Pentel Hybrid Gel Roller

Uniball Vision
4-color Bic
Multi
Lamy 2000
Sailor Sky High ink
Vancouver Pen Shop
Pilot Precise V5 turquoise extra fine
Anna carries this pencil case
Ikea Helmer
Sharpie
Sakura SumoGrip mechanical pencil
Pigma Micron

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Pentel mechanical pencils

Pilot MR/Metropolitan
Iron Gall Ink
Pilot FriXion
Uni-ball BLX
Robert Oster Fire and Ice ink
Episode 52: Fandom Nail polish
J. Herbin ink
Cecily’s fountain pen thread on twitter
Tokyo Pen Shop
The Goulet Pen Company
Wonder Pens
Private Reserve Tanzanite ink
Pilot Varsity
Pilot Petit 1
Pen Alene was trying to remember reading about: Platinum Preppy

Musical Obsessions
Cecily: “Raingurl” by Yaeji
Anna: First Movement of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony
Alene: “If You Were Here” by Thompson Twins (cover by Cary Brothers)

Obsessions
Cecily: Winter Olympics (Nigerian bobsled team)
Anna: Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller; Delay of Game by Tracy Richardson
Alene: crunchwraps

Episode 78: Holiday Romance Films with @helenstwin

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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.

Links
Episode 41: We Love Historical Romance!
Episode 56: Romantic Christmas Movies
Episode 74: Horror Project Checkup and Holiday Romance Checklist
#BFHolidayRomance
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Enchanted Christmas (the one with ballroom dancing)
Wrapped Up In Christmas (the one with Tatyana Ali)
The Nine Lives of Christmas (the one with cats)
Fametracker/previously.tv
The Christmas Cure (the one with Bobby from Dallas)
[The Librarians]
The Twelve Trees of Christmas (the one where she saves the library)
Sound of Christmas (the one where he is going to buy the music school)
Annie Claus is Coming to Town (the one with a third skinny redhead)
Looks Like Christmas (the one with Anne Heche)
Kristin’s Christmas Past (the one with Elizabeth Mitchell and time travel)
Sleigh Bells Ring (the one with the aunt’s antique shop)
My Christmas Love (the one with the guy Alene likes)
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Sharing Christmas (the other one about a mall/with the guy Alene likes)
Snowed-Inn Christmas (the one with competing journalists)
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The Mistletoe Inn (the one with romance writers)
My Christmas Prince (the one that isn’t A Christmas Prince)
The Perfect Christmas Present (Cory’s favorite)
[ASMR videos]
Fir Crazy (one of the ones with a Christmas tree farm)
Christmas Festival of Ice (one of the ice sculpture ones)
Farewell Mr. Kringle (the one with Christine Taylor and an early kiss)
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Christmas Getaway (the one with a double booked cabin)
The Christmas Cottage (the one with a magic cabin)
Christmas List (the one with the earliest kiss)
12 Men of Christmas (the one with sex!)
A Boyfriend for Christmas (the one with Santa waiting twenty years to grant a wish)
A Christmas Kiss (the one that starts with a kiss)
A Gift to Remember (the one where the guy gets amnesia)
One Starry Christmas (the one with the cowboy)
Christmas Dance (the one with Andrew McCarthy)
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Christmas Connection (the one with Tom Everett Scott)
Romance at Reindeer Lodge (the one with a Christmas themed ranch)
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Last Chance for Christmas (the one with the delicious reindeer farm)
Christmas Parade (the one with texting and driving)
A Rose for Christmas (the one with the Rose Parade)
All About Christmas Eve (the one with Haylie Duff)
Christmas Belle (the other one with Haylie Duff)
Christmas at Holly Lodge (the one with a developer trying to buy the inn)
Finding Father Christmas (the one with a secret missing dad)
Engaging Father Christmas (the sequel to Finding Father Christmas)
[Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel]
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Christmas Miracle (the one with letters to god)
Finding Santa (the one with Jodie Sweetin)
Once Upon a Holiday (the one with a runaway princess)
The Mistletoe Promise (the one with Lemon from Hart of Dixie)
All I Want for Christmas (the one with a kid asking for his mom to get a new man)
The Flight Before Christmas (the one with Mayim Bialik)
Hitched for the Holidays (the one with Joey Lawrence)
[Harpers Bazaar: 20 Nude Polishes For Every Skintone]

Readalikes:
Debbie Macomber
Shannon Stacey
Bella Andre
Alice Clayton
Jill Shalvis
Belladonna Ink

Obsessions

Cory: Check, Please! Beards and Bondage series (Haven) by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Black Panther
Anna and Alene: Proud Mary

Musical Obsessions

Anna: “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner
Alene: “Proud Mary” by Leonard Nimoy
Cory: [What is Punk?, What is Hip-Hop?] “I’m the One” by The Descendents, “Wildflowers” by Dolly Parton

 

Episode 77: Movie Advisory 2017B, Best of 2017, and 2018 Preview

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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!

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Movie Advisory 2017B
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Battle of the Sexes
The Dark Tower
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It
The Mountain Between Us
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Murder on the Orient Express
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Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Coming Soon
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Ready Player One
Ocean’s 8
Proud Mary
A Wrinkle in Time
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Pacific Rim: Uprising
Fifty Shades Freed
Crazy Rich Asians
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The House With a Clock in its Walls
Halloween
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best of 2017
Movies: Get Out, Wonder Woman, The Last Jedi, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Books: #libfaves17, Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal, Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz, Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
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Television: Riverdale, One Day at a Time, Supergirl, Hallmark/Lifetime movies
Music: Rainbow by Kesha
Other: the power of twitter (Metro-North train rescue), phone battery replacement, eclipse, Women of NASA Lego set

Looking forward to in 2018
Midterm elections
She-Ra on Netflix
Lumberjanes Coloring Book
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New Becky Chambers book
Painting by Numbers (Shades of Grey 2) by Jasper Fforde
Black Lightning on the CW
Grown-ish on Freeform
The X-Files on Fox

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Seasons of Love” from Rent
Alene: “Santa Fe” from Rent

Obsessions
Anna: 221B Baker Street board game, Fandom Hearts series by Cathy Yardley, Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St. Onge
Alene: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Episode 76: Horror Movies: The Next Chapter

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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.

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The Others (2001)
The Babadook (2014)
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Scream (1996)
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
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Scary Movie (2000)
The House Bunny (2008)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
The Conjuring (2013)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
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Zombieland (2009)
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Psycho (1960)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
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Let the Right One In (2008)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
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Halloween (1978)

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica
Anna: “Rose-Colored Boy” by Paramore

Obsessions
Alene: Broken Ice (June 2018) by Matt Goldman
Anna: My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame, The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, Porgs

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Episode 75: Book Buzz Fall 2017

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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.)

Links
#bookbuzznyc
Workman!
The Pesto Cookbook by Olwen Woodier (April 2018)
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Dreadful Young Ladies
by Kelly Barnhill (February 2018)
Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison (April 2018)
The Opposite of  Hate by Sally Kohn (April 2018)
Penguin Random House!
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington (March 2018)
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (February 2018)
The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith (January 2018)
White Houses by Amy Bloom (March 2018)
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (March 2018)
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin (January 2018)
Educated by Tara Westover (February 2018)
Ingram!
Insidious Intent by Val McDermid (December 2018)
The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben (out now)
Life’s Too Short To Go So F*ing Slow by Susan Lacke (out now)
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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (February 2018)
Simon & Schuster!
Make Trouble by Cecile Richards (April 2018)
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller (February 2018)
Barbary Station by R. E. Stearns (out now)
The Elizas by Sara Shepard (April 2018)
Sterling!
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100 Days of Lettering by Jay Roeder (April 2018)
Free Will Explained by Dan Barker (February 2018)
The Good Housekeeping Instant Pot Cookbook (January 2018)
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book (February 2018)
Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World’s Leading Homebrewers (March 2018)
Macmillan!
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (March 2018)
The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum (March 2018)
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele (January 2018)
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (April 2018)
Force of Nature by Jane Harper (February 2018)
W. W. Norton!
Swearing is Good For You by Emma Byrne (January 2018)
Why You Eat What You Eat by Rachel Herz (December 2017)
Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles by Fran Leadon (April 2018)
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Searching for the Amazons by John Man (February 2018)
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal (July 2018)
Other Press!
Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson (June 2018)
Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August by Oliver Hilmes (February 2018)
Sourcebooks!
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 2018)
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Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (February 2018)
Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble (February 2018)
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman (May 2018)
New York Review Books!
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick (out now)
Basic Black With Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (April 2018)
Chronicle!
The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching (April 2018)
Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen (April 2018)
HarperCollins!
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (January 2018)
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber (March 2018)
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston (May 2018)
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern (February 2018)
Quirk!
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman (out now)
Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies by A. D. Jameson and Andrew DeGraff (out now)
My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris (April 2018)
Hachette!
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza (out now)
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Circe by Madeline Miller (April 2018)
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 2018)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (out now)
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking by Deborah Cadbury (out now)
Bloomsbury!
Memento Mori by Ruth Downie (March 2018)
This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan (March 2018)
Grove Atlantic!
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Happiness by Aminatta Forna (March 2018)
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon (March 2018)
Harlequin!
The Black Painting by Neil Olson (December 2017)
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson (February 2018)
The One by John Marrs (February 2018)
My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari (January 2018)
Beacon!
ReVisioning American History series
We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America
Invisible by Michelle Lent Hirsch (February 2018)
Soho!
Death Comes in Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage (March 2018)
Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (February 2018)
Rodale!
Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Seed Starters Handbook

National Geographic!
Eyewitness to World War II (out now)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
Alene: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton

Obsessions
Anna: Mystery Mosaics
Alene: Stamping in her bullet journal
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Episode 74: Horror Project Checkup and Holiday Romance Checklist


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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:

Holiday Romance Movie Checklist

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Links
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Dear Secret Santa (the one we can’t remember the name of)
The Nine Lives of Christmas (the one with a cat)
Window Wonderland (the Alex Danvers one)
Every Christmas Has a Story (the Lori Loughlin one)
Wish Upon a Christmas (the one with the actuary)
A Royal Christmas (the one with Jane Seymour)
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A Princess for Christmas (the one with Lena Luthor)

Obsessions
Alene: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas
Anna: Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

 

Episode 73: Horror Film Advisory

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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.

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Links
Paste Magazine: The 100 Best Horror Movies of All Time
Esquire: The 50 Scariest Movies of All Time
Time Out London: The 100 Best Horror Films (checklist)
The 5 Types of Horror Films

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Halloween/A Nightmare on Elm Street/Friday the 13th
Stephen King: ‘Salem’s Lot/It/The Shining/Misery/Pet Sematary/Carrie/Christine/Cujo/Creepshow/Children of the Corn

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The X-Files
The Human Centipede
The Fly
Horror Cinema: The Best Scary Movies of All Time
Horror Genres and Sub-genres
Humor/Meta: Shaun of the Dead/Zombieland/Tucker & Dale vs. Evil/District 9/The Cabin in the Woods
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Alfred Hitchcock: The Birds/Psycho
Alien/Aliens (Spaceballs)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The X-Files: Fight the Future
Get Out
The Evil Dead/Evil Dead II/Army of Darkness
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Lost Boys/Near Dark (The Goonies)
Crimson Peak
Scream/Scary Movie
Dead Ringers
Dead Alive/Braindead
Suspiria
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Eraserhead
Lon Chaney: The Phantom of the Opera
The Man of a Thousand Faces
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Film Forum
James Whale
Gods and Monsters
Freaks
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The Babadook
The Grudge/The Ring
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
American Horror Story
Penny Dreadful
Ash vs. The Evil Dead
Sleepy Hollow
Grimm
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Eddie Izzard on B Movies
The Silence of the Lambs
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The Vanishing
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Paranormal Activity
Highlander
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Funny Games
Rope
The Serpent and the Rainbow
exorcist
The Exorcist/The Omen
We Need to Talk About Kevin
World War Z
Leprechaun/Child’s Play
Gremlins/Critters
The Others
Night of the Hunter
Roman Polanski: Rosemary’s Baby/Repulsion/The Tenant
Saw
Hellraiser/Phantasm
Jacob’s Ladder
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Poltergeist
Let The Right One In
An American Werewolf in London
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
The Haunting of Hill House/The Haunting
The Golem
The Black Cat
The Wicker Man
Pan’s Labyrinth
Little Shop of Horrors
Se7en
Vampyros Lesbos
The Witches
Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein/Dracula
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Nosferatu
The Wolf Man
Young Frankenstein
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Don’t Look Now
The Blair Witch Project
Carnival of Souls
Ginger Snaps
Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti
The Thing/The Thing From Another World
The Fog/The Mist
Godzilla

Musical Obsessions
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Alene: “The Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett, “The Night of the Hunter” by Flop
Anna: “The End of the Day” by One Direction

Obsessions
Alene: Checklists
Anna: Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin

Episode 72: Children’s TV with @kidsilkhaze

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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.

Links
Bananas in Pyjamas
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Saturday Morning Slow Jams: DuckTales
The Atlantic: The Problem With Smurfette
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (app)
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Peppa Pig
The Furchester Hotel
Fun Fun Elmo
Barney
Teletubbies
Sesame Street
muppets
The Muppet Show
Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco
The Monster at the End of this Book (app)
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
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Steven Universe
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Gravity Falls
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Adventure Time: Stakes

Zecora

My Little Problematic Zecora

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (movie)
Season Six, Episode 13: Stranger Than Fan Fiction
Wikipedia: Children’s Television Series by Country – United States
New Zoo Revue
The Electric Company
3-2-1 Contact
Square One
Kim Possible fanfic
Reading Rainbow
Danger Mouse

Musical Obsessions
Jennie: “No One Else” from Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Two Dots soundtrack
Anna: “My Little Pony Winter Wrap Up
Alene: “End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys

Obsessions
Jennie: Fox Paws
Anna: Homescapes
Alene: Etsy and eBay (among other non-Amazon outlets)

Episode 71: Reality TV Homework Report

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In this episode, we discuss the reality TV shows we watched after our Episode 70 conversation with @bookavore. Sadly, no cookies were made as a result.

Links
Unreal Season 1 Episodes 12
Chopped Season 27 Episode 4
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Great British Baking Show Series 5 Episodes 1-4
So You Think You Can Dance Season 14 “Top Six Perform
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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Episode 1 and finale
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Pretty Wild Season 1 Episode 6 and part of Episode 7
House Hunters
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
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Cribs
America’s Castles

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Woman” by Kesha (explicit)
Anna: “Rainbow” by Kesha (not explicit)

Obsessions
Anna: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Alene: chilaquiles

 

Episode 70: Reality TV with @bookavore

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In this episode, we head into largely uncharted waters to discuss reality TV with Stephanie Anderson aka @bookavore. SPOILER ALERT we talk about the Rachel Lindsay season of The Bachelorette!
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Links
American Idol
Hoarders
Jersey Shore
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Pretty Wild
The Bling Ring (movie, book [London Review of Books review], article)
phone message recording (comedy)
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The Bachelorette
Real Housewives
Television Without Pity (now hosted at Brilliant but CancelledThe Apprentice recaps
The Real World
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
What Not To Wear (also UK)
This Old House
House Hunters
spaces
Trading Spaces
Property Brothers
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Wife Swap
Undercover Boss
American Gladiators
The Bachelor
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A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
The Osbournes
Cake Boss
17 (19) Kids and Counting
Ace of Cakes
Supernanny
Say Yes to the Dress
Jon and Kate Plus 8
The Amazing Race
Survivor
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Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
MasterChef
Top Chef
The Voice
While You Were Out
16 and Pregnant
The 1900 House
Frontier House
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Iron Chef
America’s Next Top Model
Big Brother
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Laguna Beach
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Clean Sweep
Moving Up
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Teen Mom
COPS
You’re Cousin’s on Cops” by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Simple Life
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Great British Bake Off
Huffington Post: ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Fall For Each Other, Share Love On Instagram
Episode 62: Chuckstravaganza
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Unreal
The People’s Couch
Chopped
Reality TV World
Cat Sebastian
The Truman Show
The Running Man
EdTV
American Dreamz
The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Scandal and Scoundrel series by Sarah MacLean (book 1: The Rogue Not Taken)
Extra Hot Great podcast
previously.tv
Reality of Love
Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst
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Space Battle Lunchtime
by Natalie Riess
Lions and Liquorice by Kate Fenton
For the Love of Cake by Erin Dutton
For Real by Alison Cherry
Worst Bestsellers podcast I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends Episode 4, Episode 4.5The Perfect Letter Episode 42The Selection Episode 57
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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
The 50 Best Reality TV Shows of All Time
Mental Floss: 11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Reality TV Producers

Musical Obsessions

Stephanie: “My Old School” by Steely Dan, What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito podcast
Anna: “Fingertips” by They Might Be Giants
Alene: “Nobody Gets Out Alive” by Samuel L. Jackson

Obsessions

Stephanie: The UndateableFalling for Trouble, and Laws of Attraction by Sarah Title, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada
Anna: America by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, and Jose Villarrubia
Alene: The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Episode 69: True Crime TV with @kmmaher

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For this show we pulled in author (and secret famous librarian) Kelly Maher to talk about her TV true crime experience.
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Links
Kathy Reichs
The New Detectives
FBI Files
Discovery
Investigation Discovery
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American Greed
48 Hours
Dateline
20/20
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Bill Kurtis
Cold Case Files
Pat Kiernan
The Blotter Presents podcast
American Greed Episode 70: The Prisoner of Wall Street
Flavorwire: “The Case for Reenactment in Documentary Cinema
Stacy Keach
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Deadly Women
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Trey Gowdy
Solved: Extreme Forensics
Episode 18: Serial Killers with @loather
Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice
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Wives With Knives
M. William Phelps
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Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: “Reframing History, Crime, and Women – Exploring True Crime Stories with Elyse and Amanda
My Favorite Murder podcast
You Must Remember This: Charles Manson’s Hollywood series (part one)
The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane

Musical Obsessions
Kelly: “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons and “America’s Sweetheart” by Elle King
Anna: “Learn to Let Go” by Kesha
Alene: “Hymn” by Kesha
NPR: Kesha Walks Us Through Her ‘Rainbow,’ Track By Track

Obsessions
Kelly: Black Death ShawlQVC
Anna: rainbows, cats, organizing books, Seekers Notes, rainbows
Alene: Costco

Worst Bestsellers crossover event: Worst Best Friends! Plus astrological compatibility!

Episode 68: Sherlockiana with @aswatki1

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In this episode, we talk all things Sherlock Holmes with expert readers’ advisor Ally (also of #girlgang fame), running with our collective lady supremacy ideas wherever possible.

Links
Sherlock Holmes
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
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Basil Rathbone: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, etc
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Jeremy Brett: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes
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Robert Downey, Jr: Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock
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Jonny Lee Miller: Elementary
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Lucy Liu
Encyclopedia Brown
The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas

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Alene and Sherry

Russell & Holmes series by Laurie R. King
Holmesiana
Without a Clue
[Harry Palmer films]
Young Sherlock Holmes
Portia Adams Adventures by Angela Misri
On the Case with Holmes and Watson series
An Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer
Muppet Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
Lady Sherlock: Circle of the Smiling Dead by Brooks Arthur Wachtel
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg
Irene Adler series by Carole Nelson Douglas
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

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#chuckstravaganza

Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black
Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Series by Vicki Delany
Wikipedia: Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood
Sherry Holmes
221b Baker Street board game
William Gillette [Gillette Castle]
Scott & Bailey
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes
Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Phryne Fisher Mysteries by Kerry Greenwood
Buzzfeed quiz: Can You Guess Which Sherlock Holmes Said It?

Musical Obsessions
Ally: “Little of Your Love” by Haim
Alene: “Your Disco Needs You” by Kylie Minogue [Pride Classics on Spotify]
Anna: “Sherlock Holmes” by Sparks

Obsessions
Ally: Harry Potter Illustrated Editions
Anna: The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Alene: laundering bed pillows

Episode 67: Musicals Redux with @Rebecca_Vnuk and @AmandaStretch

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We invited Rebecca (our guest on Episode 49: Musicals) to return, along with Amanda from Episode 54: Song Covers, to talk about Stephen Sondheim and Hamilton, fill in some gaps from our previous conversations, and take another action-packed quiz that tested the depths of their musical theater knowledge.

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Links
hamilton
Hamilton
Bring It On
In the Heights
Hamiltome
Genius
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
The Heckler: “Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim”
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Company
torture
Into the Woods
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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
Gypsy
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sunday in the Park with George
#sondheimnight
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Stephen Sondheim’s sad life
Patti LuPone
Forbidden Broadway: “Stephen Sondheim Finale
Forbidden Broadway: “Patti LuPone/I Get a Kick Out of Me
Forbidden Broadway: “Into the Words

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People: From Dirty Dancing to Grease: Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations
The Little Mermaid
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
A Christmas Story
Rent
The New Yorker: Let’s Rock: In Defense of Jukebox Musicals
Phactual: 9 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals
Time Out New York: The 30 best film-to-musical adaptations
Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure CDs
EW: TV’s Best Musical Episodes

Amanda sings “The Song That Goes Like This
Rakesh Satyal sings “Part of Your World

Spoiler: A link to songs from our second Musicals Quiz!

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Hug Me” by Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker, from Despicable Me 3
Amanda: “Taekwondo” by Walk off the Earth
Anna: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Julie Andrews, fromThoroughly Modern Millie
Alene: “Telephone” by Pamplemousse

Sondheim teaches “Not Getting Married Today”

Obsessions
Rebecca: IndiePicks Magazine
Amanda: Ice cream in Japan
Anna:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Alene: Hello Kitty notsocks

 

Episode 66: Movie Advisory 2017A

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Our wrap-up of all the first-run movies we saw in the first half of 2017, and what we’re looking forward to for the rest of the year. With special guest Giant Bug.

Links

Previous Movie Advisory episodes: 35, 53
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Baywatch
Pamela Anderson
David Hasselhoff
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Beauty and the Beast
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Fifty Shades Darker
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’: How Sean Gunn Became Marvel’s Secret Weapon
[Firefly]
[What Dreams May Come]
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Get Out
[The Stepford Wives]
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Hidden Figures
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The Lego Batman Movie
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Office Christmas Party
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Power Rangers
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Sing
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Wonder Woman
Logan (Episode 59)
Fate of the Furious (Episode 65)
[Spider-Man: Homecoming]

Coming Soon:
The Dark Tower
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It
Blade Runner 2049
Murder on the Orient Express
Justice League
Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Still Got Time” by Zayn
Alene: “More Than a Feeling” by Boston
[Believe Me by Eddie Izzard]

Obsessions
Anna: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
[The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner]
Alene: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Episode 65: Fastest and Furiousest with @renatasnacks

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We got our favorite movie explicator, Renata, on board to discuss the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise: F8 of the Furious (which is what it should have been called). But first we watched all seven previous movies! Hashtag completist. On the way, we learned some very important lessons about ourselves and about FAMILY. Spoilers abound!

 

Links
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The Fast and the Furious
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2 Fast 2 Furious
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious
Fast 5
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Fast & Furious 6
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Furious 7
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Fate of the Furious
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Vulture: How Does Fate of the Furious Stack Up Against the Rest of the Franchise?
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The Blues Brothers
Silence of the Lambs
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Cole Hauser v. Tom Berenger
Better Luck Tomorrow
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Luke Evans
The Sound of Music
How Did This Get Made (Fate of the FuriousFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6Fast Five)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the show where they’re always in an airplane)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
Alene: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Anna: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Obsessions
Renata: Trello (her nail polishes)
Alene: Facial exfoliants (Alba and Pixi), sheet masks from Daiso
Anna: Abhorsen books by Garth Nix

Bonus Episode: Library School

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Have you ever wondered “what do they do all day when they’re not recording podcasts, those Bellwether Friends? I know I should trust librarians, but why?” We sat down for an interview about collection development (the art of budgeting for, buying,  maintaining, and eventually disposing of books and other materials) with Helene Williams, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s iSchool, for her online class (Twitter).

Links
Springfield City Library
Forbes Library
Calvin Coolidge
Charles Ammi Cutter
Cutter Classification
Dewey-Cutter Conversion
Library Journal: Practice Makes Perfect
Ingram
Baker & Taylor

Episode 64: #BookExpo 2017 Book Buzz

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In this episode, we tell you about a ton of the books we learned about at BookExpo last week! Prepare to have your TBR grow completely beyond management.

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Links:
Library Journal Day of Dialog #ljdod17
#BookExpo

HarperCollins:
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (January 2018)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (October 2017)
The Great Halifax Explosion by John U. Bacon (November 2017)
We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (October 2017)
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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (November 2017)
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean (July 2017)

Hachette:
The Late Show by Michael Connelly (July 2017)
This is What A Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Rice (May 2017)
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (available now)
The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (November 2017)
Code Girls by Liza Mundy (October 2017)
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza (November 2017)
Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle (October 2017)
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (January 2018)

Sourcebooks:
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (available now)
Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict (January 2018)

Workman:
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (August 2017)
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen (October 2017)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (February 2018)

W. W. Norton:
Morningstar by Ann Hood (August 2017)
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt (September 2017)
Cuz by Danielle Allen (September 2017)
From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty (October 2017)
The Annotated African American Folktales edited by Henry Louis Gates and Maria Tatar (October 2017)
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Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly (October 2017)
The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts (November 2017)

Simon & Schuster:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (September 2017)
George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl (September 2017)
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perotta (August 2017)

Sterling:
The Gilded Age by Alan Axelrod (November 2017)
A Taste of Italy by Damiano Carrara (October 2017)
Obama by Mark Greenberg (available now)
Michelle Obama by Antonia Felix (available now)

New York Review Books:
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes (August 2017)

Quirk:
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The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird by Kim Smith (August 2017)
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix (September 2017)

Kensington:
I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott (October 2017) (Two Nerdy History Girls)
A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev (January 2018)

Macmillan:
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman (August 2017)
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (September 2017)
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (September 2017)
American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray (November 2017)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 2017)
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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (October 2017)
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (October 2017)

Oni Press:
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (November 2017)

Harlequin:
House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (October 2017)

Atlantic Monthly Press:
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (August 2017)

Theater Communications Group:
Sweat by Lynn Nottage (June 2017)

Bloomsbury:
A World Without “Whom” by Emmy J. Favilla (November 2017)
Hitler in Los Angeles by Steven J. Ross (October 2017)

Random House:
The Address by Fiona Davis (August 2017) [Jack Finney]
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (January 2018)
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones (September 2017)
The Windfall by Diksha Basu (available now)
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (September 2017)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (September 2017)
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (September 2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (August 2017)
Tell Me More and Other Important Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (January 2018)
The American: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan

Abrams:
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki (October 2017)

Europa Editions:
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Boom! Studios:
Misfit City

Obsession:
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Wonder Woman

Musical Obsession:
Cut to the Feeling” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Episode 63: Fashion Forward with @curiosityjones

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In this episode, we talk to author and jewelry designer (and former librarian) Kelly Jones about her books Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Also personal styling tips, such as:

  • Dress the beautiful woman that you are
  • Try on everything before you buy it
  • Thrift shop for success

Links
What Not to Wear UK
Wraptillion
#argyleweek
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (originally published 1935)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, Thomas the Rhymer)
Stephanie Burgis
Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
#chuckstravaganza (episode 62)
Project Runway
Iris Van Herpen
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Gilmore Girls
Ugly Betty
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
House of Eliott
The Incredibles (also: NO CAPES)
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Forgotten Realms
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Supergirl
The Tudors
The Borgias
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Sex and the City
The Mentalist
The X-Files
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Clueless
Charade
Edith Head
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The Age of Innocence
Spider-Man
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Desperately Seeking Susan
Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Musical Obsessions:

Kelly: Teen Titans theme song by Puffy AmiYumi
Anna: Tank! theme song from Cowboy Bebop by Seatbelts
Alene: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song by The Gregory Brothers

Obsessions:

Kelly: brownies with peanut butter cream cheese swirl
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Anna: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 2017)
Alene: Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz

 

Episode 62: Inside #chuckstravaganza

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For this episode we discussed our obsession with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars (and other Converse shoes, and shoes in general) in conjunction with our month-long project with @melissazd, #chuckstravaganza. We are wearing our Chucks every day in May to celebrate the fact that shoes don’t have to be brown or black! Topics include where to shop, how to wash, high vs low tops, and more!

Links
Rainbow Chucks for Pride (limited edition)

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Grease is the word (high tops)

History of Chuck Taylor All-Stars
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The Outsiders
Juno
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Rocky
West Side Story
The Donna Reed Show
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Chucks Connection
#chuckstravaganza on Instagram
Code Switch episode “Talking Black-ish With Star Yara Shahidi And Creator Kenya Barris”
Lacing techniques
converse rubber

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Meg Cabot
Sophie Kinsella
Anna Maxted
Marian Keyes
Cecelia Ahern
pink i love converse

 

Musical Obsessions
Gigantic” by The Pixies
Up All Night” by One Direction

Obsessions
The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan (due to be published June 2017)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Episode 61: The Daughter of Time Deep Dive with @twobossydames

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We joined forces with Margaret and Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to take a closer look at the 1951 mystery classic The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Much cleverness, and many readalikes and watchalikes, ensued. PLUS: A Young Olds discussion of Harry Styles and his debut single.

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Links
The Two Bossy Dames wall clock
Simini Blocker
Persuasion Deep Dive
Derek Jacobi reads The Daughter of Time
Decades After Her Death, Mystery Still Surrounds Crime Novelist Josephine Tey” (Vanity Fair)
History in the Archives by Natalie Zemon Davis
Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L. Konigsburg
lioninwinter
The Lion in Winter
The White Queen
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
How Can This Be So Gripping? Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time” by Jo Walton
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Five Things We’ve Learned about Richard III Since He Was Found” (CNN)
Richard III by William Shakespeare
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
“Tonypandy” (Wikipedia): “Grant adopts the term “Tonypandy” to describe widely believed historical myths, such as the supposed shootings at the Tonypandy Riots, and believes popular accounts of Richard’s activities to fall into this category.”
Kenyon College
Denison University
Colleges that Change Lives
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Reign
Brat Farrar
To Love and Be Wise

Readalikes and Watchalikes
The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V)
The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Hild by Nicola Griffith
usualsuspects
The Usual Suspects
The Singing Detective
ladyjane
Lady Jane
Jo Walton’s Small Change series (Farthing, Ha’penny, Half a Crown)
Hamilton: An American Musical
Richard III: The King in the Car Park
Richard III: Martyr or Monster?
The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues it Holds by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones
The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters
The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse)
To Prove a Villain by Guy Townsend
The Josephine Tey mysteries by Nicola Upson
O’ Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor
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Rear Window
Dorothy Dunnett (start with The Game of Kings)
Val McDermid
Tana French

Musical Obsessions
Margaret: “Let’s Get Out of This Country” by Camera Obscura
Anna: “Fall Apart Again” by Brandi Carlile
Alene: “Welcome to New York” off the Greatest City in the World Spotify playlist
Sophie: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Honorable mention musical obsession

Obsessions

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Sophie: Harry Styles/One Direction
Margaret: Please Like Me (see also Disappointing Gay Best Friend)
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Anna: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Alene: Fleabag

Episode 59: Clonesplaining with @renatasnacks

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Wolverine expert Renata returns to recap the first two (confusingly named) Wolverine movies featuring Hugh Jackman as an appetizer for our spoiler-filled discussion of the new movie Logan. You might not want to watch the movies when we’re through, but you’ll definitely want to watch movies with Renata. Apologies in advance for some sound quality issues during the episode.

Also: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was the winner of our episode 57 Bellwether Friends What to Watch Next Bracket Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be recording an episode about the show in the near future!

Links
One Day at a Time
The Boyfriend of the Week
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine
Logan
sabre
Sabretooth
fingerguns
Deadpool
FAA Flight Planning Information
Buzzfeed: “Logan” Will Change The Way You Think About Violence In Superhero Movies
Shane
Final moment
X-Men video game
Deadpool 2 teaser
The Worst Best Sellers (discussing All-New Wolverine!)

Obsessions
Renata: Laura Kinney! X-23: The Complete Collection, Volume 2All New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
Alene: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer)
Anna: Rivers of London series (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on audio (get the first three on Hoopla!)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It’s A Sunshine Day” from the Trolls soundtrack
Anna: “Die Young” by Ke$ha
Alene: “The Sound” by The 1975

 

 

Episode 58: Dragon Talk with @stephanieburgis

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Dragons, dragons, dragons! In this episode, we talk about dragon books, movies, television, games, and more with author Stephanie Burgis, including her book The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart! And a short discussion of . . . Jurassic Park?

Links
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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
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How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (audiobooks narrated by David Tennant)
Dungeons & Dragons
Dragons of Autumn Twilight/Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore/Forgotten Realms series
You Slay Me/ Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister
Dragon Bound/Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
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The Hero and the Crown
 and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Cartoon sidebar: Jem and the HologramsThundercatsThe Powerpuff GirlsHe-Man (episode 85: The Rainbow Warrior)

Dealing With Dragons/Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
A Natural History of Dragons/The Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
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Dragon’s Fat Cat/Dragon Tales by Dav Pilkey
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
His Majesty’s Dragon/Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (audiobooks narrated by Simon Vance)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Beowulf
Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins
Anne McCaffrey
David Eddings (Episode 36)
Shrek
falkor
The Neverending Story
Pete’s Dragon
Peter and the Wolf (no dragons)
DragonHeart
Dragonslayer
Harry Potter
mushu
Mulan
got
Game of Thrones
wales
Wales
The Flight of Dragons
Ender Dragon in Minecraft
The Lego Batman Movie
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Jurassic Park
Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Dragonbone Chair/Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams
Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Dragon Actually/Dragon Kin series by G. A. Aiken (Shelly Laurenston)

Musical Obsessions
Stephanie: “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along (documentary film The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, Tim FederleBetter Nate Than Ever)
Alene: “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna
Anna: “Into the Groove” by Madonna (Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs Episode 36)

Obsessions
Anna: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, Serving Victoria by Kate Hubbard (My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley)
Alene: 40 Bags in 40 Days
Stephanie: One Day At A Time

Episode 57: What to Watch Next TV Bracket

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Sometimes when you’re having trouble figuring out how to narrow down your choices, you do a bracket. Well, you do that if you’re Anna. Alene likes to ask everyone she knows what they think. In this episode, we do both.

Links
Slash
HTGAWM Wig Scene
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Two Bossy Dames on Mahershala

BBC bracket
victoria
The Bletchley Circle
Broadchurch
The Crown
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Hour
Last Tango in Halifax
Luther
MI:5
Midsomer Murders
The Night Manager
Scott & Bailey
The Tudors
Vera
Victoria
Wallander

Comedy/Musical bracket
crazy-ex-girlfriend
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Galavant
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The Mindy Project
New Girl
Parks and Recreation
Playing House
Portlandia
Review
Trophy Wife

Crime bracket
the-fall
The Blacklist
Criminal Minds
Dexter
The Fall S2
The Good Wife
The Killing
Laws and Orders
Leverage
Person of Interest
Psych
White Collar

Realism bracket
blackish
The Americans
Atlanta
Black-ish [Hindsight is 20/20 note: This should probably have been in comedy, where it also would have won]
ER
Friday Night Lights
Homeland
House of Cards
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
The L-Word S2-S6
Make It Or Break It
Masters of Sex
One Day at a Time
Orange is the New Black
Parenthood
Scandal
Sports Night
The West Wing
The Wire

Science Fiction and Fantasy bracket
agent-carter
Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
American Gods
American Horror Story
Battlestar Galactica
Black Mirror
Buffy
The Dresden Files
Grimm
Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Jones
Legion
The Librarians
Lost Girl
Luke Cage
Merlin
Once Upon a Time
Orphan Black
Penny Dreadful
Sleepy Hollow
Star Trek: Voyager
Stranger Things
Twin Peaks
The Vampire Diaries
Warehouse 13
Xena

Obsessions
Anna: Gardenscapes, The New York Times, Spotify
Alene: Red Carpet coverage (slideshow)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Chains of Love” by Erasure
Alene: “TNT” by AC/DC, “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Episode 55: Tarot with @MarianLiberryan

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For this episode, we brought in small medium at large Kaite Stover (Twitter, Instagram) to tell us all about tarot. By the end, even skeptic Anna was convinced.

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Links

Tarot (card meanings)

Decks
Katie’s preferred: Robin Wood
Housewives Tarot:

Tarot of the Witches (James Bond Tarot):

Ghetto Tarot:

Gilded Reverie Lenormand:


Amanda Palmer Tarot
Alice Tarot
Rider-Waite Tarot
Fin de Siecle Kipper
Goddess Knowledge Cards

Books
The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack
The Wishing Garden by Christy Yorke
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

Etc.
The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose
Xena: Warrior Princess: The Bitter Suite
Live and Let Die

Musical Obsessions
Kaite: “Hymn 101” by Joe Pug
Alene: “Take On Me” by Reel Big Fish
Anna: “Dangerous” by Before You Exit

Obsessions
Kaite: Mirrors
Anna: Riverdale
Alene: By Any Name by Cynthia Voigt

Episode 54: Song Covers with @AmandaStretch

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In this episode, we talked about cover songs, because Hamilton Mixtape. We brought in @AmandaStretch, a librarian and musicologist, all the way from Japan to lend our conversation gravitas. Also, we made a playlist!

Links
The Atlantic: The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love Story
The Hollywood Reporter: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Songs From Second ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
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Tom’s Diner
Nolo: When You Need Permission to Sample Others’ Music
Who Did It First?: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
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Buzzfeed: 31 Cover Songs That Didn’t Pull A “No Homo” By Changing The Pronouns
Trolls
Sing
Two Bossy Dames: Molly Weasley, Acoustic Guitar Crimes, and Additional Ephemera
Pitch Perfect (Pitch Perfect 2)
Weird Al
jeff-buckley-hallelujah
Vitamin String Quartet
Roar” by Maco (Katy Perry)
Band of Gold” by Belinda Carlisle (Freda Payne)
Across the Universe” by Rufus Wainwright, Moby, and Sean Lennon
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The Voice
Love Lockdown” by Janina Gavankar (Kanye West)
Wrecking Ball” by Haim (Miley Cyrus)
…Baby One More Time” by Travis (Britney Spears)
Shake it Off” by Meghan Trainor (Taylor Swift)
The Baseballs
The Puppini Sisters
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift
Stairway to Heaven” by Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
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Who Sampled

Napster: The 100 Best Muddy Waters Covers
Napster: The 80s Cover the 60s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Were More Successful in the ’80s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Hit #1 in the ’70s
Paste: 50 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Diffuser: 17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Buzzfeed: 21 Cover Songs That Make You Realize How Amazing The Originals Were
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Musical Obsessions
Amanda: “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Katie Thompson (Belinda Carlisle)
Anna: “Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara
Alene: “100x” by Tegan and Sara

Obsessions
Amanda: Japan (also: Japan), Habitica
Anna: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Alene: Crock-Pot

Amanda’s blog.
And do you know about Mango Languages? Use it free through your local library!

Episode 53: Movie Advisory and Best of 2016

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In this episode, we talk about movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory (episode 35), share our picks for best of 2016, and squeal over what we’re looking forward to in 2017.

Links

Movie Advisory
Love and Friendship
Finding Dory
From The Washington Post: How Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Deal Beautifully With Disabilities
The Secret Life of Pets
Trolls
Kubo and the Two Strings
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From Slate: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Flirts With Gay Allegory. Its Sequels Should Go All the Way.
Witch, Please: Roaring Anachronisms and Where To Find Them
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Moana
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
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Rogue One
Moonlight
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace
Fences

Best of 2016

Movies
Deadpool, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Moana, Moonlight, Trolls, Ghostbusters

Books
#libfaves16
American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Behind the Throne/After the Crown by KB Wagers
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Television
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Conviction, The Crown, Steven Universe, Supergirl Pending: Stranger Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Music
Soundtracks: Moana, Trolls, Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape
Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara
Musical Obsessions Playlist

Other
Tater Tot Casserole (or this recipe)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Styling/Volumizing Powder
hair-powders

In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

Movies
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ghost in the Shell, Murder on the Orient Express, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast, It, Baywatch, Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, Fifty Shades Darker, Before I Fall, Annihilation, Star Wars Episode 8
From E!: Movie Preview 2017: 84 Films You Should Know About in the New Year

Music
Spirit from Depeche Mode
Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Icona Pop, Lorde, Taylor Swift
From Billboard: 2017 Music Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Albums

Books
Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
#fridayreads
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Avon romance authors: Sarah Maclean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare
From The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Television
Star Trek Discovery, Emerald City, American Gods, Twin Peaks, Riverdale
From A.V. Club: The A.V. Club Tells You What to Watch in 2017

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Club Tropicana by Wham! UK (La Isla Bonita by Madonna)
Anna: Careless Whisper by Wham!, Freedom! ’90 by George Michael

Obsessions
Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Episode 52: Fandom Nail Polish

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At the intersection of pop culture and fingernails, it’s fandom nail polish! We brought in polish expert Angie and nail wrap aficionado Renata (of Worst Bestsellers fame) to help Anna make sense of it all. Plus: Nail Polish Advisory!

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Glossary!

Darling Diva
NerdLacquer
Dollish Polish (clearance bin)
Literary Lacquers
Excelsior
Jamberry nail wraps
Water slide nail decals
Espionage nail wraps
Fanchromatic Nails
ILNP
ALIQUID Lacquer
A-England (US stockist)
LLarowe

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OPI Jasper Jade

Nail Advisory

For Anna:
NerdLacquer: Cthulhu, The Quantum Bluniverse
Literary Lacquers: teal, Mr. Darcy
ALIQUID Lacquer: Austentatious collection
piCture pOlishKryptonite

For Alene:
Hare Polish: For Margot Tenenbaum, The Knockouts of the Double R
Excelsior: T’challa, Danvers
Orly: Mirrorball

For Renata:
OPI: Spoken from the Heart (Hello Kitty Collection)
Excelsior: Barton
NerdLacquer: Eight Gates LE
Darling Diva: BSC collection (I Gave Her Darkness, Sleep Now, Pupok)
Delush Polish: Dames of Thrones collection
Cadillacquer: Dexter collection
A-England: Russian Soul, Ballerina, The Mythicals collections

100 coats of polish

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Seche Restore

Best Names:

Buzzfeed: 23 Punniest Nail Polish Color Names Ever
KB Shimmer: Pigment of my Imagination
Julep: Zelda
OPI: Jinx, Silent Mauvie, Life Is a Cabernet
Nicole by OPI: Mer-Maid for Each Other

Musical Obsessions

Renata: “Rainbow High” from Evita (movie)
Angie: Arashi’s Digitalion, Japonism tours
Anna: Steven Universe theme song
Alene: “King Herod’s Song” from Jesus Christ Superstar

Obsessions

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Renata: Snail mail
Angie: Skin care (sheet masks)
Anna: Breaking Cat News
Alene: Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Worst Bestsellers
Angie on Tumblr and Instagram

Episode 49: Musicals with Rebecca

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In this epic episode, we discussed musicals with musical theater major Rebecca for nearly two hours! There were some differences of opinion (*cough* Sondheim *cough*) but we all parted as friends after a musical quiz!

Links

International Delight Peppermint Mocha
Mary Poppins
West Side Story
The Sound of Music
Camelot
My Fair Lady
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Pirates of Penzance
Annie
Robin Hood
The Aristocats
Alice in Wonderland
Lady and the Tramp
Bells are Ringing
The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Annie Get Your Gun
Carousel
Fiddler on the Roof
Sweeney Todd
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
Aladdin
South Pacific
The Music Man
Xanadu
Hamilton
Silent E is a Ninja” BONUS TRACKS “Hard/Soft G” and “Hard/Soft C” “Bossy ‘r’
Judy Garland
In The Good Old Summertime
Grease
Grease 2
White Christmas
Singin’ in The Rain
Easter Parade
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
The Book of Mormon
Kyle’s Mom is a Bitch
Cats
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Miss Saigon
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Avenue Q
Les Miserables
Evita
Chicago
Cabaret
Rent
Sunday in the Park with George
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Fun Home
War Paint
Saving Aimee
Steven Sondheim
Company
Into the Woods
Hair
Moulin Rouge
Chess
Ladies Who Lunch
You Can Drive a Person Crazy
Another Hundred People
Moments in the Woods
Maybe They’re Magic

Favorite Musicals Right Now
Rebecca: Xanadu
Anna: A Chorus Line
Alene: Hamilton

Favorite Songs from Musicals
Rose’s Turn
Something’s Coming
Gaston
Goodnight My Someone
I Have Confidence
Wait For It
The Lonely Goatherd
Part of Your World
Arabian Nights
Simon Zealotes

Quiz Playlist (spoilers!) – includes favorite songs

BuzzFeed
How Many Movie Musicals Have You Seen?
Top 10 Best Movie Musicals
59 Broadway Songs That Will Devastate You
43 Best Musicals Since 2000

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” “Heavy Boobs,” and “Love Kernels” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Anna: “Over You” covered by Cassadee Pope
Alene: “Popular

Obsessions
Rebecca: David S. Pumpkins
Anna: Conviction
Alene: Christmas shopping

Episode 48: Book Buzz Fall 2016

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In this episode, we bring you our picks from the publisher book buzz we attended in October 2016. Fiction! A surprising amount of nonfiction! Plus our usual obsessions. Prepare to be interested in some books!

Links:

#aaplibrarianbookbuzz
Publishers on Twitter (a list)
Our publishing colleagues (sign up for their newsletters!): W. W. NortonMelville HouseHachetteSimon & SchusterPenguin Random House, Macmillan, Workman, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Sterling
Buzzword list

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (W. W. Norton, February 2017)
The Norse Myths: A Guide to Viking And Scandinavian Gods and Heroes by Carolyne Larrington (W. W. Norton, February 2017)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough [#wtfthatending] (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, January 2017)
Spoilers, Sweetie!

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The Bedlam Stacks
by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury, August 2017)
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The Standard Grand by Jay Baron Nicorvo (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, April 2017)
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories From An Online Life by Jess Kimball Leslie (Running Press/Hachette, April 2017)
Never Look An American In The Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, And The Making Of A Nigerian-American by Okey Ndibe [video] (Soho, available now)
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Abandon Me by Melissa Febos [also: Whip Smart] (Bloomsbury, February 2017)
Make Trouble by John Waters (Workman, April 2017)
The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone (Algonquin/Workman, May 2017)
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight [The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck] (Hachette, December 2016)
Confessions Of A Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan [@HonestToddler] (Harlequin/Mira, May 2017)
The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (Harlequin/Mira, May 2017)
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Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster, February 2017)
The Hearts Of Men by Nickolas Butler [Shotgun Lovesongs] (HarperCollins, March 2017)
A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, And A Murder Plot At The Heart Of The Establishment by John Preston (Other Press, available now)
Moonshine Mixology: Over 50 Recipes For Flavoring Spirits and Mixing Cocktails (Sterling, April 2017)
The New York Times Book of Crime: More Than 164 Years of Covering the Beat (Sterling, March 2017)
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (W. W. Norton, May 2017)
beyond-infinity
Beyond Infinity: From Uncountable Numbers To A Chicken Sandwich Sandwich, An Exploration Of  Math’s Biggest Topic by Eugenia Cheng (Basic Books/Ingram, March 2017)
“You’re In The Wrong  Bathroom!” and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura A. Jacobs (Beacon Press, May 2017)
Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Created Art From Trauma by Melanie Brooks (Beacon Press, May 2017)
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson (Quirk Books, May 2017)
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Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself by Carin Oliver (Quirk Books, December 2016)
Through Darkness To Light by Jeanine Michna-Bales (Princeton Architectural Press/Chronicle, February 2017)
Wright Sites (Princeton Architectural Press/Chronicle, May 2017)
Victoria: A Novel Of A Young Queen by Daisy Goodwin (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, November 2017)
Is It All In Your Head?: True Stories Of Imaginary Illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, M. D. (Other Press, January 2017)
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, And Me by Bill Hayes (Bloomsbury, February 2017)
In The Great Green Room: The Brilliant And Bold Life Of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, January 2017)
The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck (William Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2017)
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No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (Picador/Macmillan, May 2017)
Phenomena: The Secret History Of The U. S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown/Hachette, March 2017)
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George (Berkley/Penguin Random House, March 2017)
Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory by Lydia Reader (Algonquin/Workman, January 2017)
Down Below by Leonora Carrington (New York Review of Books, April 2017)
Ernesto by Umberto Saba (New York Review of Books, February 2017)
Castle: A History Of The Architecture That Shaped Medieval Britain by Marc Morris (Pegasus/W. W. Norton, April 2017)
Red Sphinx by Alexandre Dumas (Pegasus/W. W. Norton, January 2017)
The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, March 2017)
Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin [@thebookslut] (Melville House, February 2017)
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Flatiron/Macmillan, January 2017)
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Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic, January 2017)
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid [Karen Pirie series] (Grove/Atlantic, December 2016)

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All the fangirling

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole (HarperCollins, April 2017)
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt (Algonquin/Workman, February 2017)
For Time And All Eternities by Mette Ivie Harrison [Linda Walheim] (Soho, January 2017)
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky (Bloomsbury, March 2017)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Dutton/Penguin Random House, February 2017)

Musical Obsessions

Anna: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Alene: “Wait For It” by Leslie Odom, Jr.

Obsessions

Anna: The Trespasser by Tana French
Alene: Arrow

Episode 47: Audiobooks with @Nerdista

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We talked with our friend Paula (aka @Nerdista) to talk about a variety of hot topics and burning questions related to audiobooks. Anna had some trouble managing with twice the normal number of Alenes.

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Links
Bangs
And the Audie Goes To…Library Journal article
More from Anna (2010)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ New York Magazine article
13 Audiobooks That Make Every Drive Worth It
36 Best Audiobooks For Your Road Trip

Breakthrough Audiobooks
Alene: Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling read by Jim Dale
Anna: Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich read by Lorelei King (and others)
Paula: Agatha Raisin mysteries by M. C. Beaton read by Penelope Keith
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Favorite Narrators
Jim Dale
Bronson Pinchot
George Newbern
Simon Vance: Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Kate Reading: Bellwether by Connie Willis
Stephanie Daniel: Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood
Wil Wheaton: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Redshirts by John Scalzi
Jeremy Irons: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Steven Weber: Myron Bolitar books by Harlan Coben, It by Stephen King
Davina Porter: Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Katherine Kellgren: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
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Full Cast Productions
Tamora Pierce
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
As You Wish by Cary Elwes

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Cary Elwes finds Alene fascinating

Read by the Author
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Krakatoa, The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy

Best Experience/Recommendations
Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Slater
Temeraire books by Naomi Novik, read by Simon Vance
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner
Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French, read by various
SPQR by Mary Beard, read by Phyllida Nash
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, read by the author
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, read by Dan O’Grady
The Passage by Justin Cronin
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Musical Obsessions
Anna: “We Used To Be Friends” by The Dandy Warhols
Paula: “Tilted” by Christine and the Queens
Alene: “#1 Spice” by Young Cardamom & HAB

Obsessions
Paula: My Favorite Murder podcast, Wallander
Anna: Goldie Vance , Crossover Appeal podcast*
Alene: Law & Order mothership , bacon cheeseburgers
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*Anna has now listened to all of this, and it’s great!

Episode 45: Comedy Hour with Shayera Tangri

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Shayera Tangri joined us from the other coast to discuss funny books, movies, television, and other humorous pop culture. Much pun was had by all.

BuzzFeed: 21 Puns
BuzzFeed: Clever Jokes
Punderdome
O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships
A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne
Bennet Cerf
Silver Woven in my Hair by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
Garfield
Ghostbusters

Funny Movies
Blazing Saddles
Best in Show
Spaceballs
Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Blades of Glory
Semi-Pro

Funny TV Shows
Waiting for God
30 Rock
Scrubs
Parks and Recreation
Black Books
Great British Bake Off
Rupaul’s Drag Race
Suburgatory

Funny Books
Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by P. G. Wodehouse

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Wooster and  Jeeves

Pest Control by Bill Fitzhugh
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (caaaaaake)
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Gail Carriger
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Shelly Laurenston/G. A. Aiken

Live Comedy

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Eddie Izzard

Two Dope Queens: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT)
Eddie Murphy: Raw

Funny Twitter
@mysadcat (@cox_tom)
@kenjennings
@sblackmoore
@dog_rates
@darth
@altonbrown
@rstevens
@renatasnacks
Take My Wife @cameronesposito and @rheabutcher
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Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Dancing With Myself“by The Donnas
Shayera: “Everlong” by Foo Fighters (also acoustic), “Just Like Fire” by P!nk
Anna: “God is a DJ” by P!nk

Obsessions
Anna: Acorns (the nut. really.)
Shayera: Tsum Tsums
Alene: Fried dough

Episode 44: Star Trek and Bullet Journaling, Oh Myyy!

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In this episode we discuss Star Trek (TV and movie iterations) and the organizational tactic/life-wrangling practice known as the bullet journal. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Links

Star Trek Memory Alpha Wiki
@picardtips
Star Trek Beyond
Eddie Izzard on Star Trek
Star Trek Discovery (coming in 2017)

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Janeway and Seven of Nine

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Spock

Eight Space Operas Written by Women

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Star Trek Official 50th Anniversary Convention

Extra Hot Great’s Star Trek Fantasy Draft

Bullet Journals
Getting Started
Mental Health
Bookish Ideas
Staples Arc/Levenger Circa

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Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Rise” by Katy Perry
Anna: “Reaper” by Sia
Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs

Obsessions

Alene: Single Malt Scotch
Anna: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (coming November 2016)

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Gene Wilder

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