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Mean Book Club

Mean Book Club
94 episodes
This podcast may contain explicit content.
Mean Book Club the Podcast: Four ladies (UCB-NY, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) read, discuss & make fun of NYT bestselling books with little literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's perfect for your commute?
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Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Waddup book nerds! This week we’re reading Bridgerton By Julia Quinn - aka the Netflix smash hit of 2020. This New York Times bestseller is sexy, simple, and full of nonsense to whine about! Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whin…

Announcing Season 11 Reading List!

Welcome back, book nerds! In this Season 11 promo we announce the incredible list of book we are forcing you all to read in the next few weeks! Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have question…

The Old Man and the Sea with Teacher Nikolas Oscar Sparks

This week we read a NYT bestseller & high school classic: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This is Johnna’s favorite book and she’s brought on English Teacher Nikolas Oscar Sparks to help her defend it. Right? Maybe... Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impract…

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This week we read NYT bestseller Untamed by Glennon Doyle, a memoir by someone who is married to someone famous and also runs a mom blog. So we’re gonna love it, right? Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling…

The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins

This week we read NYT bestseller The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins, a book about nerdy kids applying to college at Clara’s high school. Oh, so what, we’re all supposed to think Clara’s smart now? Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss…

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

This week we read NYT bestseller Open Book by Jessica Simpson, a memoir about a businesswoman who used to be the knock-off Britney Spears. What could go wrong? Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books th…

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

New year, new bad book! This week we are back with the NYTs bestseller The Guest List by Lucy Foley, and we have some di-vi-ded opinions on this one! It gets heated! Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling bo…

This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas

It’s our last book of 2020, and boy, is it a rollercoaster to hell! This week we read NYT bestseller This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas, also known as the book Sabrina accidentally read last season and is now punishing us by making it an official tenth season book. What could go wrong? Mean Bo…

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Welcome back, book nerds! This week we read NYT bestseller Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. It’s a 400-page therapy session with LSD! What could go wrong? Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling book…

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere with Chris Sterbank

Welcome back, book nerds! This week we read NYT bestseller The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere. It’s an email chain turned song turned book turned Hallmark Christmas movie! What could go wrong? Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and …

Announcing Season 10 Reading List!

Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's perfect for your commute. New podcast (almost) every Tuesday! Here’s the book list for Seaso…

Life Code by Dr. Phil with Alise Morales

Season FINALE!! This week we read Dr. Phil McGraw’s NYT bestseller Life Code: New Rules for the Real World. Comedian Alise Morales (The Roast of Your Teenage Self, Our Cartoon President, Betches) joins us to scream about the most depressing self-help book we’ve ever read. Mean Book Club is four la…

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This week it’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood! This 2016 release made it on the New York Times e-book bestseller list in 2017. Is this creepy, effed up pedophile love story better than Lolita? Ehhh. Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers…

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

This week it’s Shoe Dog, the autobiography from Nike co-founder Phil Knight! This was one of Bill Gates’ favorite books of 2016 and spent over 14 weeks on the NYT non-fiction list in 2018! Apparently Netflix is adapting it… somehow? So it’s got to be amazing, right? Ehhh. Mean Book Club is four lad…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This week we’re reading the NYT bestseller and American classic The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger! Written by a recluse who never allowed the book to be adapted (he wanted to play Holden), this book was first banned and then taught in high schools everywhere! Does it hold up? Listen & find …

Daddy's Girls by Danielle Steel with Lily Du

This week we’re reading the NYT bestseller Daddy’s Girls by Danielle Steel with special guest, comedian Lily Du (College Humor)! This book spent one week on the NYT bestseller list in June, but that’s enough tfor us baby! I book where a ton of shit happens yet there is still zero conflict? A book s…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This week we’re reading the NYT bestseller The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena! This kidnapped baby mystery spent 22 weeks on the bestseller list from 2016-2017. It was Canada’s bestselling book for 2016. So it’s got to be amazing, right? Well... Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, Coll…

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

This week it’s Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld! This political wonk fan fiction hit the NYT bestseller list in June of this year and already has a Hulu show in development. So it’s got to be amazing, right? Well... Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who rea…

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (with David Hill)

We’re back with S9E1: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, with special guest and REAL author David Hill (The Vapors). This book is one of the most popular novels we’ve ever read — it’s been on the NYT bestseller list for 2 years straight — but it was a fan recommend so you know we had to rip it…

Season 9 Book List & Promo

It's the Season 9 Book List Announcement! Season 9 premieres Tuesday, September 1. Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's perfect …

Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews with Sean O'Reilly

This week we read Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews with our special guest, Sean O’Reilly (Comedy Commons)! This 1979 gothic family saga made the NYT bestseller list upon release and then again in 1988, when the movie adaption was released. There was also a 2014 Lifetime adaption starring Kierna…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach with Eli Yudin

This week we read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach with our special guest, Eli Yudin (What A Time To Be Alive)! This 1970’s masterpiece spent 37 weeks on the NYT bestseller list. It sold more than one million copies two years after being released. In 1977 this under 10,000 word book was …

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman with Emily Fidago

This week we read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman with our special guest, Emily Fidago (McSweeney’s)! This 1992 book is still on the NYT bestseller list for advice books! It’s sold more than 12 million copies and been printed in 50 languages. So it must be good, right? Wrong. Mean Book Cl…

The TB12 Method by Tom Brady

This week we read The TB12 Method by Tom Brady! This 2017 part biography, workout and diet plan hit #1 of the NYT bestseller list for Sports and Fitness. There’s an entire TB12 Method center in Boston, and you can buy $200 TB12 vibrating rollers online! So it must be good, right? Wrong. Mean Book C…

The Girls by Emma Cline with Sarah's Mom Ginger

This week we read The Girls by Emma Cline with special guest Sarah’s mom Ginger! This 2016 debut spent 3 months on the NYT bestseller list. It’s rumored to be part of a $2 million dollar book deal! It reads like poetry but it’s about a Manson-esque cult. So it must be good, right? Wrong. Mean Book …

Gossip Girl: All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar

This week we read Gossip Girl: All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar. Released in 2003, this third book took the Gossip Girl series to the NYT bestseller list for children’s chapter books. Turned into a popular CW show in 2007, this book is “the perfect book for any teen who wants somethi…

Gerald's Game by Stephen King

This week we read Gerald’s Game by Johnna’s favorite author, Stephen King. This 1992 #1 NYT bestseller spent 22 weeks on the list. In 2017 it was turned into a Netflix film after long being thought to be unfilmable. Plus, there’s more cannibalism! So it must be good, right? Wrong. Mean Book Club i…

Neon Prey by John Sandford

Straight outta quarantine, the gang is back with Season 8! This week we read Neon Prey by John Sandford. This 2019 #1 NYT bestseller is the 29th book of the Prey series but the first one any of us have read. This book has a cannibal and a crazy twist ending! So it must be good, right? Wrong. Mean …

Mailbag & Season 8 Book List

It's the Book List Announcement and mailbag episode! Season 8 starts up Tuesday, May 26. Mean Book Club is four ladies (UCB, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) who read, discuss and whine about NYT bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. It's fun. It's cathartic. It's pe…

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer with Netflix's Monique Moses

SEASON FINALE! Monique Moses (IFC, Netflix’s Astronomy Club) joins us to read Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer! This Children’s Chapter books NYT bestseller has been described as “Die Hard with fairies.” After years in development hell, it’s finally been adapted into a movie (coming out soon on Disney …