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Looking for a book club but don't have time to squeeze real-life meetings into your schedule? Join Book Squad Goals, a bi-weekly podcast about—you guessed it—books, plus all the garbage pop culture we consume when we’re not reading (that’s what our “othersodes” are for!). While you’re paying attention, check out our website & blog at booksquadgoals.com, where we have weekly posts about books, pop culture, and probably our pets. We love our pets.

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Looking for a book club but don't have time to squeeze real-life meetings into your schedule? Join Book Squad Goals, a bi-weekly podcast about—you guessed it—books, plus all the garbage pop culture we consume when we’re not reading (that’s what our “othersodes” are for!). While you’re paying attention, check out our website & blog at booksquadgoals.com, where we have weekly posts about books, pop culture, and probably our pets. We love our pets.

    Othersode #47: There Are Worse Things Than Korn / Lovecraft Country

    Othersode #47: There Are Worse Things Than Korn / Lovecraft Country

    Join the Squad on a sci-fi/fantasy/horror adventure as we discuss the HBO series "Lovecraft Country." We talk about HP Lovecraft and race, how the show plays with genre, the unique structure of the series, and our favorite characters. Next, we dig into some listener feedback on "The Haunting of Bly Manor" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and a holiday movie series! Read along with us for our next bookpisode on "Docile" by K. M. Szpara (November 30th), and join us for our fourth annual Best of the Year #othersode on December 14th (LOL good luck to us coming up with great things from 2020).

    TOC
    0:30 – Intros and horror questions!
    4:38 – Spoiler warning and show introduction
    8:54 – Lovecraft and race
    16:30 – Playing with genre
    24:26– Structure: magic, feature episodes, and Christina’s nonsense
    49:09 – Christina and Ruby
    59:11 – Other characters
    1:28:44 – Listener feedback!
    1:33:40 – What’s up next? What’s on the blog?

    Vulture recaps by Steffan Triplett: https://www.vulture.com/article/lovecraft-country-series-premiere-recap-episode-1-sundown.html
    AV Club Recaps by Joelle Monique: https://www.avclub.com/c/tv-review/lovecraft-country/season-1
    On Marilyn Manson: https://metalinjection.net/metal-crimes/video-of-evan-rachel-wood-detailing-alleged-abusive-relationship-with-marilyn-manson-in-senate-testimony-resurfaces

    • 1 hr 42 min
    BSG #47: We're Not Okay / Survivor Song

    BSG #47: We're Not Okay / Survivor Song

    Escape the real pandemic with a fictional outbreak as we discuss Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay! We talk about how the novel’s events relate to current events, how the main characters are used to tell the story, and whether or not this is a zombie narrative. Next, we get into some listener feedback on The Vanishing Half and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and Emily’s Spooktober series. For our next #Othersode on 11/16, we’re covering Lovecraft Country, so catch up on HBO! And read along for our next #Bookpisode on Docile by Kevin Szpara (11/30). Send feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com, and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!

    TOC
    0:30–welcome and intro question
    12:46–book intro
    16:04–what does it mean that this is a song?
    22:34–current events and Survivor Song
    37:38–what about the actual story? The format? Characters?
    56:49–is this a zombie story?
    1:08:56–ratings
    1:17:37–listener feedback (and breakfast discussion)
    1:33:25–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Othersode #46: Eating Owen's Cake Batter / The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Othersode #46: Eating Owen's Cake Batter / The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Grab your cake batter and badly-made tea because the Book Squad is discussing "The Haunting of Bly Manor." We talk about all of the Henry James literary connections, the (sometimes hidden) ghosts, grief and memory, and of course, love stories. Then we get into some listener feedback about "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a new featured bookstore, a spooky series, and Bachelorette recaps! Read along for our next #Bookpisode on "Survivor Song" by Paul Tremblay on November 2, and watch "Lovecraft Country" (HBO) for our next #Othersode on November 16.

    0:30 – Introductions and icebreaker
    8:30 – Show introduction
    12:58 – Inspiration for the show
    21:13 – Secret ghosts
    24:20 – Who are these ghosts?
    36:50 – Time, frame narratives
    41:36 – Grief and trauma
    56:40 – Love stories
    1:11:47 – Ratings
    1:21:55 – Listener feedback
    1:33:00 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Henry James stories: https://screenrant.com/haunting-bly-manor-every-henry-james-ghost-story/
    Hidden ghosts: https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a34318015/haunting-of-bly-manor-book-based-on/

    • 1 hr 45 min
    BSG #46: Super Into Twins / The Vanishing Half

    BSG #46: Super Into Twins / The Vanishing Half

    Join the #BookSquad for a chat about Brit Bennett’s newest novel, "The Vanishing Half." We discuss memory and time, identity and choice, and performance, as well as our favorite stories about twins. Next, we read some listener feedback on "Magic for Liars" and "We Set the Dark on Fire" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a spooky movie series and book and TV reviews. Watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode on October 19, and read along for our next #Bookpisode on Paul Tremblay’s "Survivor Song" on November 2. Send your feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!

    TOC
    :30 – Icebreaker q and intros!
    9:20 – Book intro
    11:06 – Time, memory, structure
    17:30 – Identity struggles and crises
    32:25 – Let’s talk about race
    48:10 – Moralizing and where the characters end up
    62:30 – Ratings!
    1:07:37 – Feedback
    1:15:23 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Link to Mean Book Club's "Couple Next Door" Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-couple-next-door-by-shari-lapena/id1434373989?i=1000491312268

    Emily on Hugos There Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hugos-there-podcast-45-american-gods-by-neil-gaiman/id1214652745?i=1000493230070

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Othersode #45: Waiting for the Other Maggot to Drop / I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Othersode #45: Waiting for the Other Maggot to Drop / I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Pack up the car for a super weird road trip and our discussion of "I'm Thinking of Ending Things," the new Charlie Kaufman film based on the novel by Iain Reid. We talk about how the movie differs from the book, the acting (shout out to Toni Collette), and what the heck is actually going on here. Next, we get a delayed take on "The Secret Garden" and catch up on what's on the #BookSquadBlog, including two spooky series and YA Book Club! Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett (October 5th), and watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode (October 19th). Send us your thoughts/questions/answers about "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" or any other topic we've covered to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!

    :30 — Hellooooo! Introductions
    15:40 — Summary and intro
    19:00 — Is the movie a faithful adaptation of the book?
    29:40 — So what actually happens?? How does it fit into Kaufman’s other work?
    48:30 — Who is the woman? Authorship in the movie
    57:40 — How was pop culture integrated into the film?
    1:08:50 — Acting!
    1:20:40 — Secret Garden thoughts
    1:25:00 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Links to help you think about the movie:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ruSWSb5TuE&ab_channel=spookyastronauts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvIiNmyLeUY&ab_channel=ImpressionBlend

    • 1 hr 37 min
    BSG #45: Baby's First Rebellion / We Set the Dark on Fire

    BSG #45: Baby's First Rebellion / We Set the Dark on Fire

    Throw on your resistance gear and join the squad as we rise up against The System with a discussion of Tehlor Kay Mejia’s “We Set the Dark on Fire.” We talk about the book’s real life parallels to the broken immigration system in our country, how the novel handles the patriarchy of it all, and of course, most importantly, the ROMANCE PLOT. After our ratings, we get into what’s on the blog, and then prep you for our upcoming episodes. We’re covering Netflix’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for our next othersode (9/21), and for our next bookpisode (10/5), we’re reading “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. Please follow us on social media @booksquadgoals, check out our latest blog posts at booksquadgoals.com/blog, and send any and all feedback you have to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!

    TOC
    0:30 – Hello! Introductions and intro question
    11:40 – Book introduction
    14:00 – The roles that women must fill in this society
    25:15 – What’s this book saying about class divides, religious divides, and immigration?
    34:09 – Politics and Protests
    39:33 – ROMANCE
    46:30 – Who would you cast?
    48:50 – Ratings
    58:50 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    • 1 hr 4 min

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