92 episodes

Each week, freelance writer and lifelong bookworm Alli Hoff Kosik will challenge a guest to reread a literary throwback or to experience for the first time ever a book they may have missed as a kid. After that, they'll be asked to spill all the feels and all the opinions about that book on the air for your podcast-listening pleasure. Every Tuesday, you can find us breaking down an old school read from our tween and teen days on a new episode of the show. We'll cover everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to Holes, Nancy Drew to Harry Potter. This time around, we're a little wiser (yay!), a lot older (ugh.), and of legal age to drink wine... so we'll have a lot to say. Happy Reading!

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Each week, freelance writer and lifelong bookworm Alli Hoff Kosik will challenge a guest to reread a literary throwback or to experience for the first time ever a book they may have missed as a kid. After that, they'll be asked to spill all the feels and all the opinions about that book on the air for your podcast-listening pleasure. Every Tuesday, you can find us breaking down an old school read from our tween and teen days on a new episode of the show. We'll cover everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to Holes, Nancy Drew to Harry Potter. This time around, we're a little wiser (yay!), a lot older (ugh.), and of legal age to drink wine... so we'll have a lot to say. Happy Reading!

    Episode 91: Snowbound (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #7)

    Episode 91: Snowbound (The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #7)

    On Episode 91, get snowed in with Alli, the Stoneybrook babysitters, and guest Margaret Willison, who read her first-ever BSC book for SSR!
    Alli and Margaret chat through the situations in which each babysitter finds herself in an unexpected blizzard, discuss how much easier it is to weather a bad storm in 2020 than it was in 1991 when the book was published, and talk more generally about the series and the babysitters themselves.
    Margaret is a librarian, writer, and podcaster. Follow her on Instagram (@mrsfridaynext) and Twitter (@MrsFridayNext), check out her culture newsletter Two Bossy Dames, and tune into her TV podcast Appointment Television!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 90: Coming Home (Heartland #1)

    Episode 90: Coming Home (Heartland #1)

    SSR gallops into the world of horse books for Episode 90! Alli and her guest Hannah Williams are chatting about the first book in Lauren Brooke’s Heartland series, Coming Home. Tune in to hear them swap notes about their own horse girl pasts, reminisce about the many horse books they loved as kids, and consider why kids are so drawn to horses and stories about them. They also take a deep dive into the ways in which Coming Home depicts trauma, grief, and family dynamics.
    Hannah is a full-time wife, mom, and behavioral therapist for children diagnosed with Autism. When she isn’t reading a book, she’s probably listening to one. Follow Hannah on Instagram (@booknerdnative).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 89: Don't Die, My Love

    Episode 89: Don't Die, My Love

    It’s rare that Alli’s met a reader who has been as deeply affected by a book as the guest on Episode 89 has been affected by Lurlene McDaniel’s Don’t Die, My Love. You don’t want to miss this story!
    On this episode, Alli and her guest Hitha Palepu also talk about the power of books like McDaniel’s tragic teen romances to help kids better understand and cope with crisis situations. They discuss the extent to which they emphasize with the parents in Don’t Die, My Love and the many (real) things they learned about cancer from reading the novel… even as adults!
    Hitha is an investor, the author of How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip, and the host of the 1 Smart Thing podcast. Follow her on Instagram (@hithapalepu) for reading recommendations, book reviews, and honest answers to your questions.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 88: The Birchbark House

    Episode 88: The Birchbark House

    On Episode 88, Alli and her guest Uli Beutter Cohen discuss their first experience reading Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House, which was a National Book Award finalist for young people’s fiction in 1999. In their conversation, they get real about the gaps in American education regarding the true history of indigenous people, talk about the importance of own voices stories, and share their love for the ways in which Erdrich’s work connects both readers and characters to the natural world.
    Uli Beutter Cohen is the creator and editor of the Subway Book Review. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Esquire, Vogue, Glamour, Forbes, and The Guardian, among others. Follow the Subway Book Review on Instagram (@subwaybookreview).

    • 58 min
    Episode 87: Jacob Have I Loved

    Episode 87: Jacob Have I Loved

    For Episode 87, Alli comes to Katherine Paterson’s Newbery-winning Jacob Have I Loved for the first time — and what a ride it was! This middle grade book is a story of sibling rivalry, resentment, privilege, and family responsibility. It’s also a story about learning to take responsibility for your own path… although Alli has some seriously mixed feelings about how that last part is handled. Tune in to hear her and guest Sara Hildreth take a close look at family dynamics, stumble their way through an Enneagram digression, consider Jacob Have I Loved through a feminist lens, and so much more.
    Sara is a reader, English teacher, and the blogger behind Fiction Matters. Follow her on Instagram (@fictionmatters) and check out her new book podcast — co-hosted by @chelseyreads from Episode 34 of SSR — Novel Pairings (@novelpairingspod).

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 86: Gossip Girl #1

    Episode 86: Gossip Girl #1

    XOXO, it’s (finally!) time for the SSR Gossip Girl episode!
    On Episode 86, Alli and guest Alexandra Monir discuss the elements of the Gossip Girl universe that don't hold up so well in 2020, both in terms of technology and teen behavior. They consider parental objections to the book’s racy content and look at multiple sides of the argument for “light reading” versus no reading at all. They also talk about the depictions of friendship in Gossip Girl and answer the age-old question: Team Blair or Team Serena?
    Alexandra is the author of The Final Six, The Life Below, Timeless, and three other YA novels. Follow her on Instagram (@alexandramonir) and Twitter (@TimelessAlex).

    • 1 hr

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