205 episodes

Your new internet besties give you a weekly dose of books, banter, and folks you should be following. Join 30-something reading enthusiasts and real-life best friends Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman every month for a book club featuring a read they promise you won’t be able to put down. In between, they’re joined by guests for conversations on careers, dating, fashion, and more.

Bad On Paper Grace Atwood & Becca Freeman

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    • 4.8 • 3.6K Ratings

Your new internet besties give you a weekly dose of books, banter, and folks you should be following. Join 30-something reading enthusiasts and real-life best friends Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman every month for a book club featuring a read they promise you won’t be able to put down. In between, they’re joined by guests for conversations on careers, dating, fashion, and more.

    2022 Goals Extravaganza

    2022 Goals Extravaganza

    Now that we’ve caught up from our winter break, it’s time to think about one of our favorite topics: goals! We reflect on how we did with our 2021 goals, talk about how we feel going into 2022, and break down the professional and personal goals we want to achieve this year. 
     
    We also talk about Becca’s homemade buffalo chicken wrap, Grace’s outdoorsy weekend in L.A., and more! 
     
    What we read/listen to when thinking of our goals!
    Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Happier with Gretchen Rubin
    Happier in Hollywood
     
    Obsessions 
    Grace: 
    Black American Portraits at LACMA
    88 acres seed butter
    Becca: 
    A Discovery of Witches, Euphoria, Bel Air, Wordle
     
    Instagram Obsessions
    @dailyrothko
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: 
    Crave by Tracy Wolff
    The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (again!) 
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
    Grace: 
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Outline by Rachel Cusk
     
    Our January Bookclub pick
    Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
     
    Sponsors:
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    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
     
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
     
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Catching Up On Our Winter Break

    Catching Up On Our Winter Break

    After a restorative break, we’re back and ready to fill you in on what we were up to over the holidays! We talk about our high highs (Becca finishing the first draft of her book! Grace’s Chappy Wrap collab dropping TODAY!) and low lows (Omicron anxiety). We also break down everything we read and watched during our time off! 
     
    What Grace read over the break
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
    Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight
    The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
    Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron *Grace’s Top Recommendation!
    Too Late by Colleen Hoover
    In A New York Minute by Kate Spencer (out March 15!)
    The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
    Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak
     
    What Becca read for over the break
    Book Lovers by Emily Henry (out May 3!)
    Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein
    The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
    From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Wish You Were Here by Jodie Picoult 
    Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand 
     
    What Becca watched over the break
    Harlem
    Queer Eye Season 6
    Finding You
    The Long Shot
     
    What Grace watched over the break (and check out 2022 Oscars Best Picture Predictions!)
    The Great
    Station Eleven
    Silent Night
    The Last Duel
    Mass (content warning: school shootings)
    C’mon C’mon
    The Truffle Hunters
    The Lost Daughter
    Passing
     
    What we both watched
    Emily in Paris 
    And Just Like That 
    The Hating Game
    Don’t Look Up
     
    Instagram Obsessions
    Grace: @socialclubofficiel
    Becca: @carolinagelen
     
    Obsessions 
    Grace: Ella Ora Skin Therapy Clinic, Smythson Soho Cosmic Travel Diary
    Becca: Shop.app, J. Crew oversized cashmere wrap, Sim City BuildIt
     
    What We’re Currently Reading
    Grace: Atomic Habits by James Clear, Everything We Didn’t Say by Nicole Baart
    Becca: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (again!), Crave by Tracy Wolff
     
    Our January Bookclub Pick
    Wish You Were Here by Jodie Picoult 
     
    Sponsors:
    Prose: go to prose.com/bop for your free in-depth hair consultation and 15% off your first order!
    Better Help: go to betterhelp.com/badonpaper  for 10% off your first month
    Hello Fresh: go hellofresh.com/bop16 and use code bop16 for up to 16 free meals and 3 gifts!
     
    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
     
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
     
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Great 2021 Holiday Episode!

    The Great 2021 Holiday Episode!

    This week is our last episode of 2021 and we’re covering holidays past and present! We talk about our favorite holiday memories, recipes, movies, books, gifting advice, what’s on our wish list and more! 
     
    We also talk about our thanksgivings, Grace’s recovery from the cold from hell, and Becca finally being able to talk about her secret project!
     
    Our Holiday Gifting Recommendations
    Grace’s Ornaments Rec
    Becca’s Candle Rec
    Becca’s Socks Rec
     
    Our Go-To Holiday Recipes 
    Grace’s Egg Nog Recipe
    Becca’s Favorite Stuffing Recipe
    Becca’s Favorite Anginetti Cookie Recipe 
     
    Becca’s Christmas List
    Ugg Ultra Minis
    Leatherology Laptop Bags
     
    Becca’s Christmas Books
    One Day In December by Josie Silver
    Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
    This Time Next Year Sophie Cousens
    So, This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen
    The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
    Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
    The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox
     
    Obsessions 
    Grace - Jill Stuart Beauty Jelly Eye Color
    Becca - eucalyptus shower spray
     
    What we read this week!
    If You Tell by Greg Olsen 
    State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
    The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
    Business Minded by Carly Riordan (Out December 28!) 
    Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner (Out January 25!)
    In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer (Out March 15!) 
     
    Sponsors:
    Hello Fresh - go to hellofresh.com/bop14 and use code BOP14 for up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts!
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    Better Help - Better Help - go to betterhelp.com/badonpaper for 10% off your first month
     
    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
     
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
     
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Becca Interviews Grace

    Becca Interviews Grace

    We’re finishing our end-of-year tradition of interviewing each other, and this time Grace is in the hot seat! 
     
    Becca asks Grace your questions about the ins and outs of her job, if blogging has ever impacted her self-image, if she’d ever write a book, her favorite Charleston spots, long-distance relationship advice, if she got her driver’s license yet, and so much more! 
     
    Obsessions 
    Grace - Beautypie’s Gingerbread, Almond & Orange Blossom Candle
    Becca - Friday Night Lights, Pinhook Bourbon 
     
    What we read this week!
    Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
    Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
    If You Tell by Greg Olsen 
    Fake by Erica Katz (out Feb 22!)
    In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer (Out March 15!)
     
    Sponsors:
    Uncommon Goods - go to uncommongoods.com/bop for 15% off your next gift  
    Better Help - go to betterhelp.com/badonpaper for 10% off your first month
    ZocDoc - Zocdoc: go to zocdoc.com/bop to sign up for free and find a top-rated doctor
     
    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
     
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
     
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ghosts Book Club

    Ghosts Book Club

    This week we finally get to discuss our November Book Club pick, Ghosts by Dolly Alderton. This book captured modern dating in a way we haven’t seen before, and honestly, we can’t agree on if the ending was satisfying or not. Ghosts follows Nina Dean, a London woman in her early thirties with a successful career as a food writer and loving friends and family. When she downloads a dating app, she meets a great guy on her first date. When Max tells Nina he's going to marry her on date one, it feels like all is going to plan. But when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she's been trying so hard to ignore.
    Obsessions
    ChappyWrap Blankets
    Crate and Barrel Sofa
     
    Instagram Obsessions
    @marthastewart48
     
    What we read this week
    Fake by Erica Katz (out Feb 22)
    So, This is Christmas by Tracy Andreen
    State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
    Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
     
    Sponsors
    Better Help - go to betterhelp.com/badonpaper for 10% off your first month 
    Everlywell - Go to everlywell.com/bop for 20% off your at-home lab test
    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Grace Interviews Becca

    Grace Interviews Becca

    We’re so excited to continue our yearly tradition of interviewing each other, starting off with Grace interviewing Becca! (Grace will have her turn in the hot seat in a few weeks!)  
     
    Grace asks Becca your questions about bookish things, her new creative projects, career reflections, dating & friendship advice, what she’s learned about herself in the past year, and So! Much! More! 
     
    Becca’s Misc. Mentions:
    For Getting Started at Book Writing - Save the Cat writes a Novel
    Her GoodReads Account - Follow her here!
    Her Splurge Item - Sarah Flint Perfect Zip Bootie in Brown 
    Her Favorite Sheets - Amazon Mellani Sheets 
     
    Becca’s Favorite Dinner Party Recipes
    Grossy’s Vodka Sawce
    Garlic Braised Short Ribs
    Coq au Vin
     
    Obsessions 
    Grace - Midnight Mass
    Becca - The Chunky Chef Zuppa Toscana
     
    What we read this week!
    Books To Preorder
    If This Gets Out by Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales
    Smile and Look Pretty by Amanda Pellegrino
    Books You Can Read Now!
    Palm Beach by Mary Adkins
    We're Speaking by Hitha Palepu
    Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
    You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
     
     
    November Book Club Pick:
    Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
     
    Sponsors:
    Night - use code BOP30 at discovernight.com for 30% off sitewide
    Better Help - go to betterhelp.com/badonpaper for 10% off your first mon
    ZocDoc - Zocdoc: go to zocdoc.com/bop to sign up for free and find a top-rated doctor
     
    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more!
     
    Like and subscribe to RomComPods. Available wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit Grace’s blog, The Stripe. New posts daily!
     
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Grace on Instagram @graceatwood and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

angiemomma2 ,

Glad your back!

Missed my friends while you were taking a break. So glad to be able to listen to you banter back and forth over the serious and silly. Sometimes we just need a little bit of familiarity during these crazy COVID times, you bring the laughs and a bit of reprieve from it all. Thank you ❤️

skyealana ,

Love this podcast

I really enjoy this podcast. It is one where I rarely miss an episode because it feels like catching up with friends each week. Grace and Becca are real, they share their highs and lows and blahs and wins. I miss it when they take their December break, but always enjoy the yearly goal-setting conversations when they come back!

dddddddddgdgdgddd ,

Love this podcast

I listen pretty weekly and love the book recs. I’m always excited to hear about favorite things but a $200 agenda is crazy! I know that’s what Grace was excited about but it seems so out of touch with the audience.

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