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Join Becca Freeman and Olivia Muenter every Wednesday for a dose of books and banter, along with interviews with women who inspire us.

Bad On Paper Becca Freeman & Olivia Muenter

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Join Becca Freeman and Olivia Muenter every Wednesday for a dose of books and banter, along with interviews with women who inspire us.

    Ask BOP! Advice about friendships, dating, major life changes, and more!

    Ask BOP! Advice about friendships, dating, major life changes, and more!

    It's time for an advice episode! We’re excited to answer your questions about staying motivated while writing a book, maintaining long-distance friendships, learning how to stop holding yourself back from dating, making big career changes, and more! 
    Obsessions
    Becca: Custom legal pad
    Olivia: We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman (out Nov. 8)
    What we read this week!
    Becca: In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead, and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
    Olivia: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune, We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
    This Month’s Book Club Pick:  When We Were Bright And Beautiful by Jillian Medoff (check content warnings on this one!) 
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    • 57 min
    Killers of a Certain Age Book Club

    Killers of a Certain Age Book Club

    We’re so excited to finally discuss our delightful and surprising September Book Club Pick: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn! We share what we loved about this book, our thoughts on the rotating POV, which character we identified with the most, and our love for how the book addressed ageism. We also discuss our mixed feelings about the ending and if we could become CIA operatives. 
     
    To learn more about the origins of this book, check out The Shit No One Told You About Writing Interview with Deanna Raybourn
     
    For the Art Heist Curious, check out: Fake by Erica Katz and The Lost Leonardo, and Last Seen. 
     
    Check out this NYT Article: Millions of Followers? For Book Sales, ‘It’s Unreliable.’
     
    Obsessions 
    Olivia: Free People Sweater Dress
    Becca: Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Sweatpants
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: In My Dreams, I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead
    Olivia: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick:  When We Were Bright And Beautiful by Jillian Medoff (check content warnings on this one!) 
     
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    • 51 min
    All Things Fall (The Sequel)

    All Things Fall (The Sequel)

    This week we’re releasing our inner foliage sluts and soup fiends to talk about all things FALL! We discuss our favorite things about fall, and our favorite fall activities from weekends away to cozying up at home.
     
    We also had to share a robust list of candle recommendations. Olivia recommends Bath & Body Works candles in the scents Hometown Sugar Cookies Autumn Chai, White Pumpkin, Flannel, Lakeside Morning, and Leaves. Becca recommends Brooklyn Candle Studio’s Apple Cider and Montana Forest, Le Labo’s Santal 26, Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Balincourt,  Hotel Lobby’s Signature Candle (they have a fall candle coming out at the end of September!), and Yankee Candle’s Sandal Balsam and Cedar. 
     
    We also highly recommend Chappy Wrap and Barefoot dreams Blankets  
     
    Favorite Fall Movies include Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, You’ve Got Mail, Gilmore Girls, Mermaids, and Autumn in New York if you’re having a sad girl fall. 
     
    Our Favorite Fall Reading includes City of the Lost by Kelly Armstrong, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman, and A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin. 
     
    Fall Foods: Olivia’s Soup Recipe and Chrissy Teigan’s Stuffed Shells
     
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    Share hyped products you want us to review in a future episode via DMing @badonpaperpodcast or emailing us at badonpaperpodcast@gmail.com. 
     
    Obsessions 
    Becca: Look Both Ways on Netflix, Breakfast by Dove Cameron
    Olivia: Birkenstock Bostons 
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: People Person by Candice Carty-Williams
    Olivia: When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff, Jackal by Erin E. Adams (check content warnings before picking these up!)
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Killers of A Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
     
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    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more! 
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    • 1 hr
    What Books are Taught in High School English Classes Today?

    What Books are Taught in High School English Classes Today?

    This week we’re excited to interview two English teachers about what books are taught in High School English classes right now. We chat about what books are in their current curriculum, how books get chosen, what books students get excited about, and what books outside the curriculum are popular with high school students right now. 
     
    Mary’s Books: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, and Antigone by Sophocles.
     
    Caroline’s Books: Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Hunger Games by Susan Collins, and Harrison Burgeron by Kurt Vonnegut.
     
    Obsessions: 
    Becca: Amazon Hair Clips, The Don’t Worry Darling Drama
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Scandalized by Ivy Owens (Lauren from Christina Lauren) 
    Olivia: The Measure by Nikki Erlick 
     
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn 
     
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    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more! 
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    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Olivia on Instagram @oliviamuenter and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Indoor Kid Episode: Fall 2022 TV & Movie Recs

    The Indoor Kid Episode: Fall 2022 TV & Movie Recs

    We’re preparing for indoor time this fall and talking TV and Movie recommendations! Becca and Olivia share their recommendations, and our listeners call in to share their favorite shows and hidden gems!
     
    Olivia’s TV Recs: Scripted: Yellowjackets, Severance, Under the Banner of Heaven, Starstruck, and Fleabag.
     
    Becca’s TV Recs: Partner Track, Loot, Never Have I Ever, Tell Me Lies, Hacks, Ten Percent, and The Bear.
     
    Listener TV Recs: Trying, Minx, Crash Landing on You, Call your Agent!, Valeria, Minx, Everything I Know About Love, What We Do in the Shadows, Gilmore Girls, The Expanse, Love Island UK, Six Feet Under, A League Of Their Own, Abbott Elementary, The Great British Bake Off
     
    Movie Recs
    Becca: Not Okay, Vengeance, and Top Gun: Maverick
    Olivia: Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
    Listeners: The Last Duel (check content warnings before watching!) and Cha Cha Real Smooth
     
    Obsessions 
    Olivia: Orange Amazon dress (pleasant surprise)
    Becca: Sweat shorts (Lou & Grey; Amazon)
     
    What we read this week!
    Olivia: 
    Reclaiming Body Trust by Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant
    Becca:
    Now Is Not The Time To Panic by Kevin Wilson
    The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
    How To Fall Out Of Love Madly by Jana Casale
    The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
     
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    Join our Facebook group for amazing book recs & more! 
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    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Olivia on Instagram @oliviamuenter and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty Book Club

    You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty Book Club

    So excited to discuss our August book club pick: You Made A Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. This lush romantic drama sparked a lot of conversation in our Facebook Group, and we share our differing feelings about the book as well! We also discuss why we think this book was so divisive, our thoughts on the characters' chemistry, how the theme of grief is explored, and what we thought about the ending.
     
    In this conversation we bring up author Akwaeke Emezi’s interview with Elle, and To Be Black and Loved’s You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty review! 
     
    Obsessions
    Olivia: Cowboy boots 
    Becca: New desk setup - Wireless Keyboard, Laptop Stand, Magic Trackpad 
     
    What we read this week!
    Olivia: 
    All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
    We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
    Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 
    Becca:
    Seoulmates by Susan Lee (out 9/20)
    If You Could See The Sun by Ann Liang (out 10/11)
    Now Is Not The Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson (out 11/8)
     
    September Book Club Pick: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
     
    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. 
    Follow us on Instagram @badonpaperpodcast. Follow Olivia on Instagram @oliviamuenter and Becca @beccamfreeman.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

longlivemusicals ,

Very calming, happy times!!

Love the podcast! It’s kind of just like tea time vibes and they always have great recommendations!

Shmalanaz ,

Love it

❤️ More lifestyle.

Love when Becca doesn’t put on that creepy high baby voice. Talk normally pls!

alavin7 ,

Love this podcast!

Becca and Olivia are the perfect pairing for podcast hosts! I think Olivia was the perfect choice for the new host and I love their banter and how they encourage each other and are both on book writing journeys. I can't wait to read their books once they are published and I always look forward to the new episodes! Smart, creative and interesting content so thank you ladies for being a bright spot in my workday listens!

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