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 #62: It Made Me Want to Die / Our Favorite Things of 2021
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—time for us to talk about all of our favorite things! Listen to us chat about our pop culture highlights of 2021, and as a special treat, hear from this year’s guests too! Then we exchange Secret Santa/non-denominational gifts and tell each other how much we love each other. Read along for our next Bookpisode on January 24th as we discuss My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones. Then get post-apocalyptic with us on February 7th for our next Othersode on the HBO series Station Eleven. Email us at email@example.com with your favorite things of 2021!
30-Icebreaker—fave new year’s tradition
30:00–Guest faves part 1
50:45–Guest faves part 2
1:08:17– Guest faves part 3
1:32:04–Guest faves part 4
1:34:22–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?
BSG #62: Misandry: The Episode / Everyone Knows Your Mother's a Witch
Ayla Zuraw-Frieldand joins the squad to discuss Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. The team takes it back to the 1600s to talk about ageism, humor, and history in this quirky standout 2021 novel. Next time, we’ll discuss our favorite things of 2021 and exchange presents. On our next bookpisode, we’ll discuss My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones.
:30–Welcome, Ayla! And Icebreakers
12:00–Galchen’s voice and the book’s style
23:30–Is she actually a witch?
28:00–witches are trending
40:51–”People don’t like an old lady story”
53:21–Kelli thought this book would be funny. Is it?
1:24:03–What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Othersode #61: For Virgins, By Virgins / The 2000s Made Me Gay
We’re journeying back through 2000s pop culture to discuss all the best gay stuff! Join us for our chat about Grace Perry’s essay collection The 2000s Made Me Gay. We talk about the personal aspects of the collection, Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Buffy, Mean Girls, The Real World, and of course, anxiety. Tune in on December 27th for our next Bookpisode on Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen (featuring special guest Ayla Zuraw-Friedland). Then it’s time for a BSG tradition: The Best of the Year episode! Join us on January 10th as we recap our favorite pop culture things of 2021and trade Secret Santa gifts!
14:04–memoir and essay
22:16–revisiting old faves
29:13–the dumbledore in the room
1:06:10–Kelli shares a quote, the importance of representation
1:26:33–what’s up next?
BSG #61: Reading Comprehension Breakdown / Unsettled Ground
Come along to the (not as cozy as you’d think) English countryside for our discussion of "Unsettled Ground" by Claire Fuller. We talk about the setting, the writing style, the sibling relationship at the heart of the novel, the twist(s), and whether this book is sadness porn. Read along with us for our upcoming Othersode on December 13th as we shift gears into nonfiction with the essay collection "The 2000s Made Me Gay" by Grace Perry. Then for our next Bookpisode, we’ll be discussing "Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch" by Rivka Galchen on December 27th.
:30 – Icebreaker q
7:53 – Trigger warnings and book intro
9:11 – What’s the point of the book?
20:21 – Romanticizing poverty and rural life
26:55 – Does the novel seem out of time?
30:33 – Sibling relationships
44:12 – Twists??
52:26 – Ratings
1:04:36 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Othersode #60: Girl Power! / Female Friendships and The Last Checkmate with Gabriella Saab
Gather your gal pals for a listening party as author Gabriella Saab joins the squad for a chat about some of our favorite female friendships in pop culture! From the Spice Girls to the ladies of SATC, we’ve got all our besties covered. After we share our heavily 90s-influenced picks, we talk with Gabriella about her new historical fiction novel “The Last Checkmate,” which is out now and has already garnered some VERY impressive reviews on Goodreads. We dive into Gabriella’s research process, the concept of “chess brain,” and the female friendships at the center of the book that inspired this entire othersode.
Read along for our next Bookpisode on Claire Fuller’s “Unsettled Ground,” coming November 9th, and then prepare for a very mysterious Emily-less Othersode on December 13th, topic TBD. Be sure to send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll read it on a future episode!
:30 – welcome Gabriella Saab!
2:44 – Fave female friendships round one: Anna and Maya
10:00 – SATC
17:18 – Ghost World
23:07 – The Spice Girls
29:25 – Friends
38:20 – Round 2! Anne and Diana
45:20 – Ann and Leslie
48:54 – Issa and Molly
53:50 – Cher and Dionne
57:20 – Gracie and Cheryl; Gracie and Agent Sam Fuller
1:03:12 – Talking about The Last Checkmate with Gabriella
1:27:24 – Listener feedback
1:33:36 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Find Gabriella at https://gabriellasaab.com
BSG #60: Big on Goodreads / Detransition Baby / Interview with SJ Sindu
You’ve heard of a love triangle, but what about a parenthood triangle? Join the Book Squad for our discussion of Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. We talk about the complicated relationships between the characters, the connection between trans women and divorced cis women, and why people on Goodreads found this book “shocking.” After that, Kelli interviews SJ Sindu, author of the new novel Blue-Skinned Gods. Tune in on November 15th for our next Othersode with special guest Gabriella Saab, author of The Last Checkmate. Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller, and check your feeds on November 29th for that episode!
:30–Welcome! Halloween plans?
11:40–how do we talk about this? Recently divorced cis women
28:15–how is this book going to age?
34:30–Reese loves danger
48:12–why have readers responded stupidly?
1:07:23–interview with SJ Sindu
1:38:48–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Torrey Peters interview-- https://www.npr.org/2021/03/08/974705967/seeing-through-a-trans-lens-torrey-peters-pens-detransition-baby
I love the easy feel of this book podcast! Super easy to follow and makes me feel like part of a book club. Fun and provides great insight! The books they include are usually on my TBR list so I appreciate the reviews in advance!
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Just started listening to this podcast and it’s become a regular favorite. Eminently concise and relaxing to listen to, definitely check them out if you’re looking for a new favorite book podcast to tune in to :)
VERY FUN AND ENTERTAINING
I like all the conversation that goes on during the episode and I love the personality in them as well. Book podcasts are rare so this is a good one! The ladies are soo entertaining