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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.

    Author Emma Straub on Time Travel and Owning A Bookstore

    Author Emma Straub on Time Travel and Owning A Bookstore

    This week we’re chatting with New York Times bestselling author and owner of Books are Magic, Emma Straub! She’s the author of five novels, including This Time Tomorrow, which came out on May 17. We ask her about her path to becoming an author, and chat about the process of writing This Time Tomorrow. And as the first bookseller on the podcast, we ask Emma about how Books are Magic came into her life and she shares the surprises that come with owning a bookstore! 
     
    Find Emma at @emmastraub on IG, @emmastraub on Twitter, and at emmastraub.net
     
    Emma’s Book recs
    By the Book by Jasmine Guillory 
    The Dead Romantics Ashley Poston (Out June 28) 
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Out July 5) 
     
    What we read this week!
    Olivia - Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 
    Becca - Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
     
    Obsessions
    Becca - Anthropologie Mini Latte Bowls
    Olivia - Free People (generally)
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
     
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    • 59 min
    Getting Back to Travel: All Things Trip Planning

    Getting Back to Travel: All Things Trip Planning

    This week, we’re together in person to talk about TRAVEL! Specifically, travel planning. We have travel on the brain, and thought you might, too. We discuss how we choose our destinations, how far in advance we plan our trips, if we like to plan ourselves or let someone else take over, the trips we have coming up, and MORE! 
     
    Our Travel Must-Haves
    Olivia - AQUIS Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Wrap Towel
    Becca - Sleeping Eye Mask, Megababe Thigh Rescue
     
    Our Obsessions
    Becca - Hotel Lobby Spa Candle
    Olivia - Severance
     
    What we read this week:
    Becca - The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz
    Olivia - The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
     
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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.

    • 58 min
    Ask an HR Rep: Phylicia Jones Answers Your Work Q’s

    Ask an HR Rep: Phylicia Jones Answers Your Work Q’s

    This week we welcome Phylicia Jones, Senior Director of Global People Development at PagerDuty, to answer all your work questions. She shares an overview of her career, what drew her to working in HR, and answers listener questions about cover letters, learning to be a great manager, navigating ambiguity at work, quitting when you feel a personal obligation to your boss, and more.
     
    Connect with Phylicia on Linkedin! 
     
    Phylicia’s book recommendations
    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown 
    Start with Why by Simon Sinek 
    Infinite Game by Simon Sinek 
    The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink 
    Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau
    Think Again by Adam Grant 
    Mindset by Carol Dweck
    Grit by Angela Duckworth  
    How to Decide by Annie Duke
     
    Obsessions 
    Olivia: The Somerset Maxi Linen Dress from Anthropologie
    Becca: Mister Zimi Lottie Dress
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
    Olivia: Flying Solo by Linda Holmes 
     
    May’s Book Club Pick: Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
     
    Sponsors:
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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 10 min
    Project Hail Mary Book Club

    Project Hail Mary Book Club

    Hi space nuts! It's time to discuss our April book club pick: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. This book is Olivia’s most-recommended read, and Becca (to her surprise) loved the book, too! In this week’s ep we discuss how we picture Rocky, if we’d ever go to space, and listen to your voicemails about your thoughts on the book. We also have a space food taste test live on the pod to fully get ourselves into the theme!
     
    Obsessions 
    Olivia: Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant
    Becca: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket Tight
     
    What we read this week:
    Becca:
    The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    Cover Story by Susan Rigetti
    How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder (Out June 14) 
    Olivia: 
    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
    The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth
    The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
    Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
    Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
     
    May’s Book Club Pick: Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
     
    Sponsors:
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    Prose - take your FREE in-depth hair consultation and get 15% off your first order today at Prose.com/bop.
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Getting to Know Olivia: Answering Listener Q’s

    Getting to Know Olivia: Answering Listener Q’s

    Today, we’re continuing to get to know Olivia as she’s answering your questions! 
     
    She answers questions including how she met her husband (and dog!), what she was like as a kid, her typical workday, her go-to airport snacks, her niche interests, her childhood celeb crush, and her favorite way to eat a potato. 
     
    She also shares her book hot takes, her favorite past BOP book club pick, and a book from childhood that made her a lifelong reader.
     
    If you’re looking to get to know Becca a little more, check out our Grace interviews Becca episode!
     
    Obsessions 
    Olivia: Laneige Lip Glowy Balm
    Becca: Somebody Somewhere on HBO Max
     
    What we read this week!
    Becca: 
    Wahala by Nikki May
    Sister Stardust by Jane Green
    Olivia: 
    A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan.
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Our Morning Routines!

    Our Morning Routines!

    This week we’re re-visiting a highly requested topic: our morning routines! We discuss the goals behind our morning routine, when we wake up (and when we have to be asleep to make that happen) what we do first thing in the morning, our at-home coffee order, breakfast, exercise, getting into work mode, and how our weekends look different.  
    Obsessions 
    Becca - Balance Bound Undated Daily Notepad
    Olivia - Song - My Ego Dies at The End by Jensen McRae and her album Are You Happy Now? (and you can find Olivia’s spring playlist here!)
     
    What we read this week!
    Olivia: 
    The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
    A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass
     
    Becca:
    Something Wilder by Christina Lauren (out May 17)
    Meant to be Mine by Hannah Orenstein
    Wahala by Nikki May
     
    This Month’s Book Club Pick:
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
     
    Sponsors:
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    ZocDoc: Go to Zocdoc.com/BOP and download the Zocdoc app to start your search for a top-rated doctor today.
    Truebill: Start canceling unwanted subscriptions today at Truebill.com/bop
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

emmasthing ,

OM BF = <3

Admittedly, I wasn’t an avid listener B.O. (Before Olivia), but now I can’t get enough of this podcast. I love Becca and Olivia’s energy together so much. It’s light-hearted, they make each other genuinely laugh, and we’re just getting started!!!

ingramtaylor ,

Olivia & Becca 4ever

I love the humor & light hearted laughter that Olivia and Becca share! Especially during the most recent book club episode. The astronaut ice cream moment had me laughing out loud! I’m so glad you stayed Becca & I’m so glad you’ve joined the pod Olivia!

pol3767 ,

Really love the new duo

I’ve been listening for a few years and love the host refresh. Olivia and Becca are great conversationalists and very relatable!

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