277 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!

The SSR Podcast Alli Hoff Kosik

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    • 4.8 • 346 Ratings

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 275: Listenersode 2023!

    Episode 275: Listenersode 2023!

    Thanks to all of the listeners who participated in this year’s crowd-sourced episode: Abby, Diane, Julia, Holly, Kat, Shira, and Tracey.
    Tune in to hear them answer questions about their favorite childhood reading, times when they disagreed with the podcast, book recommendations for 2024, and more!

    • 45 min
    Episode 274: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (with Ore Agbaje-Williams)

    Episode 274: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (with Ore Agbaje-Williams)

    For the final book episode of 2023, Alli and her guest turn their attention to a real classic: Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It’s the first time reading the 1943 semi-autobiographical novel for both of them… and there’s a lot to discuss in this hefty volume! Topics of conversation include imperfect adults, the importance of education, pragmatism vs. idealism, the evolution of our language around mental health, financial insecurity, red flags, anti-Semitism, and how they might have experienced a book like this had they read it as children.
    TW: addiction, death of a parent, infant loss
    Ore Agbaje-Williams is the author of The Three of Us. Follow her on Instagram (@oreawilliams).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 273: Among the Hidden (with Claire Ahn)

    Episode 273: Among the Hidden (with Claire Ahn)

    At long last, Alli and her guest turn their attention to a book that’s been requested many times by listeners: Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden. The first installment in the Shadow Children series, Among the Hidden explores the consequences of a totalitarian government taking extreme measures to combat (alleged) overpopulation. Episode 273 covers everything from reproductive rights and propaganda to the history of dystopian literature and different types of activism.
    Claire Ahn is the author of I Guess I Live Here Now. Follow her on Instagram (@cuhlaireahn).

    • 59 min
    Episode 272: Fantastic Mr. Fox (with Jesse Q. Sutanto)

    Episode 272: Fantastic Mr. Fox (with Jesse Q. Sutanto)

    With New Reads November 2023 behind us, we’re back to throwbacks, starting with Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Alli’s guest recently read the 1970 novel with her own children… and she has thoughts. Episode 272 features conversations about gender representation, fatphobia, the power of illustrations, violence, and the glorification of stealing.
    Bestselling author Jesse Q. Sutanto is known for a number of books, including Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, Dial A for Aunties, and The Obsession. Her latest YA novel is called Didn’t See That Coming. Follow her on Instagram (@jesseqsutanto) and Twitter (@thewritinghippo).

    • 41 min
    Episode 271: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute (with Brittany, Cait & Shira from SSR's Patreon!)

    Episode 271: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute (with Brittany, Cait & Shira from SSR's Patreon!)

    It’s the grand finale of SSR’s New Reads November 2023… and the perfect time to discuss Talia Hibbert’s YA debut, Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute. With a trio of fantastic guests, Alli gets into the details of the book’s plot and pays special attention to OCD representation, outdoorsy scholarship experiences, romance tropes, and the extent to which there are two sides to every story.
    Thanks to Brittany (@britsgotbooks), Cait (@whatcaitreads), and Shira (@shira243) for being part of this first-ever Patreon episode of the podcast! Join the Patreon family to get in on the fun HERE.

    • 59 min
    Episode 270: Throwback (with Becca Freeman)

    Episode 270: Throwback (with Becca Freeman)

    Week 3 of New Reads November takes a very close, very fun look at Maurene Goo’s Throwback. The book inspires conversations about everything from the complicated nature of mother/daughter relationships and empathy between generations to high school homecoming experiences and the tension between conformity and standing out. Alli and her guest also consider who Throwback is meant for and discuss the book’s origin story.
    Becca Freeman is the author of The Christmas Orphans Club and co-host of the Bad on Paper podcast. Follow her on Instagram (@beccamfreeman).

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

Shira243 ,

SSR is a delight!

I love tuning into SSR every week. Looking back at the books that defined my childhood is illuminating and oftentimes surprising. Alli has a great selection of guests on, and I appreciate that they also share current adult books that they’re enjoying. There is also a great Patreon community that has connected bookish people around the country.

coffandbooks ,

Top 3 Bookish Podcasts

SSR is everything you need as a reader: nostalgia of your favorite reads growing up, thoughtful conversation, and a cozy vibe to pour yourself a glass of wine and revisit these books that shaped our childhood! I could listen to episodes of Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High (off of the spinning metal rack at the library) all day. Alli has built an awesome platform with a niche but relatable angle to incorporate into adult reading lives. She also leads a great patreon book club!

caga7911 ,

A warm hug!

SSR is like a warm hug from your childhood! I love to see all the books I loved from my childhood covered as well as ones that are new to me. Alli is a great interviewer and her excitement for the topic of revisiting childhood literature shows through!

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