108 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, 236 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 107: Catherine, Called Birdy (with Kelly Anneken)

    Episode 107: Catherine, Called Birdy (with Kelly Anneken)

    On Episode 107, Alli is joined by podcaster and comedian Kelly Anneken to discuss Karen Cushman’s 1995 Newbery Honor winner, Catherine, Called Birdy. They chat about babysitting, Accelerated Reader, and their misguided impressions of the Middle Ages. They take a close look at the way Catherine, Called Birdy depicts heavy issues of childbirth, agency, domestic violence, diversity, consent, and the patriarchy. Alli and Kelly also chat about the unique challenges of adapting a book like this one for film or TV.
    Kelly is co-host of the Red All Over and Up Yours, Downstairs podcasts. Follow her on Instagram (@kellyanneken) and Twitter (@kellyanneken).

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 106: Angus, Thong, and Full-Frontal Snogging (with Jessica Goodman)

    Episode 106: Angus, Thong, and Full-Frontal Snogging (with Jessica Goodman)

    On Episode 106, Alli and her guest explore one major question: how good (or not-so-good) does it feel to read a book that feels like a time capsule of an era gone by?
    As you’ll hear in the episode, there are plenty of upsides and downsides, all discussed in the context of Louise Rennison’s 1999 YA hit Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. The conversation jumps from ‘90s movies and bad hair to toxic friendships and teen confidence.
    Jessica Goodman is the author of They Wish They Were Us. Follow her on Twitter (@jessgood) and Instagram (@jessicagoodman).

    • 56 min
    Episode 105: Mr. Popper's Penguins (with Swati Teerdhala)

    Episode 105: Mr. Popper's Penguins (with Swati Teerdhala)

    On Episode 105, Alli sets aside her very real, very intense fear of birds for a conversation about Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Written in 1938 by Richard and Florence Atwater, this Newbery Honor winner is the story of a house painter named Mr. Popper who dreams of traveling to the Arctic and the penguins who come into his life thanks to one of his heroes, explorer Admiral Drake. Alli and her guest Swati chat about the many antics of Popper’s penguins, as well as the extent to which Mr. Popper represents a little bit of all of us! They also talk about how the book would be received by animal rights groups if it were published in 2020, the lack of nuance in Mrs. Popper’s portrayal, and cancel culture, more broadly.
    Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight and The Archer at Dawn. Follow her on Instagram (@swatiteerdhala) and Twitter (@swatiteerdhala)!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 104: Eight Cousins // Rose in Bloom (with Mary Kay Andrews)

    Episode 104: Eight Cousins // Rose in Bloom (with Mary Kay Andrews)

    It’s been well-established that Alli is a superfan of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, but on Episode 104, her guest introduces her to two of the author’s other books — Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. On this episode, they chat about how Alcott’s real-life influenced her storytelling and consider the many ways in which these books were highly progressive and feminist when they were written, even if it doesn’t seem that way now.
    Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times-bestselling author of 27 novels. Her latest novel is Hello, Summer. Follow her on Instagram (@marykayandrews).

    • 51 min
    Episode 103: Who's Who? (Sweet Valley High #62) (with Odd Job Pod's Jaimie +Abby)

    Episode 103: Who's Who? (Sweet Valley High #62) (with Odd Job Pod's Jaimie +Abby)

    It’s become an unofficial tradition to come back for a new year of the podcast with a Sweet Valley episode… and this year is no exception! On Episode 103, Alli’s soon-to-be podcaster friends Jaimie Farris and Abby Tracy join her to chat about Book #62 in the series, Who’s Who?
    Check out this episode for conversations about old school “computer dating services,” body image, high school romances, the motivational quotes that inspired us in high school, and about a thousand laughs. Jaimie, Abby, and Alli also discuss the age-old question: Team Jessica or Team Elizabeth?
    Jaimie and Abby’s show — the Odd Job Podcast — will launch later this summer.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 102: Bonus Q+A #3!

    Episode 102: Bonus Q+A #3!

    Rounding out year TWO of the podcast, it’s time for another round of Q+A!
    On this episode, Alli answers questions about everything from her favorite episodes and goals for the show to her personal writing and her recent move to Philadelphia.
    Enjoy this bonus episode!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
236 Ratings

236 Ratings

HollyM91914 ,

Such a fun listen!

I seriously love the conversations around my favorite childhood books. The guests are always engaging and the discussions are pretty lighthearted for the most part.

alilbitoferica ,

Awesome podcast!

Alli hosts an incredible podcast for book lovers looking for both nostalgia and a critical look at the books on which we were raised. It’s always a fun listen!

RebKeckUh ,

Super fun podcast

I love this nostalgic trip down book memory lane! It’s reminding me of old favorites and giving me ideas of books to share with my own kids. Sometimes the host’s incessant wokeness leads to absurdly over reaching analysis though, like when she legitimately wondered if Felicity from the American Girl series was questioning her gender identity 😒. I’m all for looking at old favorites through our new modern lenses, but let’s not forget historical context. Overall, a lovely and fun podcast!

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