Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other
that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples
appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they
will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along.
Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books.
Episode 6 - Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: Chapters 15-20
In our final episode on the Sea of Monsters, our crew escapes Polyphemus, has a run in with Luke, some more prophecy fun, and we get a BIG reveal for the remainder of the series. Charles and Asia get into more Clarisse, some more budding romance, and a really nice tie-up to the Tyson plotline. We discuss the merits and successes of the gods’ parenting skills, and start speculation for the next book.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-10 of book 3 in the series, the Titan’s Curse.
Episode 5 - Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: Chapters 8-14
We travel to the Sea of Monsters and run into a bunch of obstacles not least of which are Luke and Clarisse. We talk about Luke’s evil plan, Clarisse’s problem solving methods, and lots and lots of romance. We also get into more fun facts, history lessons, and each other’s fatal flaws, and did we already mention the romance?
Next week we will be reading chapters 15-20 of book 2 in the series, The Sea of Monsters.
Episode 4 - Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: Chapters 1-7
We break into The Sea of Monsters to discuss chapters 1-7 and get into conversations on dreams, poisoned trees, and how only in fiction do we allow absolutely terrible people to be responsible for children. We tackle the not-so-tough questions of when did you figure out that something was up with Tyson and when did Annabeth start stalking Percy? And we discuss the plural of cyclops. Stay tuned if you know what it is.
Next week we will be reading chapters 8-14 of book 2 in the series, the Sea of Monsters.
Episode 3 - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: Chapters 16-22
In episode 3 of our mini introductory arc, Asia and Charles wrap up the first book of the pod! We finish off with a journey to the Underworld, plenty more gods, more of Percy’s sass, and a lot of our predictions coming true. Percy and crew face off with basically everyone, and the true traitor is revealed, though we still have mixed feelings on the prophecy.
Next week we will be reading chapters 1-7 of book 2 in the series, The Sea of Monsters.
Episode 2 - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: Chapters 9-15
In this episode, Asia and Charles discuss chapters 9-15 of The Lightning Thief and get into lots of world building, a lot of action, and suspicious characters. We meet the war god and discuss how to cross the country with $100. Fittingly for all of Percy and crew’s drama, we finish the episode discussing each other’s greatest fears, and make our final hypotheses for how the book will end.
Episode 1 - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: Chapters 1-8
Welcome to the pilot episode of Throwback Paperback! Throwback Paperback is a new podcast on the Nerd Party network, where cohosts Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland share young adult literature with each other and re-read books to see how they feel from an adult perspective. To get this new pod going, we’re starting with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, and the first book, The Lightning Thief. We are discussing chapters 1-8, learning about Demigods, blue food, Camp Half-Blood, and lots of monsters. Asia introduces Charles to a series that she read in sixth grade, and you get to know a little bit about us as cohosts.
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A Must-Listen Podcast
Charles and Asia are brilliant hosts. I love listening to them talk about the different books in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. They transport me back to my Middle School days with their content. They definitely let their personalities shine through while keeping me both engaged and entertained. I usually do not like podcasts, but Charles and Asia keep me interested. I can’t wait to see how they develop their podcast even more as time goes on. Everybody should listen to them!
Best podcast I’ve ever listened to!
Incredible hosts. Dope content. Much depth.