Book Squad Goals

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.


All Episodes

BSG #48: Yikes on Bikes / Docile

The Squad goes to dystopian Maryland this week for our discussion of Docile by K.M. Szpara. We talk about slavery, race, capitalism, fanfic and slavefic, and queer relationships. Then we get into some listener feedback for Survivor Song and catch up…

Othersode #47: There Are Worse Things Than Korn / Lovecraft Country

Join the Squad on a sci-fi/fantasy/horror adventure as we discuss the HBO series “Lovecraft Country.” We talk about HP Lovecraft and race, how the show plays with genre, the unique structure of the series, and our favorite characters. Next, we dig…

BSG #47: We’re Not Okay / Survivor Song

Escape the real pandemic with a fictional outbreak as we discuss Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay! We talk about how the novel’s events relate to current events, how the main characters are used to tell the story, and whether or not this is a zombie…

Othersode #46: Eating Owen’s Cake Batter / The Haunting of Bly Manor

Grab your cake batter and badly-made tea because the Book Squad is discussing “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” We talk about all of the Henry James literary connections, the (sometimes hidden) ghosts, grief and memory, and of course, love stories. Then we…

BSG #46: Super Into Twins / The Vanishing Half

Join the #BookSquad for a chat about Brit Bennett’s newest novel, “The Vanishing Half.” We discuss memory and time, identity and choice, and performance, as well as our favorite stories about twins. Next, we read some listener feedback on “Magic for…

Othersode #45: Waiting for the Other Maggot to Drop / I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Pack up the car for a super weird road trip and our discussion of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” the new Charlie Kaufman film based on the novel by Iain Reid. We talk about how the movie differs from the book, the acting (shout out to Toni…

BSG #45: Baby’s First Rebellion / We Set the Dark on Fire

Throw on your resistance gear and join the squad as we rise up against The System with a discussion of Tehlor Kay Mejia’s “We Set the Dark on Fire.” We talk about the book’s real life parallels to the broken immigration system in our country, how the…

Othersode #44: Speaking of Mothers / The Secret Garden / Interview with Adrienne Brodeur

Get out of your big ornate bed and join us in “The Secret Garden” as we discuss the new 2020 adaptation of the classic children’s novel! We discuss the key changes in this adaptation, including the setting and the narrative arc of the children’s…

BSG #44: Four Brunettes and a Book / Magic For Liars / Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray

Things get a little magical this week as the Book Squad discusses “Magic for Liars” by Sarah Gailey. We cover the inevitable comparisons to those *other* books set in a magical school, how this book works as a mystery novel, and how we feel about our…

Subscribe to Our Newsletter