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 #74: Communing with Cats / The Women Could Fly

Special guest Carrie joins Emily and Kelli to discuss The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings! The gang talks about what it means to be a woman, how dystopias traditionally neglect POC, and how one of the love interests is hotter than the rest. Come see…

Othersode #73: Some of Those Aspects Are Dead Now / The Midnight Club

It’s midnight, and the Squad is gathering together to discuss Mike Flanagan’s latest Netflix series “The Midnight Club,” based on the novel by Christopher Pike. We won’t be telling our own scary stories, but we will be breaking down all the themes…

BSG #73: Go Watch Underwater / Our Wives Under the Sea

Sink to the bottom of the sea with us for a discussion of Julia Armfield’s debut novel, “Our Wives Under the Sea.” We’ll talk grief metaphors large and small, pacing, character preference, and, of course, the widely seen and beloved 2020 horror film…

Othersode #72: Witches In, Children Out / Hocus Pocus 2 with Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

Come little children and join us for our witchiest episode ever as we discuss “Hocus Pocus 2.” We’re joined by returning guests Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, authors of “Toil and Trouble: A Women’s History of the Occult,” who contribute their…

BSG #72: Shout Out to Babies Everywhere / The School for Good Mothers

This week, accompany the three remaining non-mothers of the squad for a discussion of “The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan. We discuss the way the book explores the intersection of race, motherhood, and the legal system, officially coin the…

Othersode #71: Let’s Get Haunted / Don’t Look Now with Clay McLeod Chapman

Horror season is officially in full swing, and the Squad is celebrating with special guest Clay McLeod Chapman, author of “Ghost Eaters”! Join Clay and the Book Squad as we discuss the 1973 horror classic “Don’t Look Now,” directed by Nicholas Roeg…

BSG #71: You Made A Fool of Death with Your Podcast / Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made A Fool of Death

Oh listener, why did you have to go and make a fool of death with your (insert noun here)? This week, the Squad discusses Akwaeke Emezi’s romance novel “You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty,” and that last sentence was just a little taste of all…

Othersode #70: Trigger Warning: Train Too Fast / Bullet Train with Samantha Allen

Take the WORLD’S FASTEST TRAIN on up to the PNW with the Squad and special guest Samantha Allen as we discuss the new film “Bullet Train” (based on the book by Kotaro Isaka) as well as Samantha’s new book, “Patricia Wants to Cuddle.” We cover…

BSG #70: The True American Dream: Colonialism / Olga Dies Dreaming

Okay, but seriously, what IS the American dream? This week, we’re joined by special guest Janet Dale as we attempt to find the answer in the pages of Olga Dies Dreaming, the debut novel by Xochitl Gonzalez. Also on the agenda: dysfunctional families,…

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