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

Othersode #43: Phantom of the Suburbs / Hamilton!

Join us *in the room where it happens* to talk about “Hamilton,” the 2015 hit Broadway musical that recently became available to stream on Disney+! We talk about our favorite characters and moments, how women are represented, deviations from history…

BSG #43: The Tina Fey of The Water Dancer / Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer with Said Medina

Join the #BookSquad—and special returning guest Said!—for our discussion of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We talk about memory and storytelling, the “magic” of the story, how women are represented in the book, complicated characters, and…

Othersode #42: Anti-Racist Reading / Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

As the United States enters the sixth week of national protests over the brutal police murders of unarmed Black people, we thought it best to interrupt our regular schedule for some anti-racism reading and reflection. So this week, we’re discussing…

BSG #42: Shout Out to Publix / Mostly Dead Things / Interview with Erica Boyce

We’re off to sunny, sweaty Florida to talk about “Mostly Dead Things,” the debut novel by Kristen Arnett. We discuss taxidermy, the characters, grossness, and the ideas of masculinity and vulnerability. Then, Emily interviews Erica Boyce, author of…

Othersode #41: Black Lives Matter / Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered / Interview with Mary Kay McBrayer

Join the Book Squad as we discuss “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” an HBO docuseries that is more relevant than ever. We discuss the nature of the crimes, the racial tensions and violence plaguing Atlanta in the 1970s and 80s, the…

BSG #41: I See Dead People / Ninth House / Interview with Veronica Roth

Come behind the Veil with us as we discuss Leigh Bardugo’s novel “Ninth House.” We talk about fantasy and mystery, class and privilege, trauma and more in Bardugo’s first novel for adults. Then we have a special interview with Veronica Roth, author of…

Othersode #40: God’s Plan for This Mouse / Devs / Our 3rd Birthday!

It has been predetermined that you will listen to this episode. This week on #BookSquadGoals, we examine “Devs,” the FX series on Hulu. We discuss determinism vs. free will vs. multiple universes, religion, the characters, and all the Alex…

BSG #40: The Bone Dome / Gideon the Ninth with Leah Rachel Von Essen

In the myriadic year of our lord—the twenty thousand and twentieth year (after death), the year of the COVID-19 pandemic!—the Book Squad packs our pets, our books, and our dirty magazines, and we escape to the House of the Ninth. Joined by guest Leah…

Othersode #39: Put Some Googly Eyes On It / Dracula with Grady Hendrix

Special guest Grady Hendrix joins the Book Squad this week to discuss the 2020 Netflix/BBC series “Dracula.” We talk about Dracula lore, departures from Bram Stoker’s novel, the historical depiction of vampires, recent television trends, and the…

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