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 #63: The Bear Was Framed / My Heart Is a Chainsaw

Come along with the Book Squad to Proofrock, Idaho for a slasher-filled discussion of “My Heart Is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones! We talk about the main character, Jade, how the novel deals with sexual assault, gentrifiction, and whether this…

Othersode #62: It Made Me Want to Die / Our Favorite Things of 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—time for us to talk about all of our favorite things! Listen to us chat about our pop culture highlights of 2021, and as a special treat, hear from this year’s guests too! Then we exchange Secret…

BSG #62: Misandry: The Episode / Everyone Knows Your Mother’s a Witch

Ayla Zuraw-Frieldand joins the squad to discuss Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. The team takes it back to the 1600s to talk about ageism, humor, and history in this quirky standout 2021 novel. Next time, we’ll discuss our…

Othersode #61: For Virgins, By Virgins / The 2000s Made Me Gay

We’re journeying back through 2000s pop culture to discuss all the best gay stuff! Join us for our chat about Grace Perry’s essay collection The 2000s Made Me Gay. We talk about the personal aspects of the collection, Harry Potter, Taylor Swift,…

BSG #61: Reading Comprehension Breakdown / Unsettled Ground

Come along to the (not as cozy as you’d think) English countryside for our discussion of “Unsettled Ground” by Claire Fuller. We talk about the setting, the writing style, the sibling relationship at the heart of the novel, the twist(s), and whether…

Othersode #60: Girl Power! / Female Friendships and The Last Checkmate with Gabriella Saab

Gather your gal pals for a listening party as author Gabriella Saab joins the squad for a chat about some of our favorite female friendships in pop culture! From the Spice Girls to the ladies of SATC, we’ve got all our besties covered. After we share…

BSG #60: Big on Goodreads / Detransition Baby / Interview with SJ Sindu

You’ve heard of a love triangle, but what about a parenthood triangle? Join the Book Squad for our discussion of Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. We talk about the complicated relationships between the characters, the connection between trans…

Othersode #59: Is This Based On a Book? / Nine Perfect Strangers (The Show!) with Tirzah Price

Microdose your smoothie and come along for a peaceful journey through the Hulu series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Returning guest Tirzah Price (author of “Pride and Premeditation”) joins us for a wild discussion of…

BSG #59: A Fun Guy / Sorrowland with Leah Rachel von Essen / Interview with Catriona Ward

Come into the woods with the Book Squad and special guest Leah Rachel von Essen to discuss Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon. We talk about the book’s pacing, Vern’s characterization, gender identity and sexuality, the mistreatment of Black people by white…

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