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 #39: Third Person Flavored / Gods of Jade and Shadow & Interview w/Josie Silver

Escape the pandemic and join us in 1920s Mexico for a discussion of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s “Gods of Jade and Shadow.” From more than six feet apart, we talk about the book’s fairy tale structure, the unlikely romance at its center, and whether or not…

Othersode #38: Gotta Kiss That Asphalt / #BOOKSQUADGAMES II: Velvet Glove

Call your lady squad because it’s time for the second edition of #BookSquadGames! This time we play Velvet Glove (by Sara “doombringer” Richardson), an RPG focused on gritty girl gangs in the 70s. Follow us as we prep for the big 4th of July drag race…

BSG #38: The Dangling Modifier / The Need & Interview w/Julie Marie Wade

Dive into the pit with the Squad as we discuss The Need, a novel by Helen Phillips. We talk about genre fusion, motherhood, and what exactly “the need” is. After we dig into The Need, Emily interviews author Julie Marie Wade about her book, Just an…

Othersode #37: Ghosts Are Outside the Legal System / The Remaking

Things get spoooooky on this #othersode as the squad discusses “The Remaking” by Clay McLeod Chapman. We talk about storytelling, remakes, trauma, and of course, ghosts! Next we dig into some hot takes on “Little Women” in our listener feedback. Head…

BSG #37: The Lesbians Next Door / Elevation & Interview w/Kelly Watt

The #BookSquad returns to Castle Rock for a short, uplifting novella by Stephen King. We dig into Elevation to discuss small town politics, tolerance, body issues, and what the heck is going on with our protagonist’s strange weight loss. Plus, we…

Othersode #36: Justice for Beth / Little Women

Join your four favorite Little Women (aka the Book Squad) for a discussion of Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of – you guessed it – “Little Women.” We talk about the film’s narrative structure, the characters and casting, and the ending – all the while…

BSG #36: All Poets On Deck / Nature Poem

Explore the meaning of “nature” with the Squad as we discuss “Nature Poem” by Tommy Pico. We dig into the book-length poem to talk about what constitutes a “nature poem,” how the speaker’s identity affects his connection to nature, and how Pico uses…

Othersode #35: Baby Yoda Is Better Than Breathing / Our 2019 Pop Culture Faves

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: #BSG Best of the Year episode time! The Squad breaks down each of our top three favorite pop culture things of 2019 — including books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, video games, and new music. Then we exchange…

BSG #35: Franklin Agrees / American Spy

Grab your night-vision goggles and discrete compact because it’s time for some espionage! This week, the #BookSquad covers American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. We talk about the novel’s epistolary form, racism and sexism in America, questions of loyalty,…

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