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 #34: Vaccinate your cult members / Doctor Sleep

Put on your magic hats and watch out for bathtub ghosts because the #BookSquad is discussing “Doctor Sleep” this week! Join us and special guests Jen and Justin as we dig into the sequel to “The Shining” and discuss the films vs. the novels, what is…

BSG #34: Troubled Baby / Freshwater with Leah Rachel von Essen

Join the #BookSquad and special guest Leah Rachel von Essen for our #bookpisode about Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater. We talk about the novel’s unique, nonlinear narrative structure, mental illness, the spirit world, gender and trauma. Then…

Othersode #33: Fear the Worm / My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Things get downright demonic as the #BookSquad is joined by Mary Kay McBrayer (author and co-host of Everything Trying to Kill You podcast) to talk about Grady Hendrix’s novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism. We talk about rad 80s nostalgia, feminism,…

BSG #33: Lower than Doritos and Salsa / Nine Perfect Strangers with Tirzah Price

Are you ready to change your life? Join the #BookSquad and special guest Tirzah Price (BookRiot) at Tranquillum House for our discussion of ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty. We talk about character development, body image, the “wellness”…

Othersode #32: We Have Always Lived in the Castle with Lisa Kröger and Melanie Anderson!

It’s time to get spooky with the #BookSquad and special guests Lisa Kröger and Melanie Anderson, authors of “Monster, She Wrote” (just out from Quirk!!) and hosts of the Know Fear Cast! Join us as we discuss the Shirley Jackson classic “We Have Always…

BSG #32: Back in the Habit / The Memory Police

Grab your earbuds before they disappear and listen to our discussion of The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. We talk about the setting, character development, memory and loss, and why this novel feels so timely even though it was originally published in…

Othersode #31: Laurence Fishburne is an E-mail / Where’d You Go Bernadette & Interview w/Kate Davies

Go missing with the #BookSquad as we discuss the new movie Where’d You Go Bernadette?, based on the novel by Maria Semple. We talk about how the epistolary form translates on screen, the depiction of a few female characters, and the thing everyone is…

BSG #31: Speaking of Boning / Circe

Get exiled with the #BookSquad to the deserted island of Aeaea as we discuss Madeline Miller’s second novel, “Circe.” We talk about our favorite myths, whether this novel is feminist, what’s so great about mortals, witchy witchcraft, and more. We also…

Othersode #30: Simba Did It Fully Nude / The Lion King 2019

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the #BookSquad meets todaaaaay! Get your singing voices ready for our discussion of the new “Lion King” remake. Special guest Said joins us to talk about the visual effects, standout (and not-so-standout)…

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