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 #53: Pizza is Satanic / The House of the Devil with Clay McLeod Chapman

Light some candles and gather ‘round the pentagram, because things are getting satanic (panic!) on this episode. Author Clay McLeod Chapman joins us to talk about the 2009 film House of the Devil. We talk about the cultural context of the early 1980s,…

BSG #53: I Don’t Fantasize About Capitalism / Make Up Break Up with Tirzah Price

Join the Squad and special guest Tirzah Price to chat about “Make Up Break Up,” the first novel for adults by Lily Menon! We discuss the romance, the characters, and of course, the fancy apps the love interests each created. Next we talk to Tirzah…

Othersode #52: Cultpisode / The Project / Interview with Sarah Edmondson

Things get culty in this BSG #Othersode! Join us for our discussion of “The Project” by Courtney Summers and a special author interview with Sarah Edmondson (HBO’s “The Vow”) about her book, “Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult…

BSG #52: Half a Glass of Wine / When No One is Watching

The Book Squad is off to Brooklyn for a mysterious tale of gentrification and intrigue: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole! We discuss the book’s thrill factor, the romance, gentrification and racism, and how fiction functions as anti-racist…

Othersode #51: OnlyCats / Nomadland & Interview with Nicole Glover

Pack up your vans and join us for a discussion of the Golden Globe-winning film Nomadland. We talk about Fern (Frances McDormand), grief, capitalism, and the integration of real-life stories in the movie. Then, Emily interviews author Nicole Glover…

BSG #51: It’s Our Podcast and We’ll Cry if We Want to / Transcendent Kingdom

Get your tissues ready. In this episode, the Squad discusses Yaa Gyasi’s novel Transcendent Kingdom. Join us as we chat about mental health, depression, addiction, grief, racism, religion, and, yes, we do cry it out a little bit. You’re welcome to…

Othersode #50: The Women Tell All / Our 100th Episode!

It’s our 100th episode! Our hundredpisode! Our hundo-sode! Join us as we look back on our favorite books, movies and TV shows we’ve covered—as well as our least favorite things (because we do love to hate on stuff from time to time). We also listen to…

BSG #50: Millennials Are Old Now / Luster

For our FIFTIETH #Bookpisode, the Book Squad discusses “Luster,” the debut novel by Raven Leilani. We talk about the Millennial and Gen Z hallmarks of the novel, the bizarre predicament Edie finds herself in, the issue of “likeability” in Black…

Othersode #49: Teddy Ruxpin Made Me Liberal / Wonder Woman 1984

Make a wish… Was it that we would talk about Wonder Woman 1984? Good, because your wish is granted! Join us for our discussion of the new film as we talk about Diana and Barbara’s relationship, why Steve is or isn’t great, and some socio-political…

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