SSR Podcast

Hosted ByAlli Hoff Kosik

Each week, freelance writer and lifelong bookworm Alli Hoff Kosik will challenge a guest to reread a literary throwback or to experience for the first time ever a book they may have missed as a kid. After that, they'll be asked to spill all the feels and all the opinions about that book on the air for your podcast-listening pleasure. Every Tuesday, you can find us breaking down an old school read from our tween and teen days on a new episode of the show. We'll cover everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to Holes, Nancy Drew to Harry Potter. This time around, we're a little wiser (yay!), a lot older (ugh.), and of legal age to drink wine... so we'll have a lot to say. Happy Reading!


All Episodes

Episode 194: The Truth About Forever

Major spoiler alert: The Truth About Forever is officially Alli’s favorite of the Sarah Dessen books she’s read so far for the pod. The main character is relatable, the...

Episode 193: The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew #3)

On Episode 193, Alli and her guest explore the third book in the Nancy Drew series, The Bungalow Mystery. As always when it comes to Nancy, it’s complicated —and...

Episode 192: Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself

All hail Queen Judy Blume! Episode 192 is all about Judy’s most autobiographical novel, Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself. Published in 1977, Sally tells the story of a...

Episode 191: Hoot

On Episode 191, Alli and her guests finally explore the wacky world of Carl Hiaasen as it’s written in the 2003 Newbery Honor-winning novel Hoot. They chat about environmental...

Episode 190: Amelia Bedelia

Episode 190 is a historic moment for SSR because it explores a book series intended for truly younger readers: Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia. Alli and her guest deep dive...

Episode 189: Horse Crazy (Saddle Club #1)

SSR is way overdue for a Saddle Club moment — but on Episode 189, it finally happens! Alli and her guests discuss the first book in Bonnie Bryant’s iconic...

Episode 188: Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 (The Royal Diaries)

Almost exactly one year to the day since SSR first dove into the Royal Diaries series, Alli and her guest are back to explore the fictionalized journal of another...

Episode 187: Kristy’s Big Day (Baby-Sitters Club #6)

We are gathered here today to celebrate the love of Kristy’s mom and Watson… but also the love among the members of the BSC. On Episode 187, Alli and...

Episode 186: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Break out those magnifying glasses, listeners! On Episode 186, Alli and her guest join one of the classic kid sleuths for some seriously interactive detective work. During their conversation...

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