Book Squad Goals

Book Squad Goals

booksquadgoals.com
It’s the book club for your ears!
BSG #22: Speaking Up On Behalf of Brunch / Little Fires Everywhere
Dec 3 • 93 min
Come with us to the idyllic community of Shaker Heights, Ohio for our discussion of “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. We discuss whether the novel is character- or plot-driven, which characters were most effective, why the book is set in the 1990s,…
Othersode #21: Swilda Tinton / Suspiria
Nov 19 • 75 min
Join the #BookSquad — er, #BookCoven — for a not-so-scary look at the new “Suspiria,” directed by Luca Guadagnino. We talk about what worked and what didn’t work (but mostly what didn’t work) in this re-imagining of the 1977 film. Is the dancing good? Why…
BSG #21: Zucchini Moon / Goodbye Vitamin
Nov 5 • 80 min
Goodbye, Vitamin and Hello, new episode! This week the Squad discusses the plight of Ruth, a 30-year-old woman caring for her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease in Rachel Khong’s debut novel. We discuss the fickleness of human memory, the switch from…
Othersode #20: Daddy Skarsgård / Castle Rock / Interview with Gabrielle Moss
Oct 22 • 86 min
Enter the spoooooky world of Stephen King with The Squad as we discuss the Hulu show “Castle Rock.” Together, we’ll tackle the tough questions, such as: What does it mean to be “evil”? Does this show have too many balls in the air? Is Bill Skarsgård hot…
BSG #20: The Vampire Community / Fledgling
Oct 8 • 82 min
It’s October, which means it’s time for a spoooooky bookpisode about vampires… or Ina… whatever. In this episode, the squad chats about Octavia Butler’s novel “Fledgling,” vampire mythology, Anne Rice, current events, politics, unicorn clubs, and much…
Othersode #19: Triggered by Wallpaper / Sharp Objects / Interview with Sam Maggs
Sep 24 • 99 min
It’s finally here! This week, our long-awaited “Sharp Objects” discussion is finally ready for your ears. (Don’t tell Mama.) Joined by special guest and honorary squad member Janet, we get deep into spoiler territory as we chat about the beloved HBO…
BSG #19: Jaysus! / The Trespasser
Sep 10 • 83 min
Get out your magnifying glasses because it’s time for a classic detective story as we dive into Tana French’s newest novel, ‘The Trespasser.’ The #BookSquad talks about the mystery genre, the “femme fatale” character type, and subverting expectations in…
Othersode #18: Hold On To Your Souls / Grady Hendrix & Jennifer’s Body
Aug 27 • 90 min
Souls are being sold all over the place in this #othersode as the squad discusses ‘Jennifer’s Body’ (2009) and Emily interviews Grady Hendrix, author of the forthcoming book ‘We Sold Our Souls.’ In the 2009 horror-comedy ‘Jennifer’s Body,’ the squad (with…
BSG #18: Soooorrrrrryyyyyyyyy / The Leftovers
Aug 13 • 93 min
What would you do if people started disappearing for no reason? Would you join a cult? Take a vow of silence? Run around barefoot smoking weed? Act like everything was normal? This week on the podcast, the Book Squad delves into this, Spongebob…
Othersode #17: Murder Murder Murder, Kill Kill Kill / Sorry to Bother You
Jul 30 • 75 min
Hi, um, sorry to bother you, this is the #BookSquad, and we just want to talk to you about this movie we saw. Listen as we discuss Boots Riley’s directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, starring LaKeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. We talk about “white…
BSG #17: YOSS Queen! / Super Extra Grande
Jul 16 • 81 min
Drink along with us as the #BookSquad discusses “Super Extra Grande,” a short novel by Cuban sci-fi author and metal band member, Yoss. Find out what our metal band personas would be before we delve into some serious misogyny issues in this book. We talk…
Othersode #16: Girl, look at that robutt / Westworld
Jul 2 • 85 min
Join the #BookSquad in the dusty, violent old west as we take on season 2 of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ and spoil literally everything. Find out what “world” squad members want to go to, how we think season 2 compares to season 1, who are favorite characters are,…
BSG #16: Have Fun In Jail, Bitch / I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Jun 18 • 95 min
Join us for a deep dive into the case of the Golden State Killer as we discuss Michelle McNamara’s book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.” Joined by special guest and true crime aficionado Stephanie, the Squad covers all of the juicy details of the GSK case,…
Othersode #15: Solo: A Donald Glover Story
Jun 4 • 69 min
The Squad returns to a galaxy far, far away to discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story in this othersode. We get into the film’s production woes, the reasons behind exploring this particular character, action versus world-building, the fate of the female…
BSG #15: Call Emily’s Dad / Station Eleven
May 21 • 91 min
If the world as we know it ended today, how would you survive? What would you miss? Who would you be? The squad explores these questions and more in our discussion of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel “Station Eleven.” Join us and our special guest Todd…
Othersode #14: The Glitch Just Typed! / Unfriended
May 7 • 76 min
Join the #Squad on a deep dive into the world of cyberbullying and spooky Internet things as we discuss the 2014 film ‘Unfriended.’ We talk about how well the movie’s conceit is working, why Blaire is kind of terrible, and the scariest parts of the story…
BSG #14: Birthday-sode / The Mothers
Apr 23 • 96 min
The #BookSquad visits SoCal this week as we discuss The Mothers, Brit Bennett’s stellar debut novel. We cover motherhood (duh!), guilt, grief, and the like. But have no fear, this isn’t a bummer episode! In fact, it’s pretty cute. The Squad is celebrating…
Othersode #13: Nerd Porn Auteur / Ready Player One
Apr 9 • 86 min
Put on your haptic suits and join the Book Squad in Halliday’s OASIS as we discuss the new Steven Spielberg movie, “Ready Player One.” We’ve got lots of thoughts and feelings about Parzival, Aech and Art3mis in the movie, as well as in Ernest Cline’s 2011…
BSG #13: DNF Something / No One Is Coming to Save Us
Mar 26 • 95 min
Join the #BookSquad in Pinewood, North Carolina for a not-so-Gatsby retelling of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in ‘No One Is Coming to Save Us’ by Stephanie Powell Watts. The squad discusses characterization, pregnancy and motherhood, and the role of memory and the…
Othersode #12: Weekend at Area X / Annihilation
Mar 12 • 85 min
Join the squad as we journey deep into Area X for our long-awaited discussion of ANNIHILATION! In this episode, we tackle Alex Garland’s trippy adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel, and we ask all of the important questions: What is this film “about”?…
BSG #12 - Zombie Carolina / American War
Feb 26 • 99 min
This week, the squad tackles global warming and animosity between the North and South. Are we talking about the past? Are we talking about the present? Neither! We’re discussing America in the year 2073 as the country is in the middle of its second Civil…
Othersode #11: A High Budget Movie About Average Sex / 50 Shades Freed
Feb 12 • 77 min
On a very sexy edition of #BookSquadGoals, the squad breaks down the new film “Fifty Shades Freed,” the so-called “climax” of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Join us as we discuss the strange plot, the use of ice cream during sex, pop sensation Rita…
BSG #11: Men Are Canceled / The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Jan 28 • 83 min
Come with us to the glamorous world of old Hollywood as we discuss Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” The Squad talks about the narrative framing of the novel, how race and queer sexuality are treated, juicy Hollywood gossip, and…
Minisode #10: Our Favorite 2017 Things / Interview with James Markert
Jan 15 • 87 min
2017 was a trash fire at times, but the Squad found joy amongst the garbage in books, music, movies, comedy and podcasts. We each count down our top three pop culture things from 2017 and tell you why they were seriously awesome in their own special ways.…
BSG #10: Put a tail on it! / The Book of Speculation
Jan 1 • 96 min
Special guest Mary Kay from “Everything Trying to Kill You” joins the squad to discuss Erika Swyler’s novel “The Book of Speculation.” In this episode, we discuss the ins and out of circus literature (which is totally a thing), tarot readings, family…
Minisode #9: Star Wars is Just Like the Lizzie McGuire Movie
Dec 18, 2017 • 88 min
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…four women known as the #BookSquad braved crowded theaters on opening weekend to see the new Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi. Listen as we discuss our favorite Star Wars movies, the best characters (Kylo Ren and…
BSG #9: I’m More of a Bundy Girl / The Girls
Dec 4, 2017 • 80 min
Dive into the gritty, acid-soaked world of Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ with the Squad. Get in the Mansony mood by taking the Which Famous Serial Killer Are You? quiz with us. Then we discuss Cline’s writing style and why we love our narrator, Evie, and…
Minisode #8: We Saw It In Our Now Memories / Stranger Things 2
Nov 20, 2017 • 71 min
It’s time to enter the Upside Down with the Book Squad as we discuss Stranger Things 2. Play some synth music and take the Which Stranger Things Kid Are You? quiz along with us. Then we’re talking character arcs, strong female characters, middle school…
BSG #8: Borne is Flubber, Rats are Forever / Borne
Nov 6, 2017 • 86 min
What is Borne? Human? Weapon? Flubber?! The Squad discusses Jeff Vandermeer’s “Borne.” Join us for the great sci-fi vs. fantasy debate and hear what we think about “The New Weird.” While this book is no Southern Reach Trilogy, there’s still lots of cool…
Minisode #7: Meltedy Spoonpisode / Room
Oct 23, 2017 • 62 min
The Book Squad explores the tiny yet oh-so-rich world of “Room” by Emma Donoghue. We talk about our favorite Jack-isms, Ma’s character, and how we feel about the child narration. We also answer a terrible bookclub discussion question and dive into the…
BSG #7: Hello, Infant / All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Oct 9, 2017 • 87 min
Find out what happens when the whole Book Squad finally agrees on a book! (As Kelli says, now we know “what we can all get on board with.”) This week the Squad discusses Bryn Greenwood’s “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things,” and questions their own morals…
Minisode #6: We All Float / Stephen King’s IT
Sep 25, 2017 • 75 min
Join your favorite squad of “losers” on a journey through the sewers of Derry, Maine as we discuss the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT.” How does Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise compare to Tim Curry’s performance in the 1990 miniseries? Why did…
BSG #6: A Lotta Lotto / Fates & Furies
Sep 11, 2017 • 82 min
Can you ever truly know your spouse? The Book Squad tackles relationship conundrums and more as we discuss Lauren Groff’s novel “Fates and Furies.” There’s even a special guest appearance by Ask-A-Man favorite Joe! Plus: We weigh in on BiP/The next…
Minisode #5: Sorting Orphans / Interview with Laurel Snyder
Aug 28, 2017 • 70 min
The Book Squad supports Susan in the next step of her Harry Potter journey: her official sorting! Find out what house she gets and what the other Squad members are. Plus, Emily interviews Laurel Snyder, author of ‘Orphan Island.’ They discuss where the…
BSG #5: The Book is Always Better: The Girl with All the Gifts
Aug 14, 2017 • 94 min
Special guest Adam joins the squad for a discussion of M. R. Carey’s “The Girl with All the Gifts.” We talk zombie tropes, narrative style, and what it means to be human. We also talk about the movie, which we were led to believe would be better than it…
Minisode #4: Hate-pisode: The Couple Next Door
Jul 31, 2017 • 78 min
The Book Squad finally exorcises our anger over “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena, the book we love to hate, in our first ever hate-pisode. This book has everything: baby kidnapping, shoddy detective work, kinky sex games, and, of course, Zoloft.…
BSG #4: A Tale of Group Parenting, Romance, and BBQ / Perfect Little World
Jul 17, 2017 • 83 min
BBQ. Child Psychology. Group Parenting. Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World” has just about everything, but the Squad would really like some more reality show-style trash, please. Join the Squad as we discuss the novel’s characters, pacing, and of…
Minisode #3: Guess What? I’m a Woman Thing / The Handmaid’s Tale
Jul 3, 2017 • 55 min
The Book Squad dissects the blessed fruit that is Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Hear our thoughts on the show’s political timeliness and its feminist wins (and shortcomings). We have lots of feelings about Serena Joy, as well as the fabulous red cloaks,…
BSG #3: Horrorstör: JUST ORSK!
Jun 19, 2017 • 94 min
This week, the Book Squad explores a haunted IKEA-esque furniture outlet in a discussion of Grady Hendrix’s ‘HORRORSTÖR!’ Warning: spooky sounds to follow. 1:13 - Introductions - What horror movie subgenre is scariest to you? 6:03 - What did we think?…
Minisode #2: #BookSquadGoals is GROOT
Jun 5, 2017 • 67 min
This week, the Book Squad lands on Planet Ego for a conversation about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Plus, hear our reactions to the first two episodes of the Bachelorette. 0:30 - Introductions & quiz time! Take the quiz along with us here:…
BSG #2: FUTUREMOUSE! / White Teeth
May 22, 2017 • 92 min
What is FutureMouse? Are our teeth a part of our identity? And who, for the love of god, is KEVIN? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week’s episode as the squad dives into Zadie Smith’s 2000 novel ‘White Teeth.’ 0:20 - Introductions…
BSG Minisode #1: Bonjour! BonJOUR! Bonjour (bonjour) BONJOUR!
May 8, 2017 • 42 min
Join the Book Squad on a journey to provincial France for a discussion of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! On their first-ever minisode, Emily, Kelli, Mary, and Susan cover the recent live action adaptation of the story and how it compares to the 1991…
BSG #1: Here I Am / Here We Are
Apr 24, 2017 • 88 min
Books. Pop culture. Doggos and kitties. Four cool ladies trying not to say “like” so much. Join the Book Squad for their first ever episode, a discussion of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2016 novel ‘Here I Am’. Introductions - 1:39 Summary of ‘Here I Am’ - 4:39…