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Judging Book Covers Podcast

A bi-weekly book club podcast where two guests read and discuss a new book every week alongside host, Meghan Griffin.
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Apr 22, 2018

This week Stephanie and Meghan are joined by Amy Pascale of Ladies Love Paul Rudd to discuss one of America's favorite co-stars: Judy Greer! We read her 2014 memoir I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. We discussed the book in physical and audio form, judgemental animals, terrible jobs, and many other advice tidbits we got from her memoirs! 

Book Drink: Snapple Spiked Tea Vodka

 

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Apr 8, 2018

Judging Book Covers Podcast has hit one year! To celebrate, we brought back Tim Lowe from the first two episodes to discuss another Scott Sigler book: Earthcore!

While this book is originally from 2005, we are discussing the re-written version which came out in ebook/audiobook in 2017 but was just released in paperback. Spoilers are abundant this episode (like in most!) 

Stephanie compares characters to their Harry Potter counterparts, Meghan accidentally kills Tim, and we realize that the true meaning of the podcast is to get Chris to read. There is also a long debate as to whether or not a character lives and thank god we don't have to wait 13 years for the sequel! Tim also admits on air that he will read Harry Potter FINALLY. 

Book Drink: Whiskey (because everyone drinks whiskey) 

We also discuss Alex's Clearing out the Backlog, so if you are interested in seeing his journey through comic book trades, check this out!

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and guest: 

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Apr 1, 2018

It isn't an April Fool's trick: there are two Judging Book Cover's episodes this week! Really, we are just celebrating for weeks that it's the podcast's year anniversary. 

While reading Pet Sematary, Stephanie and Chris happened to luck out and find a showing of the movie on the screen near them! They discuss their early memories of the movie, how it felt to see the movie in theatres, and some differences from the book to movie! 

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and guest: 

The Citadel Podcast | Chris's Twitter

Apr 1, 2018

Welcome to Part II of our Pet Sematary discussion! We talk about the second half of Stephen King's book, focusing on when Louis and Rachel lose their youngest child through the end of the book. We also discuss in depth what led up to King publishing this book and the isues with his publisher. And like, honestly, don't bring people back from the dead guys. Even if they've only been dead for minutes.

Book drink: Beer, in a can, but only while drinking with an only man on a porch

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and guest: 

The Citadel Podcast | Chris's Twitter

Mar 26, 2018

Second part of "Horror Book March!" Is that a thing? It is now!

Stephanie and Meghan are joined by a special fun host, Chris Hayes! We had fun talking Stephen King — both books and movies we've seen — and a few other horror movies and shows!

Due to how long our discussion is for this large book, and that Stephanie and Chris were going to see Pet Sematary after recording, we decided to split up the episode! So check back in later this week for the second half of the book, plus a discussion of the book and the movie! 

Some spoilers for the 2015 game Until Dawn!  

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Mar 11, 2018

Stephanie and Meghan are joined by Phil Gonzales of Deep in Bear County, It's Del Toro Time, and Klickitcast to discuss Universal Harvester by John Darnielle! 

We have a hard time categorizing this book, as it appears on the surface to be a horror book, yet diving into it ..... we still can't quite figure out how to classify it. And yet, none of us could put the book down! 

We discuss small town life, feelings of dread and incompleteness, how our views of horror books shouldn't be shoehorned in, the necessity of loss in life and how it can't be avoided....but strangely in an upbeat kind of way?

Book drink: Milwaukee's Best (a Beast!) 

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and guest: 

Deep in Bear County A Bernstain Bearcast | It's Del Toro Time | Klickitcast: A Beverly Cleary Podcast

Feb 25, 2018

As probably every book podcast is doing, we read A Wrinkle in Time before the movie comes out! This is a book Meghan read as a kid, but Stephanie and our guest had not read before. We discuss how it feels to read a kids/middle school grade book as an adult, some of our other childhood favorite books (Stephanie and Meghan read a lot of YA horror books?) 

Ileana discusses if this book is the basis for Scientology — we are hoping to get an academic paper out of it, Meghan tries to make IT in this book and It (Pennywise) should be the same thing. 

Thanks to Stephanie, we realize this book is riddled with Mayan names and literary allegories, and how this book refreshed our imaginations. 

We also briefly discuss the movie and how we are all optimistic about the casting and director and costume designer! 

Favorite Childhood books discussed:
Babysitters Club series
RL Stine and Christopher Pike
The Golden Compass series

Book Drink: hot tea or cocoa — Ileana also discusses a Silverfizz drink off-air that seemed perfect. 

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Feb 11, 2018

Season 2 of Judging Book Covers kicks off with a host only episode! We read a book that takes on the question: "If Women ruled the world, would it be better?" The Power by Naomi Alderman takes this question and laughs in its face. We discuss the four storylines of the book, the subtle shifts of power from men to women, and the relationship with the religious and political world. 

As with most books discussed on this podcast, there are lots of spoilers here! 

Book Drink: Shots of Tequila  

Join us in two weeks and read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle with Ileana Garcia! 

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Jan 28, 2018

Ryan and Tracy join Meghan again to discuss the podcast's first graphic novel — Local, written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Ryan Kelly! This is a bit of a long episode as the series consists of twelve issues, and we had to discuss how important each issue is in turn. This is a good slice of life comic, especially for someone who maybe isn't as into superhero comics (like me!) 

We discuss how maybe we differed from the book's journey and where we felt we lined up similarly, as this book takes place over twelve years of a woman's life in twelve different locations. 

Book Drink: Road trip diner hot chocolate 

Join Stephanie and Meghan in two weeks for The Power by Naomi Alderman! 

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Jan 14, 2018

It's a new year, and it's time for a new round of guests! This week I am joined by Tracy Tanoff and Ryan Lynch of Divisive Issues, Oops I talked Politics, and We'll Get it Right Next Year! Tracy had us read Restless by William Boyd, a World War II spy novel! 

We discuss media manipulation (aka fake news) in World War II, if men can really write from a true woman's perspective, how you should never ever date while you are a spy, and how maybe you shouldn't try to solve the mystery that doesn't really exist?

Book Drink: Extremely cold water or hot tea in your bath

Join us in two weeks for Local, written by Brian Wood, art by Ryan Kelly!

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Dec 24, 2017

Happy Holidays! For a holiday special, I brought back two of my favorite guests to talk about one of my favorite books! Emily Bennett and Ollie Brady of Best Acquaintances Podcast join me to discuss Vicious by V. E. Schwab! Jason Statham, Ollie's amazing friend and frequent guest star of BA also makes a guest appearance as well! 

Meghan offends Ollie with her feelings on Battlestar Galactica, and she publically apologizes. Muffin makes her podcast debut! 

Join us in two weeks for a 2018 episode, with two new guest hosts! 

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Dec 10, 2017

Meghan is joined again by Vicki Crosson and Ryan Alexander to discuss Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange, a Pride and Prejudice retelling from the main love interest's point of view. 

We learn that books are hard as they are filled with words, discuss our own journalling/diarying habits, and start comparing Darcy and Grey.

We also consider writing our own crossover fiction — Georgina and Mia anyone? And Ryan actually considers reading Pride and Prejudice

Book Drink: An Afternoon British Tea (Earl Grey, if you want to crossover with Grey again....) 

Also, Meghan keeps playing with a fidget spinner and didn't realize it was being picked up sound wise. Sorry! 

Join us again in two weeks, and don't forget to rate and review us! 

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Nov 26, 2017

This week I am joined by Ryan Alexander and Vicki Crosson to discuss book 4 of the 50 Shades of Grey series: Grey by E.L. James. Spoiler: None of us have read the original three books or had seen the movies prior to reading this book — most of our knowledge came from reviews and podcast discussions of the book series. And I'm sorry to anyone who has come in contact with me the past week as I read this book.

Ryan has a "hot take" of an opinion on this book, we briefly discuss how awful the aftercare in this book is, the most offensive scene in this book, (spoiler: it's not what you would think it is!) and Vicki tries to find the metaphor in the book. 

Also I had just binged Crazy Ex Girlfriend and I'm SORRY for all the references. 

Book Drink: 1999 vintage Bollinger champagne / Evan Williams and Coke

Darker comes out Tuesday so you know Vicki and Ryan will be back to discuss that book next year.

Join us again in two weeks, and don't forget to rate and review us! 

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Nov 12, 2017

Meghan is joined again by Alicia and Heather to talk about Taylor Jenkins Reid's Maybe In Another Life! This book is a parallel storyline novel, where two different options are shown based on a decision the protagonist makes......

....so of course we analyze both decisions as much as we wanted! And discussed how much we didn't like the audiobook for this one, despite really loving the story. There is talk of how much it resonates with us, the importance of friendship on top of relationships, and why we all kind of love Book of the Month Club! (It isn't an ad, we just really love it. 

Join us again in two weeks, and don't forget to rate and review us! 

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Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

 

Meghan is joined by two new guests, and at Alicia's suggestion, they read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! It's a perfect Halloween book, and somehow ghosts got into our system! We also discuss other horror books we love and slasher movies and shows we enjoy.

 

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Oct 15, 2017

Due to some crazy traveling and scheduling conflicts, I brought back two past guests to talk horror books really quick, rather than start a new round of guests! James DeBruicker of Over the Tabletop and Ileana Garcia both were wonderful enough to take a little bit of time out of their day to talk about what they love about horror books, an appropriate topic for October. 

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Oct 2, 2017

This week we have Carson Long and Millena Silva back to discuss their second YA book: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card! Meghan rants about nicknames being stupid, Millena proves that Hunger Games is just an updated female version of Ender's Game, and Carson braces himself in case Millena says she hates the book. We also try to convince Millena she needs to see IT (and never sleep again), and Meghan gets whiny about Ender's name and personality. All three of us begin our pitch on the Tim is our mutual friend podcast. 

Also enjoy hearing some of The Wake Up Kids, then go check out their BandCamp page for more info! 

Book Drink: Jack and Coke

Books Discussed this Episode:

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
GFL series by Scott Sigler
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett 
Harry Potter  by JK Rowling
IT by Stephen King

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Meghan's Twitter | Book Club Soda Podcast | The Peak — KSU Lifestyle | The Peak — KSU Lifestyle Facebook | The Peak — KSU Lifestyle Twitter | The Wake Up Kids | The Wake Up Kids Facebook |

 

 

Oct 1, 2017

I am on the road, but I took a few minutes to discuss banned books. I'm joined by Ollie for a quick discussion on banned books in the US and Ireland! As per the norm, we get slightly off topic, but it was definitely interesting to hear the difference between how both countries view and the history of banned and challenged books. 

Note: at one point I say books can't be banned, which isn't 100% true — schools classrooms and libraries can ban books, but that's about it. Enjoy! 

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Sep 17, 2017

This week we have new guests: Millena Silva and Carson Long of Kennesaw State University's podcast: Book Club Soda! We discussed our first of two YA books: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! Meghan and Carson have some serious feelings about this book, but both agree that they will give Sarah Dessen books another try. Millena and Carson take a moment to talk Taylor Swift lyrics, all three kind of roll their eyes at the main character's first love, discuss YA tropes and major series, and explain that there is a difference between red heads and gingers.

Book Drink: Mimosa

Books Discussed This Episode: 

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Paper Towns by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
DC Rebirth: Batman, Harley Quinn and The Flash
A City Stained Red 
by Sam Sykes
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Revival by Stephen King  
Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan 
My Favorite Things is Monsters by Emil Ferris 
The Diviners by Libba Bray 

Shows/Movies/Musicals Discussed:

Newsies
Melissa & Joey
Young & Hungry
Community
Rick and Morty
John Wick
The Good Place

 

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Sep 4, 2017

This week we discuss book one of the Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.  This book is a bit of a dystopian, postmodern nutter of a book, and none of us quite understand what the hell is going on in this world on a greater level.

Book of the week: The Brightness, created by Liz! Check out the blog for the recipe. 

Books Discussed This Week:
Annihilation by James VenderMeer 
True Blood Series by Charlaine Harris
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Birdman by Mo Hayder
Dating an Alien Popster by Kendra L. Sauder
Authority by James VanderMeer

Movies and Television Shows Discussed:
Get Out
Descendent
Brazil
Doctor Who (Cassandra)
Back Swan

 

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Aug 20, 2017

Meghan is joined this week by two new guests: Liz Babish, and Dawn Gildenmeister of Beckett to the Future Podcast! They discuss the first non-fiction book of the podcast: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach! Dawn discusses her past jobs and how cadavers have come into play, and Liz brings up some interesting topics in eco-burials and organ donation! 

Books Discussed in this episode:

Stiff by Mary Roach
The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Tana French's works

Book drink: Corpse Reviver

For more information on Ecological Burials, please check out this link.

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Aug 6, 2017

Meghan is joined again by Gena and Erin to discuss Michael Rowe'Enter, Night, a vampire novel that pays homage to the 70s terrifying vampire stories! The three of them discuss how people are always worse than vampires, the difference between vampires and wendigos, and how creepy small towns are! 

Book drink: Blood Berry Martini

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Jul 23, 2017

It's a hot summer, and movies are playing blockbusters to fill the air conditioned seats. The guest this week recommended the perfect book blockbuster for when you don't quite feel like walking out of your apartment into the heat! Meghan is joined by Erin Ayers and Gena Radcliffe to discuss Tim Power's The Anubis Gates, an 1980s "steampunk" time traveling novel that has literally everything. Egyptian gods, clones, time travel, evil clowns, werewolf serial killer?! Love?! 

Don't believe me? Give us a listen! 

Book Drink: Blueberry Gin Fizz

Books Discussed:
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series
Declare by Tim Powers
Doomsday by Connie Willis (Oxford Time Travel Series) 
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
A Swifting Tilting Planet Madeleine L’Engie
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
The White Album by Joan Didion
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Shrill by Lindy West

Movies Discussed:
Peggy Sue Got Married
Back to the Future
12 Monkeys
Dead Ringers
Reversal Fortune 
Lolita (can you figure out the trend of the last three movie) 
Who Killed Roger Rabbit

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Jul 9, 2017

Meghan is joined again by Ileana and Stephanie to discuss the YA anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman. We discuss how the YA genre ends to reach back to its 90s roots and bring the grittiness back, especially when discussing elves and faeries! 

Book Drink: Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this episode: 

The Essential Bordertown
Beauty and the Beast
A Court of Thorn and Roses
Logan
X-Men/Dazzler
Sailor Moon
Hellboy 2
Lost Girl

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Jun 25, 2017

Meghan is joined by two new guests this week, Stephanie Cortez and Ileana Garcia. We read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and discussed our thoughts on 1500s clothing, movie adaptations, and whether or not British actors can pull off American accents. 

Ileana introduces a new aspect of the podcast going forward, what cocktail goes with this book? Check out the website to review the official cocktails of past books! 

 

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this podcast: 

Blackpool 
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter's Butterbeer
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
The Devil in the White City 
The Last Host Time

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