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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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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

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Kill By Kill Podcast Twitter | Kill By Kill Podcast Facebook | Gena's Blog | Over the Tabletop Twitter | Over the Tabletop Facebook | Erin's Blog

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

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Ileana's Instagram

Jun 11, 2017

In which Meghan is joined again by Emily Bennett and Ollie Brady of Best Acquaintances, and they discussed Haruki Murakami’s Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, a beautiful and weird book from the 1980s. Meghan apparently doesn’t know what “magical realism” is and keeps trying to apply it to all books, Ollie rants that he doesn’t want unicorns mixing in his science, and Emily explains how badass you can be even at 17 and when you’re considered “pink and chubby.” We all discuss what we would do on our last day on earth, more about unicorns, and how much boys think about food and sex. 

 

Books discussed in this podcast: 

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Kafka on the Shore
The Metamorphosis 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
1Q84
My Cousin Rachel
Lamb

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Best Acquaintances' Twitter | Best Acquaintances' Facebook

May 28, 2017

This week I am joined by Ollie Brady and Emily Bennett of Best Acquaintances! We discuss David Gemmell's Waylander II and giggle through the entire episode while Ollie tries to explain why this book was important to 11-year-old Ollie, Emily reads the most ridiculous physical comedy scene in a fantasy book, and we all discuss female characters in fantasy novels. 

Books Discussed:

Waylander II by David Gemmell
I Don't Know Where You Know Me From by Judy Greer
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates 
The Drenai Saga by David Gemmell

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Best Acquaintances' Twitter | Best Acquaintances' Facebook

Apr 30, 2017

Word of the Day: Weird

For episode 3 I welcome two new guests, James DeBruicker and Marilag Angway! We discuss Silk by Caitlin Kiernan, which is a darker book than the previous two books on the show. The book brings about memories of 90s goth, a discussion of intent vs. impact, and how a book can be excellent, but light on plot.

Books Referenced in this episode:

Silk by Caitlin Kiernan
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Party at the World's End by James Curcio
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Join by Steven Toutonighi 

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Mari's Blog | James's Instagram

Apr 16, 2017

Word of the day: Gooey

For Episode 2 we discussed Tim's recommendation, Infected by Scott Sigler. I apologize in advance as I fidgeted around the entire episode with the necklace from Surly-Ramics Etsy Store and didn't realize it was picking up in the recording. 

On top of the novel we discuss our vague survival plans for surviving the apocalypse, I Am Legend both book and movie, the author's approach to modern day "publishing", whether or not the guys would take Perry's way if infected, and host Meghan goes on a mini rant about how everyone should be watching Buffy again.

Books referenced in this podcast episode: 

Infected by Scott Sigler
Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien 
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Buffy Season 8 by Joss Whedon

Find us on the web:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com 

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Tim's Twitter 

Apr 2, 2017

Today is the premier of the podcast! I am joined by Tim Lowe and Joe Schulman as we discuss Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. Joe tells us why this is one of his favorite books, I explain why I briefly thought this book was going to be a murder mystery, and Tim and I briefly debate whether or not Saga is the best story out there period. 

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