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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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Nov 6, 2018

In today's episode, Stephanie and Meghan tackle a book that's been on Meghan's TBR list since she started keeping one: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi! We both own up quickly to how little we know about the history of the 80s and 90s, especially in the Middle East - both blame the American education system. 

Persepolis is a fantastic graphic memoir about a woman growing up during the 1979 Revolution through the Iran-Iraq War.  We discuss the optimism of her as a child, the term martyr as it is used throughout the book, and the horrifying understanding of having your psyche broken down.  

Book Drink: Good, strong, delicious tea

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Meghan's Twitter | Stephanie's Instagram

Oct 22, 2018

Stephanie and Meghan sit down to discuss a classic horror/gothic/sci-fi novel: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley! We also are so excited it is fall, so there is some fall food discussion as well. 

If you haven't read this amazing classic novel, treat yourself to a new annotated collection! (Or buy Meghan one, she's apparently really wanting one.) It is 200 years this year, and it definitely holds up as to why it's a classic and important book. 

We make more Buffy and Angel analogies, discuss whether Victor or the monster is the worse villain, and is there is a purpose to Mary making her female characters so passive. 

Book Drink: Anything green and halloween-ish! 

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Oct 14, 2018

We apologize for the week delay — NYCC was a bit too much to balance! Don't worry, we will be back next week with a new episode.

As for this week, we read We Sold Our Soul by Grady Hendrix, one of the best contemporary horror authors! This book is a fun combination of metal music and Faustian horror! 

Stephanie postulates that this book is maybe a Serenity fan fic, Meghan and Chris discuss if this book shows if Grady Hendrix is a fan of metal or not, and we all discuss the actual horrors of this book!  

Book Drink: Metal music infused beer

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Meghan's Twitter | Stephanie's Instagram

and guest: 

The Citadel Podcast | Chris's Twitter

Sep 23, 2018

When you invite on old friends, it definitely takes a while to get to the book SORRY! So enjoy some Great British Bakeoff discussion, as well as some Crazy Rich Asians discussion but we do eventually settle into talking about I Am Legend by Richard Mathison. We discuss if we would survive post-apocalypse and what some of our ideas are. 

 

Book Drink: a good good scotch

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and guest!:

Best Acquaintances' Twitter | Best Acquaintances' Facebook | Best Acquaintances' Facebook Group

Sep 9, 2018

Stephanie and Meghan tear themselves away from the US Open to read The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling! It's banned book month, so it seems a little appropriate to read a book by one of the most discussed "controversial" authors. 

Especially with one of her most controversial books! This book has 34 "main" characters, and 300 pages of character development. We aren't sure if we enjoyed it, but we definitely had plenty to talk about. 

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Aug 27, 2018

Stephanie and Meghan are joined this week by Tim Stevens, to discuss Jensen Karp's memoir: Kanye West Owes Me $300 and Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big! This book was (almost surprisingly) a great read, causing us to dig in a little to our own nostalgia. We learn a little about the music production world prior to Napster, and Stephanie learns a new phrase she can never unlearn. 

 

Book Drink: Champagne Cocktails 

 

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and guest: 

Tim's Twitter | Tim's Website

Aug 13, 2018

Content warning for police brutality discussion. 

This week Meghan and Stephanie invite Elle back to discuss one of the best books of 2017: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The movie comes out in October, so it seemed like a good time to read the book first! 

We discuss what Tumblr is, the importance of teaching this book, and how amazing Angie Thomas is at weaving the neighborhood and culture into this story about police brutality. Really, we just gush about this book and how amazing it is. 

Book Drink: Ice kool-aid cups

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and guest: 

Elle's Twitter 

Jul 29, 2018

 

Stephanie and Meghan welcome back Liz Babish to discuss the satirical The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie! We discuss how this book confirmed Meghan hates a certain kind of mom character (while still loving a book), squirrels, engagements, and how complex families can be! 

Book Drink: Gin and tonic with campari floating

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and guest: 

Liz's Twitter | Keeping Up With the Carringtons Podcast Twitter

Jul 15, 2018

This week Stephanie and Meghan are joined by James Anderson of Unabashedly Obsessed Podcast! He brought us one of the shortest yet densest book we have ever read: A Mercy by Toni Morrison!

Meghan works in Brooklyn 99, we ponder if this is Angel/Buffy fanfic, and set our English class paper topics! 

If you listen to We'll Get It Right Next Year and want to stay pure, or if you're named Ryan Lynch, please skip from 1.31.30 to 1.36.00! 

Book Drink: Water

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Jun 18, 2018

Life is stressful and busy, so Stephanie and Meghan take it slow and calm in this host-only episode! We read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, one of 2018's hottest YA books. We discuss all the action in the book, the way the author takes YA tropes and gives us a fresh take, and even how much we love all the characters. 

 CW: This book has a lot of violence, some discussion of rape, and horrific death scenes. 

Book Drink: Dark and Stormy (Stephanie) and Coffee (Meghan) 

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Jun 3, 2018

 This week we are joined by A Handbook for Handbook for Mortals' newest cohost, Elle Riccardi! We discuss the now 10 years old The Host by Stephenie Meyers. Is it a sci-fi novel? Is it a romance? Let's find out! 

We discuss how weird the brother and sister dynamic is, defend Stephenie Meyers legacy a bit, and try to decide which of the boys we are rooting for. 

 

Book Drink: Mini Coronas 

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and guest: 

Elle's Twitter 

May 20, 2018

In preparation for Solo, Stephanie and Meghan invite Olivia James of Super Serious Social Justice Podcast to come on and discuss Bloodline by Claudia Gray!

We briefly debate if we want to just talk about Donald Glover and adult juice boxes, how our old Star Wars didn't have politics why does it now?? And how awesome Senator Leia is as the main character. 

Book Drink: A good ole glass of milk

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and guest: 

Super Serious Social Justice Podcast | SSSJ Podcast Twitter | Aut of Spoons

May 6, 2018

Kanye, thank you for setting up this week's episode so well for us!! Your [nonexistent] check is in the mail. 

Content Warning: Slavery, Rape, and everything that comes with both and MILD SPOILERS FOR BLACK PANTHER.

This week Stephanie and Meghan are joined by Sarah Iff Decker to discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler! This kicks off the first of a few Sci-Fi novels we will be covering, and it adds a wonderful, horrific historical twist. 

We discuss how we are glad that Dana isn't a manic pixie dream girl, we look at her husband Kevin through 2018 lenses and maybe don't like him as much as we are supposed to, and how Rufus's ideals of "love" and what he "deserves" is still way too present in 2018. 

Book Drink: Mint Julep

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and guest: 

Sarah's Instagram

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: 

Tim's Twitter

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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and guest: 

The Citadel Podcast | Chris's Twitter

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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Meghan's Twitter | Tracy's BlogOops I talked Divisive Issues FB Group | We'll Get It Right Next Year: An Adventure in Cinema | Oops I Talked Politics Twitter | Divisive Issues Twitter

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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