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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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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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Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Ryan's Twitter | Ryan's Weekly Wing WReview Archives

 
 
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! 

Find us on the web:

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

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Ryan's Twitter | Ryan's Weekly Wing WReview Archives

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! 

Find us on the web:

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

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | That Gay Sh*t Podcast Facebook Group | That Gay Sh*t Podcast Twitter | The Best Friend Bookclub Blog | Heather's Instagram

 

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.

 

Find us on the web:

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

Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | That Gay Sh*t Podcast Facebook Group | That Gay Sh*t Podcast Twitter | The Best Friend Bookclub Blog | Heather's Instagram

 

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. 

Find us on the web:

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Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Over the Tabletop Twitter | Over the Tabletop FacebookIleana's Instagram | A Handbook for Handbook for Mortal Podcast

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

Find us on the web:

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

Find our host and guest(s):

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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Find our host and guest(s):

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

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

 

Find us on the web:

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

Find our host and guest(s):

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

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

 

Find us on the web:

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Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Liz's Twitter | Keeping Up With the Carringtons Podcast Twitter |  Beckett to the Future Podcast Twitter | Beckett to the Future Podcast Facebook

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.

Find us on the web:

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Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Liz's Twitter | Keeping Up With the Carringtons Podcast Twitter |  Beckett to the Future Podcast Twitter | Beckett to the Future Podcast Facebook

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

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

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:

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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

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

Find us on the web:

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Find our host and guest(s):

Meghan's Twitter | Ileana's Instagram

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

May 23, 2017

It's an off week for us readers, and yet there's an episode?! Today I've got my first of many giveaways, Feel Good Bar and Grill coloring book by Amy Davis Roth! Take a listen at this chill episode as I drink and chat at the featured bar on Saturn's moon, Enceladus! Check out Amy's stores and good luck! 

Also, enjoy listening to how I sound super tired....sorry! 

Find us on the web:

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Surly Amy's Stores:

Redbubble | Etsy | Home Page

May 14, 2017

Mari and James join me again for episode 4 of the podcast, where we discuss Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Lots of talk of zombies and steampunk in this episode, as well as Mari and I making James feel old for making a Simpsons reference. 

Books referenced in this episode:

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Fables by Bill Willmingham

Find us on the web:

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Find our host and guest(s):

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

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:

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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:

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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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