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Judging Book Covers Podcast

A bi-weekly book club podcast hosted by Stephanie Cortez and Meghan Griffin! In 2019 we are exploring a book challenge, broadening our horizons and making smarter book choices! And don't forget: keep supporting your local libraries!
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Oct 10, 2019

This episode is dedicated to Chris. Happy belated birthday! 

We finally get a relaxing break and decided to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams! We also discuss A Simple Favor, another book that you should see the movie first. What IS the question that has the answer 42?!

Next Week: A memoir

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Sep 26, 2019

Happy Banned Book Week! Stephanie and Meghan discuss one of the more popular banned books: Beloved by Toni Morrison. All the content warnings. And we feel them in our bones. 

Next episode: A Book We Saw The Movie First

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Sep 13, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan tackle one of Obama's favorite 2018 books: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones! This episode is also extra bonus discussion of Hunger Games, as Stephanie finished the series after last episode. 

An American Marriage has discussions of rape, infidelity, and abortions, so just a heads up. It's a rough yelling ride. 

Next episode: Banned Book Week

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Aug 30, 2019

Stephanie and Meghan tackle a book by an author from their state: Suzanne Collins from Connecticut! Stephanie had not read Hunger Games, while Meghan realizes it's probably her favorite YA series. 

We discuss the terrifying possibility of the Games happening, our favorite characters, and how a post-Game of Thrones world has led Stephanie to believe none of her characters are safe! 

Next book: A 2018 award winning book

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Aug 16, 2019

Several weeks ago, Stephanie and Meghan wavered between reading Rebecca and One Hundred Years of Solitude. When Facebook helped them decide to read the first, they saw an opportunity to read the second as well. 

What happens when an entire family names everyone the same name? What's more important, family or war? How should you treat our partner's side piece, or their children? All this and more! 

Next Up: A book by an author from your state

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Aug 2, 2019

It is summer, so of course Stephanie and Meghan are continuing to do some school-ish summer reading. This week they read The Scarlet Letter, a book Meghan read in high school and hated. Has it gotten better with age?

Next Up: A book translated into English!

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Jul 19, 2019

Today Stephanie and Meghan read a Gothic classic: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier! We discuss if it is actually a romantic love story, what we thought the book would be about, and man how young our poor narrator actually is! 

Next Up: Rereading an assigned book from school!  

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Jul 5, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan tackle Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber! We discuss all ten stories in the collection, not just the first story! 

Book drink: Bloody Marys 

Next Up: A classic we haven't read before! 

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Jun 20, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan try to understand some poetry, so they invite Megan Sunday of Let's Get Weirding to help them find some poetry they'll actually like! 

Megan definitely delivered, as we all read some Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry that made us laugh, discuss how revisionist American history is, and how frustrated some women were with the perspective people had of them. We also discuss the Lifetime movies based on V.C. Andrews books, Downton Abbey, and American literature and how it is taught. 

Poems discussed in the episode: 

"I, being a woman and distressed"

"Justice Denied in Massachusetts"

"Humoresque"

"Oh oh you will be sorry for that word"

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Twitter | Podcast | Podcast's Twitter | Blog

Jun 8, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan dive into a collection of essays: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley! And we do spend this episode as an excuse to talk about our woes in pop culture. 

Cocktail: Hair of the llama cocktail

Next Up: A collection of poetry 

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May 23, 2019

Stephanie and Meghan are back to continue our month of love and romance! This time we read two novellas that center around queer romance: one modern and one historical urban fantasy! 

We lucked out in two stories that aren't about a character coming out or having to deal with society trying to keep them down! And since we loved Alyssa Cole, we HAD to do a novella by her! 

Next Up: A book of essays! 

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May 9, 2019

 

There is a LOT going on in this episode, as the week we recorded it was definitely a big one for pop culture! So if you want to skip ahead, please pay attention to below! 

Skip GoT talk: 07:05

Skip Locke and Key (mild spoilers): 10:30

This week we read A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole! This book does lead to our discussion of sex and sexy scenes, as well as some PSAs about sex education. We also dive into our favorite of the Chrises because, naturally! 

Side note: Meghan's audio screwed up and didn't record for about 10 minutes. It's been edited down, but roughly 47 minutes in, that's why she kind of disappears! 

Next up: A book with LGBTIQ+ romance!  

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Apr 24, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan dive into one of our more controversial authors: Dean Koontz! We grabbed a copy of Odd Thomas as it is his most highly recommended book! And any excuse for us to watch an Anton Yelchin movie, we will take! 

We talk about how we are probably a little late to read this book and why, why the most terrifying thing is still spiders, does this book have a fridging, and how much we love Odd. 

Next up: A romance book! 

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Apr 11, 2019

It is time for Tim's annual visit! We welcome him back with another weird book (we wouldn't want it any other way?) Is Wayward Pines a ghost town, stuck in a time dimension, an entire flashback? We had a lot of fun guessing and still couldn't quite figure out what was going on in the book!   

We discuss the main character's love of being naked in dangerous situations, pockets, timey-wimey stuff, the death of Payless, and Murder Mardi Gras! 

Book Drink: Muddled Pines

Next Up: A Cover with Purple in it! 

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Tim's Twitter | Minds at Yeerk Instagram

Mar 29, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan dive into the first half of the Joe Hill's comic series Locke and Key! We discuss our relationship with comics, especially what brought us into collecting them. We also briefly discuss the new Netflix show possibility and whether or not we would want to see inside our own heads? 

Next Up: Tim's annual visit to discuss a book with green on it! 

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Mar 14, 2019

 

This week Stephanie and Meghan get real with talks of childhood and puberty, inspired by this week's book: Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. We discuss early crushes, first kisses, periods, religion, and more. All while looking at the incredibly innocent and adorable Margaret as she navigates sixth grade. 

Next episode: Locke and Key

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Feb 27, 2019

To celebrate Meghan's birthday, we read a classic from 1988: Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice! And who better to come talk books with us than James Anderson?! It is just a wonderful added bonus that none of us had read an Anne Rice book or seen this movie! We discuss how Anne Rice effected Twilight vampires, how other books have handled overpopulation, and our feelings on Lestat! 

CW: Lots of rape discussion because apparently, it is hereditary in one of the family lines. 

Next Up: Rereading a childhood favorite! 

Book Drink: -

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James's Twitter | Unabashedly Obsessed Podcast's Twitter | Unabashedly Obsessed Podcast Kids on Bikes Podcast's Twitter |

Feb 14, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan fall into a magical world in Howl's Moving Castle! They talk about the pressures of being the oldest child, add a new segment about the books we read between episodes, and how awesome 24in48 was this past January! 

Next up: A Bestselling book from 1988! 

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Jan 29, 2019

Stephanie and Meghan check off number 2 on their JBC reading challenge: A non-fiction book based on a historical event! This week's episode is about The Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen. They discuss how infuriating it is to see why women were accused, the reach of the witchcraft trials, and the lingering effects to this day. 

Next up: A book recommended by someone you trust! 

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Jan 16, 2019

Stephanie and Meghan start the new year and new season with a book challenge! We have put together 27 books to read this year and will be using them as our episode guides. Our first episode of the season is a self-help book: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero! 

Stephanie and Meghan discuss their relationship with self-help books, what they've retained from this book and what they feel is of benefit, and their relationship with New Year's resolutions. 

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Dec 31, 2018

Meghan and Stephanie end the year discussing Stephen King with one of our favorite guests! We debate whether we are going to read the entire Dark Tower series, our love for Idris Elba, who really is Dean Koontz, the idea of passing time by poops, and the perils of spoiling oneself! 

Book Drink: Bourbon, Whiskey, or Water

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and guest: 

The Citadel Podcast | Chris's Twitter

Dec 27, 2018

This episode is way too late, and we will get the last one out before the new year!! We read Chemistry by Weike Wang right before the holidays. While it isn't a seasonal book, it does lead us into a discussion of bad boyfriends, toxic families, and how awful grad school is! Doesn't that sound like a great way to get ready for the holidays? Juuuuuust kidding! 

Join us for our final 2018 episode where we read The Gunslinger by Stephen King! 

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Dec 10, 2018

We apologize for the delay — Meghan had a stomach bug that could not be tamed! But we have an excellent short story collection to discuss with you this week! We read Roxane Gay's Difficult Women for this episode, expecting a wonderful essay collection but instead, we got an inspiring short story collection! This may be a bit too dark for holiday reading, but still worth giving a shot. 

We also discuss Hallmark holiday movies at the end of the episode, because Meghan just can't not talk about them apparently. 

Content warning: rape, abortion, cheating, death

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Nov 19, 2018

On this episode, we take a look at a book from Stephanie's TBR list! And it is a dozy of a book, coming in at 500 pages! 

We discuss The Alienist by Caleb Carr, who as a person is also quite fascinating. We review the book through its historical lens and as a murder mystery. We also have a long discussion in which we realize how little Stephanie and Meghan maybe don't understand Easter?

Content warning: death, rape, rape of young boys

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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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