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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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Sep 27, 2020

This week's episode is a little late because we wanted to drop it during Banned Book week! So happy Banned Book Week! Please go read some books that have been challenged or banned, particularly if you can find one you haven't read before, or who doesn't have a terribly horrible TERF-y author! 

This week we did just that, as we invited on Frankie (MJ) Bradley-Lestrange to talk about Alanna, The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce! We discussed why these books were challenged, whether we agree with this, and how much authors can and should grow and change in their writing! 

Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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MJ's Twitter | Archives of the Dragon

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Certain POV Network | Discord Link

Sep 10, 2020

JBC is back from hiatus and ready to read! 

But FIRST: We joined a network! Thank you to Certain POV Network for inviting us to be a part of your amazing group. Please go check out the website and find all the amazing podcasts you can listen to! 

This week we broke our rules a little because one of our favorite authors, Alyssa Cole, has released a new thrilled called When No One is Watching. We don't typically talk about book so close to their release date, but we had to break all traditions here! 

We also close with a discussion of bookstores to support, since libraries are still (mostly) closed. Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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Certain POV Network | Discord Link

Jul 20, 2020

This week Stephanie and Meghan read The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae! As she is close in age to us, we had fun discussing our own relationship with some of the topics she discusses! 

Please note, JBC will be on hiatus for about a month. We will see you in mid-August! 

We also close with a discussion of bookstores to support, since libraries are still (mostly) closed. Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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Jul 6, 2020

In this episode, Stephanie and Meghan read This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender! This book has a great realistic teenage love story, and never once feels like a book trying to make a statement, which makes us love it more! We discuss a little bit of our outlooks from when we were teenagers, as well as how we can still get advice from a sixteen year old boy. 

We also close with a discussion of bookstores to support, since libraries are still (mostly) closed. Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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Jun 19, 2020

This week Stephanie and Meghan are joined again by Ollie Brady to discuss R L Stine's Fear Street: The First Evil! We discuss the books of our childhood, particularly focusing on the horror books that shaped our reading styles. We also dive into some of the book drama going on in the world, so this episode is a little heavier than we expected. 

We also close with a discussion of bookstores to support, since libraries are still closed. Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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Jun 5, 2020

This week Stephanie and Meghan read Lot:Stories by Bryan Washington! This is a short story collection that is well done and powerfully important. 

We also close with a discussion of bookstores to support, since libraries are still closed. Judging Book Covers Podcast stands with the Black Lives Matter movement, and if you are looking for black owned bookshops, please check out these links: 

50 in 50 Black Owned Bookstores

A More Current List 

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May 22, 2020

This week Stephanie and Meghan are joined by Victoria Lucia! Victoria brought us The Magicians by Lev Grossman, the book one of her favorite shows is based on! Spoiler: the tv show is definitely better than the book! 

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May 10, 2020

This week Stephanie and Meghan get all up in some heists while reading Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Rohrig! We also spend a good portion of the episode discussing food and cooking and all the cooking shows that go with that!

Next up: A book with a Blue cover!  

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Apr 23, 2020

Happy anniversary to JBC! And as always to celebrate, we invited Tim Lowe to come back and read another book with us. Tim picked the Veronica Mars novel The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. We do have spoilers for the first three seasons and Veronica Mars movie, but no spoilers for season 4! 

Next Up: A book given to us for free!

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Apr 9, 2020

Our favorite Ollie Brady joins us to talk about Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man! We are also in severe cabin fever isolation mode, so there is a lot of chatter about what we are watching and recommend if you need recommendations! 

Book Drink: Mint Julep

Next Up: A Novelization of a podcast/tv show with Tim Lowe! 

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Apr 1, 2020

COVID has caused us to get a little stir crazy, so this episode is a little all over the place, even after it has been edited down. And there is no excuse for it being a week late, other than Love is Blind. Which probably goes well with us reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel! 

Book Drink: Red Wine (for Love Is Blind, honestly.)  Or hot chocolate for the book (we didn't actually discuss a drink!)

Next Up: A Book that Makes Us Laugh with Ollie Brady! 

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Mar 12, 2020

JBC is back and has invited Dr. Sarah Ifft Decker of Media-eval Podcast back on to discuss some 14th Century court cases! Specifically, we read A Poisoned Past: The Life and Time of Margarida de Portu, a 14th Century Accused Poisoner by Steven Bednarski! Come listen to us discuss how you might think you have the worst brother-in-law, but Margarida has you beat! 

Book Drink: A Good Red Wine (with a side of garlic bread)  

Next Up: A Translated Book

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Sarah's InstagramMedia-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast

Feb 29, 2020

JBC is back and maybe forgot to post an episode this week! It's because we have been too busy SWOOOONING over Beverly Jenkins' novel Destiny Captive! Join us as we go back in time to the 1880s and become pirates in Cuba. 

Book Drink: TEQUILA 

Next Up: A Book about a Historical Event

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Feb 13, 2020

Judging Book Covers Podcast is BACK! We kicked off the 2020 JBC Challenge with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin! And it was totally a hit and worth it -- February has some great releases! 

Book Drink: Sprite and SKYY vodka

Next Up: A Romance Novel

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Dec 24, 2019

To close down 2019, Stephanie and Meghan talk about their top 12 books for the year! It is a quick episode, and we promise to be back and wordy and with more guests in 2020!! 

Heres a breakdown of our lists:

Stephanie

  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
  • Pines by Blake Crouch
  • Howl’s Movie Castle by Diane Wynne Jones 
  • The Moors by Jen Silverman
  • Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  •  
  • Saga by Brian K Vaugn and Fiona Staples

Meghan

  • Parkland  by Dave Cullen
  • The Lonliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren Jones
  • Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  •  
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Our UPCOMING 2020 Challenge!

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Dec 5, 2019

Today we celebrate Stephanie's birthday! Friend of the podcast Tim Lowe presented us with a book, Contact by Carl Sagan, as a 1985 Bestseller gift! 

.....Can we return it? 

Next Up: Our hosts's top 5 2019 Reads

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Nov 24, 2019

Sorry this episode is so late! Medical, travel, and computer issues...it's been a messy week. BUT it's okay, as we are joined by Alex LaVelle from Paneolology to discuss the play The Moors by Jen Silverman! This drama is a wonderful tongue in cheek look at Victorian gothic literature and the terrifying moors they tend to be staged on.

Next Episode: A bestseller from 1895

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Nov 7, 2019

This week Stephanie and Meghan chat about H. H. Holmes and the World Fair! But really we talk a lot about how everyone keeps talking about how charismatic and wonderful Holmes was and how gross that is. 

Next Episode: A drama

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Oct 25, 2019

Note: There are some The Good Place spoilers from minute 15-18. 

This week Stephanie and Meghan read Yes Please by Amy Poehler! We discuss her openness about her career, her ability to keep the private stuff private, and some of the things that haven't quite aged well. 

Also, we definitely have an interesting "book drink!" 

Next Episode: A true crime book

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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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