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This episode, Stephanie and Meg discuss VAMPIRES. Are they back? Are they even scary any more? Did Twilight ruin vampires for good? We dive into the short story anthology Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite to see! This collection is focused on taking the vampire mythos away from the cliche European, hetero vibe and twisting it into new a…
 
Despite our inching towards summer, Stephanie and Meghan are joined by Victoria Lucia to get in the mood for some fall spooks! For this round of our Read Harder challenge, we read Small Spaces by Katherine Arden! We talk about whether we as both 6th graders and as adults, how much we love and want to protect all three of our protagonists, and how m…
 
This week Stephanie and Meg read Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas! First, there are some serious content warning for this book: the main character has to deal with a family who hasn't accepted that he is transgender. Major CW for misgendering, discussions of dead names, and other issues with families that only see the binary. We discuss how wonderful …
 
This week Meg and Stephanie are joined by Network co-host Matt Limerick to discuss If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman! We loved discussing this fat positive romance that is also not based in the US! We discuss our love of these cinnamon bun characters, the way tropes are diverted, and also a healthy discussion of our love of Bucky/Winter Soldier/…
 
This week Stephanie and Meg dive into the world of fan fiction! We went with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic as it is a fandom we both know and love; however, we do not openly support Joss Whedon. For this week, we read a short retelling of season 6: Even Death is a Shadow of Forgetting by redcheekdays! It is Stephanie's first fanfic, so come lis…
 
To celebrate our 100th episode, we are putting aside our read harder challenge in order to read a book about the 1920s and GHOST MURDERERS! We read The Diviners by Libba Bray, with two of our favorite all time guests, Ollie Brady and Tim Lowe! Tim dresses up in fashionable pilgrim clothes 1920s clothes and Ollie lectures Meg about her book choices!…
 
Thank you for letting us take some time to deal with personal problems! We are back with an exciting fantasy book called Black Sun. We are so excited to share this book with listeners! Fantasy with gods and cults and massive ships! Meghan and Stephanie discuss how good it is to see a fantasy book where women are allowed to be themselves and where q…
 
Stephanie and Meghan take a spooky turn in their reading challenges! This week we read The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike! This Japanese book falls somewhere on the horror/gothic spectrum, and we had a blast discussing haunted apartment buildings and basements. Don't go into your basement alone at night! CW: Discussion of animal deaths, ghosts…
 
Stephanie and Meghan continue to dive into Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge! This week we read a nonfiction book about anti-racism: Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper! This book differed from the anti-racism books we've read in the past, as it discusses primarily black women and how we need change our focus and thoughts about them. CW: Sexual assaul…
 
Judging Book Covers kicks off our 2021 Reading Challenge: The Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge! Our first challenge up is a book that intimidates us, and we went with the recommendation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro! We talk about what intimidates us in books, did this book make us cry, whether we believe in love in this book, and clones! N…
 
The biggest duh ever: 2020 was a rough year. Stephanie and Meghan both had pretty big issues during the year, but chose instead to remember the good things they experienced! This episode includes Judging Book Cover's 2020 favorite: Books TV Shows Podcast Music As well as a discussion of what we are doing in 2021! We are going to be doing Book Riot'…
 
After a long delay, we have a LONG EPISODE! Stephanie and Meghan read Scott Sigler's Mount Fitzroy, the sequel to Earthcore, which we read and loved a few years ago!! While this book is only out in audiobook, it is 30 hours long!! Which means heads up: this episode is LONG. And we do talk spoilers. So this is your fourth warning that we do discuss …
 
For Stephanie's birthday, we decided to read an advance copy of the newly released How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole! Because this podcast stans Alyssa Cole almost more than anyone else?! This is a new spin off of her Reluctant Royals series, and there are so many characters that pop up! We also talk about how great it is that Cole can blend soci…
 
This week Stephanie and Meg read Memorial by Bryan Washington! This book has recently been released, so there is a bit of a spoiler warning. But don't worry - we break it out into a non-spoilery and then spoilery conversation. This book addresses relationships in a hard light, both romantic and family. Lots to unpack here! Content warnings: Parenta…
 
This week Meghan and Stephanie read How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi! This book discusses challenging your way of thinking so that you are continuously getting better and better. It discusses the different kinds of racism, and how we can achieve becoming antiracist. This episode was recorded prior to the election, and while we try to not let …
 
This week we are joined by Case Aiken to discuss The Banks by Roaxane Gay, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellaire! We chat about what we like and wish we could change of this comic about a matriarchal line of thieves! What would happen in your life to get you to join up with the thieves in your family? And how does one steal bitcoin?? Judging Book Covers …
 
This week Stephanie and Meghan set out to read a horror book by an author they like - Nos4A2 by Joe Hill! Unfortunately, perhaps due to the environment of 2020, they found themselves unable to actually finish the book. This is an episode to discuss why we occasionally DNF (do not finish) a book, and why you can choose to DNF a book and still have r…
 
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…
 
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 ne…
 
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 …
 
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 fr…
 
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 a…
 
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 …
 
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! Find us on the web: Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com Find our hosts: Meghan's …
 
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! Find us on the web: Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcove…
 
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! Find us on the web: Twitte…
 
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! Find us on the web: Twitter | Facebook |…
 
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…
 
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 Find us on the web: Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com Find our hosts: Meghan's Twitter …
 
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:…
 
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 Find us on the web: Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com Find our hosts: M…
 
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 …
 
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 Find us on the web: Website | Twitt…
 
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 Find us on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com Find our hosts…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 s…
 
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! Find us on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgi…
 
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! Find us on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram |…
 
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! Find us on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com Find our hosts: Me…
 
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…
 
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 Find us on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram | Email: …
 
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 t…
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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 dang…
 
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