017: New Year, New Reads

We took a break from our usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of ideas for bookish/reading New Year resolutions, and books to help you with your non-book-related resolutions!

Books to help you accomplish your goals:



Eating better

Financial goals

Bookish resolution ideas:

Listen to MOAR Podcasts

  • Teen Creeps — “Join grown-up comedians Kelly Nugent and Lindsay Katai as they discuss the YA pulp fiction of their awkward, neon youth.”
  • Smart Podcast Trashy Books — from those smart bitches
  • The Blume Saloon — “a sort-of book club … all things Judy Blume, the patron saint of YA, and anything else that pops into our heads. Join us as each week we cover a few more chapters from a favorite Judy novel.”
  • Black Chick Lit — “features in-depth discussions of the latest and greatest works penned by black women. Join Danielle and Mollie as they talk prose, judge every character’s decisions and laugh at their own jokes.”
  • By The Book — “half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment.”
  • Mental Health Book Club Podcast — books with a mental health theme!
  • Unfriendly Black Hotties – “global takes on higher ed, books, TV, movies, fashions, culinary arts… and whatever the hell else they feel like.”
  • Overdue - “A podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read”
  • The Oral History Podcast – SEX & BOOKS: TWO THINGS THAT ARE BETTER WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THEM – two YA authors, teen focused but not only for teens, ifyaknowwhatimean

Some ideas for the Book Squad Goals reading challenge for 2018! (Download the PDF)

  1. ThrillerThe Woman in the Window & The upcoming book by B.A. Paris!
  2. #OwnVoices bookNo One is Coming to Save Us & Sour HEART (not Sour Grapes, wtf)
  3. Book with character’s name in titlePollyanna & Man Called Ove
  4. Book about mythical creaturePete’s Dragon (ha) & The Last Unicorn
  5. Book about naturePilgrim at Tinker Creek & The Home Place
  6. Book with an LGBTQ+ protagBad Boy & Fist of the Spider Woman
  7. Non-fiction book on topic you don’t know much aboutThe Morning They Came for Us & The Soul of an Octopus
  8. Urban Fiction book: Justice Hustlers series by Aya De Leon & Heist
  9. Anthology of SS by multi authorsWalking the Clouds & Meanwhile, Elsewhere
  10. Book by author with disabilityThe Reason I Jump & Run
  11. True crime book / fic based on true crimeIn Cold Blood
  12. Book set in the futureNever Let Me Go & California
  13. Book you’ve been meaning to finish: TELL US WHAT YOU’RE READINGGGGGG

Want even MORE recommendations for this year’s BSG? Check out Meredith’s post.

Insta Book Challenge hashtags:

Follow Kate  and Polli on insta if ya wanna!

ALSO, from Polli: Cap’n O.G. Readmore PSA, but there are whole stories that he narrates, like Jack and the Beanstalk.

This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunes, opens a new windowStitcher, opens a new window, or SoundCloud, opens a new window. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate