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Throwback Paperback: A Young Adult Novel Podcast

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Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along. Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books.

Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along. Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books.

Location:

United States

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Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along. Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 42 - Catching Fire: Chapters 1-14

8/2/2021
We start the best of the books in the The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. In this episode, we unpack the six months from Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour to their return to the capital as tributes in the Quell. It’s finally time for some love triangle in this story, and we are both heavily on Team Peeta, even bringing back some of our hatred for Jacob Black from Twilight. We admire how Katniss is handling the trauma and drama in her life, and we have a great time exploring this section...

Duration:00:56:52

Episode 41 - The Hunger Games: Chapters 15-27

7/26/2021
In this section, we get the second half of the Hunger Games including Katniss’ alliance with Rue and her final alliance with Peeta. We discuss the final few tributes, the darkness of the books, and the ending of the games. Charles and Asia unpack the complications of Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, and while we support Peeta’s love, we’re not happy with his reaction to Katniss’ confusion. We discuss the quality of the writing which does not disappoint and how this book sets up the...

Duration:00:52:27

Episode 40 - The Hunger Games: Chapters 1-14

7/19/2021
For this next series, Asia and Charles are going to Panem and returning home to a series that they both have read and love dearly. We get to follow Katniss around, and we revel in some eighth grade dystopian angst. Katniss and Peeta enter The Hunger Games, and we follow their journey from District 12, through training, all the way into the arena. We compliment Suzanne Collins’ writing because she simply does an excellent job worldbuilding while keeping the plot moving along. This section was...

Duration:00:51:38

Episode 39 - The Amber Spyglass: Chapters 20-38

7/12/2021
We finish His Dark Materials with our final showdown between good and evil, sense and confusion. Will and Lyra take us on an insane journey through the land of the dead, and Coulter and Asriel have the best arcs we could consider for them. The mulefa are still crazy, and there are a fair number of moments that we think lack the payoff that they truly deserve. We disagree on the ending which Charles finds tragically beautiful and Asia just finds tragic, and as promised, the anti-organized...

Duration:01:13:25

Episode 38 - The Amber Spyglass: Chapters 1-19

7/5/2021
This week we’re diving into our final book of His Dark Materials, The Amber Spyglass. If you thought that this story was already too complicated, it gets way worse this week. Will chases down Lyra, and the war is brewing further. We have a great time building up the tension and prepping for the final show down. Mrs. Coulter is still evil, but what else is new. And of course, the church criticism rises even further this week. Next week we will be reading chapters 20-38 of book 3 in the...

Duration:00:50:12

Episode 37 - The Subtle Knife: Chapters 9-15

6/28/2021
As we wrap up The Subtle Knife, we get some answers to the questions from the last reading, but we also get posed some new and larger questions about Dust. While Lyra and Will’s friendship blossoms, it seems that everything else around them is going wrong. Mrs. Coulter’s evil takes new heights, Will’s reunion with his father is disappointingly brief, and Lee/Hester’s passing is a hard chapter to read. We also start to get into the discussion of Lyra as Mother Eve and the implication of her...

Duration:00:45:43

Episode 36 - The Subtle Knife: Chapters 1-8

6/21/2021
In this episode, we dive further into the complexities of Pullman’s worlds. We meet Will who meets Lyra, and they become fast friends. Both Charles and Asia enjoy this friendship and are excited to watch it develop. Serafina Pekkala and Lee Scoresby are on other adventures. Lyra meets Dr. Malone and makes some steps in her research of Dust. Meanwhile, Will is on a quest to find his father. And of course, Mrs. Coulter is still evil. Next week we will be reading chapters 9-15 of book 2 in the...

Duration:00:35:35

Episode 35 - The Golden Compass: Chapters 14-23

6/14/2021
We finish The Golden Compass this week with Lyra’s adventures at Bolvangar and Svalbard. We spend more time with evil Mrs. Coulter and some extra time with, equally evil, Lord Asriel. Somehow we get to discussions of seal kidneys and other gross topics as well as the emotional torture perpetrated by the magisterium. Ultimately, we have Lyra’s betrayal because by bringing Roger to her father she brings about his death. This leads her and Pan to decide that Dust is good and they must pursue...

Duration:00:51:15

Episode 34 - The Golden Compass: Chapters 1-13

6/7/2021
This week we dive into the fourth series on the podcast, His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. We cover the first half of the first book, The Golden Compass, and we get introduced to Lyra and her world of daemons. The worldbuilding in this series is darker and more complex, and Asia rightfully calls Charles out on picking another complicated series. Lyra starts her journey in Oxford, then heads to London, and finally up north as she tries to find the missing children and learns how to read...

Duration:00:39:42

Episode 33 - Midnight Sun

5/31/2021
This week we spend one more episode with Stephenie Meyer’s vampires. We cover all of Midnight Sun in this episode which means we get to relive the initial falling-in-love but from a new vantage point. We have fun pointing out the little tidbits that Midnight Sun provides. We flesh out some frustrations with Edward, which while not justifying Jacob’s behavior in Eclipse, at least make it more bearable. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of The Golden Compass, book 1 in our new...

Duration:00:56:59

Episode 32 - Breaking Dawn: Chapters 19-39

5/24/2021
This week, we finish the plot of the Twilight Saga. This episode and reading really tie the whole series together into one neat ending. We get to enjoy Bella as a vampire and Edward’s equal. We get her whole family: Charlie, the wolves, and the Cullens. We also harken back to previous books with more of the Volturi and more of the vampire world-building. This was probably our favorite Twilight Saga reading, so we’re really glad to spend one more week with these characters next week when we...

Duration:00:49:12

Episode 31 - Breaking Dawn: Chapters 1-18

5/17/2021
It is finally time to dive into the last book of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn. This section covers Bella’s wedding, honeymoon, and scary scary pregnancy. We do finally get to get some sympathy for Jacob because we do get to hear his thoughts, but that still doesn’t make us fully like him. We get more insight into pack dynamics and a rather strange ebbing and flowing bromance between Edward and Jacob. We can also feel the tension building all the way until Bella goes into labor! Next...

Duration:00:53:18

Episode 30 - Eclipse: Chapters 16-27

5/10/2021
TW: This episode includes a discussion of sexual assault and rape. Please take care of yourself, and only listen if these are safe topics for you. If you need to talk to someone or need further resources, the national sexual assault hotline is: 1-800-656-4673. Please listen at your discretion. We wrap up Eclipse by having Bella’s high school graduation and an alliance between the werewolves and the Cullens. Tensions continue to rise within the love triangle, and they do finally boil over....

Duration:00:50:06

Episode 30 Bonus - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

5/10/2021
In this mini bonus episode, Charles and Asia discuss the Eclipse novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The novella covers the last week of Bree Tanner’s life as a vampire as a member of Victoria’s revenge coven. We thoroughly enjoy getting the insight of a vampire’s perspective as this is our first time in the series that we get a true 1st person account of “the thirst.” The novella also provides more insight and drama into the Volturi which we can’t wait to discuss in Breaking...

Duration:00:21:25

Episode 29 - Eclipse: Chapters 1-15

5/3/2021
TW: This episode includes a discussion of sexual assault and rape. Please take care of yourself, and only listen if these are safe topics for you. If you need to talk to someone or need further resources, the national sexual assault hotline is: 1-800-656-4673. Please listen at your discretion. Diving into Eclipse, the love triangle gets more tenuous, and we also see tension building in Bella’s relationship with Charlie. As graduation grows closer, the worst is brought out in basically all...

Duration:01:04:14

Episode 28 - New Moon: Chapters 14-24

4/26/2021
We wrap up New Moon with, as always, a huge amount of action. Alice returns, Bella and her run to Italy. The Cullens return; they say they want Bella to become a vampire, and Jacob breaks Bella’s heart. We have a lot of relationship material to catch up on. The startings of a love triangle is forming with Jacob, and Bella continues to be clear that those feelings are not reciprocal. Men not respecting Bella’s feelings. But what else is new! Next week we will be reading chapters 1-15 of book...

Duration:00:38:13

Episode 27 - New Moon: Chapters 1-13

4/19/2021
This week we discuss the first half of New Moon as Edward and the Cullens leave, Bella spirals into a deep depression, and Jacob becomes a werewolf. We have a lot to say about Edward’s behavior, as well as the lack of respect for Bella’s feelings that most of the boys display. We dig into Bella’s depression and rebellion and we tap into some new discoveries for both Asia and Charles. The back and forth in this episode really shows our favorite aspect of our podcast, the difference in...

Duration:00:43:05

Episode 26 - Twilight: Chapters 14-24

4/12/2021
Edward and Bella’s relationship quickly escalates, and then chaos ensues. Just as Bella gets truly comfortable with her relationship with Charlie as well, Bella gets to meet the rest of the Cullens. Then there is a big chase and big drama. We discuss their relationship dynamics and merits. Charles has lots to say and of course Asia has to back up her beloved Twilight. Should Edward convert Bella into a vampire? If so, when? What do you think? Find out what we think! Next week we will be...

Duration:00:56:35

Episode 25 - Twilight: Chapters 1-13

4/5/2021
We finally start our 3rd series of the podcast, the Twilight Saga. Charles gets his first taste of Bella and Edward, and Asia is just overjoyed sharing the book with him. We get into the plot, and characters so far. We also start discussing some of the social media and pop culture portrayals of the saga because it does always seem to arouse incredibly strong feelings whether positive or negative. Is Edward a stalker, based on information so far? Listen to find out! Next week we will be...

Duration:00:53:00

Episode 24 - The Enchantress: Chapters 41-79

3/29/2021
This week we wrap up the second series of our podcast, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. We finish The Enchantress and obviously, there is plenty to say. We discuss character arcs, Marethyu’s identity, and Sophie’s rather anticlimactic finish. Of course, we do throw in some horror and mispronunciation, but we do enjoy the ending of the series, and agree that this whole series was geared towards a slightly older age demographic than Percy Jackson. We’ve enjoyed our mythology, but...

Duration:00:56:12