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Judging More Than Just The Cover: Book Club

Judging More Than Just The Cover: Book Club

By Amber Gregg
Podcast with in-depth book reviews and book discussions for fiction with strong female leads. Chats cover all genres such as historical fiction, psychological thrillers, young adult, contemporary fiction, suspense, and more. We pick one best-selling book per month to discuss. Since this is a full analysis, there will be spoilers. See spoiler-free reviews on our website.

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The team: Amber Gregg, Kate Ota, and James Moore.
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Book Discussion: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Drama | Number of Pages: 528 | Perspective: First Alternating | Location: Connecticut, USA Small Great Things tells the story of Ruth Jefferson, an African-American labor and delivery nurse who finds herself in a dire situation because of passive and aggressive prejudice. When the newborn child of white supremacists' dies while in Ruth's care her life spirals down to a place where her dignity is stripped away. In this story the reader is taken through an examination of race relations in American society which turns out not to be as black and white as one would expect. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, strong leading women, thriller, mystery
48:30
February 26, 2021
Book Discussion: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Thriller | Number of Pages: 325 | Perspective: First Alternating | Location: London, England  The Girl on The Train follows the perspective of three females that are initially only loosely connected. Rachel, an extreme alcoholic, takes the train every day and begins to feel like she personally knows a married couple that she sees as she passes every evening. When that wife, Megan, goes missing, Rachel feels the need to step in and figure out the case herself. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Girl on the Train: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2015/08/the-girl-on-train-paula-hawkins.html  Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, strong leading women, thriller, mystery
43:49
December 26, 2020
Book Discussion: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com  The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Horror | Number of Pages: 384 | Perspective: Third | Location: US (Originally Netherlands) Hex is the story of a town that is cursed by a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She shows up in houses and just stands and stares for days at a time. The people of the town can never leave and are plagued by the fear of what would happen if the witch’s eyes and mouth are ever opened. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Hex: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2016/12/hex-thomas-olde-heuvelt.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, strong leading women, horror, witch, curse, thriller, scary
55:55
October 8, 2020
Book Discussion: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Magical Realism | Number of Pages: 288 | Perspective: First | Location: Tennessee  Nothing to See Here follows Lilian as she becomes a nanny for one of her childhood friends. To her surprise, the children spontaneously catch on fire. So Lilian has to help conceal this secret to protect the children’s father’s political job. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Nothing to See Here: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2020/09/review-nothing-to-see-here-kevin-wilson.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, contemporary fiction, humor, magical realism, family, forgiveness, friendship, strong leading women
44:03
September 3, 2020
Book Discussion: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Contemporary Romance | Number of Pages: 320 | Perspective: First | Location: Boston, MA Things You Save in a Fire follows a female firefighter, Cassie, after an altercation with a government employee at an award ceremony causes her to lose her position. Cassie's estranged mother needs help while recovering from eye surgery, so Cassie reluctantly accepts the invite, with the caveat that it would be temporary. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Things You Save in a Fire: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2020/08/review-things-you-save-in-a-fire-katherine-center.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, contemporary romance, romance, family, forgiveness, friendship, firefighter, strong leading women
40:54
August 16, 2020
Book Discussion: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Post Apocalyptic Sci-fi/Fantasy | Number of Pages: 287 | Perspective: First | Location: New Mexico/Colorado/Arizona Trail of Lightning follows the monster hunter, Maggie, after a climate-change-induced flood drowns most of the world. Now, gods, heroes, and monsters walk amongst those who remain on an old Navajo reservation. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Trail of Lightning: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2020/07/review-trail-of-lightning-rebecca-roanhorse.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, diverse books, YA, young adult, teen books, adventure, fantasy, apocalyptic 
01:00:55
July 28, 2020
Book Discussion: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
*Disclaimer: This episode was recorded in November 2019, before the death of George Floyd and the 2020 protests against police brutality* Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Young Adult Contemporary | Number of Pages: 464 | Perspective: First | Location: Mississippi  On the Come Up follows teen rapper Bri, trying to follow in her late father’s footsteps. She finally goes viral for her controversial rap. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of On the Come Up: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2020/06/review-on-the-come-up-angie-thomas.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, diverse books, #blacklivesmatter, Black fiction, YA, young adult, teen books
58:01
June 14, 2020
Book Discussion: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Horror/Psychological Thriller | Number of Pages: 286 | Perspective: First | Location: Boston Suburbs, MA When their eldest teenage daughter seemingly starts to lose her mind, the family in A Head Full of Ghosts turns to their church and a reality show for exorcism help. Is she really possessed by a demon or is it schizophrenia? For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of A Head Full of Ghosts: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/10/review-head-full-of-ghosts-paul-tremblay.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay, A Head Full of Ghosts, horror, ghost story, spooky, exorcism, religion
53:18
October 9, 2019
Book Discussion: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Crime Mystery | Number of Pages: 368 | Perspective: First | Location: London, England and Ireland Sweet Little Lies follows the detective Cat as she tries to solve a murder that intertwines with a missing person case from her childhood hometown that she has always suspected her father is tied to. For a complete summary, you can go here Full review of Sweet Little Lies: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/09/review-sweet-little-lies-caz-frear.html Interview with the author, Caz Frear: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/08/q-a-with-caz-frear.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, Sweet Little Lies, Caz Frear, crime fiction, crime mystery, mystery thriller, detective, police fiction, England
59:22
September 2, 2019
Book Discussion: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com  The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi Number of Pages: 343 Perspective: First Person Location: Manhattan, NY An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows 23-year-old April May as she becomes a viral social media influencer after discovering the first of many alien robots in the middle of Manhattan. This starts a series of puzzles to figure out what these robots, referred to as Carls, want. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/08/book-review-an-absolutely-remarkable-thing-by-hank-green.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat  Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota.   Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, Hank Green, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, sci-fi, science fiction, young adult, new adult
01:03:43
August 16, 2019
Book Discussion: Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Magic Realism Number of Pages: 369 Perspective: Third Omniscient Location: New York City, NY The Rules of Magic follows three magical siblings from the 1960s to 1990s. Their ancestors were cursed so that no one in their family could ever love or else their significant other would face disastrous consequences. But this conflicts with one of the three major rules of magic: Fall in love whenever you can. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of The Rules of Magic: https://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/06/review-rules-of-magic-alice-hoffman.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, hello sunshine bookclub, Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman, magic, magical realism, fantasy
01:03:05
June 17, 2019
Book Discussion: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info Genre: Historical Fiction Number of Pages: 368 Perspective: Multiple First Person Location: Los Angeles, CA Daisy Jones and the Six takes place in the late sixties in the era of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. It is formatted in documentary-style transcripts and follows a band, The Six, who reluctantly accepts the alluring Daisy Jones as their second lead singer. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of Daisy Jones and the Six: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/04/review-daisy-jones-and-the-six-taylor-jenkins-reid.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, hello sunshine bookclub, historical fiction, music, Taylor Jenkins Reid, rock and roll, Daisy Jones and The Six, behind the music
58:56
April 28, 2019
Book Discussion: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info Genre: Historical Fiction Number of Pages: 532 Perspective: Alternating First + Third Location: France The Alice Network is a story following two women. One is Eve, a spy in World War I. The other is Charlie, a well-off college student shamed by her accidental pregnancy in the aftermath of World War II. Their timelines converge as Charlie goes on a search for her cousin who went missing after the war. For a complete summary, you can go here. Full review of The Alice Network: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/04/review-the-alice-network-kate-quinn.html Virtual Written Book Chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish, hello sunshine bookclub, historical fiction, history, the alice network, kate quinn
57:20
April 8, 2019
Book Discussion: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Episode Summary: In this Book club discussion, we will have an in-depth analysis of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Each month, we discuss a different best selling novel with a strong female lead. *Spoiler alert for the conversation.* For the full book review and articles related to writing, publishing, and editing, visit: www.judgingmorethanjustthecover.com The chat doesn't end here. Let us know your thoughts in the comment area or connect with us on social media. Enjoyed the show? Share the love. Give us a review, like, follow, and a share with your friends. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/judgingmorethan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/judgingmorethanjustthecover/ Book Info: Genre: Psychological Thriller Number of Pages: 375 Perspective: First Alternating Location: New York City, NY Book Summary: Motivated by her need for money, Jessica weasels her way into a psychology professor’s study on ethics and morality. She doesn’t realize that she just threw herself into the psychiatrist’s ruthless and manipulative test for her husband.  Full review of An Anonymous Girl here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/2019/02/an-anonymous-girl-greer-hendricks-sarah.html Virtual written book chats: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.com/category/book-chat Team: Amber Gregg, James Moore, and Kate Ota. Tags: book talk, book club, books, thriller, virtual book club, podcast, audio book club, book chat, book discussion, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous girl, psychological thriller, book, fiction, novel, review, book review, book of the month, bookish
56:43
February 22, 2019