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A podcast by two avid readers on books, reading, and the bookish community!
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Reading Squad Season 2 Episode 6: Changes
This months episode features an interview with Author L. Austen Johnson! Give it a listen! 
September 1, 2021
Reading Squad S2 Ep5: Disability Fiction
Hello Reading Squad! This months episode discusses Disability Fiction for the theme of Disability Pride Month happening now! and also a soap box, by Rachel and Rashmila, about how  you can't read you away out of racism. That getting rid of systemic racism will require more then just reading books, but it is a good first step. So grab your headphones and your book lists and be ready to add to your ever growing TBR!  As always you can buy the books we talk about on our show at Bookshop!
July 21, 2021
Reading Squad S2 Ep4: Immigrant Authors and Summer Reads
Hello everyone! welcome back to another episode of the Reading Squad Podcast. As mentioned in this months episode, here are some links to help you find great reads, all summer long!  Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide 2021  Tournament of Books Camp 2021  Lastly, Feel free to buy from our Bookshop, where the books we discuss on the show are available for purchase.  Happy Reading Y'all,  Rachel and Rashmila 
June 13, 2021
Reading Squad: S2 E3: Fantasy Reads and Social Justice Events
This months episode, Rachel and Rashmila, discuss fantasy reads, their reads from last month and their engagement with social justice within the bookish community. 
May 20, 2021
Reading Squad S2 E2: Trans Authors and Instant Buys
Note: This months sound quality is different from other episodes we apologize in advance.  Welcome! This months episode discusses reads by Trans and Non Binary Authors, Authors that are an instant buy or an instant read! Join Us as we discuss great books to add to your ever growing TBR!  
April 4, 2021
Reading Squad S2 E1: Black and Queer Love and Antiracism
 Hello Reading Squad! Welcome to Season 2 of The reading squad podcast where Rachel and Rashmila discuss various books that fall into our new Diverse Reads Challenge for 2021 and Some new and exciting things we are hoping to bring you in this new season! So grab your notepads, cause you will want to jot down all the books we mention in this episode. You can follow us on instagram @readingsquadpodcast. Happy Reading y'all! 
March 3, 2021
Reading Squad Episode 8: TBR and Christmas Reads
Merry Christmas Reading Squad! This episode discusses Christmas reads, and our ever growing TBR's. So Grab  a warm drink and come join us as we give you a whole hours worth of books to add to your own TBR! 
January 10, 2021
Reading Squad Episode 7: Nonfiction November and Gifts for Book Lovers
This month Rachel and Rashmila discuss  nonfiction books, gifts for the booklovers in your life, or yourself and the Goodreads Choice Awards. 
November 27, 2020
Reading Squad Episode 6: Magical Books, Thrillers and Subscription Boxes
Happy Halloween Reading Squad, Rashmila and I have lined up a whol slew of books to reccomend! whether you like ghost stories or scary stories or comfort mysteries, this episode has something for everyone.  This episode we are also discussing Subscription boxes, if you have been thinking about a subscription box but not sure which one to get, liusten to our reccomendations about which ones we are subscribed to! 
October 31, 2020
Reading Squad Episode 5: Latino/a/x Heritage Month
Happy September reading squad! This month Rashmila and I have a great lineup of books written by Latin, Latina, and Latinx Authors for you to add to your TBR! So grab a hot drink and a warm sweat and give this episode a listen.  Here is are the books that we mention/discuss/recommend:  Afterlife by Julia Alvarez Gods of Jade and Shadow  by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez  It Is Wood It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham  Prime Meridian By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Upright Women Wanted by Sara Gailey Ester The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam Caste by Isabel Wilkerson Ready Player One By Ernest Cline Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli We are Not From Here by Jenny Tores Sanchez Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine  The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
September 27, 2020
Reading Squad Episode 4: Indigenious Authors and Pet Peeves
This Month, Rashmila and Rachel discuss Indigenious Authors and Book Pet Peeves. Give us a Listen, your TBR will thank us. 
August 30, 2020
Reading Squad Episode 3: Racism In Romance
Listen to Rachel and Rashmila talk about romance reads and the issues in the romance publishing industry on the newest episode of The Reading Squad. Here are the books mentioned/recommended: Girl Gone Viral By Alisha Rai Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole An Extraordinary Union By Alyssa Cole This is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Twenty-One Truths About Love By Matthew Dicks  Royal Holiday By Jasmine Guillory The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev Windward Heights by Maryse Condé The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller The Sober Lush by Amanda Ward and Jardine Libaire The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
August 1, 2020
Reading Squad Episode 2: LGBTQ and Juneteenth Reads
It's Pride and Juneteenth! Rachel and Rashmila discuss their current reads, current events, and how racism runs through families and the larger society.  Here are some of the books that we mentioned in our podcast. More recommendations for Juneteenth and Pride are on our social media sites.  Fierce Fairy Tales by Nikita Gill The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaiswal How we Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian The Priory fo the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Blache and the Talent Tenth by Barbara Neely My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurelia Durand Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
June 17, 2020
The Reading Squad: Asian American Heritage
Welcome to The Reading Squad, a monthly podcast where Rashmila and Rachel discuss books on the monthly theme, what they are reading, and other tidbits on book culture.  We celebrated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It honors the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We mentioned/discussed the following books in the podcast. Montress by Lysley Tenorio A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See Little Fireflies Everywhere By Celeste Ng Ladies’ Coupe by Anita Nair The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri The Great Indian Novel by  Shashi Tharoor The Short Stories of Willa Cather by Willa Cather The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness 1984 by George Orwell Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Big Little Man by Alex Tizon The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami Garnethill by Denise Mina Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
May 17, 2020