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What You Should Read

Kelly Hager, Julia Hall, Rachael Hall

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Friends Julia, Kelly, and Rachael discuss the newest books, trends and their never-ending TBR stacks. There will be laughs, great recommendations, and possibly (definitely) some spoilers. Tune in weekly and find out why these three have entirely ruined their dispositions with books. Want us to let you know what YOU should read? Fill out our google form and we'll recommend something to you on the podcast! https://forms.gle/QkN4uFtBTjnsGom88
 
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Hey Should-Heads! There's something special about finding a new author. It's like getting in on the ground floor of something amazing. Here are three of our favorite debuts! Look forthe books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When you buy using this link, you are supporting the podcast! AND if you use our code WHATY…
 
What's your favorite scary movie? So far (and for this year, at least), our answer is the 2022 Scream. We love the references, the "requel" term, the triumphant return of "Red Right Hand" and the #forWes return to brutality. This movie is a love letter to fans and that love is very requited. NOTE: There are spoilers in this episode. We discuss it v…
 
Hey Should-Heads! We're here with recommendations with antiracist books. With the latest round of voting rights challenges and library censorship, it's a good time to remember that this is an ongoing fight and not something where you read one book and you've learned everything there is to know. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode…
 
Hey Should-Heads! It's part 2 of our yearly round up episodes and this week we're discussing our faves from 2021 (remember 2021? Seems so long ago!) Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When you buy using this link, you are supporting the podcast! AND if you use our code WHATYOUSHOULDREAD a…
 
We chose a double feature based on religious horror and found an accidentally perfect pairing. Both deal with the result of unprocessed trauma and its impact on religion (in Saint Maud, it leads to a powerful attachment to an offshoot of Catholicism and God; in The Vigil, it led to a renunciation of faith from a formerly Orthodox Jewish man) and wh…
 
Happy New Year, Should-Heads! We've missed you and each other but we're back now and we're excited to tell you the books we can't wait to read this year. And look for a special mini episode next week where we review all the books we loved in 2021. Yes we realize we are doing this out of order. No, we're not sorry. Look for (most of) the books menti…
 
So this past year's been really fun, huh? Very calm, very chill, very full of excellent movies! (Well, at least that last one's true.) Join us as we break down the best of the year and what we're excited for in 2022. (And uh, "break down" may be putting it mildly.) NOTE: There are spoilers in this episode. Next week, we'll be discussing St. Maud (a…
 
Merry Christmas Eve Should-heads! This year our gift to you is our annual crossover episode with our friends at Movies and a Meal. We watched three different Little Women adaptations, rated, and debated them. We discuss the important subjects such as, why is Laurie such a little twerp all the time? Is everyone just cool with the professor being SO …
 
We know we said that we were going to do Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, but we are rapidly approaching Christmas and, since neither of us are feeling festive or jolly, we thought maybe some holiday-themed movies would help. So that's how we came to watch the other four Silent Night Deadly Night movies. And the remake. And Christmas Evil (j…
 
Jason Klamm joined us for a fun chat about Day of the Dead and Land of the Dead! We're all fans of George Romero's and the way that the series succeeds as horror movies and as allegories. What we weren't necessarily expecting? Just how well they also work as metaphor for life in a pandemic. Links Mentioned: Watch The Last House on Dead End Street: …
 
We've got a festive episode for you today, Should-Heads! We discuss our favorite Christmas movies and the books they remind us of. It's definitely going to get you in a holiday frame of mind. Grab some hot chocolate and your favorite cookies and let's get started. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affil…
 
We know we said that we were going to discuss Freaks and Nightbreed, but it turns out that those are maybe not the movies we felt like watching and discussing. Instead, we decided maybe it was time to spread some holiday cheer. But then we were remembered we were us, so instead, we chose to discuss Silent Night Deadly Night and Black Christmas! NOT…
 
We're here to talk about historical fiction today, Should-heads! It's one of Rachael's favorite genres and we've got a bunch of great picks for you. Also, since we've been gone for a bit, our "recent acquisitions" are a little bit out of control. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When yo…
 
Is there a better horror pairing than Fright Night and The Lost Boys? That's what we're discussing today and both are easily two of Kelly's favorites. We explore vampire depictions in general and these two movies in particular, as well as what exactly Richard Gilmore (Ed Herrmann) is doing in The Lost Boys. NOTE: There are spoilers in this episode.…
 
We're here to talk about our favorite celebrity memoirs! Topics include what makes a great one (SPOILER: it's gossip) and who we wish would write a tell-all book. We've got some great choices and all of our TBRs have significantly grown. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libro.fm by using our affiliate link. When you buy usi…
 
In this episode, we discuss two of our favorite movies: I, Madman (literally the second horror movie Kelly saw and one she watched repeatedly growing up) and In the Mouth of Madness (one we both love but which Josh has watched weekly for literal years). The idea of living inside a book (or having a book come to life in the world we inhabit) sounds …
 
Josh and Kelly are joined by Rektok Ross (author of Ski Weekend, a fantastic book that you can buy right now) to discuss I Know What You Did Last Summer (the movie and the TV show). There are brief mentions of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer because Kelly is a bad friend who said it would be fun to watch and discuss that, too. NOTE: There are…
 
As the holidays approach, we know many will be hitting the road to see friends, family, and maybe an enemy or two. Pass the time on your road trip with an audio book, and we've got some great suggestions from Uncle Danny and Aunt Amy, two experts of both audio books and long road trips. Look for (most of) the books mentioned in this episode on Libr…
 
Josh and Kelly discuss Chopping Mall and Night of the Comet, two very 80s movies that are set in the mall. Sidebar topics include whether we would survive a Night of the Comet-type scenario, a scene in Chopping Mall that is horrifying to both of us and how if you can make a reference to Rocky IV, you DO make a reference to Rocky IV. NOTE: There are…
 
You Should Watch: The Second Season of the Babysitters Club! (with guest Alysia Lee) Should-Heads, have you watched the new season of the Babysitters Club yet? If not, we definitely recommend it. We do a deep dive into the season and its themes, plus we chat about personality quizzes, growing up, friendships and grief. Follow Alysia Lee: Website: h…
 
Josh and Kelly discuss the original Paranormal Activity and its newest sequel, Next of Kin. There's the obvious discussion of how they relate to The Blair Witch Project, but there are plenty of other worthy comparisons. Also, Kelly discusses her Halloween weekend movie marathon. NOTE: There are spoilers in this episode. Other movies mentioned: The …
 
The year's practically almost over, Should-heads. We may not have done very well on our October reading, but we're hoping to finish the year strong. Also? The last two months are full of amazing book releases. (We would also do a joint recommendation for Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult, releasing at the end of November.) Currently reading: Julia…
 
Josh and Kelly discuss the original Night of the Demons in this bonus episode. You can stream it on Prime or Shudder. NOTE: There are spoilers in this episode. Other movies mentioned: Return of the Living Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master On Tuesday's episode, we'll discuss the original Paranormal Activity and the new release, Paran…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's the Halloween season, and you know what that means: Kelly is talking nonstop about all things horror (even more than usual). Join us on a Stockholm syndrome ride from here to November 1. Follow What You Should Read: Twitter: @wysr_podcast Instagram: @wysr_podcast Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/115539912-what-y…
 
Josh and Kelly watch two of Jamie Lee Curtis's other horror movies: Prom Night and Terror Train! If you haven't seen those, you're in for a real treat. (Both are streaming through Shudder.) As an added bonus, we also discuss the new Chucky and I Know What You Did Last Summer series (Chucky is on Syfy but season passes are available to buy on Vudu a…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's our last full episode before Halloween, but don't worry we have more of 13 days of Kellowe'en ahead! Today we're joined by our friend Kim to chat about our favorite vampire books. Why are we so into these books? And why is blood-drinking so...hot? (At least sometimes.) Currently reading: Julia: Book slump Kelly: The Man and H…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Welcome to more 13 Days of Kelloween! We're joined by Kelly's friend and Press Play and Scream podcast cohost Joshua Bermont to discuss horror as metaphor. Movies mentioned: Candyman, Get Out, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, People Under the Stairs and Music of the Heart. Press Play and Scream Twitter: https://twitter.…
 
Oh, Should-Heads! Today is Kelly's favorite episode. We discuss movies that Julia and Rachael will likely never see: James Wan's newest feature Malignant and Hell House, LLC. Other films discussed include The Exorcist and its sequels and prequels. We are thrilled as always to be joined by The Other Mrs. Miller author Allison Dickson (aka our Steve …
 
Welcome to another 13 Days of Kelloween! Today, we're discussing witches and the books that make us love them...with author Erin Sterling! We loved Ex Hex and so we're very excited to get more witchy recs. Books mentioned: The Witching Hour (Anne Rice), The Witch's Daughter (Paula Brackston), Garden Spells (Sarah Addison Allen) and Sanctuary (V.V. …
 
Halloween Kills has been out for under a week and Twitter has some strong opinions. Author and fellow horror enthusiast Cooper S. Beckett is here to chat about the two most recent Halloween movies and the outcry. Sidebar discussions include favorite franchise sequels and music. NOTE: There are spoilers for both Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills.…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Welcome to Kelloween, a 13-day celebration of all things scary, spooky, gory, and macabre. To kick us off today we are joined by our friend Kathy to discuss true crime. We've got podcast, book and movie recs, plus our true crime podcast homage: the weekly distraction. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of violence…
 
We're not sure if you heard about this, but the Scream 5 trailer dropped today and we have thoughts. Links mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beToTslH17s Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PressPlayScream Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pressplayandscream/ Website: https://pressplayandscream.buzzsprout.com/…
 
We’re Josh and Kelly, two best friends and horror enthusiasts who are taking our love of scary movies too far...with a weekly podcast! In our first episode, we introduce ourselves and talk about Scream, one of our favorite scary movies. Going forward, we’ll have double features (including next week, where we discuss the 2018 Halloween and this year…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to discuss The Ex Hex! We all absolutely loved it and had the best time chatting with author Erin Sterling. We also do a deep dive into the Bad Art Friend saga (read the link to follow the story that took over book Twitter this week) and join us as we discuss love, witchcraft and curses. Currently reading: Julia: …
 
Hi, Should-Heads! Sometimes it seems like Julia got the idea to start a podcast just so she could talk about how great Spoiler Alert is. (If that's true, it's definitely the best possible reason.) We had a great time with Olivia Dade chatting about fandom and ships, obviously, but also minotaurs, ranch dressing and representation. Other books discu…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're joined by our friend Kathy to share some of the best releases out in October! We also discuss being intentional with reading choices and oh hey, did you know Julia had a birthday recently? Currently reading: Julia: Defy the Night (Brigid Kemmerer) and Please Don't Sit on my Bed In Your Outside Clothes (Phoebe Robinson) Kelly…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We spent last Friday going to some of the bookstores in Baltimore and DC! (There are a bunch we missed, so hopefully there will be a part two the next time Rachael comes to Baltimore!) We visited five bookstores and were joined by Kindred Spirit of the Pod Bekki Fahrer for three of them. It was a great day and became a Very Expens…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It's technically fall and we are ready for it. Bring on your apple cider, comfy clothes and...all things scary?! (If you're Kelly.) Book News: Reader infographic: https://blog.bookbaby.com/2020/08/the-reading-habits-of-five-generations-infographic/ Currently Reading: Julia: Grown (Tiffany D. Jackson) Kelly: The Lost Girls (Sonia H…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're so excited to be talking with Debbie Rigaud, one of our new favorite authors! Her most recent book is Simone Breaks All the Rules, but we delve into her backlist (including a royal rom-com), what it's like to work with Alyssa Milano and so much more. Check out the gorgeous cover for her upcoming release, A Girl's Guide to Lo…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! We're about to be incredibly optimistic and share the five books we're each determined to read before the end of the year. Will we do it, or are we setting ourselves up for failure? Book News: Stephen King short story: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/humble-charity-red-screen-stephen-king-books Supply chain problems: https://ww…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! This is the last podcast of the summer and we are ready for fall. And a new season means a bunch of new books. September has so many amazing reads and I'm honestly not sure how we narrowed it down to five each (that's a lie. Julia and her threats helped us narrow it down). Book News: PRH and preorders: https://www.publishersweekly…
 
Hi, Should-Heads! It feels like it's been forever, doesn't it? That makes this episode all the more appropriate; we're discussing Locked in Time, a favorite of Kelly's and her best friend Jen's, and a book that's about people that actually have been living forever (or fairly close to it). We also discuss more childhood favorites and our current pop…
 
While Julia was back in Maine, she and Rachael (and Rachael's husband Will) spent a day driving from bookstore to bookstore. Stops include multiple locations of Sherman's Books, Bull Moose and Mockingbird Books. See highlights from the trip on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WYSR_Podcast/status/1417807555066269700 Or Instagram: https://www.instagram.c…
 
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