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That Pretentious Book Club

Ash O'Rourke and Kendall Shaw

A Comedy Podcast By and For Book Lovers. If you love books, laughter, and witty ladies drinking tea (and whiskey), this is the podcast for you.

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That Pretentious Book Club - TRAILER
May 19 2022
That Pretentious Book Club - TRAILER
If you love books, laughter, and witty ladies drinking tea (and whiskey), this is the podcast for you. From classics like Pride and Prejudice and the Great Gatsby to modern day should-be-classics like Percy Jackson, Twilight, and more, this comedy book club podcast has everything a book lover could want.That Pretentious Book Club is a bookish comedy podcast produced by Story Sirens' Studio.Find the club wherever you listen to podcasts, storysirensstudio.com, and more.Support the show
The Name of the Star
6d ago
The Name of the Star
Welcome to Season #4 Episode #2 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode the book club is present and accounted for to discuss The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. This listener recommendation and a favorite of Wheezy's has everything you want in a paranormal YA mystery - plus Jack the Ripper lore! Join the hosts as they discuss the possible existence of blue chickens and what it is about true crime that is just so fascinating, plus all the other fantastical ghosty elements that make this book such a gripping read.Skippers jump to 25:25Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of The Name of the Star.Find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at patreon.com/storysirensstudio or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Northanger Abbey
Jun 13 2022
Northanger Abbey
Welcome to Season #4 Episode #1 of That Pretentious Book Club! In true TPBC fashion, the hosts kick off Season 4 of this bookish comedy podcast with another classic by Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. From a review of Austen's most insufferable male characters to what it is exactly that makes the tone of this book so different, the hosts find plenty to laugh, love, and gasp about. Join the club as Spoons and Wheezy fawn over and summarize Northanger Abbey, offering their unique insight into everything that makes this book so remarkable.Skippers jump to 16:38 Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Northanger Abbey.Find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at patreon.com/storysirensstudio or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Season 3 Hiatus Announcement
Jun 6 2022
Season 3 Hiatus Announcement
Welcome club members and new listeners alike!This week That Pretentious Book Club is on hiatus to celebrate the end of Season 3! Don't miss us too much though, we'll be back next week to start off Season 4 in true TPBC tradition with another Jane Austen classic, - Northanger Abbey! Until then, check out our sister podcast for writers - The Scripturient Society - and enjoy catching up on any missed episodes. Reach out on social media @thatpretentiousbookclub to let us know which books you liked (or hated) the most from this season!As always, lots of love to the club, and remember to keep your teacups full, pinkies high, and book club pretentious until we get back!Support the show
Fallen
May 30 2022
Fallen
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #22 of That Pretentious Book Club! In the last episode of Season 3, the hosts fly upon uncertain wings into a fan-favorite of the YA supernatural romance genre, Fallen by Lauren Kate. An episode packed with violent outbursts of laughter at all the wonderful and ICONIC elements of this genre and the book in general, Spoons and Wheezy find plenty to discuss about this very 2009 angel romance. Join the club as the hosts battle over good-boy-vs-bad-boy (with a twist) and debate the gap between hot YA character and hot YA character who can fly. hat Pretentious Book Club will return 06/13/2022 after a brief hiatus week to prepare for Season 4!Skippers jump to 20:16Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Fallen.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Fahrenheit 451
May 23 2022
Fahrenheit 451
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #21 of That Pretentious Book Club! This week the hosts summarize one of Wheezy's all-time favorite reads - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This disturbingly relatable dystopian defines the science fiction genre, and sparks plenty of intellectual (and not so intellectual discourse) in this second-to-last episode of season 3. Join the club as the hosts discuss all the overstimulating media, excellent points made by villains, and hope/despair that can be taken from this classic sci-fi read.Skippers jump to 21:15Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Fahrenheit 451.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
That Pretentious Book Club - TRAILER
May 19 2022
That Pretentious Book Club - TRAILER
If you love books, laughter, and witty ladies drinking tea (and whiskey), this is the podcast for you. From classics like Pride and Prejudice and the Great Gatsby to modern day should-be-classics like Percy Jackson, Twilight, and more, this comedy book club podcast has everything a book lover could want.That Pretentious Book Club is a bookish comedy podcast produced by Story Sirens' Studio.Find the club wherever you listen to podcasts, storysirensstudio.com, and more.Support the show
Twilight
May 16 2022
Twilight
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #20 of That Pretentious Book Club! You read it right, folks. In this episode Spoons and Wheezy leap with unbridled fervor into the YA paranormal romance that changed the face of the genre forever, as well as shaping the social and entertainment lives of two enthusiastic sixth graders in very different ways - you guessed it (and also because you read it in the title already); this episode is all about Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.  Join the club as the hosts discuss all the cathartic angst, hilarity, and more contained in and sparked by this all-time fan-favorite.Skippers jump to 25:10Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Twilight.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Jude the Obscure
May 9 2022
Jude the Obscure
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #19 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy discuss the absolute rollercoaster that is Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. This listener recommendation prompts hilarious and even disturbing discussions ranging from everything between ecclesiastical stonemasonry and cousin lovers. Join the club as the hosts discuss all there is to love - and be horrified by - in this admittedly compelling classic. Skippers jump to 23:33Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Jude the Obscure.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the pod at or visit storysirensstudio.com to check out club merch and more!Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
The Woman in the Window
May 2 2022
The Woman in the Window
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #18 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Wheezy takes on the club all by her lonesome (don't worry - the good doctor will return next episode per usual) for the gasp-inducing thriller that is The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Also well known for its gripping Netflix adaptation, there is so much to overanalyze and puzzle out in this deeply classic representation of the thriller genre, despite not being a classic at all. Join Ash as she gets lost in her own words just as much as those of the book in this very - let's call it "unique" - episode.Skippers jump to 9:05Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of The Woman in the Window.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Apr 25 2022
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #17 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy leap into the classic novel by Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Highly sentimental yet gritty in its realism, this novel is a beautiful and inspiring story of an Irish-American family finding their footing in the early 1900s. Join the hosts as they vacillate wildly from despair, hope, and adoration for these characters, while finding plenty of nonsense and sunburns to laugh about along the way.Skippers jump to 20:43 Pour yourself a cup of black coffee, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Illuminae
Apr 18 2022
Illuminae
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #16 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy leap into the amazing YA sci-fi epistolary novel Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by incomparably brilliant authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Spoiler alert - the hosts LOVED this book. Join the club as they recount the worst natural disasters they've survived,  catch feelings for a computer, and overall GUSH about one of the most unique and exciting stories they've read in a long time.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Illuminae.Skippers jump to 27:26Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Dubliners
Apr 11 2022
Dubliners
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #15 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy explore the evocatively human short stories collected in Dubliners by James Joyce! There really was no one like James for presenting all the beauty and melancholy of reality in the most relatable yet somehow alien ways possible. If you're looking for ambience, between the nighttime crickets in the background and the shockingly on-topic discussion of this week's read, this episode is for you.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Dubliners .Skippers jump to 19:16Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Fablehaven
Apr 4 2022
Fablehaven
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #14 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy dive into of the most fun book recommendations yet, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull! This upper middle grade fantasy follows the exciting, delightful, and dangerous introduction of siblings Kendra and Seth to a world of magical havens their unpredictable inhabitants. Join the hosts as they laugh their way through this absolutely wild adventure.Pour yourself a cup of milk, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Fablehaven.Skippers jump to 17:40Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Persuasion
Mar 28 2022
Persuasion
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #13 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy return to club-favorite and beloved author Jane Austen for their take on/experience reading Persuasion. If you're feeling nostalgic for the chaos of the pod's early days, this episode is for you! The hosts have plenty to say about just about everything - this week's book included!Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Persuasion. Skippers jump to 47:00Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubChalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who TeachChalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify Through the Wine Glass PodcastWe bring you on a tour with winemakers & vintners. You never know what may spill overListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
The Selection
Mar 21 2022
The Selection
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #12 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy are joined by special guest and Podcast Astrologist Katherine for The Selection by Kiera Cass. A series known for its iconic ballgown covers and unique plot similar to that of the The Bachelorette, this week's reading selection is a fan-favorite for many lovers of Young Adult romantic fantasy.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of The Selection.Skippers jump to 18:21Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the show
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Mar 14 2022
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #11 of That Pretentious Book Club! In this episode Spoons and Wheezy round out their Brontë sisters TBR with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by none other than Anne Brontë. This gripping epistolary drama was surprising in a myriad of ways, earning high praise from both hosts who found plenty to adore and laugh about within a seriously intense cast of characters - some abhorrent and insipid, while others are delightfully inspiring.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.Skippers jump to 21:49Visit us at thatpretentiousbookclub.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubSupport the show (
Royal Street (The Sentinels of New Orleans, Book #1)
Mar 7 2022
Royal Street (The Sentinels of New Orleans, Book #1)
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #10 of That Pretentious Book Club!In this week's episode, Spoons and Wheezy discuss one of Ash's favorite new-adult urban fantasy series of all times - The Sentinels of New Orleans, starting with Book #1, Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson. From roguishly charming undead pirates to obnoxiously bureaucratic wizard councils, this book has it all, with the added bonus of being set in New Orleans, giving the book even more color, character, and excitement than it would have anywhere else.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Royal Street.Skippers jump to 25:06Visit us at storysirensstudio.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubCheck out our sister podcast The Scripturient Society for writers!Support the show (
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Feb 28 2022
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #9 of That Pretentious Book Club!In this week's episode, Spoons and Wheezy discuss all-time favorite Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The wit and humor in this beloved classic outshine even the delightful comedy of the hosts themselves, as they fawn over the literary darling that is Huckleberry and the important themes Twain was such an expert at communicating both in his time and ours.Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.Skippers jump to 15:26Visit us at storysirensstudio.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubCheck out our sister podcast The Scripturient Society for writers!Support the show (
The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Feb 21 2022
The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #8 of That Pretentious Book Club!In this week's episode, Spoons and Wheezy are joined by host of sister podcast The Scripturient Society Karissa Harlow for a nostalgic throwback to middle-grade favorite The Fairy-Tale Detectives, book one in the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.  If you loved Scholastic book fairs, cup stacking, and other middle grade things, this episode is bound to unlock some core memories for the little reader in each of us. Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of The Fairy-Tale Detectives.Skippers jump to 23:42Visit us at storysirensstudio.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubCheck out our sister podcast The Scripturient Society for writers!Support the show (
Romeo and Juliet
Feb 14 2022
Romeo and Juliet
Welcome to Season #3 Episode #7 of That Pretentious Book Club!In this week's special Valentine's Day episode, Spoons and Wheezy cover the story that practically defined the star-crossed lovers trope, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Join the hosts as they respectively adore and detest this story, making it the perfect episode for Valentine's Day romantics and anti-romantics alike! Pour yourself a cup of tea, raise a pinky, and join the club for this discussion of Romeo and Juliet.Skippers jump to 15:49Visit us at storysirensstudio.com or find us on social media @thatpretentiousbookclubCheck out our sister podcast The Scripturient Society for writers!Support the show (