Throwback Paperback: A Young Adult Novel Podcast

The Nerd Party

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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

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Diving into the second book of the series, the war effort continues, and the reader's confusion starts to grow. As the romance struggles, so does our enjoyment of the series. The plot does start to feel messy, and when Charles gets confused, he luckily has Asia to guide him through. More and more of the world-building and character choices start to unravel, and the lack of logic does start to wear us down. Ironically though, we can sense even more unhinging coming up ahead. ​ Next week we will be reading chapters 25-47 of book 2 in the series, Insurgent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Nov 22

1 hr 11 min

We go 0 to 100 real quick as we wrap up Dauntless initiation and immediately get into the overarching of the series, the Erudite-initiated war. Tris and her ability to escape simulations is pivotal, but this is when we start to see some continuity cracks. The ending is quite polarizing, but for once, we actually agree on how to respond. The romance is also doing it for us still as we finish the first book of the trilogy. ​ Next week we will be reading chapters 1-24 of book 2 in the series, Insurgent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Nov 15

1 hr 4 min

This week we are choosing our factions as we start the Divergent Trilogy! We are entering the world of Tris Prior as she makes the monumental decision to leave the selfless Abnegation and join the brave Dauntless. There’s a lot of romance and sexual tension, so of course your two co-hosts love that part of the story. We also get into the building mysteries, and we’re excited to uncover the answers. What faction do you think each of the hosts would have come from and which one would they have chosen? Next week we will be reading chapters 21-39 of book 1 in the series, Divergent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Nov 8

1 hr 9 min

As we wrap up the series, we end up feeling more and more like Messenger and less and less like The Giver. We continue Claire’s story as she reclaims her memories, climbs out of the ditch, and finds her way to Gabe. We debate Claire’s trade as well as the successes and failures of the series. Would we recommend this series to a friend? Does the ending really stack up to the hype? How does the whole series feel as we finish it up? You’ll have to listen to find out. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-20 of Divergent, book 1 in our new series, Divergent. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Nov 1

43 min 43 sec

It’s time for the final book of The Giver Quartet. This final book is called Son, and we return to Jonas’ original community. We are following Gabriel’s birthmother, Claire, as she gives birth to Gabe, is dismissed from being a birthmother and starts to rebel against the community. We thoroughly enjoy returning to Jonas’ community as that dystopian set-up is what we have enjoyed the most. Join us on Claire’s journey as we get close to finishing the series. Next week we will be reading chapters 23-45 of book 4 in the series, Son. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Oct 25

34 min 30 sec

In an excoriation of an episode, we wrap up Messenger. Make sure you listen to hear how we respond to all of the suspense built up in the first half of the book. This episode is rather quick as the reading is short, but we cover many perspectives on the resolution of the book. There’s a discussion of the powers of the protagonists, the worldbuilding, and arc of this particular novel. Once again, we confront the idea that these books all feel like separate books, rather than a cohesive series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-22 of book 4 in the series, Son. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Oct 18

34 min 48 sec

After divisive episodes on Gathering Blue, we are back this week with renewed hopes for book number three, Messenger. This community connects our first two books and also develops its own struggles and complexities. The protagonist Matty is a fun character to read from, and we are excited about the darker themes being explored in this particular conflict. Both hosts do take some exception to the ret-conning and world inconsistencies revealed, but are hopeful for the second half. Next week we will be reading chapters 12-21 of book 3 in the series, Messenger. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Oct 11

42 min 12 sec

This week Charles and Asia continue the discussion of Gathering Blue. This time both hosts agree on their feelings on the ending unlike last week. All of our mysteries are solved and even new ones that are introduced are quickly answered as well. We learn more of the sinister nature of this community and the lengths the leaders are willing to go to to capture the artists they need. The one exciting reveal at the end of the book does set up the next book well, and we’re excited to get into the plot arc by the end of this episode. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-11 of book 3 in the series, Messenger. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Oct 4

37 min 46 sec

It’s time for Gathering Blue, the second book of The Giver Quartet. Possibly for the first time, we have a real disagreement between the hosts. One of us is totally vibing with this book, and the other is not at all. This community or world is quite different from Jonas’ but we have a good time drawing parallels and contrasts between these two worlds. We are left with a lot of cliffhangers, so to find out who liked the book you have to listen this week, and to get resolution to those cliffhangers, you have to listen again next week.  ​Next week we will be reading chapters 13-23 of book 2 in the series, Gathering Blue. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Sep 27

35 min 15 sec

We wrap up The Giver this week as we watch Jonas discover more secrets of the community. He learns more about pain, humanity, and the procedure called release. Upon discovering the secrets of suppressed knowledge and the full range of human emotion, Jonas feels he must make a difference in the world. We discuss the lack of humanity as well as our theories and debates from the previous episode. Finally, we wrap up the book with more questions than answers hoping we will get at least some fragments of answers within the next three books in the set. ​Next week we will be reading chapters 1-12 of book 2 in the series, Gathering Blue. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Sep 20

39 min 28 sec

We continue our unit on dystopian society as we explore “the community” where Jonas turns 12 and his world is turned upside down when he becomes the Receiver of Memory. As we read through Jonas’ eyes we find out how disgustingly “same” his community is and how much of life has been taken away from the denizens. The writing and approach to narrative is quite different from our recent books, and as usual Charles and Asia debate if it’s a spoiler if you have a gut feeling about a plot point in a book that you read a decade ago but cannot now remember.  ​ Next week we will be reading chapters 13-23 of book 1 in the series, The Giver. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Sep 13

1 hr 4 min

Wrapping up The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, we see Coriolanus Snow’s final and complete descent into evil. After being caught cheating to win the 10th Hunger Games, Snow becomes a peacekeeper and much more drama occurs, which Charles was most definitely not expecting. We get into Snow’s mental state and his tendency to justify his cruel and bad behavior. His final descent ends up being quite perverse, but Snow lands on top. In this episode, we frequently commend Collins’ writing and all the ways she ties the prequel so neatly to the original trilogy. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-12 of The Giver, book 1 in our new series, The Giver Quartet. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Sep 6

1 hr

Charles and Asia dive into The Hunger Games prequel novel this week, and they follow a young Coriolanus Snow on his journey as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games. We get to know Coriolanus as the only surviving male in a once wealthy high-class family, trying desperately to maintain his social status in the Capitol while not letting anyone else know of his troubles. The prequel serves to provide even more world building and explanations of Panem and furthers our conversations on how the Hunger Games were not designed that well, which we see on full blast in these earlier iterations of the games. We’re already seeing Coriolanus’ cruel side, and we’re expecting to see that blossom even more in the second half. Next week we will be reading chapters 17-30 of the prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Aug 30

1 hr 6 min

This week, we wrap up the Katniss Everdeen story, as she, Gale, and Peeta fight through the Capitol. We discuss the conflict between Katniss and Coin, and the resolution of the love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale. We lose many major characters, and Asia and Charles get into how those deaths compare as first time readers, second time readers, and watchers of the movies. As expected we spend a fair bit of time on the love triangle and the essential differences in Gale and Katniss’ natures. Also, apparently Katniss spends months without showering, so we have to talk about that too. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-16 of the prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Aug 23

43 min 30 sec

We enter the final book of the trilogy this week, Mockingjay. This episode we get to explore the Gale and Katniss dynamic as we haven’t actually gotten too much in writing yet. We also take inventory of the things that we didn’t notice on our first time reading like Coin’s red flags and Prim’s wisdom. We are able to label the conflict between the Capitol and District 13 as a metaphor for the cold war between capitalism and communism, and get into how Katniss responds to these approaches of governance. Of course, we have to hate on Gale for his Jacob Black qualities, and we continue to be a Team Peeta podcast. Next week we will be reading chapters 15-21 of book 3 in the series, Mockingjay. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Aug 16

50 min

This episode wraps up Catching Fire, so we follow the plot from the prep time in the Capitol, through the arena, and into the final explosion. Charles and Asia dive into Katniss’ new strategy in the games of saving Peeta rather than herself, and the strange alliance that never made any sense. We get to meet some of the other victors as Katniss meets them, and like her, we generally like them. Asia thinks we could have figured out the clock sooner, but we do concede the horror of some of the more evil segments. As we’ve mentioned this podcast is officially Pro-Peeta, and we really enjoy getting to see Peeta and Katniss together in this section, both trying to die to protect the other. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-14 of book 3 in the series, Mockingjay. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Aug 9

57 min 59 sec

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 of the plot which is pretty much skipped over in the movie. Of course, we’re preparing for the arena and the Quell as Katniss plans to save Peeta this time rather than herself. Next week we will be reading chapters 15-27 of book 2 in the series, Catching Fire. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Aug 2

56 min 52 sec

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 remainder of the series so nicely. We also take some time to appreciate the gravity of the content, the loss of 22 teenagers’ lives, and we especially appreciate that Collins respects the severity of the content. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-14 of book 2 in the series, Catching Fire. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jul 26

52 min 27 sec

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 definitely a page turner. Next week we will be reading chapters 15-27 of book 1 in the series, The Hunger Games. Note: This episode was recorded around 4th of July, so please excuse some fireworks in the background. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jul 19

51 min 38 sec

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 religion sentiments are further explored as the series wraps up. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-14 of The Hunger Games, book 1 in our new series, The Hunger Games. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jul 12

1 hr 13 min

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 series, The Amber Spyglass. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jul 5

50 min 57 sec

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 role as Eve. ​Next week we will be reading chapters 1-19 of book 3 in the series, The Amber Spyglass. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jun 28

46 min 28 sec

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 series, The Subtle Knife.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jun 21

36 min 20 sec

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 it; so they follow Asriel into a new world.  Next week we will be reading chapters 1-8 of book 2 in the series, The Subtle Knife. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jun 14

51 min 59 sec

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 her alethiometer. Next week we will be reading chapters 14-23 of book 1 in the series, The Golden Compass. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jun 7

40 min 27 sec

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 series, His Dark Materials. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 31

57 min 44 sec

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 cover Midnight Sun. Next week we will be reading the entire extra book in the series, Midnight Sun. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 24

49 min 57 sec

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 week we will be reading chapters 19-39 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 17

54 min 2 sec

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. Bella does ultimately make the right choice in partner, at least according to Asia and Charles. We have the big newborn battle and Edward’s chivalry as always. Finally, we prepare for the final book of the series. Bella’s transformation and departure from the human world gets ever closer, and we are already getting excited for the wedding and Bella and Edward’s future together. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 10

50 min 51 sec

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 Dawn. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 10

22 min 10 sec

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 of our characters except Edward, so we fawn over him, and get pretty frustrated with Bella and as always Jacob. This reading also provides a lot of stories and world building, both vampire and werewolf origins, so we also enjoy that quite a bit. Bella also seems to have vampire transformation second thoughts. Next week we will be reading chapters 16-27 of book 3 in the series, Eclipse. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

May 3

1 hr 4 min

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 3 in the series, Eclipse. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Apr 26

38 min 57 sec

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 perspective that a new reader and a re-reader bring to a book. Next week we will be reading chapters 14-24 of book 2 in the series, New Moon. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Apr 19

43 min 50 sec

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 reading chapters 1-13 of book 2 in the series, New Moon. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Apr 12

57 min 20 sec

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 reading chapters 14-24 of book 1 in the series, Twilight. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Apr 5

53 min 45 sec

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 we’re really looking forward to our new series and the vampires and a completely different genre. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of book 1 in our new series, the Twilight Saga. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Mar 29

56 min 56 sec

We dive into the final book of the series as our characters move into preparation for the endgame. We have a huge convergence of good guys trying to beat the monsters on Alcatraz and then our other good guys on Danu Talis. We discuss Marethyu, Isis and Osiris, and Josh of course. We’re really excited about the final battle(s), and finally getting answers to our many questions. The tension is building, and we’re so close to resolution. Next week, we finish our second series of the podcast. Next week we will be reading chapters 41-79 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Mar 22

50 min 54 sec

Things are coming to a head as the monsters start to be released, and our large contingents of good guys and recently converted bad guys are doing everything they can to thwart that. Sophie and Josh both learn more magic, and Sophie learns a lot about Tsagaglalal and Abraham. It is becoming very clear how much of this story was pre-planned and expected. Of course, we have Josh bashing because that is the theme of our show, and we prep for the final book in our series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-40 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Mar 15

1 hr 4 min

We left off last week with a really big moment of Josh leaving Sophie to officially join team bad-guy. You already know that we have plenty to say about that. In this reading we get a big reveal of Aunt Agnes’ true identity as well as more proof of Machiavelli and Billy’s humanity. We also celebrate our boss women, good or bad, so we have love for Perenelle, Scathach, and Virginia. We also start to move into more discussion of the inevitability of the events of the series and we can feel that tension continuing to build. Next week we will be reading chapters 29-56 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Mar 8

45 min 4 sec

This week we wrap up The Necromancer, and boy is this episode a doozy. We have a lot of suspense with the hook-handed man, and some awesome discussion about Machiavelli’s humanity. Most importantly, Josh learns fire magic and gets lured away by Dee. After a big battle and when given the choice, Josh turns his back on Sophie and leaves her in favor of Dee and Dare. Obviously, we have a lot of thought about that. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-28 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Mar 1

57 min 10 sec

Diving into the second half of the series, we have a reading that basically recalibrates the story and tone for the second half of the series. Machiavelli and Dee revel in their failures but already develop plans to protect themselves. We meet Scatty’s twin sister and get lots of Josh suspicion. So clearly we have a lot to say. Francis is on the chase trying to find Joan, and Perenelle and Nicholas basically lay down the law for the rest of the series. Next week we will be reading chapters 34-66 of book 4 in the series, The Necromancer. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Feb 22

1 hr 2 min

We wrap up Perenelle’s book with her being an absolute boss. We spend a good portion of this episode just raving about her intellect and powers. Sophie and Josh learn water magic, and while we don’t lay into Josh as much as usual, we definitely have some words for him. Our cast of characters seems to grow and they get increasingly more spread out, but at least we do have a return of Scatty. Both Dee and Machiavelli have failed in their missions, so we are on the look-out for their punishments and how they will respond. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-33 of book 4 in the series, The Necromancer. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Feb 15

46 min 34 sec

We head into Perenelle’s book with her facing off against all manner of attacks on Alcatraz, and Nicholas leading the twins around London. With both twins awakened and powerful, their behavior has changed, and arguably, not for the better. We meet some more immortals, both good and bad, and our first Archon. Also we continue to talk about the divide between Dee and Machiavelli, and the importance of this growing rift. We end on a cliffhanger on both plot lines, not knowing what will happen with any of our characters. Oh, and Scatty is still in the river. Next week we will be reading chapters 36-70 of book 3 in the series, The Sorceress. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Feb 8

59 min 37 sec

This week we have the attack of the Disir and Nidhogg attacks our crew and rampages through Paris. Josh gets brave and gets awakened, but still no love from us, and he needs his sister to come save him from his own stupidity. We discuss Dee and Machiavelli’s motives and approaches to Josh, and we start to see Josh’s skepticism rubbing off on Sophie. Ultimately though, we end book 2 in a relatively good place. Nicholas is safe with both twins awakened, Perenelle rules Alcatraz, but Scatty is still underwater. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-35 of book 3 in the series, The Sorceress. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Feb 1

40 min 52 sec

This week we dive into our second book of our second series, The Magician. Transported to Paris, our crew is looking for allies, while their enemies seem to only be growing in number. Josh is also really really trying to get on our bad side and join the enemy cause. We meet a bunch more immortal humans; Josh gets a sword, and Sophie learns fire magic. Perenelle is still alone in SF, but she seems to be doing just fine on her own, though it looks like that might change soon. Next week we will be reading chapters 28-55 of book 2 in the series, The Magician. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jan 25

38 min 54 sec

We wrap up our first book of our second series, The Alchemyst. This section includes a lot of magic, Perenelle awesomeness, and Dee evil. We meet Endor, the coolest grandma and get some more answers to Asia’s questions. We also have an iconic and dramatic fall from grace for Josh, and Charles really let’s Asia lay into Josh’s emotional immaturity. This is a really fun episode in which you can get a lot more of our individual personalities shining through. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-27 of book 2 in the series, The Magician. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jan 18

35 min 43 sec

This week we break into series number two, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel! We read the first half of The Alchemyst, and we start our new world building, learning all about auras, magic, and Elders. This week we have a really great time swapping the roles. Charles finally gets to fill in plot questions for Asia since she was always answering his questions during Percy Jackson. As always, we have fun with pronunciation and we discuss each other’s aura scents, so that alone is worth listening to. Next week we will be reading chapters 22-41 of book 1 in the series, The Alchemyst. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jan 11

55 min 36 sec

In this super exciting episode, we wrap up our first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In the second half of The Last Olympian we have the battle for Olympus, the fight with Kronos, the spies, the rewards, and our official Percy and Annabeth relationship. We discover that the Great Prophecy is only triggered by Percy turning 16, but that the hero is Luke in his redemption and ultimate betrayal of Kronos. We get epic battles, tender moments, and a nice ending to our first series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-21 of book 1 in our new series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, The Alchemyst. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Jan 4

56 min 24 sec

We jump into the final book of our first series! This book is completely different as we basically start with all of our characters in teenager mode and already at warfare. We get some harsh calculations and sacrifices, the progress of the war between the Gods and the Titans and the full contents of the Great Prophecy are revealed. We discuss Achilles, Luke, and Percy, and lots of conversation about spies. Next week we will be reading chapters 13-23 of book 5 in the series, The Last Olympian. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Dec 2020

59 min 1 sec

In this episode we finish The Battle of the Labyrinth and get a lot of our longer running questions answered. We have the return of Rachel, the discovery of Daedalus, and most importantly, the resurrection of Kronos in Luke’s body. This episode really flies by with lots of important plot points for the full arc like Percy and Annabeth fighting and the anticlimactic death of Pan. We discuss that you can definitely feel the tension growing towards the end of the series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-12 of book 5 in the series, The Last Olympian. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Dec 2020

54 min 54 sec