One of my happier finds this past year has been Jack and Tanner's delightfully ridiculous podcast The Baby-Sitters Club Club. It turns out I'm not the only thirty-something woman who counts these books as a crucial stepping stone on her road to lifelong booknerdery, and whose love for the works of Ann M. Martin still burns after for all these years.
I have you all to thank for this find—numerous blog comments about your favorite podcasts directed me to this project that explores the BSC books, week by week, one book at a time. Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring each have their own interesting stories of how they found the series, and why—as thirty-something men—they've chosen to devote a large chunk of their time and attention to the books. In this episode we dive into what this series means to readers of all ages, why these books have such staying power, which babysitter we most identify with, and what Jack and Tanner are reading when they're not reading The Babysitters Club.
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Books discussed in this episode:
The Babysitter’s Club series, by Ann M. Martin
The Sweet Valley High series, by Francine Pascal
Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
The Riddle of the Labyrinth, by
The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Did your childhood favorites foretell what genres you enjoy now as an adult? Head to the comments and spill your memories!