Episodes
This week we’re chatting with New York Times bestselling author and owner of Books are Magic, Emma Straub! She’s the author of five novels, including This Time Tomorrow, which came out on May 17. We ask her about her path to becoming an author, and chat about the process of writing This Time Tomorrow. And as the first bookseller on the podcast, we ask Emma about how Books are Magic came into her life and she shares the surprises that come with owning a bookstore!    Find Emma at...
Published 05/18/22
This week, we’re together in person to talk about TRAVEL! Specifically, travel planning. We have travel on the brain, and thought you might, too. We discuss how we choose our destinations, how far in advance we plan our trips, if we like to plan ourselves or let someone else take over, the trips we have coming up, and MORE!    Our Travel Must-Haves Olivia - AQUIS Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Wrap Towel Becca - Sleeping Eye Mask, Megababe Thigh Rescue   Our Obsessions Becca - Hotel Lobby Spa...
Published 05/11/22
Published 05/11/22
This week we welcome Phylicia Jones, Senior Director of Global People Development at PagerDuty, to answer all your work questions. She shares an overview of her career, what drew her to working in HR, and answers listener questions about cover letters, learning to be a great manager, navigating ambiguity at work, quitting when you feel a personal obligation to your boss, and more.   Connect with Phylicia on Linkedin!    Phylicia’s book recommendations Daring Greatly by Brene Brown  ...
Published 05/04/22
Hi space nuts! It's time to discuss our April book club pick: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. This book is Olivia’s most-recommended read, and Becca (to her surprise) loved the book, too! In this week’s ep we discuss how we picture Rocky, if we’d ever go to space, and listen to your voicemails about your thoughts on the book. We also have a space food taste test live on the pod to fully get ourselves into the theme!   Obsessions  Olivia: Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant Becca: Athleta...
Published 04/27/22
Today, we’re continuing to get to know Olivia as she’s answering your questions!    She answers questions including how she met her husband (and dog!), what she was like as a kid, her typical workday, her go-to airport snacks, her niche interests, her childhood celeb crush, and her favorite way to eat a potato.    She also shares her book hot takes, her favorite past BOP book club pick, and a book from childhood that made her a lifelong reader.   If you’re looking to get to know Becca a...
Published 04/20/22
This week we’re re-visiting a highly requested topic: our morning routines! We discuss the goals behind our morning routine, when we wake up (and when we have to be asleep to make that happen) what we do first thing in the morning, our at-home coffee order, breakfast, exercise, getting into work mode, and how our weekends look different.   Obsessions  Becca - Balance Bound Undated Daily Notepad Olivia - Song - My Ego Dies at The End by Jensen McRae and her album Are You Happy Now? (and...
Published 04/13/22
Reporting live from our first one-on-one hangout ever, Olivia and Becca are together in person to kick off this new era of Bad On Paper! To start off this month of getting to know Olivia, we’ll be answering some of The 36 Questions that Lead to Love from the New York Times Modern Love column, in hopes that we fall a little in love and so does our audience!   These questions have us discussing our dream dinner guests, if we’d want to be famous, our ‘perfect day’, health anxiety, what we have...
Published 04/06/22
It’s time to talk about our March book club pick: Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. We absolutely LOVED this book. We discuss what grabbed us about this book, the themes of not understanding your parents as individuals vs. parents and identity, all the food in this book (including black cake!), our feelings on the ending, and more!     We also say our podcast goodbyes to Grace! (IRL, we’re planning our Charleston reunion as we speak)    Books this reminded us of The Vanishing Half by Brit...
Published 03/30/22
It's the last ‘Just Us’ episode with Grace, and we’re reflecting on our podcast memories throughout the years! We talk about Grace’s highs and lows of doing the podcast, what she’s learned about herself through the pod, and her advice for Olivia for taking over the pod!    We also look back on our first few episodes, talk about the book we wish we recorded a book club about, and the obsessions she wants to double down on.   Books Grace thinks are book club worthy!  I Was Told There’d Be...
Published 03/23/22
This week, we’re getting to know Becca’s new cohost (starting April 6) Olivia Muenter!    We talk to Olivia about her background, her initial thoughts when Becca approached her to be a co-host, what she’s most excited and nervous about joining the podcast, and topics she wants to discuss on the pod.   We also discuss more book-ish things like Olivia’s novel-writing process, her reading tastes, her dream reading setup, and what books she can read over and over again.    Listen to our...
Published 03/16/22
This week, we’re doing a Q&A! We answer your questions about our favorite (and least favorite) Book Club Picks, future projects we’re excited about, getting motivated, how to get through a bad mood, what we’re watching right now, and more!   Our favorite podcasts hosted by two best friends A Thing or Two Happier in Hollywood Girls Gotta Eat   What we’re watching right now  The Dropout Oscar Best Picture Nominees AFI 100 List Discovery of Witches Euphoria Bel-Air ...
Published 03/09/22
This week, we got the chance to chat with Kate Spencer, co-host of Forever35 and author of the memoir The Dead Moms Club. We talk about her first novel In a New York Minute (which is a Grace approved romance BTW!) discuss her writing process, and she shares her advice for aspiring writers.   We discuss how she got to where she is today, her desert island beauty picks, the books she’s loving right now, and of course, Wordle.    You can find Kate at @katespencer on Instagram,...
Published 03/02/22
This week, it’s finally time to talk about Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner! Grace loved this book, but Becca was… just meh! We discuss our differing opinions on the book, our mid-book theories, what we thought about the ending, and what kinds of thrillers we reach for.    We also talk about Bone, Marry, Bury finally being out, Grace’s upcoming trips, and more!   Obsessions:  Grace: Tory Burch Resort + Swimsuits Becca: Inventing Anna   What we read this week: Becca:   The...
Published 02/23/22
We can’t believe we haven’t done this episode before, but today we’re sharing our favorite Amazon finds! To get a full list of our favorites, check out the show notes below or click this link!  We also talk about our IRL reunion in NYC, Becca’s bad mail day, and Grace breaking her Wordle streak. Our home finds Becca: Lazy susans (for spices, for fridge), Metal reusable straws, Chateau Spill wine spray Grace: Onion Chopper, Marble Ice Cream Bowls, Cabana Stripe Beach Towels   ...
Published 02/16/22
So today we have some bittersweet news. In this episode, we talk about this big news, the future of the podcast, and our podcast highs from the last 4 years.     ‘Just Us’ Episodes we loved Always Ask For More Money – Negotiating Your Salary, Getting A Promotion, and Setting Freelance Rates How We Read So Much + Hidden Gem Books (With Listener Recs!) FMK: Quarantine Edition Favorite Snacks, Chores That Give Us A Rush, and The Brighter Side of Quarantine. Listener Q&A: Big Life...
Published 02/09/22
It’s time for our first guest of 2022! This week we’re speaking with Lindsay Silberman, blogger, and founder of Hotel Lobby Candle.    We talk about her career path, when she got into blogging, how she started Hotel Lobby Candle, what it takes to even create a scent, her favorite travel destinations, and more!    We also talk about reading nonfiction in the morning and dealing with injuries.   You can find Lindsay at @lindsaysilb on Instagram, lindsaysilberman.com, and check out Hotel...
Published 02/02/22
This week our Book Club is BACK and we’re discussing Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. This book deals with Covid-19, which you may or may not have the emotional capacity to read about right now. We totally understand if you could not join us for this book club.   Wish You Were Here follows Diana, a type-a art specialist who has her entire life planned out. She has been planning her dream trip to the Galapagos with her surgeon boyfriend. In March 2020, on the eve of their trip, New York...
Published 01/26/22
Now that we’ve caught up from our winter break, it’s time to think about one of our favorite topics: goals! We reflect on how we did with our 2021 goals, talk about how we feel going into 2022, and break down the professional and personal goals we want to achieve this year.    We also talk about Becca’s homemade buffalo chicken wrap, Grace’s outdoorsy weekend in L.A., and more!    What we read/listen to when thinking of our goals! Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by...
Published 01/19/22
After a restorative break, we’re back and ready to fill you in on what we were up to over the holidays! We talk about our high highs (Becca finishing the first draft of her book! Grace’s Chappy Wrap collab dropping TODAY!) and low lows (Omicron anxiety). We also break down everything we read and watched during our time off!    What Grace read over the break The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro Just One...
Published 01/12/22
This week is our last episode of 2021 and we’re covering holidays past and present! We talk about our favorite holiday memories, recipes, movies, books, gifting advice, what’s on our wish list, and more! We also talk about our thanksgivings, Grace’s recovery from the cold from hell, and Becca finally being able to talk about her secret project!
Published 12/08/21
We’re finishing our end-of-year tradition of interviewing each other, and this time Grace is in the hot seat! Becca asks Grace your questions about the ins and outs of her job, if blogging has ever impacted her self-image, if she’d ever write a book, her favorite Charleston spots, long-distance relationship advice, if she got her driver’s license yet, and so much more!
Published 12/01/21
This week we finally get to discuss our November Book Club pick, Ghosts by Dolly Alderton. This book captured modern dating in a way we haven’t seen before, and honestly, we can’t agree on if the ending was satisfying or not.
Published 11/24/21
We’re so excited to continue our yearly tradition of interviewing each other, starting off with Grace interviewing Becca! (Grace will have her turn in the hot seat in a few weeks!) Grace asks Becca your questions about bookish things, her new creative projects, career reflections, dating & friendship advice, what she’s learned about herself in the past year, and So! Much! More!
Published 11/17/21
It’s been a big year of reading, and today we’re talking about our favorite books from 2021! We each picked a top 5 and also had our listeners weigh in on the best books—from thrillers to romance to non-fiction to backlist—they read this year. If you’re in search of book recs, look no further, we have the best of the best for you!
Published 11/10/21