It's time for that classic summer beach read, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway! Grab your fishing pole and Xanax, and join Jess and Lauren as they debrief the most demoralizing fishing story ever written. (Thanks for nothing, Papa.)

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and pick up a copy of A Wrinkle in Time to join in on our next month's book!

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

February 2, 2021

#23: An Inspector Calls

It's our first listener-requested title: An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley! This play was new to our hosts, but required for students in the UK, which makes for a delightfully British-ish episode. Join Lauren and Jess as they explore this "Compulsory Classic," expand their slang-vocabulary and examine all the different ways in which rich old British people can be assholes. Thanks for the request, Beth!

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and get your copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula ready so you can join us in February (maybe?) for some gothic goodness.

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

December 23, 2020

#22: The Little Match Girl

It's our traditional bummer of a holiday episode with The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen! Join Lauren and Jess as they sympathize with our frozen little heroine, strategize smarter match-selling methods and try to muster up a little holiday cheer this late in 2020.

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and get your copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula ready so you can join us in January for some gothic goodness.

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

Come for the Pride, stay for the Prejudice (and Persuasion!) Join Lauren and Jess for a foray into the ultimate romantic comedy, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice... with a little bit of Persuasion thrown in there for good measure.

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and get your copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula ready so you can read along for our October episode.

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

September 1, 2020

Season Three Sneak Peek!

Join your hosts Lauren Bahlman and Jessica Austgen for a sneak peek at the titles for Season Three of Required Readcast.

Sept: Pride & Prejudice (& Persuasion!)

Oct: Dracula

Nov: An Inspector Calls

December: Les Miserables Volume Two: Cosette

Is the Baby-Sitters Club great literature? No. Is it a soothing, easy read during COVID times? Hells, yes. Join Lauren and Jess as they (remotely) reminisce about this treasured childhood series, discuss the finer points of living in suburban Connecticut and wonder if Kristy Thomas might be responsible for the current gig economy.

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and stay tuned for our next title!

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

January 28, 2020

#19: The Catcher in the Rye

Hey you crumby phonies! Jess and Lauren tackle their most-requested title, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and check out Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar for our next episode!

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

Get those tiny hearts ready, because they're about to grow THREE WHOLE SIZES with holiday cheer! Join Lauren and Jess and they discuss the holiday classic, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and send us your suggestions for Season Three!

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

August 8, 2019

#17: Little Women

Oh wow, these lil bitches are charming AF! (Except Amy, she sucks) Join Jessica and Lauren for the wholesome feminist goodness that is Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

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Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

Hold on to your butts (er...asses?) and head into the woods with Jessica and Lauren as they discuss William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

Like us on FB, follow us on Twitter and Insta and brush up on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women for our next episode!

Theme music and lyrics by Max McEwan and Noah Wilson, vocals by Erin C. Willis.

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