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Oct 5, 2016

Welcome to the Totally Normal podcast where getting drunk and talking about books is totally normal.

For Boozy Book Club our September books were Gayle Forman’s Leave Me and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

One was the adult debut of one of our favorite Young Adult authors, and one is the highly acclaimed fantasy novel that we are super anticipating coming to our TV screens and laptops on Starz next year.

Amy and Beth were joined by Hangout newbies: Courtney and Danelle. We had a great time trying to figure out why we just couldn’t relate to Gayle Forman’s protagonist Maribeth and why American Gods is totally and completely indelible.

We hope you enjoy this Boozy Book Club and join us for the month of October as we read Melina Marchetta’s newest Tell the Truth Shame the Devil and The Regulars by Georgia Clark.

We will see you Tuesday, Nov 1st at 10pm EST for another live Hangout. 

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Sep 26, 2016

This podcast is only 3.5 weeks late. Sorry about that.

In August for our Boozy Book Club we read one of our most favorite books EVER: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Most of us read it TWICE and stayed up all night to read it.

Check out our chat about The Hating Game plus Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole and join us for our NEWLY RESCHEDULED Book Club on Tuesday 9/27 at 10 pm EST.

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Jul 14, 2016

It's the #Hangoutlander Season finale! We were so excited to come together this past Monday night to discuss the finale of season 2 of Outlander, partly because it's exhausting to talk about Outlander week after week with only one break, but also because.. it was the finale! There was so much to discuss and that we did!

There were some varied opinions on our team which included Bekah, Nikki, Beth and Julie from That's Normal, plus Kyle from AND a very special guest and TN reader, Joanna. We definitely disagreed on some of the ways the finale fell short and on things we liked, but overall we thought it was a decent finale that was missing some key elements that, to be honest, were probably missing all along this season. Namely Jamie and Claire! We watch the show because we fell in love with their love while reading the books. And overall we just feel that the show has been lacking.

Beth wrote an incredible post this week that you should check out that talks about Putting down the book and looking at the TV show for what it is:

Just because Outlander is over does NOT mean that the Totally Normal Podcast is over or that Hangoutlander is over!. Stay tuned as we bring you more podcasts (live from comic con anyone?) and we'll be back with Hangoutlander during the break between now and season 3- we have a lot to talk about preparing for Voyager. 

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Thank you so much for listening and participating with Hangoutlander this season!

Jun 29, 2016

Hey there! In this episode of the Totally normal Podcast, we discuss the penultimate episode of Season 2 of Outlander: Hail Mary. We were joined by some of our absolutely favorites in the fandom- the ladies from My Outlander Purgatory and Andee who blogs for TV after Dark.

We had a really great conversation about negativity within our perception of the show (as of late) and in reviews from the fandom. We also discussed Roger and Bree and what they are going to be doing in the finale. And we talked about Jamie and Claire and their lack-there-of a connection this season. Plus we made predictions for the finale and a little bit of season 3.

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Join us July 11th at 10 pm ET for the FINAL Hangoutlander for Season! RSVP here:

Jun 23, 2016

This week we chat about the HERSELF of all episodes... Vengeance is Mine written by none other than author Diana Gabaldon herself!

We kept it all in the family this week with TN team: Heidi, Julie, Beth and Nikki

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Jun 15, 2016

Wow, we sure can't say Prestonpans, can we?

This week we start out a little differently and talk for about 20 minutes about the Fandom drama happening in the Outlander communities. It's a really great conversation about shipping, proper fan behavior and expectations and we could have talked about this for MUCH longer!

We are joined once again by Laura from

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Join us same time, on June 20th at 10 pm EST as we talk about the next episode Vengeance is Mine :

Jun 7, 2016

We opened this episode trying to say "Je Suis Prest." And we failed. One thing was clear- none of us speak French! 


We had a great convo this week though it was a smaller than normal crew from That’s normal.  We talked about #HatGate- the name we’ve lovingly given our confusion surrounding a recent picture of Sam Heughan wearing what looks to be a photo-shopped cowboy hat.


Then, of course we talked about the episode which was Beth’s favorite of the series. We had some differing opinions on the PTSD edition that we don’t see in the books, and we ended the convo with a real quick chat about how Outlander is going to take over our Sunday nights from this moment forward since they announced both season 3 AND 4 would be made!


Plus this week we gave away a copy of the Outlander Kitchen cook book to a lucky LIVE viewer!

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Join us next week on the 13th at 10 pm EST as we discuss episode 210:


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Jun 3, 2016

Don't miss this awesome convo with our team from plus Kyle from (a NON book reader) Kyle is always a good time!

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Join us next week for Hangoutlander 209: at 10 pm EST on June 6th

May 27, 2016

If you love Outlander, if you love Caitriona Balfe and if you hate really bad fake beards, then this is definitely the episode for you.

This live hangoutlander was all about the best season 2 episode to date, entitled Faith.

We were joined by the always hilarious and gracious and awesome ladies from My Outlander Purgatory, Carol and Tracey.

Aaaaaand we all pretty much loved the heck out of this episode. Emotional gut punches and an amazing performances, and that one really awful scene we could have all done without. Also too bad about that beard, Jamie.

Don/t forget to join us next week on TUESDAY night - not Monday - Tuesday May 31st -  at 10:00pmEST (because of the holiday - stupid holidays!!!) so mark you calendars special this week because this is THE super contentious shark jumping episode. RSVP HERE

SO MUCH TO CHAT ABOUT. See you then, and in the meantime, enjoy the podcast. 

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May 20, 2016

We're BACK This week with Laura from Hypable and it feels like home!

We were also joined by special guest and TN friend ANDEE (@andeesings on Twitter) and had a great conversation about episode 206.

SPOILER WARNING ABOUT 30 minutes in. We say it in advance, but beware if you haven't read ahead in the books!

Join us next week for Hangoutlander 207 when we're back with the gals from My Outlander Purgatory. Oh it'll be a good one.... RSVP HERE

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May 10, 2016

CORRECTION: though we say this is episode 26- it's not! It's Episode 27! We are dumb. You already knew that. 

This week we were joined by Mary and Blake of Outlander Cast- the popular husband and wife duo who do bi-weekly podcasts about Outlander!


Make sure you do not miss the moment  about 34 min and 15 seconds in when we get not one but THREE impressions from the Outlander world . Beth does her Diana Gabaldon, Julie does her best Mary Hawkins and Blake graces us with his best Claire.


We love the interaction we had from the live viewers during this episode. We had some great questions, did a poll that resulted in over 83% loving the episode. it was all in all a great time!


Make sure you join us NEXT WEEK when were back with Laura and Kyle from Hypable. Same time, same place 10 p EST Monday night. RSVP here


You can always find us online at thats_normal on Twitter and Insta online and thatsnormalblog on Facebook

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May 7, 2016

Hangoutlander returns this week with special guests, Ginger and Summer from Outlander Podcast!

These girls have been chatting about Outlander (the books, the show and the fandom) for over 3 years. We loved having them join our panel from TN including Beth, Bekah, Tiff and Julie as we discussed episode 4 of season 2: La Dame Blanche.

Love it or hate it, this episode really moved the plot of this season forward … and by plot we mean Jamie and Claire’s relationship. For all our celebration over the end of the real Droughtlander, there were tough times too: Mary Hawkins’ attack and that crazy three stooges fight scene.

We hope you enjoy our discussion about Jamie’s PTSD, how Outlander handles rape, and what we’d like to see in … season 3?? Already? Yep.

And join us this Monday night, May 9th for another LIVE hangout as we discuss episode 5. RSVP here:

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Apr 29, 2016

Welcome to this week’s Totally Normal Podcast Episode #25,

In this week’s podcast we discuss Outlander Season 2 Episode 203, entitled “Useful Occupations and Deceptions.” So you know another episode of lying and trickery and French espionage, probably some lady’s boobs and yes.. another dry spell.

On this week’s podcast we are joined by Kendra and her husband Jordan. Kendra is the editor for the Outlander Cast blog and together they record the Beyond the Stones podcast. Follow them and listen to their podcast they are a blast!

Sitting in for That’s Normal was Beth, Amy, Julie and Nikki.

Shit got crazy in this week’s discussion, there was boxed wine there were about a billion Tweets (thanks everyone for playing along) and ultimately a discussion of WHAT ARE THE PRODUCERS DOING and WHERE IS SCOTLAND? We are all Murtagh and we’re homesick for those bonny shores. Anyway you know how we’re feeling.

On next week’s episode we’ll be joined by Ginger and Summer from the Outlander Podcast. RVSP here

Sit back, relax and let’s get started!

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Apr 22, 2016

THIS week join us as we get drunk the Tracey and Carol of My Outlander Purgatory (Spoiler: we are the drunk ones). We were SO thrilled to have the ladies of MOP with us to talk about this episode that none of were all too thrilled about. Somehow we managed to chat and laugh for the whole hour and interact with SO MANY amazing people on Twitter. Make sure to watch LIVE and tweet us #Hangoutlander. We give away weekly prizes!

Join us each Monday through the Outlander season at 10 pm EST for hangoutlander LIVE! RSVP for our next episode with the fab couple from Beyond the Stones:

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Apr 13, 2016

We are so excited that HANGOUTLANDER is back! Our crew joined together with Hypable's Laura and Kyle to talk about the first episode of Season 2 of Outlander.

This episode is sponsored by Walker's Shortbread- the ONLY shortbread with Jamie and Claire on the box!

Join us each Monday through the Outlander season at 10 pm EST for hangoutlander LIVE! RSVP for our next episode with the ladies of My Outlander Purgratory:

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Apr 7, 2016

Welcome to Boozy Book Club: MOVIE MONTH!

In this edition of Boozy Book Club we're talking about books and books to movies. If you really enjoy book to movie adaptations, then this is a really great episode for you to listen to.

In March we read The Light Between Oceans and Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, both of which are heading to the big screen this fall.

The Light Between Oceans stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Wiess, and Miss Peregrine's stars Eva Green and was directed by Tim Burton. Both of them look really incredible.

So this month, our book clubbers (Beth, Tiffany, Amy and Anne) discussed how movie adaptations affect our reading of the book. How casting choices affect character as well as delving into which characters we had sympathy for or not.

This hangout was recorded on April 4, which was a big day in TN world as the season premiere for Outlander was happening in NYC, so we had a bit of FOMO going on. In fact, Boozy Book Club will be taking a bit of a podcast/hangout hiatus while we spend the next few months having weekly Hangoutlander episodes to discuss the new season of our favorite show. So get ready for regular podcast updates.

Our first Hangoutlander episode will be Monday, April 11th at 10pm EST. Don’t miss it. RSVP here

And if you love Boozy Book Club, please come along with us this month as we read Fellside by MR Carey. It’s the newest thriller from the author or The Girl with All the Gifts, and while we won’t be doing a live discussion, we will be talking about it on the blog and in our group on Goodreads.

So enjoy our discussion about using lube as frizz ease, missing out on the Outlander premiere and oh yeah … books to movies. 

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Mar 11, 2016

Welcome to Boozy Book Club: ROMANCE MONTH!

This conversation was recorded on February 29th- that's right, it was LEAP DAY!

We talked about February Book Club Books: Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren and The Rouge Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

It was a small crew- just Bekah, Beth and Julie. But we had a great chat together. We stupidly thought we'd talk for just 30 min and get to bed early. WRONG. 

We ended up doing a fun FMK (Eff/Marry/Kill) with some of our favorite Christina Lauren characters; We talk about regency romance and how Sarah MacLean writes it differently than other authors we know. And we had a lot of great conversations about some of favorite romance books. 

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Mark your calendars for our next Boozy Book Club on 3/28 at 10 pm ET where we'll be reading Books that will soon be MOVIES: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (BEKAH SAYS THE WRONG NAME ON THE PODCAST. WE'VE SINCE FIRED HER*) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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*No we didn't, but we did lock her in the dungeon. Tobias is there. She's fine.

Feb 18, 2016

We know you're under the impression that we're calm, cool and collected no matter which celebrity we're interviewing, author we're casually chatting with and hot actor we're flirting with over TN's Twitter (@thats_normal - hit it). And that's true. We play it cool.

Until now.

If you've been following us for awhile, you know that Beth has been singing C.S. Pacat's praises for The Captive Prince series for years now, and when we got the opportunity to invite her to join us for #TalkingNormal and the Totally Normal Podcast, we never actually thought it would happen. 

But it did.

So listen as Beth, Lindsey and Lauren (of Christina Lauren fame!) fangirl all over C.S. Pacat (Cat!), fall in LOVE with Cat because she's adorable and amazing, and learn behind-the-pen secrets about KINGS RISING and the Captive Prince series.

If you haven't read these books: Spoilers abound. Bekah was around for this chat too as tech-in-charge, and she hasn't read the books. But after listening to the conversation for an hour, there's no way she hasn't moved them up to the very next spot on her TBR list.

Want to watch us fangirl instead? Catch the conversation on You Tube here

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Read Beth's review of Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Feb 4, 2016

It's our first Boozy Book Club chat of 2016!!! This month we're talking about Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning.

AND we discuss the *drama* surrounding some comments Karen Marie Moning made on Facebook, And if you can continue to be a fan of something, despite what an author may or may not do. And what if you hate some things about a character (ala Jericho Barrons) but... he's just so damn hot you make excuses for his behavior? What do YOU think?

Don't forget to join us on Feburary 29th, 2016 for our next LIVE Boozy Book Club hangout where we discuss our favorite ROMANTIC books: Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren and The Rouge Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

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