Month: August 2017

Episode 5: A Mysterious Read

Episode 5: A Mysterious Read

Disclaimer: We’ve accidentally made our first mic error by having it turned all the way up, so it doesn’t sound that great (our fault, not our editor extraordinaires ). We apologize for the inconvenience–we’re more bummed about it than you are!

To make up for the poor sound quality, here’s pictures of Coco (left) and Apollo (left).

 

This week, after recovering from the short story reviews, Kyrie and Cori read mysteries and share some of the history of what makes a mystery a mystery! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Black Tea Sampler (Gypsy Rose), which both find to be a bit strong on the rose side–like potpourri in their mouth! A bit too overwhelming for their taste, but it may be great for people who love the taste of flowers.

Kyrie’s pick for this week is a classic mystery! She picked  And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie. Both Kyrie and Cori seemed to really like this clue-like mystery novel. 

 

 

Cori’s pick this week is the complete opposite of Kyrie’s. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon is based on a true story, and was filled with a surprising ending of putting it all together. Kyrie and Cori enjoyed this book and have made a full recover from their crazy short story selections.

Recommendations    

Still Life by Louise Penny

Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Nancy Drew series

Hardy Boys series

Trixie Belden series

Boxcar Children series

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective series

The Cat Who… series by Lilian Jackson Braun

Roses are Red by James Patterson

Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Comprehensive author list organized by time  

Next week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of creative nonfiction/literary journalist ! Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to Books and Tea Podcast to get updates. Check out Books and Tea Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help us reach a broader audience! Please read along with Kyrie and Cori and join in the conversation by leaving comments on the blog posts.Logo: Chris Taesali.  Sound and Editing:Daniel Stearman.

Kyrie picks: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Cori Picks: Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Sources

https://www.thebalance.com/mystery-novel-1277147

https://mwraroundtable.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/leaneramystery.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_fiction

Episode 4: Do These Short Stories Change Kyrie’s Mind?

Episode 4: Do These Short Stories Change Kyrie’s Mind?

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the short stories they selected, as well as some history on what makes a short story a short story! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea – seasonal. A delicious blend of fall flavours that really make you feel warm when you drink it hot or a nice refreshing iced tea during the summer months.

Kyrie’s pick, What it means when a man falls from the sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah was very magical and could perhaps be linked to that genre. It had some weird story lines that didn’t make much sense (a baby made out of hair that eats hair?!) that made for some interesting reading experiences.

Cori’s selection, What is not yours is not yours by Helen Oyeyemi was also a bit far fetched, but one thing that stood out the most was that the stories more than what is classified as a short story, and all the characters were somehow related to one or another.

Have a listen to learn more about the stories and our opinions on the books.

Fun Fact:  May is National Short Story Month

 

Other Mentioned Short Stories Collections

Stephen King

Irish Girls Back In Town by Cecelia Ahern, Patricia Scanlan, and Gemma O’Connor

American Girls Around Town by Jennifer Weiner, Lauren Weisberger, and Adriana Trigiani

Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori discuss mysteries! Kyrie picks the classic  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, while Cori picks a relatively new book (but an old story) of  The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhorn.

Make sure you subscribe to Books and Tea Podcast to get updates. Check out Books and Tea Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help us reach a broader audience! Please read along with Kyrie and Cori and join in the conversation by leaving comments on the blog posts.  Logo: Chris Taesali.  Sound and Editing:  Daniel Stearman.

References:

What is a short story?

Novel and short story word counts

What is the perfect length for a short story?

Episode 3: Book Matchmaking Successes and Misses

Episode 3: Book Matchmaking Successes and Misses

Today on Episode 3, Kyrie and Cori wrap up their initial book recommendations to each other. Cori reviews the last of Kyrie’s recommendations including: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and The Circle by Dave Eggers.

While Kyrie completes the final two of Cori’s recommendations for her, which include:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, and A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

During this episode, Cori may have converted Kyrie to a green tea lover with her tea selection of Tazo Tea – Zen.

Join us next week as Kyrie and Cori start their genre exploration with short stories (which, as you can imagine, Kyrie is just so stoked about).

Kyrie’s suggestion is What it means when a man falls from the sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah and Cori picked What is not yours is not yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Other books mentioned in this episode included  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

Make sure you subscribe to Books and Tea Podcast to get updates. Check out Books and Tea Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help us reach a broader audience! Please read along with Kyrie and Cori and join in the conversation by leaving comments on the blog posts.  Logo: Chris Taesali.  Sound and Editing:  Daniel Stearman.

Episode 2: How Well Do We Know Each Other’s Book Reading Tastes?

Episode 2: How Well Do We Know Each Other’s Book Reading Tastes?

Did you know that today, August 9th, is National Book Lovers Day?! Kyrie and Cori decided to have their launch date today, because they love books! So, welcome back and thanks for listening. In this episode, Kyrie and Cori start discussing their book recommendations to each other while enjoying Kyrie’s tea selection of Brew la la organic ginger peach green tea.

Kyrie reviews, Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. As mentioned in their first podcast, Kyrie loves anything Jane Austen, and while she may have struggled at first with separating it from the characters she has come to love in the original Pride and Prejudice book, it didn’t take long to get into either story and remove the association between Jane Austen’s version and these two.

Cori reviews Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Cooked by Michael Pollan. These two recommendations fit in perfectly with her non-fiction reading preferences.  There was inspiration (and just a touch of unexpected mysticism) to be had with Big Magic, and the timing was perfect with the start of this creative project.  Cori never gets tired of reading about food, and loved Pollan’s usual style of experiential learning with a touch of sociology,  history, and anthropology.  And, she may have a new appreciation for fermented foods!

Going to be near Cleveland Heights, Ohio anytime? Check out the beautiful bookstore Apple Tree Bookstore Cori mentioned in today’s podcast.

Next week, Kyrie and Cori conclude their book matchmaking review of the different books they selected for one another! Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on social media!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to iTunes and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!

As always, feel free to read along with Kyrie and Cori and join in the conversation by leaving comments on their blog posts!

Episode 1: Why Books and Tea?

Episode 1: Why Books and Tea?

Welcome to the first episode of Books and Tea Podcast.  In this episode, you will learn who Kyrie and Cori are, how they met, and why they started this podcast.

Kyrie and Cori will also share some book likes and dislikes and then make recommendations for each other based on what they talked about.

Kyrie and Cori got this idea from Modern Mrs. Darcy and her show of “What Should I Read Next.”  Cori thought it would be fun to do this for Kyrie, and then Kyrie did it for Cori. With the completion of reading their book recommendations to each other, they had the idea of starting their own podcast and using the first few episodes to do this “book matchmaking” before they start their genre exploration.

Next week, Kyrie and Cori will share their reactions to two book recommendations they gave each other. 

What We Are Drinking:

Pukka Clean Matcha Green

Books discussed on this episode by Cori and Kyrie include the following.

Books We Enjoy:

Perks of Being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gable series by L.M. Montgomery, Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum, Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd, Secrets of a Summers Night by Lisa Kleypas, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Stand by Stephen King, Year of Saying Yes:  How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Books We Aren’t So Fond Of

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C. A. Belmond, Room by Emma Donoghue, The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark

Cori’s Recommendations for Kyrie

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemison

Kyrie’s Recommendations for Cori

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Circle by Dave Eggers, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, Cooked by Michael Pollan