Month: March 2018

S2E5: Austen vs. Brontë

S2E5: Austen vs. Brontë

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss classic chic lit, but instead of doing what they usually do (discussing each book), they instead decide to show the differences/similarities of the two authors, as well as discuss parts of the books. As always, they’ll give a brief description and history of Chick Lit. During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink some tea by Adagio–the flavour of pu erh chorange which is essentially chocolate and orange. Kyrie really enjoys the tea (gulped it down quickly), while Cori thought the combination of chocolate and orange didn’t go well together. Needless to say, Kyrie went home with this one.

Kyrie picked Jane Eyre and Cori picked Emma. The authors, Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen are quite different in their writing styles. While Emma follows the normal Jane Austen theme of a privileged young lady, who is a bit naive and aloof, Jane Eyre is a bit more gothic and dark. Kyrie enjoys Jane Austen, while Cori enjoys Charlotte Brontë. The lightness, the predictability, and the love of Austen’s characters is what keeps Kyrie coming back for more Austen. Cori enjoyed the more dark, obscure, and a little bit crazy story of Jane Eyre.

These were also our picks for the 2018 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge:  A Classic You’ve Been Meaning To Read.

Coming Up Next Week:

Kyrie and Cori continue to explore books about women in honor of Women’s Month.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg
Cori’s Pick: All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of the Independent Woman by Rebecca Traister

S2E4: Black History Month

S2E4: Black History Month

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books by Black authors as well as some history on Black History Month! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s Gingerbread Chai Tea. What’s so great about Plum Deluxe’s tea is that everything is perfectly flavoured–Andy does a great job of making things blend so smoothly. It’s like he matchmakes the tea flavours into the perfect marriage. As Plum Deluxe Ambassadors, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and our link to get 10% off your first order.

Kyrie’s pick, The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, which Kyrie found too challenging to read, while Cori loved this book. The story takes off slowly, but picks up speed as connections are revealed and layers are peeled away. And as always, Cori is a sucker for descriptive and poetic writing. It is the story of the complications of family, and more specifically the story of a young privileged black man growing up in the 1930’s who has everything and nothing. He doesn’t really fit in anywhere, and it takes a journey south to learn about his family’s roots and discovers a different way to live.

Cori’s selection, We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby is not for the faint of heart. Kyrie read it a while ago, and remembers being taken aback by how blunt and straight to the point Samantha was about her life and the things she was going through. While Cori felt a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable at times with that bluntness, she also appreciated the honesty with which she shared her life. There are also plenty of laugh out loud moments, and it was great to explore both the commonalities and differences in life experiences shared by us and a queer woman of color.

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of classic “chic lit!”

Kyrie’s Pick: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Cori’s Pick: Emma by Jane Austen

References:
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month