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S2E13: Summer Reading

S2E13: Summer Reading

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss summer reads, as well as what the definition of a summer read is.

Tea Time

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s Evening in the Garden Herbal Tea, which is deliciously light, sweet, and a bit flowery. The tea itself is BEAUTIFUL, and you can see pieces of rose, elderberry, lemon… It’s a beautiful color combination (see picture below).

What we are talking about

Kyrie’s pick, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid goes in and out of past and present as a journalist writes Evelyn’s biography to be published once she dies. However, it’s a tumultuous journey of ups and downs, love and hate, heterosexual love and same sex love, pain and glory… it really is a fast, quick, summer read. There are some HUUUUUUGE  shockers in the story and man oh man, Kyrie just gobbled it all up and finished it in a day.

Cori’s selection, Hey Ladies! The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss is your typical girl read–how many of us have sent emails to our girlfriends with the greeting “Hey Ladies!”  It is a unique format in that it is told through emails and texts. Although fluffy and bit over the top with drama, it still is relatable and relevant when you start thinking about all the friendships in your life and how y’all communicate with each other.  Again, a super quick and easy read.

Sponsor

Our Sponsor this week is… Books and Tea Podcast! Head over to Kyrie and Cori’s GoFundMe page to donate to your two favourite podcasters to help them with their operating cost. They run a tight ship, but it still costs money to have a website, buy tea, and books, and the general maintenance of maintaining this business of theirs!

Other Books Mentioned

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

Coming Up Next Week

We are checking another one off the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge – a book of 500 pages or more. We picked Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. In addition to being a 2017 National Book Award Finalist, it showed up a ton of best of 2017 lists.  

References:

What is a Summer Read

S2E11: The Underdog

S2E11: The Underdog

Hi Book Friends – our awesome sound editor, Daniel let us know that the recording quality was not so great this time around…  Not sure what happened. Oh, technology. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books that have underdogs, as well as some history on what an underdog is–literally! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink delicious iced tea, but not just any iced tea, it’s Books and Tea Herbal tea. Kyrie rode her bike today and Cori must have picked up on her not wanting to drink anything hot. What’s so nice about the herbal blend is that it’s subtle but refreshing. You can taste everything in it (the citrus, the mango, the mint, the green rooibos!) and we love it so much!

Speaking of tea, did you know we are currently doing a GoFundMe campaign to earn some money for our operating expenses?! Well, head over to our page and see what to donate to get some groovy items from us, including tea, book recommendations, a book, and the chance to be on our show!

Kyrie was too busy traveling Europe to read any of these books. Well, Kyrie tried to read her book, but alas, it had too many words–and we all know how Kyrie feels about that. So fortunately, Cori read both of these books and gives an overview and discusses why she may or may not like them!

Kyrie’s pick, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown follows, as you guessed it, nine men from America rowing their way to the Olympics.

Cori’s selection, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand is about a horse.  But not just any horse. A thoroughbred racing horse who, to the amazement of many, achieved greatness in the 1930’s.  It’s also about his people: owner, jockey, and trainer.

Sponsor

The Dog Healers by Mark Winik.  A copy was provided in exchange for a fair review.  His agent noticed we were going to be talking about underdogs and thought this might be a fun tie in.  Cori’s Review is posted on social media.

FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine.  Mark Winik’s debut novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.  In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture’s ideas about female roles, plunging into the shadowy reaches of the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches.  To her, money is just the means to her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill oraggressive. Isabella wields wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations, exerting a still greater spell on men. This includes her handsome protege Carlos, who yearns  for the love Isabella shares with her dogs.
But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount.  Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you’ve got dogs you’re not in it alone.

Next Episode

Coming up next time, Kyrie and Cori explore LGBTQ+ books in honor of Pride Month! Yay love!Kyrie’s Pick: Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Cori’s Pick: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

References:
https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/45812/why-is-dog-in-underdog

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

http://flavorwire.com/318138/10-of-the-greatest-underdogs-in-literature

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/58314-the-10-best-underdogs-in-books.html

S2E10: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

S2E10: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books by authors of Asian Pacific decent in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage month. They’ll also discuss the history of Asian Pacific Heritage month, something neither one of them knew about until recently!! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s special tea from Kyrie’s tea club membership–Orange Blossom, which tastes just like an orangesicle. The aromas from the bag are to die for, and once you start brewing and sipping, you can taste the orange completely, with a super smooth blend of sweetness. It is a black tea, so cream is recommended if you like cream in black teas.

Kyrie’s pick, Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Kyrie was unable to finish this book–something about too many words and too much detail, while Cori read this for the second time and fell in love with it all over again.

Cori’s selection, Hotel of Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is a story of family struggle, immigration, asian concentration camps, and love. A beautiful story of life, struggle, loss, and eventually finding hope again.

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of the underdog!

Kyrie’s Pick: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by: Daniel James Brown

Cori’s Pick: Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hilldenbrand

References:

Asian Pacific Heritage

Wiki

S2E9: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Kyrie thought these were great, Cori thought they were poo

S2E9: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Kyrie thought these were great, Cori thought they were poo

 

Okay, maybe not poo.  But it rhymed. And Cori was less excited than Kyrie about the content.

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the poetry collections they selected, as well as some history on poetry! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Plum Deluxe’s Vanilla Latte Tea, which, does taste like a vanilla latte, especially when you add any sort of cream. The Vanilla is just sweet enough in this black tea that it requires no extra sweetener. A delicious tea that tastes a bit like coffee that was perfect for a chilly spring day!

The publishing schedule continues to be off by about two weeks and Kyrie and Cori continue to roll with it.  April was National Poetry Month, and we read and discussed these books in April.

What We Read

First off, it should be known that there are triggers abound in both of these collections.  

Kyrie’s pick, the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace takes you on an emotional journey of what Kyrie thinks many 20-something ladies experience. There’s heartache; there’s happiness and sadness; there’s emotional abuse; there’s letting a man make you feel small and not treat you right. There are also poems that are too familiar for some that include the themes of sexual abuse, rape, and violence.

Cori’s selection, milk and honey by Rupi Kaur was, well, perhaps too similar in style and content (um, notice the lower case titles of both…).   This is also a very personal and emotional collection that primarily deals with the highs and lows of family and relationships.     

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore books by Asian-American authors in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Kyrie’s pick: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Cori’s pick: Hotel of Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

S2E8: The Mountains Are Calling

S2E8: The Mountains Are Calling

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the nature themed books they selected to honor Earth Day, even though they are both firm believers that Earth Day is every day! So, it really doesn’t matter that Earth Day was on April 22.  Here is a little history on Earth Day if you aren’t familiar with it already.

Tea

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Rishi’s Green Mint tea, which is a delicious cool blend of green and mint. Without either ingredient being overpowering, this is the perfect tea for cold days (or upset stomachs) or iced for summer.

Books
Kyrie’s pick, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben takes us through multiple tree forests as we find out that trees, like humans, help one another, are better in a pack, have a cool kids club, and can  be assholes too and let someone in the pack get sick. A fascinating examination of multiple types of trees and their abilities to warn off insects (and seduce them to come over), warn off animals that eat leaves (yes, it hurts them!), and how they make sweet, sweet, tree love.

Cori’s selection,The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams is exploration of the psychological and physiological impacts of spending time in nature.  Spoiler alert – it is good for your health. Williams travels the globe to investigate what research is being done and what various countries are doing to encourage people to get outside.  She also starts parsing out what kind of nature and how much seems to have the most impact on the average person.

Sponsor

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I did a little research and your average savings on individual books with one of those big companies is $6 to $10.  I am guessing most of us fritter that away on a weekly or monthly basis. Why not pay that little extra to help that author earn a little more or help keep someone in your community employed.

By using our link, you can either purchase a book online through Indiebound or find your closest locally owned bookstore.  For example, if you are listening in Flagstaff, it will tell you to visit Brightside Bookshop to purchase the books we are talking about.  

Coming Up Next Week
Kyrie and Cori read poetry, which Cori might be dreading as much as Kyrie dreaded short stories.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Cori’s Pick: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

S2E7: Brain Candy

S2E7: Brain Candy

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss current “chick lit,” which they both call “brain candy.” Modern chick lit is known for following the ups and downs of 20 and 30-something women who tend to be heterosexual and white. The settings tend to be British and American cities.

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Steep’s White Peach tea. Steep is a local Flagstaff tea shop, and you can order their tea online. Kyrie and Cori both really enjoy peach tea, and they enjoy Steep, so the combination was perfect. White tea seems to be one of the best bases for a peach flavored tea. It keeps it from being too sweet or overly flavored. Steep’s is one of the best we have tasted.

Kyrie’s pick, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin follows Marian Caldwell, a thirty-something television producer, living her dream life in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. And then Kirby Rose shows up, who shakes and rattles her world for the rest of the book. Interchanging between Kirby’s point of view and Marian, we get to live through a coming of age story of an 18 year old and a 36 year old.

Cori’s selection, My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella takes place across the pond in London. Katie Brenner is almost living her perfect life after college. She is living in London and working at a marketing firm. Maybe her boss is scary and mean and her flatmates are terrible, but this is what she wanted, and she can always take beautiful pictures and put them on Instagram and pretend they are her life. Katie is then blindsided a lay off and heads home to the English countryside to lick her wounds and help her parents start a bed and breakfast business. All is going well until her old boss shows up as guest.

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Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore books about nature in honor of Earth Day

Kyrie’s Pick: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
Cori’s Pick: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

S2E6: The Future is Female

S2E6: The Future is Female

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books picked for Women’s Month! Kyrie also gives an overview/history of Women’s Month.  This post does contain affiliate links for companies we have partnered with.  Your clicks and purchases help us fund our operating costs.  

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Tea Time

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink a whole leaf white tea made by The Tea Spot called the Meditative Mind. The tea has the taste of jasmine green tea, white tea, and rosebuds. This tea is meant to be calming and help reduce tension through aromatherapy. Kyrie prefers less flower taste, while Cori, as it turns out, has already had multiple cups of this one.

Cori subscribed for a tea box every month by Sips By, where they provide you with four teas to try, a reusable muslin tea bag, and disposable bags (amounting to 45 cups of tea). Head over to Sips By to fill out a profile and try it out yourself AND get $5 off your first box!

Book Time

We had some technical difficulties, and actually did this episode twice!  

Kyrie’s pick is The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.  This popular non-fiction read takes an immersive journalistic approach to explore the phenomenon of Afghan families turning one of their daughters into male child, at least until puberty.  Although not publicly discussed, this is a socially acceptable option for families without a son and leads to more prestige for the family. Nordberg interviews various families who have done this along with young women who have had this experience.

Cori’s selection is All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.  It provides a “quick overview” of women’s history and the feminist movement.  Traister’s primary objective is to research and evaluate why women are marrying later along with the advantages and disadvantages that come with this trend.  

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Coming Up Next Time
Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of what we call brain candy, aka “Chick Lit” with an exploration of a popular British author and American author.

Kyrie’s Pick: Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Cori’s Pick: My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_History_Month

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

S2E3: Dark of Winter

S2E3: Dark of Winter

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss books for reading during the dark of winter, which are also books you could finish in a day for the Modern Mrs Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge!

Dark of winter reads are those that just suck you in so that you don’t want to do anything else but curl up, be cozy and read forever.  Because, why would you want to venture out into the cold winter days?  For us, apparently this means Young Adult Fantasy!

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Tree of Life tea with an emphasis on Fire. It’s a smooth chai with a bit of apple, cinnamon, and some heat. It’s not overpowering, and it’s the perfect drink to have in the dark of winter (and when there’s snow on the ground!).  

Kyrie’s pick, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake follow triplet sisters Katherine, Mirabelle, and Arisone who are all heir to the throne–but two must die. You get to know all the sisters, their magical powers, their “friends” (also known as mentors) and the insanity that ensues when the girls turn 16 and they have to start killing each other. They have a year to do so, and this book doesn’t end with any idea of what’s going to be happening. Strong, young, and fierce female protagonists rule this book and it’s a delicious book to read when it’s blizzarding outside.

Cori’s selection, The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which basically ends up being a nod to YA version of the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights.  There’s vengeance, magic, star-crossed lovers, mystery and intrigue galore.  You get another strong, young, and fierce female protagonist to enjoy, and like Three Dark Crowns, it ends in a bit of a cliffhanger… so, if you do read one or both in a sitting, there is more to be had!

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Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori read books in honor of Black Heritage Month

Kyrie’s Pick: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Cori’s Pick: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Episode 17: Fiction Native American Stories

Episode 17: Fiction Native American Stories

This week, Kyrie and Cori conclude their first season with the continuation of Native American Heritage month books! Tazo tea sent them some sweet dessert tea to try, so Kyrie sipped on the Vanilla Bean Macaron and Cori sipped on the Lemon Loaf. Both were delicious and could easily be used to curb that sweet craving you might have.

Kyrie’s fiction pick was The Orenda by Joseph Boyden. Kyrie wanted to like this book, but it was long, the three character narration was often times confusing, and left her without really feeling anything.

Cori’s fiction selection was Last Standing Woman by Winona LaDuke, a Native environmental activist. She picked it because she enjoyed one of her non-fiction books and heard her speak at NAU while in grad school. It seemed like an interesting premise following seven generations of Chippewa women from first contact with whites and into the future. The continually changing storyline and characters made for a disjointed read, and it was hard to keep track of the familial connections.

Both Kyrie and Cori felt inundated with the similarity of all the stories. It also might be because the nonfiction pieces Kyrie and Cori picked were so great, but perhaps it’s because it’s hard to read four books about Native American Culture and the wrongs done to them. Upon reflection, it might have been easier to digest and be more enjoyable if we had picked one fiction piece and one nonfiction piece.

Other books mentioned in this episode included The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and All Our Relations by Winona LaDuke.

We will be taking a winter break to plan our next season, select our reading list, start our reading, and hopefully come back stronger and better than before. We appreciate your support and your listening this season. Have comments on what we could do to improve? Please leave them in our comments! We’ll read them and see how we can make it better for you.

Be on the look out on our social media pages to have two chances to win a Books and Tea bag filled with 5 of Kyrie’s and Cori’s favourite books of the year!

We hope you have a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year. We’ll see you in 2018.