Category: Best sellers

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

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

Episode 7: Simply the best… better than all the rest?

Episode 7: Simply the best… better than all the rest?

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss bestsellers they selected, as well as some history on what makes a bestseller a bestseller! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori shake things up and drink fermented tea known as Kombucha! They try humm coconut lime kombucha–it’s delicious and feels like there is a party in the mouth! Not very vinegary, which Cori enjoys. 

Back to discussing books, Kyrie’s pick this week is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly where readers are transported back to WWII in a Polish war camp. The story follows four women who end up being interconnected. This book really touched upon things that Kyrie and Cori enjoy in a book: strong female protagonists, historical, based on true events, characters you love and hate, and a compelling and engaging story line.

Cori’s selection, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, takes us to current New York City and the restaurant industry where Tess, our main protagonist, learns lessons on growing up, working in a restaurant, love, food, and heartbreak.

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori participate in Hispanic Heritage Month by reading non-fiction books from Hispanic/Latino authors. Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

Kyrie’s pick: Nobody’s Son by Luis Alberto Urrea

Cori’s pick: Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming to Age in America by Helen Thorpe