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S4E4 Books and Barre3 (Rebekah Kauffman Interview)

S4E4 Books and Barre3 (Rebekah Kauffman Interview)

At long last, we are rolling out our FIRST new interview style episode. First up, is the owner of the local Barre3 studio, Rebekah Kauffman. Thanks for being our first guinea pig!!

 Of course, now we are in the midst of a world dominated by COVID-19 quarantines, so I am not sure how we will wrangle upcoming episodes. Fingers crossed that everyone is well and taking care of themselves.

A PSA

If you haven’t yet, visit our website and see our recent post about why you should support indie bookstores and how to help. With our last post, we shared that we are now affiliates with The Bookshop, which is one of the ways to support indies and vote with your dollars. Our show notes for S4E3 go into more detail  about The Bookshop. You can also read all about their model here

More of an audiobook person? Use this link and the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1 ($14.99) by giving Libro.FM a try. They are donating 100% of their profit to partner indie stores when you use this code. Again, a small indie company trying to give you an alternative to Amazon/Audible. Cori genuinely loves it!!! Part of all audiobook sales go to member bookstores. This link benefits Brightside. Feel free to see if your local indie benefits from either of these great companies.

Chatting with Bookish Kindred Spirits

Kyrie and Cori love talking books with each other. Moving into our 4th season (!?), we decided it was time to mix things up again. What better way than to reach out into our community and visit with some other folks about their reading habits and book likes and dislikes. 

In each interview episode, you will also get to know our guest beyond their bookish habits. After we learn a bit more about their reading preferences, we will make some reading recommendations.

What We Drank

We enjoyed cups of Tranquil Peach Herbal Tea from Plum Deluxe. We all found it tasty and relaxing. Perfect for our conversation together. As Plum Deluxe Ambassadors, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and our link to get 10% off your first order. 

Books We Talked About

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Jo Nesbo

Where The Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens

Long Bright River https://bookshop.org/shop/booksandteaby Liz Moore

Convenience Store Woman by  Sayaka Murata

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

 

How to Help Independent Bookstores

How to Help Independent Bookstores

It’s weird times, isn’t it? I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m torn between wanting to support the local economy and save every dime we can in case things go completely sideways. My husband and I still have our full-time jobs (so far). However, Bright Side made the tough but smart choice to lay off all the booksellers to both reduce their costs and to make it easier for the full-timers to apply for unemployment (instead of a very reduced schedule and income). It was also in anticipation of official quarantine mandates for social isolation. Luckily, we are getting lots of love with our completely new sales model of curb-side pick up and online sales, and they have determined a need to bring a couple of us back on a very part-time basis to fulfill the orders.

So, how can you help keep the literary bedrock of your own or other communities? Here are a wide variety of suggestions. 

Before I get there, I do want to get onto my political soapbox for a very brief moment.  Please, please, please avoid buying (at least media) from Amazon. First of all, Jeff Bezos is already profiting in ridiculous ways from this situation as more and more people rely on internet purchasing and delivery. He is doing this without providing safe and equitable working conditions for his employees. To put it into perspective, Jeff Bezos could purchase 1 ventilator with the amount he makes in less than 30 seconds. (Hint: he’s not). On a more practical level, books are not a priority for shipping right now for Amazon. I’ll stop there, but you can certainly do your own internet research on what the richest man in the world is doing (or not doing) during this crisis.

Onto the good stuff!

Try Libro.FM for Audio Books

Are you an audio book person? Use this link and the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1 ($14.99) in your first month of Libro.FM. Right now,this code will give 100% of your purchase to their fundraising effort for bookstores. Again, a small indie company trying to give you an alternative to Amazon/Audible. Cori genuinely loves it!!! A portion of your  audiobook purchase will always go to your designated bookstore. This specific link benefits Brightside. Feel free to see if your local indie is a partner and make them your designated store. Currently, they have also increased the percentage that goes back to their indie partners.

Buy Through Through Local’s Online Stores

See what kind of purchasing options are being offered by your local or another favorite indie bookstore. Many locals have raced to create an online platform in order to keep serving their customers. Check to see the details, but some offer both store pick up as well as direct to home. Which leads me to my next suggestion.

Try Bookshop.org

This AMAZING newcomer organization is actually trying to create a non-profit alternative to the online giant. Membership bookstores get a percentage of quarterly profits as well as any sales generated through their link. Pssst… they typically offer a small discount on books, too. So, if you don’t have a local bookstore to support, this is the perfect alternative. Additionally, you may discover this is the online platform your local is using! Full disclosure, Kyrie and Cori’s book links will now send you here as we have joined their affiliate program. It’s a double win, as we get a little and so do local indie bookstores. Here is our link to check out how they support indies and maybe buy something!

Buy a Gift Card

Whether it is for yourself or someone else, this provides immediate cash flow to the store. Think of it as a short-term loan!

Buy Gifts

Got a lot of free time on your hands and not feeling a budget crunch? How about you get a lot of your 2020 gift shopping done now! Think about birthdays, holidays (Mother’s Day is coming up!), etc. Actually, this would be a wonderful approach to take with ANY of your local stores. Your local bookstore probably has a ton of non-book related items and would be happy to do a phone consultation with you. However, spread your love out and support those other local stores that are struggling.

Pre-order a Book

Is there something you know that is coming out later this summer or fall? Go ahead and buy it NOW! That helps your bookstore, and well, the whole publishing chain in general. Sometimes, bookstores will even offer a small discount for pre-ordering. For example, Bright Side will give customers 10% off if they pre-order a title that has not released yet.

Make a Donation to BINC

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation exists to help booksellers impacted by financial emergencies. As you can imagine, they are facing unprecedented numbers of applications from furloughed booksellers affected by COVID-19. A tax-deductible donation would be a great way to provide general support.

Even better, Libro.FM is doing a fundraiser. Buy one of these awesome pairs of socks. All profits raised are going to BINC! I’m totes buying a pair!

Bookstore Fundraising

This link provides a fairly thorough list of bookstores that are actively fundraising to help them through this economic crisis.

Be Chatty

Engage with your local’s social media. Like and share their posts. Share the information far and wide with friends and family that this is a great way to buy and support local right now, includig this post! Post what you are reading and hopefully be able to share that you bought it from your local. 

Be a Local Activist

If you are really motivated, get in touch with your local and state governments. Do they have plans to support small businesses during this quarantine and recession? If they do not, shouldn’t they? Politicians talk a big game about small business being the backbone of the economy but almost never actually put any money into that backbone. (Publishers Weekly)

There’s An App For That

In true 21st century style, an app called Save Your Bookstore has been recently created that relies on crowdsourcing to add bookstores and the various ways you can support them.

Do you have other ideas? Share in the comments!

S4E3: Reading Recap March 2020

S4E3: Reading Recap March 2020

So here’s the thing. We are in the midst of an awkward format transition during a pandemic while trying to manage our everyday lives. So, this one was recorded a while ago. We didn’t take a picture of what we ate and drank. Nor did we write down brands or anything… We had baked goods from our local farmer’s market. Kyrie rejected Cori’s green tea offering and had pumpkin spice chai instead. (Update: We found the photo!)

Support Your Indies

A really important update about our new affiliate program. Have you heard of the Bookshop? Welp, now you will. The Bookshop is being called the indie alternative to Amazon. Let’s stick it to the man! Bezos has more money than he will ever spend. You know who needs more money? Independent bookstores. Especially right now. Read all about their model here

Tl;dr

  • 10% of sales go into a revenue for independent bookstore members
  • Bookstore affiliates earn a 25% commission on their sales
  • The Bookshop does offer a small discount on their books when you buy from them

You can use our link to go shopping or please use the one for Bright Side Bookshop, our local indie.

https://bookshop.org/shop/booksandtea

https://bookshop.org/shop/brightsidebookshop

More of an audiobook person? Use this link and the code SWITCH to get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1 ($14.99) by giving Libro.FM a try. Again, a small indie company trying to give you an alternative to Amazon/Audible. Cori genuinely loves it!!! Again, part of all audiobook sales go to member bookstores. This link benefits Brightside. Feel free to see if your local indie benefits from either of these great companies.

On to our new format. Now, we are just dishing once a month about books we read and enjoyed to help you pick out your next read.

What We Read

Where the Crawdad Sings (audio)

Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Is There Still Sex in the City by Candace Bushnell (audio)

Other Books Mentioned

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (DNF)

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (DNF)

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

We mentioned this profile written up about us this past fall in Flag Live. Gotta love that 5 minutes of fame!

S4E2 We’re a Hot Mess #Anxiety

S4E2 We’re a Hot Mess #Anxiety

Really, we probably need an “Under Construction” sign as we recalibrate to our new format. This was recorded in August (oops). In which we discuss slang, Cori’s poor decision to go on vacation right after the school year starts, and Kyrie’s reading slump. But, we still have reading recommendations for ya. And tea.

What  We Drank

We enjoyed Mint Fields tea from Republic Of Tea. We love mint tea, especially when it’s organic. It makes our tummies feel good. We also discuss how the longer we drink tea the more particular we get. You can try out Sips By by clicking through and filling out a profile AND get $5 off your first box! You will get 4 different teas customized to your preferences with over 40 cups o’ tea to enjoy.

What We Read

If, Then by by Kate Hope Day

Pure Land by Annette McGivney

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

PolDark series by Winston Graham

If you want to buy your books online and support Kyrie and Cori click here to shop. Otherwise, we encourage you to visit your local independent bookstore.

If you are an audio book kind of person, consider switching to Libro.FM. You get to pick a favorite independent bookstore to support! If you use this link and the code SWITCH you will get 2 additional free downloads with your first month of membership!

If you like listening to us, consider visit our GoFundMe site and make a donation to support our ongoing costs and operations. We will even send you a tea as a thank you!

Best of 2019

Best of 2019

In this episode, Kyrie and Cori share their favorite reads of 2019. Yeah, we know…. Better late than never.

If you live in Flagstaff (or visit) check out Shift’s First Saturday bake sale. The pain du chocolat is quite tasty. It was paired with a black chai tea Cori received from Sipsby. You can try out Sips By by clicking through and filling out a profile AND get $5 off your first box! You will get 4 different teas customized to your preferences with over 40 cups o’ tea to enjoy.  

Cori and Kyrie reviewed their top rated books from GoodReads to come up with their lists. To follow them on GoodReads click their names

Books Discussed in This Episode

The World That We Knew – Alice Hoffman

Save Me The Plums – Ruth Reichl

The River by Peter Heller

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

Rough Magic – Laura Prior-Palmer

Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Woman in the Window AJ Finn

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

The Gown by Jennifer Robson 

The American Duchess by Karen Harper

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens

The Way of Kings Brian Sanderson

Other Books Mentioned

Fall and Rise: Story of 9/11 by  Mitchell Zuckoff

Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

If you want to buy your books online and support Kyrie and Cori click here to shop. Otherwise, we highly encourage you to visit your local independent bookstore.

If you are an audio book kind of person, consider switching to Libro.FM. You get to pick a favorite independent bookstore to support! If you use this link and the code SWITCH you will get 2 additional free downloads with your first month of membership!

S4E1: Fresh Fruit is Nature’s Candy

S4E1: Fresh Fruit is Nature’s Candy

Welcome to our new format where Kyrie maybe finally has her reading juju back, and we are just reading and talking about whatever we want. And where Kyrie acknowledges Cori’s spectacular book matchmaking abilities.

Wow… When I listened to this, I realized how long ago we’ve been sitting on this one! Who wants to hear about summer in the middle of winter? Per usual, we do what we want and break all the rules of good podcasting. But really, does it matter when we talk about these books if you are just here for some good reading ideas?!

What We Drank 

Root Beer Rooibos Chai iced tea.  It really tastes like root beer! In not a weird way.

Courtesy of Potions Tea and Bakery 

What We Read and Talked About

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Beholder by Anna Bright

Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Up Next

Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum

S3E12: Kitties and Wrapping Up Season 3

S3E12: Kitties and Wrapping Up Season 3

In this episode, it is confirmed that Cori now knows that the Serial podcast is not fake. You will hear all about Cori’s new kittens, Junipurr and Sage. Generally speaking, there is animal chaos abound.

What We Are Eating and Drinking

Kyrie brought tasty gluten-free Cranberry Orange Oatmeal cookies. Cori provided the tea.  This podcast’s tea is from Sipsby. It’s a variation on English Breakfast, but instead is called English Afternoon by Ahmad Teas. You can try out Sips By by clicking through and filling out a profile AND get $5 off your first box! You will get 4 different teas customized to your preferences with over 40 cups o’ tea to enjoy.  

What We Are Reading

In wrapping up Season 3, three books are gonna be covered. Cori discusses her book picked for a cover:  The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert. Then, both celebrity book club picks are reviewed. Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Cori’s pick) was a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine pick and Becoming by Michelle Obama (Kyrie’s pick) was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick. Listen to hear more about our opinions and who read what.

What’s Up Next

We are moving straight into Season 4 with a format change to shake things up. Hopefully, all our lovely book friends will be excited to hear about our changes. As always, feel free to offer up feedback.

Show Us Some Love

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Here’s some things you can do:   

  • Recommend us to your reading friends
  • Subscribe to the show
  • Rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts

 

S3E11 Appearances Versus Reality

S3E11 Appearances Versus Reality

We’re always told “don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Welp, we are ignoring this advice and going for it. A lot of work goes into cover design and drawing people in, so what happens when we just let it happen?  Can a cover help us pick a great read or does it end up being a case of bait and switch? Let’s find out!

What We are Eating and Drinking

Funny story.  Kyrie and Cori got their wires crossed, and both made tea for today’s episode.  What’s even more funny? They made the EXACT same tea. In their monthly tea subscription from Potions Bakery and Tea Shop, they received a Champagne Raspberry White Tea that is supposed to be tasty as an iced tea. Listen to hear as they compare notes in their iced tea taste off. Heather is busy rebranding her store name, but it’s the same great tea and treats.  The monthly subscription is a great deal and easy way to sample some different teas. Best of all, you don’t have to live in Flagstaff to participate! She will mail out your goodies.

That tasty nom nom you are drooling over is a mixed berry coffee cake, so there’s a bit of a theme going on here.  When Cori first started learning to cook, she liked to impulse buy cooking magazines from the grocery checkout. This is a Better Homes and Garden publication from 1997, and she still has a few favorite recipes she makes. This is one of them.  Added bonus – this is a low fat recipe. See below for full recipe.

What We Are Reading

First up is Kyrie’s pick, The Binding by Bridget Collins. Published early in 2019, this book is a bit hard to categorize, but you could say it is magical realism or fantasy.  At its heart, it’s a timeless tale of falling in love with the wrong person and an allegory about the dangers of trying to remove or repress memories of hard experiences. 

Up Next

We are coming to the end of Season 3 with the next episode. Make sure to listen in to hear about some exciting new format changes.  We will be wrapping up with a discussion of all our remaining books: Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. 

Berry Coffee Cake Recipe

Notes: 

  • The recipe calls for red raspberries, but I just used a mix of berries I needed to use up.
  • I probably added a bit of extra flour and reduced sugar and leavening for high altitude, but I can’t remember.

Cake:

1 ¼ cups AP flour

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 beaten egg

⅔ cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 Tablespoons neutral flavored oil

1 cup of fresh or frozen berries

Crumble Topping

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 Tablespoon AP flour

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoon butter 

  • Lightly grease and flour a 9 inch round baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.
  • In large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon).  
  • In small mixing bowl, stir together wet ingredients (egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla).
  • Add wet ingredients to dry.  Stir until just moistened.  
  • Pour batter into pan and sprinkle berries on top.
  • Combine crumble topping ingredients.  Add butter last and make into coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over top of berries.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes on rack
  • Loosen edges from pan and remove (I used a springform pan to make this step easier).
S3E10: Australia murders and a hot place to live

S3E10: Australia murders and a hot place to live

 

What we’re reading

This week, Cori and Kyrie continue down the detective/murder mystery/what the hell is happening genre. The Dry follows Federal Agent Aaron Falk as he arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Let’s just say you really don’t understand who the hell did it until close to the end of the book. The author does an incredible job of making you suspect everyone (including Aaron Falk) throughout the entire story. A real page turner.

What we are drinking and eating

Kyrie and Cori are sometimes too alike when it comes to things. And since this was a relatively warm day, Kyrie and Cori both made iced tea. From the same company. In the same flavour. Creepy, right? We got our tea from the Flagstaff Tea Company, now known as Potion & Tea Bakery and it was the white champagne tea–we of course did a taste tests of each of our teams to see which one we liked better, and of course we each chose our own. Funny things happen when you hang out all the time 😉

What’s next

Next episode, we change the genre game and Cori’s “genre” is Picked for the cover. Up first is Kyrie’s choice of The Binding by Bridget Collins. Until then, happy tea drinking and book reading!

S3E9: A Podcast About a Podcast

S3E9: A Podcast About a Podcast

What We Are Reading

Cori asked that we go down the genre rabbit hole that is police and detective procedurals.  Really, it’s just a subgenre of the suspense and mystery genre. After several failed attempts, Kyrie landed on Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber as her book of choice. Of all ironies, it features a true crime podcast and podcaster who is on the hunt to discover the truth.  

What We Are Eating and Drinking

Cori’s been watching a lot of the British Baking Show, which inspired her to make a chocolate layer cake from scratch.  She used her Pie in the Sky high altitude baking cookbook. This was paired with a lovely standby, our own Books and Tea Black Tea blend from Plum Deluxe.  With its hints of vanilla and cinnamon, it was a perfect match. As Plum Deluxe Ambassadors, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and our link to get 10% off your first order.  If you want some of our special blend, visit our GoFundMe site and make a donation to support our ongoing costs and operations.

What We Are Reading Next

Cori picked The Dry by Jane Harper.  Set in a small Australian town that hasn’t had rain in two years, this quietly suspenseful mystery will suck you dry with its descriptions of heat and complex multi-layered story lines.