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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

S2E12: LOVE is LOVE is LOVE is LOOOOVE

S2E12: LOVE is LOVE is LOVE is LOOOOVE

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss LGBTQ+ books they selected, as well as some history on Pride month.

What We Are Drinking

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori, and their special guest Sydney drink Rosa De Jamaica, and it is a Hibiscus and Pineapple ice tea from Two Sisters Tea. As you can see by the photo below, it’s this beautiful merlot colour and has sweet and bitter tastes of hibiscus.  This tea came in Cori’s June Sips by box. Want to try this awesome monthly subscription box? Head over to Sips by to fill out a profile and try it out yourself AND get $5 off your first box!

What We Are Talking About
Kyrie’s pick, Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda follows young Simon around in high school, as he goes from having a internet crush with a mysterious classmate called Blue, to the difficulties of being blackmailed by someone who knows his secret, to finally coming out to his friends, family, and realizing who Blue actually is. A teenage perspective on the difficulties of being gay in high school.

Cori’s selection, This is How it Always follows the family of five year old Claude, who loves his five brothers and peanut butter sandwiches, but also loves wearing dresses and wants to be a princess when he grows up. As his family encourages him to become who he wants, Pepper, the family keeps a secret of who she really is, until it explodes. This novel of family shows the strength, courage, struggles, and sacrifices everyone makes to keep a secret, but eventually the love of acceptance.

We Are Fundraising!

Help support your two favourite podcasters by donating to their GoFundMe page! Each donation level comes with a gift for you!! A big shout out to: Roger, Ali, Stephanie, and Liz for being the first three to donate!!  

What We Are Reading Next
Kyrie and Cori explore Summer reading!

Kyrie’s Pick: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Cori’s Pick:  Hey Ladies! The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

Cori’s Pick is also for the Modern Mrs  Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge.  This is a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller.  Cori heard about this book from Annie Jones the owner of the The Bookshelf in Thomasville Georgia while while listening to their podcasts:  From The Front Porch.

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References:

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

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/13/health/pride-month-explainer-trnd/index.html

https://www.glaad.org/publications/pridekit

Kyrie’s Goodreads

Cori’s Goodreads

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

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.

Show Sponsor
Another Flagstaff podcast is promoted in this episode. Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom is the owner of Do Good Be Good. Sharon coordinates workshops that are primarily directed towards team and staff development for local government entities and non-profits. On the Do Good, Be Good podcast she interviews people doing meaningful work (paid or volunteer). It’s always interesting so visit her site and check out her podcast

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

S2E2: Battle of the Countries Part 2

S2E2: Battle of the Countries Part 2

This week, Kyrie and Cori continue their selection of French vs. English, with Kyrie picking a book based in France, while Cori picks a book based in England. Which book/country will they enjoy the most this time?

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink an Earl Grey from Flagstaff’s locally owned tea store Steep. The Earl Grey has a strong essence of flowers, but is quite enjoyable. Earl Grey is probably Cori’s favorite, and this one is perfect example of what you want in an Earl Grey. If you don’t live in Flagstaff, you can still try out Steep’s tea. They do mail order!  

Fun fact: Steep is where Kyrie and Cori got the idea of starting this podcast! After meeting for months, drinking tea, and discussing all the books they’ve read since their last visit, Kyrie and Cori had a lightbulb go on with the idea of creating a podcast talking about the books!  

Kyrie’s pick, The Bookseller by Mark Pryor follows US Embassy worker Hugo as one of his friends, a bookseller along the Seine, is taken away from him right before his eyes. When he starts investigating, he learns other booksellers have been disappearing for a while–what is happening to all these booksellers? Turns out Hugo will uncover sinister plots related to these disappearances. There’s a lot of different twists and turns and plots and drama–it’s a classic mystery of “who done it?” Cori’s selection, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a quirky read set in alternate version of England that is slightly different from the one we know. It definitely goes into the fantasy realm.  For one thing, literature is a big thing to most people. There is even a police force just for investigating literary crimes.  Our heroine, Thursday Next, gets sucked into catching a criminal who is threatening to make Jane Eyre disappear if he doesn’t get what he wants.  

Coming Up Next Week

Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of the Dark of Winter and a “Book You Can Finish in a Day” for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge

Kyrie’s Pick: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Cori’s Pick: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

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