Tag: Classics

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 5: A Mysterious Read

Episode 5: A Mysterious Read

Disclaimer: We’ve accidentally made our first mic error by having it turned all the way up, so it doesn’t sound that great (our fault, not our editor extraordinaires ). We apologize for the inconvenience–we’re more bummed about it than you are!

To make up for the poor sound quality, here’s pictures of Coco (left) and Apollo (left).


This week, after recovering from the short story reviews, Kyrie and Cori read mysteries and share some of the history of what makes a mystery a mystery! During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Black Tea Sampler (Gypsy Rose), which both find to be a bit strong on the rose side–like potpourri in their mouth! A bit too overwhelming for their taste, but it may be great for people who love the taste of flowers.

Kyrie’s pick for this week is a classic mystery! She picked  And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie. Both Kyrie and Cori seemed to really like this clue-like mystery novel. 



Cori’s pick this week is the complete opposite of Kyrie’s. The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon is based on a true story, and was filled with a surprising ending of putting it all together. Kyrie and Cori enjoyed this book and have made a full recover from their crazy short story selections.


Still Life by Louise Penny

Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Nancy Drew series

Hardy Boys series

Trixie Belden series

Boxcar Children series

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective series

The Cat Who… series by Lilian Jackson Braun

Roses are Red by James Patterson

Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Comprehensive author list organized by time  

Next week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of creative nonfiction/literary journalist ! Read along with them or just listen to what they have to say about these two books. Make sure you subscribe to Books and Tea Podcast to get updates. Check out Books and Tea Podcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help us reach a broader audience! Please read along with Kyrie and Cori and join in the conversation by leaving comments on the blog posts.Logo: Chris Taesali.  Sound and Editing:Daniel Stearman.

Kyrie picks: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Cori Picks: Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison