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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 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

Episode 16: Native American Heritage Month–Nonfiction

This week, Kyrie and Cori read nonfiction books about Native Americans in honour of Native American Heritage Month. Cori has prepared her version of a pumpkin spice chai latte using Tazo Tea’s Pumpkin Chai.

Kyrie’s pick, Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder by Kent Nerburn explores the reservation and the tales of an Lakota Elder named Dan, to write Dan’s perspective of not only life of a Native American, but white privilege, the taking away of rights by white people, and easy life of paying attention to mother earth. After a faulty start, Kent get’s “kidnapped” and taken on the back roads as Dan tells his story and changes Kent’s perspective.

Cori’s Pick, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann investigates a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920s. The Osage became some of the wealthiest people in the country after big oil deposits were discovered beneath their land. The mystery of who is orchestrating these killings and what else David Gran discovers in his research will keep you engaged and guessing until the end.

That President that served more than two terms we were wondering about? Franklin D. Roosevelt! According to the website: “The only president to serve more than two terms was Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1940 he won the election for his third term. Four years later in 1944, he ran again. He became the only president to be elected to a fourth term. However, he was president for only a year into his fourth term before he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away.”

We’re taking a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will release our final episode after we all recuperate from our turkey comas. Stay tuned as we continue our exploration and honoring of Native American Heritage Month in our final episode of the season with fiction books.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Orenda – Joseph Boyden

Cori’s Pick: Last Standing Woman – Winona LaDuke

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for listening.





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