110. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

Chelsey and Sara discuss Langston Hughes’s 1930 novel: Not Without Laughter,  the story of a young boy coming of age in small-town Kansas with his matriarchal family. His mother Annjee works as a maid and cook for a wealthy white family, his grandmother Hager takes in laundry work, and his Aunt Harriet has big dreams…

109. Reading classic children’s literature with Alice, Anne and Aslan

This spring semester, we are trying something a little different. We hope you all are up for venturing into uncharted territory together as we spend a few months reading Classic Children’s Literature! From fantasy to historical fiction to adventure, we will explore the influences of children’s stories on contemporary literature. Using our signature literary lens,…

108. Our favorite (and least favorite) books of 2022

Today we enter the towering stack of “Best Book” lists, but we like to think our annual episode stands out from the crowd. Instead of narrowing down a list of favorites every year, we share superlatives to include a wider variety of genres, themes, and reading experiences in our year end wrap up episode. Check…

106. Revisit West Egg with Novel Pairings: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Readers, today we are taking it way back to September 2020 (a lifetime ago!) when we discussed The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This month’s book club is The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (a Gatsby retelling) so we’re taking this opportunity to refresh our memories about the plot, characters, and themes of Fitzgerald’s iconic work. We…

105. A stack of sparkling novels set in the Roaring 20s

In anticipation of this month’s book club read, we’re sharing a whole stack of novels set in the 1920s. We are giving you a little bit of everything in this list: historical fiction, romance, mystery, backlist books, and new releases to help you step back in time and witness the opulence and turbulence of the…

103. Shakespearean titles to topple your To Be Read stack

Today, we are toppling your TBR with Shakespeare-inspired stories, retellings, and adaptations! We have ten books for you today, but there are so many more that we could have discussed. Join our community over on  Patreon for three additional recommendations from each of us!  Pairings Chelsey: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio Exit, Pursued…

102. Perplexed by Persuasion on Netflix

Today, Chelsey and Sara are discussing the new Netflix film adaptation of Persuasion starring Dakota Johnson, Cormo Jarvis, and Henry Golding. We lament the anachronistic language, mull over the casting, and consider the obvious influences of Fleabag, Bridgerton, and Schitt’s Creek, all while attempting to figure out just what this movie had to say about…

101. Ask a Shakespeare Professor

Welcome to Shakespeare 101! It’s a perfectly fitting episode number for today as we invite a Shakespeare professor to answer YOUR questions about the Bard’s staying power, how to read his works, and how to interpret Lady Macbeth. We always say we won’t get TOO academic here, but we’re getting pretty academic thanks to Chelsey’s…

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