Join us as we discuss the sumptuous, sexy, and speculative adaptation of The Great Gatsby: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. We adored Vo’s language, voice, and inventive storytelling and will give you a heads up for brief spoilers [20:35-25:00]. In addition to classic themes with a contemporary twist, we also discuss what… Continue reading 107. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo and adapting the classics for modern readers →
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… Continue reading 106. Revisit West Egg with Novel Pairings: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald →
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… Continue reading 105. A stack of sparkling novels set in the Roaring 20s →
104. The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and pairings for theatrical, political, or fantastical readers
Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. It’s been awhile since we discussed a Shakespeare play and we’re thrilled to be back with the Bard for spooky season to chat about witches, ghosts, murder, and betrayal. Take a listen to hear us discuss why Macbeth feels different from other tragedies, the way… Continue reading 104. The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and pairings for theatrical, political, or fantastical readers →
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… Continue reading 103. Shakespearean titles to topple your To Be Read stack →
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… Continue reading 102. Perplexed by Persuasion on Netflix →
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… Continue reading 101. Ask a Shakespeare Professor →
It’s our 100th episode, readers! Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming along with us on this nerdy creative endeavor. We are immensely grateful for those of you who listen to the podcast, share it with friends, and support us on Patreon. Today, we are talking about Persuasion by Jane Austen, often described as… Continue reading 100. Persuasion by Jane Austen and romantic novels with plenty of pining →
Welcome to fall, readers! Today, Sara & Chelsey dive into all things adaptations: why we enjoy them, when they fall short, and how adaptations fit into literary and pop culture conversations. We discuss how literature thrives on adaptations, and Sara shares some salty opinions. Subscribe to our newsletter for more resources on adaptations and the topics we… Continue reading 99. Literary adaptations we can’t wait to read this fall99. →
Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This novel surprised us in the best ways, and we loved reading along with you all summer. Tune in to hear us talk about the fantastic characters and McMurtry’s narrative style in this sweeping tome, drawing surprising similarities with Jane Austen. This novel touches on… Continue reading 98. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry →
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