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S2 E4: Books turned into movies

Aileen had always wanted an excuse to read Nora Ephron, so she read Heartburn by Nora Ephron. Lauren got her sweet tooth fix with an old copy of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.  Alisa read A River Runs Through It by Norman McClain, and Josie dug up her copy of Jane Eyre by…

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S2 Ep3: Steamy love stories

We’re a bit early for Valentine’s Day, but each of us picked a love story to discuss this week. Lauren went first and talked about The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon because she just couldn’t hold her tea! Fun, vivacious dialogue and tons of red hot lovin’ was just what Lauren needed. She appreciated…

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S2 Ep2: We all read Stephen King

Aileen is a huge Stephen King fan and has been for as long as we can remember. This week she picked a book of his for each of us to read.  Aileen read one of King’s more recent books, Billie Summers. A crime thriller that’s something of a departure from what we all think of as…

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S2 Ep1: We read banned or reconsidered books

Right now in our country there are towns, cities, and states making lists of books that certain people want banned from schools and libraries, and we are absolutely horrified by this. So, each one of us picks an AMAZING book that is on one of these nefarious lists and read the heck out of ‘em….

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Ep.8: Big Summer, Me Before You, Virgin River, Bridget Jones’ Diary

Our final episode of the season!  We’ll be off for three weeks and then be back January 10 for Season 2. The gang’s all here for escapist novels! It’s unanimously agreed that we all love what is commonly referred to as “women’s fiction” and that it’s long past the time when anyone should be embarrassed…

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Ep.7: Eleanor Oliphant and The Song of Achilles

We tried something a little different for this episode and chose to partner up and cover two books instead of four. Aileen and Lauren read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as…

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Ep. 6: Erotic Stories + Witches = A Deadly Education

The Lauren Drought continues, but in her absence we discuss books that she picked out for us, and it’s unanimous. Every book was a perfect fit. We conclude that Lauren must be a book whisperer. As per Lauren’s suggestion, Aileen read and thoroughly enjoyed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal a lively, sexy, and…

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Ep.5: Books we loved about captivity and survival.

Unfortunately, Lauren couldn’t make it, but the remaining gang soldiers on without her and discusses captivity and survival stories. Aileen re-read Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews and found that her opinion of this once beloved book had changed drastically since her teen years. Many of the things she adored about this “forbidden…

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Ep.4: 3 violent books we loved and a palate cleanser.

We chose to go dark on this one, all except for Lauren who went with some lighter fare because sometimes you read what the book gods send your way and you don’t ask any questions. Aileen tips off the book talk with her pick, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Alisa cuts the line with Lord of the…

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Ep.3: Books we re-read the most.

What is it about certain books that brings up back, again and again? Why re-read at all, considering there are so many great books waiting on our TBR lists? This week we break down our favorite re-reads. Aileen dusts off her old copy of Are You There God It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume, and…

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