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Two Bluestockings

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Two Bluestockings

Aarika B. , Jayna G. , Chad F.

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Three friends who get together to talk about books. Two read (Aarika and Jayna a.k.a. The Two Bluestockings) and one does not (His name is Chad, and he calls himself: The Awkward Red Sock). Together, they drink wine and discuss psychology, symbolism, maddening endings, and the possibility of being crushed by their TBR piles. Each week, Aarika and Jayna pick one of their favorite books and challenge each other to read it. They also take suggestions from listeners. It's a really good time. You ...
 
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Well, Jayna hated this book. So, like, let's enjoy! At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive… They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children…
 
Jayna decided to give us a break from all the sad books we have chosen lately with this book. Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropr…
 
Jayna's review will be over Finding Bryan by Matthew Kesselman Forrest Wilcox misses his younger life and the America of an earlier time. Plagued by a fear of change, irrational outbursts, and unrelenting insecurities, he’s a man weary of living a joyless life. When Forrest’s mother summons him to tell him her cancer has progressed, it throws his a…
 
Aarika did not know she picked a sad book. She just picked a book off her shelf. That is it. She apologizes. Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinkin…
 
Jayna's review will be over two books : Guilty Prayer by Steve Henn and Eve Pixiedrowner and the Micean Council serial by Jim Davies (I almost typed Jimothy. It felt too strange. I need to stop thinking The Office so much). Guilty Prayer by Steve Henn These poems were written during a very trying time. Henn's wife committed suicide and this is his …
 
This week's pick is a Super Secret Book Club / Jayna pick! Reality is broken. At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery—…
 
This week, Jayna decided to make Aarika's anxiety skyrocket a few planets. Let's dive into The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood! In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigi…
 
Jayna's review will be over Warehouse Dreams by Theresa Halvorsen Kendle’s job is on the line every time she rescues a Wild teen. But Wilds, with their uncontrolled psychic abilities, need her help. They need the chronically underfunded Warehouse, the only school available for Wilds. But accepting a teen with potentially dangerous abilities puts he…
 
This week (super late week, technical difficulties and crazy full time life issues) Aarika chose My Life As an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs. One man. Ten extraordinary quests. Bestselling author and human guinea pig A.J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by Geo…
 
Up for review today is Recalibrating the Future by Herb Kauderer. Aarika took on these two books for review for this weeks episode of Hump Day Shenanigans! Jayna will be doing a little bit of clarification, so pay attention to her today! To purchase, Recalibrating the Future by Herb Kauderer : https://amzn.to/2LFRBUu To support the show (a.k.a the …
 
Up for review today is Ambassador Takes One for the Team by David C. Kopaska-Merkel (reviewed by Aarika) and Summers of Fire by Linda Strader (reviewed by Jayna). The Ambassador Takes One for the Team explores, humorously and tragically, the divine and the alien—and in doing so, the muddled, mixed mess that is humanity. By turns hilarious and hideo…
 
This week, Jayna chose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS di…
 
Up for review today is "Elizabeth Franklin: A Witch's Tale" by Ron George and "Simon Sees" by Corey Carroll. Aarika took on these two books for review for this weeks episode of Hump Day Shenanigans! Elizabeth Franklin: A Witch's Tale by Ron George: Raised in a family spanning generations of witches, Elizabeth Franklin was faced with a decision: to …
 
This week, Aarika got to pick (it came from her TBR list, so she is on track with her 2021 challenge!) Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly,…
 
We've hit the ground running with book reviews as 2021 gets underway. Some good books to briefly go over in this episode: Temple Dancer by Amy Weintraub To purchase the book, https://amzn.to/2Y57gip Soul Search by Reyna Favis To purchase the book, https://amzn.to/2NpqL3p The Book I Never Had by Rose Butterfly To purchase the book, https://amzn.to/3…
 
SEASON TWO! We’re geared up and ready to embark on a conversation featuring Valley of the Dolls. Chad is out for this round but will be back for the next. If you’ll notice, he did pop in for an intro and outro, because ours wasn’t good enough. At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and …
 
As the year comes to a close we come sliding in with our final episode of the year! Aarika is still out, but she will return in 2021. Jayna and Chad finish out this episode as Jayna takes the play by play on an Aarika book and Chad does what Chad does best. (We still haven't figured out what that is) Happy New Year! Nora Silk doesn’t really fit in …
 
Aarika is down for the count with health issues, so its up to Jayna to pull double book duty while Chad does what Chad does best. Talk and put together a little bit of audio.... Armored by Dawn Landry (This book is officially on the bestseller's list (update from January 2021!)) In ARMORED, Dawn shares her story with honesty and encouragement as sh…
 
It’s Christmas time! And you know what that means! Christmas cookies, presents, music friends and family, a baby in a manger and Aarika, Jayna and Chad talking about one of their favorite Christmas stories from world famous author Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol." Okay, Aarika was mostly silent. Her Christmas movies are Die Hard (she will fight…
 
We got another book review (Aarika's turn)! And an added segment, the "thunder dome!" Where we pick select characters from different books and discuss who which good guy and bad guy would win in a fight. Of course Aarika picks the bad guys because she's a little weird and Jayna picks out the good guys. Mistletoe, Mobsters and Mozzarella by Peggy Ja…
 
Jayna picked an oldie but a goodie tonight! Come dive into this amazing classic with us while we discuss how this book made us feel, why we own jewelry with Stay Gold on it, and why Aarika has Stay Golden as her email signature. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count o…
 
The first book reviewed was by Jayna. Come learn about her thoughts on Satheesh Kotoju and Shiva P Vangala. This book is special to us, we hope the story of this book's creation touches you like it did us! If you would like to purchase the book, please use this link here: https://amzn.to/2VKprJq All proceeds from the purchase of Shadow: Unparallele…
 
This week, Aarika chose Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper! (which, to be fair, is basically how she lives her best mom life. No shame.) If you feel like your kids are killing you, you’ve come to the right place. This irreverant, hilarious guide to the trials of motherhood makes the perfect gift for mom—or any woman with a huge heart and a …
 
Come join us for the Wednesday book review to see what Jayna thought of this book! SIX STORIES. ONE EPIC JOURNEY When the world as you know it is rent into shreds, you either survive or you die. When your friends, your neighbors, members of your own family starve to death in front of your young eyes, only a steel drive to live will rescue you. If y…
 
This book review was done by Aarika. Come find out the thoughts on this author, Bela Gary! Have you ever felt a deep connection with someone the instant you met? In the wake of a profound romantic relationship, a woman is propelled into an obsessive search for answers. Is he her soulmate? As she tries to unravel the significance of the mysterious c…
 
For Jayna's pick, she chose Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day …
 
Aarika here... I know what you are going to say but... I put 3 books in my read closet so I had room.... I swear. I had the room. A Twist of Orchids: A Death in the Dordogne Mystery -Michelle Wan https://amzn.to/3nXlLjB Deadly Slipper - Michelle Wan https://amzn.to/3pZYy1Y The Orchid Shroud - Michelle Wan https://amzn.to/3387xEl (I convinced my hus…
 
Come join us for the Wednesday book review to see what Jayna thought of this book! "You should have left me alone." Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it's not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her. To…
 
Warning: This episode does contain difficult subject matter, specifically child abuse, pedophilia and grooming behaviors. While this episode is used to start hard conversations, we do not believe this is suitable for younger listeners. Listener discretion is advised. Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita , Na…
 
Jayna has no shame. She hasn't really evened out the bought books with the read books. But her stacks look so good, don't they? The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis https://amzn.to/35RaJWI The Invisible Life of Addie Lerue by V. E. Schwab https://amzn.to/3kYQdYI Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence https://amzn.to/39…
 
We miss Chad, too. Honest! He will be back with us soon, don't fret. Stay with us. Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear…
 
Jayna has a problem.. according to some. Others (Aarika) think it is perfectly healthy to buy books when you have over 500 in your house waiting for you to break their spine. Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud https://amzn.to/3fjvn4O Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt https://amzn.to/2J0A4om Lazy Genius W…
 
Aarika got some more books in the mail! Here is what we had on this episode of Hump Day Shenanigans: Sleep, My Child, Forever by John Coston https://amzn.to/2KvKNYv Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov https://amzn.to/2IXR9iu The Read Lolita : The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman https://amzn.to/2UKEXEs The…
 
** Explicit language in the book quotes. Listener discretion is advised** This week, was Aarika's pick. How does time travelling serial killers sound?! Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with po…
 
What happens when Chad the producer finds out Jayna needs to focus on school and Aarika is out sick? He makes his own episode! Tune in to hear about Chad's favorite books (yes, he can read), how we conned him into joining us permanently on the show, and him just being his cool-cat self! Don't forget... Be sure to follow us, download our episode, dr…
 
On this episode (hoping all technical difficulties are finally fixed!), we will be disccussing the book The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you guess this was Jayna's pick? Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbours she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little…
 
As Chad loved to ask, "Which witch is which witch?" We are discussing the book Witch Child by Celia Rees. The New World, Puritans, old superstitions, a lot of wine and a few more rabbit trails to walk through. Join us for an adventure into the unknown just in time for Halloween! When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hanged for th…
 
Due to our technical difficulties with our Witch Child episode, we have decided to let everyone see the hot mess we are when we each get a book haul! Jayna went on a date night to 2nd & Charles and came back with the following: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel https://amzn.…
 
Due to our technical difficulties with our Witch Child episode, we have decided to let everyone see the hot mess we are when we each get a book haul! Aarika went to the best kept secret in her town, spent $28 and came back with the following: The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand https://amzn.to/36WiVUX The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald https://amzn.to/…
 
On this episode of Two Bluestockings, we are discussing (with a few rabbit trails) the book Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (https://amzn.to/2IWjpCw). Join Aarika, Jayna and Chad as they try to unravel their thoughts on a classic book that is highly recommended. Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. M…
 
Ladies and gentlemen!We are Asylum Gents, and welcome to our first mixtape. Asylum Gents are a new DJ duo with Mr. A and Mr. M. We have the passion and love for the deep, dark and thumping club music. Our goal is to conquer the club life with our blend of different club music, but with the same characteristics - Groovy beats & deep thumping bass li…
 
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