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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 should come along!
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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 must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/31vZTT9To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged oneThanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/3r3oJVpTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
Jayna's review will be over Finding Bryan by Matthew KesselmanForrest 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 already stressful life into chaos. Not only is he losing his mother, he’s now tasked with finding his brother, Bryan, who left suddenly and cut ties with the family sixteen years ago.Determined to get something right, Forrest defies his wife’s orders and takes their twelve-year-old daughter out west, where he hopes to locate Bryan. But before he can see this mission through, he’s forced to confront his inner demons, battle with his unpredictability, and trust himself and the journey or risk losing everything and everyone he loves.Follow Forrest’s journey of self-discovery in this timely tale that evokes the American voice akin to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and puts a spotlight on an imperfect man in need of redemption in self and fatherhood, and faith in what the future holds.To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind...Thanks for listening!To purchase the book, https://amzn.to/37TQQiaTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
Due to some of our recent technical difficulties we will be taking a two week break to get our issues resolved. But we will return! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 HennThese poems were written during a very trying time. Henn's wife committed suicide and this is his healing. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to Henn and his family. We hope their grief has disappated enough for them to continue living each day. To purchase Guilty Prayer , go to : https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/guilty-prayer-steve-henn/ Eve Pixiedrowner and the Micean Council serial by Jim DaviesThe world you see is a comforting facade that hides darkness and evil, from which creatures emerge to prey on us. But a secret network of brave soldiers fight faeries and monsters to keep evil at bay.The mice.Want to check this out? Well then, go to :  https://www.alteredrealitymag.com/serials/eve-pixiedrowner-and-the-micean-council-by-jim-davies/To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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—and what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself. In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth—and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . .and the tools for fighting back. Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy—before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/2YY1XljTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
Hello everyone! Here is another episode recorded in out of Nashville with the three of us! This is a behind the scenes kind of look at how we go about doing review for our friends in the unpublished authors world.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
We answer the question from fans of how the three of us met and got started on this crazy adventure we call the Two Bluestockings Podcast! Enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/3sGP64ITo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
Jayna's review will be over Warehouse Dreams by Theresa HalvorsenKendle’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 her at odds with her boss; refusing means the teen faces life institutionalized, sedated, and under restraint. Stephen, the new telepathy teacher, is a Bred. His wealthy parents paid for his perfect geneticcode. He’s not used to the Warehouse’s long hours, to students who float beds through walls during nightmares, or send fishbowls through windows—not to mention the food sucks. The only bright spot is the fascinating Wild teacher in the next room who plays amazing cello or guitar music late at night. Kendle doesn’t think Stephen belongs at the Warehouse, but when he helps save her and her students from a violent mob, she wonders if she was wrong…and if a Bred like Stephen might fall for a Wild like her. But Kendle has little time for romance. As society ramps up its hatred of Wilds and the Warehouse’s resources stretch desperately thin, Kendle must find a way to keep the director from expelling the most gifted students as dangers to the school.To purchase Warehouse Dreams , go to : https://amzn.to/2ME7YAJAarika gets to talk about The Unveiling by Erin McLuckieWhen Covid lifted, so did the veil on our world. We thought Covid was terrible because it crumbled economies, crippled businesses and left people feeling a sense of loss. That was until the veil was lifted. It took two and half years of on-and-off lockdowns for people to turn from merrily singing to each other from balconies, to being pissed about not being able to celebrate thanksgiving with their families, to finally being weary of anyone outside their family or core unit. Gone were the days of togetherness, ubuntu and globalisation. And in its place was something much worse, you see it wasn't just the loss of connection that weighed heavily on you, it was also the blatant mistrust. So when the veil lifted and we looked at each other, I mean really looked at each other, we realised we weren't human at all. Reya discovers that she is half Angel, half shifter, but it's the Angel bloodline in her that has the authorities sitting up and paying attention. She finds that she has to approach every situation with caution as she is quickly moved to an elite government basecamp, which comes with its own limitations and restrictions. But as Reya muddles through her newfound abilities with the guy assigned to 'train' her - Chase. As the lines between their relationship soon becomes blurred, Reya starts to realise that there's a lot more to her powers than she was initially led to believe. With Races fast dividing, is she alone enough to stop the impending global race war that is about to explode?To purchase The Unveiling, go to :  https://amzn.to/2YtkNR7To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty," brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.And in a new adventure, Jacobs undergoes scientific testing to determine how he can put his wife through these and other life-altering experiments—one of which involves public nudity.Filled with humor and wisdom, My Life as an Experiment will immerse you in eye-opening situations and change the way you think about the big issues of our time—from love and work to national politics and breakfast cereal.Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/3tbJfVmTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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/2LFRBUuTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 hideous (frequently both at once!), these narratives are presented in a deceptively colloquial matter-of-fact voice.The unfortunate (mostly) human (mostly) speakers often don’t do well in their interactions with gods, other lifeforms, or the unknown—and those interactions tell us about our entirely human problems. Even those entities who interact successfully (from their point of view, at least) teach us more about ourselves than the ostensible narrator. We’re all ambassadors here, wherever we go—but sometimes acting on behalf of huge mistakes.To purchase  Ambassador Takes One for the Team : https://amzn.to/3c3mME1Linda Strader is one of the first women hired on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service. A naive twenty-year-old in the mid-1970s, she discovers fighting wildfires is challenging—but in a man's world, they became only one of the challenges she would face. Battling fire is exhilarating, yet exhausting; the discrimination real and sometimes in her face. Summers of Fire is an Arizona to Alaska adventure story that honestly recounts the seven years Strader ventures into the heart of fires that scorch the land, vibrant friendships that fire the soul, and deep love that ends in devastating heartbreak.To purchase Summers of Fire: https://amzn.to/35VFLfSTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
This week, Jayna chose Ready Player One by Ernest ClineA 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 dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/3sGP64ITo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 follow the teachings of her mother, or venture into the shadows of dark magic as her grandmother before her. In pursuing the darkness, Elizabeth would ultimately be banished to Hell in her quest for power, as she violated the sacred Witch's code through her own slave's deception.Over 150 years later, a group of teenage gamers partying in the abandoned Franklin Mansion make a grave mistake, inadvertently opening a gateway between the living and the dead. Elizabeth's spirit now set free and bound for vengeance, she returns to her plantation home with hopes to walk amongst the living once again.In the beginning of a dark trilogy, Elizabeth must find balance between the evil lurking inside her and the realization that she may have went too far down a shadowed path.To purchase Elizabeth Franklin: A Witch's Tale :https://amzn.to/2LFRBUuSimon Sees by Corey Carroll:Simon Whitaker has worked hard to live his dream; from owning a franchise of successful health clubs in Washington D.C. to being able to afford most of the toys that a young, single man enjoys. However, most of his spare time and money is spent in a more unusual way…Instilled with an insatiable passion to help other people, Simon disguises himself and blends into the fabric of the poor and destitute. Posing as a stranded motorist, a garbage worker or even homeless Simon rewards those who help him in magnificent ways. There is no limits to the amount of fortune he will use to care for other people. But where does it come from? Who taught him to be so generous? Even Simon doesn’t know, until a long lost visitor from his past returns to show him the true origin of his benevolent heart. Yet, not everything is as it seems. Circumstances collide together that threaten to destroy everything that Simon has ever known and tell a story of hope, kindness and redemption. To purchase Simon Sees:https://amzn.to/2M4G00STo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.  He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/35kxjX2To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 WeintraubTo purchase the book, https://amzn.to/2Y57gipSoul Search by Reyna FavisTo purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/2NpqL3pThe Book I Never Had by Rose ButterflyTo purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/35YHWPsFour Leaf Road by Corey CarrollTo purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/2M6qC4iThanks for listening!To purchase the book, To support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls.Thanks for listening!To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/3q9bH8dTo support the show (a.k.a the girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockingsWe make candles inspired by our books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoBluestockingsOur Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/people/2bluestockings/shop?asc=uFind us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoBlueStockingsAlso, Jayna’s book choice makes Aarika sad..... again.... Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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 the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity, and once more she faces important choices to ensure her survival.To purchase, you can go to https://amzn.to/335FYLW . Be sure to follow us, download our episode, drop a comment, send a message, send a dove, whatever you want!twitter @2BluestockingsInstagram two.blue.stockingsfacebook two blue stockings podcastGmail two.blue.stockings.books@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings)
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