Two Bluestockings

Two Bluestockings

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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March 29, 2021 32 min

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 ...

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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 w...

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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 already stressful life into chaos. Not only is he losing his mother, he’s now tasked...

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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 onse...

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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)

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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 healing. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to Henn and his family. We hope ...

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February 18, 2021 40 min

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...

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February 17, 2021 17 min

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.

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February 10, 2021 17 min

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!

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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...

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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 her at odds with her boss; refusing means the teen faces life institutionalized, sed...

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January 30, 2021 61 min

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 ...

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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 girl's reading habit), visit  https://www.patreon.com/twobluestockings

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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 colloq...

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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 dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop c...

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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 shado...

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January 11, 2021 58 min

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 chil...

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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/35YHWPs

Four Leaf Road by Corey Carroll
To purchase the book,  https://amzn.to/2M6qC4i

Th...

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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 mak...

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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 on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears...

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