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Reading Habits & Neighborly Grapefruit


This episode is all about reading! We talk about books almost every episode, so we thought it was time to dedicate a whole show to our reading memories, habits, and recommendations. Dive in and be a bookworm with us.

The Neighborly Elvis

         from Bon Appetite

         makes 2 servings

  • 6 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice (preferably free from a neighbor)
  • 3 oz. London dry gin
  • 1/2 oz. St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • India Pale Ale 
  • Grapefruit twist

Books that first influenced us:

Erica's 2017 Personal Growth Syllabus

Erica's Top 5-ish

Kelsey's Top 5-ish

Honorable Mention

Erica is obsessed with JohnnySwim and Kelsey is snacking on Trader Joe's cocoa glazed almonds.

14 responses to “Reading Habits & Neighborly Grapefruit”

  1. Loved this episode! (Well, I love them all… so this was obviously no different.) Speaking of the Babysitters Club books…. if you are looking for podcasts, check out The Babysitters Club Club. It is two 30-something guys discussing the series – one book per episode. They’ve come up with all of these ‘theories’ and themes within the books you probably missed as a kid reading them – and they are ridiculous and hilarious. Anyways… I heard about that podcast from an Instagram friend a few weeks ago, and it did not disappoint.
    Also, I hear you on the library conundrum, Kelsey! It seems like I’m always having books become available when I don’t have the time to read them, or a handful all suddenly become available all at once (even though I am still way down in the queue for them!) First world problems, I suppose.
    I just got The Night Circus from the library and am looking forward to reading it 🙂

  2. haha, what a funny podcast concept! Kind of like The Gilmore Guys, funny that it’s two guys, will have to check that out! Yes on the problem of too many books. I try not to let it bother me. One day I’ll have lots more time to read books, presumably when the boys are in school or (sob!) when they no longer live at home. And then I’ll wish for the days when I was too busy to read as much as I wanted I’m sure. I need to read The Night Circus this year, too! Enjoy!

  3. Oh my goodness, I am currently listening to the podcast now and just had to pause to say how much I love Erica’s idea of a personal growth syllabus! I always have lots of books in that category that I want to read but don’t always get to. Isn’t it funny how just naming something like a syllabus and putting a list down on paper makes it seem so much more attainable and exciting?
    Thanks ladies!

  4. Yes – totally! Ever since she mentioned it I’ve been thinking of it, too. You’ll have to share yours with us if you’d like when you make one! Happy reading 🙂

  5. Thank you for the Cold Tangerine recommendation. Reading and loving it!

  6. Awesome, we love to hear this! Thanks for listening!

  7. Do you have goodreads accounts? Would you mind sharing them and accepting new friends over there?

  8. I loved this episode! I moved to a new city 2 years ago and had never really thought about getting a library card except when it was mentioned on this podcast pretty much every episode. Haha. This episode made me pull the trigger and it has been the best thing ever! Free books on my kindle, what could be better! Thanks for giving me the push I needed.

  9. Well obviously this makes me ridiculously happy! That’s so awesome. Glad you are enjoying the splendor that is the library. A lovely way to get acquainted with a new city…and new books 🙂

  10. Hi Lucie! I do! Just search for Kelsey Wharton and you should find me, look forward to connecting with you there 🙂

  11. Kelsey, I just finished Rules of Civility! Wow…so good! That and Henrietta Lacks came available at the same time, so I just need to finish processing Rules of Civilty before jumping into the next. The writing was so good- made think about those times and NYC a little differently, too.

  12. Ah, so good. I might re-read that one this fall. Henrietta Lacks will definitely take you in a completely different direction but will also give some incredible perspective. That’s one I could see re-reading as well. ENJOY!

  13. I’ve been binging ALL the episodes from the beginning and I’m completely obsessed. Y’all have persuaded me to buy a kindle paper white that I can’t live without so THANK YOU! I’ve read more in the past two months than I have in the past two years and I love that I’m spending my downtime reading instead of scrolling. I am loving all the book recs, but I really want to find both of you on Goodreads. Are you still using that? If so, can you send/post your usernames so that I can follow along with what you have been reading lately?

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