Episode 23: The Fun Side of Reading + What Is A Penelope?

Meredith and Kaytee are back together this week and they are chatting books and Penelopes!

You’ll hear a “bookish moment of the week” from each of us: a Harry Potter deep dive conversation and Little Free Library progress.

Next, we discuss what we are currently reading, and this week includes quite a few thrillers, a book that makes Kaytee blush, and a new title from a favorite author.

This week for our deep dive, we introduce a new section of the website for your first reading challenge category (A Book That Currently Reading Pressed Into Your Hands) and then have a conversation about a term we’ve mentioned in passing but never explained: Penelope. Who is this Penelope, and why do we care about her notebooks?

As always, we finish up with A Book (yep, capitalized) that we’d like to press into every reader’s hands: a book that MUST be consumed on audio and a happiness-boosting favorite.

As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 

3:24 - The Ultimate Harry Potter sorting test

5:59 - Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

9:25 - A Curious Beginning by Deanna Reyborn

11:46 - Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels by Anne Perry (First is The Cater Street Hangman)

12:35 - Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham

13:09 - A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne

13:12 - The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

16:58 - The Child by Fiona Barton

19:25 - The Widow by Fiona Barton

19:50 - How to Be A Happier Parent by KJ Dell’antonia

20:10 - Sorta Awesome episode 163: Ten Mantras for Happier Parents with KJ Dell’antonia

21:35 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

23:49 - My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

27:23 - New website of all the books we’ve pressed into your hands!

29:12 - Sorta Awesome episode 85: Awesomely and Unapologetically Organized with Meredith Schwartz of Penelope Loves Lists

38:50 - Episode 7 with Jessica Turner

41:10 - Penelope Blue: River Blue from Benjamin Moore

42:12 - Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

44:23 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

44:30 - Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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