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Books and podcasts and coffee

by Carly-Ann

I had yesterday off and was able to piece together a coffee date with someone who is away from work right now and who I haven’t been able to catch up with in a while. While sipping our lattes, we proceeded to do exactly what we do when we’re at work: talk about books and podcasts. Non-stop. And guess what I learned?


  • She recently read a fictional trilogy set in the Southern US. It isn’t entirely my genre – when it comes to the south, I’m more Southern Charm than southern history – but she made it sounds pretty enthralling. And each book was 700+ pages. Sure, I need one of those for my 2018 Reading Challenge, but I think Harry Potter will fit that bill*.
  • I am reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and it is melting my mind because the traits of the husband/villain? in this book are just similar enough to the husband/villain! in Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris that I’m meshing the two creeps together. I have probably only ever read read two books in this thriller genre so maybe that’s the problem. I also floated my developing theory that maybe we are all villains in some thriller novel. More on that later. Maybe.
  • Together we did some gushy nerd-talk about how much we are referencing Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, but that’s kind of an ongoing thing for us.
*If I can get through it. I’ve found that the books are going downhill as the series carries on – I’m at book five – but at least the movies are getting better.


  • She’s been listening to Hidden Brain and Other People’s Problems.
  • I recommended By The Book and Spiritualish (in particular, episodes 7-11 or so, the ones in which they talk about boundaries.)
  • We laughed at how we are both terrible at subscribing to too many shows. At one point, I exclaimed, “It would be impossible to ever listen to all these shows even if I made listening to podcasts my job!” And that’s a fact.


Coffee dates aren’t a thing I have fully implemented in my life. I do them occasionally, but not all that often. Every time I do, I think, “Hmmm. I should really do this more.” Then I don’t. But regardless of the fact that I am not taking fill advantage of this staple of modern society, I’m glad it’s become a part of our culture. Want to have coffee sometime?

Do you meet friends for coffee dates? If you could meet anyone for coffee right now, who would it be and what would you talk about?

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