Happy New Year! Jayne and Paula are back with another episode, this time about a quirkily titled short story anthology, Smart Ovens for Lonely People. How will this compare to the last anthology they read which underwhelmed them both? Plus, both ladies have thoughts to share on book-to-screen adaptations they've seen recently.

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Books they mention:

Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan

Rubik by Elizabeth Tan

Runaway by Alice Munro

Certain American States by Catherine Lacey

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

The Duke and I by Jula Quinn

The Dry by Jane Harper

Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive

Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt

Solo by Rebecca Seal

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Push by Sapphire

Movies / TV shows they mention:

Black Mirror

The Twilight Zone

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Downton Abbey

Gossip Girl

The Dry

Penguin Bloom


Our book for next month is The Push by Ashley Audrain. Happy reading!

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