Red Wine Reads

I’m making book clubs cool again with my podcast, Red Wine Reads. This is a podcast with a mission to make you love books again by engaging in fun (and sometimes ridiculous) conversations. We want you to read the books along with us, so you give us your hot takes on social media after the episode airs. It’s an opportunity for you to join a community of book lovers and wine lovers (and not strictly just red wine lovers). With weekly book reviews spanning across many genres and weekly 10-minute, book-related deep dives, there’s a little something in here for everyone. So pop a cork, grab a book, and press play.

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3 days ago

This goes into our top 10 memoirs. When you read a really good memoir, though your life may not reflect the one you’re reading about, you still relate to the author on some level. Selma Blair wrote a magical memoir that we think will go down in history and stamp her mark in the history books for years and decades to come. 
This week, we read Mean Baby by Selma Blair.
Ella Kopeikin, lover of L.A. and really good storytelling, joins me today to talk about a memoir that both broke us and gave us hope for the future. 
In this episode we cover: 
Why Selma Blair is an absolute bada** 
Why Ella and I would also bite people in high-stress social situations.
Why we both love and hate Selma’s mother
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you reaching for the tissue box and your journal because you will feel all of the feels. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
DRINK PAIRINGS: Nature’s best liquid, water. 
TV SHOW - Please Like Me, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay  
BOOK - The Liars' Club, Becoming, Traveling Mercies, Prozac Nation
MOVIE - Introducing Selma Blair, The Glass Castle
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Friday Jan 20, 2023

This month, we’re diving into the weird, the emotional, and the mystical. If you’re a memoir reader, we have something for you. If you like the classics, we’ve got just the book for you. If you want a magical story of sliding doors scenarios, then stay tuned! And if you’re looking for a book to make you squirm, just a little bit, then we have what you need. 
Here are our picks for February: 
Stay True by Hua Hsu - a memoir about growing up and the importance of friendship. 
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - a classic about the role of women and how sisterhood shapes each woman. 
A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers - a book following the life of a psychopath who kills and eats her past lovers. 
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig - a magical tale about a library that can tell you what your life could’ve been. 
Which book are you most excited for? 
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday Jan 18, 2023

When you’re in the midst of reading heavy, emotional novels, you might be looking for a book that’s easy to read and lighthearted. This is that book. Today we’re talking about the YA dystopian novel, Red Queen. This book is #1 in a four-book series that takes place in a world where people with silver blood have powers and people with red blood don’t — except for Mare Barrow. 
This week, we read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
Abby Williams, lover of historical fiction and a good plot twist, joins me today to talk about a book that gave us a warm, familiar feeling of mindlessly reading a fast-moving book. 
In this episode we cover: 
Why sometimes you need a book with weak characters and a predictable storyline to just cleanse your reading palate. 
What YA dystopian novels made up our childhood. 
Why we chose this book over another to review this month.  
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you wanting to look up that “spicy” scene in Divergent that you read over and over again in the 8th grade. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
DRINK PAIRINGS: Champagne with creme de violet (grey purple like Mare’s sparks), Epicuro Primitivo
TV SHOW - Wednesday, Avatar the Last Airbender 
BOOK - Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games - Mockingjay
MOVIE - Divergent, Frozen
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday Jan 11, 2023

In our opinion, for books to be great, they need to be one or the other. Today we discuss this acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner from 2019, which didn’t cause the same adoration for us, as it did for some readers. This book about trees, nature, and human destruction had the potential to be really good, but keep listening to find out why it wasn’t (in our non-expert opinions). 
This week, we read The Overstory by Richard Powers
Rebekah Sausmikat, who loves a good dose of horror and nature with her books, joins me today to discuss a book that was way overhyped on social media in our opinion. 
In this episode we cover: 
How too many characters led to messy storylines. 
Why this book should’ve stopped at 250 pages, and those last 150 pages really ruined the book for us. 
Why the females in this book reminded Rebekah of fairy, pixie dream girls. 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you looking up at the trees and saying thank you, but also wondering why Richard Powers killed so many trees to print this pretentious book. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
The Blue Planet (TV Show)
Annihilation (Movie)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  (Book)
Ishmael (Book)
Drink Pairings: Lavender & Prosecco Drink, Créme de Violette, Bonterra Wines
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday Jan 04, 2023

Are we attracted to Jesus? This fictional telling of Jesus’ wife, Ana, has us in love. We love the feminist take in a Biblical setting. We love the love between Jesus and Ana. And we love the female relationships explored in this novel. It’s a book surrounding faith, written for everyone, and relatable to those trying to find their purpose in life.  
This week, we read The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sierra Marshall, lover of romance and getting lost in imagined worlds, joins me today to talk about this book that pulled on all the right heart strings. 
In this episode we cover: 
Jenna’s list of quotes from this book that spans the length of her desk. 
Why secular and faith-based audiences agree that this is just a really good book with great storytelling. 
Why Sierra might be crushing on Jesus…hard. 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you longing for more in this life…like more books and more cocktails. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
The Spanish Princess (TV Show)
Jesus Christ Superstar (Movie)
Spencer (Movie)
Women, earth, and Creator Spirit Book (Book)
The Color Purple (Book)
Drink Pairings: literally any red wine (or water, because water into wine and all of that). 
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

You probably won’t agree with us when it comes to this book...
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Lessons in Chemistry follows chemist Elizabeth Zott who is fighting for equality in her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute in the 1960s. But when she and Calvin Evans—the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder—fall for each other, their budding romance ends abruptly. So, a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of a chemistry-based cooking show Supper at Six. What happens when Elizabeth Zott not only tries to change the way women view cooking, but also view themselves? 
Our Historical Fiction expert, Abby Williams joins me today to talk about why it took us a month to finish this book.
In this episode we cover: 
Why the world doesn’t need any more dog narrators. 
Why our sense of humor is broken when it comes to this book.
Is Elizabeth Zott quirky or just unlikable? 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you feeling like you missed something…like the humor everyone is talking about. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
The X-Files (TV Show)
Radioactive (Movie)
Chuck (TV Show)
The Fault in Our Stars (Book)
Project Hail Mary (Book)
Sharp Objects (Book)
The Theory of Everything (Movie)
Wine Pairings: Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (it has an element on the label, very science-y)
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

What happens when you mix a cult of young women who worship a college professor, a grieving widow who is trying to solve a murder case, and a young woman with daddy issues? You make a believer out of Ella. 
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides 
The Maidens is a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession. When Mariana Andros, a brilliant but troubled group therapist, becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge, she must find who did it…and why they did it. 
Our Cambridge expert, Ella Kopeikin, joins me today to talk about all things cults, murder, and Harry Potter. 
In this episode we cover: 
Why we wish there were 300 more pages of this book
How Alex Michaelides threw so much shade at the one American character in the novel
Why college-aged girls with daddy issues might be more dangerous that we originally thought. 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you wanting to visit Cambridge and experience being stuck in the 1940s because…why not?
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
Sherlock (TV Show)
Election (Movie)
Broadchurch (TV Show)
Mare of Easttown (TV Show)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book)
The Secret History (Book)
Sharp Objects (Book)
A Simple Favor (Movie)
Wine Pairings: dry white wine (try Rombauer Chardonnay), The Prisoner red blend
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Thursday Oct 20, 2022

This week, we’re reading one of Ella’s favorite books, which is filled with diary entries, sex with rockstars, and lots of drugs and alcohol…just quintessential L.A. in the ’70s. 
I’m With the Band by Pamela Des Barres
I'm With the Band is a stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s: Pamela Des Barres. She had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others.
Our LA Rock Culture expert, Ella Kopeikin, joins me today to talk about all things groupie culture and the movie we keep coming back to, Almost Famous. 
In this episode we cover: 
How groupie culture has been given a bad rap lately
Where the inspiration for Penny Lane really came from
Why we miss the old school answering machines 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you wanting to journal every aspect of your life because it may make its way into a best-selling memoir one day. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
We Are Lady Parts (TV Show)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Movie)
Shampoo (Movie)
Gimme Shelter (1970) (Movie)
Just Kids (Book)
Twenty Thousand Roads (Book)
LOL (Movie)
Daisy Jones & The Six (Book)
Wine Pairings: any scotch, because I feel like that’s what all the rockstars were drinking in this book. 
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

This book was not what we expected at all.  
When Women Were Dragons is a fantastical take on the 1950’s feminist rage movement with women taking back their power and the space they hold, while creating a community of dragon women who lift each other up, even when they themselves are being ostricized. 
Our Fantasy expert, Sierra Marshall, joins me today to talk about all things dragons, feminism, and the choices we face as women.  
In this episode we cover: 
Why YA authors are absolutely killing it in the adult fantasy space
Would we dragon if given the chance? 
Why this book kept on surprising us. 
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you feeling enraged, empowered, and excited all at the same time. 
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
Good Girls Revolt (TV Show)
House of the Dragon  (TV Show)
Don't Worry Darling  (Movie)
The Stepford Wives (Movie)
The Invitation (Movie)
Where the Crawdads Sing (Book)
Women Who Run With Wolves (Book)
Fresh (Movie)
The Umbrella Academy (TV Show)
Untamed (Book)
Wine Pairings: Jalepeño Margarita
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Once you're done listening, hop onto our Instagram and TikTok @rwreadspodcast to give us your thoughts on the discussion and the book. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday Oct 06, 2022

With a book that has seven husbands in it, it really isn’t about the husbands at all. And we loved every second of it. 
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a story of old Hollywood, the struggle to fit into society’s perfect mold, and what it means to be idolized and hated all at once. 
Our Historical Fiction expert, Abby Williams, joins me today to talk about a book that yanked at our heartstrings, had us yelling at the characters through the page, and had us RUNNING to the bookstore to pick up any more Taylor Jenkins Reid books we could find. 
In this episode we cover: 
Why we don’t necessarily like Evelyn, but we do respect her
TJR is the QUEEN of character development…THE QUEEN
Why we’re now secretly thinking, “What if we named our future daughters, Connor”
Open your book and press play on a podcast episode that will leave you rethinking your desire for fame and fortune.
Mentioned in the Pairings section of the podcast:
Halston (TV Show)
City of Girls (Book)
Daisy Jones and the Six (Book)
Hollywood (Book)
A Star is Born (Movie)
La La Land (Movie)
A League of Their Own (TV Show)
Little Women (Book)
Wine Pairings: 2018 Screaming Eagle ; Cote de Roses; and SALDO

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