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199: Some Spooky Seasonal Fun - Unabridged Discusses Scream!

In this Unabridged episode, Jen and Sara discuss Scream. Before diving into that discussion, Sara, Jen, and Ashley all share our bookish check-in reading, which this week includes Laura Florand’s The Chocolate Thief, Sarah Adams’s The Match, and Ashley Audrain’s The Push. Jen and Sara share their experiences in 1996 watching Scream for the first time, and then they share their thoughts about watching it again now in 2021. Afterwards, we all come back together for our Give Me One where we admit a veggie that we each hate!

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Laura Florand’s The Chocolate Thief (Amazon)

Jen - Sarah Adams’s The Match (Amazon |

Sara - Ashley Audrain’s The Push (Amazon |

Mentioned in Episode




The Shining

Scary Movie

Nightmare on Elm Street

Judy Greer's I Don't Know What You Know Me From: My Life as a Co-Star (Amazon |

Give Me One - A Veggie You Hate

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Bookish Check-in

Ashley was reading . . .

Book cover of Laura Florand's The Chocolate Thief

Laura Florand’s The Chocolate Thief (Amazon)


"Breathtakingly beautiful, the City of Light seduces the senses, its cobbled streets thrumming with possibility. For American Cade Corey, it's a dream come true, if only she can get one infuriating French chocolatier to sign on the dotted line. . .


"Melting, yielding yet firm, exotic, its secrets are intimately known to Sylvain Marquis. But turn them over to a brash American waving a fistful of dollars? Jamais. Not unless there's something much more delectable on the table. . .

"Stolen Pleasure

"Whether confections taken from a locked shop or kisses in the dark, is there anything sweeter? "

Jen was reading . . .

Book cover of Sarah Adams's The Match

Sarah Adams’s The Match (Amazon |

"Having worked for Southern Service Paws for a few years now, I like to think I'm prepared for just about any client meeting under the sun. I am dead wrong.

"The day I meet with single dad, Jacob Broaden, about potentially matching his daughter with one of our service dogs, I learn a few valuable lessons.

1) Always set my alarm clock.

2) Single dads are way hotter than I previously thought.

3) It is possible to go from fantasizing about kissing someone to wishing they would be run over by a truck in a matter of two minutes.

"Unfortunately, I don't hold that opinion of him for very long. Not when he shows me a different side of himself--one that's sweet as maple syrup and hot as apple pie fresh out of the oven. Too bad this guy is so far out of my league that I shouldn't even be allowed to enter the game. Jake doesn't seem to get that memo though. And after a few days of working closely with him and his daughter, he starts looking at me with fire in his eyes, making me dream of something I probably shouldn't...

"A family."

Sara was reading . . .

Book cover of Ashley Audrain's The Push

Ashley Audrain’s The Push (Amazon |

"A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family—and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for—and everything she feared

"Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

"But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn't behave like most children do.

"Or is it all in Blythe's head? Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

"Then their son Sam is born—and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she'd always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

"The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed."


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