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473. We Love Books and Convenience Store Snacks

Amanda and I are arranging marriages between books and convenience store candies (we missed this part of Ellen’s question last week!) and we talk about what romances we’d want to see adapted into limited series, who we’d cast in our dream productions, and what we’ve learned over the years of working with the website.

Thanks to Ellen, Kate K, Leslee, and Sue for today’s questions!


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  1. 1
    Stefanie Magura says:

    And I love the title. 🙂

  2. 2
    Stefanie Magura says:

    As I said in Whatcha Reading August Part one, I think, I read the first book in the Besssings Series and felt like I was entering another part of Beverly Jenkins world. I was prepared not to like it as much as I love her historicals, and that was absolutely not the case. While I did not think to pair her books with Reese’s Cups, I do have a distinct memory of eating a whole candy bar when reading a historical of hers. I don’t remember which candy bar or which book.

  3. 3
    Pear says:

    Okay 1) this was a great soundtrack to my apartment packing and 2) I just bought regular Swedish Fish after you mentioned them and I will be grabbing the Trader Joe’s kind when I’m there next.

    Sarah, a book (series) you sold me on is the Lady Sherlock series—love them and am now evangelizing myself!

    I also recently enjoyed THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE after reading Amanda’s review months ago and adding it to my TBR.

  4. 4
    Malaraa says:

    Always fun to hear people talking about their favorite foreign-flavored Kit Kats! I just bought myself a bunch from Japan via White Rabbit as a treat: Maple, Apple Cinnamon, Mango, Strawberry, Orange, and Peach Parfait. I wanted Banana Caramel too, but they were all sold out. And i haven’t had Combos in years, I’ll have to try and find somewhere to get them. They aren’t very popular in this town for some reason, i don’t see them in the convenience stores very often.

    Sunny Island Primrose Honey Candies are really yummy for folks who like hard candies! I love salty-chip-snacks too, maybe better than sweets, or at least better than not-chocolate sweets! and if i had to pick a favorite chip it would probably be the simple tortilla chip – the plain corn & salt crunch of them is just bliss, and if you want to fancy them up you can always add something, but they’re soooo good plain.

    So snacky-feeling now!

  5. 5
    Kareni says:

    Thanks for a fun session. I’m of the opinion that all books go well with something chocolate. If you’re looking for a suggestion, I can recommend the mini peanut butter cups at Trader Joe’s.

  6. 6
    wingednike says:

    I have no idea how to post pictures, so I’ll just share this website. Whatchamacallits are also one of my favorites and I saw this new variant today.

  7. 7
    SB Sarah says:

    @wingednike: HELLO YES I wish to eat one of those AS SOON as POSSIBLE. Thank you for the link!

  8. 8
    Wynnde says:

    Ok, Sarah, if you’ve never tried a Reese’s Nutrageous, you must! It’s the best candy bar ever and I think you’d love it.
    As for salty snacks, I do love a combo, but only the cracker kind. My favorite salty snack is Frito’s scoops with cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce or french onion dip. Cheezits and cheetos are up there too. Damnit, now I’m hungry!

  9. 9
    Leslee Ann Friedman says:

    So, admission, I usually read the transcripts, because my brain has to really really focus on aural content to understand. But when I’m super excited about an ep, usually the queer focused ones, I set them aside for a time when I actually can listen. I finally got a moment for this one and loved it. Your point about the siloing is extremely interesting, and I was like “it me” when you were making the point about cover art being lost on you. Thank you again!

  10. 10
    SB Sarah says:

    @Leslee Ann:

    Thank you!! I’m so pleased to keep you company via transcript or audio. Thank you for letting me know I’m not alone about cover art. 🙂

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