Not Before Coffee!


Avid reader, film and tv show watcher and sufferer of recurrent depression. In this podcast, all the above will be talked about, in varying detail...but definitely not before my third cup of coffee!

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In the final episode of Jennifer Aniston season, I am looking at a film that is definitely not all sweetness and light. Witness the breakdown of a relationship as Brooke and Gary do everything they can to make the break-up as painful as possible in 2006's The Break-up. Watch the alternate ending (here).

Nov 29

42 min 50 sec

Today is an extra special Bookshop episode as not only do I discuss the first in the Percy Jackson the Olympians series, but I managed to persuade Kelsey and Kailin from the fantastic book podcast (Touch Your Shelf) to put a pause on their hiatus to talk about it with me. In the episode we talk about guilty pleasures, mythology, why bookshelves should (or shouldn't) be carefully organised and so much more. Give the episode a listen to find out what we really enjoyed about the book and the things that caused us to pause and stare blankly at the page for a few moments.

Nov 22

1 hr 42 min

It's the penultimate episode of Jennifer Aniston Season and I am taking a look at one of her more recent romantic comedies, the first of her two roles with Adam Sandler, 2011's Just Go With It. This film is based loosely on the 1969 film Cactus Flower and could be considered something of a farce, if the story is analysed too closely, at least. Is this one of Aniston's better romantic comedies? Was it received better by the critics and the audience? How did it do at the box office? Give this episode a listen to find out. Promo: (Show me the Podcast)

Nov 18

45 min 56 sec

It had to be on the list somewhere, and what better time than now to talk about one of Aniston's most successful romcoms (at least when it comes to the box office). So here I am, talking about Along Came Polly, her 2004 romcom with Ben Stiller. It feels somewhat appropriate after one of the reviews I talked about last week mentioned that Jennifer Aniston was better in films starring Stiller and Sandler. I also talk about anxiety and how I have been feeling this week.

Nov 11

50 min 21 sec

Set in a future not too far from ours, this dystopian New Adult fantasy from Laura Thalassa. This is the first in a series of four books, with the fourth due to be released on 9th November. I wasn't sure what to expect of this as I haven't read any other books by this author, so this was a learning experience. (The Changeover) (Good Omens)

Nov 8

22 min 41 sec

It's 1997 and Sarah Huttinger is returning home to Pasadena for her younger sister's wedding. While there she discovers the scandal that she believes could uncover the reason why she's never felt like a true part of her family. Is she clutching at straws or is she on to something? Well, Rumour Has It that The Graduate was based on her family's best-kept secret...This week I am taking a look at the 2005 Rob Reiner film starring Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Costner. (Stick It!) (Wimbledon) (The Holiday) (Chalet Girl )

Nov 4

45 min 10 sec

There is another book with this same title, but I am not looking at a psychology text in this episode. In fact, I am going to be looking at the sequel to a book I reviewed about 6 weeks ago. All the Feels, by Olivia Dade, is the sequel to (Spoiler Alert,) which I really enjoyed, and I hope that I encouraged you to give a try. It follows in the same vein, while Spoiler Alert gave an insight into fat-shaming and judging a book by its cover, this one looks at the damage poor self-esteem and lack of self-care can do to a person's self-belief. All the Feels came out on Tuesday 26th October in the UK and US and is a must-read if you love contemporary romance.

Nov 1

17 min 32 sec

If you're a fan of The Wedding Singer, or maybe 50 First Dates, then chances are that you've also seen the film I am taking a look at for this episode, 2014's Blended. This is the third film that Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler worked on together. So, did I like it better than Sandler's more recent projects, or does it fall to the same stereotypes that many romantic comedies are full of? As well as taking a look at this 2014 romcom, I also spend a few moments sharing something about my mental health.

Oct 28

37 min 34 sec

In my last Bookshop episode, I took a trip to the Cotswolds and introduced you to Agatha Raisin. So I figured that now would be a great opportunity to introduce you to Agatha's inspiration in the form of the character I believe to be Agatha Christie's greatest creation (though everyone has their favourite), Miss Jane Marple. The Murder at the Vicarage was published in 1930 and serves as the official introduction to St Mary Mead and the village's most observant resident, Jane Marple, who, until the brutal killing of a rather distasteful resident, has used her skills to solve simple mysteries that keep everyone amused. Did I like it? Did I remember the killer? Give this episode a listen to find out whether I will be making another trip in the future. Also, if you're an eager reader, do you have a physical TBR list? Would love to know how you keep track of what you plan on reading next. Get in touch and let me know.

Oct 25

17 min

Books, romantic comedies, mental health. Season three is going to cover all of this and more.

Oct 24

1 min 5 sec

This week I am taking a look at the war of the sexes, and no, I am not referring to the tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler are at odds as he tells her that her idea of romance doesn't exist and she tries to prove to him that he's very wrong. So, who will win? Will either of them? Who knows? Well, I do...listen to find out what I have to say about this 2009 romantic comedy. I also talk about how I managed to cope with my anxiety while travelling around London and actually won the battle (for the first time). (The Proposal) (Easy A)

Oct 21

34 min 28 sec

Whether you love Miss Marple or Murder, She Wrote, you'll be familiar with the genre of cosy mysteries. And if you, like me, love them, then you'll probably enjoy Agatha Raisin's inaugural adventure as she adjusts to country living in the Carsely, a small village in the middle of the Cotswolds. Picturesque and full of old-country charm, there is a bit of darkness in the centre. Think PG-rated Hot Fuzz (no don't!). If you're anything like me, then this is the perfect Sunday afternoon read. It may be a brand new genre, but if you've seen even one episode of Murder, She Wrote and solved the crime along with Jessica, then give Agatha a try.

Oct 18

20 min 2 sec

This week I am going to be talking about the 2014 romCom The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. The last thing you expect when you discover your husband is cheating is that you'll bond with his mistresses, but that's exactly what happens to Kate King on discovering that her husband Mark is a liar and a cheat! Did I like it? Do I think it's worth a watch? Did you know it's inspired by an amazing 1996 film? Find out more by giving this episode a listen. Also, don't miss last week's episode, about (How to be Single). As well as talking film, I also go into a bit of detail about my first week in a new job and how it's affecting my mental health.

Oct 7

36 min 46 sec

In my latest episode, I am taking a look at a brand new author's debut novel, one that digs into childhood memories and turns a favourite on its head. I am looking at 2021's novel by A C Wise, Wendy, Darling. So, what did I think of this new take on the stories of Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys? Was it everything the blurb promised it would be? Did it dig in its heels and focus on a single theme, or was there something special about it? Find out by tuning in to the latest episode and let me know if you've read it.

Oct 4

17 min 26 sec

Join me as I navigate the single life in New York through the eyes of recent singleton and grad Alice. So, what did I think? Was it a good film? Was it bad? Did I enjoy it? Would I recommend it? The film was released in 2016 and is based on the book of the same name (very loosely based I have to add). I also touch on (He's Just Not That Into You) and the book (Asking for Trouble) (you get bonus Chris Evans in that episode), both of which I have covered in previous episodes. As well as all of that, I talk about my fear of upsetting people that stops me from saying things that likely need to be said, in the mental health segment.

Sep 30

27 min 46 sec

This week I'm talking about one of my favourite books with someone who also loves it, Chance from the fantastic (Strive Seek Find). We're talking about the fantastic Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. We talk about the book, the brilliantly done TV show that was a very surprisingly accurate adaptation and all the things we loved about the book and what we feel it was inspired by. So make a coffee, settle back in your car, on the bus, at your desk, or wherever you listen to your podcasts and give this one a listen

Sep 27

49 min 21 sec

This is unlike the other Disney films I have reviewed as it's not a Disney Channel Original. This time I am looking at a massive cinema release that made over $375mil at the box office, 2004's Nicolas Cage film, National Treasure. Part adventure, part conspiracy theory, all fun. This is a film I have watched many many times since it was released and though I know the plot off by heart, and definitely know what happens at the end, I still enjoy it every time. So, now that I have given away what I think of the film, join me on a journey to pull bits of it apart.

Sep 23

30 min 21 sec

This week I am taking a look at the 2008 novel by Matthew Quick that inspired the 2012 Oscar-Nominated movie of the same name. Was this book the first that didn't fare as well as the film, which you can hear me talk about with my friend Debi (here))? Is the book better than the film, or was the film a vast improvement? The only way to find out is to give this week's episode a listen.

Sep 20

18 min 15 sec

It's finally happened. The last ever season of Lucifer, Season 6, has been released and I spent a few evenings over the last week watching it and trying to put all my thoughts together. That's what this episode is. A review of the final 10 episodes, as spoiler-free as possible (though, if you want to avoid ANYTHING spoiler until you've watched it all, (head here instead)). My thoughts and opinions. I also talk a little about why my social anxiety kicks in at the worst moments and there are a few tiny changes ahead for Season 3 of Not Before Coffee! Also, if you've been listening for a while, thank you. On the 15th September 2021 I celebrated a whole year of this podcast.

Sep 16

25 min 52 sec

This week I'm taking a look at a contemporary romance by American author Olivia Dade. In Spoiler Alert we meet actor Marcus Caster-Rupp and geologist and fanfiction author April Whittier. Will their true love story have a happy ending? Listen to find out more (but I will maintain, this is a spoiler-free review). Link to me talking fanfiction: (Mr Right and my life in fanfic)

Sep 13

17 min 49 sec

I am back with my first Thursday episode of Season 3 and it's all about the 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock. So get dancing and singing and head to a camp, complete with dining cabin and rock star guest appearances. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Was it an experience I want to repeat? I also touch upon the issues that had me calling a quick end to Season 2.

Sep 9

26 min 37 sec

Until about a year ago I didn't even know that this was a book, I just assumed it was a film and that was it. However, now I am aware I am pleased that I have had the chance to read Andy Weir's bestselling (originally indie published) novel, The Martian. So, what did I think? Did I enjoy it? Is it better than the film? Find out by listening to the first episode of Season 3 of Not Before Coffee!

Sep 6

15 min 45 sec

I've been joined by a very special guest, Lorraine from Once Upon a Nightmare and we're talking about a show that was based during our formative years but very definitely not filmed then (no sirree, if it had been the special effects would have been much much much worse). Yes, we're travelling back to 1983 and visiting the town of Hawkins, Indiana. We're talking Stranger Things Season 1. So, buckle up buttercup and enjoy the ride as we meet Eleven, Lucas, Mike, Dustin and the gang for a ride into the Upside Down.

Aug 18

56 min 12 sec

This 1908 classic is one of my favourite novels. Set in beautiful Florence at the turn of the 20th Century and following the slow but emotional story of Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson as they somehow find each other. In an unusual move for me, I watched the film before I read the book, but since the first time I read it, it's been at the top of my ever-growing re-read pile. So, why do I enjoy it so much? Listen to find out.

Aug 11

20 min 6 sec

For this, my 50th episode, I am going to be going back to the origins of the podcast and looking at a film. Yes, it's about cars. No, Chris Evans isn't in it. No, I don't have a driving licence. For all that this film is not an Oscar winner, and nor does it star an actor whose films I collect, I still have a soft spot in my heart for 2001's The Fast and the Furious. The film that spawned a billion-dollar franchise. It was also based on an article - which you can read here: (Racer X).

Jul 28

28 min 46 sec

This week I had planned to talk about a book by the ever-wonderful Terry Pratchett, unfortunately, time somehow escaped me (the Masterchef Australia grand finale was worth it) and I ended up digging through my notes and found a book I enjoyed and wanted to share with you, my listeners. So, this week I'm talking about the hit of 2012, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So, whether you've read it, or not, give this episode a listen.

Jul 19

18 min 37 sec

This week I am travelling to 2012 via the Florida Keys with a review of the sadly short-lived Bones spin-off, The Finder. I have to be honest I was really sad when this series was cancelled and feel that it deserved a lot more than just the 13 episodes (plus backdoor pilot) that we got. If you'd like to find out what I think makes this show so great, give this one a listen. This week I have a promo for the amazing (Strive, Seek, Find) by Chance Whitmore

Jul 15

27 min 1 sec

Welcome to another episode in my cosy little bookshop. In this episode, I am going to talk about a debut. book by a new author, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne. Yes, I am returning to my comfort zone and talking about Greek mythology. This book was a journey that I took in less than a day and it was interesting to see the tale of Ariadne through the eyes of someone who loves mythology as much as I do. So, what did I think of this first novel? Did I like it? Would I recommend it? Take the journey with me and visit the Bookshop to find out.

Jul 12

18 min 27 sec

It arrived on Disney Plus in the UK last week and if you had any idea how much of a fan of the show I was I you wouldn't even need to guess. This week I am going to be talking about the 1985-1992 series starring Betty White, Rue McLanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls. Join me as I talk through what I loved about the characters and what I think made it so special.

Jul 9

32 min 46 sec

This week I am traversing back in time to 1980 and reviewing a book that I read in my childhood - however inappropriate that may now happen to be. Yes, I am going to be talking about Stephen King's novel Firestarter. This book is a bit of a minefield, or at least that's what I discovered when I picked it up for the first time in over 30 years and started to read it. So, take a listen and find out what I thought on my first re-read of a book I remember liking. Does it still have the same impact?

Jul 5

15 min 30 sec

This week I am taking a look at Dollface which arrived on Disney Plus earlier this year. Starring Kat Dennings, Brenda Song and Shay Mitchell it's a study of female relationships and rebuilding ones that were abandoned. I also give you an update on my mental health and why last week was a no go as far as this episode was concerned. Also, if you wish to vote in the British Podcast Awards, don't wait, the deadline is Sunday 4th July, so time is running out. You can vote for your favourite podcast by following this (link).

Jul 1

31 min 48 sec

This week I am reviewing a book that is only a few days old -in fact, it was released in the UK on 24th June 2021. I am revisiting a favourite author in the form of Paige Toon and her latest novel, Someone I used to know. This book has everything you could want for a sunny (or rainy) day with a cup of something and a comfy chair. So, join me as I take a look at this much-anticipated (by me and many) release.

Jun 28

15 min 52 sec

This week I have moved away from the YA, the magical and the mystical and taken a trip to the world of old Hollywood glamour, courtesy of Taylor Jenkins Reid and her 2017 novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up, but less than two days later it was done and I spent 7 days processing how I was going to talk about it. So, here it is. The Bookshop is open. Enjoy your visit.

Jun 21

19 min 4 sec

This week I'm taking you to the Caribbean and the fictional island of St Marie, where having a secret can be murder! This British series has been a long-time favourite of mine; a procedural that offers up murder with a side of white sands and turquoise waters and I love every minute of it. So, if you want to find out more about a procedural that doesn't take itself too seriously (and airs in 236 countries) then join me on this long-haul flight to paradise! Also, if you want to vote in the 2021 British Podcast awards, head over (here).

Jun 17

38 min 9 sec

This week I am heading into mythological territory (yes, again), with the latest novel from American author, Alexandra Bracken. Lore, which was released earlier this year, is a tale of tragedy, discovery and vengeance with the added bonus of the fact it all takes place (pretty much) in modern-day New York. Want to find out more, give this episode a listen now. And no, it's nothing to do with the podcast Lore or the Amazon TV show that spun from it.

Jun 14

21 min 46 sec

This week I am introducing you to Bernard Black and his amazing collection of books in a small shop near Bloomsbury. Yes, I am taking you on a trip to Black Books. I hope you enjoy the visit, just don't go near the shop owner, he'll bite your head off. Also, as I mentioned in the show, voting is open for the (British Podcasting Awards). Get your votes in and, if you want, you can vote for Not Before Coffee! (don't forget the all-important "!")

Jun 10

39 min 26 sec

This week I am taking a look at a relatively recent release in the form of the first book in a new series by Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. The book in question is Cursed Luck, which came out at the beginning of May 2021. It's the story of a cursed necklace, the curse weaver who can perhaps remove said curse and many deceptions that get the two together!

Jun 7

18 min 36 sec

This week, I am revisiting Lucifer and looking at the most recent episodes released on Netflix as of the 28th of May 2021. This review is as spoiler-free as I can make it - in other words, I reveal pretty much nothing that will have you running away screaming I spoiled the show for you. In fact, this may well encourage you to watch it if you haven't already...

Jun 3

34 min 25 sec

In this, the first-ever episode of The Bookshop I look at the first book in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Duology, appropriately titled Six of Crows. I talk nothing but books in this spin-off of Not Before Coffee! So settle back and listen as I talk about this 2015 YA novel. Also, I mention an article on Polygon, which you can find (here).

May 31

17 min

Welcome to season 2, brand new format, brand new concept, same old Raye! This week I am talking about the 1999-2001 TV show, Spaced. I also tell you all about the changes that come with the new season and go into a bit of detail about anxiety attacks. I'm so glad to be back!

May 27

37 min

In which I go over what I will be talking about in Season 2...

May 26

55 sec

I remember seeing this film in the cinema - yes, I am old! I am still on a break, but I would like to take this chance to introduce you to another podcast that I love, (The Paul and Griff Show). Every week they talk movie news, movies, and just chat like a couple of friends down the pub. Love these guys. In this preview episode, they're talking the 1993 Spielberg epic, Jurassic Park.

May 20

1 hr 5 min

Join Lorraine from Once Upon a Nightmare as she talks about one of Marvel's vampires, Blade. The movie that saved Marvel from disaster! And if you enjoy this episode, head over to listen to more...

May 13

23 min 21 sec

In the finale of Season 1, I am talking about the new Netflix series, Shadow and Bone. Starring Jessie Mei Li and Ben Barnes, this is an adaptation of a book trilogy I have never read (I know, gasp, shock, horror). I also talk about a destructive pattern in my life I need to get control of. Oh, and your favourite segment, and mine, is back as I go through my most recent weird dream! Podcast Promo: (Mask of Sanity)

May 6

31 min 51 sec

This week I am looking at another 1995 film in Clueless. Has it stood the test of time? Will I find it creepy watching as a fully grown adult who is analysing it, or will it never lose its charm? I also talk about my viewing for the coming week, my plans for the long weekend and my issues with social anxiety. Featured podcast: (Talkin' Shiz)

Apr 29

54 min 34 sec

This week I am looking at 1995's other teen comedy, Empire Records, starring Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler and Debi Mazar. I also take a look at a new novel from author John Murray McKay called The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse, and after a brief talk about my viewing for the week, I'll be talking about how impulsive spending was a sign I should have been looking for when it came to my mental health issues. Featured Podcast: (Take a Knee for Marvel vs. DC)

Apr 22

56 min 15 sec

This week it's another trip back to 2005 as I look at the Ryan Reynolds film, Just Friends, also starring Amy Smart, Anna Faris and Chris Klein. I also check out my bookshelves for my favourite books - recommendations ahoy, and talk about my recent mental mood drop and how spending too much time with people can be damaging to the health of an emotional introvert. Featured Podcast: (Wine, Dine and Storytime)

Apr 19

1 hr 1 min

This week I have a guest, Griff from the Paul and Griff Show as we talk about 2005's The Wedding Date. We also cast the remake - you know, just in case! Featured Podcast: (The Paul and Griff Show)

Apr 8

1 hr 2 min

We're out of March, which means that Chris Evans Season is over. So, this week I am talking about 2010's Easy A, starring Emma Stone and Stanley Tucci (love Stanley Tucci). I am also talking about a brand new (to me) author, Keri Arthur and her 2017 book, Blood Kissed. There's also a journey into a bit of my past that is rather painful. Featured Podcast: (Infectious Groove)

Apr 1

1 hr

This week, in a departure from most of the films I have done, I am looking at a blockbuster. Yes, for the last episode in 2021's Chris Evans Season I am going straight for the big guns with 2012's Avengers Assemble. I will also be talking about Madeline Miller's 2018 book Circe as well as some recent mental health realisations. Featured Podcast: (The Nerd Alternative)

Mar 25

27 min 29 sec