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JoyProject is an interview podcast where all the conversations start with one question to guests, "What brings you joy?"


The Joy of Book Clubs with Libby Seiter Nelson


Talking about books is one of the greatest joys, and to have a conversation about books with Libby is a treat for all book lovers. In December 2015 Libby was going through a time of intense grief and participating in the POPSUGAR annual reading challenge gave her the joy she needed. To amplify that joy, Libby posted about the challenge on Facebook to see if she could get a few friends to read with her through 2016. That Facebook group, 2022 Reading Challenge, started with a small group of friends and now has grown to almost 500 members in 2022. Anyone and everyone who loves to read books and talk about them is welcome. It’s all online through Facebook with zero pressure and a source of joy for everyone in the group. And yes, you’re invited to join us! We’d love to have you read with us in 2023.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

- The value of meaningful conversations

- Libby’s coaching work and the work of Dr. Brené Brown - 

- Introverted extroverts and extroverted introverts

- How joy helps us survive and heal during grief, sickness, and life’s challenges

- The love of reading that started for Libby and Christa when they were children

- Books Libby recommends for listeners

- Books Christa recommends for listeners

- Rising through fear

- The power of storytelling and memoirs

- Women in science, the stories of women lost to history, and how much we love books where character submerge into a new world and re-emerge transformed by their experiences

- The books of Anne Lamott, Bill Bryson, Nelson Mandela, John Lewis, John Doerr

- John Bucher and his love for mythology - 

- How Libby’s book club has helped us discover books we wouldn’t otherwise know about

- Walking in the shoes of other people through books 

- The work of StoryCorps - 

Links to resources:

- Libby’s online book club that welcomes all people – 2022 Reading Challenge (the year changes in January of every year and is loosely based on the POPSUGAR annual reading challenge)

- Libby’s private coaching business – 

- Libby on LinkedIn - 

- 3be Coaching - and 

- Christa on Twitter – @christanyc

- Christa on Instagram – @christarosenyc

- Christa on Facebook – @AuthorChrista  

- Christa on Medium – @christaavampato

- Christa’s website –

- POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - 

About Libby:

Libby Seiter Nelson is a highly skilled and extensively trained certified professional coaching. She is an Executive Coach and Facilitator in an innovative coaching program that helps parents with the critical transition to life as a working parent. Her coaching is especially focused on the return to work — an underestimated challenge that impacts gender equity and inclusion. She facilitates courses and group coaching, and teaches seminars focused on the realities of the current work environment, offering tangible solutions for the challenges of being a working parent. Libby is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™, a program created and run by Dr. Brené Brown.  

In addition to her coaching work, she is the Director of Bright Futures, an organization dedicated to supporting students in the Seattle area who are experiencing housing and food insecurity. She also started the Reading Challenge Facebook Group based on the annual POPSUGAR reading challenge, and it now has 500 members. All are welcome to join!

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