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Living A Life Through Books

247 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Shahnaz AhmedWebsite

Welcome to Living A Life Through Books. This podcast is about a life-changing journey. The journey of starting, sustaining, and learning from the habit of reading.

247 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

S4E2 - Book Club: White Ivy by Susie Yang

September 19th, 2021

1:05:39

SPOILER ALERT

As with book club, we discussed the book White Ivy by Susie Yang and had a couple of different opinions.  I guess, mine was the …

S4E1 - Author Conversations with Alka Joshi

September 6th, 2021

59:22

Alka Joshi is a NY Times Bestselling author. Her debut novel The Henna Artist is a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick. Her book The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, released June 2021 is already on bestseller lists. Today we talk …

S3E73 - Everything AUDIOBOOKS for the most part.

September 3rd, 2021

22:57

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support means the world to me. How about Buy Me A Coffee, I would greatly appreciate …

S3E72 - August 2021 (Month in Review)

September 2nd, 2021

14:56

A lot of books this month.  Enjoy the little summaries and my take on them.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support …

S3E71 - Book Club: The Street by Anne Petry

August 25th, 2021

51:31

Another Book Club episode. Excellent book.  Great discussion and thoughts. Please note that the audio cut out briefly about 2 to 3 times. Thank you for your understanding.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E70 - Book Club: My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

August 21st, 2021

1:29:35

The author joins us later in this episode.  I do not tell my book club members when an author joins.  I figure I would like to reward the members who …

S3E69 - Book Club: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

August 9th, 2021

56:04

Discussing the book The Casual Vacancy without spoilers. Hope you all get a chance to read it.

I would like to introduce each of our members in …

S3E68 - July 2021 (Month in Review)

August 1st, 2021

11:41

Going over the books I've read this past month.  I did 8 books.  Also talking a bit about book goals.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support means the world to me. How about Buy Me A Coffee

S3E67 - Author Conversations: Erika Montgomery (A Summer to Remember)

July 31st, 2021

1:00:15

This conversation went in different directions.  Erika talks about the old way of approaching agents and the new way and just the process of research …

S3E66 - Book Club: Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

July 19th, 2021

1:35:51

SPOILER ALERT: Book Club episode.  Recorded on July 1st, 2021.  Discussing Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour. We usually discuss first thoughts and …

S3E65 - Author Conversations: Dr. Adam Stern (Committed)

July 13th, 2021

53:55

Chatting with the author of the book Committed, Dr. Adam Stern.  Committed comes out July 13, 2021.  Look for it at your local bookstores.  There are …

S3E64 - Author Conversations: Laura Blackett & Eve Gleichman (The Very Nice Box)

July 6th, 2021

48:41

The Very Nice Box comes out July 6th, 2021. Check it out.  I'm chatting with the authors of this book in this episode.  Take a listen. We discuss …

S3E63 - June 2021, Month In Review

July 1st, 2021

10:28

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support would mean the world to me. How about Buy Me A Coffee, I would greatly …

S3E62 - Author Conversations: Damyanti Biswas (You Beneath Your Skin)

June 19th, 2021

1:04:37

This was another delightful, open, honest and refreshing conversation with author Damyanti Biswas.  She most certainly has a different take on reader …

S3E61 - Book Club: House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

June 12th, 2021

43:26

SPOILER ALERT: Since this is book club we do discuss several elements of the book, including the end.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E60 - Book Club: Of Women And Salt by Gabriela Garcia

June 7th, 2021

1:04:52

SPOILER ALERT:

As with our book club episodes, there will be spoilers for the book.  Today we are doing Of Women And Salt by Gabriela Garcia.  Take a listen to see what we thought about the book.

It does take a lot of …

S3E59 - May 2021 (Month in Review)

June 1st, 2021

12:46

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support would mean the world to me. How about Buy Me A Coffee, I would greatly …

S3E58 - Author Conversations: Brian Broome (Punch Me Up To The Gods)

May 18th, 2021

44:03

Today we are talking with memoir author, Brian Broome.  You can reach Brian on his website at www.brianbroome.com.  His book comes out May 18th, …

S3E57 - Author Conversations: Nancy Naigle (The Shell Collector)

May 11th, 2021

53:41

Talking with author Nancy Naigle. Her book, The Shell Collector comes out today (May 11th) published by Waterbrook, an imprint of Penguin Random …

Taking a break. Hang in there.

May 3rd, 2021

3:01

Hello all, I need to take a break for a month, but you'll still have 2 episodes.  Those are author interviews that I have committed to. Otherwise, I'll be back in June.  Thank you and hang in there...

It does take a lot …

S3E56 - On radio with Marc Medley from The Reading Circle

May 3rd, 2021

1:10:38

Hello all, this episode is a recording that was sent to me of when I was on the radio with show The Reading Circle with Marc Medley.  I didn't have too many edits on this one and it ends where the show ends. The show …

S3E55 - Month in Review: April 2021

May 2nd, 2021

12:40

This month I did 9 books.  A growth from last month!  Take a listen.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your support would mean …

S3E54 - Author Conversations: Hala Alyan (The Arsonists' City)

April 28th, 2021

29:01

Hope you enjoyed my conversation with Hala Alyan.  Her website is halaalyan.com.  Please check it out.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E53: Author Conversations: Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck)

April 21st, 2021

56:08

SPOILER ALERT for the episode.

I'm chatting with Mateo Askaripour, the author of Black Buck.  Follow him on Instagram or Twitter at @AskMateo. Feel …

S3E52 - Book Club: Seven by Farzana Doctor

April 19th, 2021

1:32:00

SPOILER ALERT and ADULT CONTENT WARNING for this episode

Today we discuss the book Seven by Farzana Doctor.  We discussed for about 30 minutes and then Farzana joined us to field some questions and join in our …

S3E51 - Book Club: The Beekeeper Of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

April 9th, 2021

1:02:57

SPOILER ALERT for this episode (not this note, lol):

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a poignant tale of the struggles and sacrifices of a couple, Nuri and …

S3E50 - Author conversations: Jennifer Rosner (The Yellow Bird Sings)

April 7th, 2021

54:10

Chatting with Jennifer Rosner, the author of The Yellow Bird Sings (Flatiron).  Her book is a charming WW2 historic fiction. If you want to contact Jennifer or know more about her book, you can visit her website at

S3E49 - National Poetry Month with Janee Baugher

April 2nd, 2021

51:20

Chatting with Janee Baugher about poetry and it's significance in this country and others.  Janee can be reached through her website: www.JaneeBaugher.com.  Also find Janee on Instagram @ekphrastic_writer.

It does take …

S3E48 - Month in Review: March 2021

April 1st, 2021

11:48

This month I read only 6 books.  Take a listen. I may be changing up month in review.  We'll see.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E47 - Audiobook editor/producer Vaughn Fahie

March 25th, 2021

1:08:33

Talking about editing and producing audiobooks.  If you want to contact Vaughn with any questions or concerns here's the link to schedule a talk with …

S3E46 - Author conversations: Mark A. Herschberg (The Career Toolkit)

March 24th, 2021

1:01:44

My first non-fiction author on this podcast, but how could I resist?  Mark brings in a wealth of knowledge about careers and what it takes to get to …

S3E45 - Author Conversations: M. P. Erickson (Lost Boys)

March 21st, 2021

53:43

Chatting with author M. P. Erickson, author of Lost Boys; the first book in a series of a YA fantasy. He can be contacted through this website: http://www.mpericksen.com/.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E44 - Serialized publishing with Emily Sheng

March 19th, 2021

48:37

Talking with owner of e-publishing company, eglobalcreativepublishing, Emily Sheng.  Take a listen and contact her for any questions you may have.

I'm available on Clubhouse. Look me up by name: Shahnaz Ahmed.  I have …

S3E43 - Book Club: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

March 13th, 2021

1:11:45

SPOILER ALERT. Time for our monthly book club again.  We had varied opinions on this one.  Take a listen. And also check out member contacts towards the end of these notes.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these …

S3E42 - Author Conversations: Samuel Kane (The Pilgrim's Soul)

March 11th, 2021

57:02

Sam Kane is an English teacher and he's used his talents and creativity to write a book!  He's working on his second book, the sequel to The …

S3E41 - Audiobook narration with Andy Garcia-Ruse

March 6th, 2021

51:32

Ever wonder about the world of audiobook narration?  Take a listen as Andy walks us through her perspectives and gives us a glimpse into the business …

S3E40 - Month in Review: February 2021

March 1st, 2021

12:05

Going through my reading for the month of February.  I discuss the books I've read and also my reading in general.

It does take a lot of effort to …

S3E39 - Notable Mentions: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

February 27th, 2021

8:07

Discussing my emotions with the book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and why it makes my notable mentions.

It does take a lot of effort to produce …

S3E38 - Author Conversations: Jenny Ashcroft (Meet Me In Bombay)

February 21st, 2021

56:22

Jenny Ashcroft, a British author, has wanted to cross over to the American market.  Her book Meet Me in Bombay was published by St. Martin's Press and Jenny talks about her writing journey.  She brings authenticity and …

S3E37 - Book Club: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

February 15th, 2021

1:31:41

This is our monthly book club episode with Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.  Excellent book.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes.  Your …

S3E36 - Author Conversations: Anne Youngson (The Narrowboat Summer)

February 11th, 2021

47:06

Speaking with Flatiron author Anne Youngson from England. We talk writing, publishing, reading and have a pleasant conversation.  You will find Anne charming.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes. …

S3E35 - The Business of Books with Lisa at Stars At Night Publishing

February 8th, 2021

1:00:27

I met Lisa on bookstagram and she gave me the idea for the books vs movie episode.  We've been in touch and I thought she would be great to have on …

S3E34 - Month in review: January 2021

February 2nd, 2021

14:42

Month in review.  I talk about my reading this month or rather my slip in reading this month. And of course, there's the 6 books I read this month. Hope you enjoy this episode.

It does take a lot of effort to produce …

S3E32 - Notable Mentions: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

January 25th, 2021

6:57

I'm doing a monthly series where I mention a book that I feel would be a good one to start your reading journey on. I don't summarize the book.  Just …

S3E31 - Author conversations: Jamie McGillen, author of In Light of the Summit

January 19th, 2021

51:02

Jamie McGillen is delightful to talk to and she talks more about her books and her writing process.  Go to www.jamiemcgillen.com to purchase copies …

S3E30 - An Influencer Application

January 18th, 2021

9:03

I talk about my influencer application with Berkley publishing that went no where. But hey! I learned something.

It does take a lot of effort to …

S3E29 - Book Club: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

January 16th, 2021

1:01:06

This is our regular book club session for Jan 2021.  We had 9 ladies and we are discussing Hamnet, a historic fiction novel.

It does take a lot of …

S3E28 - Book Club: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

January 6th, 2021

40:28

SPOILER ALERT in this episode. This really was a spontaneous mini book club.  I would have called it a book talk but let's face it.  I've done a book …

RE-UPLOAD - S3E26: 2021 Goal Setting

January 6th, 2021

16:22

Hi folks,

It was brought to my attention that when I originally uploaded this episode, I mistakenly used the audio for the top 20 of 2020, episode. I …

S3E27 - Bookish Comparison: Number of Books Read

January 4th, 2021

11:22

This is the final part of the bookish comparison series.  I discuss comparing the number of books we've read with others. I hope you don't fall into that trap.

It does take a lot of effort to produce these episodes. …

S3E26 - 2021 Goal Setting

January 4th, 2021

16:22

I run through what I'm planning for 2021.  It's not a rule for you to do it, but just one way a bookish person does it.  Take what makes sense and …

S3E25 - My Top Books in 2020

December 31st, 2020

17:20

I wanted to call this one a year in review but ultimately it is a top 20 list of books for 2020. So, here goes.  Hope you enjoy the episode.  This …

S3E24 - Month in Review: December 2020

December 31st, 2020

14:50

My monthly review of books I've read. Good close to the year.

This is the final part of the bookish comparison series.  I discuss comparing the number of books we've read with others. I hope you don't fall into that …

S3E23 - Author Conversations: Christian Sterling

December 30th, 2020

1:07:42

SPOILER ALERT.  In this episode, Erin is my co-host and we are chatting with Christian Sterling.  The Gems of Elsana trilogy has been completed and we discuss the book, the plot points, the writing journey and just have …

S3E22 - Bookish Comparison: Indie vs Traditional published.

December 28th, 2020

6:42

This is a continuation of the comparison series.  Do you prefer to read traditionally published books?  NY times best sellers?  Why not try indie? Just some of my thoughts on the matter.

It does take a lot of effort to …

S3E21 - Chatting bookish with Lori (@Palmerspageturners)

December 23rd, 2020

1:04:31

Lori is a friend of mine from bookstagram and we talk bookstagram and books and have a super neat nerdy bookish conversation.  You will learn something new about the book world that you might not have heard of.  I did!

S3E20 - Bookish Comparison: Follower numbers

December 21st, 2020

10:49

Here's continuing with the bookish comparison series and today we are talking about having more bookstagram followers, compared to your friends.

If …

S3E19 - Bookish comparison: Book Mail

December 18th, 2020

9:11

Do you ever think that your friends get more book mail than you? Let's talk about bookish comparisons and how it affects our happiness and what to possibly do about it. This is part 1.  We will also explore comparison …

S3E18 - Book Club: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

December 8th, 2020

1:30:42

Last book club of 2020.  I would count this as a successful year.  And a great book to end 2020 book club with.  The Midnight Library by Matt Haig …

S3E17 - Month in Review: November 2020

November 30th, 2020

9:58

Check out the books I read in November and my brief thoughts on them.

If you have any questions about this or any other episode, please contact me by email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

Join Libro.FM and use …

S3E16 - Book talk with Erin: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

November 29th, 2020

1:04:46

Talking with Erin about the book Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.  We also discuss story time towards the end of the episode. Erin is on bookstagram …

S3E15 - Author conversations: Kristina Naydonova (The Black Sisterhood Files)

November 23rd, 2020

48:13

Today I had the honor of talking to a 13 year old author.  She's bright, intelligent, charming and she's going places.  This is the kid to follow.

In …

S3E14 - NaNoWriMo

November 16th, 2020

8:43

NaNoWriMo has given a lot of writers the motivation and the push to start their novel.  I'm here to talk a bit about getting started on your writing journey.

If you have any questions about this or any other episode, …

S3E13 - Book Club: Against The Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa

November 12th, 2020

1:35:03

SPOILER ALERT.  We discuss our thoughts and feelings about this book.  We had a total of 4 women.  Erin, Rachel, Jen, and myself.  Stay tuned to the end of the episode for our next book pick.

If you have any questions …

S3E12 - Month in Review: October 2020

November 1st, 2020

14:47

Books I read in October.  And my reading for this month.

If you have any questions about this or any other episode, please contact me by email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

Join Libro.FM and use code LLTBPODCAST …

S3E11 - Author conversations: Fiona Davis & M. J. Rose (Stories from Sufragette City)

October 27th, 2020

42:19

Talking to authors Fiona Davis and M. J. Rose from the book Stories from Sufragette City. They talk about the idea for the book and how it all came together.  Super fun conversation.  Take a listen.

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S3E10 - ARCs, NetGalley, LibroFM. My journey.

October 23rd, 2020

15:22

I talk about my ARC journey and discuss options for people who want more books.

If you have any questions about this or any other episode, please contact me by email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

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S3E9 - Book Club: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

October 12th, 2020

57:32

Recorded from our book club session on Oct 1st. We had a total of 7 women (including myself) and had a lively discussion about a well loved book.  We talk themes, favorite characters, the cover and our prediction for …

S3E8 - Author conversations: Samantha Silva, author of Mr. Dickens and His Carol.

October 9th, 2020

59:48

I talk with Samantha Silva about the writing process for this book and about her upcoming book.  The only spoiler is at the very end of the podcast, …

S3E7 - Month in Review: September 2020

October 4th, 2020

13:49

September books in review.  Going through my reading growth and books I've read this month.

If you have any questions about this or any other episode, please contact me by email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

S3E6 - Project Gutenberg

September 28th, 2020

11:41

Discussing story time rights and how project Gutenberg can help with it.  Also, touches on Project Gutenberg and how to access those books.  If you have any questions about this or any other episode, please contact me …

S3E5 - Bookish Authenticity

September 21st, 2020

10:53

Are you your true self on bookstagram and other book forums?  Do you have influence?  Take a listen.

Join Libro.FM and use code LLTBPODCAST to get a 2 month audiobook membership for the price of one month.  Thank me …

S3E4 - Rainbows, Butterflies, and Unicorns

September 14th, 2020

7:18

How do rainbows, butterflies and unicorns sound?  Well, if they make you happy, perhaps you need books that make you feel like rainbows, butterflies and unicorns also!  Let's explore that a bit in this episode and I …

S3E3 - Book Club: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

September 10th, 2020

58:27

SPOILER ALERT

Today's episode had Erin, Katie, Lindsay, Lori and myself discussing this book.  Hope you enjoy the discussion.

If you enjoyed this episode or any of my previous episodes, please write me a review on Apple …

S3E2 - Bookish change

September 7th, 2020

7:02

Do your interests in different genres in books change over time?  I explore that briefly in this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode or any of my previous episodes, please write me a review on Apple Podcasts or on

S3E1 - Bookish panel discussion for 2nd Anniversary of this podcast!

September 6th, 2020

1:07:38

Welcome to the 3rd season of this podcast.  For the 2nd Anniversary party, I got a group of authors and bookstagrammers together and here's what happened.  My good friend Erin, co hosted.  Panel of authors included …

S2E101 - My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Book Talk with Erin. Part 2/2

September 4th, 2020

44:27

SPOILER ALERT

If you enjoyed this episode or any of my previous episodes, please write me a review on Apple Podcasts or on www.ratethispodcast.com/livingalifethroughbooks.  I thank you.

You can email me at

S2E100: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. Book talk with Erin. Part 1/2

September 3rd, 2020

44:06

SPOILER ALERT

If you enjoyed this episode or any of my previous episodes, please write me a review on Apple Podcasts or on www.ratethispodcast.com/livingalifethroughbooks.  I thank you.

You can email me at

S2E99 - Month in Review: August 2020

August 31st, 2020

10:59

If you enjoyed this episode or any of my previous episodes, please write me a review on Apple Podcasts or on www.ratethispodcast.com/livingalifethroughbooks.  I thank you.

You can email me at

S2E98 - The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. Book talk with Erin.

August 26th, 2020

47:37

As mentioned in the episode, you are all invited to my 2nd Anniversary recorded Zoom bookish panel party.  Please email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com with a Zoom link request.  Panelists include Chris Todd, …

S2E97 - Book Club: Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Part 2/2)

August 25th, 2020

44:17

As mentioned in the episode, you are all invited to my 2nd Anniversary recorded Zoom bookish panel party.  Please email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com with a Zoom link request.  Panelists include Chris Todd, …

S2E96 - Book Club: Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Part 1/2)

August 24th, 2020

48:01

As mentioned in the episode, you are all invited to my 2nd Anniversary recorded Zoom bookish panel party.  Please email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com with a Zoom link request.  Panelists include Chris Todd, …

S2E95 - Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. Book talk with Katie.

August 17th, 2020

39:37

SPOILER ALERT.  We do discuss the book and that includes the end.  If you don't mind spoilers, then listen at your own risk. haha!

Please write me a review on Apple Podcasts or on

S2E94 - Ereader App Resources For Children

August 10th, 2020

42:27

Erin Beaver and I discuss a lot of popular apps that children can use to read, paid and free.  Check it out.
You can reach me on Instagram and …

S2E93 - National Book Lover Day. Here's to us!

August 9th, 2020

5:41

Happy National Book Lover Day!  What does it mean to be a book lover?  Here are my thoughts.

You can reach me on Instagram and Facebook at Living a Life Through Books.  You can email me at

S2E92 - Author conversation: Charlotte McConaghy, author of Migrations

August 4th, 2020

30:59

Author Charlotte McConaghy breaks through in a big way into the US market with a book published by Flatiron books, an imprint of MacMillan books. …

S2E91 - Month in Review: July 2020

July 31st, 2020

10:50

I talk about the 7 books I read this month and my reading in general.  You can reach me through Instagram or Facebook at Living A Life Through Books.

You an email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com

My website …

S2E90 - The Mystery of Sherlock Holmes by Christopher Todd

July 29th, 2020

48:38

This is a story adapted to a play.  Hope you enjoy it.

You can reach me on Instagram and Facebook at Living a Life Through Books.  You can email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

If you loved this episode, please …

S2E89 - Books or Movie/TV

July 27th, 2020

29:07

When Instagram handle @starsatnightpub gave me this concept for a podcast, I jumped on it.  It took me a while, but I hope I did it all some justice.  

You can reach me through Facebook or Instagram at Living a Life …

S2E88 - Book Club: An Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Part 2/2)

July 23rd, 2020

49:48

SPOILER ALERT.  On July 10th our book club discussed An Island of Sea Women, a novel by Lisa See.  This historic fiction is set in Korea.  Author …

S2E87 - Book Club: An Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Part 1/2)

July 22nd, 2020

56:07

SPOILER ALERT.  On July 10th our book club discussed An Island of Sea Women, a novel by Lisa See.  This historic fiction is set in Korea.  Author …

S2E86 - The Raven Boys. Book talk with Katie.

July 13th, 2020

46:44

SPOILER ALERT.  I apologize for not adding the spoiler alert to the podcast itself.  As I mentioned I'm navigating audio issues with my new upgraded …

S2E85 - Sci-Fi and Alternate History with Alex Wallace

July 7th, 2020

49:50

My guest, Alex Wallace, is a nerd who is well versed with the genres of Sci-Fi and Alternate History and today he talks to me about those genres and he brings up books he recommends.  He talks a bit about the books in …

S2E84 - Thoughts on e-readers/e-reader apps

July 6th, 2020

9:10

A brief overview of e-reader and e-reader apps.  I do talk Kindle, Nook, Libby and Glose.  Hope it's helpful.  Please share this episode with your …

S2E83 - Bookstagram cancel culture

July 2nd, 2020

10:49

You can reach me on Instagram or Facebook at Living A Life Through Books.  You can also contact me via email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

Join me on Swell.  It's a new way to reach out to me and voice chat.  I …

S2E82 - Month in Review: June 2020

June 30th, 2020

12:29

You can reach me on Instagram or Facebook at Living A Life Through Books.  You can also contact me via email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

Join me on Swell.  It's a new way to reach out to me and voice chat.  I …

S2E81 - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Book talk with Katie. (Part 2/2)

June 29th, 2020

39:11

SPOILER ALERT:  This two part series has myself and Katie talking about Brit Bennett's book The Vanishing Half.  While there are no spoilers in this post, there are spoilers in the actual episode.  If you've read this …

S2E80 - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Book talk with Katie. (Part 1/2)

June 26th, 2020

40:09

SPOILER ALERT:  This two part series has myself and Katie talking about Brit Bennett's book The Vanishing Half.  While there are no spoilers in this post, there are spoilers in the actual episode.  If you've read this …

S2E79 - Meet the podcaster. Interview by Phillybookfairy. (3/3)

June 24th, 2020

46:24

Yes, we do talk books also, but this is more of a meet the podcaster type of episode.  I’m chatting with Instagram handle Phillybookfairy and she’s interviewing me.  She does talk about herself and her father and we …

S2E78 - Meet the podcaster. Interview by Phillybookfairy (2/3)

June 23rd, 2020

43:35

Yes, we do talk books also, but this is more of a meet the podcaster type of episode.  I’m chatting with Instagram handle Phillybookfairy and she’s interviewing me.  She does talk about herself and her father and we …

S2E77 - Meet the podcaster. Interview by Phillybookfairy. (1/3)

June 22nd, 2020

34:45

Yes, we do talk books also, but this is more of a meet the podcaster type of episode.  I’m chatting with Instagram handle Phillybookfairy and she’s interviewing me.  She does talk about herself and her father and we …

S2E76 - Book Club: White Rage by Carol Anderson (part 2/2)

June 19th, 2020

38:56

Mild spoiler alert.  If you haven't studied history, this new history lesson will be eye opening.  It will help you understand the racial divide …

S2E75 - Book Club: White Rage by Carol Anderson (Part 1/2)

June 18th, 2020

1:03:24

Mild spoiler alert.  If you haven't studied history, this new history lesson will be eye opening.  It will help you understand the racial divide …

S2E74 - A Year Older

June 17th, 2020

6:55

Hello friends.  Today is my birthday and so call it my self-indulgent bookish introspective episode.  If you listen 'til the end, I would like some …

S2E73 - Mid-Year bookish check-in with Katie

June 15th, 2020

1:08:22

Katie and I did a book bingo giveaway on Instagram that helped stretch our book reading and helped us grow through different genres.  The bingo took …

S2E72 - A book list with black authors

June 12th, 2020

15:24

Given our climate today, I hope we all are taking steps to grow past our racist tendencies and grow to accepting all colors of human beings.  I …

S2E71 - Bookish Growth

June 8th, 2020

7:57

I look back at my growth through reading.  Serendipity but more.  One habit leads to more and that leads to more.  This is more of my bookish growth journey.  Where do you want your bookish growth journey to take you?

S2E70 - Month in Review: May 2020

May 31st, 2020

16:54

I discuss my reading (in general) for this month and my podcast.  I also list all the 9 books I read and my thoughts on them.  You can call it a mini …

S2E69 - Author conversation with Jamie McGillen

May 20th, 2020

53:14

Author of In Sight Of the Mountain, Jamie McGillen talks to me about the inspiration for her book and the writing process.  Jamie's book is available on Amazon Unlimited.  If you need a read to get you off your …

S2E68 - The Book Club: A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler Part 2/2

May 13th, 2020

49:31

SPOILER ALERT!  In this episode we continue to probe into the book and discuss purity vows and women's sexuality.  This is a continuation of yesterday's episode.  This book club session was recorded on May 1st, 2020.

If …

S2E67 - Book Club: A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler. Part 1/2

May 12th, 2020

58:09

SPOILER ALERT!  This is a recording of our book club on May 1st, 2020.  We discuss the book A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler.  This episode is split into two parts due to time.  This is part 1 of 2.

If you …

S2E66 - Author conversations: Anna Solomon (The Book of V)

May 7th, 2020

56:48

Author Anna Solomon has hit gold with her latest book:  The Book of V.  This book about 3 women spans 3 different timelines and connects beautifully. …

S2E65 - The Book Launch

May 4th, 2020

9:01

Ever been to a  book launch?  What is that like?  I was super excited to join the book launch of Phuc Tran's book via Zoom.  So, today I talk about …

S2E64 - Month in Review: April 2020

April 30th, 2020

11:56

Today's episode goes over my reading trials and tribulations for this month and the books I have read.  Here's a list of the books:  Before We Were …

S2E63 - Author Conversation: Sharon Ann Ziegler (The Association).

April 29th, 2020

36:30

Today we speak to another self-published author.  Sharon is a lawyer by profession and has used her extensive knowledge to write a crime drama.  The Association is her first published work.  For a copy of the book, you …

S2E62 - Net Galley everything

April 27th, 2020

14:15

Net Galley is the topic of this podcast.  I discuss my experiences and trials and tribulations of Net Galley.  I hope it helps.  If you need to reach …

S2E61 - Author Conversation: Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone. Part 2/2

April 22nd, 2020

33:48

Phuc Tran's memoir Sigh, Gone was published April 21st by Flatiron Publishing (an imprint of MacMillan).  I had the opportunity to talk to Phuc about his journey.  He is a fascinating, down to earth individual that you …

S2E60 - Author Conversation: Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone. Part 1/2

April 21st, 2020

40:15

Phuc Tran's memoir Sigh, Gone was published April 21st by Flatiron Publishing (an imprint of MacMillan).  I had the opportunity to talk to Phuc about his journey.  He is a fascinating, down to earth individual that you …

S2E59 - Audiobooks, Reading, and Motivation Through COVID19.

April 14th, 2020

20:56

In this episode I discuss the stress that COVID 19 has placed on us and the changes in our habits without having to drive to work everyday.  I talk about how the stress has affected me and some strategies that might …

S2E58 - Book Club: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

April 10th, 2020

53:13

SPOILER ALERT:  Welcome to our 4th book club of the year.  Due to the novel Corona virus, we were doing this meeting through Zoom.  We discussed Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  In attendance were Erin, Lindsay, …

S2E57 - Author Conversation: Farah Zaman

April 8th, 2020

49:02

Today we are talking with YA mystery author Farah Zaman.  I found her first book Moon of Masarrah a very fun and charming read.  If you have young …

S2E56 - My ARC journey

April 7th, 2020

15:22

Tracking my ARC journey is tricky and is not extensive either but I've talked about what is going on with me.  I would still recommend you listen to …

S2E55 - Book Talk with sand_between_pages (Erica): Part 2/2

April 2nd, 2020

38:41

Today we are doing a bookish talk with Erica from Bookstagram.  Her handle is sand_between_pages and she has a beautiful bookstagram page with over …

S2E54 - Book Talk with sand_between_pages (Erica): Part 1/2

April 1st, 2020

39:30

Today we are doing a bookish talk with Erica from Bookstagram.  Her handle is sand_between_pages and she has a beautiful bookstagram page with over …

S2E53 - March 2020. Month in Review.

March 31st, 2020

10:17

In this episode, I go over the 8 books I read this month and do a mini review of each of them.  And I also discuss some hiccups I've had in the past with doing a month in review and also reading hiccups this month due …

S2E52 - Bookish Hodge Podge and more Libby

March 30th, 2020

19:17

I cover a hodge podge of bookish topics, namely about how I want to write and also some Libby experiences and hacks.  Please reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook at Living a Life Through Books.  My email is

S2E51 - Book Club: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Part 2/2

March 20th, 2020

40:14

SPOILER ALERT.  This is our book club episode were we discuss the controversial book American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  We had 4 people (including myself) in attendance.  Erin, Lindsay, Monique from Canada and of …

S2E50 - Book Club: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Part 1/2.

March 19th, 2020

47:24

SPOILER ALERT.  This is our book club episode were we discuss the controversial book American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  We had 4 people (including myself) in attendance.  Erin, Lindsay, Monique from Canada and of …

S2E49 - Chat with Sanober in London. Part 2/2.

March 18th, 2020

33:21

Sanober is an inspirational woman who started a book club in London 3 years ago and that book club is going strong.  She talks openly about her book club and what she does to maintain it.  I learned a lot and if you are …

S2E48 - Chat with Sanober in London. Part 1/2.

March 17th, 2020

36:07

Sanober is an inspirational woman who started a book club in London 3 years ago and that book club is going strong.  She talks openly about her book club and what she does to maintain it.  I learned a lot and if you are …

S2E47 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 5/5)

March 16th, 2020

29:19

SPOILER ALERT:  Erin Beaver and I discuss the entire Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  It's a 4 book series and this book chat is broken into 5 parts.  The first 4 parts are summaries of the first 4 books, respectively. …

S2E46 - COVID 19 emergency: The Bookish Toilet Paper Episode

March 14th, 2020

8:45

How is COVID 19 related to books?  It's not really related, but I had to made an episode that made light of the situation and gives some light to the …

S2E45 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 4/5)

March 13th, 2020

22:56

SPOILER ALERT:  Erin Beaver and I discuss the entire Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  It's a 4 book series and this book chat is broken into 5 parts.  The first 4 parts are summaries of the first 4 books, respectively. …

S2E44 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 3/5)

March 12th, 2020

19:21

SPOILER ALERT:  Erin Beaver and I discuss the entire Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  It's a 4 book series and this book chat is broken into 5 parts.  The first 4 parts are summaries of the first 4 books, respectively. …

S2E43 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 2/5)

March 11th, 2020

24:39

SPOILER ALERT:  Erin Beaver and I discuss the entire Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  It's a 4 book series and this book chat is broken into 5 parts.  The first 4 parts are summaries of the first 4 books, respectively. …

S2E42 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 1/5)

March 10th, 2020

16:52

SPOILER ALERT:  Erin Beaver and I discuss the entire Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry.  It's a 4 book series and this book chat is broken into 5 parts.  The first 4 parts are summaries of the first 4 books, respectively. …

S2E41 - Bookish Conversation with Casey Skeen

March 9th, 2020

54:02

I’m talking to Casey Skeen from North Carolina. Her Instagram handle is booklifewithcasey.  She’s a mother of 6, a wife and an avid reader who loves …

S2E40 - How To Read Several Books At One Time?

March 2nd, 2020

6:44

In this episode I discuss juggling the art of reading several books together.  I tend to read about 4 at any given time, so I keep alternating between them.  How do I do it?  That's the topic of today's podcast.  If you …

S2E39 - Book Club: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Part 2/2

February 25th, 2020

40:42

SPOILER ALERT:  We discuss the whole book, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.  This is the second and final part of our discussion.  I tell my friends …

S2E38 - Book Club: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Part 1/2

February 24th, 2020

42:33

SPOILER ALERT:  We discuss the whole book!  This episode is a recording of our book club session with minimal edits.  Today we talk about the book …

S2E37 - The Bright Side Sanctuary For Animals by Becky Mandelbaum

February 21st, 2020

3:30

Another book review.  This time an ARC from Net Galley.  This publication comes out in August.  If you have any comments about this or any of my other episodes send me a voice memo to livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com. …

S2E36 - You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy

February 20th, 2020

4:25

Another review of a book.  This time it's a non-fiction and an ARC from Celadon books.  Quite exciting really to get the ARC.  If you have any comments, send me a voice memo to livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  You …

S2E35 - The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes

February 19th, 2020

3:02

This episode is a short book review of the book The Giver of Stars by Joyo Moyes.  Have you read this one?  You can contact me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  My website has more book reviews. …

S2E34 - TBR! TBR! TBR!

February 18th, 2020

14:13

What is a TBR?  How to handle one?  How do I handle my own TBR?  I give a couple of examples.  One my husband with the organized TBR and myself with the not-so-organized TBR.  Take a look and hope you enjoy it.

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S2E33 - Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

February 17th, 2020

2:27

This is book 3 of the Crazy Rich Asians series.  In this brief review, I present an extremely brief glimpse of the book, but in general, if you liked the first 2 books, you will enjoy this one also.  Feel free to …

S2E32 - The Second Home by Christina Clancy

February 14th, 2020

3:08

This time we are reviewing an ARC that doesn't hit the shelves until June of this year.  It's a woman's fiction novel and has some good family drama to it.  Contact me through Instagram or Facebook at Living A Life …

S2E31 - Bookish Conversation with Jenny from Montana (final part)

February 11th, 2020

43:30

We continue this conversation starting with book hangover and then we move on to discussing some more rating systems and the bullet journaling method …

S2E30 - Bookish Conversation with Jenny from Montana (part 1/2)

February 10th, 2020

51:24

Jenny has the handle of @whatJennyreadsinmontana on Instagram.  She is quite the bookstagrammer and we talk bookish stuff.  We start this conversation with Book of the Month and then we just take it where it goes.  This …

S2E29 - Where Are They Now with Christian Sterling

February 4th, 2020

31:22

I catch up with Christian Sterling and talk about when the sequel/s (haha) to The Gems Of Elsana are planned.  We talk about his other books that have already come out and his hopes to freshen them up.  Contact …

S2E28 - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

January 31st, 2020

3:09

Another short  review of a book I absolutely loved.  When you love a book, sometimes, there isn't much more to say.  If you want to reach me, you can …

S2E27 - Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

January 29th, 2020

5:20

A book review of a book I liked and yet has me giving it 3.5 stars.  There were some issues.  Take a listen.  And if you want to reach me, send me a voice memo to livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.

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S2E26 - The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga

January 28th, 2020

3:05

Review of the book The White Tiger.  I explore my thoughts on this book, briefly.  If you are interested in more about this book, stay tuned to this …

S2E25 - Frank conversation with Jane Ubell-Meyer of Bedside Reading

January 27th, 2020

1:04:39

In this episode, Dr. Ahmed talks with Jane Ubell-Meyer. Jane Ubell-Meyer is an award-winning entrepreneur and former TV and Film Producer. Credits include Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal-TV, Entertainment …

S2E24 - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

January 22nd, 2020

3:13

Here's a brief review of the book The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.  This is a fantasy with several story layers.  Click for the blog version of this podcast.

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S2E23 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

January 20th, 2020

3:53

This is my review of the book American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  A book about the plight of migrants is making waves and I'm glad for it.  Click here for the blog version of this podcast.

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S2E22 - Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

January 15th, 2020

3:39

Ikigai is a book based on the Japanese principles of living a purposeful life.  This episode is a  review of the book Ikigai.  Click here for the

S2E21 - Book Club: With The Fire On High (Part 2/2)

January 14th, 2020

39:24

SPOILER ALERT:  We continue our conversation about the book With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo.  Discussing all aspects of the book may reveal aspects you may not want to know about if you haven't read it yet, …

S2E20 - Book Club: With The Fire On High. (Part 1/2)

January 13th, 2020

40:09

SPOILER ALERT:  Recording of our first book club meeting (with minimal edits).  We discuss the book With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo.  We discuss all aspects of this YA novel.  Members present were myself, …

S2E19 - Author Conversation with Erin Burrell

January 6th, 2020

55:38

I chat with Erin Burrell, the author of That's Why You're Here.  It’s a memoir of transformation from abused girl to grieving wife to empowered, intuitive Tarot reader. Quite a journey, really!  Erin was born and raised …

S2E18 - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

January 3rd, 2020

3:25

This is my review of the book China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan.  The only spoiler alert is for book 1 which is Crazy Rich Asians, but if you have already read that book, no spoilers here.

Read the blog version of …

S2E17 - ARCs and bookish thoughts with Monique Lahaie

January 2nd, 2020

49:37

A bookstagrammer in Canada, Monique Lahaie (Instagram @monique_reads) discusses the strategies for getting ARCs (Advanced Reader Copy) from publishers.  We talk a bit about Net Galley and just books in general.  A fun …

S2E16 - The Reading Series (final part): Book goals for 2020

January 1st, 2020

12:31

In this episode, I suggest some book goals that you can have for 2020 even if you are just getting back to the habit of reading or are a seasoned reader and consumer of books.

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S2E15 - End of year 2019 (and December month in review)

December 31st, 2019

14:55

I go over my favorite books for December and then I go through all the books I've read for 2019 broken down by genre and I've picked/suggested my favorites from the different genres I've read.  Of course, at the end I …

S2E14 - The Reading Series: How to read more books?

December 30th, 2019

19:04

In this episode, I give 15 suggestions to increase your book numbers for 2020.  Good luck.

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S2E13 - The Reading Series: The Benefits of reading

December 26th, 2019

14:59

Why read?  This is the question I tackle and through personal experience and some minimal Google searches I have come up with some reasons to read.  I hope you are able to empathize with me.

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S2E12 - Where Are They Now With Amy Voltaire

December 23rd, 2019

35:29

Amy Voltaire, author of My Name is Erin, and My Mom is an Addict talks about her launch and her book.  She talks about writing a part 2 and the …

S2E11 - Where Are They Now With Andrew Segal

December 16th, 2019

19:43

I have requested authors who have already been on my podcast to return for a catch up.  It's more of a follow up with the book they wrote and also …

S2E10 - Those other books

December 9th, 2019

12:46

What makes a book famous?  Are Amazon Prime books considered famous?  New authors that made it big.  What is the definition of making it big?  What about the not-so-famous books?  Just thoughts to ponder in the bookish …

S2E9 - November in Review

November 30th, 2019

11:43

This month in review I talk about how life challenges can affect reading and book goals.  I go over the books I read this month and my top picks and recommendations for those.

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S2E8 - Organizing Bookshelves

November 25th, 2019

6:47

In this light hearted episode, I ponder methods to organize bookshelves, by color, by subject matter or just by finding space.

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S2E7 - Skip the Line and Libby

November 11th, 2019

12:57

Ever wonder about getting Skip The Line loans on the Libby app.  What is it?  And how to get more?  This episode we'll talk about everything "skip the line" and of course, we'll touch briefly on the 3 library systems of …

S2E6 - October in Review

October 31st, 2019

8:51

I discuss reading after having a great reading month.  I also discuss some of the books that I read this month that I enjoyed.  The Water Dancer.  Where the Crawdads Sing and others.

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S2E5 - Fiction or is it?

October 28th, 2019

5:38

When people say truth is stranger than fiction, I wonder what fiction is then?  Is fiction a diluted version of the truth and in that case, is it really fiction at all?  I gloss over my perception of this concept …

S2E4 - The Referencing Flip-side

October 14th, 2019

10:17

I go back to an old episode "The Referencing Principle" and talk about things in that episode that I might have missed or considered differently than …

S2E3 - September 2019 in Review

September 30th, 2019

10:49

Going over September reading, thoughts, and challenges.  I list all 13 books I completed this month and talk about my favorites.  This is my first month in review.  Get in touch with me through Instagram, email, or …

S2E2 - Reader's Block

September 16th, 2019

8:59

This episode is dedicated to my Instagram friend "booksection".  She wanted an episode about this.  So, here are my 10 suggestions for combating reader's block.

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S2E1 - First Anniversary of this podcast

September 6th, 2019

18:15

Today marks a milestone.  Living a Life Through Books is officially one year old.  So, I thought I would do an episode to look back and reflect on …

S1E68 - Closet Conversations Internations (London) with Clare Newton. Final part.

September 5th, 2019

15:58

Talking to Clare Newton from London.  Clare is an independent publisher and she talks about the publishing climate in general and Amazon's influence on the world.  Of course, as the conversation progresses we learn some …

S1E67 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 3/4.

September 4th, 2019

19:20

Talking to Clare Newton from London.  Clare is an independent publisher and she talks about the publishing climate in general and Amazon's influence on the world.  Of course, as the conversation progresses we learn some …

S1E66 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 2/4

September 3rd, 2019

19:30

Talking to Clare Newton from London.  Clare is an independent publisher and she talks about the publishing climate in general and Amazon's influence on the world.  Of course, as the conversation progresses we learn some …

S1E65 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 1/4

September 2nd, 2019

18:04

Talking to Clare Newton from London.  Clare is an independent publisher and she talks about the publishing climate in general and Amazon's influence on the world.  Of course, as the conversation progresses we learn some …

50 Shades of Who We Are

August 26th, 2019

7:27

This episode is an add-on to episode 3 (We are who we are).  After recording it, I thought about it and decided to add this segment.  I discuss people's judgement of the books you read.  I talk about being authentic to …

Reading the same author

August 19th, 2019

7:13

Are all books by a certain author amazing?  How are they different?  I mention Kristen Hannah's The Nightingale, The Great Alone.  Tayari Jone's An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow.  Madeline Miller's Circe and Song …

Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, final part

August 15th, 2019

17:59

Samantha Robichaud talks about ideas she has for future books.  She talks about the publishing journey and the cover art of her book A Deception in the Shadows, Gerica's Tale.  You can purchase her book using the link …

Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 3

August 12th, 2019

15:00

In this episode Samantha Robichaud talks about what inspires her to write and gives us some writing inspiration in return.  Samantha Robichaud's first book Deception in the Shadows, Gerica's Tale is available on Amazon. …

Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 2

August 8th, 2019

15:30

We delve into the process of writing a novel and of course, Samantha Robichaud's hope and dreams for her book and for her future as an author.  Samantha is a first time author and her book Deception in the Shadows, …

Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 1

August 6th, 2019

14:13

We discuss Samantha Robichaud's young adult novel, A Deception in the Shadows, Gerica's Tale.  As a first time novelist, through this series Samantha …

Episode 48 - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

August 5th, 2019

11:46

I discuss our power of reading and our responsibilities through it.  I bring up reading the whole book vs the summary.  I talk about Atul Gawande's …

Episode 47 - I want to be

July 29th, 2019

12:25

A personal episode about considering a speaking career and a book that can possibly help. #Reading, #Speaking, #motivationalspeaker, #books, #tedtalks, #TED

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Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 4 (final)

July 25th, 2019

15:29

The author of The Lyme Regis Murders, talks to me from London about writing, favorite authors, his new book The Lyme Regis Murders and his experiences in life that propelled him forward.  This is the final part.

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Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 3

July 24th, 2019

18:02

The author of The Lyme Regis Murders, talks to me from London about writing, favorite authors, his new book The Lyme Regis Murders and his experiences in life that propelled him forward.  This is part 3/4.

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Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 2

July 23rd, 2019

15:28

The author of The Lyme Regis Murders, talks to me from London about writing, favorite authors, his new book The Lyme Regis Murders and his experiences in life that propelled him forward.  This is part 2/4.

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Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 1

July 22nd, 2019

17:13

The author of The Lyme Regis Murders, talks to me from London about writing, favorite authors, his new book The Lyme Regis Murders and his experiences in life that propelled him forward.  This is part 1/4.

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Closet Conversations, part 10 (final part) - Growth through reading

July 18th, 2019

16:03

In this last episode of this series of closet conversations, Erin and I discuss books and how it influences our culture and our perception of …

Closet Conversations, part 9 - Essence of Me

July 16th, 2019

12:38

We talk about books that we identify with and essentially gives a snap shot of who we are. #books #bookconversations #bookindentity #inspire #essenceofme

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Episode 40 - Why do you read?

July 15th, 2019

16:23

We discuss an instagram post that had me all riled up and had me re-thinking egos, judgement calls, and basically why I read.  No filters here!  Yikes!

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Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, final episode

July 11th, 2019

16:24

This is our final installment of my conversation with author Christian Sterling.  Sterling has written Gems of Elsana, Into the Wildbarrens and it …

Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 3

July 10th, 2019

17:37

Minor SPOILER alerts in this one also.  Sterling discusses his writing journey, the cover art to the book and fonts.  Of course, we continue talking about characters and scenes in his book Gems of Elsana, Into the …

Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 2

July 9th, 2019

15:21

Minor SPOILER alert in this episode.  We are talking about Christian Sterling's book, The Gems of Elsana and diving into some scenes.  We talk about characters, their choices and much more.  For anyone who has read the …

Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 1

July 8th, 2019

17:15

Talking with author of Gems of Elsana, Christian Sterling.  This is a fantasy novel that is getting released on July 17, 2019.  Christian talks about …

Closet Conversations, part 8 - Self-help and hidden books

July 4th, 2019

14:01

We talk about the self-help genre and also books that we would not want to be caught dead with. #selfhelp #atomichabits #50shadesofgrey #lilacgirls

Closet Conversations, part 7 - Question of change

July 2nd, 2019

13:50

How do you inspire change in others and interesting book memories. #change #inspirechange #inspire #harrypotterbook5 #bookmemory #airport #dayofrelease

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Closet Conversations, part 6 - Privilege of reading

June 27th, 2019

17:23

We talk about doomsday scenario, if Erin was allowed only one book to read.  Also talked about a true book story from a prison.  And we just go with the flow with this conversation and go where the wind takes us.  Enjoy.

Closet Conversations, part 5 - Closet Dreams

June 24th, 2019

15:46

Myself and my friend Erin are in my closet, with one microphone, chatting about crazy book podcast dream scenarios.  We also talk about TBRs, ARCs, and Goodreads giveaways.  Just some closet dreams.

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Episode 31 - Data Gift

June 17th, 2019

7:03

Here are some gift ideas for your bookish person.  What gift would I like for my birthday? #bookishgifts #birthdaygifts #anchor #anchordata …

Episode 30 - Hold on Tight

June 10th, 2019

9:56

Let's talk about our humanness and imperfections.  Dealing with life's ups and downs. #dowhatmatters, #dowhateverittakes, #nevergiveup, #keepreading, #lifeupsanddowns, #thereadinglife

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Closet Conversations, part 4 - Books 1, Facebook 0

June 6th, 2019

12:03

In this episode Erin discusses her strategies for reading and how she plans to conquer her reading goals.

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Closet Conversations, part 3 - Libby this, Shampoo that

June 3rd, 2019

13:02

We continue our conversation talking about reading the same author, the Libby app (again) and we manage to end on dry shampoo!

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Episode 27 - Mission ARC: should you accept it...

May 27th, 2019

7:13

I describe my podcast journey, my podcast's mission, and talking about growing through author/reader interviews.

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Closet Conversations, part 2 - To Snape Or Not To Snape

May 23rd, 2019

13:03

I continue my conversation with Erin Beaver as we discuss goals and then switch to character changes in books.  We are just two women, shooting the breeze. :-)

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Closet Conversations, part 1 - Memories and Superheroes

May 20th, 2019

18:56

This series of conversations with my good friend Erin Beaver and myself, is just two women shooting the breeze in my closet.  We talk about our book goals and book memories.  This episode is part 1 of 10.

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Episode 24 - Book intimidation, a reflection of age

May 13th, 2019

10:43

Have you ever looked at a book and decided against reading it because of size?  Have your tastes in books changed over time?  This episode is about just that.  Over time you may want to read the longer books and that …

Episode 23 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Conclusion. Part 4/4.

May 2nd, 2019

14:39

Dr. Ahmed continues her conversation with debut author Amy Voltaire.  Her book My Name is Erin, and My Mom is an Addict came out on April 27th.  WE …

Episode 22 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Part 3/4

April 29th, 2019

14:05

SPOILER ALERT.  Dr. Ahmed talks with debut author Amy Voltaire.  Her book My Name is Erin, and My Mom is an Addict was released on April 27th. …

Episode 21 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Part 2/4

April 25th, 2019

14:37

Dr. Ahmed talks with debut author Amy Voltaire.  Her book My Name is Erin, and My Mom is an Addict is coming out on April 27th.  Please join us for …

Episode 20 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, author. Part 1/4

April 22nd, 2019

10:01

Dr. Ahmed talks with first time author Amy Voltaire.  Her book My Name is Erin, and My Mom is an Addict is coming out on April 27th.  Please join us …

Episode 19 - Meeting President Barack Obama

April 15th, 2019

9:23

Sometimes when you listen to audiobooks, you could face some "side effects" if you want to call it that.  I just happened to meet President Barack …

Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 4/4

April 4th, 2019

13:16

Katie is a junior studying English and Secondary Education.  A life long reader with a love for young adult fiction, Katie is currently interning at …

Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 3/4

April 1st, 2019

13:46

Katie is a junior studying English and Secondary Education.  A life long reader with a love for young adult fiction, Katie is currently interning at …

Conversation with Katie Brownfield - part 2/4

March 28th, 2019

13:16

Katie is a junior studying English and Secondary Education.  A life long reader with a love for young adult fiction, Katie is currently interning at …

Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 1/4

March 25th, 2019

16:49

Katie is a junior studying English and Secondary Education.  A life long reader with a love for young adult fiction, Katie is currently interning at …

Episode 14 - The library project - how to listen to audiobooks for free

March 18th, 2019

12:33

Talking about the different library systems in the St. Louis area and using the Libby app for ebooks through the Kindle and also using Libby for …

Episode 13 - If your friends jumped in a well

March 4th, 2019

12:50

We discuss the pros and cons of book recommendations and peer pressures in reading. #livingalifethroughbooks, #bookgoals, #reading, #simonsinek, #startwithwhy, #kristenhannah, #Thegreatalone, #FredrickBackman, …

A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 4

February 28th, 2019

15:00

Christopher Todd is a friend of mine.  He's a fascinating person who is very well read and full of knowledge.  He's a priest, a pastor, a chaplain, a …

A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 3

February 25th, 2019

16:23

Christopher Todd is a friend of mine.  He's a fascinating person who is very well read and full of knowledge.  He's a priest, a pastor, a chaplain, a …

A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 2

February 21st, 2019

17:20

Christopher Todd is a friend of mine.  He's a fascinating person who is very well read and full of knowledge.  He's a priest, a pastor, a chaplain, a …

A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 1

February 18th, 2019

16:39

Christopher Todd is a friend of mine.  He's a fascinating person who is very well read and full of knowledge.  He's a priest, a pastor, a chaplain, a …

Episode 12 - You have ruined reading for me

February 4th, 2019

10:49

Breaking down reading through a book vs an eReader and some helpful suggestions about audiobooks also.  #reading #ereader #audiobooks #scrolls …

Episode 11 - Secrets at a bookstore in Reykjavik.

January 21st, 2019

6:42

This is about travel and chasing bookstores and libraries.  One never knows what one might discover. #travel #bookstores #libraries #trinity college …

Episode 10 - There's always Teddy Roosevelt!

January 7th, 2019

5:39

This episode is about comparing to read piles with others and essentially book shaming.

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New Years Special cont'd - Goal setting

January 2nd, 2019

8:37

I talk about reading goals and possible goal options with books in the upcoming year. #reading #livingalifethroughbooks #bookgoals #2019popsugarchallenge #genregoals

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New Year 2019 Special

January 1st, 2019

11:38

This episode explores past goals, things I've learned from them and future goal setting. The list of all the books I've read in 2018 (until this recording) is also included in this episode.

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Christmas Special

December 25th, 2018

10:14

Christmas Special. It's also the last episode of the season and the year. It's about books as gifts and possible Christmas reading traditions.

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Episode 9 - Take me away!

December 24th, 2018

7:18

Let's talk about favorite scenes and what I have learned from them.

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Episode 8 - I'm not you!

December 10th, 2018

6:42

Let's talk about fictional characters in books that I identify with. Maybe!

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Episode 7, part II - I'm different for a bit

November 26th, 2018

7:36

This episode explores how books change you, temporarily.

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Thanksgiving Special

November 22nd, 2018

9:34

Here's another seasonal special for this year. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks to our many blessings.

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Episode 7, part I - I'm different now

November 12th, 2018

7:49

In this episode, let's explore books that have changed my life.

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Halloween Special

October 31st, 2018

9:43

Welcome to our first special for Halloween. Don't be too scared and enter if you dare!

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Episode 6 - Can't sleep, can't put it down.

October 29th, 2018

9:32

Ever have the experience of not being able to put a book down? Everyone has a different experience with that. Mine certainly was.

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Episode 5 - The Re-read.

October 15th, 2018

8:24

In this episode, we'll discuss reading a book again, and maybe again and again and again. Here are my thoughts on that.

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Episode 4 - Unfinished

October 1st, 2018

7:58

The challenges of a book half read. To continue or not to continue. We'll discuss my thoughts on reading or continuing to read a book you don't quite enjoy.

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Episode 3 - We are who we are

September 17th, 2018

6:33

In this episode we discover our true selves through reading different genres.

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Episode 2 - Good to great: The referencing principle

September 7th, 2018

8:15

It's great to read a book and it's great to share the ideas it contains. But would it be acceptable to share those ideas as your own? Intellectual …

Episode 1 - Introduction to Living a Life Through Books

September 7th, 2018

7:12

The very beginning. How did this podcast come to be? What is this podcast all about? The start of the reading journey.

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