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Janine Between the Lines: literature & lifestyle for leisure

Janine Between the Lines: literature & lifestyle for leisure

By Janine Jimenez
A semi-entertaining podcast by your favorite Filipina-American host dedicated to books, current issues, and daily (somewhat trivial) dilemmas that she feels called to speak on. Disclaimer: This podcast may or may not be disguised as a platform for all listeners of all backgrounds to connect and interact to tackle important issues in our world today, but also could be masked as a verbal scapegoat. The possibilities are endless. Ways you can yell at me! Tweet at @JanineBTL, follow @janinebetweenthelines on Instagram, & email at 💌
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#207: Favorite Things with My Favorite Kassandra Rodriguez (OTT)
Today's episode brings back a lovely past guest, the one and only Kassandra Rodriguez! A lot has changed since Kass and the host's last episode almost two years ago, and we talk about where life has taken us since then. We talk about the growth of her business, how we have been doing, our favorites, and throw it back to a fun segment we went through on our first, low quality go round.  Nostalgia can be fun and awesome, and it was so much fun to reflect on these things with the modern hippie soul sister and owner of Original KASH Collections. Thank you, as always, for the love and support and for listening to Janine Between the Lines. Stay tuned for more episodes, and don't forget to share, like and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! Follow @k_r0ddd and @originalkashcollections on Instagram and TikTok,  and follow @janinebetweenthelines on instagram, and @JanineBTL on twitter for more fun updates and content!
August 01, 2022
#206: Our Thoughts on The Overturn of Roe vs. Wade, with Shelby Stavness
Today's episode is a long awaited one, and one the host has been eager to post. The host and her Maine soul mate Shelby Stavness, postpartum and women's health RN and aspiring educator, talk deeply about the underpinnings and raw thoughts of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, and the attempt to ban abortions nationwide. As usual, all opinions are strictly our own, and we would love to have further, respectful discourse on the subject! All references we used will be linked down below, and we can't wait to hear your feedback on the episode. Follow @janinebetweenthelines on Instagram for updates and info coming up, and thank you so so much for listening 🎶 ♥️  RESOURCES MENTIONED:  Ally vs Accomplice Life's Messy, Live Happy: Things Don't Have to Be Perfect for You to Be Content advocate  Amicus Reproductive justice, black women's caucus /ppmeaf-join/btg#:~:text=Bridging%20the%20Gap%20seeks%20to,believe%20and%20how%20 they%20vote. advocate
July 12, 2022
#205: Life Changes, an Off Topic Times (OTT) Episode
When was the last time the host posted an OTT for the masses? Way too long, it seems. Listen in as the host delves into some of the not-so-fun parts of adult life and big, disconcerting transitions on the horizon. Have you felt any of these feelings too? Let us know over on Instagram if you can relate to parts of this episode! As always, hugs and more hugs and thanks for listening and supporting this podcast. Stay tuned for the next ones, and keep sharing and rating until your fingers go numb
June 08, 2022
#204: Sigh, Gone and Other Books Along the Way
At one point during the beginning of the year, I thought that I was in the middle of a dry spell of "mid" rated books, but these last few have proven me wrong. My heart has never been happier reading these last few books and I can't wait to talk about them. Thank you all so much for listening, and I hope you guys enjoy the episode. Please comment or send me a DM about which you guys would pick up, and what you thought about the episode! BOOKS MENTIONED:  Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran Seven Days in June by Tia Williams Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos
May 23, 2022
#203: Bridgerton and Books Bonanza
Today's episode is exactly as portrayed in the title: A JanineBTL reading roundup,  along with a debriefing on Season 2 of Bridgerton. Was it better than last season or not? Was it a flop or not?  Plan on episodes every other week as the host gets back into the swing of things... Janine Between the Swing of Things? Melikes.  Also, go check out MEMORY LANE MORNING SHOW here on Anchor and anywhere you listen to podcasts, if you want to hear a different side of the host, at large. The juicy, unfiltered, probably mostly the same version of her, at least.  Thank you forever and always for your love and support ❤️ BOOK MENTIONED: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro MUSIC MENTIONED: Glass Animals, Emotional Oranges, and EARTHGANG
April 11, 2022
#202: January to March Reading Roundup 📚
Today's episode talks about the three books the host has read since the beginning of the year! She also recommends that you listen to this episode wearing earphones, since the new podcast equipment is still a work in progress, and may be quieter than usual. Thank you for your patience! Sound off in the Spotify Q&A what books you have been reading and loving, or shoot a message over on Instagram and Twitter to let us know what we should read next! ♥️ Books mentioned in this episode: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, The Manningtree Witches by A. K. Blakemore, Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
March 30, 2022
#201: Memory Lane Morning Show, featuring Teddy Lemaster
A return to society? A spiritual awakening? Whatever you would like to coin it, the host is back and better than ever with another episode featuring her long awaited and deeply requested guest, boyfriend and stout beer aficionado, Teddy Lemaster. Join us for a fun discourse talking about the year 2021, goals for this year, and memories we have made along the way. Also, sorry not sorry to the outro for a spam call rudely interrupting our departure; however, if you can name my ringtone, we are automatically and irrevocably friends. We were in way too deep to rerecord! Like, follow, and share this podcast for more fun things coming this year, and as always, thank you to my listeners and supporters for being the best ever. We had so much fun recording this, and I can't wait to see what the future brings us! (Maybe a spinoff show...) 
February 21, 2022
28. How Has The Twilight Rivalries Infiltrated My Faves?
Today's episode discusses the books and shows that the host has been loving lately, including The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren, and Outlander on Netflix and Amazon. Listen in on the reviews and thoughts on these current faves, and how the Team Edward and Team Jacob dynamic weirdly parallel some of the battles in the books mentioned.  Thank you guys so much for your unending support! It means the world to me, and I can't wait to keep reading and talking with you all. Don't forget to follow @janinebetweenthelines on Instagram and rate and review the pod on Apple Podcasts! ❤️
August 22, 2021
OTT # 10: The Highs and The Lows | episode 27
Today's episode is an off-the-cuff episode that the host just couldn't wait to post: a life update #OTT! She's been through it... she's been through the ringer, but the host is BACK. Listen in on the raw trials and triumphs that the host has been through these past couple months, and also a few song recommendations towards the end.  Thanks to all the listeners who have followed and supported the podcast in any way, shape, or form! Your support has not gone unnoticed, and we can't wait to show our gratitude in a more personal way, coming soon 😉 Don't forget to like and share this podcast, and leave a cheeky review on Apple Podcasts if you dare! Email at for any inquiries, and again, thank you so much for listening ❤️
June 18, 2021
CAR-RONICLES #2: When Things Don't Go Your Way...
I think for these segments I am going to have minimal hints in the description to keep things as spicy and casual as possible. Listen for my commute home thoughts. I love you all, and let me know your thoughts and answers by sending me a message on Instagram, or emailing me at! 
May 12, 2021
I Feel Attacked... featuring Franklin Alzate | episode 25 |
There's nothing more revealing and visceral than a book that brings out your biggest childhood insecurities while, simultaneously, motivating you to strive even harder to accomplish your goals. Today's episode talks about the first few chapters of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, and I take a few excerpts out of the book to discuss with one of my lifelong friends, Franklin Alzate. He is an aspiring physician, a proud Corgi owner, and a burger connoisseur. We talk about having parents who are immigrants, our upbringings, and some of those unpopular opinions mentioned in our latest Instagram questionnaire.  In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Month, I will be reading this book throughout the month of May and will be doing a weekly "book study" as I progress towards the end! I would love for you guys to join me; if you wanted to pick up and read along, this episode covers up to page 101, or chapter 1 in Part II: The Postman. I would love to discuss and do another episode with me (who is reading along) next Sunday! Please like, subscribe, follow and share this podcast on twitter @JanineBTL and on Instagram @janinebetweenthelines, or shoot me an email for any questions at I love love love hearing from you guys, and of course, eternally appreciate your ongoing support. You all are the best, and I hope you're having a wonderful day. Happy listening 🌼
May 03, 2021
A Man Called Ove and A Woman Who Talks About Love and Personalities and Stuff | episode 24 |
This week's episode is a fun swirl of a book review, a podcast crush, and a listener Q &A that sparked a healthy, fun conversation. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is discussed in relation to the topic of personality types and compatibility. This was further exemplified by the wonderful Brené Brown's "Unlocking Us" podcast episode with Drs. John and Julie Gottman on What Makes Love Last. The podcast episode will be linked below along with Brené's website! Don'r forget to answer this week's episode by sending me a message on Instagram (@janinebetweenthelines) or Twitter (@JanineBTL) or email me at! 📥  Brené and Drs. John and Julie Gottman's podcast episode link: TODAY'S SONG RECOMMENDATIONS: Glass House by Kyle Dion, Hands to Yourself by Kyle Dion Gentle reminder that I love you all severely, and thank you for listening. 
April 11, 2021
OTT #9: Honest Update, and Freaky First's with Abby Galang | episode 23 |
The host is a lucky gal to have a best friend that has stuck by her side for over 11 years... and now you guys get to meet her too. In today's episode, the host gives a life update and then has a rewarding "My First Time" questionnaire with her BFF, Abby Galang. Get to know the two more intimately, as they dive in to topics like their first CDs and mixtapes, first house parties, and even a light, wholesome take at our perspectives on AAPI hate crimes and our current social climate. This is, hands down, one of the host's favorite episodes she has ever recorded. Do not forget to follow Abby on Instagram @abbythegal, and make sure you like and share this podcast if you've enjoyed it! Greater kudos if you rate and review us on Apple Podcasts ★ follow @JanineBTL on twitter and @janinebetweenthelines for more updates on episodes and outreach! Thanks to Hello Bexa and Her View From Home for the questionnaires we used, both linked below!
March 28, 2021
Rapid Review #1: Ken and Kazuo | episode 22 |
In today's episode, the host reviews two books that have occupied her leisurely reading time these past few weeks, namely Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima and Kick It Under the Fridge by Ken Ciccoli. In an attempt to be more concise, the host has began a new version of episodes called Rapid Reviews! Rapid Reviews will mainly consists of mini book reviews condensed into a single episode while still talking about all the mundane ways these books have connections in the host's personal life.  Follow @JanineBTL on Twitter and @janinebetweenthelines on Instagram for updates and to stay in the loop of the coming season! 
March 16, 2021
OTT #8: I Want to Stay This Inspired, featuring Kassandra-Ashley Rodriguez | episode 21 |
Today's comeback episode is a long awaited OTT (Off Topic Times) with one of the host's favorite people on this earth. The host and guest get into the new year tradition discussing 2021 goals, new transformations, and mediocre but entertainingly genuine relationship advice via the r/relationshipadvice thread on Reddit, in honor of the late Valentine's Day episode which wasn't posted due to technical difficulties. Credits and shouts outward to @approachablepod and Must Be Nice podcast for the inspiration for two of the segments in this episode.  Thank you guys forever for sticking around and being a support system from the beginning; I am adamant that this is a year of consistency and big events happening for my little beetles! Oddly enough, my reckless decision to think of this episode description when I should be sleeping and have to be awake in three hours bodes well for my dedication to reignite my poor, neglected podcast. Do not forget to follow @k_r0ddd on Twitter and Instagram, and follow @JanineBTL on Twitter for the most recent updates. Give this episode some loves and shares if you haven't already, and I will see you guys in the next one! *also trying this new season thing! I hope you guys like it!*
February 21, 2021
Cultural and Spiritual Awareness | episode 20 |
 Today’s episode features one of my best friends and mentors, Dr. Jordan Porter. Together we talk on subjects like religion and culture and how it affects our personal and professional lives. The conversation also is steered towards anti-LGBTQ acceptance and our tumultuous social climate. Stay tuned for more (erratic) episodes, and thank you guys so much for sticking around this long!
August 28, 2020
The Late COVID-19 Chronicles | episode 19 |
The host's background in nursing made her feel a little gratified to speak on this topic so... In today's episode, she strayed away from the books and invited a few of her friends and family to speak on the pandemic and their firsthand experiences as healthcare workers. This one has been a long time coming, and an OTT update is coming very soon! Small disclaimer: this episode has been a draft since around March, so some guidelines or facts mentioned could have changed up to this point. More book related and personal episodes coming, thanks for sticking around and listening! ❤️ 
May 25, 2020
About Bullies, Balls, and Silence, 1Q84 pt. 1 | episode 18 |
The host goes balls deep in the 953 page chonk of a novel 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and examines the author’s take on issues such as bullying, self defense, and the sound of silence. Heavy and squeezy hugs to those who are listening, and stay tuned for more episodes as this book progresses! Don’t forget to follow and tweet @JanineBTL about what you thought about the episode 🗣 happy reading!
February 07, 2020
OTT #7: Minimalism Monday’s | episode 17 |
The host recruits a friend (self declared mini-me) and visionary to the show to give her take on minimalism, inspired by the documentary Minimalism by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. This episode touches on how “things” influence our way of life, the roots of where we develop attachments to certain materials and keepsakes, and a few music faves here and there. Listen, share, comment, send us an email or tweet us what you think! Follow @teeni__ on Instagram and look out for Tina’s Tini Talks to come here on Anchor in the future. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for more!
January 20, 2020
OTT #6: Look Back At It (The Decade, That Is) | episode 16 |
Today’s episode is inspired by Katy and Jon on YouTube and their first podcast about their 2020 goals! Joined by her beloved brothers, the host and guests talk about what is to come in 2020, things they want to change, and a special guest appearance of canine flatulence. Thanks for sticking around with us this past year, like and follow and share Janine Between The Lines for more!
December 30, 2019
A New Divide | episode 15 |
The host is back with an episode briefly discussing her thoughts on Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar, with hot topics touching on the crazy things we do for attention and why settling isn't the worst thing to do... maybe. Stay tuned for hopefully more consistent content and impeccable music recommendations in the near future. Like, comment, share and subscribe to Janine Between the Lines and follow @JanineBTL for more fun things!
November 14, 2019
🚙 CAR-RONICLES #1: I Wanna Be Your Endgame
How’s about a fun, new version of OTT’s? But basically in a car. This episode is perfect for a quick listen for a short commute, a tiny stroll, or finishing up that load of laundry you have had shoved in the corner or your carpeted room for the past 11 days. The host rambles about things she has an affinity for after finally watching the final installment of #TheAvengers. Do you share any of these feels? Do you like the name of these episodes, or is it too lame to handle? Tweet @JanineBTL to show love or hate for these new, shorter episodes, and give suggestions on things you might like to hear about next! 💌 thanks for listening!
May 10, 2019
In & Out of Love(r) | episode 13 |
A loving hello again from your humble and absent-for-the-past-few-months host, back with an episode about Lover by Anna Raverat. The host discusses her thoughts on loyalty and cheating in marriages and relationships in her typical roundabout way, and updates her lovely followers on the songs she's been digging these past few weeks. It's wonderful to be back. Next episode will be about The Witch Elm by Tana French, so stay tuned and thank you all so much for your love and support! 💕
April 17, 2019
OTT #5: Dealbreakers and Dealmakers | episode 12 |
Today’s episode is brought to you sponsored in part by Five Guys and discounted wine from Publix (I wish). The host is in a weirdo mood and brought on another close friend in her new city to talk about work, life, and things people do that make them hard passes. Send voice messages on your takes of what we talk about and be featured in the next OTT! Like, comment, share, rate, and review this podcast if you like this episode (or me), and follow on @JanineBTL on twitter for the latest rambles and updates ❤️✨
January 18, 2019
’Salem’s Lot: Soft Move or Boss Move? | episode 11 |
The host starts off 2019 talking about a classic horror novel with another older brother of hers! Listen in to see our attitudes towards vampires, the entity of evil, and a fun game to end the episode. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @JanineBTL, and rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts! 🍎 Thank you so much for listening, and here’s to a productive and amazing new year!
January 02, 2019
OTT #4: I’m Not Always Happy | episode 10 |
An annoyingly breathy OTT from yours truly. The host goes through a dilemma at work and attempts a shorter episode inspired by the Excuse My African podcast (and epically failed). Rate, review and subscribe to Janine Between The Lines now on Apple Podcasts! Also follow on Twitter at @JanineBTL for more podcasty updates.
December 17, 2018
I’m Triggered, Dorian Gray | episode 9 |
The host is back from the dead with some words about a fella who technically wasn’t able to die. Listen along as she goes over the quotes that made her a little bit riled. Go check out The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and go pick up Salem’s Lot by Stephen King to be prepared for the next book series, if you dare!
November 27, 2018
Not Exactly the October 15th We Imagined *UPDATE*
A quick hello & announcement from the host as she tried to sort out her life appropriately. Thank you for staying tuned and for your continued support of the podcast!
October 15, 2018
OTT #3: 99 Problems But A Bro Ain’t One | episode 8 |
The host has the opportunity to record a laidback OTT with one of her two siblings, Joseph Jimenez. The two try their hand at a 99 question sibling tag that may or may not be a huge waste of time... but an entertaining one, nonetheless.
October 09, 2018
We The Animals, pt. 2 | episode 7 |
In the second installment of this month's We The Animals series, the host happily introduces her second esteemed guest to the podcast! Roxanne Lim (the beautiful New York native who is slowly taking over the world, one project at a time) discusses her experiences regarding Spam, the warped fetishization of queer relationships in mainstream media, and an in depth reflection on her trials and triumphs in an abusive relationship.
September 23, 2018
We The Animals, pt. 1 | episode 6 |
The host begins her discussion of Justin Torres' We The Animals! Tune in for mildly enticing talks about being the youngest sibling, growing up a minority, and whether or not procreation is the best thing for anyone at this moment in time. If you enjoyed this episode, follow the host for the next installment covering Chapters 7 through 14 as she brings on a new and exciting special guest. Reading is fun, everyone. Join the #btlcommunity 🐞 to join the conversation!
September 12, 2018
OTT #2: I Should Start Gambling | episode 5 |
Today's Off Topic Time starts with the graduation story we lost to the virtual galaxy that is the world wide web, the host's goals and aspirations for the rest of the year, and some plans for the future of the podcast. Listen in for more nonsense and a few musical favorites, as well. 🗣 JOIN THE HOST AND OTHER LISTENERS IN READING & DISCUSSING WE THE ANIMALS BY JUSTIN TORRES. FIRST EPISODE ABOUT THE FIRST SIX CHAPTERS DROPS WEDNESDAY, 09/12/2018! 🗣 Lots of meaningful and sexy discussions about the novel to come as we begin this new bookventure during the month of September.
September 05, 2018
A "Little [More] Women" Empowerment, pt. 2 | episode 4 |
The host concludes this literary classic with allergy-induced snifflies and emotionally charged talks about dealing with your first love, perfecting your craft, and coming to terms with certain instances of loss and defeat. Coupled with a few listener rebuttals and responses, this is an episode you will not want to miss.
August 29, 2018
OTT #1: Are We Decent Human Beings? | episode 3 |
A special kind of episode new to Janine Between The Lines... the first ever OTT (Off Topic Times) of the series! The host takes on topics such as how it feels to be a college graduate, things that irk her, and exciting, secretive podcast plans with a special, beautiful guest.
August 22, 2018
A "Little Women" Empowerment, pt. 1 | episode 2 |
The first dive into literature discussing portrayals of feminism and the transformation of gender roles in this 1868 classic. What can this seemingly boring summer reading novel teach us in a society that rejects tradition and "outdated" ways of living and learning? A question the host asks, as she steels herself to tackle this book with eyes, mind, and heart open and afresh.
August 14, 2018
Introduction: One Time For The One Time | episode 1 |
As the pilot episode, Janine provides an introduction and inspirations behind the podcast start up, what to expect, random ramblings, and some very interesting facts about herself.
August 10, 2018