Living A Life Through Books

Living A Life Through Books

By Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed
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.
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S2E55 - Book Talk with sand_between_pages (Erica): Part 2/2
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 5000 followers.  Go take a look.  Erica is a down to earth bookstagrammer and I enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know her perspective of reading and ARCs.  I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did. As always you can reach me through Living a Life Through Books on Instagram or Facebook and feel free to drop me a voice memo on my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Would love to hear from you.
38:41
April 2, 2020
S2E54 - Book Talk with sand_between_pages (Erica): Part 1/2
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 5000 followers.  Go take a look.  Erica is a down to earth bookstagrammer and I enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know her perspective of reading and ARCs.  I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did. As always you can reach me through Living a Life Through Books on Instagram or Facebook and feel free to drop me a voice memo on my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Would love to hear from you.
39:30
April 1, 2020
S2E53 - March 2020. Month in Review.
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 to COVID19. As always, follow me on Instagram and Facebook on Living a Life Through Books.  My email is livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Please feel free to send me a voice memo.  I may add it to a future episode.
10:17
March 31, 2020
S2E52 - Bookish Hodge Podge and more Libby
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 livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Feel free to reach out that way also.  Send me a voice memo about any of my episodes and I may feature you in an upcoming episode.  Look forward to hearing from you all.  And if you get a moment, please get on Apple Podcasts and review my podcast.  I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you.
19:17
March 30, 2020
S2E51 - Book Club: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Part 2/2
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 course, myself.  Monique was a guest in a previous episode and has a fabulous bookstagram account.  Check her out at monique_reads.  Erin has been on several episodes and she was recently on my episode discussing The Giver Quartet and I've spoken about Lindsay in previous episodes as my groupie.  And I say that fondly!  We had quite a sprightly discussion and this book is great to talk about our current immigrant crisis. We discuss the #ownvoices issues and we mention names of #ownvoices books.  I hope you enjoy this episode. You can reach me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Send me an email or a voice memo.  I may feature you in a future episode. #AmericanDirt, #JeanineCummins, #books, #book, #bookclub, #womensbookclub, #readers, #avidreaders, #readingchallenge
40:14
March 20, 2020
S2E50 - Book Club: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Part 1/2.
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 course, myself.  Monique was a guest in a previous episode and has a fabulous bookstagram account.  Check her out at monique_reads.  Erin has been on several episodes and she was recently on my episode discussing The Giver Quartet and I've spoken about Lindsay in previous episodes as my groupie.  And I say that fondly!  We had quite a sprightly discussion and this book is great to talk about our current immigrant crisis. We discuss the #ownvoices issues and we mention names of #ownvoices books.  I hope you enjoy this episode. You can reach me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Send me an email or a voice memo.  I may feature you in a future episode. #AmericanDirt, #JeanineCummins, #books, #book, #bookclub, #womensbookclub, #readers, #avidreaders, #readingchallenge
47:24
March 19, 2020
S2E49 - Chat with Sanober in London. Part 2/2.
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 looking to start a book club, this might be a good episode to listen to.  And as always, we talk books! Sanober is on Facebook as Sanober Killedar.  Her Instagram tag is ranisramblings.  Check her out.  She is quite the foodie also. If you want to reach me, email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com  You can drop me a voice memo there and I would be happy to feature it in our next episode.  Thank you for joining us.
33:21
March 18, 2020
S2E48 - Chat with Sanober in London. Part 1/2.
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 looking to start a book club, this might be a good episode to listen to.  And as always, we talk books! Sanober is on Facebook as Sanober Killedar.  Her Instagram tag is ranisramblings.  Check her out.  She is quite the foodie also. If you want to reach me, email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com  You can drop me a voice memo there and I would be happy to feature it in our next episode.  Thank you for joining us.
36:07
March 17, 2020
S2E47 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 5/5)
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.  The fifth part is a discussion and tie in of everything.  This episode being part 5 is a discussion of the concepts of all 4 books and how they relate to each other and our current world. As always, you can reach me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, my website that is under perpetual construction has some random stuff in it.  My travels, some book reviews and a link to my old blog. #loislowry, #giverseries, #giverquartet, #thegiver, #gatheringblue, #themessenger, #theson, #dystopianfiction, #read, #reader, #booktalk
29:19
March 16, 2020
S2E46 - COVID 19 emergency: The Bookish Toilet Paper Episode
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 situation for bookish folks.  Most of the episode is meant as humor.  Some of it is meant in all seriousness.  Smile and listen on.  You cannot get COVID 19 from listening to this episode. If you want to get in touch with me, my email is livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Look forward to hearing from you all.  You know, you can even leave me a voice memo at that email.  I will be happy to share that in a future episode. Wash your hands and stay safe everyone. #covid19 #coronavirus #books #bookish #emergency #quarantine #bookclub #skype #toiletpaper #library #bookstore
08:45
March 14, 2020
S2E45 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 4/5)
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.  The fifth part will be a discussion and tie in of everything.  This episode discusses Book 4, the Son. As always, you can reach me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, my website that is under perpetual construction has some random stuff in it.  My travels, some book reviews and a link to my old blog. #loislowry, #giverseries, #giverquartet, #thegiver, #gatheringblue, #themessenger, #theson, #dystopianfiction, #read, #reader, #booktalk
22:56
March 13, 2020
S2E44 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 3/5)
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.  The fifth part will be a discussion and tie in of everything.  This episode discusses Book 3, the Messenger. As always, you can reach me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, my website that is under perpetual construction has some random stuff in it.  My travels, some book reviews and a link to my old blog. #loislowry, #giverseries, #giverquartet, #thegiver, #gatheringblue, #themessenger, #theson, #dystopianfiction, #read, #reader, #booktalk
19:21
March 12, 2020
S2E43 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 2/5)
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.  The fifth part will be a discussion and tie in of everything.  So this is part 2, where we discuss book 2, Gathering Blue. As always, you can reach me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, my website that is under perpetual construction has some random stuff in it.  My travels, some book reviews and a link to my old blog. #loislowry, #giverseries, #giverquartet, #thegiver, #gatheringblue, #themessenger, #theson, #dystopianfiction, #read, #reader, #booktalk
24:39
March 11, 2020
S2E42 - Book Chat with Erin Beaver: The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (Part 1/5)
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.  The fifth part will be a discussion and tie in of everything. As always, you can reach me through my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, my website that is under perpetual construction has some random stuff in it.  My travels, some book reviews and a link to my old blog. #loislowry, #giverseries, #giverquartet, #thegiver, #gatheringblue, #themessenger, #theson, #dystopianfiction, #read, #reader, #booktalk
16:52
March 10, 2020
S2E41 - Bookish Conversation with Casey Skeen
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 to add books to her, we hope, never ending TBR pile.  She’s a marketing assistant and an executive curator at Bedside Reading.  She talks openly about her bookstagram account and how she grows it among other bookish things. You can reach me on livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.
54:02
March 9, 2020
S2E40 - How To Read Several Books At One Time?
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 want to get in touch with me, email me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com
06:44
March 2, 2020
S2E39 - Book Club: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Part 2/2
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 a true story about happenings in India and also we continue discussing the book in a new light.  For me, the book was raw and realistic.  I loved it personally.  Please leave me a voice memo on your thoughts about this or any of the previous episodes.  Record a voice memo on your phone and email it to livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  You can also read my blog.  I put scripts of the podcasts there and some of the book reviews that are on the podcast go there also.  Thank you for listening and I hope you join us next time for another episode of bookish talks.
40:42
February 25, 2020
S2E38 - Book Club: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Part 1/2
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 The White Tiger.  People in attendance were Lindsay, Erin and of course, myself.  Thank you for listening.  You can reach me at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  My website is a hodge podge of my book blog, my travels, and the link to my other old blog.  Please feel free to leave me a voice memo at the email address above and I may pick you to add to my next episode.
42:33
February 24, 2020
S2E37 - The Bright Side Sanctuary For Animals by Becky Mandelbaum
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.  Also, you can see some of my other shenanigans on my website.  It's perpetually under construction so I appreciate your patience.
03:30
February 21, 2020
S2E36 - You're Not Listening by Kate Murphy
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 can also check out my website which is perpetually under construction.  If you are listening to this podcast through Apple Podcasts, please take a moment to write me a review.  Thank you.
04:25
February 20, 2020
S2E35 - The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes
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.  Take a look. #bookreviews, #books, #bookreader, #bookstagrammer
03:02
February 19, 2020
S2E34 - TBR! TBR! TBR!
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. Contact me via email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com Also follow me on Instagram and Facebook on Living a Life Through Books.  My website has book reviews and my travels and links to my other blog. #bookish, #bookstagrammer, #reader, #bookissues
14:13
February 18, 2020
S2E33 - Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
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 contact me or leave me a voice memo at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  If you are listening on Apple Podcasts, don't forget to leave me a review.  Thank you.
02:27
February 17, 2020
S2E32 - The Second Home by Christina Clancy
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 Through Books.  Or you can send me a voice memo to my email at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.
03:08
February 14, 2020
S2E31 - Bookish Conversation with Jenny from Montana (final part)
We continue this conversation starting with book hangover and then we move on to discussing some more rating systems and the bullet journaling method for bookstagram and bookstagrammers.  And we end with Jenny's top 5 all time favorite books.  You can reach Jenny on Instagram.  Her handle is whatjennyreadsinmontana.  You can contact me on Instagram or Facebook through Living A Life Through Books.
43:30
February 11, 2020
S2E30 - Bookish Conversation with Jenny from Montana (part 1/2)
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 episode was split into 2 parts due to size.  This is part 1.  Enjoy.
51:24
February 10, 2020
S2E29 - Where Are They Now with Christian Sterling
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 Christian through Instagram on @christiansterlingg.  You can reach me through livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave me a voice memo at my email address.  I may pick your voice memo to add to a future episode!
31:22
February 4, 2020
S2E28 - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
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 leave me a voice memo at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  
03:09
January 31, 2020
S2E27 - Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
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.
05:20
January 29, 2020
S2E26 - The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga
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 podcast.  We are doing this book for my book club so that should be coming up end of February.  For the blog version of this podcast, click here!  Also, you may leave me a voice memo at livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  
03:05
January 28, 2020
S2E25 - Frank conversation with Jane Ubell-Meyer of Bedside Reading
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 Tonight, and others. She’s a columnist on book recommendations for Afar magazine, Hamptons Summer recommendations in 27 East and the Southhampton Press.  She has also made appearances on KTLA, USA Today, and Forbes. She founded Bedside Reading®, in 2017. This innovative author-marketing program places books by the bedsides in luxury hotels and in the Media. The goal: To introduce and promote an author to new readers and build their fan base. Jane and Bedside Reading® believe an author’s name is their brand. When you have the best hotel brands in the world promoting that author and their book to their guests, on their social media platforms, in the media and at book signings at the hotel, it can elevate the author to another level. Jane who is happily married and lives in Connecticut is an abstract painter and has had art shows in NYC, Hamburg, Germany, Beverly Hills, and Stamford, CT.   You can contact her at Jane@BedsideReading.com  And if you want to know more, just go to www.BedsideReading.com. To contact me, you can reach me through my website: www.shahnazahmed.com
1:04:39
January 27, 2020
S2E24 - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
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.
03:13
January 22, 2020
S2E23 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
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.
03:53
January 20, 2020
S2E22 - Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
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 blog version of this episode.
03:39
January 15, 2020
S2E21 - Book Club: With The Fire On High (Part 2/2)
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, hence the spoiler alert.
39:24
January 14, 2020
S2E20 - Book Club: With The Fire On High. (Part 1/2)
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, Erin, Lindsay, and Deborah.
40:09
January 13, 2020
S2E19 - Author Conversation with Erin Burrell
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 in Sacramento and as an adult, she worked in banking, elementary education, and eventually had a 25 year career with the State of California. Today we talk about her journey and of course, books! You can reach Erin on Instagram (egbtarot) or her website at egbtarot.com.  
55:38
January 6, 2020
S2E18 - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
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 this episode here:  https://shahnazahmed.com/china-rich-girlfriend-by-kevin-kwan/
03:25
January 3, 2020
S2E17 - ARCs and bookish thoughts with Monique Lahaie
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 and informative conversation you do not want to miss while you are working out your New Year's ARC and reading goals.
49:37
January 2, 2020
S2E16 - The Reading Series (final part): Book goals for 2020
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.
12:31
January 1, 2020
S2E15 - End of year 2019 (and December month in review)
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 mention my favorite book for 2019!
14:55
December 31, 2019
S2E14 - The Reading Series: How to read more books?
In this episode, I give 15 suggestions to increase your book numbers for 2020.  Good luck.
19:04
December 30, 2019
S2E13 - The Reading Series: The Benefits of reading
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.
14:59
December 26, 2019
S2E12 - Where Are They Now With Amy Voltaire
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 inspiration for that.  Another down to earth conversation with a wonderful author.  At the end, Amy gives me a suggestion for a new series within this podcast, so stay tuned.  I'm excited. You can reach me at shahnazahmed.com.  Follow me on Facebook or Instagram at Living a Life Through Books.  If you know of someone who would be great to be on my podcast, have them touch base with me. The starting and ending music to this and all my previous episodes was composed by Brad Slavik.
35:29
December 23, 2019
S2E11 - Where Are They Now With Andrew Segal
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 checking in to see if they have any new books in the works.  This was a fun conversation and Andrew is charming as always. If you want to know more about myself or for scripts of the podcasts:  shahnazahmed.com  You can contact me there if you want to be a guest on my podcast.  Please note, the website is forever in construction. Also, I'm on Facebook and Instagram.  Please follow me there. The starting and ending music to this and all other episodes was composed by Brad Slavik.
19:43
December 16, 2019
S2E10 - Those other books
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 world and how I stumbled upon famous vs not so famous books.
12:46
December 9, 2019
S2E9 - November in Review
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.
11:43
November 30, 2019
S2E8 - Organizing Bookshelves
In this light hearted episode, I ponder methods to organize bookshelves, by color, by subject matter or just by finding space.
06:47
November 25, 2019
S2E7 - Skip the Line and Libby
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 St. Louis and why it's important to be a member of all 3.
12:57
November 11, 2019
S2E6 - October in Review
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.
08:51
October 31, 2019
S2E5 - Fiction or is it?
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 through a couple of the books I've read.
05:38
October 28, 2019
S2E4 - The Referencing Flip-side
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 I do now.  We talk about the importance of giving credit to the sources and talk about intellectual property, at least my perception of it.
10:17
October 14, 2019
S2E3 - September 2019 in Review
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 Facebook with any suggestions for month in review or for this podcast in general.
10:49
September 30, 2019
S2E2 - Reader's Block
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.
08:59
September 16, 2019
S2E1 - First Anniversary of this podcast
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 what I've felt as the trials and tribulations of this podcast.  Also, a bit of a forecast for what to expect.
18:15
September 6, 2019
S1E68 - Closet Conversations Internations (London) with Clare Newton. Final part.
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 fascinating things about Clare.  She is a playwright and made the Guinness Book of World Records.  Those come up in part 2 and 3, but regardless.  She's a fascinating woman and quite an inspiration.  Looking for some motivation in your life?  I know this is a book podcast but with this series we take a bit of a side step also.  Don't miss her story!
15:58
September 5, 2019
S1E67 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 3/4.
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 fascinating things about Clare.  She is a playwright and made the Guinness Book of World Records.  Those come up in part 2 and 3, but regardless.  She's a fascinating woman and quite an inspiration.  Looking for some motivation in your life?  I know this is a book podcast but with this series we take a bit of a side step also.  Don't miss her story!
19:20
September 4, 2019
S1E66 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 2/4
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 fascinating things about Clare.  She is a playwright and made the Guinness Book of World Records.  Those come up in part 2 and 3, but regardless.  She's a fascinating woman and quite an inspiration.  Looking for some motivation in your life?  I know this is a book podcast but with this series we take a bit of a side step also.  Don't miss her story!
19:30
September 3, 2019
S1E65 - Closet Conversations, International (London) with Clare Newton. Part 1/4
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 fascinating things about Clare.  She is a playwright and made the Guinness Book of World Records.  Those come up in part 2 and 3, but regardless.  She's a fascinating woman and quite an inspiration.  Looking for some motivation in your life?  I know this is a book podcast but with this series we take a bit of a side step also.  Don't miss her story!
18:04
September 2, 2019
50 Shades of Who We Are
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 yourself, but you don't have to share yourself with others.  And of course, I discuss a book I have not read - The 50 Shades of Grey. If you want to purchase a copy of The 50 Shades of Grey, please use the following link:  https://amzn.to/2H0cLqy Also, you can leave me a message about this or any of my episodes.  Would love to hear your voice and see what you think of my podcast.  Here's the link to record me a message.  https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
07:27
August 26, 2019
Reading the same author
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 of Achilles.  And of course, I mention the experience of reading Fredrick Backman and The Man Called Ove. Here are links to some of the books if you would like to purchase them on Amazon.  Thank you for using my link. Here's the link to purchase:  A Man Called Ove:  https://amzn.to/31tP0yW The Nightingale:  https://amzn.to/2YJtb1L An American Marriage:  https://amzn.to/31v9YO8 Circe:  https://amzn.to/2KqCdYu
07:13
August 19, 2019
Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, final part
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 below: https://amzn.to/2YonocB
17:59
August 15, 2019
Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 3
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.  To purchase a copy, click on the link below: https://amzn.to/2YonocB
15:00
August 12, 2019
Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 2
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, Gerica's Tale is available on Amazon.  Click the link below to purchase a copy of her book: https://amzn.to/2YonocB
15:30
August 8, 2019
Author Conversations - Samantha Robichaud, part 1
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 talks about her journey through reading and writing.  Click on the link below to purchase Samantha's book: https://amzn.to/2YonocB
14:13
August 6, 2019
Episode 48 - With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
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 Checklist Manifesto and how a summary cannot really do the book justice. #atulgawande #checklistmanifesto #harrypotter #checklists #gratitude #reading
11:46
August 5, 2019
Episode 47 - I want to be
A personal episode about considering a speaking career and a book that can possibly help. #Reading, #Speaking, #motivationalspeaker, #books, #tedtalks, #TED
12:25
July 29, 2019
Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 4 (final)
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.
15:29
July 25, 2019
Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 3
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.
18:02
July 24, 2019
Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 2
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.
15:28
July 23, 2019
Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 1
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.
17:13
July 22, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 10 (final part) - Growth through reading
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 cultures. #adichie #culture #readingnonwhitecharacters #growth #forgiveness #humanness #acceptance #empathy.
16:03
July 18, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 9 - Essence of Me
We talk about books that we identify with and essentially gives a snap shot of who we are. #books #bookconversations #bookindentity #inspire #essenceofme
12:38
July 16, 2019
Episode 40 - Why do you read?
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!
16:23
July 15, 2019
Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, final episode
This is our final installment of my conversation with author Christian Sterling.  Sterling has written Gems of Elsana, Into the Wildbarrens and it releases on July 17, 2019.  In this episode, Sterling talks about books he has personally enjoyed and his favorite characters.  Don't miss this amazing book.  It's a fun read.
16:24
July 11, 2019
Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 3
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 Wildbarrens.
17:37
July 10, 2019
Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 2
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 book or wants to read it, this is a fun interview series for you, just like the book.
15:21
July 9, 2019
Author Conversations - Christian Sterling, part 1
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 the book, the characters, the journey of writing.  This is part 1 of a 4 part series.
17:15
July 8, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 8 - Self-help and hidden books
We talk about the self-help genre and also books that we would not want to be caught dead with. #selfhelp #atomichabits #50shadesofgrey #lilacgirls
14:01
July 4, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 7 - Question of change
How do you inspire change in others and interesting book memories. #change #inspirechange #inspire #harrypotterbook5 #bookmemory #airport #dayofrelease
13:50
July 2, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 6 - Privilege of reading
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.
17:23
June 27, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 5 - Closet Dreams
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.
15:46
June 24, 2019
Episode 31 - Data Gift
Here are some gift ideas for your bookish person.  What gift would I like for my birthday? #bookishgifts #birthdaygifts #anchor #anchordata #happybirthday #birthdaypodcast #gifts #bookgift #amazongiftcard #barnesandnoble #barnesandnoblegiftcard #tea #honey #microphone #blueyeti
07:03
June 17, 2019
Episode 30 - Hold on Tight
Let's talk about our humanness and imperfections.  Dealing with life's ups and downs. #dowhatmatters, #dowhateverittakes, #nevergiveup, #keepreading, #lifeupsanddowns, #thereadinglife
09:56
June 10, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 4 - Books 1, Facebook 0
In this episode Erin discusses her strategies for reading and how she plans to conquer her reading goals.
12:03
June 6, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 3 - Libby this, Shampoo that
We continue our conversation talking about reading the same author, the Libby app (again) and we manage to end on dry shampoo!
13:02
June 3, 2019
Episode 27 - Mission ARC: should you accept it...
I describe my podcast journey, my podcast's mission, and talking about growing through author/reader interviews.
07:13
May 27, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 2 - To Snape Or Not To Snape
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. :-)
13:03
May 23, 2019
Closet Conversations, part 1 - Memories and Superheroes
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.
18:56
May 20, 2019
Episode 24 - Book intimidation, a reflection of age
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 may expose you to more genres.  Here are the Amazon links to some of the books I've mentioned.  I do get a few pennies for any purchases through these links and they help with the upkeep for this podcast.  Thank you. The Autobiography of Malcolm X:  https://amzn.to/2Lzu0UA 1Q84:  https://amzn.to/2YgXRT5 City of Bones Series:  https://amzn.to/2HctmYP Becoming:  https://amzn.to/2DYVsF5 Gone With The Wind:  https://amzn.to/2HaFcCC I also mention Kindles in my podcast and here's the link to a Kindle Paperwhite:  https://amzn.to/2VMsMcz
10:43
May 13, 2019
Episode 23 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Conclusion. Part 4/4.
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 talk more about characters and choices for the characters.  We conclude after Amy openly discusses her publishing journey.
14:39
May 2, 2019
Episode 22 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Part 3/4
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.  Please join us for this 3rd part in the series (broken into 4 parts).  Today we'll talk about the book and some notable scenes and why Amy chose to write them that way.  The workings inside the mind of an author.
14:05
April 29, 2019
Episode 21 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, debut author. Part 2/4
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 this second part in a 4 part series.  Amy talks about her favorite book, how it changed her life and more...
14:37
April 25, 2019
Episode 20 - Conversation with Amy Voltaire, author. Part 1/4
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 for this series (broken into 4 parts).
10:01
April 22, 2019
Episode 19 - Meeting President Barack Obama
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 Obama!  Haha!  Take a listen.  #BarackObama, #TayariJones, #AnAmericanMarriage, #Audiobook.
09:23
April 15, 2019
Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 4/4
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 Blue Dragon Publishing with a focus on developmental editing and publicity.  She also works as the assistant for the poet Laureate of Virginia.  Katie spoke at length to me about publishing, books, and writing.  This conversation will be a treat to our listeners, as we finish off talking about balancing reading time and getting into writing books and poetry.
13:16
April 4, 2019
Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 3/4
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 Blue Dragon Publishing with a focus on developmental editing and publicity.  She also works as the assistant for the poet Laureate of Virginia.  Katie spoke at length to me about publishing, books, and writing.  This conversation will be a treat to our listeners.  Learn more about the library and the use of the Libby app.  Katie talks about her all time favorite series.
13:46
April 1, 2019
Conversation with Katie Brownfield - part 2/4
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 Blue Dragon Publishing with a focus on developmental editing and publicity.  She also works as the assistant for the poet Laureate of Virginia.  Katie spoke at length to me about publishing, books, and writing.  This conversation will be a treat to our listeners.  This episode we share some sweet memories and talk about fun library programs.
13:16
March 28, 2019
Conversation with Katie Brownfiel - part 1/4
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 Blue Dragon Publishing with a focus on developmental editing and publicity.  She also works as the assistant for the poet Laureate of Virginia.  Katie spoke at length to me about publishing, books, and writing.  This conversation will be a treat to our listeners, especially those who want to join the book community as a writer.
16:49
March 25, 2019
Episode 14 - The library project - how to listen to audiobooks for free
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 audiobooks. #library, #audiobooks, #bookholds, #reading, #book goals, #livingalifethroughbooks
12:33
March 18, 2019
Episode 13 - If your friends jumped in a well
We discuss the pros and cons of book recommendations and peer pressures in reading. #livingalifethroughbooks, #bookgoals, #reading, #simonsinek, #startwithwhy, #kristenhannah, #Thegreatalone, #FredrickBackman, #Amancalledove.
12:50
March 4, 2019
A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 4
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 nurse, a former radio copywriter and production director, an amateur actor, a ventriloquist, a blogger, and an all-round curious person.  #livingalifethroughbooks, #reading, #christophertodd, #dangerousdoses, #katherineeban, #rodneystark, #harrykemelman, #conversationswithrabbismall, #triumphofchristianity
15:00
February 28, 2019
A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 3
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 nurse, a former radio copywriter and production director, an amateur actor, a ventriloquist, a blogger, and an all-round curious person.  #livingalifethroughbooks, #reading, #christophertodd, #billbryson, #harrydresden, #jimbutcher
16:23
February 25, 2019
A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 2
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 nurse, a former radio copywriter and production director, an amateur actor, a ventriloquist, a blogger, and an all-round curious person.  #livingalifethroughbooks, #reading, #christophertodd, #kindle, #jonathanhaidt, #therighteousmind, #rydertraumacenter, #caraccident, #roborounds
17:20
February 21, 2019
A conversation with Christopher Todd, part 1
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 nurse, a former radio copywriter and production director, an amateur actor, a ventriloquist, a blogger, and an all-round curious person.  #livingalifethroughbooks, #reading, #cslewis, #sherlockholmes, #christophertodd
16:39
February 18, 2019
Episode 12 - You have ruined reading for me
Breaking down reading through a book vs an eReader and some helpful suggestions about audiobooks also.  #reading #ereader #audiobooks #scrolls #historyofbooks #codices #books #livingalifethroughbooks
10:49
February 4, 2019
Episode 11 - Secrets at a bookstore in Reykjavik.
This is about travel and chasing bookstores and libraries.  One never knows what one might discover. #travel #bookstores #libraries #trinity college #MalogMenning #Reykjavik #feminism #coffeeshops
06:42
January 21, 2019
Episode 10 - There's always Teddy Roosevelt!
This episode is about comparing to read piles with others and essentially book shaming.
05:39
January 7, 2019
New Years Special cont'd - Goal setting
I talk about reading goals and possible goal options with books in the upcoming year. #reading #livingalifethroughbooks #bookgoals #2019popsugarchallenge #genregoals
08:37
January 2, 2019
New Year 2019 Special
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.
11:38
January 1, 2019
Christmas Special
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.
10:14
December 25, 2018
Episode 9 - Take me away!
Let's talk about favorite scenes and what I have learned from them.
07:18
December 24, 2018
Episode 8 - I'm not you!
Let's talk about fictional characters in books that I identify with. Maybe!
06:42
December 10, 2018
Episode 7, part II - I'm different for a bit
This episode explores how books change you, temporarily.
07:36
November 26, 2018
Thanksgiving Special
Here's another seasonal special for this year. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks to our many blessings.
09:34
November 22, 2018
Episode 7, part I - I'm different now
In this episode, let's explore books that have changed my life.
07:49
November 12, 2018
Halloween Special
Welcome to our first special for Halloween. Don't be too scared and enter if you dare!
09:43
October 31, 2018
Episode 6 - Can't sleep, can't put it down.
Ever have the experience of not being able to put a book down? Everyone has a different experience with that. Mine certainly was. Here's the written versions of this podcast.
09:32
October 29, 2018
Episode 5 - The Re-read.
In this episode, we'll discuss reading a book again, and maybe again and again and again. Here are my thoughts on that.
08:24
October 15, 2018
Episode 4 - Unfinished
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.
07:58
October 1, 2018
Episode 3 - We are who we are
In this episode we discover our true selves through reading different genres.
06:33
September 17, 2018
Episode 2 - Good to great: The referencing principle
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 content and who owns it. Let's explore.
08:15
September 7, 2018
Episode 1 - Introduction to Living a Life Through Books
The very beginning. How did this podcast come to be? What is this podcast all about? The start of the reading journey.
07:12
September 7, 2018