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Author Conversations International - Andrew Segal, Part 3

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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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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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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.
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
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