Reading Through Life

By Sarah & Mia

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Reading Through Life is a weekly podcast by two best friends who would love to live inside a library. We believe that there is no better company than that towering pile of 73 unread novels you have sitting on your nightstand. And if we don’t get the quiet time to dive face first into a book each day, we get really stabby. Become a patron and get exclusive bonus episodes and content each week! patreon.com/readingthroughlifepod

Episode Date
52: Bookish This or That (Minisode)
22:29

Show notes:

In this minisode, we’re answering This or That questions - bookish style! We’ve gotten to know each other’s book tastes pretty well, but we still manage to surprise each other every once in a while with our answers. As you’re listening, we challenge you to guess which answers we’d pick.

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[1:39] Sarah - Netgalley

[2:38] Mia - RTL water bottle

 

Last 5-star Books We Read: 

[19:54] Sarah - We Are Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union | Amazon // Bookshop

[20:38] Mia - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | Amazon // Bookshop

 

Related Links:

This or That blog post from Falconer’s Library (2017) that inspired this episode



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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Aug 17, 2022
51: What We Read in July
29:17

Show notes:

Well, we blinked and another month is over. Could summer just slow down a little bit, please? The good thing about it is we get to bring you 10 books to recap our July reading lives. We each had a lot of 4- and 5-star books to bring you, so as always, get your TBRs ready! Happy summer reading, friends. P.S. Don’t forget to check out our July Overflow episode for patrons, coming out this Friday, where we share the 17 other books we read in July.

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[4:56] Mia - Barack Obama’s 2022 Summer Reading List [see graphic]

 

[5:36] Sarah - Trello for easy book title organization

 

Our July Books:

[9:21] Mia - Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Amazon

[10:50] Sarah - The Measure by Nikki Erlich | Amazon // Bookshop

[12:42] Mia - So Not Meant to Be by Meghan Quinn | Amazon // Bookshop

[14:20] Sarah - All of This by Rebecca Woolf (ARC, available Aug. 16) | Amazon // Bookshop

[15:54] Mia - Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage | Amazon // Bookshop

[18:06] Sarah - Unprotected by Billy Porter | Amazon // Bookshop

[20:04] Mia - The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat | Amazon // Bookshop

[21:47] Sarah - Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan | Amazon // Bookshop

[23:46] Mia - After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Amazon // Bookshop

[25:38] Sarah - On the Subject of Unmentionable Things by Julia Walton (ARC, available Aug. 23) | Amazon // Bookshop

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Aug 10, 2022
50: Ask Us Anything!
36:21

Show notes:

We are celebrating 50 episodes of the podcast today! We asked the listeners to send in questions they want to know about us and we had the absolute best time responding. There were many giggles to be had, as always, because we’re just a couple of weirdos who love books and making each other laugh. Here’s to the next 50 episodes!

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[1:30] Sarah - The Summer I Turned Pretty show

[3:13] Mia - Episode 23, You Know You’re a Book Nerd If… 

 

Questions Asked:

[4:04] How did you guys meet? 

[8:06] Why did you want to start a podcast? 

[10:27] Where is Mia traveling to next? 

[12:20] Dream book vacation?

[15:10] How much do you spend on books a month/year? Do you budget? 

[17:13] One thing on your bucket list? 

[18:40] If you could relive any moment from your life, what would it be? 

[22:30] Any books you vehemently disagree on? 

[23:25] If you could only recommend one book, what would it be and why?

[26:20] You have to punch a book character in the face - who would it be and why?

[28:01] You have a room in your house for a library, what style will it be? 

[30:39] Library holds - how do you manage them when they all come in at once?

[32:22] What book’s ending has shocked you the most? 

[33:28] Favorite book of all time?

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Aug 03, 2022
49: We Made Each Other Read a Book
25:15

Show notes:

We’re doing it again! We assigned each other a book to read and then waited a few weeks with nervous anticipation for the reviews. Are you taking bets? Did we love the books we were assigned to read or did we hate them? We hate to be those people, but… you’ll have to listen to find out! [insert evil laugh]

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Assigned Books:

[1:58] The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

[3:52] The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

 

Bookish Goodies:

[6:18] Sarah - IG account: Erika @dailyebookdeals

[7:21] Mia - RTL Sad Books Mug 

 

Other Books Mentioned:

The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

Columbine by Dave Cullen

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

See Jane Snap by Bethany Crandell (shout out to our listener Kimberly @coffeebooksandnature on this one) 

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 

Related Links:

Episode 28: That Time We Picked a Book For Each Other



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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jul 27, 2022
48: How to Read More Books (Minisode)
18:46

Show notes:

We read A LOT of books and the number one question we get is how we do it. Well, never fear, we have some great tips in this minisode for you to help you read more books more frequently. It can be done, we promise! 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[3:00] Sarah - Scribd - use this link for 60 days free!

[4:15] Mia - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 

[6:35] 8 Tips on How to Read More

 

Related Links:

Episode 27: How to DNF a Book



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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jul 20, 2022
47: Does This Book Go With That Book?
31:09

Show notes:

Let’s do some book matchmaking today, shall we? In the same way that restaurants will recommend a particular wine to go with your dinner, we’ll be recommending books that pair well together. Just think of us as your gourmet book connoisseurs! 

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[4:28] Mia - The Read Aloud Revival Podcast hosted by Sarah Mackenzie

[6:33] Sarah - Bookish tattoos

 

Book Pairings:

[8:25] Mia - Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Dracul by Dacre Stoker

[11:09] Sarah - The Idea of You by Robinne Lee, Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

[13:18] Mia - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis, Wild by Cheryl Strayed

[16:08] Sarah - Verity by Colleen Hoover, The Push by Ashley Audrain

[18:10] Mia - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

[19:55] Sarah - One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London, If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy, The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

[22:08] Mia - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand

[24:15] Sarah - Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann, We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

[25:36] Mia - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

[27:45] Sarah - People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jul 13, 2022
46: What We Read in June
29:33

Show notes:

It’s recap time! Tune in for 10 of our June reads. We read some really great books in the month of June and have lots of 4- and 5-star reads to share. Is your TBR list growing by leaps and bounds? We hope so and we have no apologies for it.

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[3:08] Mia - There and Back by Jimmy Chin

[4:33] Sarah - Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

 

Our June Reads:

[8:10] Mia - The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton and Ashes of the Unspeakable by Franklin Horton

[10:43] Sarah - The Perfect Neighborhood by Liz Alterman (available July 12)

[12:03] Mia - Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

[13:56] Sarah - Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

[16:07] Mia - The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

[18:37] Sarah - You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

[20:57] Mia - Kaleidoscope by Cecily Wong

[22:40] Sarah - The Bright Side Running Club by Josie Lloyd

[24:33] Mia - If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

[26:26] Sarah - Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jul 06, 2022
45: What Exactly Is Magical Realism?
27:36

Show notes:

Ahhh, magical realism. It’s a genre that Sarah and Mia both love because it’s like real life, with a little bit of spice. In this episode, we’ll talk about what magical realism is, how it differs from fantasy books, what we love about this genre, and of course, we’ll include some book recommendations. It’s just how we do it, folks. 

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[3:50] Sarah - Storygraph

[5:10] Mia - Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

 

Magical Realism Reads:

[10:08] Mia - Life of Pi by Yann Martel

[11:02] Sarah - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

[12:09] Mia - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

[13:58] Sarah - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

[15:38] Mia - Chocolat by Joanne Harris

[17:11] Sarah - The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa

[19:07] Mia - Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

[20:39] Sarah - In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

[21:55] Mia - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

[24:01] Sarah - The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

 

[25:30] Sarah’s Bonus Recs:

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Practical Magic series by Alice Hoffman

 

[26:16] Sarah’s Magical Realism TBR list:

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jun 29, 2022
44: Summer Reads - 19 Books You'll Race Through
32:53

Show notes:

Summer summer summertime! It’s finally here. And this is a great time for us to recommend some summer reads that’ll satisfy you while you’re reading pool- or beachside, or even in your backyard. Here are 19 unputdownable books with a summer flavor. Start gathering them now so you don’t have to put down your mai tais to go find something to read. 

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[6:00] Sarah - The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

[8:10] Mia - In the Depths (a poetry collection) written by Mia Sutton and designed by Sarah Hartley

 

Summer Reading Recs:

[12:21] Mia - Falling by TJ Newman

[13:08] Sarah - People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry 

[13:49] Mia - Verity by Colleen Hoover

[14:53] Sarah - The Love in the City series by Jen Morris

[15:48] Mia - wow no thank you by Samantha Irby 

[17:01] Sarah - Cover Story by Susan Rigetti

[17:58] Mia - Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

[18:38] Sarah - The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

[19:22] Mia - The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn 

[20:25] Sarah - A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow*

[21:16] Mia - Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

[22:10] Sarah - The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberly, Austin Sigmund Broka

[23:04] Mia - Razorblade Tears by S.A. Crosby 

[24:18] Sarah - The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

[25:40] Mia - Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

[26:55] Sarah - 28 Summers by Elin Hildebrand

[28:30] Mia - I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey 

[29:23] Sarah - Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

[30:33] Sarah - The Last Flight by Julie Clark

*Sarah mentioned this book being inspired by Cinderella. It's actually a Sleeping Beauty retelling. She apologizes for the misspeak.

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jun 22, 2022
43: 17 Books to Read for Pride Month
26:38

Show notes:

We’re so excited to celebrate Pride Month on the podcast! We’ve got 10 beautiful books by and about LGBTQ people to recommend to you that encompass many different genres. LGBTQ stories are so important to the world because they remind us all that love is love.  

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[6:32] Mia - Book Trigger Warnings (website)

[7:30] Sarah - A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss (John Oliver)

 

Pride Month Reads:

[9:57] Sarah - Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

[11:30] Mia - Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton

[13:28] Sarah - The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

[15:01] Mia - The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn

[16:42] Sarah - The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

[18:12] Mia - Razorblade Tears by S.A. Crosby

[19:44] Sarah - All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

[21:09] Mia - Untamed by Glennon Doyle

[22:19] Sarah - This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

[23:45] Mia - The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

 

[25:13] Honorable Mentions:

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara

Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer

Anything by TJ Klune

 

Related episodes:

Episode 26: 18 Books We Love by Black Authors

Episode 39: 10 Books by Asian Authors We Think You Should Read

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jun 15, 2022
42: What We Read in May
33:02

Show notes:

We’re back again to share 10 books that we read in the month of May. This time, Sarah and Mia might have switched out their reading habits. Sarah read a little bit of everything this month, while Mia mostly read light and fluffy romances. What is happening?! Also, we’ll share the 15 other books we read in our May Overflow episode for patrons, so don’t miss out on that!

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[5:16] Sarah - Literally Reading podcast

[6:07] Mia - RTL Master Book List - check it out by becoming a patron 

 

Our May Reads:

[10:10] Mia - The Words by Ashley Jade

[12:22] Sarah - The Heart of the Deal by Lindsay MacMillan

[14:23] Mia - Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

[16:31] Sarah - The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

[18:58] Mia - The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn

[20:55] Sarah - Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

[23:01] Mia - The Reunion by Meghan Quinn

[24:37] Sarah - The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

[26:48] Mia - The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

[28:50] Sarah - Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (available August 30)

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jun 08, 2022
41: Our Fave Books of 2022 - So Far!
34:14

Show notes:

🎶It’s the mid-way countdown! 🎶 Wait, that’s not how the song goes. Anyway, we wanted to share with you our favorite books from the first half of 2022. But we wanted to do it our way, superlative style! Come check out the books that have made us laugh, cry, and unexpectedly fall in love. Here’s to the next half of 2022 and more books that we get to read!

 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

 

Bookish Goodies:

[3:56] Mia - Readers’ Most Anticipated Books of Summer from Goodreads

[4:33] Sarah - Love in the City series by Jen Morris

 

[6:50] Our Fave Books of 2022… So Far

[8:01] Mia - It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (also discussed in episodes 20, 29, 34)

[9:08] Sarah - Cover Story by Susan Rigetti (also discussed in episode 37)

[10:23] Sarah - Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman (also discussed in episode 33)

Chris Evans interview

[12:04] Mia - Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (also discussed in episodes 17, 19, 35)

[13:26] Mia - See Jane Snap by Bethany Crandell (also discussed in episode 37)

[14:52] Sarah - Book Lovers by Emily Henry

[16:30] Sarah - Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover (also discussed in episodes 29, 33, 35)

[17:41] Mia - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (also discussed in the April 2022 Overflow bonus episode for patrons)

[19:07] Mia - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (also discussed in episodes 3, 5, 28)

[20:14] Sarah - The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith (also discussed in episodes 21, 31)

[21:33] Sarah - The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch (also discussed in episode 25)

[23:09] Mia - Falling by TJ Newman (also discussed in episodes 4, 16, 29, 32)

[25:01] Mia - Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (also discussed in episode 33)

[26:18] Sarah - Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews

[27:56] Sarah - Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston (also discussed in episode 29)

[29:42] Mia - Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover (also discussed in episode 36)

[31:33] Mia - The Push by Ashley Audrain

[31:42] Mia - Corrie ten Boom by Janet Benge

[32:00] Mia - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

[32:33] Sarah - The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

[32:51] Sarah - Book Lovers by Emily Henry

[33:01] Sarah - Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

 

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* The books noted above contain affiliate links. This means that we may get a small kickback if you purchase through our links, at no additional cost to you.

Jun 01, 2022
40: Book Buzzwords That Get Us Excited
26:53

Show notes:

Do you ever read a description for a book and get drawn to certain words? Words that make you want to immediately read the story without knowing much else about it? We get it because that happens to us all the time. Those sneaky book marketers know what they’re doing! In this episode, we share the buzzwords that light us up and also a few that turn us away. 

Click here to join us on Patreon to get an exclusive bookish goodie every single Friday. With fun bonus episode series like: Books We Both Love, Monthly Overflow Books, Bookish Conundrums, and The New Books in Our Lives plus a private community for RTL Book Nerds only, you’re going to love being a part of our Patreon. Not only that, but you’re helping to support our show by saying I LOVE WHAT YOU DO. 

Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.

Bookish Goodies:

[3:36] Modern Mrs. Darcy “Quick Lit” post about her April reads

[3:45] Mia - Fault Lines by Emily Itami

[5:01] Sarah - New bookshelves 

[7:48] Sarah - Feminist bookends

[10:11] Book Buzzwords

[14:22] All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

[16:05] The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

[16:18] TJ Klune Books: The House in the Cerulean Sea, Under the Whispering Door

[18:41] Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

[19:21] Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

[20:51] Anti-Buzzword Books:

[21:06] Sarah - The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (Sarah loved this!)

[23:33] Sarah - The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

[23:44] Sarah - One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

[23:55] Sarah - Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Sarah loved this!)

[24:12] Sarah - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

[24:39] Mia - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Mia loved this one!)

[24:49] Mia - When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

 

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May 25, 2022
39: 10 Books by Asian Authors We Think You Should Read
28:34

Show notes:

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we thought it fitting to share with you our favorite books by Asian authors. Plus, Mia shares why she has a personal connection to this month. If you’ve been around our show before, you know that we try to read widely and diversely and love checking out “own voices” books especially - and the 10 books on this list do not disappoint. Get your TBRs ready, you know what to do!

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Bookish Goodies:

[7:18] Mia - Artemis by Andy Weir

[9:09] Sarah - It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn by Jason Tharp

Books by Asian Authors:

[13:05] Mia - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

[14:32] Sarah - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

[16:07] Mia - Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

[17:53] Sarah - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

[18:52] Mia - The Leavers by Lisa Ko

[20:03] Sarah - To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

[20:58] Mia - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

[22:07] Sarah - The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

[23:54] Mia - Saris and a Single Malt by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

[25:31] Sarah - Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

[26:48] Bonus books:

Mia - These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Mia - The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Mia - In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

Sarah - The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

Sarah - The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Sarah - Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen

Sarah - Such Big Dreams by Reema Patel

Sarah - That Kind of Mother by Rumman Alam

Related episode:

Listen to episode 26, 18 Books We Love by Black Authors

 

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May 18, 2022
38: Bookish Pet Peeves
27:21

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We love authors and we love books. We really do! But… sometimes authors do very strange things in their books that just grind our gears. Why do they do them? We have no idea, but we sure want to talk about it and share our bookish pet peeves with you. What do you think, do we raise valid points or are we just picky readers? Maybe don’t answer that. 

 

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Bookish Goodies:

[8:50]  The Orangutan Librarian (book blog)

[9:55]  NEW RTL podcast merch (coffee mugs, phone cases, stickers, t-shirts, and more!)

 

[12:03] Bookish Pet Peeves:

Sarah - This is the passage about the overly complicated language in a sex scene.

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May 11, 2022
37: What We Read in April
38:22

Show notes:

Time to wrap, wrap, wrap it up! Here are 10 books that we read in the month of April. 5 books from Sarah, 5 books from Mia. Some good, some not so good, but that’s OK. Also, spoiler alert - there will be Colleen Hoover books on this list. #sorrynotsorry 

 

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Bookish Goodies:

[3:25] Book Page

[4:38] Brightly

 

[5:12] What We Read in April:

[8:06 - Sarah]  The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn (available June 7)

[10:05 - Mia]  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

[14:23 - Sarah]  Cover Story by Susan Rigetti 

[16:27 - Mia]  Devoted by Dean Koontz

[19:19 - Sarah]  A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia (available July 26)

[21:51 - Mia]  Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

[24:47 - Sarah]  Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (available July 5)

[28:37 - Mia]  Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

[31:38 - Sarah]  Confess by Colleen Hoover

[34:20 - Mia]  See Jane Snap by Bethany Crandell

 

[37:37] Overflow Books for Patron:

[Mia]  All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

[Mia]  The Lucky Escape by Heather Manley

[Mia]  Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

[Sarah]  If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

[Sarah]  The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

[Sarah]  The Love You Deserve by Jen Morris

[Sarah]  The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

[Sarah]  Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

 

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May 04, 2022
36: Shopping Our Shelves
28:35

Show notes:

We have a confession to make: We hoard books. There! We said it! We’re two bookish nerds, so it makes sense, right? But the problem comes with having many (too many?) unread books on our shelves. Listen in to today’s episode as we shop our own shelves and make a pact (with many exit clauses) to read our selected titles. 

 

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Apr 27, 2022
35: Books That Made Us Cry
33:39

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We love books that make us FEEL something, even if it’s a sad feeling. Because let’s face it, sometimes you just need a long, cathartic cry while reading a beautiful story. In this episode, we’re bringing you 10 books that made us cry (plus, some honorable mentions!), so get your tissues ready. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

 

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Apr 20, 2022
34: The 10 Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time
37:59

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There are a LOT of great books out there, but ones that we would willingly re-read again and again? They are fewer and far between. These special “unicorn” books are the ones we’re sharing in this episode - books that we fell in love and wish we could experience again for the very first time because they are just *that* special. We hope at least one of these books will intrigue you the way they’ve intrigued us. 

 

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Apr 13, 2022
Bonus! March 2022 Overflow Episode
25:03

Surprise book nerds! We are back to share what is typically a Patron only episode - our overflow episode that we produce each month. These episodes are the reviews of the other books we read for a month that we didn't get to in our main monthly wrap up. We like to stick with 30ish minutes for our main show episode so any books we didn't get a chance to talk about, they go into these Overflow episodes.

Today, we wanted to bring you this fun bonus so that you could get a feel for what the episodes are like. PLUS, we'd love to encourage you to become a patron of our show.

Being a patron for our show is so important to us. It helps us to financially produce the show - spoiler, running a podcast is not cheap - it helps us to keep it ad free for you because no one likes being interrupted when you’re talking about books, and it just shows us that you really love what we’re doing.

It's just $5 per month and helps us out more than we can say. You can join us by going to: patreon.com/readingthroughlifepod or by visiting our website readingthroughlifepod.com

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We hope you enjoy this bonus episode and we can't wait to see you hanging out in our Patron community.

Apr 08, 2022
33: What We Read in March
35:41

Show notes:

It’s that time again! Time to share all the books we read in the month of March. Listen in to hear 10 titles and reviews that span genres like: sci-fi/fantasy, romance, nonfiction, poetry, and more. Whether you’re a Team Sarah or Team Mia reader, there’s something for everyone’s TBR list in this episode. And don’t forget - we’ll be sharing the other 12 (!) books we read in March on the Overflow episode exclusively for our Patrons, so sign up now to hear those reviews as well. 

 

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Apr 06, 2022
32: Reading Outside Our Comfort Zones
31:05

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We all have our comfort books - the ones that feel like fuzzy socks and warm blankets on a cold day. BUT what about reading outside our comfort zones? We always strive to expand our reading horizons and explore other genres and this podcast has helped us do that tremendously. Come listen to today’s episode for the books that have stretched our reading lives for the better! 

 

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Mar 30, 2022
31: What's the Obsession with Advanced Reader Copies?
21:24

Show notes:

ARCs or advanced reader copies are a way to get free books from publishers (woohoo!) but there’s obviously more to it than that. If you’ve ever wondered what the deal with ARCs is, you need to tune in as we discuss how to get started, the ins and outs of the process (as well as the pros and cons), and some ARCs we’ve read and enjoyed. Plus, you’ll have to settle a debate for us: how exactly do you pronounce ARC?!

Special thanks to @bottomlessbooks.ct for the inspiration for this episode.

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Mar 23, 2022
30: Book Confessions
24:52

Show notes:

We’re kind of scared to share these book confessions with you, if we’re being honest. Eek. There are some questionable book practices going on in this episode, but we’re confident that some of you will be able to relate. Hopefully. Don’t hate us. We’re still lovable book nerds.

Special thanks to @coffeebooksandnature for the inspiration for this episode.

 

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Mar 16, 2022
29: What We Read in February
29:56

Show notes:

How did we pack so many books into such a short month?! Who knows, but we did! And we also had a really great month with lots of 5 star reads, so you’re in for a treat of RTL-approved recommendations from us. Check out these 10 books we read in Feb, but don’t forget to join us on Patreon for the Overflow episode where you’ll hear the other 13 books we read. If you’re not a Patron yet, now’s the time to join! 

 

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Mar 09, 2022
28: That Time We Picked a Book for Each Other
26:27

Show notes:

Last month, we thought it would be fun to assign a book for the other person to read. It was a little nerve wracking because we both have such different tastes in books, but we decided to go for it anyway. Now we’ve finished up the assigned reads and are ready to share our thoughts. Eek! Come see what we thought and if we’ll try this experiment again. 

 

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Mar 02, 2022
27: How to DNF a Book
20:12

Show notes:

DNF is a term you hear a lot in the book world. Today, we’re talking about what it means, the pros and cons of DNF-ing a book, and also exactly how to do it, or at least the criteria that we use. We also share some books that we have DNF-ed and why. If you’re ever unsure whether to DNF a book or not, remember to ask yourself this: What would Sarah do?

 

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Feb 23, 2022
26: 18 Books We Love by Black Authors
22:41

Show notes:

Though we love reading diverse books by diverse authors all year round, in honor of Black History Month, we wanted to share some of the books we love written by Black authors. As always, there’s a mix of genres to choose from, or heck, read them ALL! We won’t judge.

 

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Feb 16, 2022
25: What We Read in January
31:19

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Did January feel 846 days long, or was it just us? At least it allowed us (well, mostly Sarah) to read a gazillion books and we want to share them with you today. Here are 10 books we read in January - some that we loved and some that we didn’t. Isn’t that just the way the cookie crumbles? Give it a listen and then join us on Patreon for the Overflow episode where you’ll hear the other 11 books we read. 

 

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Feb 09, 2022
24: Romance Novels to Get You in the February Mood
27:37

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It’s February, so you know what that means: love is in the air! Or at least on the pages of the books we’re discussing today. We’re basking in some fictional romances that run the gamut from 5-tissue-box worthy ones to light and fluffy ones and everything in between. To paraphrase Mr. Darcy, you must allow us to tell you how ardently we admire and love these books.   

 

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Feb 02, 2022
23: You Might Be a Book Nerd If...
19:21

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We’re both 100% book nerds and totally proud of it. If you’re listening to this discussion, you probably consider yourself a book nerd too. But what exactly IS a book nerd? And how do you know if you are one? These are the burning questions we answer in today’s episode. And a bonus question: do book-scented candles smell like dust? Join us for the scoop.  

 

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Jan 26, 2022
22: Book Series for Your Kids to Get Lost In
24:02

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Do you remember diving into your favorite book series as a kid? Not-so-patiently waiting to get the next installment from the library or store? In this episode, we had fun revisiting some of the books we loved as a kid, but also sharing the books our kids love now. Fantasy, adventure, comics, historical fiction, and poop jokes - these book recs have them all! Get nostalgic with us, won’t you? 

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Jan 19, 2022
21: 12 Books to Put On Your Radar
18:49

Show notes:

Oh hey, just your friendly TBR expanders (that’s a thing, right?) here. It’s the start of a new year and we know there are some exciting books being released in the near future. We’ve gathered 12 books that we can’t wait to read and we think you’ll like them, too. As always, there’s a mix of genres to suit every reader. We aim to please! 

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Jan 12, 2022
20: What We Read in December
25:15

Show notes:

Guess who’s back? Back again? RTL’s back, tell a friend. Sarah and Mia are here to welcome you into the new year. But before we can fully celebrate 2022, let’s take one final look back at 2021 and talk about what we read in December. In true RTL fashion, we’ve got books for everyone in this episode. You know how we roll. So buckle up and get your TBRs ready. AGAIN.  

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Jan 05, 2022
Bonus: Author Chat with Robinne Lee "The Idea of You"
50:34

Show notes:

The Idea of You is one of Sarah’s all-time favorite books (and Mia loves it, too!) so it was an absolute delight for us to interview the author, Robinne Lee. We actually interviewed her for our writing community, Illuminate, but we knew that you bookworms would enjoy this discussion as well! In this episode, we asked her about writer’s block, creating characters in her stories, women and aging, the writing and publishing process of her book, and so much more. Robinne was so gracious and lovely to talk to, and she even shared a juicy tidbit about how her husband reacted to her steamy novel. Don’t miss it!

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Dec 29, 2021
19: Best Books of 2021
26:49

Show notes:

We could’ve just vomited a list of our best books for you, but to be honest, neither of us wanted to record a 2 hour long episode. You’re welcome. Instead, we decided to do a superlative style recap for you. Join the fun as we talk about books that made us cry, that surprised us, that kept us up at night, and so much more. 

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Dec 22, 2021
18: How We Organize Our Books
23:48

Show notes:

You already know that we’re a couple of nerds who love to organize our lives and schedules. So it should come as no surprise that we love organizing our books and reading lists as well. Well, maybe Sarah loves it a little more than Mia, but we digress. In this episode, we’re talking all things book organization - digital books, physical books, books we’ve finished and ones we haven’t even read yet - and so much more. Come be nerds with us. 

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Dec 15, 2021
17: What We Read in November
35:10

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November is such a great month to do some reading. (Do we say this every month? Probably!) In this episode, we share and review 10 books that we read in November. BUT we actually read more than 10 books this month - Sarah and Mia actually read 11 books each. Twinsies! In order to hear about the rest of the books we read, make sure to become a patron and check out that Overflow Books bonus episode. Happy listening and happy reading!

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Dec 08, 2021
16: Books We Read in a Day(ish)
26:55

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There are some great books out there, obviously, but in this episode we want to talk about the books that you can’t put down and have to finish immediately. Join our reading frenzy as we share the genres that reliably keep us reading and also a list of books you’re going to want to read ASAP. We’re #sorrynotsorry for adding more books to your TBR. 

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Dec 01, 2021
15: The Accuracy of Our Personality Tests
33:16

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We went from two strangers who met on the internet to best friends and business partners. You can’t argue that we get along and understand each other really well. But what makes us tick? Who are we, really? Well, you’re in luck with today’s episode. We’re giving you the inside scoop on our personalities - everything from the Enneagram to astrological signs to Myers Briggs personality types and more.  

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Nov 24, 2021
14: Our Recent Book Purchases
26:19

Show notes:

It’s probably no surprise that two book nerds who have a book club and a book podcast love buying books, right? Although, we might be in slight denial about how many books we actually purchase in a month. Spoiler: it’s a LOT. But that’s OK. We’re not addicted, we can quit anytime!

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Nov 17, 2021
13: Our Nonfiction Must-Reads
37:38

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We don’t talk about nonfiction books quite as much on this show, but today’s episode will remedy that. We’ve got memoir, travel, true crime, self-help, and more on the agenda for today. There’s just something fascinating about reading real life stories and being a fly on the wall for celebrity gossip and big world events. Maybe we’re just nosy? 

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Nov 10, 2021
12: What We Read in October
24:55

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Doesn’t October seem like the perfect month to do some reading? I mean, every month is good for reading, but you get it. Cozy, crisp weather. Early dusk. It’s like… the setting of every good horror movie! But I digress. Here are 10 books we read and loved (mostly) in October. 

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Nov 03, 2021
11: The Women Who... Read "Roar" And Have Lots of Feelings About It
33:05

Show notes:

This episode is about “Roar” by Cecelia Ahern, which is a fictional short story collection about women who experience various things - all with a magical realism twist. BUT it’s also about more than that. It’s about being a woman and the situations we face daily - mom guilt, aging, gender roles in society, identity, comparison, and so much more. We talk about the stories that resonated with us (and the ones that didn’t) and, of course, we have some short story recommendations for you as well. And #sorrynotsorry in advance for how many times we mention genitals. 

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Oct 27, 2021
10: It's a Library Lovefest
30:22

Show notes:

Could we even have a bookish podcast and not talk about libraries?! It’s impossible. Unsurprisingly, we both love our local libraries. Free books, tons of activities and resources - what’s not to love? Come nerd out on libraries with us. 

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Oct 20, 2021
09: The Loneliness of Motherhood
27:59

Show notes:

It’s possible to be surrounded by our happy, laughing children (or unhappy screaming ones, let’s be real) and still feel lonely. As moms, we are often giving everything we have to our kids and losing sight of who we are as individuals. And between mothering and working and cleaning and cooking and everything else, who has time for friends?! We’re feelin’ lonely like a mother in this episode and talking about it all. Plus, learn everything you never wanted to know about Mia’s wonky ovary. 

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Oct 13, 2021
08: Everything We Read in September + Writing Pet Peeves
33:33

Show notes:

We read a LOT of books in September. Sarah and Mia read 13 and 11 books, respectively. What can we say? We’re book nerds and proud of it. In this episode, we share what we’re currently reading, what we read in September, and a few books we’re excited to read in October. If you’ve got any room left on your TBR (who are we kidding, there’s always room!), add some of these titles that pique your interest. All books, all the time. 

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Oct 06, 2021
07: 10 Favorite Backlist Books
30:26

Show notes:

When you’re looking for books to read, do you often go to the New Releases and check those out first? We get it. There are always new and shiny books coming out. BUT hear us out. What about reading some backlist books instead? They need love too! In this episode, we’re talking about our favorite backlist books from years past and also a few that we still haven’t read yet (but plan to… at some point… maybe!).   

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Sep 29, 2021
06: Sanity-Saving Life Hacks
22:39

Show notes:

Yes, we can do hard things (that’s what SHE said!), but we’re all for making things as easy as possible. In this episode, we’re talking about the life hacks that save us time, money, and most importantly, our sanity! We gathered additional life hacks from members of our community, The Fireside, and we also share some book recs that we turn to for life advice. Alexa, play “Easy Like Sunday Morning”.  

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Sep 22, 2021
05: Our Five Star Reads
24:30

Show notes:

How do you pick only 5 favorite all-time five star books? Why do we do this to ourselves?! Anyway, we tortured ourselves to bring you this episode and hope that you’ll find some great ones to add to your TBR list. We promise it’s not just Stephen King books and “The Idea of You”. Well, there will be some of that, let’s be real. 

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Sep 15, 2021
BONUS! 6 Other Books Sarah Read in August
09:02

At the beginning of this season we released an episode called the 10 Best Books We Read This Summer. The only problem? Sarah kept reading, finishing SIX other books and four of them were ones that you NEED to know about.

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Sep 10, 2021
04: The Voices in Our Heads
26:16

Show notes:

We’re getting comfy on the podcast therapy couch today! Sarah and Mia dive into those negative inner voices and critical thoughts that we often hear inside our heads; the ones that tell us we’re not good enough and keep us filled with fear and doubt. We also talk about where the heck these Negative Nancy voices came from and how we’re trying to move past them. 

Show quotes: 

“I think it's just the way I'm wired, because I'm such a perfectionist that when I go out to do these things, especially in a professional setting, I'm like, This isn't good enough.” -Sarah

“I don't think this comes as a surprise to anyone who knows me, but I've always had a really difficult relationship with my mother and I think a lot of those voices come from her.” -Mia

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Sep 08, 2021
03: Book Nerds Unite!
25:26

Show notes:

Books are our favorite things in the whole world, so we’re not exactly sure why we waited so long to have a bookish podcast. But here we are! In this episode, we’re giving you the scoop on what we’re reading right now, our “auto-buy” authors, how we read so many books each year, tropes we love and loathe, and so much more. Come be book nerds with us! 

Show quotes: 

“I’m that person who when my Kindle tells me I have an hour and 15 minutes left in a book, I'm like, I can do that in an hour and 7 minutes!” -Sarah 

“It was a fantasy of mine way back in the day that some gorgeous, sexy bad boy on a motorcycle was going to be like, Look at Mia reading that book like a nerd. I must be with her!” -Mia

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  • Apps mentioned:
    • Goodreads
    • Airtable
    • Notion
    • Libby
  • Other mentions:
    • Book Talk Etc. podcast
    • @bringmybooks for Trello organization

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Sep 01, 2021
02: What Makes Us Rage
26:21

Show notes:

Anger is a topic that isn’t talked about much in our everyday lives, but it needs to be. Sarah and Mia talk about the things that make them ragey and the shame spiral that inevitably follows. Come find out what makes Sarah give her husband the death stare and Mia give the middle finger salute to a stranger - and how they both feel about apologies.

Show quotes: 

“Kids, I've come to learn, know how to push every single button that you have. Even if you think it's a hidden button, they will find it and they will push it all day long.” - Sarah

“I'm very, very laid back and I'm also a recovering people pleaser, so I don't really let my emotions show or express my anger the way that I should.” - Mia

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Sep 01, 2021
01: The 10 Best Books We Read This Summer
23:50

Show notes:

Here we go, it’s our first episode! We wanted to kick things off with our favorite topic: BOOKS. We are chatting about the genres we like to read, the book formats we enjoy, new releases vs. backlist titles, and best of all, we share our 10 best books of the summer. We have very different reading tastes, so this list will absolutely have something for everyone. Come chat books with us and add some titles to your TBR. 

Show quotes: 

“I always love a good classical book. Me and Charles Dickens are BFFs.” -Mia

“I discovered historical fiction a few years ago and that was all I read for basically an entire year.” -Sarah

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Sep 01, 2021
Reading Through Life (Trailer)
01:20

Welcome to Reading Through Life, a weekly podcast by two best friends who walk through life with great books and even better conversations. Together we created this podcast to talk about life honestly, experiences vulnerably, and the books that keep us going through it all.

Aug 23, 2021