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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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S2E56 - My ARC journey

S2E56 - My ARC journey

2020-04-0715:22

Tracking my ARC journey is tricky and is not extensive either but I've talked about what is going on with me.  I would still recommend you listen to the other episodes on this podcast, namely S2E17.  That's the gold standard for ARCs.  Monique and I talked openly about ARCs and I learned a lot from her.  Start with that one and then do the episode with Erica.  That was the last 2 episodes and then you'll be ready for this one. As always, if anything wasn't clear or you just have a question or some comments, don't hesitate to contact me on livingalifethroughbooks@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/living-a-life-through-books/message
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Lindsay Biedenstein

Erin definitely would have stopped being your friend! The Giver is great! (testing to see if you get my comments from my podcast app)

Feb 29th
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