13 episodes

Elizabeth and Martha are two sisters who love reading in all of its forms. Elizabeth is an academic librarian by day and fiction writer by night with a lifelong obsession with all things reading and books. Martha is a busy professional who came to her love of reading later in life, but now she’s an audiobook power user. Every two weeks we chat about the books we’re reading and delve a little deeper into a topic related to reading or publishing. We ask questions like, “Does listening to a book count as reading?” “Are genres a good or bad thing?” and “Do you finish every book you start?” If you love reading, nerding out about books, and sassy millennial hot takes, this podcast is for you!

All Books Aloud Elizabeth Brookbank & Martha Brookbank

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Elizabeth and Martha are two sisters who love reading in all of its forms. Elizabeth is an academic librarian by day and fiction writer by night with a lifelong obsession with all things reading and books. Martha is a busy professional who came to her love of reading later in life, but now she’s an audiobook power user. Every two weeks we chat about the books we’re reading and delve a little deeper into a topic related to reading or publishing. We ask questions like, “Does listening to a book count as reading?” “Are genres a good or bad thing?” and “Do you finish every book you start?” If you love reading, nerding out about books, and sassy millennial hot takes, this podcast is for you!

    What is it about romance?

    What is it about romance?

    Romance novels generate over $1.44 billion (with a 'b!') in revenue and are highest-earning, biggest, and fastest growing genre of fiction in the book industry. And yet, if you're a romance reader, you've probably had to defend it to someone at some point or maybe you've even been embarrassed of your reading. Why are these books that so many read still so fraught?

    We talk about our personal experiences with reading romance, the history of the genre, and discuss questions like, what defines romance today? Do men write romance? Is romance, even in its modern form, still limiting women? Or is it just harmless entertainment? Join us as we tackle a topic we've been circling around since we started the podcast.
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    Books we're reading in this episode: 

    Elements of Cadence duology by Rebecca Ross (A River Enchanted; A Fire Endless)
    Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
    Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The League of Gentlewoman Witches by India Holton (Dangerous Damsels series)
    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Berkeman
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    Sources (links provided when available and citations shortened to fit) listed in the order they appear in the episode: 
    https://observer.com/2022/09/derided-for-centuries-romance-novels-are-a-huge-business/https://wordsrated.com/romance-novel-sales-statistics/ Lyons, Martyn. 2011. Books : A Living History. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum. Pgs. 177-179.Avery, Jessica. 2017. “Feminist Romance Novels from #RomanceNovelsforHillary.” Book Riot. December 12, 2017. https://bookriot.com/feminist-romance-novels-from-romancenovelsforhillary/Rodale, Maya. 2017. “That Thing with Hillary Clinton and Romance Novels...” HuffPost (blog). December 8, 2017. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/that-thing-with-hillary-clinton-and-romance-novels_b_5a2a862de4b04e0bc8f3b3b5."'He's a little obsessed with me': Hillary Clinton reflects with raw honesty on Trump and 2016." Washingtonpost.com, November 28, 2017.https://www.lucymonroe.com/lucy-at-the-heart/romance-conventions-reader-expectations/Radway, Janice A. 1991. Reading the Romance Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. 2nd ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.https://uncpress.org/book/9780807843499/reading-the-romance/-----------------------
    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    What are book hangovers and what can you do about them?

    What are book hangovers and what can you do about them?

    If you're a reader, you know the feeling: you turn the last page of a book and want to cry that it's over. You immediately feel bereft. You can't stop thinking (and even talking) about the characters, the story. You wish you could turn back time to when you were still reading or somehow enter the pages of the book and live in the world. No other book appeals to you, and you might even start and then abandon books trying to move on. You have a book hangover!

    In this episode, we're talking all about book hangovers. What are they? What books have we gotten them from? What kinds of books tend to give us hangovers? Are book hangovers even a real phenomenon? If so, why do they happen? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do to get over them? Join us to find out!
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    Books we're reading in this episode:  

    A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
    The Return of the King J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
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    Sources (links provided when available and citations shortened to fit) listed in the order they appear in the episode: 
    https://www.bookbub.com/blog/signs-of-a-book-hangoverhttps://www.rd.com/article/book-hangover/https://bookriot.com/psychology-of-a-book-hangover/https://bookriot.com/7-cures-book-hangover/ -----------------------
    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

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    • 45 min
    Do young people still read for fun?

    Do young people still read for fun?

    The idea that "the kids just don't read anymore" is a tale as old as time. And, it is something that Elizabeth decided to investigate head-on in her role as an academic librarian. The results of the research study she designed and ran, interviewing just under 100 university students in the U.S. and the U.K., were published a few months ago and we talk about them in this episode.

    Spoiler alert: young people (even when they're in college and even during the semester) do still read for fun! We get into the details of the study results and talk about what they read, how much they read, how they find new books, what they want from their reading lives, how they see themselves as readers, and more.

    We also figure out that a conversation we had in 2019 about this study design was actually the seed that led to us starting this podcast! It's a very full-circle moment 3
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    Books we're reading in this episode:

    Main Character Energy by Jamie Varon
    The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell
    Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
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    Sources:

    Brookbank, E. 2023. “It makes you feel like more of a person:” The leisure reading habits of university students in the US and UK and how academic libraries can support them, College & Undergraduate Libraries, 30:3, 53-94, DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2023.2261918 
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    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Should you set a yearly reading goal?

    Should you set a yearly reading goal?

    Happy New Year! Who doesn't love a good year-end round up?! Join us as we talk about our year in reading, our favorite books of 2023, and what we're looking forward to reading in 2024. We discuss the pros and cons of setting reading goals, complete with research that will not only let you off the hook with your yearly reading goal (if that's what you want) but will also get you out of having to walk 10,000 steps a day :)
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    Books we talk about in this episode:  

    2023 reads we haven't talked about on the podcast:
    Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez Ready Player One by Ernest Cline In The Likely Event by Rebecca Yarros Homegoing Yaa Gyasi A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, Margaret Atwood (Foreword)Under the Henfluence by Tove DanovichThe Hobbit, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers by J.R.R. TolkienThe House in the Cerulean SeaA Rip Through Time by Kelley ArmstrongOur favorite books of 2023:
    Happy Place by Emily HenryRomantic Comedy by Curtis SittenfeldBooks on our TBRs for 2024:
    Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis HallThe Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane HowardDeath Comes to Marlow by Robert ThorogoodSong of the Huntress by Lucy Holland1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami AttenbergThe Paris Novel by Ruth ReichlThe Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu MandannaMain Character Energy by Jamie VaronMy Life in France by Julia ChildRebecca by Daphne du MaurierThe Fragile Threads of Power (Threads of Power #1) by V.E. SchwabRuthless Vows (Letters of Enchantment #2) by Rebecca RossHouse of Flame and Shadow (Crescent City, #3) by Sarah J. MaasFunny Story by Emily HenryThy Empyrean (The Empyrean #3) by Rebecca YarrosLe Fay (Morgan Le Fay #2) by Sophie Keetch ----------------------- 
    Sources listed in the order they appear in the episode:    
     Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. 2015. "Why Counting Your Steps Could Make You Unhappier." Dec 21, 2015. https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-fuqua-insights/etkin-counting-steps. Etkin, Jordan. 2016. “The Hidden Cost of Personal Quantification.” Journal of Consumer Research 42 (6): 967–84. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucv095.Maintenance Phase. April 25, 2023. "The 10,000 Steps Myth." https://maintenancephase.buzzsprout.com/1411126/12713294-the-10-000-steps-myth -----------------------
    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

    Read on!

    • 1 hr
    Are books good holiday gifts?

    Are books good holiday gifts?

    We say yes! But there's a way to do it well. As with any type of gift-giving, there are some pitfalls to avoid... For example, arbitrarily giving a book to someone because you like it, or because you've latched on to one detail about them and thus neglected the bigger picture. But never fear! We’ll help you match the right book to the right person using reading doorways. (If you haven't listened to our bonus episode about reading doorways...what are you waiting for?!)

    Bonus: we’re offering a bookish holiday gift guide as a supplement to this episode. Check it out on our website at: allbooksaloudpod.com/giftguide
     
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    Books we're reading in this episode:
    The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
    Morgan Is My Name by Sophie Keech
    By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
    Main Character Energy by Jamie Varon
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    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

    Read on!

    • 51 min
    How do you read so much?

    How do you read so much?

    If you're a reader, you've probably had someone ask you this question. We unpack what this question sometimes really means (How do you have so much free time? Must be nice having no obligations! I'm so busy I could never find time to read. You must be some kind of a superhero!) and explore the roots of some of these false beliefs about reading. We then talk about tips and tricks for reading more if you or someone you know is asking this question in earnest. Part sass, part research, and part practical suggestions - this episode has it all!

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    Books we're reading in this episode:  
    And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi with Bruce Henderson
    People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
    In Love with George Eliot by Kathy O'Shaughnessy
    Portrait of a Scotsman (A League of Extraordinary Women series book #3) by Evie Dunmore

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    Sources listed in the order they appear in the episode:   
     Quote Investigator®. 2010. “Time You Enjoy Wasting Is Not Wasted Time.” June 11, 2010. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/06/11/time-you-enjoy/. Tucker, Ian. 2011. “The Shallows by Nicholas Carr – Review.” The Guardian, July 2 2011. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jul/03/shallows-nicholas-carr-internet-neurology.Mills, Kim. 2023. “Why Our Attention Spans Are Shrinking, with Gloria Mark, PhD.” American Psychological Association, February 2023. https://www.apa.org/news/podcasts/speaking-of-psychology/attention-spans.-----------------------
    Intro and outro music: "The Chase," by Aves.

    Do you have thoughts, questions, or ideas for future episodes? Email us at allbooksaloudpod@gmail.com. And if you want to learn more about the podcast, visit our website at allbooksaloudpod.com.

    If you liked this episode, please consider leaving us a review to help us reach more listeners.

    And if you'd like to see more bookish content from Martha & Elizabeth, follow us on Instagram and TikTok @allbooksaloudpod.

    Read on!

    • 43 min

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