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Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You'll find tons of book recommendations every week.

Currently Reading Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb

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    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You'll find tons of book recommendations every week.

    Minisode: An Interview with "No Land to Light On" Author Yara Zgheib

    Minisode: An Interview with "No Land to Light On" Author Yara Zgheib

    Today’s spoiler-free minisode includes a conversation between Kaytee and author Yara Zgheib. Yara is the author of No Land to Light On, a heartbreaking and heart-mending love story of immigration and parenthood and leaving your heart across the ocean. This book was an Indie Press List pick for March from An Unlikely Story. Tune into my conversation with Yara to hear about:
    Writing as therapy
    Turning real world events into novel
    The humanity in every story
    Her personal connections to this story
    Travel and privilege
    How Ph.D.s are so useful
    Her favorite characters
    And of course: a book she wants to press into your hands.
    Minisode show notes are not timestamped, but linked titles are below for you to peruse. These are affiliate links, which kick back a small percentage of your purchase to the podcast, which helps support the show!
    No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib
    The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
    Connect with Brendan: on Instagram at @yarazgheibofficial, on Facebook, or at her website
    Contact the show at currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com.
    You can find Kaytee on Instagram @notesonbookmarks and Meredith @meredith.reads.
    You can visit our website at www.currentlyreadingpodcast.com

    • 21 min
    Season 4, Episode 39: Soldiering On + Our Five Rules for Reading

    Season 4, Episode 39: Soldiering On + Our Five Rules for Reading

    On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:
    Bookish Moments: finishing up school and reading when the wheels fall off
    Current Reads: all kinds of books for you today, readers
    Deep Dive: our five (personal) rules for reading
    Book Presses: falling in love with the octopus and a creepy twins
    As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 
    New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!
    *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you’d prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your laundry detergent, if you recently got obsessed with switching up your laundry game) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!*  
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    1:31 - Bookish Moment of the Week
    2:25 - Brave Writer 
    5:28 - Current Reads
    5:44 - Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl (Kaytee)
    9:19 - My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett (Meredith)
    10:09 - I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
    10:11 - Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott 
    10:35 - NPR Interview with Georgia Pritchett
    14:19 - The Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs (Kaytee)
    14:33 - Laura Tremaine’s Secret Stuff 
    17:45 - Shady Hollow by Juneau Black (Meredith)
    19:41 - Boswell Books 
    19:54 - Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    19:56 - The Secret Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams 
    19:58 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    20:47 - Cold Clay (Shady Hollow #2) by Juneau Black
    22:25 - A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones (Kaytee)
    22:32 - First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charlie Davidson #1)
    25:20 - Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
    25:45 - Still Life by Louise Penny
    26:35 - Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie (Meredith)
    27:04 - Sarah’s Bookshelves Live
    31:12 - The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah 
    31:20 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    31:24 - Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
    31:32 - Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
    31:55 - Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow
    32:19 - Deep Dive: Our 5 Rules for Reading
    32:31 - The Painted Porch Bookshop
    32:40 - The Daily Stoic
    32:54 - Ryan Holiday’s 8 Rules for Reading Video 
    33:26 - Season 1: Episode 19
    33:54 - Season 2: Episode 37 of Bookend Homeschoolers
    34:55 - Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
    47:29  - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands
    47:49 - The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (Kaytee)
    50:39 - Currently Reading Patreon
    51:23 - @Bookishbetsie on Instagram @bookishbetsie on TikTok
    51:34 - Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (Meredith)
    53:44 - The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
    55:07 - The Shining by Stephen King
    Connect With Us:
    Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram
    Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram
    Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram
    Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast.com
    @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com
    Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    • 56 min
    Season 4, Episode 38: Curating Our Shelves + Reading During a Big Switch-Up

    Season 4, Episode 38: Curating Our Shelves + Reading During a Big Switch-Up

    On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Mary are discussing:
    Bookish Moments: delightful Zoom meetings and used books for “complete” shelves
    Current Reads: some thrills, some nonfiction, some YA, and some romance
    Deep Dive: reading during a big life change
    Book Presses: a married people romance and a narrative non fiction gem
    As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 
    New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!
    *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you’d prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your laundry detergent, if you recently got obsessed with switching up your laundry game) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!*  
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    1:30 - Bookish Moment of the Week
    1:46 - Mary Heim on Instagram
    1:50 - Amy of @What_amy_reads on Instagram
    5:30 - The Passengers by John Marrs
    5:32 - The One by John Marrs
    5:43 - thriftbooks.com
    7:06 - Current Reads
    7:31 - The Arc by Tori Henwood Hoen (Mary)
    10:29 - The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta (Kaytee)
    11:58 - Libro.fm
    13:10 - article from the San Diego Tribune
    13:48 - How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White (Mary)
    15:50 - The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi
    18:03 - Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett (Kaytee)
    19:30 - Long Bright River by Liz Moore
    20:21 - Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (Mary)
    24:24 - Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown (Kaytee)
    27:10 - The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
    27:12 - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
    28:16 - Deep Dive: How We Read During Life Shifts 
    28:22 - Season 4: Episode 33
    31:49 - Lightseekers by Femi Kayode 
    31:53 - The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
    32:19 - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    34:41 - Dry by Neal Shusterman
    34:44 - Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
    34:47 - One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
    36:37 - Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
    37:30 - The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
    38:14 - Wintering by Katherine May
    39:22 - Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown
    39:24 - The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
    40:57 - The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
    40:59 - The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
    41:03 - As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds 
    46:13  - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands
    46:37 - The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (Mary)
    49:23 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Kaytee)
    49:27 - Season 3: Episode 39
    49:31 - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
    Connect With Us:
    Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram
    Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram
    Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram
    Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast.com
    @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com
    Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    • 52 min
    Season 4, Episode 37: Direct Recommendations + Bookish Confessions

    Season 4, Episode 37: Direct Recommendations + Bookish Confessions

    On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Meredith and Kaytee are discussing:
    Bookish Moments: new merch and a comfort read
    Current Reads: some books that were directly recommended by readers and ended up being big hits
    Deep Dive: our bookish confessions, in which we essentially play strip poker with opinions
    Book Presses: a book that is singular in its execution and an old school favorite
    As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 
    New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!
    *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you’d prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your dishwasher detergent!) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!*  
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    1:40 - Currently Reading Patreon
    2:20 - Currently Reading Mighty Networks
    4:35 - Bookish Moment of the Week
    4:48 - Currently Reading Zazzle Store
    5:48 - Meredith’s “Scary Books are my Jam” mug
    8:09 - Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree
    8:40 - Current Reads
    8:45 - Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson (Kaytee)
    13:39 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    14:00 - The Son by Philipp Meyer (Meredith)
    17:03 - Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann
    18:06 - East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    18:08 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
    18:55 - Frankie and Bug by Gayle Foreman (Kaytee)
    19:24 - If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
    19:25 - Where She Went by Gayle Foreman
    22:30 - Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
    22:40 - These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant 
    23:17 - NurtureShock by Po Bronson (Meredith)
    27:00 - Black Birds in the Sky by Brandi Colbert (Kaytee)
    28:11 - Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
    30:25 - Love and Saffron by Kim Fay (Meredith)
    32:07 - Storybound Subscription from Fabled 
    35:53 - 84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff
    36:32 - Deep Dive: Our Bookish Confessions
    55:37 - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death by Amita Murray
    57:29  - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands
    57:55 - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (Kaytee)
    58:03 - Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
    58:23 - How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu 
    59:47 - Blackwell’s UK
    1:00:53 - What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson (Meredith)
    Connect With Us:
    Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram
    Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram
    Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram
    Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast.com
    @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com
    Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Season 4, Episode 36: Who is Driving? + Bookstagram Pet Peeves

    Season 4, Episode 36: Who is Driving? + Bookstagram Pet Peeves

    On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:
    Bookish Moments: bookish laundry and thoughts on starting a book
    Current Reads: a few Indie Press List titles that blew our socks off and some additional great books
    Deep Dive: crotchety old ladies talk about their bookstagram pet peeves
    Book Presses: a smart thriller and a great YA pick
    As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 
    New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!
    *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you’d prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your dishwasher detergent!) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!*  
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    1:30 - Bookish Moment of the Week
    1:45 - Laundry Love by Patrick Richardson
    1:50 - Season 4: Episode 33
    3:21 - From the Front Porch podcast
    6:16 - Roar by Cecilia Ahern 
    9:24 - Current Reads
    9:35 - Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots (Meredith)
    9:45 - An Unlikely Story 
    9:51 - Currently Reading Patreon
    16:06 - How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu (Katyee)
    21:53 - Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson (Meredith)
    25:12 - The Between by Tananarive Due (Kaytee)
    25:48 - Levar Burton Reads episode “The Wishing Pool”
    25:52 - The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
    29:05 - The Anomaly by Here Le Tellier (Meredith)
    31:14 - Falling by T.J. Newman
    32:21 - Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
    35:16 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
    36:31 - From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Kaytee)
    36:39 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    40:51 - Deep Dive: Our Highs and Lows with Bookstagram
    46:14 - @Lonestarreads on Instagram
    47:10 - @bookishbetsie on Instagram
    53:48  - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands
    54:06 - The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne (Meredith)
    55:30 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    55:33 - Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
    56:02 - All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Kaytee)
    56:16 - Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
    56:17 - Stamped (for young adults) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    Connect With Us:
    Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram
    Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram
    Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram
    Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast.com
    @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com
    Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    • 59 min
    Season 4, Episode 35: Dream Bookshelves + Exiting the Comfort Zone

    Season 4, Episode 35: Dream Bookshelves + Exiting the Comfort Zone

    On this week’s episode of Currently Reading, Kaytee and Meredith are discussing:
    Bookish Moments: beautiful bookshelves and a booktuber to love
    Current Reads: we’re all over the map this week with poetry and Cozy+ and a book I should have loved but didn’t and so much more!
    Deep Dive: reading outside of our comfort zones
    Book Presses: books that we didn’t expect to love
    As per usual, time-stamped show notes are below with references to every book and resource we mentioned in this episode. If you’d like to listen first and not spoil the surprise, don’t scroll down! 
    New: we are now including transcripts of the episode (this link only works on the main site). These are generated by AI, so they may not be perfectly accurate, but we want to increase accessibility for our fans!
    *Please note that all book titles linked below are Bookshop affiliate links. Your cost is the same, but a small portion of your purchase will come back to us to help offset the costs of the show. If you’d prefer to shop on Amazon, you can still do so here through our main storefront. Anything you buy there (even your dishwasher detergent!) kicks a small amount back to us. Thanks for your support!*  
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    1:39 - Bookish Moment of the Week
    6:24 - Nakia’s Hideaway on Youtube
    6:30 - Nakia’s Hideaway on Instagram
    8:39 - Current Reads
    8:55 - The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (Kaytee)
    11:56 - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    12:26 - Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman (Meredith)
    14:08 - Story Bound Story via Fabled
    15:57 - By the Book by Jasmine Guillory (Kaytee)
    16:03 - If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy 
    19:19 - His and Hers by Alice Feeney (Meredith)
    22:15 - Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney 
    22:38 - Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman (Kaytee)
    23:04 - The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
    26:36 - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death by Amita Murray (Meredith)
    30:35 - The Maid by Nita Prose
    30:44 - An Elderly Lady is Up To No Good by Helene Turston
    32:15 - Deep Dive: Reading Out of Our Comfort Zones
    34:18 - Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
    34:21 - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    36:38 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
    37:25 - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death by Amita Murray
    39:42 - Shelf Subscription Bookshelf Thomasville
    39:50 - Book of the Month
    39:57 - Access the Indie Press List by becoming a Patron
    42:16 - Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
    43:40 - An Unlikely Story
    45:18  - Books We’d Like to Press Into Your Hands
    45:36 - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Kaytee)
    48:39 - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (Meredith)
    51:10 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
    Connect With Us:
    Meredith is @meredith.reads on Instagram
    Kaytee is @notesonbookmarks on Instagram
    Mindy is @gratefulforgrace on Instagram
    Mary is @maryreadsandsips on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast.com
    @currentlyreadingpodcast on Instagram
    currentlyreadingpodcast@gmail.com
    Support us at patreon.com/currentlyreadingpodcast

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Pippa (uk) ,

My favourite bookish podcast

Meredith, Kaytee and Mindy’s obvious delight in a life well read is infectious. Chatty, funny, thoughtful, this podcast is a joy. Subscribe! And be prepared to want to read a lot of books!

Krose2809 ,

Friendship and books worth a listen.

My life is completely different to Kaytee, Meredith and Mindy but they’re podcasts was like a peek into a friendship. Non judgemental book recs with strong opinions is rare to find on the internet. I highly recommend listening to make your tbr explode.

Bexylouj ,

Seriously, highly recommend.

I have never listened to such an amazing podcast. I am a huge bookworm and I am subscribed to around 25 podcast (only book related) and these ladies are the best. 😘

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