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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.

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Reading Through Life 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

    How Do You Rate Books?

    How Do You Rate Books?

    Show notes:
    How exactly do you rate a book? What criteria do you use? What makes you add or take away a star? Is a 3-star rating positive? We get asked these questions quite frequently and that’s what we’ll be discussing in this episode. Plus, we share our most recent 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, etc. reads. Thanks for being a 5-star listener! 
     
    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:
    [3:38] Mia - Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) by Bookriot 
    [4:40] Sarah - As promised, here’s a cute picture of Henry
     
    [19:01] Books Mentioned: 
    Mia - Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott | Amazon // Bookshop
    Sarah - Sweet Valley High, Double Love by Francine Pascal | Amazon
    Mia - Mama Bear Apologetics by Hilary Morgan Ferrer | Amazon // Bookshop
    Sarah - No One Crosses the Wolf by Lisa Nikolidakis | Amazon // Bookshop
    Mia - Wake Me After the Apocalypse by Jordan Rivet | Amazon // Bookshop
    Sarah - The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean | Amazon // Bookshop
    Mia - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | Amazon // Bookshop
    Sarah - This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub | Amazon // Bookshop
    Mia - One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [23:07] Let’s Take a Trip:
    Sarah - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante | Amazon // Bookshop
    Mia - Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner | 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.
     

    • 27 min
    Learning to Love Audiobooks

    Learning to Love Audiobooks

    Show notes:
    In this episode, we’re digging into audiobooks. The good, the bad, and everything in between. We share our favorite fiction and nonfiction audiobook recs, our thoughts on the controversy surrounding audiobooks, the pros and cons of audiobooks, and tips for how to get started with audiobooks. How many times can we say audiobooks in one episode description? To paraphrase Michael Scott, you have no idea how high we can fly. 
     
    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:
    [3:40] Sarah - RTL Reading Quiz: Are you Team Sarah or Team Mia? 
    [4:14] Mia - RTL long-sleeved tee
     
    Our FAVORITE Audiobook:
    [15:12] Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    Fiction Audiobook Recs: 
    [17:00] Mia:
    Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | Amazon // Bookshop 
    There’s Something About Merry by Codi Hall | Amazon // Bookshop
    Winders by Ryan O’Nan | Amazon // Bookshop
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery | Amazon // Bookshop
    These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | Amazon // Bookshop
    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Amazon // Bookshop
    Circe by Madeline Miller | Amazon // Bookshop
    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [17:34] Sarah:
    Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston | Amazon // Bookshop
    Who is Maud Dixon by Alexandra Andrews | Amazon // Bookshop
    You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi | Amazon // Bookshop
    Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt | Amazon // Bookshop
    Just by Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    Nonfiction Audiobook Recs:
    [18:10] Mia:
    Know My Name by Chanel Miller | Amazon // Bookshop
    Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie | Amazon
    A Promised Land by Barack Obama | Amazon // Bookshop
    Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton | Amazon // Bookshop
    I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey | Amazon // Bookshop
    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [19:06] Sarah:
    Unprotected by Billy Porter | Amazon // Bookshop
    Open Book by Jessica Simpson | Amazon // Bookshop
    Mean Baby by Selma Blair | Amazon // Bookshop
    Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott | Amazon // Bookshop
    We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union | Amazon // Bookshop
    Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Amazon // Bookshop
    Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey | Amazon // Bookshop
    A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost | Amazon // Bookshop
    The Storyteller by Dave Grohl | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [20:12] Let’s Take a Trip:
    Mia - Finding Me by Viola Davis | Amazon // Bookshop
    Sarah - I Take My Coffee Black by Tyler Merritt | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    Other Mentions:
    The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley | Amazon // Bookshop
    Strawberry Spring podcast, based on a short story by Stephen King



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    Follow Sarah: @thekindredvoice
    Follow Mia: @miasutton55
     
    * 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.

    • 23 min
    What We're Reading for Spooky Season

    What We're Reading for Spooky Season

    Show notes:
    Spooky season is almost upon us and we want to prepare you with a list of reads that will get you in that fall and Halloween kind of vibe. We’ve got everything from magical realism to mystery thrillers to outright terrifying horror stories to share with you today. If you need to read these books under the covers at noon with all the lights on inside, we won’t judge. We also share our thoughts on seasonal reading. Stay spooky, friends!
     
    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:
    [6:19] Mia - Stories for Coffee (BookTube channel)
    [7:20] Sarah - The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    All the Spooky Reads: 
    [14:45] Sarah - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Amazon // Bookshop
    [16:52] Mia - Night Film by Marisha Pessl | Amazon // Bookshop 
    [18:06] Sarah - Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth | Amazon // Bookshop
    [20:08] Mia - Salem’s Lot by Stephen King | Amazon // Bookshop
    [21:52] Sarah - A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske | Amazon // Bookshop
    [23:13] Mia - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager | Amazon // Bookshop
    [24:36] Sarah - Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak | Amazon // Bookshop
    [25:42] Mia - The Night Swim by Megan Goldin | Amazon // Bookshop
    [26:40] Sarah - Hide by Kiersten White | Amazon // Bookshop 
    [27:49] Mia - The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [29:22] Sarah’s Bonus Recs:
    The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow | Amazon // Bookshop
    Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor | Amazon // Bookshop
    Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian | Amazon // Bookshop
    The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James | Amazon // Bookshop
    The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White | Amazon // Bookshop  
     
    Let’s Take a Trip:
    [30:38] Sarah - A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella | Amazon // Bookshop
    [31:59] Mia - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah | 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.

    • 34 min
    What We Read in August

    What We Read in August

    Show notes:
    August is over and we both are kind of glad to see it go, at least for our personal lives. But for our reading lives, August was a pretty good month and we are sharing 10 of our August reads with you today. There are 15 other books we have to share with you on our Overflow episode for patrons, so don’t forget to join so you can hear those reviews! We really missed you all after our break from last week and we’re so happy to get back to our regularly scheduled 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:
    [6:12] Sarah - PangoBooks (Follow Sarah and Mia on PangoBooks)
    [7:55] Mia - Overdue Podcast
     
    Our August Reads: 
    [11:20] Mia - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | Amazon // Bookshop
    [14:10] Sarah - Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Baron | Amazon // Bookshop
    [15:51] Mia - Confess by Colleen Hoover | Amazon // Bookshop
    [18:02] Sarah - How to Fall Out of Love Madly by Jana Casale | Amazon // Bookshop
    [19:51] Mia - The Dream Giver by Bruce H. Wilkinson | Amazon // Bookshop
    [22:02] Sarah - Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt | Amazon // Bookshop
    [24:15] Mia - One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Amazon // Bookshop
    [27:53] Sarah - I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy | Amazon // Bookshop
    [30:24] Mia - Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson | Amazon // Bookshop
    [32:37] Sarah - Scandalized by Ivy Owens | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    Let’s Take a Trip:
    [36:36] Mia - The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin | Amazon // Bookshop
    [37:24] Sarah - Every Summer After by Carley Fortune | 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.

    • 38 min
    Let's Go Back to School - in Books! (Minisode)

    Let's Go Back to School - in Books! (Minisode)

    Show notes:
    It’s back to school time! School supplies, new clothes, drop-off lines, oh my! In this episode, we’re sharing 10 books that will put you in the back to school frame of mind. And as a bonus, Mia shares a few read aloud books she plans to use in homeschool this year with her kids. We’re sending you and the kiddos happy school year vibes.
     
    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:
    [2:22] Go check out our merch store for some cool RTL swag!
     
    10 Back to School Book Recs: 
    [6:02] Sarah - Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight | Amazon // Bookshop
    [7:10] Mia - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky | Amazon // Bookshop
    [8:18] Sarah - Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé | Amazon // Bookshop
    [9:22] Mia - The Secret History by Donna Tartt | Amazon // Bookshop
    [10:33] Sarah - On the Subject of Unmentionable Things by Julia Walton | Amazon // Bookshop
    [11:13] Mia - Paper Towns by John Green | Amazon // Bookshop
    [12:14] Sarah - Mostly Likely by Sarah Watson | Amazon // Bookshop
    [13:30] Mia - Skippy Dies by Paul Murray | Amazon // Bookshop
    [14:44] Sarah - *bonus rec* Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith | Amazon // Bookshop
    [15:12] Sarah - The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch | Amazon // Bookshop
    [16:28] Mia - All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Amazon // Bookshop
     
    [17:35] Mia’s Homeschool Read Alouds:
    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Amazon // Bookshop
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl | Amazon // Bookshop
    New Kid by Jerry Craft | Amazon // Bookshop
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman | Amazon // Bookshop
    Hudson Taylor by Janet + Geoff Benge | Amazon // Bookshop
    Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates | Amazon // Bookshop



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    Follow Mia: @miasutton55
     
    * 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.

    • 19 min
    Bookish This or That (Minisode)

    Bookish This or That (Minisode)

    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.

    • 22 min

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