22 episodes

Welcome to my podcast. I will be talking about books that I have read, books that I am planning on reading, new releases, backlist books and news from the publishing world. I plan on uploading a new episode approximately every two weeks. I hope you enjoy and would appreciate you following so you don't miss any episodes.

Books Are My Passion Gwen

    • Arts

Welcome to my podcast. I will be talking about books that I have read, books that I am planning on reading, new releases, backlist books and news from the publishing world. I plan on uploading a new episode approximately every two weeks. I hope you enjoy and would appreciate you following so you don't miss any episodes.

    Books I Have Loved So Far in 2022 - Season 2 Episode 10

    Books I Have Loved So Far in 2022 - Season 2 Episode 10

    In this episode, I’m talking about books I have read so far in 2022 and loved.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 10
    The Library by Bella OsborneThe Marmalade Diaries by Ben AitkenGreat Circle by Maggie ShipsteadMary Jane by Jessica Anya BlauRachel’s Holiday by Marian KeyesAgain, Rachel by Marian KeyesYou can follow me/reach me via:
     Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven

    • 23 min
    Books I Want to Re-Read Season 2 Episode 9

    Books I Want to Re-Read Season 2 Episode 9

    In this episode, I’m talking about books I own that I want to re-read.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 9
    Lovers at the Chameleon Club by Francine ProseGrapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckThe Paying Guests by Sarah WatersNeedful Things by Stephen KingWe Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol OatesSeven Deadly Sins:  My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David WalshLarry’s Party by Carol ShieldsThe Lost Man by Jane HarperThe Likeness by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser by Tana FrenchThe Witch Elm by Tana FrenchField of Blood by Denise MinaThe Dead Hour by Denise MinaSlip of the Knife by Denise Mina You can follow me/reach me via:
    Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven
     

    • 30 min
    Books I Want to Read This Year - Season 2; Episode 8

    Books I Want to Read This Year - Season 2; Episode 8

    In this episode, I’m talking about books I own that I want to read sooner rather than later.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 8
    Atlas of Imagined Places by Matt Brown, Rhys B. Davies, and Mike Hall (Illustrator)Soul Full of Coal Dust:  The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice by Chris HambyMaggie & Me by Damian BarrThe Invisible Library by Genevieve CogmanThe Paradox Hotel by Rob HartThe Mercies by Kiran Millwood HargraveHow Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueBodies of Light by Jennifer DownLove Marriage by Monica Ali10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif ShafakThe Island of Missing Trees by Elif ShafakIsabel Allende with her newest novel being VioletaThis One Sky Day by Leone Ross (called Popisho in North America)You can follow me/reach me via:
    Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven

    • 16 min
    Canada Reads 2022 - Season 2 Episode 7

    Canada Reads 2022 - Season 2 Episode 7

    In this episode, I’m talking about the five books that have been shortlisted for the Canada Reads 2022 Prize.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 7
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan being championed by Mark Tewksbury, a Canadian Olympic medalist and LGTBQIA+ advocateLife in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller being championed by Suzanne Simard, a forest ecologist and authorFive Little Indians by Michelle Good being championed by Christian Allaire, an Ojibway author and Vogue fashion writerScarborough by Catherine Hernandez being championed by Malia Baker, an actor and activist What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad, championed by Tareq Hadhad, an entrepreneur and former Syrian refugeeRecommended Podcast:  Canada Reads American Style (available on Apple Podcasts)
     You can follow me/reach me via:
     Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven

    • 17 min
    My Four Star Reads and Most Disappointing Read of 2021 - Season 2 Episode 6

    My Four Star Reads and Most Disappointing Read of 2021 - Season 2 Episode 6

    In Episode 1 of this season, I talked about my favorite books that I had read in 2021, however, there are many other books that I really enjoyed that just didn’t make it onto the “best” list but were 4 star reads.  Today I want to talk about some of these books.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books/Youtube Channels Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 6
    Damnation Spring by Ash DavidsonGreenwood by Michael ChristieThe Overstory by Richard PowersBarkskins by Annie ProulxLittle Cruelties by Liz NugentOlive, Mabel and Me:  Life and Adventures With Two Very Good Dogs by Andrew CotterDog Days:  A Year with Olive and Mabel by Andrew CotterYoutube Videos:  (Olive and Mabel) – search for mrandrewcotter; also Oliver the Beagle if you are needing some cute dog videos (so cute when he was a puppy!!!)The Stoning by Peter PapathanasiouThe Last Garden in England by Julia KellyWar Widow by Tara MossThe Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss (Set for release June 7, 2022)Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin; translated from The French by Hildegarde SerleAriadne by Jennifer SaintSunshine Girl by Julianna MarguliesYou can follow me/reach me via:
     Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven

    • 17 min
    Book Recommendations Based on Popular TV Shows - Season 2 Episode 5

    Book Recommendations Based on Popular TV Shows - Season 2 Episode 5

    In this episode I’m providing some book recommendations based on popular tv shows that I have watched and enjoyed over the past few years.  If you would like to read my book reviews, follow me on Instagram/Twitter or email me, see below on how to do that.  Thanks for listening!
    Books Mentioned in Season 2; Episode 5
    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryNothing to Tell by Donna GrayWinter Counts by David Heska Wanbli WeidenMontana Sky by Nora RobertsHamnet by Maggie O’FarrellBrothers-in-Arms by Lyndsay Simpson and Sandra HarveyGreek Myths by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie PonderGreek Mythology by Liv AlbertThe Three by Sarah LotzDay Four by Sarah LotzThe Anomoly by Herve Le TellierThe Blue by Lucy ClarkePrimary Colors by Anonymous (Joe Klein)From The Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-SteinRodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Youtube channel recommendation:  Jean Bookishthoughts
     You can follow me/reach me via:
     Email:  indydriven@gmail.com
    Website (Blog – book reviews):  indydriven.ca
    Instagram:  @indydriven
    Twitter:  @indydriven
     

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