236 episodes

Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

By The Book Stitcher & Jolenta Greenberg, Kristen Meinzer

    • Comedy
    • 4.6 • 5.2K Ratings

Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.

    Introducing: Vibe Check (Hosted by Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones & Zach Stafford)

    Introducing: Vibe Check (Hosted by Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones & Zach Stafford)

    Today on the pod, Kristen and Jolenta share an episode of one of their favorite new podcasts: Vibe Check.

    Vibe Check is hosted by journalist and podcaster Sam Sanders (Into It, formerly NPR’s It’s Been a Minute), writer Saeed Jones (How We Fight for Our Lives), and journalist and Tony Award-winning producer Zach Stafford (formerly The Advocate, A Strange Loop). Each week on Vibe Check, Sam, Saeed and Zach turn their group chat into a weekly podcast. They check in on each other, make sense of what's going on in news and culture and reflect on how it all feels. Take a listen.

    • 47 min
    Bonus: A Hygge Life with Meik Wiking

    Bonus: A Hygge Life with Meik Wiking

    Kristen and Jolenta chat with the only author whose books they've lived by twice, Meik Wiking. Wiking is the author of The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke and The Art of Making Memories. He's also the founder and CEO of Happiness Research Institute. They chat about how to make a hygge home, how Meik started to research happiness and how to make memories in your everyday life.



    Join the By The Book Patreon Community! For $5 per month, you receive a new book summary, including all the rules we live by, each week. For $10 per month, you'll receive that PLUS a weekly affirmation podcast hosted by Jolenta and Kristen! Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/listentobythebook

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com]. You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    Check out Kristen's other podcasts!

    The Royal Report from Newsweek https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-royal-report/id1603695814

    Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-therapy-with-rafer-kristen/id1508455193

    • 37 min
    Bonus: Financial Feminism with Tori Dunlap

    Bonus: Financial Feminism with Tori Dunlap

    Kristen & Jolenta chat with Tori Dunlap about gaining financial confidence, how to ditch bro money advice and why it's important to remember some of our earliest money memories. Plus, Tori shares actionable steps for saving and investing. Tori is the author of Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love and host of the podcast Financial Feminist.




    Join the By The Book Patreon Community! For $5 per month, you receive a new book summary, including all the rules we live by, each week. For $10 per month, you'll receive that PLUS a weekly affirmation podcast hosted by Jolenta and Kristen! Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/listentobythebook

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com]. You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    Check out Kristen's other podcasts!

    The Royal Report from Newsweek https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-royal-report/id1603695814

    Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-therapy-with-rafer-kristen/id1508455193

    • 53 min
    Bonus: Husbands Tell All

    Bonus: Husbands Tell All

    America’s favorite husbands Dean and Brad join the ladies in the studio. They dish on their favorite books of the season and answer listener questions. Plus, Frank the dog makes a special appearance!

    Join the By The Book Patreon Community! For $5 per month, you receive a new book summary, including all the rules we live by, each week. For $10 per month, you'll receive that PLUS a weekly affirmation podcast hosted by Jolenta and Kristen! Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/listentobythebook

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com]. You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    Check out Kristen's other podcasts!

    The Royal Report from Newsweek https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-royal-report/id1603695814

    Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-therapy-with-rafer-kristen/id1508455193

    • 36 min
    Bonus: Season Ten Wrap-Up

    Bonus: Season Ten Wrap-Up

    The ladies reflect on the latest season! What did Kristen & Jolenta learn this season? What was pure torture and what stuck?

    Join the By The Book Patreon Community! For $5 per month, you receive a new book summary, including all the rules we live by, each week. For $10 per month, you'll receive that PLUS a weekly affirmation podcast hosted by Jolenta and Kristen! Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/listentobythebook

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com]. You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod. And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    Check out Kristen's other podcasts!

    The Royal Report from Newsweek https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-royal-report/id1603695814

    Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-therapy-with-rafer-kristen/id1508455193

    • 51 min
    Epilogue: The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

    Epilogue: The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments

    Kristen & Jolenta respond to listener questions about The Art of Making Memories: How to Create and Remember Happy Moments.

    Join the By The Book Patreon Community! For $5 per month, you receive a new book summary, including all the rules we live by, each week. For $10 per month, you receive that PLUS a weekly affirmation podcast hosted by Jolenta and Kristen! Learn more at https://www.patreon.com/listentobythebook

    Kristen and Jolenta's new book How to be Fine is available now [amazon.com].

    You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts [podcasts.apple.com], or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    We love hearing from you! CALL us at 302-49B-OOKS. Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or tweet us @jolentag, @kristenmeinzer, or @bythebookpod.

    And if you haven't already, please join our By The Book Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/116407428966900/?source_id=475465442806687

    To get By the Book merch, head over to PodSwag.com: https://www.podswag.com/collections/by-the-book

    Check out Kristen's other podcasts!

    The Royal Report from Newsweek https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-royal-report/id1603695814

    Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-therapy-with-rafer-kristen/id1508455193

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

Jaybeesq ,

Hearing advice is never this fun!

These ladies are funny, genuine, and awesome. I’ve both made & avoided purchases thanks to them. I’ve also been inspired to make worthwhile changes in my home$ my routines. Even the ads are pleasant :)

Debbie (from Boston area) ,

Awesome podcast!!

I LOVE listening to Kristen and Jolenta’s journey as they read and review self help book. I am usually laughing multiple times during the episode. 😊

Amy-n-ok ,

Entertaining and educational at the same time’

Kristen & Jolenta have such cute and quirky personalities that compliment and play off each other so well. The books they live by are really interesting, and I learn little tidbits about them as they share their experiences. Listening to them is like listening to friends… and it helps distract me as I workout at the gym. Thank you for bringing us this great podcast and sharing your experiences with us!

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