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Join Skye and Amanda, two black millennial soul sistas as they bring their decade plus friendship and decade plus experience as members of a book club to the mics. Each and every Wednesday they'll dive into the stories, both personal and on the page. Listen in as they journey through life, learning more about themselves and each other through the books they read.

Long Story Short Skye & Amanda

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

Join Skye and Amanda, two black millennial soul sistas as they bring their decade plus friendship and decade plus experience as members of a book club to the mics. Each and every Wednesday they'll dive into the stories, both personal and on the page. Listen in as they journey through life, learning more about themselves and each other through the books they read.

    Long Story Short, Less is More

    Long Story Short, Less is More

    On this week’s episode Skye & Amanda are unpacking what it truly means to be a minimalist. The two read a book that they have both been excited to get their hands on; newly released, The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less by Christine Platt. After gushing about their love for Platt, they each give their overall thoughts on the book, the difference between their original idea of minimalism vs Platt’s afrominimalist take on this attainable and culturally rich lifestyle change, and share what made this the perfect time in their lives for this read.

    Listen in to learn the principles of afrominimalism, as Platt would describe them and each hosts personal reflections on some of the underlying, deep rooted reasons why people accumulate so much. Hear about Skye’s fear of buying things and the ways that Amanda now sees where she’s gone wrong in the past with her attempts at decluttering her life. 
    The ladies end with a breakdown of the 4 step process to beginning to live with less, in order to make space for the things that really matter.
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less by Christine Platt 
    Skye & Amanda’s Pockets of Joy:
    Esther Perel ‘Where Should We Begin?’ Podcast Frères Branchiaux candles, home and body products Alexandra Winbush candles This week’s ‘Bout That Action! follow up is: Darlene Okpo, founder of Adanne Bookshop
    Follow Adanne on Instagram at: @adanne.co for more about upcoming community events 
    Come out to our first in person event: a discussion on All About Love by bell hooks at Adanne on Saturday, July 24th at 2pm. 
    Check out this episode’s Book EP for Amanda’s cleaning playlist 
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores: 
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership. 
    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
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    *Purchasing books through Bookshop.org earns Long Story Short a small commission

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Long Story Short, Harper Wasn’t Being The Best Man

    Long Story Short, Harper Wasn’t Being The Best Man

    In this week’s episode the ladies are back with another TV x book hybrid episode! This time they’re giving book recommendations to the cast of The Best Man (1999 Movie). Skye & Amanda explain how rewatching the show recently has changed their original point of view and why it was completely necessary to talk about their thoughts. Hear the two discuss whether or not they would put up with any of the shenanigans going on within the movie. 
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
    The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism
    The Will to Change by bell hooks
    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty… by Dr. Aziz Gazipura
    How to Stop Being a Bitch by Barb Bailey
    Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Should I Stay or Should I Go by Ramani S. Durvasula
    Original Flava: Caribbean Recipes from Home by Craig McAnuff
    Set by Alexandria House
    Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab
    State of Affairs by Esther Perel 
    This week’s ‘Bout That Action! highlight is: Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice
    Follow Vilissa on Instagram at: @vilissathompson and check out the website
    Check out this episode’s trivia game Support Black Authors Trivia Game
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores:
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership. 
    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
    Follow us online:
    Instagram: @LongStoryShortPod
    Twitter: @LSSpodcast
    Facebook: @LongStoryShortPod
    Email: info.longstoryshortpod@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Long Story Short, We’re Back Like We Never Left

    Long Story Short, We’re Back Like We Never Left

    The break is over! Skye & Amanda are back with all new episodes. Hear a bit of how each of the ladies spent their time off. Before they hop into their book talk for the week, Skye gives her take of the long awaited, Life After Death by Sister Soulja (spoilers are given). 
    The two start their summer off with the newly released romance novel, Seven Days in June by Tia Williams. Listen in as Skye & Amanda discuss how they felt about the book and ask each other “what would you do?” questions based on the storyline. Find out whether they think you could fall in love in 7 days, could they go 15 years pretending they don’t know an old flame, would they rewrite a part of their personal history to make it sound better, do they believe in second chances at love and more. 
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    Seven Days in June by Tia Williams 
    This week’s ‘Bout That Action! highlight is: Jayah Arnett of My Projects Runway
    Follow My Projects Runway on Instagram at @my.projectrunway
    Check out this episode’s Book EP for Amanda’s young summer love playlist 
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores: 
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership.


    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
    Follow us online:
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    Twitter: @LSSpodcast
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    Email: info.longstoryshortpod@gmail.com
    *Purchasing books through Bookshop.org earns Long Story Short a small commission.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Long Story Short, There’s Levels to a Proper Apology

    Long Story Short, There’s Levels to a Proper Apology

    We all make mistakes but do we all know how to apologize to those we hurt, disappoint or frustrate? This week Skye & Amanda read When Sorry Isn’t Enough by Gary Chapman & Jennifer Thomas and discuss the 5 apology languages. The two break down Chapman and Thomas’ approach to forgiveness and reconciliation through understanding and becoming fluent in the ways that we each need to give/receive an apology in order to truly move forward.
    Listen in to learn each of the 5 languages, how they are best used and which ones most resonated with each of the ladies. 
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    When Sorry Isn’t Enough: Making Things Right with Those You Love by Gary Chapman & Jennifer ThomasThis week’s ‘Bout That Action! highlight is: Health in Her Hue 
    Download their new app on Apple Podcast or Google Play.
    Check out the new Black woman-owned bookstore in Brooklyn, Adanne. Visit in person, shop online and follow their IG page for upcoming events and announcements. 
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores: 
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership.

    Long Story Short Audience Survey: To make Long Story Short the best podcast it can be, we would love to learn more about you, our loyal listeners. Please help us by taking this brief survey.
    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
    Follow us online:
    Instagram: @LongStoryShortPod
    Twitter: @LSSpodcast
    Facebook: @LongStoryShortPod
    Email: info.longstoryshortpod@gmail.com
    *Purchasing books through Bookshop.org earns Long Story Short a small commission.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Long Story Short, I Am Home (Featuring Toya From Harlem)

    Long Story Short, I Am Home (Featuring Toya From Harlem)

    This week Skye & Amanda are joined by their Historian Homie and host of the That Wasn’t in My Textbook podcast, Toya aka Toya From Harlem. The two get to know more about Toya as a fellow avid reader and learn the inspiration behind her podcast that uncovers the things that we didn’t learn in textbooks at school. 
    The ladies have a book talk about one of their latest reads, Black Girl, Call Home, a poetry collection by Jasmine Mans. The three sing Mans' praises and share some of their favorite moments from her love letter to the wandering Black girl. They then discuss their individual definitions of home, in the physical, mental and emotional sense. 
    Toya shares her experience with making the decision to relocate from Harlem to LA and how the move, along with the pandemic have impacted her vision of home. Skye expresses the importance and need for her to be in close proximity to loved ones. And Amanda shares how a recent visit to her old neighborhood changed her perspective on where home really resides. 
    They finish by running through some of the songs that instantly make them feel at home.
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia SongbirdFucking History: 52 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School by The CaptainNine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever by John McWhorterCheck out Toya From Harlem on Instagram @toyafromharlem , listen to the That Wasn’t in My Textbook podcast and purchase her enamel bookmarks. 
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores:
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership. 
    Long Story Short Audience Survey: To make Long Story Short the best podcast it can be, we would love to learn more about you, our loyal listeners. Please help us by taking this brief survey.
    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
    Follow us online:
    Instagram: @LongStoryShortPod
    Twitter: @LSSpodcast
    Facebook: @LongStoryShortPod
    Email: info.longstoryshortpod@gmail.com
    *Purchasing books through Bookshop.org earns Long Story Short a small commission.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Long Story Short, Boundaries Will Set You Free

    Long Story Short, Boundaries Will Set You Free

    On this week’s episode Skye & Amanda talk boundaries. The two rave about their recent read, Set Boundaries, Find Peace by therapist, Nedra Glover Tawwab. Tawwab is an expert in relationship building and cultivating healthy boundaries with ourselves and others. 

    The ladies share Tawwab’s definition of a boundary, signs you’re in need of healthier boundaries, the 3 levels of boundaries and the 2 steps to take to set new boundaries. They discuss the reasons why people tend to struggle with expressing their needs to others in an assertive way and share their personal experiences with lacking boundaries in several areas of life. From romantic relationships to family to friends to social media, here what steps they each have and are taking to protect their peace and honor themselves. 
    Books mentioned in this week’s episode are linked to our Bookshop.org shop* 
    Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover TawwabFollow Nedra on Instagram at @nedratawwab 
    Support Long Story Short and Local Bookstores: 
    Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code LSSPODCAST when signing up for your first month of membership.

    Long Story Short Audience Survey: To make Long Story Short the best podcast it can be, we would love to learn more about you, our loyal listeners. Please help us by taking this brief survey.
    Long Story Short Hotline: (646) 543-6232
    Follow us online:
    Instagram: @LongStoryShortPod
    Twitter: @LSSpodcast
    Facebook: @LongStoryShortPod
    Email: info.longstoryshortpod@gmail.com
    *Purchasing books through Bookshop.org earns Long Story Short a small commission.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

hey i'm elizabeth 🐿 ,

we ❤️ skye and amanda in this house

this podcast has so many of my favorite things: sweet, hilarious, insightful, articulate best girlfriends who care about and appreciate books as much as they do each other. yall feel like my friends and i love being a fly on a wall to your conversations. thanks for doing such a great job w this podcast. take care yall!

AcireZitro ,

LSS Fam 4 Life lol

I recently started listening to this podcast and I must say it’s one of very few that has kept my attention. (I have the attention span of Dory from “Finding Nemo”.) This latest episode on healthy boundaries resonated with me tremendously. I’m looking forward to catching up on previous episodes as well as not so patiently waiting for new episodes lol. Great job ladies! Keep making reading cool to the masses.

Ps. Skye your voice is very soothing and calming so we definitely want to continue to hear your segments.

Anjahnet ,

Never knew I needed this

I appreciate this podcast every week because you two touch on topics I never knew I needed lol. I appreciate the self-help topics a lot but most of y'all energy.

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