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Reading Through Life is a 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 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

    123: Debut Novels We Loved, Part 2

    123: Debut Novels We Loved, Part 2

    Show notes:
    Debut novels are so exciting! Can you imagine being a writer and getting your book out into the world for the first time? We love supporting debut authors and today we’re sharing more debut novels we’ve loved (check out episode 74 of the podcast for part 1) and a few we’re excited to try. 
     
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    Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.
     
    Something Bookish:
    [02:49] M: Let’s be friends on Goodreads.
    [03:07] S: Check out PangoBooks and visit my store.  
     
    Debut Novels We’re Excited to Try:
    [05:49] M: Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera (out Mar 5, 2024)
    [07:02] Jaded by Ela Lee
    [07:50] S: The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown
    [09:32] A Good Happy Girl by Marissa Higgins (out Apr 2, 2024)
     
    Debut Novels We’ve Loved:
    [10:59] M: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    Verity by Colleen Hoover
    [12:27] S: In Memoriam by Alice Winn
    [13:35] M: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
    Dracula by Bram Stoker
    [14:59] S: Out of Love by Hazel Hayes
    [16:08] M: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    [17:25] S: Shark Heart by Emily Habeck
    [19:58] M: Brooklyn ‘76 by Anthony Ausiello
    [21:20] S: A Little Hope by Ethan Joella
    [22:28] M: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    [23:54] S: The Measure by Nikki Erlick
     
    [25:02] Sarah’s Other Notable Debuts:
    The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
    Love Buzz by Neely Tubati Alexander
    How to be Eaten by Maria Adelmann
    Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
    Pete and Alice in Maine by Caitlin Shetterly
    Talking at Night by Claire Daverley
    The Christmas Orphans Club by Becca Freeman
     
    Also Mentioned:
    RTL Episode 74, Debut Novels We Loved



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    • 27 min
    122: What We Read in January + Important News

    122: What We Read in January + Important News

    Show notes:
    Hip, hip, hooray! It’s reading recap time again. Here are 10 books we read in the month of January. If you’d like to hear the rest of the book we read, you should become a patron and listen to our Overflow episode coming out this Friday. Cheers!
     
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    Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.
     
    [04:09] Something Bookish:
    Tune in for our special announcement on some changes to the show!
     
    What We Read in January:
    [07:17] M: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
    [09:41] S: The Same Bright Stars by Ethan Joella (out July 2, 2024)
    [11:49] M: The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions by Susan Meredith + Clare Hickman
    [13:12] S: The Other Year by Rea Frey
    [15:29] M: Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine
    [18:04] S: Leaving by Roxana Robinson (out February 13, 2024)
    [22:28] M: The Pram by Joe Hill
    [24:35] S: Foster by Claire Keegan
    [26:19] M: Switched On by Franklin Horton
    [28:24] S: Dixon, Descending by Karen Outen (out February 6, 2024)
     
    [30:32] Extra Books We Read in January



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    • 31 min
    121: Notable Book Quotes

    121: Notable Book Quotes

    Show notes:
    When you’re reading a book, do you ever find yourself struck by the profound beauty of the writing? Because we definitely do. You can find us jotting down quotes that speak to us in some way and saving them for later. In this episode, we’re sharing 16 of those notable book quotes with you.
     
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    Something Bookish:
    [02:33] M: Check out our RTL merch shop.
    [02:53] S: The Humans by Matt Haig
     
    Books Featuring Our Notable Quotes:
    [05:52] M: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    [06:59] S: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
    [08:24] M: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
    [09:26] S: Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
    [10:09] M: More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez
    [10:54] S: Shark Heart by Emily Habeck
    [11:59] M: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    [12:36] S: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
    [13:18] M: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    [13:53] S: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    [14:39] M: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    [15:31] S: Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
    [16:16] M: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
    [16:38] S: Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
    [18:01] M: Write for Life by Julia Cameron
    [18:44] S: The Door-to-Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn



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    • 20 min
    120: Underrated Backlist Books

    120: Underrated Backlist Books

    Show notes:
    Our most downloaded episode ever was about books that we think need more love. So, in today’s episode we figured we’d share some more books that are underrated and deserve all the praise and attention. Plus, these are backlist titles, so they should be easier to find at the library or wherever you get your books. Happy reading! 
     
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    Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.
     
    Something Bookish:
    [03:59] S: Book FOMO is real. But also, don’t buy into it.
    Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
    [05:30] M: The next pick for my classics book club is: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. 
     
    Underrated Backlist Books We Hope More People Read:
    [07:37] M: Ghost 19 by Simone St. James 
    [08:40] S: When I Ran Away by Ilona Bannister
    [09:54] M: We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
    American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
    [11:11] S: Truth and Other Lies by Maggie Smith
    [12:29] M: No One Crosses the Wolf by Lisa Nikolidakis
    [13:59] S: Most Likely by Sarah Watson
    [15:17] M: A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields
    [16:38] S: Man O’War by Cory McCarthy
    [18:13] M: Winders by Ryan O’Nan
    [19:46] S: The Heart of the Deal by Lindsay MacMillan
     
    Honorable Mentions:
    [21:38] M:
    The Boys in the Cave by Matt Gutman
    Wild Words by Nicole Gulotta
    No Ordinary Time by Susan A. Mulder
    The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin
    I Will Find You by Joanna Connors
     
    [23:21] S:
    The Leftovers by Cassandra Parkin
    The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi
    The Boys by Katie Hafner
    Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
    Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy
     
    Also Mentioned:
    Episode 94, Books We Think Deserve a Second Life



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    • 25 min
    119: Books We’re Recommending to Each Other

    119: Books We’re Recommending to Each Other

    Show notes:
    They say opposites attract, right? Well, we couldn’t be more opposite with our reading tastes. So, we’re doing what makes total sense and recommending books to each other. Tune in for our tailored book recs and tell us how we did.  
     
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    Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.
     
    Something Bookish:
    [3:46] S: My husband is reading!
    Holly by Stephen King
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    The Wager by David Grann
    [5:30] M: Here’s your encouragement (and mine!) to read slowly.
     
    Books We’re Recommending to Each Other:
    [9:08] M: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    [12:29] S: The Door to Door Bookstore by Carsten Henn
    The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    [14:25] M: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
    The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    [16:19] S: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
    Everyone On This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson
    [18:13] M: The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
    [20:02] S: This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
    [21:52] M: Holiday Country by İnci Atrek
    [24:06] S: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
     
    Also Mentioned:
    Episode 117: Our 2023 Books Superlatives
    Pomegranate by Helen Elaine Lee
    Shark Heart by Emily Habeck



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    • 27 min
    118: What We Read in December (2023)

    118: What We Read in December (2023)

    Show notes:
    Hey friends! Happy New Year! We’re thrilled to be back in your ears after our holiday break. Today, we’re giving you a recap of what we read in December. In case you need a refresher, this means we’re reviewing 5 books each that we read in the month. Here’s to more reading in 2024!
     
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    Find the time stamped show notes below with links to all of the fun things we mentioned.
     
    Something Bookish:
    [2:17] S: StoryGraph
    [3:22] M: The Ultimate Best Books of 2023 list from LitHub
    The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
     
    Books We Read in December:
    [6:53] M: Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
    [9:10] S: Girlfriend on Mars by Deborah Willis
    [10:59] M: Much Ado About Nada by Uzma Jalaluddin
    [13:28] S: Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan
    [15:15] M: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
    [18:24] S: Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet
    [21:45] M: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
    The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
    [24:15] S: Reproduction by Louisa Hall
    [26:29] M: All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
    [28:50] S: Maybe Next Time by Cesca Major
     
    [30:42] The Rest of the Books We Read in December



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    • 32 min

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