27 episodes

Shaped by Stories is a podcast that explores the relationship between us and the books that comfort, sustain, and inspire us — and the continued presence of these literary touchstones in our lives today.

Join me each episode as I chat with one person about their relationship with reading and about a few special books that have helped shape them into the reader and person they are today. Think of it as a mini biography, told entirely through a bookish lens.

Shaped by Stories Shaped by Stories

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Shaped by Stories is a podcast that explores the relationship between us and the books that comfort, sustain, and inspire us — and the continued presence of these literary touchstones in our lives today.

Join me each episode as I chat with one person about their relationship with reading and about a few special books that have helped shape them into the reader and person they are today. Think of it as a mini biography, told entirely through a bookish lens.

    Episode 27: Momo with Tabby Pawlitzki

    Episode 27: Momo with Tabby Pawlitzki

    While I have long been familiar with The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, I had never heard of Ende’s book Momo until my guest Tabby Pawlitzki brought it to my attention. Tabby first encountered the book as a child growing up in Germany, and it has been a favorite ever since. We discuss becoming a kid detective, reading in translation, and the many life lessons to be learned from a tortoise.

    You can follow Tabby on Instagram @tabbypawlitzki and keep up with her podcast at https://www.modernlifepodcast.com. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 23 min
    Episode 26: A Wrinkle in Time with Dr. Trinna S. Frever

    Episode 26: A Wrinkle in Time with Dr. Trinna S. Frever

    Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books that sticks in your imagination. Such was the case for writer and scholar Dr. Trinna S. Frever who counts A Wrinkle in Time as a lifelong favorite. We chat about the joy of being read to, hideaway reading nooks, and the wonderful appeal of books with a touch of magic. Dr. Frever also tells me more about her latest project, Your L. M. Montgomery Story.

    You can follow Dr. Frever on Instagram @trinna_writes and keep up with all of her projects at www.trinnafrever.com. You can learn more and participate in the Your L. M. Montgomery Story project at www.yourlmmstory.com. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 39 min
    Episode 25: I Capture the Castle with Katharine Schellman

    Episode 25: I Capture the Castle with Katharine Schellman

    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith has long been a favorite book of my guest, writer Katharine Schellman. We talk about growing up in a family of readers, devouring books in a series, and the difficulties and complexities of growing up, even if you do happen to live in a castle. We also chat about Katharine's new novel, The Body in the Garden.
    You can follow Katharine on Instagram @katharinewrites and keep up with all of her literary adventures at www.katharineschellman.com. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 38 min
    Episode 24: Five on a Treasure Island with Elizabeth Bornstein

    Episode 24: Five on a Treasure Island with Elizabeth Bornstein

    The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton might not be familiar to you unless you grew up in the U.K., but my guest Elizabeth Bornstein fell in love with them while growing up in Alaska, starting with the first book Five on a Treasure Island. Elizabeth and I chat about the most adorable mother-daughter book club, reading just about every childhood mystery series, and the fun of discovering the real life inspiration behind the settings of our favorite books.
    You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @asuitcasefullofbooks and read more about her literary travel adventures at www.asuitcasefullofbooks.com. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 24 min
    Episode 23: Pride and Prejudice with Megan Cregge

    Episode 23: Pride and Prejudice with Megan Cregge

    If you've only read one Jane Austen novel, chances are it's Pride and Prejudice. This novel is beloved for many reasons, and my guest Megan Cregge is more than happy to take you through the full list. We discuss why Wishbone was the greatest show ever, Megan's original childhood Goodreads challenge, and she tells me what first drew her to Pride and Prejudice and the parts that still make her swoon. Also, shout out to Miss Wilson, wherever you may be!
    You can follow Megan on Instagram @glitterandplato. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 32 min
    Episode 22: The Secret Garden with Cat Gray

    Episode 22: The Secret Garden with Cat Gray

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of those childhood classics that many of us have a deep attachment to, and my guest Cat Gray counts it as a lifelong favorite. We chat about growing up in Scotland, inheriting book collections, and the wonder and anticipation of discovering secret gardens - even if only in our imaginations.
    You can follow Cat on Instagram @wellreadcat. You can follow both me and the podcast on Instagram @shapedbystoriesdiane. Show notes and links to subscribe and download the podcast can be found on the show's website www.shapedbystories.com. Music by Kevin MacLeod: https://bit.ly/2HFHGJq

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Jessibelle34 ,

Diane is perfect!

Diane is the perfect hostess for this podcast! Not only is she a lovely person on Instagram, but she is also a brilliant interviewer. I love hearing these “backstories” to how books have influenced so many bright and intelligent people. Well done Diane!
Jess @dickens.and.docks

KatsMeow0880 ,

Charming, Insightful, Nostalgic

I absolutely love Shaped by Stories! As a lifelong reader, it is delightful and perfectly nostalgic to revisit favorite books from childhood. And it’s captivating to learn about each guest! I love getting to know them: hearing about their lives, the way reading/books played into the way they grew up/who they grew into, and the way stories continue to shape their lives.

I’m also really fond of the insightful, in-depth conversations about the literature itself. You get to see old stories from new eyes, and the different perspectives/perceptions makes one’s enjoyment for these already-beloved novels all the richer.

Diane is such a charming and lovely host, and each episode of Shaped by Stories feels like sitting down and having the kind of deep conversations with bookish, kindred spirit friends you’ve always dreamed about.

AmandaB20 ,

A Wonderfully Nostalgic Treat

This podcast makes my heart unbelievably happy. It’s such a nice walk down memory lane to revisit childhood favorites and rediscover how you fell in love with books in the first place.

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