Episode 54: Podcast 1st Birthday Q&A

One year ago I bought a microphone and decided to launch an experimental project called The Library Laura Podcast. We were about a month into the pandemic and I was unemployed and searching for what God would have me do next. Twelve months later, I've shared 52+ episodes, given and received tons of book recommendations, and talked to plenty of amazing people. 

Today's episode is a little bit different and lots of fun. My husband, Ryan, kindly agreed to come on as a co-host and interview me. Podcast listeners and guests submitted question for me to answer. Tune in for the answers to all the questions below, and check out the booklist for all the books I talked about in the process! 

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Laura and her husband Ryan this Easter. Ryan was kind enough to co-host this episode and ask Laura all the listener questions! 

Ruth Mitchell (@literally.ruth.mitchell) - How are you so good at selecting books for people? 

Carol Cujec (@carol_cujec) - what inspired you to create the podcast? 

Hannah Wright (@chemicallywrit) - Are there any books recommended by guests that stick out because you loved them but would never have read them yourself? 

 I mentioned Faithful Place by Tana French, recommended by Laura Stegman and the Terry Pratchett books that Hannah and Jewel (@jeweledsight) have recommended to me: Mort, Night Watch and Witches Abroad have all been quite enjoyable. 

Kathleen Jacobs (@kathleenm.jacobs) - Do you plan to write a book for young readers?  If so, can you share any details? 

Eden (@ponchospages) - What is one of the most impactful Middle Grade books you've read and why? 

Shout out to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

Rhonda Carter (Rhonda's Writings) - Why don't you tell us your favorite vacation destination and where you would love to go ideally. Also what is your favorite genre of book and were you to write a book, what would be its topic?

Rachel Roller (My sister! Check out Episodes 8 and 9) 1. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark? 2. If you could spend an afternoon reading anyplace in the world, where would it be?

Can I spend an afternoon reading someplace like this? 

Chris Morris (Short Stories by Chris Morris) As an avid reader, how has the podcast impacted your reading? Have you read more books than usual since starting it? Have you read things outwith the usual genre you'd go for? And also, how do you manage to get through so many books!? 

Jed Doherty (aka Jedlie - from Reading with Your Kids Podcast) - What is the one thing that you have learned about yourself (through podcasting) that most surprised you?

AJ Vanderhorst (@aj_vanderhorst) - Coffee, tea, or both? What's your favorite reading location? If you had to pick one genre to read in for the rest of your life, what would it be? Do you have an adventurous side (outside of books) and if so, how does it get expressed? 

My husband took this moment to point out my habit of reading while knitting. Check out the video below: 

Alexis DeJoy (@dejoyofyourlife) - My question is of the books you have read in the past year, which one surprised you the most? It could be for better (you liked it more than you thought you would) or for worse (you had high hopes and didn’t end up liking it that much), I would be so curious to know!  

The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was very surprising. 

Whitney Conard (@theunreadshelf) What's one book you wish you hadn't wasted your time on this past year? 

I recently quit reading Simon the Fiddler because I just really didn't like the main character (I found him whiny, selfish, and cowardly...) and the story was slow-moving.  A book I did finish and regretted it a few years ago was The Secret History, and I didn't like the characters and the plot was tragic. It showed me the importance of relatable/likable characters.  But then I go on an explanation about how its different reading about hard situations or characters I struggle to relate to if it's "for a good cause." Like, if I am learning about a person or group of people who is very different from me, it can be valuable. But neither of these books felt like they had that empathy- or knowledge-building factor going for them. 

Carolyn Givens (@carolyncgivens) What's your favorite audiobook? (Not your favorite book, but your favorite audiobook--one that you found particularly good in audio format) 

I adore Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan on audiobook. It's gorgeous and it includes music that's mentioned in the story.   
If you haven't tried listening to audiobooks in a while, definitely try a newly produced one. I mentioned I am currently listening to Before We Were Yours and then that Field Notes on Love is good too...both of them use two narrators, one for reach main narrative voice in the story. I love when they do that. 
Ryan mentioned the Seven Realms series, The Chronicles of Prydain, and The Other Half of Church as being audiobooks he's appreciated. Ryan just bought a copy of The Other Half of Church to give to our friend Josiah (@brosiah_duff) who was also a guest on the podcast! 

If you're looking for a great place to get audiobooks, either check with your local library to see if they have a digital collection, or look into Libro.FM (affiliate link). 

Thank you so much to each and every guest, listener and supporter of the podcast. This is only fun and sustainable because of you! With lots of love from my library to yours,

~ Laura 

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