Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Hosted BySarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:


I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Ep. 49: Zibby Owens (Host of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Podcast)

In Episode 49, Zibby Owens (Host of the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Podcast) talks about what it’s like to interview authors and shares some of her favorite memoirs.

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  • How Zibby ended up podcasting about books after getting her MBA (Masters of Business Administration).
  • Why Zibby decided to start the podcast.
  • How Zibby gets it all done while being a mom to 4 kids.
  • How Zibby decides which authors to have on her podcast.
  • The book Zibby has written that’s sitting in her apartment.
  • Zibby’s favorite types of books to read.
  • Zibby’s advice for moms who truly feel they don’t have time to read books.
  • A bonus upcoming release Zibby is excited about.

Zibby’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves 

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

  • Zibby shares her stance on publicly talking about books she doesn’t like. [29:00]

Two NEW RELEASES She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Zibby

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Zibby Owens is a writer and mother of four in New York City. She is the creator and host of award-winning literary podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” and runs a literary salon with author events and book fairs from her home.

Zibby published her first article, a personal essay for Seventeen magazine, when she was in high school and has been writing ever since. She has covered topics such as books, parenting, health/fitness, weddings, grief, friendship, beauty, and aging. Most recently, she has focused on finding the humor in the everyday struggles of motherhood. She is represented by Joe Veltre at Gersh.

Her work has appeared in Redbook, Marie Claire, Shape,  SELF, Modern Bride and other magazines, as well as online in the New York Times, Parents, TODAY Parents, Huff Post, Scary Mommy, What’s Up Moms, Kveller, Mommy Nearest and Medium

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby has a marketing and branding background, especially for start-ups and consumer products companies. She currently lives in Manhattan, where she was born and raised, with her four children ages 5-12 and her husband, Kyle Owens, of Morning Moon Productions.

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Mini Episode featuring Julia Spence (@gameofreading)…airing March 11.

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