Ep. 8: Carla from Happiest When Reading (Tracking Your Reading)
In Episode 8 (the episode in which I have a really bad cold and don’t sound like myself!), Carla from @happiestwhenreading and I talk fitting in reading amongst our mom activities, reading goals, and tracking your reading!
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- How we read so much as stay-at-home moms.
- Carla’s finicky relationship with e-books…and, the only time Sarah reads hard copy books.
- Why Sarah didn’t set a quantity-based reading goal for 2019.
- The difference between achieving your reading goals and being happy with your reading.
- Setting a reading quantity goal that feels right for you.
- Tracking the publishers you have the most success with (and our top publishers).
- Tracking your recommendation sources.
- Carla’s 2 big 2019 reading goals.
- Our mutual love of dark, gut-punching books.
Carla’s Book Recommendations
Two OLD Books She Loves
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | Buy from Amazon [19:19]
- Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [23:30]
Two NEW Books She Loves
- The Road Beyond Ruinby Gemma Liviero | Buy from Amazon [28:38]
- The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye | Buy from Amazon [31:30]
One Book She Didn’t Love
One Upcoming Release She’s Excited About
Other Books Mentioned
- Becoming by Michelle Obama | Buy from Amazon [16:55]
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [17:37]
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [21:57]
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [31:07]
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | Buy from Amazon [31:07]
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | Buy from Amazon [31:07]
- The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [33:20]
- Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden | Buy from Amazon [36:23]
- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton | Buy from Amazon [37:21]
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed | Buy from Amazon [42:13]
- From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [42:39]
- Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan | Buy from Amazon [42:57]
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling | Buy from Amazon [43:05]
- Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo | Buy from Amazon [43:22]
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [43:49]
- Sarah’s 2018 Reading Stats
- Sarah’s 2019 Rock Your Reading Tracker – available for $14.99
- Mash Reads Podcast interview with Yaa Gyasi
- The Readerly Report Podcast’s Waiting for Eden book club discussion
- Dear Sugar podcast
As a stay-at-home mama to two “tween” kids, I finally have more time to dedicate to reading. I have loved getting back into a passion of mine that I’ve had since I was a small girl. But sadly, what I quickly came to realize is that I really don’t have a lot of local reading friends. As a way to connect with others who love to read just as much as I do, I started my “Bookstagram” account (@happiestwhenreading). This community has given me a place to engage in bookish conversations, and I can truly say I have made so many online friendships that I’m truly grateful to have.
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