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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe ...
 
Hello and welcome to Books That Matter, the home of amazing bookish conversations, feminist fiction, and life changing stories. I'm your host, Molly, and every fortnight, I'll be sitting down with a guest to talk all things books and the power of reading; whether I'm chatting with an author, poet, or even some of my lovely team about their favourite reads, this podcast promises bookish content you'll love! This podcast is brought to you by Books That Matter, the UK's leading and largest book ...
 
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Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the ...
 
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A Mighty Fortress is Our God’s Memory. In this episode, we read and discuss Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher. Why is communal memory important to preserving correct doctrine? What happens to families when communal memory is lost? When do traditions enable soft totalitarianism to infiltrate our churches and culture? …
 
Brea and Mallory talk about banned books for banned book week and help you decide what to do with a book you think is harmful. Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Recommendations Store Sponsors - Better Help Soylent Promo Code - GLASSES Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amaz…
 
Brea and Mallory talk about werewolf books for Halloween! And interview SQUAD author Maggie Tokuda-Hall! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Recommendations Store Sponsors - Soylent Code:GLASSES Dipsea Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amazon Wish List Newsletter Libro.fm Re…
 
"He was a good husband, a good father. I don’t understand it. I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe that it happened. I saw it happen but it isn’t true. It can’t be. He was always gentle. " In today's episode of The Literary Coven, the witches cover "The Wife's Story" by Ursula K. Le Guin. This short story is much like a classic werewolf tale but …
 
We return to the well of socially anxious nightmares this week when we read The Lottery and Other Stories by the queen of such fiction, Shirley Jackson for our final episode of Genre: Spooky October. Next time we will be in Non-Fiction November reading Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and rea…
 
"HE HAD BEEN waiting a long, long time in the summer night, as the darkness pressed warmer to the earth and the stars turned slowly over the sky" In this episode of The Literary Coven, the witches discuss "At Midnight, in the Month of June" by Ray Bradbury. This short story is from the perspective of a murderer who stalks his victims at night, trea…
 
Over the weekend, it was revealed that local and foreign delegates at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum (NEF) to be held from 16th-19th November would be allowed to dine together in groups of up to 5 at pre-designated restaurants in the city, in spite of the current curbs that limit dining-in to a maximum of 2 people until 21st November. Double stand…
 
"The third floor was long and deserted, lit only by the sputtering glow of the fluorescents. Unlike theother levels of the mill, it was relatively silent and unoccupied - at least by the humans. The rats were another matter." Today's episode of The Literary Coven covers "Graveyard Shift" by Stephen King. Join the witches and see what horrors and mo…
 
"There was no need for her to answer, for there, gleaming spectrally on her bosom, was the evil blossom, its white petals spotted now with flecks of scarlet, vivid as drops of newly spilt blood." In this episode of The Literary Coven, the witches discuss "The Mummy's Curse" or "Lost in the Pyramid" by Louisa May Alcott. Join the girls as they talk …
 
On the movie set of “Rust”, in which Alec Baldwin is acting and a producer, a prop gun in the actor’s hands misfired and killed their cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Does Hollywood have a problem with safety? Also, the courts rejected a man’s guilty plea after he had live-streamed his tense and allegedly xenophobic row with a bus driver. Why did t…
 
"Connie stared at him, another wave of dizziness and fear rising in her so that for a moment he wasn't even in focus but was just a blur standing there against his gold car, and she had the idea that he had driven up the driveway all right but had come from nowhere before that and belonged nowhere and that everything about him and even about the mu…
 
"After all, she was not only harmless – there was no question about that – but she was also quite obviously a kind and generous soul." In today's episode of The Literary Coven, the witches talk about "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl. First impressions can be deceiving and lead to the most disastrous of outcomes if one is not careful. Listen along to th…
 
“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame. In this episode of The Literary Coven, the witches dive into "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. This story highlights a man ov…
 
Brea and Mallory talk about how we’re all using the word microhistory incorrectly and how that’s just fine. And they celebrate the release of Mallory’s new book GIRLY DRINKS and give some advice on sharing a book with your significant other. Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Recommendations Store Sponsors - B…
 
The liberalisation of the SG energy market that began in 2018 was supposed to herald a bright new future for consumers. However, 3 electricity retailers have suddenly thrown in the towel in the past week, leaving their customers back at square one. Was there anything that could have been done differently? And NOC is back in the news again, with a f…
 
"Don't ever mix juju with technology." In this episode of The Literary Coven, the witches serve up another spooky treat! Lily and Courtney discuss "Hello, Moto" by Nnedi Okorafor. These giggly hosts discuss themes regarding taking responsibility for one's actions and comfortability while also tackling the question, "Should you ever mix juju with te…
 
"The woman is a mound of dirt and rags pushing a squeaky shopping cart; a lump that moves steadily, slowly forward, as if dragged by an invisible tide." Welcome back, witches! Halloween will soon arrive and up until then, we'll be serving you some wicked short stories every single day. In today's episode of The Literary Coven, the witches discuss "…
 
Recently, streaming platform Netflix came under a firestorm of criticism from the LGBTQ+ community both outside the company and internally, with transgender Netflix staff planning a walkout on 20th October. All this was caused by the launch of Dave Chapelle’s final standup comedy special on their platform, which contained “transphobic” content, and…
 
Remember That Time We Forgot to Remember? In this episode, we continue our reading and discussion of "Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents" by Rod Dreher. What happens when we forget our familial, social, and Christian history? What have been the effects of therapeutic ideology on the churches? What is the benefit, and detriment, of …
 
Recently, with the announcement of VTLs with 11 different countries, SGeans have been flocking to travel agents and airline offices to plan their year-end trips. But as Haresh personally discovers, the VTL isn’t as attractive a prospect as it looks on paper. In the NBA, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has been banned from playing or training w…
 
Hey book lovers! In this new episode, join Issie and Molly as they talk to Oprah-approved novelist and inspiring woman, Imbolo Mbue, author of this month's book of the month, How Beautiful We Were. We were so overjoyed to be able to pose all of our questions to Imbolo about her climate fiction, How Beautiful We Were, which we featured in our subscr…
 
Brea and Mallory reveal the secret of how they read so much! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Recommendations Store Sponsors - StoryWorth Soylent Code: GLASSES Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amazon Wish List Newsletter Libro.fm Pre-Order Girly Drinks! Girly Drinks Even…
 
Content creator Jaze Phua recently exploded on TikTok, gaining 1.5 million followers in a month, largely based on his Squid Game videos. We discuss how TikTok differs from other platforms he’s been on, and where he sees the future of entertainment and social media. And of course, we talk about the current issue of the toxic culture among Singapore …
 
The Truth Is Like A Good Steak. In this episode, we continue to read and discuss Rod Dreher’s book “Live Not by Lies.” Do we hold our pastors to a specific evangelical standard for preaching and ministry? What damage is done to churches whose members don’t have a firm theological and moral grounding in what’s good, right, and true? — SHOW NOTES: Li…
 
Becca's pick for the October theme of Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, is The Hunger by Alma Katsu. The novel is a reimagining of the tragedy of the Donner Party as they journeyed to California. This episode asks the question, Can you know ever know too much about the Donner Party? Next time we will be reading The Lottery and Other Stories by Shi…
 
A study by a social enterprise, Happiness Initiative, uncovered that several socio-demographic factors such as household income and sexual orientation had a disproportionately large impact on Singapore residents’ happiness. Also, YouTube channel Night Owl Cinematics, after facing a tsunami of online criticism for the way its co-founder, Sylvia Chan…
 
Lies Are Like Hotdogs. In this episode, we continue to read and discuss Rod Dreher’s “Live Not by Lies.” What harm is done to the churches by abandoning the Truth, and what about a society the lives by lies? — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W What Hot Dogs are Made Of - Great Outd…
 
This week, we come face to face with the outspoken and controversial Singapore athlete and SEA Games gold medalist, Soh Rui Yong. Never one to mince words, he reveals what he thinks about comments that he’s arrogant, the origins of his competitive drive, and also explains why he’s offering 700 packets of chicken rice as a prize for his 2.4km Challe…
 
Brea and Mallory talk about comfort reads and review the world’s weirdest reading chair. Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Recommendations Store Sponsors - GreenChef Code: GLASSES100 Dipsea Links - Reading Glasses Facebook Group Reading Glasses Goodreads Group Amazon Wish List Newsletter Libro.fm Girly Drinks…
 
Recently, an ex-employee of Facebook, Frances Haugen, testified at a US Senate hearing about how there is no accountability within Facebook’s leadership with regards to the harm caused to users of the social media platform. Is Facebook really as evil as it sounds? Also, users found that “Ask Jamie”, the AI chatbot service that answers FAQs on most …
 
This episode is rated R: Restricted, Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian. Or alternately, YA-4? We discuss a recent YA Twitter incident. Next time we will be reading The Hunger by Alma Katsu. You can find it at your local library or bookstore and read along with us. Get two months for the price of one at Libro.fm with co…
 
Recently in Parliament, Minister Shanmugam pressed opposition MP Raeesah Khan to divulge more details about a claim she had made about the police’s poor management of a case of sexual assault. Khan refused, reasoning that she needed to maintain confidentiality. Who’s right or wrong? Also, a community of wild chickens has appeared in Dover Close, di…
 
The Cake Is A Lie. In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s “Live Not by Lies,” discuss Vaclav Havel, and how the churches’ learned passivity and helplessness have rendered their ministry and outreach impotent. — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://amzn.to/2Wpmm4W Masada https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
 
The Active Mobility Advisory Panel, tasked by the SG government with reviewing rules for on-road cycling, has concluded that bicycle registration and licensing of cyclists are not recommended. Why was this done in spite of the increasing number of incidents between motorists and cyclists? Also, a social worker has singled out the Mediacorp talk sho…
 
Singapore’s annual Population in Brief report revealed that total population fell 4.1% to 5.45 million as a result of COVID-19. We discuss the numbers and why it’s alarming for SG’s future. Also, runner Soh Rui Yong is in the news again, but this time for launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $180,000 to pay for damages and legal fees in his d…
 
Hey book lovers! We're back with another waffle-y, chatty episode talking about what's going on here at Books That Matter HQ, what's new in the book world (paper shortage, anyone?!), and what we're reading at the moment! New here? We're Books That Matter, the UK's leading and largest book subscription box brand with a thriving community of thousand…
 
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.” In this week's episode of The Literary Coven, the witches talk about The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. These giggly hosts dissect the main characters, a complicated love triangle, and complex themes. Support the show (h…
 
Detransition, Baby is a debut novel by Torrey Peters that also happens to be absolutely perfect for discussion and buddy reading. We really loved this unconventional story of three women on a journey to become (or not become) mothers. We will be anxiously waiting for it to be optioned as a limited series on a premium cable network. Next time we wil…
 
We’re Not Going Anywhere Fast, So Keep Going! In this episode, we read Rod Dreher’s book on being a Christian dissident, and discuss the myth of progress. What happens when the church adopts the myth of progress and how does it effect its ministry and outreach? — SHOW NOTES: Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher https://…
 
As quickly as we embarked on a COVID-endemic strategy, Singapore has tightened restrictions on social gatherings once again. It’s not the first time we’ve clamped down to reduce the spread, but why is there so much more frustration this time? In other news, the co-founder of indie bookstore BooksActually, a longstanding bastion of Singapore literat…
 
And we thought our jobs were tough! This week, we speak to Paul Laurence, a Singaporean who clears unexploded RPGs, landmines and IEDs in war-torn countries for a living. After a long career in the SAF, Paul has worked as a deminer in places such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and Papau New Guinea. We read about him in an eye-opening fe…
 
"In a sense all dreams foretell events, but some more clearly than others." In this week's episode of The Literary Coven, the witches discuss Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This twisty, modern gothic novel had the girls on the edge of their seats! They'll converse about the powerful, inspiring characters and the creepy ones, they'll discus…
 
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TW: This episode contains references to mental health, anxiety, depression, and there are non-explicit references to sexual assault and death. Hello, dear book lovers! I am so thrilled to share this episode with you, an incredible, insightful discussion with psychologist and author, Dr Soph! Sophie is a registered psychologist, who quit her NHS job…
 
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