Welcome to the
Currently Reading Podcast!
Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics.
I’m Meredith Monday Schwartz. I’m a married mom of 4 and full-time CEO of a large wedding website. I live in the SF Bay Area and love the cool temperatures and high number of bookstores that make up the gorgeous place I call home. I’ve been an avid reader since I was 4. I’m a very introverted INFJ, so I read to re-charge. My very favorite thing to do if I’m not reading is… wait for it… to talk about books! I’m so grateful that, in Kaytee, I’ve found the perfect partner.
I’m Kaytee Cobb. I’m married to my best friend, a mama of 4 littles, a big fan of Jesus, and a homeschool mom and director (kind of like the principal of our homeschool co-op). I try not to lose my mind while juggling all these roles by reading books. I’m attempting to reach “professional” reading level by regularly devouring 200 or more books in a calendar year! I’m an ESFJ, Type A, Enneagram 2w1, Obliger who obviously loves personality tests. I enjoy being around people, but my favorite thing to talk to those people about is… books!!!
The question I hear most often: How do you read so much with all those kids running around? Welllll, you’ll have to tune in to find out!
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What was the first novel you read?
Meredith: It was a Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. I remember it being the very first book in the series, because, even at 7 years old, I had to read a series in strict order.
Kaytee: I had a large set of Illustrated Classics (abridged) as a child, and spent a lot of time reading through each of those. They stoked my love of the classics. The first standalone full novel I remember reading was The Giver, but that was probably about 4th grade, so I'm sure I read others before that!
What’s your worst bookish habit?
Meredith: Buying a ton of books and never reading them because I’m always behind on my holds from the library. I’m 2 steps forward, 5 steps back in my reading life!
Kaytee: I have to force myself to read longer books because I *might* be a little obsessed with the number of books I read in a year. If it's over 500 pages, someone needs to convince me that I will LOVE it.
What’s your favorite book of all time?
Meredith: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
Kaytee: I hate this question. How dare you ask me to choose a favorite child.
How many books do you read/year on average?
Meredith: Somewhere between 50–80 would be average.
Kaytee: I used to average around 50–60 books a year. About 3 years ago, I figured out that my brain could handle multiple books at once and it skyrocketed. That year I read 123 books. Last year I read 217. This year, who knows?!
Real books or e-books?
Meredith: Real books all the way. Sometimes audio, too.
Kaytee: I always have one of each: print, audio, and Kindle. But the ones I finish the fastest are audio, followed by print. Audio because I need my hands free a lot. Print because I love them the most.
What’s your bookish “wheelhouse”?
Meredith: I read a lot of different things, but my go-to genre is always mysteries with a few thrillers thrown in there.
Kaytee: I'd say it's probably that all-encompassing genre of “contemporary fiction”, but I'll read almost any book if the time is right!
Favorite series of all time?
Meredith: The Three Pines series by Louise Penny.
Kaytee: Harry Potter (trite, I know, but it really is the only one I want to read over and over again).
Which three authors, living or dead, would you most like to interview?
Meredith: Louise Penny, Jen Hatmaker, and we’ll double-date with David Sedaris.
Kaytee: David Sedaris, Fredrick Backman, and Jane Austen.
Describe your ideal reading spot?
Meredith: I just found it in Monterey, CA! It’s the Reading Room of Intercontinental Clement. It’s a huge room, kept very quiet, that has both a wall of windows facing the Pacific Ocean AND a fireplace. Oh, and they bring you whatever beverage you want. Snacks, too! Bliss.
Kaytee: in February of 2018, I bought my first *reading chair* for our master bedroom. My kids and husband know if they can't find me, I'm sitting there, wrapped up in a blanket, deep in a story.
Do you enjoy rereading books or do you prefer all new titles?
Meredith: I very rarely re-read. I’ve got too much FOMO.
Kaytee: I almost never re-read, except the classics, and Harry Potter. There are too many good books that I HAVEN'T read!