The Bookshop Chronicles

Chapter 57: Books as a Lifeline & the Value of Community with Melissa Ahmed

January 2, 2022

Earlier this year, I introduced you to Melissa Ahmed. Your response to that conversation was outstanding. It was the most shared and downloaded episode of our podcast EVER, and I received the most DMs about it. Melissa's ability to say what's on her mind and on her heart in a bold, refreshing "I don't care" attitude is what we need. 

Once again, please listen to this episode and then SHARE IT. This conversation with Melissa Ahmed is too good not to share. She is an avid reader, a Muslim mother of 2 young girls, a Homeschooling teacher, and advocate for social justice, a feminist who seeks to intelligently raise the bar for women, and speaks boldly about what matters most. Melissa and I talk about the challenge to find a Bosom Friend when you are older, the reality of being understood and valued for what makes us different. She believes strongly, loves fiercely and fights daily. I am sure you will love her almost as much as I do. 


Today's episode is brought to you by the 2022 DCBC Reading Challenge - get out of your reading funk and join us as we cross new categories off the list and discover new writers and titles. Email me at to receive your free PDF and get reading!


Books Discussed:

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Blubber by Judy Blume

That Was Then, This is Now  by S.E. Hinton

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted by Robert Hillman

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Will by Will Smith

Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment

Gwendy's Button Box by Richard Chizmar

The Twenty One Rules of Love by Matthew Dicks



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Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

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