What Should I Read Next?

By Anne Bogel | Wondery

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 Jul 17, 2019

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What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.


Episode Date
Ep 252: Books that send you racing to Google
00:42:03

Today's guest wants surprising books with unique story structures, new information, and plot twists that will make her say, “what did I just read?” Shelly Akins is a proud Arizonian who is always reading. And when she isn’t reading, she loves attending the Tuscon Festival of Books, a huge literary festival where both book talk and fangirling are welcomed.

We eagerly await the day we can gather for book festivals again, but in the meantime, Shelly finds community in her Book Challenge Group, which is not a traditional book club. Talking books with fellow readers has helped Shelly hone in on her personal reading taste and decide what she wants more of in her reading life. Today, Anne's recommending three titles to surprise and delight this avid reader!

Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/252 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.


You can follow Shelly's reading life on Instagram @shellyreads.stuff.


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Sep 22, 2020
Ep 251: I love books and books love me back
00:50:26

Today’s guest is a self-proclaimed “book glutton” who reads in between everyday moments at home, at work, and even while she’s walking. Grettel Castro is a biostatistician living in Miami, Florida. She emigrated to the United States from Cuba at the age of 14, but her voracious appetite for reading started much earlier. Readers, I’m sure many of you will relate to Grettel’s story of falling in love with books as a young reader, as well as her current mixed feelings on big literary award-winning novels. 

Grettel loves backlist books, or as she says, older novels that have “simmered” for a while, and has mixed feelings on which books take home the big literary awards... so today, in addition to getting tips on reading with an open novel in my hands, I’m recommending three great books with literary staying power. 

Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/251 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.


You can snoop on Grettel's reading life on Instagram @6wordsbookreviews



We're going back to Book School! This season we’re learning to read better, together—excessively nerdy and super enjoyable classes that will help you go deeper with your books, brighten your book talk, and have more fun in your reading life!


Book School is part of the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club, so you’ll get to pair what you’re learning with the books we’re reading and the authors we’re chatting with this fall. 


Book school is under way so join now.



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Sep 15, 2020
Ep 250: I want a book that reads like a love letter
00:49:40

Today’s guest has a story that sounds like the beginning of a juicy historical fiction novel.

As a teenager, Liz Maguire came across a batch of 1920s love letters at a flea market. This launched an obsession with collecting vintage letters and preserving people’s personal correspondence as a piece of history. Of course, this project has had a marked affect on her reading life, so Liz has come to Anne looking for books that measure up to the detailed, intimate depictions of the real stories found in her vintage letters.

Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/250 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.


You can learn all about Liz’s project at fleamarketloveletters.com and see the letters yourself on Instagram @fleamarketloveletters


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Sep 08, 2020
Ep 249: Who would read the dictionary for fun? (we would)
00:56:32

An encounter with The Baby-Sitters Club #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day launched today's guest into a lifelong love of reading AND a special fondness for middle grade novels. Afoma Umesi is a freelance writer, editor, and children’s book blogger living in Nigeria. Anne has her work cut out for her to recommend middle grade books Afoma hasn’t read yet, plus selecting an adult title to suit her taste.

Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/249 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.


Make sure to visit Afoma's blog: http://afomaumesi.com/blog

And give her a follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/afomaumesi


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Sep 01, 2020
Ep 248: Reading on island time
00:49:16

Today I’m talking with Jennifer Cordeiro, who lives in Bermuda, a small island with two bookstores and one library. Jennifer has encountered her fair share of #bookwormproblems, both in her own reading life and in her job at her small island bookstore where hurricanes, tourism, shipping dilemmas, and special orders mean you never know which books you’ll see on the shelves.

Jennifer's personal bookshelves are currently overstuffed with more than ONE THOUSAND unread titles, and today my job is to help her choose what to read next. Plus, we talk about the occupational hazards of working in a bookstore, the joys of mood reading, and a surprising hometown connection.


Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/248 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.


Follow Jennifer on Instagram @bdajen1.


Our Fall Book Preview is coming up on September 1! Join us live when I share 42 (get it?) of this season’s eagerly-anticipated new releases, featuring a mix of titles I’ve read and loved, titles I can’t wait to read, and titles the book industry is abuzz about for the season to come. This year for the first time you'll also get the companion Fall Book Preview magazine. This event and companion magazine are exclusively for our MMD Book Club members and WSIRN Patreon "Book Lover" members. If you're not already a WSIRN member, now is a great time to join. Click here to find out more.


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Aug 25, 2020
Ep 247: Finding the common thread in two friends' wildly different TBRs
01:02:21

Today's episode is all about the joy of reading in relationships. Our guests Emma Gorin and Dinah Fay have been friends since 9th grade—that’s over 20 years. They haven’t always kept in touch as much as they'd like to, but books have always given them an easy way to reconnect.

Emma and Dinah put in their submission to be on WSIRN with the explicit goal of connecting over a great read that they’ll both enjoy—which is a bit of a challenge because while they both love to read, their reading tastes are quite different. With two guests today we cover a lot of readerly ground, chatting about English class in the age of Covid-19, a book-gifting tradition, queer YA romances, and rich audiobook experiences. We also cover A LOT OF TITLES.

To see that full list of titles, be sure to visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/247 where we have a list of all the books we discussed, a transcript of the episode and more.


Follow Emma on Instagram @Emma.g_sings123.



On September 1st we're hosting a Fall Book Preview live for members of the What Should I Read Next patreon community. Parties like this are so much fun as Anne shares books she's read and loved, ones she's looking forward to, and some titles book world is abuzz about for the season to come. All in all we’ll preview 42 books so you can preorder some titles, place your library holds, and load up your TBR for the cooler nights to come.

Become a member today at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext and mark your calendars for September 1st. It’s gonna be great. 



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Aug 18, 2020
Ep 246: Does your reading life need a mid-year checkup?
01:00:06

On today's episode Anne helps Courtney Wallace, a Cincinnati reader, with a reading practice we hear surprisingly little about—her recent mid-year checkup on her reading goals. Lots of people talk about goals for the reading life—both numerical and content goals—at the start of every year. And we all see plenty of year-in-review summaries from readers. But when Courtney's guest submission mentioned her mid-year assessment we realized how rarely we stop to take stock of how our reading life has been thus far, while there’s still plenty of time to work on those reading goals before years’ end.

So today we review Courtney’s reading year so far and discuss what she hopes the rest of the year holds, giving you plenty of reading reflection inspiration along the way. We also discuss the importance of the book community, and particularly in-person events, as well as one simple thing she’s doing to slow down and appreciate what she’s reading.

Back-to-school season is similar to the New Year for many of us; it’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Hopefully you'll pull some inspiration from Courtney’s mid-year checkup to evaluate your own reading year so far and make any course corrections you need heading into this new season.


Connect with Courtney on Instagram @IncessantBookworm.


Speaking of back-to-school, as we're turning our attention to fall we want to look head to what books are coming out this fall. And this fall is loaded with great titles. September 1st we'll be giving our patreon community a little preview of the top 40 titles I've loved, the ones I'm looking forward to, and the titles that have the book industry abuzz. Join our community to take part in the Fall Book Preview live on September 1st.



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Aug 11, 2020
Ep 245: Finding the right mix for your reading life
01:04:27

Over the years, Anne has been called many thing–podcaster, author, and now... Book Yoda, a name bestowed upon her by today's guest and Lazy Genius blogger Kendra Adachie.

You remember Kendra from all the way back in Episode 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv), over FOUR years ago. Her reading life has changed a lot since then, in no small part because of her first visit to WSIRN. That first visit did wonders for her reading life and gave her new insight into what kinds of books she loves, and WHY. Lately though, her reading life has felt like a roller coaster—you might relate—and we’re gonna talk about WHY, and what to do about it.

They discuss winnowing your TBR list, being a Lazy Genius in your reading life, and the unique method Kendra uses to pick her books. Plus, as always, Anne delivers three book recommendations that will hopefully pull Kendra out of her current reading rut.

If you've been feeling the strain of decision fatigue, lack of focus, or just not being able to finish a book lately, I hope you'll find some helpful tips in this episode to refresh and restore your reading life.


Find out more about Kendra and her Lazy Genius Way (her philosophy and the title of her new book) on her website thelazygeniuscollective.com.


Visit our website for a full list of the books we talked about and to read along with a transcript of the show.


Our next livestream for our Patreon community is coming up. Join us September 1st for our Fall Book Preview–similar to the Summer Reading Guide Unboxing event we did in May, but instead of sharing all the titles I have read and loved, I’m sharing the books that publishers, booksellers, and other book people–including me–are excited about for the fall season.

Now is the perfect time to join our community. Head to patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext to download our printable highlight reel, set up you bonus feed, and get ready for the Fall Book Preview.



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Aug 04, 2020
Ep 244: You love to read–don’t ruin it
00:47:15

Today's guest is looking for brain candy. That’s Elizabeth Cooper's delightful term for books that are FUN, with a killer premise, pages that practically turn themselves, and totally satisfying endings.

Elizabeth’s past as a reader holds some surprising twists and turns itself — including a plot twist you're probably not expecting. Plus her method for choosing what to read next, is definitely a What Should I Read Next first. And of course Anne recommends three books that hopefully provide that brain candy reading experience Elizabeth is looking for.

Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/244 for the full list of titles we discussed.

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram: https://instagram.com/flutterandsprout_elizabeth


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Jul 28, 2020
Ep 243: Predicting the next great American classic
00:51:12

Charlandra Jenkins is a Florida reader on the hunt for stories that reflect her life, love, grief, and humanity back to her. For Charlandra, new book releases and recent bestsellers by Black authors are a joy, but she’s also yearning for some history… backlist titles by women of color that say “hey! we’ve always been here, we’ve always existed”. Today, Anne recommend 3 backlist titles suited to Charlandra’s taste for complex, fully-realized female characters finding their way through life, and finding themselves along the way. They discuss Charlandra’s enduring love for Zora Neale Hurston, novels that carry the reader through grief... and you’ll definitely want to hear about the book Charlandra expects will become a classic of our time. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/243

Follow Charlandra's reading adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rantiesnplanties


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Jul 21, 2020
Ep 242: Sharing Good Reads with good friends
00:59:38

Anne is joined by Suzanne Skyvara, Goodreads VP of Marketing & Editorial, and Danny Feekes, Goodreads Managing Editor, to have an in-depth chat about how star ratings, reviews, and other nuggets of information we share online help connect our fellow readers to their next great read, support the authors we love, and change the way we see the world. 

Anne, Suzanne, and Danny went so overboard with book recommendations that we had to cut 5 or 6 books to keep this episode a manageable length! We’re releasing all those extra recommendations as a bonus episode this Friday for our Patreon supporters. If you want to hear what recommendations ended up on the cutting room floor, become a patron today: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext

As you'll hear in the episode Anne has become a much more active Goodreads user in the past year, click here to follow her there.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/242


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Jul 14, 2020
Ep 241: Memoirs, milk cows, and reading on horseback
01:00:09

Raelene Bradley has let books be her guide as she and her husband fulfill their longtime dream of living off the land with a family farm. Raelene’s stories of reading in the fields with her horse as a child, and audiobooks to accompany milking time are stuff of readerly dreams.

Today, Anne and Raelene chat about the surprising disappointments from Raelene’s biggest reading year ever, and I’m helping her on her journey away from quantity and toward quality, by recommending she read a touching memoir, lush historical fiction, and a little something… unexpected.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/241


Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Jun 30, 2020
Ep 240: Saving the world, one series at a time
00:44:25

Reader and author KJ Dell’Antonia picked up a lot of the wrong books during a difficult time in her life, and those experiences changed her perspective on a hotly debated literary topic: trigger warnings. She talks with Anne about that shift, moving beyond bedtime reading, covert audiobook operations, and how mystery novels could save your local bookstore... 

Content warning — in this episode, KJ and Anne talk about cancer, specifically breast cancer. It’s not the whole episode, and the conversation doesn’t go into detail, but we want you to be aware before diving in.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/240


Anne had the pleasure of joining KJ and her cohost Jess Lahey recently on their podcast #AmWriting

KJ’s new novel The Chicken Sisters comes out on July 28.

KJ's website: kjdellantonia.com


Readers, right now our Patreon community is a veritable celebration of summer reading. We’ve shared some wonderful bonus episodes recently, on topics like fantastic new romance novels, absorbing summer nonfiction, and our publicly-available episode covering spectacular books by Black authors. Our latest bonus episode is a casual home library chat with Anne and her husband Will about what summer reading is like for each of them this year.

Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Jun 23, 2020
Ep 239: The read-alike problem
00:36:40

Chris Abi Zeid is counting down the days before a big life event that will significantly alter his reading life. But for a few more weeks he still has precious reading hours. All he needs is his next read–and listeners, he has one huge requirement. He needs a book with a big, beefy, juicy plot. Complicated characters are great, but they need to go somewhere and do something for Chris to be satisfied.

Anne's challenge today is finding the three perfect titles that will carry Chris toward his next big adventure.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/239


Follow Chris on Instagram @chrisabzz.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 750,000 families digitally preserve their past. WSIRN listeners get an incredible 50% OFF your first order at LegacyBox.com/readnext


  • Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, support your immune system or address gut health, now’s the perfect time to try Athletic Greens for yourself. WSIRN listeners can get 20 FREE daily travel packs with your first purchase at AthleticGreens.com/readnext.
Jun 16, 2020
Ep 238: Windows, mirrors, and why We Need Diverse Books
00:46:19

Today’s guest Lamar Giles credits his love of reading to his mom who was always willing to buy him a book. Today Anne and Lamar chat about children’s books, horror novelist Stephen King, great novels where the setting is a character in its own right, and the importance of mirrors on the bookshelf.

This episode was recorded and aired last year as Episode 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you. This is the perfect listen for early summer, when you might have young readers at home looking for something to keep them busy. But it’s also a great time to revisit this one as we also have a deep conversation about We Need Diverse Books the non-profit of which Lamar’s a founding member, and the important work that’s still to be done in the literary world.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/238


In this episode, Lamar talks about juggling two book releases in 2019. He’s back at it again this year with another 2 releases: Not So Pure And Simple, a YA book came out in January and The Last Mirror on the Left a sequel to last year’s middle grade novel The Last Last-Day-of-Summer is due out in October.


You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles.


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Jun 09, 2020
Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?
00:44:39

Elyssa Gould is an academic librarian and “recovering English major”, whose goal is to get caught up on her own backlist while she’s separated from her natural habitat, the library. Today, Anne shuffles around Elyssa’s 100 or so unread books into a few smaller stacks, for a DIY literature "curriculum" that should keep her busy at home for as long as necessary. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/237


You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakes


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Jun 02, 2020
Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?
00:48:45

It’s a weird time to be in the market for a new book. When it’s safer to stay home, and many libraries and bookstores have temporarily shut their doors to the public, what’s a reader to do… but turn to their home bookshelves! Your TBR shelf's time has COME! 

Today Annd chats with Karla Osorno, a WSIRN listener whose 600+ precious unread books have been weighing her reading life down. Not only is Karla searching for her next read in these stacks, but she wants to lighten the mental load by eliminating the titles that just aren’t right for her. You’ll come away from today’s episode with questions and ideas you can apply to your own book collections.

Everyone at WSIRN HQ hopes you are well, and that your bookshelves are a source of solace when the going gets tough. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/236


You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.


Thanks to today's sponsors:


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May 26, 2020
Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads
00:44:21

Today we continue our celebration of Summer reading with Zibby Owens, host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. Anne and Zibby are chatting about what they’re excited to read this Summer, whether those books are brand new or quite old. Get ready for a slew of summer-ready non-fiction recommendations for your TBR. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/235

You can visit Zibby at ZibbyOwens.com, and listen to Anne's episode of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books here: https://zibbyowens.podbean.com/e/anne-bogel-dont-overthink-it

May 19, 2020
Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read
00:42:47

Readers, summer reading is so close you can almost taste it. Anne has been investigating upcoming summer releases for months now, on the lookout for new and notable titles that should be on your summer reading list. Prepping for the Summer Reading Guide brings up an important question — what makes a book a “summer read”? What’s the perfect balance of frothy to grounded, fun to thought-provoking, or relatable to rich-people-problems?

Today we've brought in author Jennifer Weiner, proud author of several quintessential summer reads, to discuss her criteria for a great poolside book, the upside-down and backwards season the publishing world is about to have, and her appropriately-titled new book Big Summer


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/234


 You can learn more about Jen’s books at jenniferweiner.com, and keep up with her on Instagram @jenniferweinerwrites and on Twitter @jenniferweiner.


Thanks to this week's sponsor:

  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients. Plus, their sources are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Daily changes can lead to big results, so start today — Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three month at RItual.com/READNEXT!
May 12, 2020
Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story
00:42:50

Anne chats with education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy about literacy in the justice system, and how her work with incarcerated students has been affected by social distancing. Hanan came to WSIRN looking for an escapist reading experience, but she didn’t mean happy endings and rainbows. She escapes her day to day life by submerging herself in someone else’s complex, difficult world (fiction or non!)

If you read lists of ‘escapist fiction’ that’s full of peppy romance and thrilling action thinking “ehhh that won’t do it for me,” maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for in Anne's picks for Hanan today. Happy reading!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/233


You can follow Hanan's reading life on Instagram @hanansbookshelf: https://www.instagram.com/hanansbookshelf


Readers, the ninth annual Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide comes out next week! The Summer Reading Guide is similar to WSIRN–it's about helping you cut down ALL of the new titles to the a manageable number and hopefully helping you decide on a winner. 

Before the guide is officially released Anne and Brenna are doing a live video event with members of our Patreon community. I'll give you a preview of all of the books and what excites me about them.

The Summer Reading Guide Unboxing takes place May 12th at both noon and 7pm eastern (we're doing it twice to make it easier for you to attend).

This is one of the events our community looks forward to the most. The bookish enthusiasm is off the charts. If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the time. Go to Patreon to learn more about the unboxing event and even watch the video replay of last year’s unboxing. Then sign up and join us on May 12th. 


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!


May 05, 2020
Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING
00:42:49

Anne is joined by Gaithersburg, Maryland mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of those community book events. At the time of recording, they were still crossing their fingers that they’d get to meet in person at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Between then and now, that event has been canceled due to COVID-19. (There will be some online programming, so watch the website for more information if you're intrigued.)

We're also digging into Jud's eclectic personal reading life, from westerns to middle grade fiction to historical nonfiction, to a book he describes as JAW DROPPINGLY GOOD… and Anne recommends 3 books to him like a human, not an algorithm. That’s a joke, but also a totally real concern when literary matchmaking. Listen in to hear Anne explain the difference in the episode. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/232


Readers, we send an email every Tuesday with 3 bookish things I love, 1 thing I don’t, and what I’m reading now. If you want fun, informative, and delightful links to all things books and reading with a little dose of my personal reading habits then sign up for the weekly newsletter.

And be sure to do that now because in 2 weeks we’re sending all subscribers my ninth annual Summer Reading Guide. This is THE answer to what you should read next this summer. So sign up now.

-Anne


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!


  • Legacybox is a super simple mail-in service to have all your home movies and pictures digitally preserved on a thumb drive, DVD or in the cloud. WSIRN listeners can save 50% during their Mother's Day sale at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT (while supplies last.)
Apr 28, 2020
Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal
00:43:24

Today, Anne's exploring a genre that’s on the rise these days... ecofiction! Reader Katy Yocom is constantly on the hunt for absorbing novels with plots that not only incorporate the natural world, but ones in which the story absolutely depends upon it. Anne's challenge today is to pick 3 well-written titles for Katy that paint a lush portrait of natural life without losing that “page turning” appeal. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/231


You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1


Readers, this is an exciting time of year at WSIRN: Summer Reading Guide season is almost here!

Our email subscribers get the our ninth (!!!) annual guide when it comes out, but Patreon supporters get it first. They're invited to join us for our live “unboxing” on May 12. This year we're offering two times to make it easier for you to attend live. Our patrons also get the guide that day, two days before it's publicly available.

If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the perfect time. Visit patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now to sign up. We’d love to see you there.

-Anne


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Ritual uses high-quality ingredients that are vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see because you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!


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Apr 21, 2020
Ep 230: Don't overthink your reading life
00:43:49

A note from Anne — I’ve been soooo looking forward to sharing today’s episode with you. Today we’re sharing the live audio from my book tour stop at the Strand in New York City. This evening in their gorgeous rare books room was MAGICAL. The room was packed with avid readers (and quite a few What Should I Read Next alums, which is what we like to call our past guests). It couldn't have been a better night, and I am so happy and thankful that now you get to listen in in today's episode.

But. I can't talk about that night—or this episode—without telling you that sharing it feels bittersweet. This was my second—and last, for now—book tour stop for Don't Overthink It and one of the Strand's last events before closing their doors due to covid-19. My heart goes out to the Strand, its employees, and all of New York City. I hope to see you all again soon.

For the time being, it's a solace to be able to bring you the live audio from that night at the Strand. This episode is ALL ABOUT What Should I Read Next; I’m reflecting on the show in a way that I really haven’t done publicly. I hope you find it interesting, illuminating, and entertaining. In the next segment I’m joined by a Strand bookseller to do some on-the-fly literary matchmaking for our live audience.

Let us know how we did in the comments at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/230


Visit The Strand online at www.strandbooks.com, and follow their gorgeous Instagram account @strandbookstore.


More What Should I Read Next Live:

As Anne mentions in this episode we have a special One Great Book style bonus episode that's available to everyone over on our Patreon page. Anyone can listen to that here.

But now would also be a great time to become a Patreon supporter. This week we're having our quarterly live stream with Patreon supporters. Join us as we chat about what's happening behind the scenes, what we're reading now, and give recommendations for what some of you should read next.

We'll do another live event next month as we kick off summer reading season with the Summer Reading Guide Unboxing. This is the most fun event we do all year.

We hope you will join us now over on Patreon.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreat CoursesPlus.com, and quarterly plans are available for just $10 per month!


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Apr 07, 2020
Ep 229: Works of literary fabulousness
00:39:58

Why do some books with heavy topics leave you feeling uncomfortable, while other books tackling difficult subject matter make you feel understood and connected to humankind? Today, guest Mandy Lambert and host Anne Bogel pick apart the ingredients of Mandy's favorite and least favorite books to discover the subtle difference between a hard book that pays off in the end, and a hard book that’s just… hard.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/229


You can hear more from Mandy on her blog: thisbrightlife.home.blog


Bonus episodes for you:

Readers, it is a difficult and confusing time. So this past week, we released two bonus episodes on Patreon to meet you where you are, plus some special events.

The first bonus episode is available to everyone. It's a book recommendation that has helped Anne during times of great loss and grief, and we think a lot of readers could use it in their life right now. Give it a listen at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, and feel free to share it with readers and other loved ones in your life.

Second, a patron-exlusive episode recommending 5 happy, hopeful reads, something many of you have written in to tell us you need right now. You can find this exclusive episode at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, along with 31 other bonus episodes and livestream replays!

Finally, if you are looking for bookish community during an isolated time, now is a wonderful time to check out everything happening in our Patreon community. We are holding our quarterly Spring livestream on April 9th, which is a community get-together with Anne and Brenna to chat about what we've been reading off our home bookshelves, and share recommendations with other readers. We hope you can will join us!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Mar 31, 2020
Ep 228: HELP! I can't stop quitting books
00:52:23

So, you hate the book you’re reading. Or maybe you just feel blah about the book you’re reading. Or maybe the book you’re reading is good, but a different book on your shelf just looks so appealing, and you can’t help reaching for it… suddenly, you have a stack of 5 half-read books on your nightstand, and you’re still browsing the library catalog for something new. If you relate to any of those scenarios, today’s episode is for you. Guest Jamie Wright is a self-proclaimed “book quitter”, and she’s asked for Anne's help turning things around. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/228


Readers, whether you are looking for an escape from the news or for something to entertain kids who are suddenly at home we, have Spotify playlists of back episodes of What Should I Read Next for all your binging, relaxing, or bibliotherapying needs. Find them all at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/spotify.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

Mar 24, 2020
Ep 227: Putting your money where your literary values are
00:39:48

Guest Sterling Hardaway values efficiency and growth in his reading life, which has led him to a hefty serving of nonfiction to learn new exciting things, fiction that sidesteps predictable tropes to deliver a truly unique reading experience, and seeking out authors whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. Anne's challenge today is recommending 3 books that won’t tread the same old ground, and offer him something new

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/227


You can keep up with what Sterling reads next on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ster724


Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out now!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:


  • ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!


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  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see, because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
Mar 17, 2020
Ep 226: Dig in to a feast for your literary senses
00:47:14

As audiobooks have become more available and more popular over the years, they’ve become a bigger part so many of your daily routines. Today Anne chats with everyday expert Leanne Hunt about the history of audiobooks and her decades-long connection with the format. Leanne came looking for book recommendations that explore the inner life of characters, and lush sensory descriptions of setting and expression, so pull out those TBR lists if you are ready to be truly transported.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/226


You can learn more about Leanne’s life and writing at blindhorsewoman.blogspot.com

Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out now!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:


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Mar 10, 2020
Ep 225: What your neighborhood should read next
00:42:27

We're always hearing from listeners about connections made either on the show or in the blog or instagram comment sections. Today’s guest Elizabeth Barnhill had one of these delightful stories to share. She popped into Anne's DMs recently to say “Anne, I wanted to let you know that you are a bookstore matchmaker. I was listening to your show 2 years ago when you interviewed Alison Frenzel about opening up Fabled bookshop in my hometown…” 

We'll can let Elizabeth and Alison share the rest of that story, as they both join Anne to chat about what it’s been like to open an indie in Waco, TX. Then Anne is setting Elizabeth up with 3 titles to read between all the advanced readers copies that she reads for a living now. 

You can meet Anne at Fabled Bookshop on Tuesday March 24! Visit our events page to get tickets and get the lowdown on all Anne's spring travels.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/225

You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @wacoreads , and ogle the gorgeous Fabled bookshop @fabledbookshop. Visit Fabledbookshop.com to plan your own trip!


Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out March 3rd!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Mar 03, 2020
Ep 224: Confronting the Bookshelf of Shame
00:50:48

Like many readers, today’s guest Lacey Yong is creative. But her writing hobby is beginning to clash with her book selections, so she came to WSIRN with the question “how do I pick books that inspire me to write, without being too influenced by authors who write in my genre?” It’s a tricky problem, but one we can work through.

Lacey is also ready to tackle the titles on what her husband jokingly calls her “bookshelf of shame.” Longtime listeners, you know Anne has thoughts about that phrasing...

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/224


Connect with Lacey Yong on Instagram @lacey.yong!

Readers you know what we do here. Each week I help a guest, and hopefully some of you choose your next read. Well I hope this week you’re planning on making your next read my new book Don’t Overthink It. Don’t Overthink It comes out March 3rd so right now you still have a chance to preorder yourself a copy and snag the bonuses we’ve put together for all those who preorder here


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Feb 25, 2020
Ep 223: Five stars for negative book reviews
00:42:07

Anne has recommended books in translation to many guests in the past, but this week we’re venturing away from reading in English, with Parisian reader Florence Breuvert. Because she reads in both French and English, Florence often gets to choose between reading a work in translation, or reading an author’s words in their original language. Today, Anne's challenge is recommending Florence’s next reads in both languages. Anne and Florence also discuss a very precious personal book collection, what makes a classic a classic, and her ongoing quest to buy fewer books.


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/223


Connect with Florence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shouldireadit


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. Choose from boot-cut, straight leg, skinny, cropped, and more - they even have a pair with 8 (yes, 8!) pockets. And now they also offer premium denim with the same flexibility and comfort as yoga pants. WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first order at BetaBrand.com/READNEXT!
  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients in their vitamins — and their sources are out there for the whole world to see, because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. They're offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three month at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
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Feb 18, 2020
Ep 222: Ordinary lives make extraordinary books
00:46:08

Today we listen in on Anne's recent event in Huntsville, Alabama in collaboration with Snail On the Wall and the Rocket City Moms Book Club. Shannan Malone hosts a conversation about Anne's new book, Don’t Overthink It, and Anne holds a LIVE literary matchmaking session with Erin, a reader from the event audience who loves books about the simple life. We hope you enjoy hearing what WSIRN is like — live and off the cuff.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/222


Connect with Shannan on Instagram.

Connect with Erin on Instagram.

Learn more about The Snail on the Wall: website | Instagram

Learn more about Rocket City Mom: website | Facebook


Our next live stream with our Patreon supporters is this week! Join Anne and Brenna and ask them anything live and off the cuff just like today's episode. The livestream is February 13th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question. Read more about this event here.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Feb 11, 2020
Ep 221: Swipe right for book love
00:47:04

Amy Rohn joins Anne to talk about literal literary matchmaking, the ups and downs of her life as a reader in search of real-life romance. We’re exploring what she looks for in a partner, whether they’re a reader or not, and truly baffling stories from her attempts at talking to men on dating apps about books. 

Plus, discussing Amy's newfound love affair with nonfiction after a lifetime of sticking to fantastical fiction, bookstore architecture, stylish prose, the book she had a huge grudge against in middle school. Of course, Anne plays matchmaker herself, recommending three titles Amy may enjoy reading next!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/221


Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter at Patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and and invites to our quarterly ask us anything live events. The next live stream is February 13th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Feb 04, 2020
Ep 220: The books that keep pulling me back
00:41:26

Every week, we promise to give you the information you need to choose your next read. Sometimes, that means information about a specific title (like the premise, interesting backstory, or a sense of the atmosphere.) But other times, the information you need is only discovered through thoughtful reflection on your reading patterns, and developing personalized adjustments.

Today’s guest Erin Schlesener spent a looooong time experimenting before she found a reading routine that fit her needs. Once she had the how locked in, the question shifted to what she should read. Those of you who consider yourselves “slow” readers, you know this struggle — you know you’ll only get through about a dozen books this year, how do you narrow them down to what will be most enjoyable to you? Well, we're tackling that problem today, and Anne is recommending 3 titles to Erin that won’t frustrate or disappoint. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/220


Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next andbecome a supporter atPatreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and and invites to our quarterly ask us anything live events. The next live stream is February 5th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Jan 28, 2020
Ep 219: Required reading revisited
00:51:02

You might remember way back in Ep 60, guest Mel Joulwan and I talked about her love for books with a "strong sense of place". Mel realized she loves to travel in her literary life, and in the years since we chatted on WSIRN she’s made that the priority in big, delightful ways, along with her husband Dave Humphries. Mel and Dave are joining us today to chat about their reading journey together, fulfilling their long-time dream to move across the Atlantic, and their new destination-reading podcast aptly named Strong Sense of Place. Plus, they're recommending 3 books with great atmosphere they think I'll enjoy.


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/219


Hear more about Mel and Dave's new project Strong Sense of Place on their podcast that debuted this week, or via their website, Instagram, and Twitter!


Readers, on today’s episode we’re talking about travel reading. Well I have my own travel coming up and I want to make sure you’re in the loop. My book tour for Don’t Overthink It is booked. I’m going to wonderful bookstores I’ve been to in the past and I’m excited to say we have great events planned at new and new-to-me stores and cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, and Madison CT. Don’t Overthink It is out March 3rd and in-person events start that week. Get the details at modernmrsdarcy.com/events. I hope to see you live and in person at one of these book tour stops this spring!


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Jan 21, 2020
Ep 218: A WSIRN Marriage Story
00:55:36

It’s always fun to read through your guest applications. You fill our inbox with stories, goals, hilarity, and so much heart. One particularly memorable application didn’t come from today’s guest Anna Mittler — it came from one of her best friends, Charlotta, asking if we could make WSIRN a part of Anna’s upcoming bachelorette party. It took a full year to stitch the pieces together and get this episode to your ears, and we hope you love Anna’s story as much as we loved making it happen. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/218


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Jan 14, 2020
Ep 217: Making up for lost time in your reading life
00:54:34

Around here we believe that when you improve your reading life, it does good things for the rest of your life. Today’s guest Pamela Hernandez has found creative ways to pull together reading goals and fitness goals in her personal training business. Pamela loves to read about women who mirror herself and her clients–seasoned female characters who live life on their terms, work to make the best of their life circumstances, and thrive. Today Anne recommending 3 books that fit the bill, plus a self-help book that hopefully won’t leave Pamela shaking her head in disappointment. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/217


You can follow Pamela on Instagram @thrivefit, and hear more from her on her podcast Fit in 417, where book segments are part of the regular rotation. 

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Next week we'll be livestreaming a Winter Book Preview so become a supporter today.

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Jan 07, 2020
Ep 216: A sneak peek at Don't Overthink It
00:23:12

The new year is here and that means another milestone is just around the corner. Anne's newest book Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy Into Your Life comes out on March 3rd. In celebration and anticipation on today's episode Anne is sharing chapter 13 Small Shifts Toward Simple Abundance.

Anne chose this chapter because there's a funny story in here that inspired the beautiful cover design AND because while most people are familiar with the negative aspects of overthinking—worry, rumination, second-guessing–in the book she also wanted to talk about setting overthinking aside in order to bring more peace, joy, and love into our lives. Overthinkers too often think themselves out of life’s simple pleasures, but she wanted to examine how to smartly think our way into them. This chapter is a joy and we can't wait to share it with you.


Preorder bonuses:

  • Companion Don’t Overthink It course we created to complement the book. Full of great strategies and stories you can put to work in your own life right away. The book may not come out till March, but preorderers will get this course as soon as mid-January. 
  • Free audiobook version of Don’t Overthink It.
  • Free ebook edition of my book I’d Rather Be Reading. 
  • An invitation to join my launch team, which is gonna be a blast, AND participants get to read Don’t Overthink It early.  


Pre-order your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. Or for a signed copy order from my local store, Carmichael's, and to get the book and a box full of beautiful goodies check out the Page 1 Don't Overthink It bundle.


And when you preorder, save your receipt! You’ll need it to claim your bonuses. After you preorder, go to overthinkbook.com to enter your information and claim your bonuses.  

Dec 31, 2019
Ep 215: Finding the right way to track YOUR reading
00:43:18

Today we’re revisiting a topic near and dear to our hearts here at WSIRN HQ, and a PERFECT conversation for this time of the year, when the best-of lists start rolling out and everyone is gearing up for a new calendar year of reading. Anne chatted with 14 different readers about how they track their books, and we hope their perspectives will give you some new ideas to start your 2020 reading year strong! 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and photos of some tracking methods mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/215


Sign up for the Reading Challenge at ModernMrsDarcy.com/CHALLENGE and get your own MMD Reading Journal!


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Dec 24, 2019
Ep 214: Deconstructing your best reading year yet
00:51:20

Today you get to hear from a guest who is very near and dear to the show, Anne's husband Will.

Will has been involved with What Should I Read Next since BEFORE the beginning of the show. First he was the sounding board, then he was the trial guest, then he dropped into your feed for the first time in episode 61—and if you haven’t listened to that yet, start downloading it while you listen to this.

But none of that is why we had him back on the show. Will engineered his best reading year to date and when Anne mentioned this people began begging her to bring him back on the show.

This is such a fun conversation—Anne and Will talk about finding your own “reading lane,” reading journals and revisiting star ratings, and the very specific type of book Will can’t help picking up but is often disappointed in.

I mention rethinking star ratings in this episode. Since we recorded, I shared my updated thoughts here: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/star-ratings/


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/214

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. The next livestream happens early January so become a supporter today.


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Dec 17, 2019
Ep 213: Art, fear, and discovering great books
00:53:40

Anne chats with reader and children’s book writer Kate DiCamillo about the books that inspired her to dream up stories, the hopeful work of writing for children, and what she learns from readers about her own books. She has so much to share about the value of friendship with other people who work differently than you do, and her advice is applicable whether you’re an aspiring author or simply a reader looking to build a bookish community in your own personal life. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/213

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.

You can find Kate on Facebook and on Twitter @KateDiCamillo.


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Dec 10, 2019
Ep 212: Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones
00:53:44

Hopefully you haven’t put that wrapping paper away yet… because today we’re bringing you even MORE bookish gift-giving ideas!

This episode is specially geared toward the people many WSIRN listeners consider the hardest to buy for — your nonfiction readers, true crime lovers, political thriller fanatics, and doorstop history book deep-divers. Sometimes these are called “dad books” or “dude books”, and our inbox was definitely FULL of people desperate for recommendations for their dads, brothers, and grandfathers… but genre knows no gender, and around here the expert we trust for nonfiction, crime, and intrigue is none other than Traci Thomas from The Stacks podcast!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/212

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.

Hear more of Tracy at The Stacks Podcast, and find her on Twitter @stackspodcast and Instagram @thestackspod. And be sure to check out The Stacks' book drive to support Rocketship Delta Prep


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Dec 03, 2019
Ep 211: Good reads from the Great North
01:00:17


Anne has a delightful & deep conversation with guest Sarah Bessey about writing personal nonfiction, and what might spur an author to write a book unlike anything they’ve written in the past. Last week, Anne talked about books can expand hearts and minds, and Sarah has so much to share with about what books have shifted her perspectives for the better. CanLit lovers rejoice — they're also touching on the books everyone is talking about in Canada!

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/211


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Nov 26, 2019
Ep 210: Book gifts are the BEST gifts
00:55:42

Break out the wrapping paper, because our yearly WSIRN holiday recommendation episode is here! Listeners wrote and called in to let us know who they wanted to give the gift of reading to this Winter, and today, Anne is joined by Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor in St Louis to recommend the perfect titles for your distractable teens and tweens, reluctant-reader spouses, impossible-to-buy-for parents, and that friend who seems to have already read everything.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/210


A dissenting opinion on Malcolm Gladwell's newest from Traci Thomas of The Stacks Podcast. I recommended this to Jamie in episode 209 but really wish I had seen this post first and would have to say Traci changed my mind.


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Nov 19, 2019
Ep 209: Cracking the audiobook code
00:46:59

Today’s guest is Jamie Freeman, a reader who was led to audiobooks by her favorite true crime podcasts… and has since made serious space in her life to read with her earbuds in. 

Anne and Jamie chat about spine-tingly crime nonfiction, historical romance, their favorite audiobook narrators, and tackle a frequently asked question: how to get into an audiobook when you’re finding it hard to focus. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/209


You can find Jamie on Instagram @jamie.of.all.trades


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Nov 12, 2019
Ep 208: The underappreciated art of literary forgery
00:48:40

Charlie Lovett joins Anne to discuss the enduring power of not only stories but the books themselves, how books connect people of all ages, and of all times, how we can preserve literature for future generations, the joy of a book as a physical object, the art of literary forgery, marginalia, symbolism, and much much more.

Anne met Charlie along with 150 other readers at the ever-charming bookstore Bookmarks NC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as part of an event for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club, where members learn to read better, together, and one of the many things we do is read a core selection together every month, and then meet on video to discuss it at the end of the month, often with the author. Our October selection was Charlie’s novel The Bookman’s Tale*, and not only did Charlie join us, but for the first time ever, we got to have our author chat in person.

*Don't worry, this conversation is spoiler-free.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/208


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Nov 05, 2019
Ep 207: An all-you-can-read buffet
00:44:24

This week's guest is Jennifer Pai, a reader with a particular soft spot for anything that could might be called spooky. Whether it’s thrilling suspense, witchy fantasy, or outright horror, she’s here for it.

Anne and Jennifer chat about atmospheric reads, sleeper hits, gleefully enjoying books other people hate, and the perfect October reads to pair with a comfy blanket and mug of hot cider. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/207


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


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Oct 29, 2019
Ep 206: How to bypass the book hangover
00:42:47

Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took action again… by reaching out to WSIRN for help. 

Today, Jerrell and Anne chat about parenthood, complex family stories, the tricky task of avoiding book hangovers, and much more.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/206


You can connect with Jerrell on Instagram @jerrelleverett


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day like last week's guest Addie who jumped in when we had a scheduling issue and needed to record immediately!


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Oct 22, 2019
Ep 205: Books that won’t let you stop reading
00:34:13

Readers, sometimes podcasting doesn’t go as planned. Schedules conflict, last-minute emergencies strike, the flu sneaks up on us, Anne loses her voice during pollen season… and any of those situations can end with a guest cancelling their recording at the last-minute. That happened recently here at What Should I Read Next HQ, and we needed someone to record on short notice, RIGHT AWAY, to avoid a hole in our release schedule.

Luckily there was an obvious answer — tapping into our Patreon community. We asked who would be available to record within 48 hours. Enter Addie Yoder, self-described “farm wife”, who needed book recommendations to fill her time during harvest season. We couldn’t imagine a more fall-appropriate guest! 

Today, Addie and Anne chat about libraries that aren’t free, books that lend us a little distance from real life when we need it, and the best time of year for a happily-ever-after.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/205


You can follow Addie’s farm and reading life on Instagram @addie.yoder


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day! Join Addie and all of the other delightful readers over on Patreon.


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Oct 15, 2019
Ep 204: Nonfiction that reads like a thrilling novel
00:40:47

Today Anne talks books with David Krohse, an Iowa reader who’s woven a love of literature into all aspects of his life — the waiting room of his chiropractic practice, the bar with a group friends, and quality time spent with his wife. David loves larger than life nonfiction, especially if it reads like an intense thriller, so Anne is hooking him up with exactly that. 


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/204


You can join David's Inspired Book and Brew Crew on Facebook!


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview!

More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration.


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Oct 08, 2019
Ep 203: What happens in book club stays in book club
00:42:10

In today’s episode, Anne talks with Emily Carter about a genre they both used to think they were too smart to be reading. When Emily entered a season when she was busy and stressed, and she discovered that the genre she’d once categorically dismissed was full of books that were exactly what her lackluster reading life needed.

Fellow repentant "book snobs" will relate to this conversation about what we miss out on as readers when we seal ourselves off from whole sections of the bookstore, how our misperceptions can be corrected with the help of our fellow readers, and how we can take smart chances on books outside our readerly comfort zones. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/203


You can connect with Emily on her blog: https://thesecondarrowblog.wordpress.com


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview!

More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Oct 01, 2019
Ep 202: The art (and awfulness) of the cliffhanger
00:54:27

In today's double-feature, Anne chats books with sisters Mia & Micah. But unlike most of our episodes with multiple guests, they aren’t looking to find titles they’ll enjoy together. Mia & Micah already read the same books frequently, so we’re looking to individualize their reading lives with totally separate recommendations. 

Mia is looking to introduce a little romance to her bookshelves… without leaving her comfort zone of action and adventure behind. Meanwhile Micah battles a classic middle-sibling problem... all her books end up being hand-me-downs, so she’s looking for a good mystery novel (or better yet, a series) that’s exactly suited to HER taste first and foremost. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/202


Get another double feature of What Should I Read Next by becoming a supporter on Patreon at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Right now we're sharing new interviews with past guests to hear if they loved or hated Anne's recommendations and of course, what they are reading now.

If you didn't catch our producer Brenna's Instagram takeover during our 200th episode celebration @whatshouldireadnext, be sure to check out the highlights! Her listener Q&A that gives you a fun look at how each episode comes together.


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Sep 24, 2019
Ep 201: The hidden value of a terrible reading experience
00:44:35

Today, Brian Eichenberger dives straight into a hotly debated issue, discussing horrible books that taught him and Anne lessons they still think about allllll the time. Brian is the kind of reader who wants to chew on big ideas, follow characters from childhood to old age to see what makes people tick, and who loves big juicy family sagas. But he also has a taste for the unusual, so Anne recommends 3 titles that hopefully hit more than one target.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/201

You can follow Brian on Twitter @beichen22, and check out his podcast Story Guys at wearethestoryguys.com/podcast or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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Sep 17, 2019
Ep 200: The good, the bad, and the unread
00:56:22

In today's milestone 200th episode, Anne and her producer Brenna catch up with the guests of 8 fan-favorite episodes to see what recommendations were hits, which flopped, and what changed in their reading lives after the show. Some guests approached their bookshelves with fresh eyes, some overcame their genre fears, and some realized that stepping out of their comfort zone just wasn’t what they were interested in — and finally felt at peace with the decision.

Thanks for 200 fantastic episodes, we couldn't have done it without you, our wonderful listeners.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books and episodes mentioned in today's episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/200


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Sep 10, 2019
Ep 199: The perils of public book recommendations
00:50:59

The WSIRN intro sounds straightforward enough - Anne chats with a reader about books they love, books they hate, and books they could pick up next. Simple. But long-time listeners know this show was originally supposed to be a tight 20 minutes… and today, each episode is easily twice that long. It turns out, a person’s reading taste reveals a lot about who they are as individuals, and digging into those discussions is worth much more to the WSIRN team than hitting a timestamp.

Today’s guest is no stranger to seemingly-mundane belongings that hold deep meaning - Tara Anderson hosts the NPR show 5 Things, where she gets to know people by discussing five items that matter to them. A guest's treasured items might be books, but they might also be a houseplant, a special coat, heirloom knitting needles, even something as practical as a rice cooker. There are no home appliances in this episode, but Anne is investigating what Tara’s 3 favorite titles say about what she wants out of life, and what new books will take her there. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/199


Follow Tara on Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to go check out her newest project at musicboxpod.org 


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Sep 03, 2019
Ep 198: Reading for the FUN of it
00:46:34
Aug 27, 2019
Ep 197: Rebuilding a bookshelf in Paradise
00:46:22
Aug 20, 2019
Ep 196: What the cool kids are reading
00:48:03
Aug 13, 2019
Ep 195: Wanted: book enthusiast at large
00:51:48
Aug 06, 2019
Ep 194: No plot, no problem!
00:46:04
Jul 30, 2019
Ep 193: Rolling the dice on your next read
00:50:30
Jul 23, 2019
Ep 192: Wherever you read, I will follow
00:53:02
Jul 16, 2019
Ep 191: When a great book wrecks your reading life
00:31:37
Jul 09, 2019
Ep 190: There's nothing like a little bookish momentum
00:43:07
Jul 02, 2019
Ep 189: Our favorite genre is chapter books
00:51:56
Jun 25, 2019
Ep 188: Books, plants, and literal bibliotherapy
00:39:37
Jun 18, 2019
Ep 187: Traveling the world without leaving your hometown
00:49:26
Jun 04, 2019
Ep 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you
00:46:35
May 28, 2019
Ep 185: What should you read this summer?
00:48:12
May 21, 2019
Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long
00:08:21
May 20, 2019
Ep 184: You’ll never conquer your TBR—and that’s a good thing
00:45:24
May 14, 2019
Ep 183: Baking, books, and other everyday magic
00:54:16
May 07, 2019
Ep 182: Matching the right (audio)book to the right listener
00:49:31
Apr 30, 2019
Ep 181: Taking your reading life from good to great
00:54:03
Apr 23, 2019
Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year
00:54:29
Apr 16, 2019
Ep 179: Life is short & my TBR is way too long
00:42:42
Apr 09, 2019
One Great Book Trailer
00:02:49
Apr 02, 2019
Ep 178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life
00:54:35
Apr 02, 2019
Ep 177: When your reading life is a roller coaster
00:44:08
Mar 26, 2019
Ep 176: Books in the freezer, & other horror stories
00:50:41
Mar 19, 2019
Ep 175: Your library called and they want their books back
00:41:58
Mar 12, 2019
Ep 174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read
00:37:57
Mar 05, 2019
Ep 173: Clocking in at the reading factory
00:47:25
Feb 26, 2019
Ep 172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?
00:44:12
Feb 19, 2019
Ep 171: A podcaster, a barrister, and a joiner walk into a bookstore
00:39:27
Feb 12, 2019
Ep 170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader
00:46:16
Feb 05, 2019
Ep 169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways
00:52:43
Jan 29, 2019
Ep 168: A century of good books (in a single year)
00:47:48
Jan 22, 2019
Ep 167: Reading is supposed to be FUN
00:41:04
Jan 15, 2019
Ep 166: Just don't call it a book club
00:44:28
Jan 08, 2019
Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die
00:54:42
Jan 01, 2019
Ep 164: The couple that reads together ... needs to find books they'll both LOVE
00:43:37
Dec 18, 2018
Ep 163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors
00:31:16
Dec 11, 2018
Ep 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read
00:52:18
Dec 04, 2018
Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist
01:08:27
Nov 27, 2018
Ep 160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life
00:37:40
Nov 20, 2018
Ep 159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever
00:45:36
Nov 13, 2018
Ep 158: The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf
00:54:53
Nov 06, 2018
Ep 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read
00:49:31
Oct 30, 2018
Ep 156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf
00:42:17
Oct 23, 2018
Ep 155: When stolen audible credits spur a beautiful bookish relationship
00:39:25
Oct 16, 2018
Ep 154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them
00:54:43
Oct 09, 2018
Ep 153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time
00:40:32
Oct 02, 2018
Ep 152: Under-appreciated books that may be perfect for your TBR
00:51:25
Sep 25, 2018
Ep 151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist
00:57:06
Sep 18, 2018
Ep 150: I have a confession... I'm not a reader
00:45:57
Sep 11, 2018
Ep 149: Ask Anne Anything
00:46:49
Sep 04, 2018
Ep 148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)
00:45:31
Aug 28, 2018
Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time
00:49:42
Aug 21, 2018
Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card
00:56:42
Aug 14, 2018
Ep 145: Confess Your Literary Sins
00:15:19
Aug 10, 2018
Ep 144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.
00:52:05
Aug 07, 2018
Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read
00:44:50
Jul 31, 2018
Ep 142: The moment you became a reader
00:33:52
Jul 24, 2018
Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book
00:50:07
Jul 17, 2018
Ep 140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?
00:50:26
Jul 10, 2018
Ep 139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN
00:49:20
Jul 03, 2018
Ep 138: The Librarians Are In!
00:53:57
Jun 26, 2018
Ep 137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times
00:41:44
Jun 19, 2018
Ep 136: One Great Book
00:13:02
Jun 12, 2018
Ep 135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect
00:48:57
Jun 05, 2018
Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge
00:29:46
May 29, 2018
Ep 133: Authors who get where you're coming from
00:55:44
May 22, 2018
Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer
00:50:57
May 15, 2018
Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen
00:48:43
May 08, 2018
Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers
00:42:20
May 01, 2018
Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)
00:48:42
Apr 24, 2018
Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot
00:42:52
Apr 17, 2018
Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)
00:42:58
Apr 10, 2018
Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart
00:40:51
Apr 03, 2018
Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict
00:33:31
Mar 27, 2018
Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own
00:59:18
Mar 20, 2018
Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)
00:39:05
Mar 13, 2018
Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library
00:59:49
Mar 06, 2018
Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book
00:52:39
Feb 27, 2018
Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things
00:50:40
Feb 20, 2018
Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough
00:54:42
Feb 13, 2018
Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family
00:59:36
Feb 06, 2018
Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly
00:40:20
Jan 30, 2018
Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds
00:52:49
Jan 23, 2018
Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections
01:09:24
Jan 16, 2018
Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves
00:31:49
Jan 09, 2018
Ep 112: Your best reading year yet
00:51:40
Jan 02, 2018
Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club
00:54:59
Dec 26, 2017
Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies
01:02:02
Dec 19, 2017
Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst
00:47:33
Dec 12, 2017
Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville
00:34:15
Dec 05, 2017
Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list
00:48:41
Nov 28, 2017
Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience
00:30:55
Nov 21, 2017
Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better
01:00:47
Nov 14, 2017
Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back
00:46:40
Nov 07, 2017
Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes
00:47:49
Oct 31, 2017
Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters
00:50:02
Oct 24, 2017
Ep 101: What Anne wishes she'd known (100 episodes later)
01:07:07
Oct 17, 2017
Ep 100: When everyone loves that book but you
00:56:23
Oct 10, 2017
Ep 99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)
00:59:50
Oct 03, 2017
Ep 98: Loving that literary lifestyle
00:53:27
Sep 26, 2017
Ep 97: How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves
00:26:24
Sep 19, 2017
Ep 96: Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!
00:34:57
Sep 15, 2017
Ep 95: Really weird stories you should totally read
00:51:39
Sep 12, 2017
Ep 94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)
00:49:17
Sep 05, 2017
Ep 93: Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling
00:47:47
Aug 29, 2017
Ep 92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list
00:48:39
Aug 22, 2017
Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending
00:45:07
Aug 08, 2017
Ep 90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)
00:43:24
Aug 01, 2017
Ep 89: Ask Anne Anything!
00:45:30
Jul 25, 2017
Ep 88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine
00:47:03
Jul 18, 2017
Ep 87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret
00:44:47
Jul 11, 2017
Ep 86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers
00:46:19
Jul 04, 2017
Ep 85: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)
00:58:38
Jun 27, 2017
Ep 84: You know you're a Serious Reader when...
00:46:03
Jun 20, 2017
Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip
00:45:02
Jun 13, 2017
Ep 82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels
00:53:03
Jun 06, 2017
Ep 81: The suspense is thrilling me
00:44:12
May 30, 2017
Ep 80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life
00:47:22
May 23, 2017
Ep 79: The books we can't wait to read this summer
00:38:31
May 16, 2017
Ep 78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time
00:44:38
May 09, 2017
Ep 77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner
00:47:46
May 02, 2017
Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)
01:32:35
Apr 25, 2017
Ep 75: If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read
01:00:53
Apr 18, 2017
Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!
00:40:09
Apr 11, 2017
Ep 73: Don't judge a person by their (book) cover
00:50:40
Apr 04, 2017
Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions
00:48:19
Mar 28, 2017
Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse
00:42:35
Mar 21, 2017
Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about
00:43:45
Mar 14, 2017
Ep 69: The library is running my life
00:51:22
Mar 07, 2017
Ep 68: Plot summaries are the WORST
00:41:06
Feb 28, 2017
Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time
00:39:19
Feb 21, 2017
Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop
00:46:45
Feb 14, 2017
Ep 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime
00:39:38
Feb 07, 2017
Ep 64: The next best thing to reading
00:58:49
Jan 31, 2017
Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone
00:46:39
Jan 24, 2017
Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...
01:00:55
Jan 17, 2017
Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...
00:40:18
Jan 10, 2017
Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it
00:50:37
Jan 03, 2017
Ep 59: Prescribing books for what ails you
00:47:29
Dec 27, 2016
Ep 58: "You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters
00:51:09
Dec 20, 2016
Ep 57: What's your reading personality?
00:29:55
Dec 13, 2016
Ep 56: There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays
00:48:11
Dec 06, 2016
Ep 55: Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen's 5x great niece)
00:30:37
Nov 29, 2016
Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?
00:43:40
Nov 22, 2016
Ep 53: The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)
00:24:06
Nov 18, 2016
Ep 52: There's nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)
00:31:05
Nov 17, 2016
Ep 51: Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)
00:34:19
Nov 16, 2016
Ep 50: Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)
00:36:26
Nov 15, 2016
Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)
00:45:05
Nov 14, 2016
Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake
00:45:35
Nov 08, 2016
Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"
00:28:51
Nov 01, 2016
Ep 46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)
00:23:22
Oct 25, 2016
Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations
00:45:05
Oct 18, 2016
Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors
00:55:35
Oct 11, 2016
Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover
00:45:20
Oct 04, 2016
Ep 42: Life's too short to waste on bad books
00:44:35
Sep 27, 2016
Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall
00:19:18
Sep 21, 2016
Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous
00:42:18
Sep 20, 2016
Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence
00:46:27
Sep 13, 2016
Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books
00:40:42
Sep 06, 2016
Ep 37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer
00:49:17
Aug 30, 2016
Ep 36: Comfort food, but with books
00:35:10
Aug 23, 2016
Ep 35: Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches
00:25:55
Aug 16, 2016
Ep 34: Books that marry fiction and reality
00:45:19
Aug 09, 2016
Ep 33: What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?
00:35:15
Aug 02, 2016
Ep 32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion
00:28:04
Jul 26, 2016
Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living
00:45:16
Jul 19, 2016
Ep 30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder
00:45:46
Jul 12, 2016
Ep 29: Work, money, love, and mystery
00:40:25
Jul 05, 2016
Ep 28: Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly
00:39:50
Jun 28, 2016
Ep 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)
00:37:41
Jun 21, 2016
Ep 26: Great adventure books
00:22:21
Jun 14, 2016
Ep 25: Very personal stories
00:34:08
Jun 07, 2016
Ep 24: Life-changing books
00:23:21
May 31, 2016
Ep 23: Honeymoon reading
00:27:05
May 24, 2016
Ep 22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)
00:29:54
May 17, 2016
Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading
00:19:34
May 13, 2016
Ep 20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads
00:20:17
May 10, 2016
Ep 19: Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English
00:37:07
May 03, 2016
Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place
00:41:02
Apr 26, 2016
Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books
00:33:58
Apr 19, 2016
Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction
00:29:58
Apr 12, 2016
Ep 15: The audacity to tell people what to read
00:37:57
Apr 09, 2016
Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading
00:46:01
Apr 05, 2016
Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir
00:31:00
Mar 29, 2016
Ep 12: Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be
00:30:05
Mar 21, 2016
Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface
00:38:39
Mar 15, 2016
Ep 10: You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon
00:40:16
Mar 08, 2016
Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems
00:27:54
Mar 01, 2016
Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel
00:25:05
Feb 23, 2016
Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that "hook" you, and filling the Brown Girls' Bookshelf
00:32:52
Feb 16, 2016
Ep 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well
00:38:17
Feb 09, 2016
Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you
00:30:14
Feb 02, 2016
Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction
00:32:43
Jan 26, 2016
Ep 3: Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey
00:28:27
Jan 19, 2016
Ep 2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for
00:18:55
Jan 10, 2016
Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)
00:24:22
Jan 10, 2016