What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

By Anne Bogel | Wondery

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.

Episodes

Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

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/237You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakesThanks to today's sponsors:Bombas socks are like a hug for your foot, with extra cushioning and a special arch-support system that’s not too tight. And Bombas is committed to giving back with every purchase! June is Pride month, and for every pair of Pride socks you buy, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need in the LGBTQ+ community through The Ally Coalition. WSIRN listeners get 20% off your first order at Bombas.com/readnext!The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga and Chess. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.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! Athletic Greens is like nutritional insurance for your body, developed from a complex blend of adaptogens for recovery, probiotics and digestive enzymes for gut health, and Vitamin C and zinc citrate for immune support. WSIRN listeners can get 20 FREE daily travel packs with your first purchase at AthleticGreens.com/READNEXT!
02/06/2048m 19s

Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

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/236You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.Thanks to today's sponsors: With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether you’re creating better sleep habits, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/readnext!The Great Courses Plus is like a full college catalog, all available on any device, at any time. There’s something for everyone, spanning major areas of study like Literature, Business, and History, as well as hobbies like Yoga or Chess… and introductions to topics like Jazz music. Best of all, The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners an entire month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/readnext!
26/05/2051m 26s

Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

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/235You 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
19/05/2044m 21s

Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

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!
12/05/2043m 56s

Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

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/233You can follow Hanan's reading life on Instagram @hanansbookshelf: https://www.instagram.com/hanansbookshelfReaders, 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!
05/05/2044m 21s

Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

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/232Readers, 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.-AnneThanks 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.)
28/04/2045m 36s

Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal

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/231You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1Readers, 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.-AnneThanks 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!Like softness? Comfort? Essentials to help you relax? Brooklinen has it all. You can get 10% off your first order and free shipping right now when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.
21/04/2045m 56s

Ep 230: Don't overthink your reading life

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/230Visit 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!With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether you’re creating better sleep habits, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT.
07/04/2046m 32s

Ep 229: Works of literary fabulousness

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/229You can hear more from Mandy on her blog: thisbrightlife.home.blogBonus 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:Rothy’s is the company making stylish shoes and bags for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable—really! Get your own at Rothys.com/READNEXT.If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. Become a better news consumer with Fighting Misinformation: Digital Media Literacy. Or keep the kids learning about math, science, and history while they’re out of school. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and it’s only $10 a month when you sign up for a quarterly plan!The simple addition of a new towel turns a bathroom into a spa, softer loungewear turns function into luxury, and quality bedding turns a bed into a retreat. Turn your own space into an oasis with 10% off your first order and free shipping at Brooklinen.com when you use promo code READNEXT!
31/03/2044m 6s

Ep 228: HELP! I can't stop quitting books

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/228Readers, 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:Start your risk-free, 100 day trial TODAY, and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases.Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 750,000 families digitally preserve their past. Get started preserving your past today — WSIRN listeners get 40% off your first order!Stamps.com brings all the services of the U.S. Postal Service Right to your computer. Right now, WSIRN listeners get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment. Just click on the microphone at the top of their homepage and type in READNEXT.
24/03/2056m 10s

Ep 227: Putting your money where your literary values are

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/227You can keep up with what Sterling reads next on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ster724Readers 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 It–which 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!With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether it’s building strength to keep up with your busy life, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT!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!
17/03/2043m 7s

Ep 226: Dig in to a feast for your literary senses

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/226You 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 It–which is out now!Thanks to this week's sponsors:Rothy’s has quickly grown to a most-loved, gotta-have-them brand. And it’s no surprise because they’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable! Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT. Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Whether you’re adding a comfy reading chair or replacing a well-worn sofa, your furniture should fit your needs and suit your unique style. That’s where Joybird comes in. WSIRN listeners get 25% off your first custom furniture order by using the code READNEXT at Joybird.com/READNEXT.
10/03/2051m 12s

Ep 225: What your neighborhood should read next

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/225You 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 It–which is out March 3rd!Thanks to this week's sponsors:Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. And now they also offer premium denim with the same flexibility and comfort as yoga pants! WSIRN listeners get 20% off their first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT. Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Anything you can do at the Post Office you can do at Stamps.com. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment! Just click on the Microphone at the TOP of Stamps.comand type in READNEXT.
03/03/2046m 24s

Ep 224: Confronting the Bookshelf of Shame

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/224Connect 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: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!Like softness? Comfort? Essentials to help you relax? Brooklinen has it all. Go on, make yourself comfortable with 10% off your first order and free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.Away suitcases are thoughtfully designed to last a lifetime. Start your risk-free, 100 day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essential at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT, including their best-selling suitcases, today!
25/02/2054m 8s

Ep 223: Five stars for negative book reviews

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/223Connect with Florence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shouldireaditThanks 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!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. You pack and send in your memories, and LegacyBox will return both the originals and your new digital copy, so you can enjoy easy access to your favorite trips down memory lane. WSIRN listeners can get get 40% off your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT!
18/02/2046m 11s

Ep 222: Ordinary lives make extraordinary books

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/222Connect with Shannan on Instagram.Connect with Erin on Instagram.Learn more about The Snail on the Wall: website | InstagramLearn more about Rocket City Mom: website | FacebookOur 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:Rothys makes stylish shoes for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable — perfect for life on the go. Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT!Learn from the brightest minds around the world with The Great Courses Plus, a streaming service that unlocks unlimited access to objective, reliable, fascinating information… on virtually any subject. The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners a free trial, plus half off their 3-month plan… that’s just $10 a month–for unlimited knowledge, at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Whether you’re having date night at your place, or hosting Gal-entines day, your furniture should suit your needs - but also feel uniquely you. That’s where Joybird comes in. WSIRN listeners can get 25% off your first order of furniture that matches your own fearless style Joybird.com/READNEXT.
11/02/2050m 23s

Ep 221: Swipe right for book love

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/221Give 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:Tap into this power of knowledge by signing up for The Great Courses Plus. They’re offering WSIRN listeners their best deal ever: A free trial, plus half off their 3-month plan. That’s just $10 a month!This year, resolve to be more comfortable, every day with ThirdLove. Find your perfect-fitting bra... and get 15% off your first purchase!Noom's easy-to-use app walks you step by manageable step through transforming your habits and your lifestyle, so you can make those habits stick. Sign up today and start your trial!
04/02/2051m 1s

Ep 220: The books that keep pulling me back

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/220Give 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:Whoever you are, and whatever you need to pack, Away has luggage that works for how you travel. Find your next suitcase at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT.With Betabrand, you never have to sacrifice comfort for style. Their Dress Yoga Pants have all the style of dress pants with the stretch, fit, and feel of yoga pants. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT.Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a 4-week Stamps.com trial, plus free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment! Just click on the Microphone at the TOP of the Stamps.com homepage and type in READNEXT.
28/01/2046m 5s

Ep 219: Required reading revisited

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/219Hear 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!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 opportunities to help us make the show–like today's title which was chosen by our Patreon supporters.
21/01/2051m 2s

Ep 218: A WSIRN Marriage Story

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/218Give 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.
14/01/2055m 36s

Ep 217: Making up for lost time in your reading life

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/217You 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. Thanks to today's sponsors:Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish or become in 2020 The Great Courses Plus has you covered. This online learning service offers thousands of lectures that can help you professionally or personally. WSIRN listeners can get 3 months of unlimited access for just $30 at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Rothy’s creates stylish, comfortable, and washable shoes for women and girls. Rothy’s are seamlessly knit using thread made from plastic water bottles, so they're sustainable and there's zero break-in period in these shoes! Rothy’s always come with free shipping and free returns and exchanges–no risk, no worries. Visit Rothys.com/READNEXT to give them a try!
07/01/2054m 34s

Ep 216: A sneak peek at Don't Overthink It

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.  
31/12/1923m 12s

Ep 215: Finding the right way to track YOUR reading

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/215Sign up for the Reading Challenge at ModernMrsDarcy.com/CHALLENGE and get your own MMD Reading Journal!Thanks to our sponsors:ThirdLove makes great fitting bras that real women love—because a good-fitting bra makes everything you put on your body look better. WSIRN listeners can head over to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT for 15% off!Ritual’s Essentials have the nutrients most of us don’t get enough of from food—all in their clean, absorbable forms. WSIRN listeners can visit Ritual.com/READNEXT for 10% off during your first three months!
24/12/1943m 18s

Ep 214: Deconstructing your best reading year yet

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/214Give 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.
17/12/1951m 20s

Ep 213: Art, fear, and discovering great books

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/213Give 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.
10/12/1953m 40s

Ep 212: Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones

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/212Give 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. 
03/12/1953m 44s

Ep 211: Good reads from the Great North

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/211To give yourself the gift of 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.
26/11/191h 0m

Ep 210: Book gifts are the BEST gifts

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/210NOTE FROM ANNE: Here's 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.To give yourself the gift of 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.
19/11/1955m 42s

Ep 209: Cracking the audiobook code

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/209You can find Jamie on Instagram @jamie.of.all.tradesIf 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.
12/11/1946m 59s

Ep 208: The underappreciated art of literary forgery

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/208If 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.
05/11/1948m 40s

Ep 207: An all-you-can-read buffet

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/207If 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.
29/10/1944m 24s

Ep 206: How to bypass the book hangover

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/206You can connect with Jerrell on Instagram @jerrelleverettIf 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!
22/10/1942m 47s

Ep 205: Books that won’t let you stop reading

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/205You can follow Addie’s farm and reading life on Instagram @addie.yoderIf 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.
15/10/1934m 13s

Ep 204: Nonfiction that reads like a thrilling novel

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/204You 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.
08/10/1940m 47s

Ep 203: What happens in book club stays in book club

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/203You can connect with Emily on her blog: https://thesecondarrowblog.wordpress.comIf 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.
01/10/1942m 10s

Ep 202: The art (and awfulness) of the cliffhanger

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/202Get 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.
24/09/1954m 27s

Ep 201: The hidden value of a terrible reading experience

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/201You can follow Brian on Twitter @beichen22, and check out his podcast Story Guys at wearethestoryguys.com/podcast or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
17/09/1944m 35s

Ep 200: The good, the bad, and the unread

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
10/09/1956m 22s

Ep 199: The perils of public book recommendations

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/199Follow Tara on Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to go check out her newest project at musicboxpod.org 
03/09/1950m 59s

Ep 198: Reading for the FUN of it

Ever since Anne visited today’s guest, Annie F. Downs, on her podcast That Sounds Fun a little while ago to talk about Summer Reading, she's been wanting to talk all things books and reading with Annie on What Should I Read Next. It's finally happening - and the conversation is going unexpected places.Anne and Annie are chatting about the author who made Annie a better storyteller, her surprising love for reading what she calls “Dead Men’s writing”, totally fangirling about all the literary good Dolly Parton has done in the world, and Anne recommend a few books she didn’t expect to recommend when the conversation started...Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/198Learn more about Annie:Website: www.anniefdowns.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/anniefdownsTwitter: twitter.com/anniefdownsInstagram: www.instagram.com/anniefdowns
27/08/1946m 34s

Ep 197: Rebuilding a bookshelf in Paradise

Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves are different now, and every book purchase feels weighty.Anne is connecting Amelia with three books that will hopefully take some of that heaviness off her shoulders and let her choose a different world to escape into, just for a few hours. CONTENT WARNING: Amelia tells her story of surviving an enormous natural disaster in heartbreaking detail, and it might be too much for anxious or sensitive listeners. If you need to skip the detailed descriptions, our book discussion starts about 20 minutes in, and mentions of the traumatic events are less detailed after that point. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/197You can find information about the Paradise, CA mobile clinic, MedSpire, at http://www.medspire.org, and contribute a tax-deductible donation at http://www.medspire.org/donate
20/08/1946m 22s

Ep 196: What the cool kids are reading

Today you’ll get to know Anudeep Reddy, a reader who grew up in a competitive school environment where engaging books were in short supply, so he had to get creative with his reading from a young age. He’s an imaginative reader who appreciates the escapist quality of a good novel, but has struggled lately to find books that call out for him to live between their pages. Fantastic escapist reading can be found in any genre, so today Anne recommends three books to Anudeep that you’d find on completely different bookstore shelves. They're also exploring books that combine adventure and philosophy stories, streamlining reading decisions, and what it’s like to date a librarian.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/196Catch up on all of the episodes in Volume II of One Great Book, Anne's short-form podcast where she recommends just one great book in 10 minutes or less.
13/08/1948m 3s

Ep 195: Wanted: book enthusiast at large

Today’s guest Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, bookseller, and a big fan of memoirs of people living “everyday lives”. She certainly has experience with an interesting “everyday life” as a Book Enthusiast at Large—yes, that is her job title—for Parnassus Books in Nashville.Anne and Mary Laura chat about the reading and writing life, working through her readerly guilt of hating beloved childhood classics, and the delight of a book flight (or as Mary Laura would say, "reading symphonies").Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/195Connect with Mary Laura: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Catch up on all of the episodes in Volume II of OGB my short-form podcast where we explore just one great book in 10 minutes or less.
06/08/1951m 48s

Ep 194: No plot, no problem!

For Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. She also spent a year roaming a hotel, doing a job that sounds like it belongs in the pages of a novel. Today Nicole shares some of the stories she heard during her time there, and the literary community-building project she started and has continued to this day.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/194Follow Nicole and her sister's reading lives on Instagram @bibliosisters.
30/07/1946m 4s

Ep 193: Rolling the dice on your next read

Keren Form is a self-professed mega nerd who loves everything from LOTR, and board games, and epic science fiction. Today, Keren and Anne chat about what it really means to be a nerd, and how her wholehearted enthusiasm has sent her on many life-enriching adventures. If you hear “science fiction” or “fantasy” and think “nope, not for me,” you might still find something to love in this episode — Anne's recommendations could just as easily be recommendations of a history lover, or a crime drama fanatic, or a romance-loving YA fan. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/193You can follow Keren’s travels and gaming enthusiasm on Instagram.
23/07/1950m 30s

Ep 192: Wherever you read, I will follow

Rita and Xoe Amer are a mother-daughter duo who have bonded over books since Xoe was young. She’s all grown up now, but the shared love of reading remains. Today Anne, Rita & Xoe discuss their reading and writing roots, hidden literary gems from the past, and the great conversations that come from bad books.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/192You can check out Rita and Xoe's mother-daughter podcast, Foibles, at foibles.podbean.com or by searching "Foibles" on your favorite podcast app.
16/07/1953m 2s

Ep 191: When a great book wrecks your reading life

Have you ever finished a GREAT book, then realized it left behind a hole no other book will ever be able to fill?Today’s guest is Andy Serrato, a reader who fell into the arms of a mega-popular series with a welcoming fandom and enough pages to smother yourself in… and ever since, she’s struggled to break her obsession and pick up new books in different genres.Anne's doing her best to get to the core of what delights Andy about this series, and open a portal to other reading worlds that will be just as satisfying in new and exciting ways. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/191You can find Andy on Instagram @Andyserratom.
09/07/1931m 37s

Ep 190: There's nothing like a little bookish momentum

Today’s guest has reached a crossroads in her reading life, and she’s come to Anne looking for a jump start for this new season.Beth Wallen describes herself as a lifelong learner, and she’s about to have more time open up in her schedule to challenge herself, learn new things, and dive deeper into topics that already fascinate her. This is truly a precious opportunity, and Beth really has the guts to go against the grain of her usual reading taste, which makes for interesting and exciting literary matchmaking!Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/190
02/07/1943m 7s

Ep 189: Our favorite genre is chapter books

Today’s guests Brenna Sherrill & Ryan Pait describe themselves as platonic soulmates, book-loving best friends who grew up together, went to school together, read together (sometimes out loud!) and even live together.Today Anne, Brenna, and Ryan chat about a truly magical college class, Ryan’s most embarrassing moment meeting a literary icon, the book Ann Patchett thinks EVERYONE should read, and of course Anne recommends three books she think they’ll enjoy reading together and discussing to death, because that’s their style.Becoming a WSIRN patron means LOADS of additional audio content, including weekly bonus episodes of One Great Book, monthly behind-the-scenes episodes, audio of certain live events, like Anne's recent conversation with Celeste Ng, and now we can add FREE AUDIOBOOKS to that list! For a limited time we’ve partnered with Libro.fm to give all Hardback-tier supporters a free audiobook! Summer is made for audiobook listening, so this is the perfect time for you to become a new patron. Go to patreon.com/whatshouldIreadnext to join in the fun! Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/189You can find Brenna and Ryan on Instagram, @ryanpait and @brennasherrill. You can find Ryan’s writing at The Houstonian and the Chautauquan Daily.
25/06/1951m 56s

Ep 188: Books, plants, and literal bibliotherapy

Today, we meet Michelle Moreno, who I hope will inspire anyone out there who wants to make their bookstore dreams a reality. Anne got to talk to Michelle right after her very first pop-up shop, while she was still on the high of her first time putting books directly into the hands of her community. Anne and Michelle are discussing the books she chose for her first foray into handselling, the high of putting books directly into the hands of her community, the connection she finds between reading and plant care, and the moment she found her identity - on a bookshelf.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/188You can browse Michelle's book-and-plant shop on Instagram @la.maceta.store
18/06/1939m 37s

Ep 187: Traveling the world without leaving your hometown

Hannah Christmas is a stay at home mom whose reading life changed forever when she had a baby. Not only how much she read, or when she read, but the big-picture long-term-plan way she wanted to share her love of reading with the world.Today Anne and Hannah chat about the treatment for a serious overdose of books set in New York City, fresh blood in the bookselling world, literary handcrafts, and much much more.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/187You can check out Hannah’s literary embroidery at etsy.com/shop/EmbroiderhouseFive.
04/06/1949m 26s

Ep 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you

Lamar Giles joins Anne to chat about his two great literary loves: children’s books, and... horror novelist Stephen King? If you don’t think those things go together, Lamar is prepared to talk you into changing your mind, and maybe about more than just that.Get ready for a great chat about transcending stereotypes, how books can build up the self-worth of young readers, great novels where the setting becomes a character in its own right, and so so much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/186You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles.
28/05/1946m 35s

Ep 185: What should you read this summer?

Most weeks on What Should I Read Next, I’ll do a little literary matchmaking with one guest… but this week, I’m joined by the show's producer, Brenna Frederick, to hook SEVERAL What Should I Read Next listeners up with their perfect Summer read.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/185Find your next great Summer read in the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2019/
21/05/1948m 12s

Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long

What Should I Read Next listeners, today we're introducing you to a new podcast called Life is Short with Justin Long. Actor Justin Long (Ed, Dodgeball, The Breakup, He's Just Not That Into You) sits down with some of today’s most interesting personalities, like Olivia Wilde, Dax Shepard, and Neil Patrick Harris. From entertainment and pop culture to national news, Justin Long covers it all with thoughtful questions, and witty commentary. Subscribe now wherever you listen to podcasts and find out more at https://wondery.com/shows/justin-long/
20/05/198m 21s

Ep 184: You’ll never conquer your TBR—and that’s a good thing

Today’s guest is Will Schwalbe, devoted reader and host of the But That's Another Story podcast. Will believes if we all asked the question “what are you reading” more often, it could change the world, and has a few absolutely delightful literary superstitions...Anne and Will chatting all about the downside of conquering your TBR, misremembering poetry, bookstore serendipity, and Will’s attempt to convince ANNE to read a super ambitious classic she just haven’t had the nerve to pick up yet. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/184Check out But That's Another Story on the podcast platform of your choice!Connect with Will on his website: http://willschwalbe.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillSchFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.schwalbe
14/05/1945m 24s

Ep 183: Baking, books, and other everyday magic

Karuna Riazi, is here to talk about magic. The magic of carrying a book in your bag that can teleport you to another world, the magic of a beautiful translation, and the magical pairing of a hot cup of tea and a good story.Anne and Karuna also chat about pen names, how to keep a book journal if you’re a total perfectionist, and a host of other things, but at the root of it all is everyday magic, and the books Anne recommends Karuna pick up next are totally on-theme.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/183Connect with Karuna: Book | Website | TwitterThanks to today's sponsors:With Prep Dish, you shop once, prep once—Then enjoy delicious home cooked meals for the whole week in just 20-30 minutes a day. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial!
07/05/1954m 16s

Ep 182: Matching the right (audio)book to the right listener

A request we hear a lot at WSIRN is “can we have another episode about audiobooks??” So today, Anne is bringing in Michele Cobb, publisher at Audiofile magazine, to not only help recommend audiobooks for YOU, but to match Anne with her own next great audiobook read.Michele and Anne are chatting about the marriage of a great book with a great narrator, visual and auditory learning styles, jumping off points if you’re still on the fence about reading with your ears, and the key to some truly fantastic and FREE audiobooks you can get your hands on this Summer.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/182Discover free audiobooks all Summer long with Audiofile's SYNC program. Connect with the magic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
30/04/1949m 31s

Ep 181: Taking your reading life from good to great

Today’s guest Holli Petersen has created a very special family book club that might inspire you to pick up the phone and call a bookish loved one as soon as the episode is over. She also totally hated one of Anne's favorite titles for the first 100 pages, before a turn of events melted her heart… Anne has mentioned this title DOZENS of times on the show, any guesses what that title might be?What we love most about WSIRN is putting the right book in the hands of the right reader, so Anne wants to recommend some of the best Summer releases especially to YOU! Head over to our Patreon posts page to find out how to be part of our upcoming Summer Reading episode.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/181
23/04/1954m 3s

Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year

Today’s guest is reading speed-demon Liberty Hardy, professional book nerd and host of Book Riot’s All the Books podcast. Together, Liberty and Anne are going deep into a book labyrinth, discussing truly committed bookworm questions like “how do you avoid back strain while reading for hours on end?”, “how do I smuggle 1000 books out of my house safely?” and “what does Kate Atkinson’s grocery list look like?” They're also playing a Tom Stoppard-inspired literary game that miiiight destroy your TBR.Check out Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book. New episodes drop on Fridays! If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive weekly bonus episodes. To sign up for bonus episodes, and all sorts of other WSIRN behind-the-scenes goodness visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/180You can check out Liberty's writing at Book Riot, follow her super-bookish and super-kitten-filled Instagram @FranzenComesAlive, and see what books she's talking about on Twitter @MissLiberty. Watch the clip from Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead that inspired our game.
16/04/1954m 29s

Ep 179: Life is short & my TBR is way too long

Alabama reader Shannan Malone has broad taste and high standards, and when it comes to new releases, even authors she’s loved in the past don’t get a free pass… the new book has to earn her love. So today’s episode goes out to all you eclectic readers who love hopping between genres.Anne and Shannan covering the struggle of pinpointing what you dislike about a book that everyone else thinks is amazing, awkward characters for the introverted reader, Shannon’s book club that connects moms near and far through literature, and of course much, much more.Anne has a brand new podcast called One Great Book, highlighting books Anne personally loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time. New episodes drop on Fridays. Make sure to subscribe to One Great Book on your preferred podcast player!If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive bonus episodes corresponding with each new One Great Book episode, highlighting an extra title that hasn't been released yet so you can be in the know AND be the first on your library holds list. To sign up for bonus episodes, visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/179Check out Shannan’s blog www.shannanenjoyslife.com, and follow her on Instagram @shannanenjoyslife.
09/04/1942m 42s

One Great Book Trailer

We have a new podcast!WSIRN is about helping readers find their next read. In each episode, the recommendations are geared toward a particular reader’s style, and Anne always looks for titles they haven’t read before.Our new podcast is a short format show called One Great Book. In every episode, Anne pulls one standout selection off her personal bookshelves and tell you all about it. She's highlighting books she loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time.We have 8 books planned for this first volume (commonly known as a season, on podcasts that are not of the bookish variety), and the first two books are available now in your favorite podcast player. New episodes drop on Fridays starting this week.
02/04/192m 49s

Ep 178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life

Decision-making is a HUGE part of WSIRN's purpose. Podcaster and author Emily P. Freeman is an expert in the art of decision-making (she’s literally written the book on it), but when assigned school reading hijacked alllllll her personal reading time... deciding what to read next for pleasure got a little more complicated.Today, Anne helps Emily find her way back to confident personal reading decisions. Plus, they discuss what to do when you pick up the totally-wrong book by a totally-great author, biographical historical fiction, the first YA book ever written, and Emily’s newest book The Next Right Thing.On Friday, Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book entered the world. Unlike What Should I Read Next, which tailors recommendations to a specific reader's taste, One Great Book highlights books Anne loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time.We have 8 books planned for this first volume (the more-bookish term for "season"). New episodes drop on Fridays. Make sure to subscribe to One Great Book on your preferred podcast player!If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive bonus episodes corresponding with each new One Great Book episode, highlighting an extra title that hasn't been released yet so you can be in the know AND be the first on your library holds list. To sign up for bonus episodes, visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/178Make sure to check out Emily’s podcast The Next Right Thing, and her new book of the same name. Find all the info you need on her website www.emilypfreeman.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, both @emilypfreeman.
02/04/1954m 35s

Ep 177: When your reading life is a roller coaster

Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s guest Kate Mitchell has experienced polar opposites in her reading life, going from a period of time when reading was literally her job, to stretches where reading was literally impossible because of chronic illness. Kate is sharing some of the wisdom she’s gained on her roller coaster of a reading life with us all, including practical tips for how to accept reality and adapt your reading life if you’re having a rough go of it yourself.Anne and Kate also chat about what realism looks like in the fantasy genre, books wayyyy too big to keep in your purse, and Kate gives Anne the student-debt-free cheat sheet to reading like you’ve got a Masters degree in literature.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/177Hear more from Kate about her reading life and chronic illness at katethealmostgreat.com.Get closer to the creative process by joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family on Patreon. Visit https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext for bonus episodes, outtakes, exclusive booklists, livestream chats with Anne, and more.
26/03/1944m 8s

Ep 176: Books in the freezer, & other horror stories

WSIRN often helps readers get out of their comfort zones, but today’s guest Mallory O’Meara is taking Anne out of hers. Her wheelhouse is everything bizarre, paranormal, and downright scary. But digging past the surface differences, Mallory and Anne have a lot in common, especially the desire to understand how an author DID that. Today they're chatting about the magic of rereading a favorite book, arguing with critics, how comfort-reading looks way different for different readers, Mallory's pro tips for dealing with the post-scary-book jitters, and a lot more.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/176Connect with Mallory on Twitter and Instagram @MalloryOMeara, listen to her podcast Reading Glasses, and check out her new book, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick.Get closer to the creative process by joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family on Patreon. Visit https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext for bonus episodes, outtakes, exclusive booklists, livestream chats with Anne, and more.
19/03/1950m 41s

Ep 175: Your library called and they want their books back

Michelle Wilson has noticed a specific character type that is missing from her bookshelves... and she is on the hunt for more. She and Anne chat about characters age 50+ in possession of NO magical powers, yelling at characters who make terrible decisions, reading as broadly as possible, and what it's like to be in not one, not two, but THREE book clubs (mmmmmaybe more.)Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/175What Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you bonus episodes, outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, livestream chats, and access to the epic master spreadsheet holding the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family.
12/03/1941m 58s

Ep 174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read

Guest Kate Daley is a house painter from New South Wales, Australia, who has been living for the past two and a half years... in a camper van! Today she chats with Anne about the genre that sent her into an intense reading rut, a family reading competition, and where she manages to fit a home library in while living in cramped quarters.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/174You can connect with Kate on Instagram: @when_kate_readsWhat Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, online hangouts, BONUS EPISODES, and... access to our epic spreadsheet that holds the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Backers also will get to participate in certain aspects of the creative process from call-ins, to special episode ideas, in fact our current backers even helped us title this episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family.
05/03/1937m 57s

Ep 173: Clocking in at the reading factory

After a year of focusing on reading over 100 books while recovering from a running injury, today’s guest Natalie Van Waning is sprinting enthusiastically toward many readers’ worst nightmare: Looooooong books. We're talking doorstop, tweak your wrist getting them off the shelf, 40-hours-on-Audible long books. Natalie asked Anne to help her focus on quality instead of quantity, so get ready for sweeping multi-generational sagas, tour-guide novels, and heart-tugging family stories.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/173You can connect with Natalie on her blog: http://imchattynatty.blogspot.com/Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
26/02/1947m 25s

Ep 172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?

Sean Larkin is a self-proclaimed “slow reader”, stay-at-home-parent, and freelance photographer. If you don’t relate to 100-book reading goals or refreshing your feed for the latest book news, Sean is the kindred reading spirit you’ve been waiting to hear from!Anne chats with Sean about the book that made him nostalgic for a time period before he was born, calculating price-per-page at the library book sale, the longstanding bookish obsession he’s passing on to his wife and kids, and much more.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/172You can check out Sean's photography work on Instagram and his website. Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
19/02/1944m 12s

Ep 171: A podcaster, a barrister, and a joiner walk into a bookstore

Ready for a trip to Scotland? Today Anne sits down in-person with Ruth Andersen, a brand new bookseller in Wigtown, Scotland, to chat about what it's like to live in a "book town", Ruth's return to school after 50 years, and the delicate balance of stocking a used bookstore's shelves. Because this episode was recorded in the shop, during business hours, you’ll get to experience some of the bookshop atmosphere… like the ding of the bell on the door, creaky floorboards, even customers shopping in the background!Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/171Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
12/02/1939m 27s

Ep 170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader

This week Anne chats with Anna LeBaron, author of the memoir The Polygamist’s Daughter, about how literacy kept her going through a difficult childhood, and how as an adult she turned being an author’s biggest fan into a full-time career. You’ll hear how nonfiction put her dearest fractured relationships back together again, her tips for being a “patron of the arts” on a budget, and the redemptive nature of memoir-writing. Anna asked Anne to pair her with some novels that would convince her fiction isn’t a waste of her time, and that’s a responsibility WSIRN takes very seriously...Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/170Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guestLearn more about Anna's work:Website: http://www.AnnaLeBaron.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/annaklebaron/Twitter: https://twitter.com/annaklebaronFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/annaklebaron
05/02/1946m 16s

Ep 169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways

Meet Phimy Truong and Erika Thi Benjamin, best friends who share both a passion for work that creates positive change in the world AND practically identical reading taste (as you’ll hear, one of their favorites is shared). Today Anne, Phimy, and Erika chat about the book that taught them radical self-care, how literature has helped them dive more deeply into understanding of their heritage, fictional characters who move between cultures, and the community building work Phimy and Erika are doing in LA through their democracy-driven book club SisterInsider.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments if a book has ever changed YOUR self-care routine: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/169Connect with the SisterInsider book club on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sisterinsiderbookclubFollow Erika on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northamerikaFollow Phimy on Instagram: instagram.com/elephantwomxn Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
29/01/1952m 43s

Ep 168: A century of good books (in a single year)

Today’s guest Tara Nichols is giving herself an eagle-eye view of the last century’s literary landscape. Her mission is to read one book published each year between 1920 and 2019. The challenge brings with it a lot of important questions… what is worth her time? Is it better to read the big important book from a given year, or the title she thinks she’ll enjoy most ? And the question she’s hoping to answer after the year is over… has literature changed in all this time?Anne's challenge? Pitching 3 books worthy of adding to her lineup, including a book that is considered by some to be “the best mystery story ever written.” Are you ready? Let’s get to it!Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments the books YOU would include in a century-of-books list: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/168Follow Tara's reading challenge this year:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarajoy90/?hl=enand Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/276636-tara-nicholsApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
22/01/1947m 48s

Ep 167: Reading is supposed to be FUN

Today’s guest, Erin Morris, is tackling a book challenge with her child this year, and the impact on his imaginative life and her literary life has been no less than remarkable. If you have little ones, this episode is going to make you want to drop everything, pull them close, and enjoy a good book together.Anne and Erin also discuss making reading fun and stress-free for ADULTS because not every book has to be a learning experience, serious topics treated with respect, and Anne match Erin with whimsical — but not gimmicky — fiction.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments about the books YOU love that walk the whimsical-but-not-gimmicky line: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/167Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
15/01/1941m 4s

Ep 166: Just don't call it a book club

Today's guest Tiffany Patterson is a small-town reader who has created a new kind of literary get-together that is convincing her friends to give books a shot, even if they didn’t consider themselves “readers” before Tiffany got a hold of them.Tiffany is also ready to break down her own reading barriers… she asked Anne to help ease her fiction-loving soul into NONfiction that will help her "feel smarter".Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what books have helped YOU feel smarter: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/166Follow Tiffany's reading life on Instagram @tiffany_reads_too_many_booksApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
08/01/1944m 28s

Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die

If you entered the new year dreaming of a fresh approach to your reading life, today’s guest Jim Mustich is sharing decades of wisdom to help kick off your best reading year ever.Anne and Jim chat about his new book 1000 Books to Read Before You Die, and why reading 1000 books might not be as daunting as it first sounds, then Jim takes on the book matchmaking mantle recommends which of the 1000 books he thinks *Anne* should prioritize in the new year.Here's to another year of literary matchmaking, listeners! Thanks for being here with us.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what books you would include in a read-before-you-die list: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/165Learn more about Jim’s book: www.1000bookstoread.comJim's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1000bookstoreadbeforeyoudie Jim's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesmustichApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
01/01/1954m 42s

Ep 164: The couple that reads together ... needs to find books they'll both LOVE

Chelsey and Curtis are childhood sweethearts looking to connect over a good book… and possibly, across an ocean. But their reading taste might not be as compatible as their personalities. Today they get brutally honest about their least-favorite books (Chelsey’s may shock you), Curtis gives a peek at his favorites from the Army’s required reading list, and Anne pushes them both out of their comfort zone with her recommendations.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what book YOU think Chelsey and Curtis should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/164Listen to Chelsey and Curtis' podcast He Read, She Read on iTunes or your favorite podcast app!iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/he-read-she-read/id1436207095?mt=2 Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
18/12/1843m 37s

Ep 163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors

Ashley Gossens created a nature-driven Seattle book club that brings the page to life in an adventurous, completely unique way. Today, Ashley and Anne talk about the wildlife encounter that made brought a book up-close and personal, what nature has taught Ashley about motherhood, and the particular, magical way a book can affect your confidence.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what YOU think Ashley should read on the trail next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/163Connect with Ashley's Alpine Trails book clubWebsite: http://www.alpinelily.com/portfolio/alpine-trails-book-clubInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/alpine_lilyApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
11/12/1831m 16s

Ep 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read

Today’s guest Traci Thomas has had a hard time finding her niche in the online bookish community, because, as she puts it, she “reads like a dad”. But I have a hunch lots of listeners will relate to her obsession with true crime and the literary search for truth. We’re chatting about books that strengthen your sense of belonging, Traci’s reluctance to read fiction, and the best bad ending she has EVER read.If you recognize her voice, there’s a reason for that… she hosts snappy podcast book club The Stacks, a show focused on giving you real life conversations about all things book. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what YOU think Traci should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/162To check out Traci's show The Stacks:iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-stacks/id1362164483?mt=2 Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestackspod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestackspod_Connect with Traci: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitracial/Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
04/12/1852m 18s

Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist

Literary podcast nerds rejoice–Ann Kingman of Books On The Nightstand fame is behind the mic once more! We asked you to call and write in about the people you want to give the gift of a good read this year… and WOW, you all delivered! Ann and Anne are dishing out rapid-fire recommendations for young AND old readers with highly varied literary interests. You’ll also get to hear what Ann’s been up to since Books on the Nightstand shut its doors, and both their favorite bookish-but-NOT-book gifts for the holiday or any other season.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what bookish gifts YOU are giving this year: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/161Listen to archived episodes of Books on the Nightstand at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-on-the-nightstand/id278076085?mt=2Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
27/11/181h 8m

Ep 160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life

Have you ever read a book that made the world around you feel just a little bit… magical? Today Anne welcomes author Jon Cohen on the show to chat about the magic of the mundane life in fiction, his unorthodox path to writing, the mighty bookworm women in his life, and what it was like to live with the school librarian as a child. Plus, Anne recommends three books guaranteed to make Jon's everyday just a little bit more... magical.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Jon should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/160Jon's website: http://joncohenbooks.comJon's Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17138344.Jon_CohenApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guestThanks to today's sponsors:
20/11/1837m 40s

Ep 159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever

Shawntaye Hopkins discovered Jane Austen’s books for the first time as an adult - and after that initial discovery, she dove in DEEP. Today, Anne and Shawntaye chat about the magic of immersive literary events that celebrate the classics (not just Jane!) and how they’ve changed the way Shawntaye reads her most beloved books.They also explore TEN YEARS of book journaling, the book Shawntaye is still hungover from, the things readers do for fear of missing a good book, and Anne's recommendation for her includes a book you probably have never heard of.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Shawntaye should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/159Visit Shawntaye on Instagram: @shawntaye1Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
13/11/1845m 36s

Ep 158: The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf

If you have a gigantic pile of books that you own but haven’t yet read looming somewhere in your house, today's guest Whitney Conard totally gets you. Anne is chatting with Whitney about the Instagram endeavor #TheUnreadShelfProject, saying goodbye to reading shame, the right and not-quite-right times to read (for instance, in math class) and then, at Whitney’s invitation, Anne takes a hard look at Whitney’s unread shelf to help her decide what she should read next.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Whitney should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/158Connect with Whitney on her website www.theunreadshelf.com, on Instagram @theunreadshelf and her hashtag #TheUnreadShelfProject2018.Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
06/11/1854m 53s

Ep 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read

Today Anne chats with a reader who turned her family’s difficult story into a book that has brought joy and hope to countless readers.Georgia Hunter got curious about her family history, and a few questions put to the right relatives uncovered something she didn’t expect—a sweeping multi-generational drama just begging to be written down. So, she did. That story became We Were the Lucky Ones, a historical fiction novel Anne discussed with Clara Breitenmoser in Ep 131, and at WSIRN Live! from The Novel Neighbor in Ep 76.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Georgia should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/157Connect with Georgia: Website: http://www.georgiahunterauthor.comInstagram: http://instagram.com/georgiahunterGoodreads: http://goodreads.com/georgiahunterApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
30/10/1849m 31s

Ep 156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf

Clear your calendars -- today’s episode might inspire you to rethink and rearrange your whole home library. Myquillyn Smith, author of home decor books Cozy Minimalist Home and The Nesting Place, joins Anne to chat about the revelation of ribbon on a bookshelf, spunky iconoclastic women in fiction, why she doesn’t have a library card, and books that give you a kick in the pants... what she does to dust jackets might horrify you, but you’ll be laughing all the way.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Myquillyn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/156Visit Myquillyn at TheNester.com, and follow her on Instagram @thenester.• The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful (Amazon | Barnes & Noble)Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guestJoin the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
23/10/1842m 17s

Ep 155: When stolen audible credits spur a beautiful bookish relationship

Today’s guests ask Anne to bridge the divide between an imaginative-fiction lover and a scientific-NONfiction lover. Ashley and Brent are a father-daughter reading duo who share an Audible account and a love for an untold story.Anne, Ashley, and Brent cover everything from Ashley’s mega-popular most HATED book, how they survive differing tastes to make reading a family affair, and the story of who stole whose Audible credits...Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Ashley and Brent should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/155Follow Ashley's reading life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigworld_booksApply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guestJoin the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
16/10/1839m 25s

Ep 154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them

Today, guest RuthAnn Deveney lead Anne into the world of special-interest reading, discussing how her passion for victim advocacy brought powerful literature into her life that she wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. They also chat about sensitive-reader self-care how books are like spicy food, books that would be much better as the 10 minute TED Talks that inspired them… and so much more.Be aware that today’s episode contains some conversation about human trafficking and physical abuse. If you know these topics are triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think RuthAnn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/154Check out RuthAnn's Dressember page or go a step further and join her team! If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guestYou can join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
10/10/1854m 43s

Ep 153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time

Kari Sweeney is a working mom of four who has developed a VERY unique system to keep her reading life running like clockwork. Kari and Anne chat about wishy washy star ratings, the right season for the right book, reading at the grocery store... and Kari is sharing her secret to getting the hottest new books the week they release -- for FREE.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Kari should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/153If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
10/10/1840m 32s

Ep 152: Under-appreciated books that may be perfect for your TBR

Get ready for a serious TBR-filler. Today’s guest Elham Ali flips the script to recommend Canadian literature to Anne… but turnabout is fair play, and Anne won't let her leave without some of HER favorite CanLit recommendations.It's a bookish road trip around the Great White North, full of juicy book-marketing gossip, literary sin revelry, and much much more. Stick around until AFTER the credits to hear one last clip about Elham meeting an unexpected reading hero on the bus. It’s so good, you do NOT want to miss it.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Elham should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/152If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
10/10/1851m 25s

Ep 151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist

Today's guest populates the “candy aisle” of the bookstore. Maria Ribas is a literary agent who specializes in gorgeous full-color cookbooks and snappy self-help! So yes, she totally has it covered in the nonfiction department, but her fiction game could use a little freshening… and that’s where Anne comes in.Whether you like exploring the stories behind a great recipe, letting a lush historical novel sweep you away, or pumping yourself up with a snarky self-help book, today’s episode will nourish your readerly soul.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Maria should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/151Connect with Maria:Blog: http://cooksplusbooks.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/maria_ribasInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariaribas00If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
18/09/1857m 6s

Ep 150: I have a confession... I'm not a reader

Until recently, reading was a means to an end in language arts teacher Julie Mushkin's life - and the type of book that totally turned things around for her may surprise you. Today, Anne and Julie are recommending books perfectly suited for both teens AND adults, chatting about serious book projects, what to do when you have no reading stamina, and infiltrating the not-so-secret world of teens...Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Julie should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/150If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
11/09/1845m 57s

Ep 149: Ask Anne Anything

WSIRN’s producer Brenna Frederick is in the virtual studio today, and she’s bringing an armload of YOUR questions to the table, gathered from email, instagram, and the comment section.What did Anne do with her life before she became a blogger and podcaster? What movie is TOTALLY better than the book it’s based on? How do guests get themselves on the show? Are audiobooks really considered “reading”? They're answering all these questions and more, plus dropping a bunch of book recommendations straight from their bookish heart to yours.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU'RE thinking about reading next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/149Drop our producer a friendly note at brenna@modernmrsdarcy.comIf you'd like to be on the show, you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
07/09/1846m 49s

Ep 148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)

We’ve talked more than once on WSIRN about how the power of reading aloud forges family bonds… and today’s guest, Laura Summerhill, puts that thought into action in a brilliant and life-affirming way. But she’s also been out of the pleasure reading game for a long, long time while working on her PhD, and today Anne attempts to reconnect her with what everyone’s been talking about in the book world while she’s been gone.Anne is going on book tour! Find out if she's coming to your area: http://annebogel.com/eventsClick over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Laura should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/148If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
07/09/1845m 31s

Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time

Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast Snark Squad, where they rehash books, tv, and movies with a sharp eye and a lot of laughs. True to character, Marines and Nicole brought the giggles to WSIRN -- they're about how the internet has changed reading forever, destroying their childhood favorites, controversial star rating opinions, books that really sucker punch you in the feels, and more.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Marines and Nicole should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/147Make sure to give Snark Squad Pod a listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/snark-squad-pod/id1331049036?mt=2And snoop around the Snark Squad blog archives: https://www.snarksquad.com/Connect with Marines: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mynameismarines Twitter: @mynameismarinesGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7013001-mariConnect with Nicole: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SweeneySaysTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/sweeneysaysIf you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
07/09/1849m 42s

Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card

Today, Anne has an incredible conversation with Chatti Phal-Brown about how war, family, trauma, joy, and hope for the future have shaped her reading life. Chatti requests recommendations from a genre almost NEVER discussed on the show, and her least favorite book might surprise you...CONTENT WARNING: Today’s episode gets emotional at times, and Chatti speaks candidly about topics like genocide, sexual assault, and racism. If those topics might be triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Chatti should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/146You can hear more from Chatti on her blog ChattiTheBrave.com, follow her on Instagram @chattithebrave, and browse her GORGEOUS handcrafted body products on Instagram @remyandrose.If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
07/09/1856m 42s

Ep 145: Confess Your Literary Sins

Today we have a special bonus episode for you! Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life comes out in a little less than a month. Today she's reading you the first chapter. And YOU get to play along in a fun, social, and bibliotherapeutic way. The first essay is titled Confess Your Literary Sins, and in it, Anne shares how (and why) readers somehow feel compelled to reveal all the guilty secrets of their reading lives—to her.But she's learned over the years that it feels so much better—and is so much more fun—to get these secrets out into the open.So listen to the short episode, download the intro and first chapter, and get ready to spill YOUR bookish secrets with the hashtag #confessyourliterary sins. Click here to visit Anne's blog for more info (and to see her favorite illustration from her new book). And psst—that preorder deadline is August 14: don't miss it! Get the lowdown right here. Happy listening, and happy reading!
07/09/1815m 19s

Ep 144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.

Today, Anne tackles guest Travis Meserve's bookstore anxiety - where should you look in the store to find your next read? How do you get past the nerves and talk to your friendly local bookseller? And is there a secret key to understanding the bestsellers table up front?Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Travis should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/144You can read more about Travis' reading life and world travels on his blog, MeserveReserve.com.If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
07/09/1852m 5s

Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read

If both Netflix and the bookshelf hold equal value in your heart, you’ll totally relate to today’s guest. Patience Randle loves a book with cinematic appeal, especially if it comes with a comfy chair and a great cup of coffee.Today, Patience and Anne chat about books that would make great screenplays, Patience's favorite places to enjoy a good book and a brew, future novel-writing dreams, what would happen if the apocalypse came to their hometowns, and so much more!Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Patience should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/143Check out Patience's blog, and make sure to follow her gorgeous bookish Instagram @inkandfable!Blog: http://www.patiencerandle.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/inkandfable
07/09/1844m 50s

Ep 142: The moment you became a reader

In episode 138, we met NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank, who filled WILDLY different roles despite working within the same library system. Today, Anne explores a smaller-town librarian experience through the eyes of Sarah Peden, a children’s librarian from Humboldt, Tennessee.Sarah is full of stories about the long road to librarianship, strange patron requests, small town scandals that echo for decades, and so much more delicious library gossip. And if you’ve ever wondered who wins in battle Wikipedia vs the Librarian… she’s weighing in with her opinions.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment with a story about YOUR library experiences when you were a child: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/142You can follow Sarah on Instagram, @sarahthelibrarygirl.
07/09/1833m 52s

Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book

Anne chats with Ian Morgan Cron, noted Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, author of The Road Back to You and host of the Typology podcast, about how their favorite literary characters (and maybe a few movie characters) fit into the framework of the super-hot-right-now Enneagram personality system. From Hermione Granger to Jay Gatsby to Marianne Dashwood to Samwise Gamgee... today we cover a LOT of literary ground. If you don’t know anything about the Enneagram personality framework, don’t worry! This episode is totally newbie-friendly.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, a friendly comment section, and helpful Enneagram resources: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/141Ian's website: http://www.iancron.comSubscribe to Ian's show Typology.
07/09/1850m 7s

Ep 140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?

Today’s guest Cindy Wang-Brandt has gone through a lot of shifts in her life - spiritual, political, familial… which around here, begs a question: what do those shifts do to a person’s reading life? Join Anne and Cindy in an examination of how identities are reflected in what books we choose, the lenses we bring to what we read, what “counts” as literary fiction, stories that help us understand the chaotic world around us, and so much more.Click over to the podcast website to tell Cindy what YOU think she should read next, or tell us about your own reading life shifts: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/140Subscribe to Cindy's podcast Parenting Forward: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parenting-forward-stories-strategies-solutions-for/id1403686245?mt=2 Connect with Cindy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cindy_w_brandt Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext
07/09/1850m 26s

Ep 139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN

Anne chats with Eric Zimmer, host of The One You Feed podcast, which features interviews with thoughtful people who have big ideas about making a “conscious, creative effort toward a life worth living.”Anne and Eric talk about his favorite comic strip character, embarrassing library visits, books for the meditative reader, the patron saint of WSIRN, noir detective novels, and much much more.Click over to the podcast website to tell Eric what YOU think he should read next, or tell us about your own favorite comic strip character: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/139Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnextConnect with Eric at www.oneyoufeed.net.
07/09/1849m 20s

Ep 138: The Librarians Are In!

Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius work in unique roles at the New York Public Library system, and together host the wonderful podcast The Librarian Is In.Today Anne, Gwen, and Frank have a heart-to-heart chat about the ways librarians' roles have shifted over the past decade, how libraries adapt to meet their patrons needs, and opportunities for you to give back to your library in valuable ways.Click over to the podcast website to leave a comment about your favorite library tips, tricks, and memories: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/138Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnextWant more Gwen and Frank? Listen to The Librarian Is In wherever you get your podcasts! You can also follow Frank's branch on Instagram @jefferson_market_library, or follow NYPL on Twitter @NYPLrecommends.
07/09/1853m 57s

Ep 137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times

Leigh Kramer is a former medical social worker, and the author of a brand new novel about life, love, and loss called A Storied Life. Today Anne digs deep with former social worker and current author Leigh Kramer to discuss a tough, nuanced topic: grief. From instructive texts, to descriptive fiction, to tales-of-caution, the bookshelf has a lot to say about this universal human emotion.This is a great conversation, but you should know that some of the books we discuss grapple with things like cancer, death, miscarriage, and other trauma. If these topics are triggering for you, or if you are currently recovering from a loss, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply putting this episode aside for a later time.Connect with Leigh: Book | Blog | InstagramClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Jen know what YOU think she should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/137
07/09/1841m 44s

Ep 136: One Great Book

Readers, welcome to our first impromptu and improvised episode of What Should I Read Next!Today Anne tells you a little about our new class, Get More Out of Your Library. Click here for more details, and click here to learn more about the MMD Book Club and sign up before the Wednesday class. In this episode, Anne also tells you a small-world bookish story, and shares One Great Book for your TBR. We hope you enjoy today's episode! We'll be back next week with a new Tuesday episode. ____________________________________________________________Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramSign up for the free WSIRN newsletter at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter
07/09/1813m 2s

Ep 135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect

Guest and author Jen Hatmaker is known for speaking publicly about a LOT of things, but reading isn’t one of them! At least, not the books she’s really reading on her own time—and today you’re going to hear how different those titles are from what you probably EXPECT her to enjoy reading.Today Jen and I get to chat about about the intricacies of her home library, the book that gave her nightmares, the books she's afraid to read on the bus, the finer points of humor writing, our foodie favorites, and more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Jen know what YOU think she should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/135____________________________________________________________Connect with Jen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast
07/09/1848m 57s

Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge

Ben Huntington is a young audiobook fanatic who chews through stories at an exhilarating rate - we’re talking reading the Hobbit in one week! Today, Anne recommends a ton of great audiobook series to keep his reading list full all summer.This is an episode the whole family can enjoy, full of books perfect for road trip entertainment! And stay tuned till the end for follow up commentary from Ben and his mom, including funny jokes and helpful resources for topics discussed today.You could be featured in an upcoming episode! Tell us about your favorite library tips and tricks. How do you get the most out of your library's resources? Is there a perfect balance to your library hauls? Talk back: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talkClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Ben know what YOU think he should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/134
07/09/1829m 46s

Ep 133: Authors who get where you're coming from

Guest Sachi Argabright discovered a rich vein of books by Asian American authors who inspire her, and it’s given her reading life wings. In today's episode, Anne tops up her list with unique and soon-to-be-released titles so she can stay in that happy place for a long time to come. They also discuss travel, reading goals, book organization (see her gorgeous "favorites bookshelf" on the shownotes page of our site), and much much more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/133And while you're at it make sure you check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/
07/09/1855m 44s

Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer

It’s time to get your library holds all set up for a long summer of reading! Whether you’re looking for a contemporary page-turner, something spine-chilling, a chunky classic, a dose of reality, or if you’re suspending expectations in hope of some bookish serendipity… Anne is here with friend of the show and bookseller Annie Jones to discuss the alllll the hot titles they can’t help but want to shove in their friends hands. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/132And while you're at it make sure you check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/Connect with Annie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anniebjones05/The Bookshelf: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/Shelf Subscription service: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/subscriptions/
07/09/1850m 57s

Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen

Jane Austen devotees will get a big kick out of today’s guest - Clara Breitenmoser is originally from New Zealand, currently lives in England, and now spends her days smack in the middle of a favorite literary landmark.Anne and Clara talk about heritage preservation, tracking reading with the help of our friends, excellent foodie memoirs, and also dive into Clara’s tough special request: She wants to read more books about characters in their 20s, without romance as the central theme.Take the WSIRN listener survey: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/surveyAnd let us know what YOU'RE reading this Summer, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talkClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/131Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnextCheck out Clara's travel blog here: cafesandcultureblog.wordpress.com
07/09/1848m 43s

Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers

Pop quiz - what is true of only 14 of the 110 Nobels awarded for Literature since the category's founding in 1901? Answer: only 14 women have received the honor.Today’s guests Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett are intent on giving brilliant female authors their due. Every month, their podcast Reading Women shines a spotlight on a different genre or type of author - some favorite past themes include Women in Translation, Southern Literature, and Women of Color.So what better way to celebrate female authors on What Should I Read Next than a little roundtable literary matchmaking? Autumn, Kendra, and Anne chat about reading women as little girls, their favorite recent books by female authors, and introduce each other to hidden gems. Ready your TBR list!Take the WSIRN listener survey: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/surveyAnd let us know what YOU'RE reading this Summer, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talkClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/130Tune in to Reading Women podcast: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com
07/09/1842m 20s

Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)

Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta's Moore's creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching up with Osheta to find out about the podcast that was just a baby project when they first chatted, the perfect library haul formula, how a reading life can change in 2 years, and how Osheta's one especially important bookshelf has grown over time. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/129/Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnextCheck out Osheta Moore's podcast, Shalom Sessions: http://shalominthecity.com/shalom-sessionsThanks to today's sponsorsThirdLove: Go to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! 
07/09/1848m 42s

Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot

If the word “biography” doesn’t fill you with excitement, maybe today’s guest Tracie Haddock’s enthusiasm can convince you to give them another shot. She even calls one famous biographer her “adopted grandfather”—although what she’s REALLY looking for are great biographies about amazing women, because she just hasn’t found enough out there.In this episode, Anne and Tracie discuss books about extraordinary people living during fascinating times, whether or not to be stingy with star ratings, unreliable NON-fiction authors, books so engrossing they’ve made Tracie’s family fend for themselves at dinnertime, and much much more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/128-episode/Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext
07/09/1842m 52s

Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)

Everything’s upside down this week - WSIRN guest Jordan Bradley needs help QUITTING books! Years of higher education taught him to just push through a bad reading experience - but now it’s time to recalibrate.In today’s episode, Anne and Jordan talk futuristic fiction, vast histories, far-flung expeditions, and together chart a course toward Jordan's happier reading ever-after.Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know: Sign up at http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletterClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jordan should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Jordan on Instagram, take a peek at Jordan and Raeleen's farm on Instagram, and check out their business WallQuotes.com.
07/09/1842m 58s

Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart

Today's guest is Roxanne Coady, proprietor of RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, Connecticut and host of the Just The Right book podcast. Years ago, Roxanne did what many of WSIRN listeners have dreamed of doing - she left her old career behind, and started a bookstore.Join Anne as she investigates how Roxanne found a calling that appealed to her heart rather than her head, emotionally resonant narratives, nonfiction that holds your hand through tough times, PLUS - you'll learn about the origin of book subscription boxes which trust us, you want to hear about.Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know: Sign up at http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletterClick over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Roxanne should read next!Connect with Roxanne: Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookMake sure to check out RJ Julia's Just The Right Book subscription service. 
07/09/1840m 51s

Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict

Do you ever feel a little out of place in the world of online readers? Perhaps you're more of a dabbler? You might relate to today's guest! Dana Hartness is fascinated by “reading culture” but feels like she doesn’t belong because her interests are so far-flung, and most of the time she’d rather just curl up with Netflix. Today, Anne tries to connect the dots between Dana's WILDLY different favorites, and recommend 3 books that will give Netflix a run for its money. In this episode, Dana mentions LOVING Anne's daily Kindle Deal emails. You can sign up to get daily deals in your inbox here. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Dana should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Dana and check out her adorable jewelry shop: Instagram | Shop
07/09/1833m 31s

Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own

Today’s episode is a FESTIVAL of book recommendations for all ages. You might recognize children’s lit enthusiast extraordinaire Sarah Mackenzie from Episode 49 during our Reading for a Lifetime series, when she came on the show to help Anne recommend books to some truly adorable bookish kids. Today, they’re doing more of the same, but Anne also gets to recommend 3 books that Sarah can incorporate into her ADULT reading life when she’s not running Read Aloud Revival or sharing books with her kids.Do having a reading perspective you've never heard featured on WSIRN? Visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest to apply to for the show!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rissie should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Sarah: Check out Read Aloud Revival: Website | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
07/09/1859m 18s

Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)

Today’s guest is a reader who loves to laugh. Rissie Lundberg wrote in to the show to tell us she’s been a listener from the very beginning, but has NEVER heard her favorite titles discussed on the air. We knew we had to have her on the show to remedy that situation as soon as possible.Rissie is a high school math teacher with a bookish bent - she even assigns English literature as math homework! Today, Anne investigates what titles Rissie discusses with her math students, and they chat about books that WON’T make you cry, books rooted in vocation, knockout audiobooks, and much more.Do having a reading perspective you've never heard featured on WSIRN? Visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest to apply to for the show!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rissie should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Rissie: Instagram
07/09/1839m 5s

Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library

You might recognize today’s guest if you’re a reality tv buff - Scott Flanary WON season 29 of The Amazing Race! But he also happens to be a huge book nerd, and that’s what we get to talk about today. Scott says his home-base genre used to be chick lit, but after recently discovering a new favorite niche genre, he's ready to travel even further in his bookish journey.Today I get to chat with Scott about how book clubs can help you connect deeply with your community, book-to-stage adaptations, childhood favorite heroines, and YES I ask some of the questions you reality tv fans have been dying to hear answers to, like… how does an introvert find time to recharge during a hectic filming schedule?Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Scott should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Scott: Twitter | Instagram
07/09/1859m 49s

Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book

Today’s guests take getting lost in a good book to a TOTALLY different level. Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg host By The Book podcast, a bookish comedy show where they live by the rules of different self-help bestseller, for two weeks at a time. Kristen and Jolenta have lived to the letter of books like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Secret, The Miracle Morning, and more.Anne's high-stakes job this week is recommending 3 titles for them to live through NEXT. (No pressure.)Today’s episode includes a very brief discussion of disordered eating. If this is a topic you need to skip for your safety, the discussion starts when the book French Women Don’t Get Fat is mentioned around halfway through the show. Fast-forward three minutes to miss it.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Liz should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramCheck out By The Book podcast: Website | Apple Podcasts | TwitterConnect with Kristen and Jolenta on Twitter. 
07/09/1852m 39s

Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things

Today's guest Elizabeth Smith is an English Major lives a life that will inspire envy in a a lot of WSIRN listeners. She and her family homeschool, run a theatre company, tend a hobby farm, and herd sheep. No more juicy details here though - it’s better when Liz tells it.Anne and Liz also chat about the BEST way to experience Shakespeare, books for people who thrive on melancholy, and how to get more out of your local independent bookstores.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Liz should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Elizabeth: Blog | Instagram | Theatre Website | Theatre Facebook
07/09/1850m 40s

Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough

Today's guest Carly Friedman is a working mom, an advisor at her local university, and has a totally unique goal for her 2018 reading life. We'll give you one hint: backlist.Today Anne and Carly chat about nonfiction titles for people who love to learn, Carly's budding romance with audiobooks, novels with a strong sense of place and time, what moves a book from your bookshelf to your bedside table, and so much more!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Carly should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1854m 42s

Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family

Anne and today's guest Dena Abramson Babb have a lot in common. Both were the girl in class who loved to choose the heftiest books possible from school reading lists, and now as adults they've infused their family cultures with reading. There's a little something special about today's episode, too - you'll get to snoop behind the scenes of the launch of Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, because Dena played a special part in the process. Discussed in today's episode: nonfiction that transports who into a whole new world, making reading accessible for a dyslexic child, books for self-aware readers, the rhythms of a reading family, and more! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Dena should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Dena: Website | Facebook
07/09/1859m 36s

Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly

Today’s guest Rachael Robinson lives in Southern California, but Anne met her for the very first time in her own kitchen. (They'll get to that in the episode). Rachael describes herself as an “extreme” book lover who discovered her reading obsession when her son was born and Netflix just wasn’t cutting it for entertainment. Today Anne and Rachael chat about Rachael's best reading year ever, #BookClubProblems, last-minute cross-country bookish adventures, and so much more.But make sure to stick around for the end of the show, because as a special treat, Anne got the chance to have a second conversation Rachael and see what she ACTUALLY thought of one of the books Anne recommended to her.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rachael should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Rachael: Blog | Instagram | Goodreads 
07/09/1840m 20s

Introducing Women's Work

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new podcast from my friend Tsh Oxenreider. You may know Tsh from her podcast The Simple Show--or you may know her from this podcast where she was a guest way, way back in episode 6.In this new podcast called Women’s Work, Tsh asks women—from all walks of life who do all sorts of work—their stories. More than a business show, this is a STORY show; a podcast that sings the often unsung praises of the millions of women who make our world a better place.This brief introduction has a clip of Tsh and her first guest Sarah Stewart Holland who you may remember from episode 43 "Fiction FOMO and curing a Hamilton hangover."Visit the Women's Work website to listen to the trailer, subscribe to email updates, and get more information. Happy listening!
07/09/1812m 21s

Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds

Readers, if you're intrigued by the behind-the-scenes of the publishing industry, this one's for you. In today's new episode I chat with John August, a screenwriter, devoted reader, and author of a brand-new (or soon-to-be) middle grade novel.As of this morning, John also has a brand new podcast out in the world: it’s called LAUNCH, and as someone who loves all the details about how books are born, I can’t wait to listen. This six-episode podcast tracks the launch of John’s novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, John covers it all, from conceiving the idea to landing an agent to the editorial process to printing and pub date to book tour and beyond. We chat a little about the process today, as well as the difference between writing movies and writing books, stories that bridge two worlds, and John's unusual method of working, which is unlike any method I've previously heard of. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think John should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with John: Website | Twitter | Instagram | LAUNCH podcast | Scriptnotes podcast
07/09/1852m 49s

Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections

Time FLIES when you're reading a good book... and, turns out, when you're podcasting. Today marks WSIRN's second anniversary! We thought it would be fun to rewind allllll the way back to our VERY FIRST GUEST, ever-colorful personality and the co-host of The Popcast: Jamie Golden.Today you’ll get to hear some secrets about what Anne originally had planned for the show (and which of these plans we threw out the window) a totally true bookshop story about Tom Hanks, a literary pop culture lightning round, and Jamie’s pitch for WSIRN: After Dark. Plus, of course, some fresh recommendations to perk up Jamie’s reading life - and maybe yours - in 2018.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jamie should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Jamie: Website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramCheck out The Popcast: Website | Twitter | Facebook
07/09/181h 9m

Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves

We asked 14 different podcast listeners how they organize their bookshelves … and we're sharing their ideas with you. (Some readers even provided photos of their methods— link below!)Ever-popular genre and color organization came up of course, but we also get to hear about the uniquely-displayed special interest book collections some of you have, including a bookshelf entirely dedicated to one specific period of history, and another home library entirely organized with book-lending in mind. And yes, of course, at the end of today’s episode Anne shares some stories about her own shelves. Click over to the podcast website to see pictures of some of the shelves we peeked into this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know how you organize your own shelves!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Thanks to today's sponsors:
07/09/1831m 49s

Ep 112: Your best reading year yet

"I want to read more" is a common refrain in January, so here's some good news: today's episode is full of tips and tricks to help you maximize your time and strategize your next best read!If you've been listening to WSIRN for a while, you've heard Anne talk more than once about supply-side vs demand-side readers. The brilliant mind behind that concept is author and podcaster Laura Vanderkam, who you may know from her books 168 Hours, I Know How She Does It, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, or her new podcast Best of Both Worlds. On today's WSIRN episode Laura shares the strategies she uses to improve her own reading life (one of which includes reading War And Peace in the grocery store), a new perspective on free time, her bucket list books, and LOTS more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Connect with Laura: Twitter | Website | Ted Talk
07/09/1851m 40s

Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club

Today's episode is a cozy family affair! Anne chats with Emily and Daniela Loose, a mother-daughter duo from New Hampshire who have been reading together for Emily’s entire life. Emily went off to college this fall, and they're learning to navigate the pain of waiting way too long to talk to your book buddy about what you’re reading (texting in all caps about a book you just read is TOTALLY acceptable.)Topics this week: books for book people, Swedish children’s books, the pleasures of re-reading, and reading Dr Seuss for the first time—as an adult.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   2018 Reading ChallengeReaders, get more out of your reading life this year with the 2018 Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge. The goal of the 2018 Reading Challenge is to read amazing books in 2018. To do that, you need amazing books and time to read them. We can help.We’ve created 12 categories this year designed to give you the best possible reading experience, and we’ve created free, downloadable tools for you that are pretty, practical, and all kinds of motivating.Click here to get started and to get your free reading challenge kit. We can't wait to read with you in 2018!
07/09/1854m 59s

Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies

It's our first guest from Down Under! Today Anne talks books with Fiona Thoms, a party-planning, paleo cooking, PTA president mum of three kids who lives in Sydney, Australia. You may recognize Fiona’s voice from Episode 62, because she recommends two books to Anne in our special What Should ANNE Read Next episode.Today's topics: the pleasures and perils of the Australian literary life, reading fictional books about real-life travel destinations, how Fiona's life bears an uncanny resemblance to the Liane Moriarty novel Big Little Lies, and more.See the full list of titles discussed today and tell Fiona your recommendations for what she should read next on the podcast site.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Connect with Fiona: Instagram
07/09/181h 2m

Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst

Today's guest is Annie Spence, author of Dear Fahrenheit 45: Love and Hate in the Stacks, a collection of breakup notes and love letters to books she encounters in her day-to-day as a public librarian.This week Anne learns all about how Annie became a public librarian. They also discuss the difficulty of recommending books when you’re in a HUGE reading slump yourself, bizarre nonfiction, and seasonal reading patterns.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Connect with Annie: Blog | Twitter | Book
07/09/1847m 33s

Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville

Anne kicked off her first visit to Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC in a big way - a WSIRN liveshow! You can read more details about what the show was like in this Modern Mrs. Darcy post.This episode is a fast and furious speed round of literary matchmaking for SEVERAL guests at the live event - get ready to live vicariously through your fellow WSIRN fans (and prepare your Goodreads - your TBR might grow 10 sizes today.)Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Connect with Malaprop's Bookstore: Website | Twitter | Facebook
07/09/1834m 15s

Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list

Holland Saltsman from the Novel Neighbor in St Louis joins Anne to talk about their favorite books of the year, supporting local bookstores, and the bookish gifts they can’t wait to give and receive this year. Whether you’re shopping for a book lover, making your own wish list, or want to indulge in a whole bunch of readerly enthusiasm, this episode will be a treat.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles and bookish gifts discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU will be giving this year!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Connect with Holland and The Novel Neighbor: Website | Twitter
07/09/1848m 41s

Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience

Shannon Navin is a Columbus mom and technology professional who came to Anne with a specific request: to recommend great books that Shannon and her ten-year-old son can enjoy TOGETHER.Anne and Shannon discuss the magic of bonding over books with children, what you need to have a great reading experience at any age, and what it looks like to establish your own reading life.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Katherine should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Connect with Shannon: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads
07/09/1830m 55s

Bonus: Thanksgiving Binge

Anne chats with Eric Zimmer of The One You Feed about their favorite episodes on each other's podcasts!Feast on these shows @ www.Wondery.com/Thanksgiving  What Should I Read Next? Binge:The Popcast with Knox and Jamie - Ep 212 The Nos of Social MediaSorta Awesome with Megan Tietz - Ep 121 Boundaries for the holidaysThe West Wing Weekly - Ep 1 PilotAnother Round - Ep 55 #1000BlackGirlBooksNote to Self - I Didn't See Your TextThe One You Feed Binge:Good Life Project - Interview with Dani ShapiroHardcore History - Blueprint for ArmageddonBuddha at the Gap Pump - CuladasaOn Being - John O’DonohueSound Opinions - Ep 606 The Year That Punk Broke
07/09/185m 0s

Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better

Today Anne chats with Rider Strong, a director & screenwriter (you might know him from Boy Meets World) who spends free time reuniting with readerly college friends on his books and reading podcast Literary Disco. As a busy dad, Rider says his reading life “needs work”, and the books he wants to read have multiplied from a single shelf to an entire room.Today Rider and Anne discuss being baffled by YA, the making of a bookish best friend, good TV vs. good books, & much more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Katherine should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Give Rider's podcast Literary Disco a listen.
07/09/181h 0m

Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back

Alexandra Rodriguez is an English teacher and grad student in the Indianapolis area whose reading life underwent a big change a few years ago. Today, Anne explores how reading 150 books in a year represented a silver lining for Alexandra during a really difficult time, and how a nudge from an old boss pointed her to take her literary life in a new direction. Also discussed: Diverse Books Club, books that make you laugh and cry almost at the same time, light-hearted books that carry meaningful lessons, and authors that don’t hold anything back.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Katherine should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Connect with Alexandra at Booked Up Blog - Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  and Diverse Books Club - Instagram | Goodreads
07/09/1846m 40s

Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes

Today Anne chats with Katherine Riling, a mom, math teacher, and new Alaska resident whose go-to genre is historical fiction — but she doesn’t want to read it ALL the time. Katherine's three favorites are seasonally appropriate, and have something strangely specific in common…Also discussed: libraries vs. used bookstores, copycat books that miss the mark, the perfect climate for curling up with a thick book, & more.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Katherine should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1847m 49s

Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters

Anne is joined by a familiar voice -- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and, most recently, The Four Tendencies, a new personality framework in which she investigates how different people—or in today’s case, fictional characters—respond to internal and external expectations. Gretchen visited the show last Fall in Episode 52 for KidWeek, as a VORACIOUS reader of children’s literature. But today Anne and Gretchen broadening her horizons to talk about books for all ages -- and books where specific “tendencies” are on display.Also discussed: literary obsessions, teen historical fiction, human nature, and Gretchen's specialties -- habits and happiness. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Gretchen should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN InstagramConnect with Gretchen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast
07/09/1850m 2s

Ep 101: What Anne wishes she'd known (100 episodes later)

Anne and WSIRN's producer Brenna Frederick take a look back at memorable moments from the first 100 episodes of What Should I Read Next. From behind-the-scenes moments to reading-saved-my-life emails, memorable two-star reviews, bloopers, frequently asked questions, and what Anne wishes she handled differently in the first one hundred episodes. PLUS they give a sneak peek at what lies in WSIRN's future.Readers, thanks for joining us on this amazing ride, and for reminding us today and every Tuesday why it is so good to be among people who are reading.Click over to the podcast website to check out the list of past episodes discussed, and leave us a comment to share your favorite WSIRN stories. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/181h 7m

Ep 100: When everyone loves that book but you

This week Anne chatts with Keith Watts, a Seattle resident who credits Star Wars with making him a reader, and Top Gun for making him a history major. Keith and Anne discuss what it’s like to grow up in a house full of books as a kid, and how he later had to assume responsibility for shaping his own reading life as an adult.Today we get into how and why Keith's preferred reading format has changed with his stage of life, and why he passionately believes one of the most popular books of the last few years is objectively terrible. Anne was especially excited to talk to Keith because he’s devoted to a genre some of you listeners have said doesn’t get enough love here on What Should I Read Next. Today, we’re making amends.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Keith should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram***Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything released September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed my life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold.
07/09/1856m 23s

Ep 99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)

Today's guest, Caroline Weaver, is known as The Pencil Lady, because by day she owns and operates CW Pencil Enterprise, a shop dedicated exclusively to pencils and pencil-related goods in Manhattan’s lower east side. Caroline loves contemporary literary fiction, books that pack an emotional punch, and that special moment when a book can make her feel something she can’t describe. She and Anne discuss her very personal strategy for finding books perfect for HER, as well as some surprising book-adjacent topics... like the importance of a handwritten letter, and how to pick the perfect pencil for your morning crossword.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles (and pencils!) discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Caroline should read next!Connect with Caroline & CW Pencil Enterprise: Website | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything came out September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed her life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold.
07/09/1859m 50s

Ep 98: Loving that literary lifestyle

This week Anne chats with Rikki and Michaela, two Seattle area friends and serious book lovers who knew each other for YEARS before they discovered they shared a love of reading.In today’s episode Anne, Rikki, and Michaela discuss what it means to live a literary lifestyle, why they believe in reading with the seasons, and how scary it can be to recommend your favorite book to your best friend.They also explore how they create meaningful, interactive experiences to bring favorite books to life, like their literary dinner parties. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rikki and Michaela should read together next!Connect with Rikki & Michaela at The Ardent Biblio: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything released September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed my life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold.
07/09/1853m 27s

Ep 97: How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves

Today Anne takes you behind the scenes of how her book Reading People came into being. Guided by questions from newsletter subscribers, we're delving into the intricacies of how the book was made, from working with agents and editors, to how the book got matched up with a publisher, to how the cover was designed. Anne also gets personal with an exploration of her writing habits, what she learned along the way, and even where the initial idea came from.Get your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, wherever books are sold.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram If you want to chime in for future episodes like this, you can—just sign up for the newsletter at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter. 
07/09/1826m 24s

Ep 96: Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!

We’re in serious countdown mode: Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything comes out on Tuesday, September 19.This is the story of how Anne's long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed her life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships.Anne had the privilege of narrating the audio version of Reading People herself, and today she's reading the introduction and chapter one just for you.Pre-order your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or wherever books are sold.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1834m 57s

Ep 95: Really weird stories you should totally read

In today's episode, Anne and guest Nicholas Siegel cover a lot of ground. MFA fiction is a phrase that has been thrown around on the podcast before; today they dive into what exactly that means. Nicholas also pitches a book in a way that TOTALLY changes Anne's perception of it.Also discussed: literary magazines, when to finish a book that you're not enjoying, and stories that are perhaps best described as “just plain weird."Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Nicholas should read next!Connect with Nicholas: Website | Twitter | Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook| Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1851m 39s

Ep 94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)

In today's episode, Anne looks for small business owner Esther Dairiam's origin story. Like so many great plots, Esther’s turns on an epiphany she had on a trip to Paris five years ago. She left convinced that what her adopted city of Chicago needed was its own destination for culinary books and events, and not finding anything like it already in business, she sought to open that business herself. Anne and Esther talk about food, of course, and the way it brings people together. You'll hear lots of cookbook and food titles today, but they also discuss the characteristics of a great memoir, the inclusivity of food AND books, and the favorite books of Esther's childhood.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Esther should read next!Connect with Esther and her shop Read It & Eat: Facebook |Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1849m 17s

Ep 93: Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling

Today’s guest, Kristin Economos, has an incredible story to tell, one many people will resonate with. After experiencing a season of severe anxiety, Kristin says her return from a decade-long reading sabbatical brought her back to life. She got professional help, and she ALSO soothed her anxiety with books. Fictional stories that transported her to other times and places, and nonfiction reads about mental health and anxiety that taught her strategies and helped her feel less alone. Kristin’s experience with reading kicked off a personal project that she calls her "30 by 30" challenge, which Anne investigates in this episode.Also discussed: Kristin’s preferred kind of escapist reading, the kinds of books her book club enjoys, and a bookish brunch that will either have you drooling with envy or planning your own.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Kristin should read next!Connect with Kristin: InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1847m 47s

Ep 92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list

Today’s guest pointed out that we haven’t talked to an abundance of East Coast readers, and today we’re making amends. Karen Weiss is a nurse practitioner in Maine who gets many of her best book recommendations from her teenage patients, and she returns the favor — it's rare for a patient of any age to leave her office without a book recommendation. Karen loves chatting books so much she talked herself into a job at her local independent bookstore, so of course I needed to find out her secret.We also discuss Karen's take on the book—or books—she hates, stunning writers, well-written mysteries, and the awful feeling when a bestseller betrays you.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Karen should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1848m 39s

Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending

Today’s guest is Bethany Armstrong, a lifelong reader who describes herself as the kind of kid who always had a book in her hand. After studying literature in college, Bethany suffered through a period of bookish burnout. But a surprising thing re-invigorated Bethany’s reading experience... you'll have to listen to find out what it was. Today Bethany’s reading life is thriving, and in this episode she and Anne dive into the specifics—they talk about how it’s alllllll about the story, and why it’s important to Bethany to keep the balance in her reading life. And when Bethany shares the book she hates … well, she's sure some of you will want to come after her with pitchforks when you find out what it is.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles and articles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Bethany should read next!Connect with Bethany: Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1845m 7s

Ep 90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)

Today, Anne chats with Mary Gaertner, a listener of the show she met at the Popcast Live pre-party. Mary drove to the Louisville show from Cincinnati, and spent the car ride choosing her What Should I Read Next books - 3 books she loved, 1 book she hated, and what she's reading now. When Mary told Anne her books - especially the book she HATED - Anne knew need to come on the show! So … we made it happen.Mary and Anne discuss copycat books, strong female protagonists, escapism, genres that left them dubious, the special feeling of reading a unique book for the first time, and more!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Mary should read next!Connect with Mary's work at Girls On The Run: Website | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1843m 24s

Ep 89: Ask Anne Anything!

Today is a What Should I Read Next milestone - our very first mailbag episode! We invited our newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers for their burning questions, and Anne did her best to answer. If you've ever been curious about the inner workings of the WSIRN team, what Anne's typical day looks like, what book changed her life, or how to get on the show yourself, today's episode holds the answers to these questions (and MANY more)!Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1845m 30s

Ep 88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine

Today's guest is Amena Brown, a spoken-word poet who writes all her poems to jazz music. When she was a little girl, Amena dreamed of becoming a stand-up comedian, and that doesn’t seem like a stretch! Amena brought a lot of big laughs to the show today, as she and Anne discussed their favorite comedic memoirs by fabulously funny women, pushing the limits of a book’s form, and FEELINGS in books that are hard to find words for. Plus, Anne give a book recommendation… that isn’t a book at all.Anne also announces the winners of the Deluxe Reading Journal Kit giveaway! A huge thank-you to everyone who has left iTunes reviews in the past few weeks - it really does make a difference. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Amena should read next!Connect with Amena: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookCheck out Amena's most recent spoken word album.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1847m 3s

Ep 87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret

Today Anne chats with Aaron White, a runner, content developer, INTJ, and married father of two who lives in Minnesota. Aaron's lifetime favorite book will make some of you jump up and cheer, and maybe make some of you yell back at your podcast player (and not in a happy way). Anne and Aaron discuss that AWFUL FEELING when you’ve read what feels like a bunch of underwhelming books in a row, nostalgic fantasy favorites, and how adding a book to your permanent collection can be a Very Big Deal.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Aaron should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1844m 47s

Ep 86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers

Promoting literacy is a both a paycheck and a free-time passion for today's guest. Emily Kinard comes from a family where it’s completely normal for her grandmother and mom to give her book recommendations, and for her to return the favor. And if she sees you a reading a book she loves on the plane, she won’t hesitate to strike up a conversation about it—because there’s nothing like a good book for bringing people together.In today's episode, Anne and Emily discuss the etiquette of writing in books, #SlowReaderProblems, bonding with strangers over a good book, reading the book before you watch the movie, and more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Emily should read next!Connect with Emily: Twitter | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1846m 19s

Ep 85: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)

WSIRN goes international once more! Today's guest is Charity Dušíková, an art teacher and mother residing in a small town in the Czech Republic*.Anne and Charity talk about the impact of big life changes on their reading lives, what to do when you HATE your best friend’s favorite book, what it takes for a book that collects dust on your shelves to finally get picked up and read, and more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Charity should read next!Connect with Charity on her blog. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram *Charity asked to add the following footnote: "Ostrava is an industrial city with a history of mining and with a steel industry. Though the mining has ceased, the steel industry is still at work (hence the connection to Detroit). My dear Ostrova has much more to offer than just mining and steel!"
07/09/1858m 38s

Ep 84: You know you're a Serious Reader when...

Anne first met today's guest Shawn Smucker and his wife Maile while they were on an epic cross-country road trip with the whole family, in a big blue bus named Willie. If that sounds like interesting reading, Shawn wrote a book about the experience! It’s called How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, and the title is NOT just a metaphor. Today Anne delves into the special significance certain books and authors hold for Shawn and his family. Other topics covered include the fascinating art of ghost-writing, journaling's place in the writing life, and multi-sensory reading experiences. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Shawn should read next!Connect with Shawn: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | BooksConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1846m 3s

Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip

If you’re a longtime listener, you’ve heard from today's guest Donna Hetchler before—she hopped on episode 64 and chatted with Anne about the unconventional way she tracks what she reads, in our special episode devoted to how 15 WSIRN listeners track their books.In today's one-of-a-kind episode, Anne investigates Donna's plans for a very special road trip. They also discuss stories with whit and whimsy, books that stand the test of time, and Donna also had a unique request when it came to helping her choose what to read next.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Donna should read next!Check out Donna's blog, I Am Your Rabbit, where she chats about entertainment, personal finance, health, and wellness. Connect with Anne:Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1845m 2s

Ep 82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels

Today's guest is That-Reader-Who-Is-Impossible-To-Recommend-Books-To... because it seems she's read it EVERYTHING! Claire Diaz Ortiz has a very specific favorite genre that makes her go "crazy with excitement", and Anne faces a real challenge finding any titles under that umbrella that Claire hasn't already devoured. In this episode, Claire and Anne discuss what it means to be an "obsessive reader" and how to spot others out in the wild, the way our personalities influence how we read, the feeling of hating a book that you know isn't BAD but nevertheless isn't for you, and of course we dive into the genre that makes Claire's heart sing. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Claire should read next!Connect with Claire:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedInConnect with Anne:Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1853m 3s

Ep 81: The suspense is thrilling me

In today’s episode, Anne chats with Chelsea Humphrey about what a surprisingly broad category "suspense/thriller" actually is. Of course there's some Gone Girl chatter - but they're going deeper, talk about how psychological suspense connects with the various struggles women experience every day.Also covered: being a sucker for a beautiful book cover and a book with a great map in the front pages, redemptive narratives, and legitimately good romance novels that were not what we were expecting.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Chelsea should read next!Connect with Chelsea: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1844m 12s

Ep 80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life

Why is it SO HARD to describe a book you REALLY LOVE? Anne tries to figure it out with today's guest Cori Jara, a case worker in Eureka CA. Cori is a lifelong reader who loved the written word so much she became a creative writing major. But after college books lost their luster for Cori for a while—reading felt too much like work. So several years ago, she started keeping a detailed spreadsheet about what she was choosing to read. That spreadsheet led to an epiphany: she diagnosed why her reading life had gotten dull, and what she could do about it.In this episode Anne and Cori talk the prosaic, like what it’s like to move to a town with a smaller library, and the unforgettable—like a book that makes you want to skip dinner, bedtime, and the rest of your life until you finish it.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Cori should read next!Connect with Cori on InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1847m 22s

Ep 79: The books we can't wait to read this summer

WARNING: today's episode might make you long for a warm sandy beach, a cozy cabin, or a French villa... wherever your heart longs to vacation, that's where you'll want to be. That's right, Anne is talking SUMMER READING today with the help of WSIRN insider Melissa Klassen! Melissa makes magic happen behind the scenes for WSIRN and the Modern Mrs Darcy blog, so you'll get a little peek behind the curtain. In this episode, Anne and Melissa discuss Summer’s big releases, the backlist titles they'll be bringing with them to the pool, their favorite Summer reading memories, and at the end there's a Summer Reading Lightning Round that you won't want to miss. We're also giving you a peek behind the scenes of the SIXTH annual Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide! Keep your eyes peeled for the guide's release on May 17th.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know about your Summer reading plans!Connect with Anne:Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Feels like May 17th is just too far away? Tide yourself over with some throwback reading guides from the past 3 years of Modern Mrs. Darcy: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 
07/09/1838m 31s

Ep 78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time

Today's conversation won't go the direction you're expecting - and we think you're going to love it for just that reason. The guest is Kathleen Grissom, author of the hugely bestselling books The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. Kathy (she said we could call her Kathy) is a reading discussion pro: she has talked to more than ONE THOUSAND book clubs since The Kitchen House was published!Today, she and Anne chat about hardcovers versus paperbacks, "reading books like popcorn", historical fiction with a touch of redemption, take a deep dive into Kathy's fascinating intuitive writing process, and of course Anne puts on her matchmaking hat and recommends what Kathy should read next. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Kathleen should read next!Connect with Kathleen Grissom: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1844m 38s

Ep 77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner

If YOU have ever dreamed of opening your own bookstore, you’re about to learn exactly how another reader is making that dream come true. Meet Alison Frenzel, a reader from Waco Texas who is in the process of bringing her bookish business idea into the real world! Alison and Anne discuss their nostalgic reading habits, what books and chocolate cake have in common, and the extroverted reader's perspective. And when it's time to talk bookshop, Alison has some solid business advice for Anne's favorite fictional bookshop owner, Kathleen Kelly.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Alison should read next!Follow Alison's future-bookshop, Fabled: Website | Instagram Check out Readerly: Shop | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1847m 46s

Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)

WSIRN just hosted our first LIVE event at the fabulous bookstore The Novel Neighbor in St Louis. (Many thanks to shop owner Holland Saltsman for having us!). Anne surprised three readers from the audiences with their very own book-matchmaking session! If you weren't able to make it, today's episode will hopefully make you feel just a little bit like you were sitting in the bookshop with Anne, having a group book-therapy session. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know where you'd like our next liveshow to be!Connect with The Novel Neighbor: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/181h 32m

Ep 75: If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read

Today's guest is Dave Harrity, a writer, college professor, and real-life friend of Anne's in Louisville. But there's something else you should know about David, and you have to promise not to click away when we tell you....It’s National Poetry Month, and Dave is a published poet. We know a lot of readers think they’re just not intopoetry... and after this episode if you’re still not convinced, that’s fine! But Anne and Dave's discussion is totally accessible for non-poetry-lovers.Today, Anne and Dave discuss how to read without "consuming", why poetry is just as valuable to readers as it is to writers, and Dave's origin story not just as a reader but as a budding poet in high school. So place a little faith in Anne, a little faith in Dave, give this episode a listen... and chime in the comments section with your own poetry experience (good or bad)!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of books, poets, and poems discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Dave should read next!You can connect with Dave on his website (be sure to check out his books) and on Instagram.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/181h 0m

Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!

Today's guest hails from Austin, TX, and enjoys the simple things in life: wine, books, chips & salsa. As host of The Happy Hour podcast, it might be fair to say Jamie Ivey is a happiness "professional."Most of our guests come with anecdotes about childhoods reading under the covers or sneaking books to the dinner table, but today Jamie gives her perspective as a NON-lifetime reader! Anne and Jamie also chat about the 5 different ways you can feel about a book, relationship-centric stories, and good news if you're looking to squeeze more reading time into the day — they share our favorite techniques for reading in the bathtub. ;) Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jamie should read next!Connect with Jamie:Blog | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | GoodreadsConnect with Anne:Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1840m 9s

Ep 73: Don't judge a person by their (book) cover

Have you ever been at a bus stop, on a train, or in a waiting room, and casually craned your neck trying to peek the title of a stranger's book? Going a step further - have you ever straight-up ASKED a stranger about the book they're reading? For most of us, that sounds intimidating. For today's guest, Uli Beutter Cohen, it sounded like a fascinating years-long project. Uli is the creator behind Subway Book Review on Instagram, a project dedicated to sharing book reviews from strangers on the train, accompanied by gorgeous black and white photos.In today's episode, Anne gets a deeper look who Uli is as a reader, creator, and New Yorker, and recommends 3 books she thinks Uli should pick up next. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of books and articles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Uli should read next!Connect with Uli: Website | Subway Book Review | Eye Level MagazineConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1850m 40s

Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions

Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top Shelf Text, where she celebrates the most beautiful titles she's been reading lately.Today, Anne delves into who Madeleine is as an INFJ "regular reader" who just needs some alone time with a book to unwind. Topics include the struggle to find bookish friends IRL, judging books by their covers, discovering the next mystery comfort-read, and their embarrassing bookworm confessions.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Madeleine should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1848m 19s

Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse

Today’s guest is an early member of the WSIRN family. If you were a listener back at the veeeery beginning of our show, you have Knox to thank for getting the first 11 episodes into your ears as our behind-the-scenes producer! You may ALSO know him as the cohost of The POPcast with Knox and Jamie, a weekly dose of pop culture mayhem.In this episode Knox and Anne discuss star-studded audiobooks, how much nostalgia a book can take before it's overkill, and more... while Anne tries to stay cool about her fear of getting RED lighted on a future episode of the POPcast. If you don’t have a clue what we're talking about, you'll just have to hit that PLAY button. ;) Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Knox should read next!Connect with Knox: Website | Twitter | Instagram Check out The POPcast: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1842m 35s

Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about

We're delighted to welcome Jessie Weaver on the show for episode 70! Jessie is a married mother of two who loves to read, which sounds pretty normal, right? She lives in the Chattanooga area with her family... AND a gaggle of teenage boys in a private school dorm. Anne and Jessie talk about this very different "lifestyle", how being a dorm parent changes Jessie's reading life, and the brave topic of lifetime favorites. Plus, last year Jessie got most of her book recommendations from the internet and KNOWS she isn’t the only one. What has this meant for her reading life? You'll just have to listen to find out. About that title: Anne didn't realize until she listened through the final edit that she had inadvertently recommended (okay, gushed about) the same book in three of the last five episodes. Do you know which one it is? She hopes so! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jessie should read next!Connect with Jessie: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1843m 45s

Ep 69: The library is running my life

Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn's job. In this episode, Anne takes a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course dive into Carolyn's reading life—like how her reading journey began in a Baskin-Robbins (ice cream and books, does it get better than that?), This Is Us read-alikes, and the many beautiful, perilous ways the library might start to run your life. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Carolyn should read next!Connect with Carolyn: InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1851m 22s

Ep 68: Plot summaries are the WORST

You may know Laura Tremaine from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... but no matter where you first heard Laura's voice, we can all agree she's a delight.Anne and Laura discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a HUGE commercial success (any guesses?) They also touch on how competition and insecurity in the reading world gets real, Judy Blume, Reese Witherspoon, book clubs, and how plot summaries are THE WORST.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Laura should read next!Connect with Laura: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookThe Smartest Person in the Room podcast: Website | Facebook | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 
07/09/1841m 6s

Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time

Today’s guest, Eli Sykes, is a food scientist who describes his job as “getting to eat snacks all day,” so it’s safe to say Eli is living the dream. We’ve had a lot of English majors on the show, but this episode looks into what it’s like to be married to an English major, because, you guessed it—Eli’s wife is one. Anne and eli discuss how a teacher sparked the reading flame in his heart (and exactly what book fanned it), a certain unnamed author who gets a lot of love around here, and how he “just wants more Mr. Collins in his reading life.” Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Eli should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1839m 19s

Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop

Today's completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of Sorta Awesome podcast. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9 (just like Anne) and a textbook ENFP, she LOVES The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to listen to. In this episode, Anne and Megan talk personality types, broken hearts, and how working on a podcast can affect the reading life.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Megan should read next!Connect with Megan: Twitter | Instagram. Check out Sorta Awesome podcast: Website | iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1846m 45s

Ep 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime

Today’s guest is Graylin Porter, World-Lit-major-with-a-Masters-in-Modern-&-Contemporary-Lit-turned-children’s-librarian who is expecting a new addition to her family very very soon (hint: it’s a baby!). Graylin shares a peek behind the librarian curtain, including the struggles of keeping a children’s section stocked, what she will miss most about the library when she leaves her position later this year, and the one genre her book club knows they can count on her to read. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Graylin should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1839m 38s

Ep 64: The next best thing to reading

It's time for something a bit different - in today's "from the mailbag" episode, Anne discusses the myriad ways readers track their book lives, from Goodreads, to bullet journals, to excel spreadsheets, to #bookstagram. Fifteen WSIRN listeners' favorite recording techniques are highlighted, and Anne shares a little bit about her own favorite tracking strategies. For pictures from our listeners and even more info, visit the corresponding blog post on Modern Mrs. Darcy. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1858m 49s

Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone

Today's guest is Elise Blaha Cripe, who you may know as the creative professional behind the Get to Work Book planner, or the host of podcast Elise Gets Crafty. Most importantly, Elise is one of those people who can’t NOT talk about books—who loves to be reading, and loves to share what she reads. Today we talk about Elise’s love of big, thick books, the three places she gets her book recommendations, and how the true sign of a great book is if it makes Elise forget she has a phone.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Elise should read next!Connect with Elise: Website | Instagram | Goodreads.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1846m 39s

Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...

Hello readers, it's a very special Tuesday! We have officially reached What Should I Read Next's Anniversary episode. It's been a full year since Episode 1! There are 61 episodes under our belt, and in 52 of those episodes Anne has recommended what our fascinating guests should read next. But as the host of this show, she's never sat in the hot seat herself. Until today.For our anniversary, we’re doing this special episode of What Should Anne Should Read Next, so you can hear her talk a little more at length about what I love, and maybe what she hates, and why, and so we can share YOUR recommendations for my very own TBR. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Anne should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Have a question or comment for the show? Email brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com
07/09/181h 0m

Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...

Today we’re catching up with the very first guest of What Should I Read Next! Even if you're a longtime listener, you still might not recognize his voice... and that’s because the first time Anne recorded this show, it was on her iPhone, in a moving vehicle, in the middle of nowhere, and the guest? Her husband, Will Bogel. That episode never aired, and the file got trashed a long time ago. But today Will is back to celebrate the anniversary of the show he helped test-drive a year ago! It's been a fun journey so far, and we at WSIRN are so grateful that you've taken the ride with us. Here's to the next year of WSIRN, readers!Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Will should read next!Connect with Will: TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1840m 18s

Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it

Happy 2017, listeners! We have a DYNAMIC episode to kick off the WSIRN New Year. Today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks (and Bogel Family favorites) Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights. But that’s just the beginning of her bio, which is one of the most interesting you'll ever read. She’s a retired Roller Girl. Prague is her favorite city. Duran Duran is her favorite band. And her life is also made better by her husband Dave, sports movies, leopard print, lousy truck stop (decaf) coffee, bear crawl, and Jane Eyre. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Melissa should read next!Connect with Melissa: Website | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1850m 37s

Ep 59: Prescribing books for what ails you

Our guest this week is Danielle Mayfield. Danielle lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. You may know her as the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith,a book of essays that was recently released by HarperOne.Danielle often writes about heavy hitting topics like refugees, theology, and downward mobility, but today she and Anne are running away from the heavy stuff and are searching for good comfort reads instead. They're chatting about literary baby names, the wildly differing opinions people have about what makes a book "escapist", and book scenes so jarring they had to set them aside... forever. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Danielle should read next!Connect with Danielle: Website | Twitter | FacebookConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1847m 29s

Ep 58: "You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters

Today's guest is Jamie Durham, a full-time missionary living in Tijuana, Mexico. Jamie and her well-traveled family of 5 have to cross an international border to get to a their nearest library! In this episode, Jamie and Anne dive into how this unconventional setup changes the way Jamie approaches her to-be-read list, the dreaded "you have hit your hold limit" library message, reading difficult literature as a Highly Sensitive Person, and more! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jamie should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1851m 9s

Ep 57: What's your reading personality?

Today’s guest is Shaney Swift, a massage therapist and social justice advocate from Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been around What Should I Read Next for a while, you know Anne can be a bit of a personality-type geek, and Shaney shares that enthusiasm -- so prepare for a lot of nerding out! Today Anne and Shaney discuss scanning and deep-diving reading styles, books that help us understand our differences, and what to read next when you feel like your life is in limbo. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Shaney should read next!Connect with Shaney: Twitter | Instagram!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1829m 55s

Ep 56: There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays

This is a WSIRN first— a repeat guest! Today Anne chats with friend of the show and bookstore owner Holland Saltsman about everything you didn't know you wanted to know about opening an independent bookstore, how to support indies this holiday season, the best three books we each read this year, and their favorite bookish gifts for this holiday season (and all year 'round.) We hope you enjoy this episode, and get a ton of great holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what books you're gifting this year!Check out The Novel Neighbor website, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   If you want to find EVEN MORE great new gift-worthy titles, check out the Fall Releases episode of WSIRN in which Holland and Anne gushed about all the new treasures that hit bookshelves recently. And don't miss the full MMD 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers.
07/09/1848m 11s

Ep 55: Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen's 5x great niece)

Around here, we don’t think you need an excuse to love Jane Austen, but boy does today's guest Rebecca Smith have a great one -- she is Jane Austen's great great great great great niece! Rebecca is a longtime reader, a former writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, and she currently teaches creative writing in the U.K. She’s the author of Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas and the recently published book The Jane Austen Writer’s Club. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rebecca should read next!Connect with Rebecca: Bloomsbury webpage | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1830m 37s

Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?

Today we're back to literary matchmaking, with listener Melodee Skiles here to representing all the avid audiobook lovers who want to know what to LISTEN to next! Melodee is a stay-at-home mom who owns an online literature tutorial business. Books are (clearly) her bag, and while she's taking a short break from tutoring, she wants to revitalize her love of literature by reading outside the bounds of the texts she teaches at work. Like many of us, some of Melodee's warmest memories are of her parents reading aloud to her, so today she and Anne are delving into what her favorites have been, what her least favorites have been, and what brilliant audiobook discoveries are right around the corner. (Wink, wink.)Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Melodee should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   WSIRN highly recommends Audible as an accessible, bountiful resource for audiobooks online. Right now, you can get your first audiobook FREE, along with a free 30-day trial. Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/ReadNext to get your free download.
07/09/1843m 40s

Ep 53: The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)

Here to help close out the Reading For A Lifetime week is Jenny Williams, who illustrates beloved literary heroines for a living as the charming artist and entrepreneur behind Carrot Top Paper Shop.In this episode, Anne and Jenny talk all about why we love our literary heroines of literature so much (think Anne, Elizabeth, Jane, Hermione), wrestle with what makes for a modern heroine.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know about your own favorite literary heroines!Connect with Jenny: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads!Check out Carrot Top Paper Shop: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1824m 6s

Ep 52: There's nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)

It's Day 4 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series on WSIRN, and if our comment section has made one thing known, it's this: Adults LOVE Kid Lit. Not just for kids, not just in a theoretical sense, but in honest-to-goodness, just-for-the-joy-of-it, everyday-reading-life practice.The guest here to chat with Anne about reading KidLit for fun? The beloved and oft-requested Gretchen Rubin! You all know her as the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better than Before, but what you mightnot know is Gretchen is a voracious reader of children's literature who is a member of THREE book clubs dedicated solely to children's lit!In this episode, Gretchen and Anne explore how Kid Lit transcends age group, why you should giving yourself permission to indulge in books written for children, how to find other adults with the same passion, and then they drop a blue million great book recommendations on you. Ready your TBRs, readers. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what kidlit titles you have loved reading as an adult!Connect with Gretchen: Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1831m 5s

Ep 51: Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)

Day 3 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series is all about "guilty pleasure" kid lit - the series we read and re-read not because they were Great Literature, but because they were gosh-darn fun!Here to talk about not-so-serious gateway children's literature are Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, hosts of The Babysitters Club Club podcast. They each have their own story of how they found the series, and why—as thirty-something men—they've chosen to devote a large chunk of their time and attention to the books.In this episode Anne, Jack, and Tanner dive into what this series means to readers of all ages, why these books have such staying power, which babysitter they most identify with, and what Jack and Tanner are reading when they're not reading The Babysitters Club.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know if your childhood favorites foretold the genres you enjoy now as an adult. Connect with Jack: TwitterConnect with Tanner: TwitterCheck out The Babysitters Club Club: iTunes, follow the show on Twitterand FacebookConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1834m 19s

Ep 50: Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)

Day 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and our guest Leigh Collazo has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic. Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over 30 different countries at an international school in China. Today she shares all about why the middle school years are her favorite when it comes to finding the right books for the right readers.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what books have hooked the kids in your life.Connect with Leigh: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1836m 26s

Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)

Today kicks off our special WSIRN 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics this week: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for grown-ups, and more.Who better to jump-start the series than Sarah Mackenzie? Sarah is a friend, devoted reader, and Kid Lit Expert Extraordinaire. You may know her as the host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and site, or as the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace. Her mission is to help YOU help the kids in your life fall in love with books, and this episode will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to do just that.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know about your favorite read-along memory - whether it's someone reading to you, or reading to a child in your life. Connect with Sarah: Website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramCheck out Sarah's free read-aloud booklist.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1845m 5s

Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake

This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there's a book vlogger out there for every literary palate. Max is a great example of this; his videos cover serious award winners, challenging experimental works, and deep dives into substantial modern literature.In today's episode, Max & Anne discuss stories with unique structural elements, books that swing wildly between 1 and 5 star ratings, and the best way to find a Booktube creator who shares your taste. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Max should read next!Connect with Max:  YouTube | Twitter | Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1845m 35s

Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"

It's bibliotherapy time! Today's guest is Erin Swann, is an attorney who lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family. Erin's always been a reader, but when she went through a major transition a few years back she rediscovered the therapeutic value of a welcoming book.Join Erin and Anne as they discuss armchair travel, fictional characters as friends, and more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Erin should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1828m 51s

Ep 46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)

Today we have a special episode: we're revisiting seven guests from previous episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What are they reading now? What did they love? And what did they, uh, not love as much?Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode.What book recommendations YOU have picked up after listening to the show! Did you love them? Hate them? Let Anne know in the comments on the podcast site.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1823m 22s

Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations

Today's guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Columbian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, "absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing up. Anne and Ana discuss the joys and challenges of reading across borders, unpack Ana's love for the genre she's been loving recently, and explore why a Kindle is an absolutely magical device for international readers. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Ana should read next!Connect with Ana: Blog | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1845m 5s

Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors

Today we meet a indie bookstore owner and kindred bookish spirit, Annie Jones. In this episode, Anne and Annie talk about her wildly unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and the way meeting an author in person can change the way you experience a book. And unlike a lot of WSIRN guests -- Annie is not afraid to say she hates a book (or... a lot of books.) Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Annie should read next!Connect with Annie: Website | InstagramCheck out Annie's bookshop The Bookshelf and her podcast From The Front Porch.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1855m 35s

Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover

Today we're happy to welcome reader and podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab what's new and hot in fiction for fear of missing out, instead of intentionally selecting it. One of her big strengths is "input," and she loves reading about all kinds of topics to scratch that informational itch. And she's obsessed with Hamilton, so of course we go there.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Sarah should read next!Connect with Sarah:  Twitter | Instagram | FacebookCheck out Pantsuit Politics: Website | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1845m 20s

Ep 42: Life's too short to waste on bad books

Today we fellow podcaster Erik Fisher to the show! Erik is known as the productivity guru because of his wonderful podcast Beyond the To Do List, the first podcast Anne ever listened to, AND the first podcast she ever appeared on! Erik is a HUGE reader, and in this episode we talk about how he’s made the switch back to paper books after a flirtation with e-reading, personality types, and how he avoids wasting time on bad books.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Erik should read next!Connect with Erik:  Twitter | InstagramCheck out Erik's productivity podcast Beyond The To-Do List.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1844m 35s

Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall

Today's bonus podcast episode of What Should I Read Next is focused on fall's hot new releases. Bookstore owner Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor (from yesterday's Ep 40—listen here!) and Anne talk about the titles we've read and are psyched about, plus the ones they can't wait to get their hands on.Anne also brings you short interviews she did in Savannah with friends and authors (including Susan Meissner, Ariel Lawhon, and Greer Macallister) who share which books they can't wait to read this season.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know about your fall reading plans!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1819m 18s

Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous

When Anne first thought of starting a podcast, her bookstore-owning friend Holland Saltsman was one of the very first people she wanted to have on. And she was one of the first people Anne interviewed for the show. And the audio quality on that recording was so poor Anne was terrified to give it another go for almost a full year.Holland is one of Anne's favorite people to talk books with, because she's smart, and funny, and tells it like it is. She's been excited about this one for a long time.   Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Holland should read next!Connect with Holland: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1842m 18s

Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence

Today we welcome Melody Warnick to the show! She’s a Blacksburg-based author, who  has been tracking her reading in an excel spreadsheet since 2004. If you find that intimidating, don’t worry—Melody’s not analytical about choosing what to read next (wait until you to hear how she approaches a big stack of library books.)Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Melody should read next!Connect with Melody: Website | Journalism | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1846m 27s

Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books

Today Anne chats with Anissa Davis, a family physician who lives with her family in California. She likes smart, funny, contemporary fiction with diverse protagonists, and she wants to be blown away by more books. Many of you will relate when Anissa says sometimes finding great fiction feels like kissing a lot of frogs before you find your prince. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Anissa should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1840m 42s

Ep 37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer

Kurt and Kristin are a husband and wife who want to read more together. Their question for Anne is a fun twist on a familiar theme — “What should WE read next?”Kristin has been a lifetime lover of books; Kurt has only recently become a serious reader (thanks in part to 15 years of nudging from his wife). They want to find books that they can read and talk about together! Both enjoy high-quality fiction, but you can probably guess which one of them loves Blood Meridian and which one loves A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Anne's challenge is to help them find books in the tiny sliver of their overlapping interests.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Kristin and Kurt should read together next!Connect with Kristin on her blog Home Sweet Life.Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1849m 17s

Ep 36: Comfort food, but with books

It's Tuesday, and time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next!Our guest today is Tiffany King, a dear friend you might know from her food blog, Eat At Home. Tiffany is a busy woman -- a homeschool mom for 19 years, and the creator of her own business -- so when she reads, she craves something cozy and comforting. "“I don’t tend to go really deep with my fiction," she says, "and I don’t feel bad about that."If you love comforting fiction with mouth-watering culinary themes, today's episode is just for you. Grab a snack and join us! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Tiffany should read next!Connect with Tiffany: Eat At Home | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | PinterestConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1835m 10s

Ep 35: Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches

Our guest today is Katherine Willis Pershey. Katherine is a friend whose taste Anne trusts: she's recommended several excellent titles to Anne over the years (and we talk about a handful of those in this episode). Today it's Anne's turn to do the recommending. If you love books that dive into human nature, authors that approach serious subjects through the back door, a good redemption story, or just excellent storytelling, redemption stories, there's sure to be a book for you in today's episode. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Katherine should read next!Connect with Katherine: Website | Book | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1825m 55s

Ep 34: Books that marry fiction and reality

Our guest today is Rose Booth, a technology merchandising director and cinephile who sometimes "feels like she's dating books." Rose loves female protagonists who flout convention and books where reality meets fiction, but she's also eager to fall in love with titles from one popular genre that she hasn't had any luck with—yet.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rose should read next!Connect with Rose: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | GoodreadsConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1845m 19s

Ep 33: What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?

Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with seven guests from the first twenty-three episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they love? What did they hate? (Because yeah, that happened.) This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed making it. Previous episodes we're circling back to: • Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface with Meredith Schwarz• Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir with Ed Cyzewski• Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading with Caroline Starr Rose• Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction with Grace Martin• Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books with Andi Cumbo-Floyd• Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place with Jessica Turner• Ep 23: Honeymoon reading with Mallory ReesAlso mentioned in this episode:• How to take a reading vacation.• For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.• Find out more about Read Savannah with Liane Moriarty (and me!) right hereConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1835m 15s

Ep 32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion

Today Anne chats with Julie Smith, who you may know from her delightful travel blog Drive on the Left. Julie is an enthusiastic reader. She’s also an American expat living in London, and while this sounds awfully glamorous, Anne was surprised to hear that while her London life has its joys, it presents challenges to her reading life as well.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Julie should read next!Connect with Julie: Twitter | Facebook | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1828m 4s

Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living

Today Anne chats with Adam Verner. Adam reads for a living -- literally. When he was a kid and people asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up he’d say read books. So Adam grew up and turned his theatrical background into a job as a professional audiobook narrator.Adam is also one of the few readers who's been decisive/brave/committed enough to choose his three all-time favorite books for the show. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Adam should read next!Connect with Adam: Blog | AudiographyConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1845m 16s

Ep 30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder

Today Anne chats with Amy Johnson, who grew up in a big family in a small town in rural Colorado. (Amy says there were literally more books in her home than people in her town.) These days, Amy lives in Salt Lake City with her family, and describes herself as an ISTJ Type A Upholder. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Amy should read next!Connect with Amy: Blog | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1845m 46s

Ep 29: Work, money, love, and mystery

Today Anne chats with Stacey Loscalzo, a mother of two girls, book reviewer for Great New Books, and former reading specialist in New Jersey, just outside New York City. Stacey always has a book going, and she’s looking for titles that will compel her to READ when she has ten minutes to spare—instead of checking Facebook.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Stacey should read next!Connect with Stacey: Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1840m 25s

Ep 28: Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly

Today Anne chats with Andrea Griffith, a former medical librarian, mom of two daughters, and independent bookstore owner, and she came to me with a plea: she misses reading at whim, is craving depth, and wants help finding great books that aren't relentlessly new, new, new. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Andrea should read next!Connect with Andrea: Instagram | Browsers BookshopConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1839m 50s

Ep 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)

Today Anne chats with Kendra Adachi, who you may know from her blog, The Lazy Genius Collective, or her Lazy Genius podcast. She’s a mom of three in North Carolina who wants to find books that are good enough to make her turn off the tv, which is saying something because she loves her tv.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Kendra should read next!Connect with Kendra: Blog | PodcastConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1837m 41s

Ep 26: Great adventure books

Today’s guest is Tim Gardner. Tim's wife Emily contacted Anne and asked if she could do a little literary matchmaking for Tim. They'd both realized that a little reading break at the end of the work day made for a smoother transition between work and home, but he wasn't sure what to read next. They came to the right place. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Tim should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1822m 21s

Ep 25: Very personal stories

Today I'm talking with Breanne Mosher, a self-described history nerd and travel lover who lives in Nova Scotia with her family. She documents her family's adventures (with beautiful photos) at This Vintage Moment, where she explores the everyday extraordinary. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Breanne should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1834m 8s

Ep 24: Life-changing books

Today’s guest is Malisa Price, a mom of two who lives in Raleigh, and she’s a regular reader who does it for the love of it, not for her job, although not that long ago she didn’t consider herself a reader at all. Anne and Malisa talk about her tipping point, her taste, and her attempts to branch out with her reading.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Malisa should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
07/09/1823m 21s

Ep 23: Honeymoon reading

Today Anne chats with Mallory Rees, who's getting married next month and is looking for good books to take on her honeymoon.Regardless of your marital status, you'll enjoy this one if you love a good pageturner—or if you've ever taken, or want to take, a beach vacation. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Mallory should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1827m 5s

Ep 22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)

It's finally happening! Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with six guests from the first ten episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they think about them? And what books are they still resisting?Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what recommendations you've loved - or hated - from the show!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1829m 54s

Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading

For today’s bonus episode we have a very special guest: Anne chats with her 8-year-old daughter Lucy. Lucy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her parents and her three siblings. She’s a third grader who loves music, sports, and all kinds of animals, and her picks today are going to remind you about all the books that made YOU first fall in love with reading.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Lucy should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1819m 34s

Ep 20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads

Today's guest is Sarah Russell Giglio. Sarah lives in Shreveport, Louisiana: she’s a newlywed who loves cooking and The Bachelor and Bachelorette, and by day she’s a criminal defense attorney. In this episode, Anne and Sarah talk about big fat books and a few Southern classics. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Sarah should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1820m 17s

Ep 19: Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English

Today Anne chats with Brian Sztabnik, an English teacher, basketball coach, and podcaster who lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons.Anne and Brian discuss great literary fiction, books about creative pursuits, reading with others, and high school English. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Brian should read next!Connect with Brian: Website | Podcast |Twitter |InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1837m 7s

Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place

Today Anne chats with Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours. Jessica lives in Nashville with her family, where she works full time outside the home and blogs regularly at The Mom Creative.Of all the guests I’ve talked to, Jessica’s the most consistent with her picks. We have a lot of fun talking about compelling stories and character-driven plots in her favorite genre. She also hates a book that many listeners adore, and she’s not afraid to say why.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jessica should read next!Connect with Jessica: Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1841m 2s

Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books

Today Anne talks with Andrea Cumbo-Floyd, a writer, teacher, editor, and farmer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. ("Sometimes more of one of those than the other," she says.) Andi is the author of Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words. Andi and Anne discuss about strong female characters, genre-bending novels, and reading diverse books. Her favorites are all over the place, and she has strong feelings about her hated pick, which makes for a fun conversation.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Andrea should read next!Connect with Andrea: Website | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1833m 58s

Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction

Today Anne chats with Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago.Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. Anne also chats a bit with Grace’s mom Lara about raising readers and helping kids choose good books for themselves.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Grace should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   
07/09/1829m 58s

Ep 15: The audacity to tell people what to read

Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of SheReads.org, an online reading site and book club for women. Under Marybeth and Ariel's leadership, She Reads does a terrific job of highlighting excellent titles you've never heard of. These women are writers as well as curators and reviewers: Ariel is the author of Flight of Dreams and The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. Marybeth is the author of The Things We Wish Were True.This is a special episode: it's WSIRN's first freewheeling conversation about book recommendations and the reading life. Anne talks with Marybeth and Ariel about how they became a go-to book resource for thousands of readers, why you have to be a little bossy to recommend books (and why Marybeth and Ariel are overqualified for the job), and how they keep reading FUN even when—and especially when—it's a job.   Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode.Check out She Reads: SheReads.org | Facebook | TwitterConnect with Marybeth: Facebook | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Ariel: Facebook | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1837m 57s

Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading

Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children's author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico. Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline's very favorite genre, why Caroline is so reluctant to talk about books she doesn't like, and her snob-free approach to reading.   Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Caroline should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1846m 1s

Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir

In this episode Anne chats with Ed Cyzewski, author of multiple books including Pray, Write, Grow, Creating Space, Write without Crushing Your Soul, and A Path to Publishing.Anne and Ed discuss memoir, creativity, and how chronic fatigue from sleepless nights (hello, toddlers) can really put a damper on your reading life.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Ed should read next!Connect with Ed: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1831m 0s

Ep 12: Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be

In this episode Anne chats with Cara Strickland, a writer, food critic, and anxious cook who lives in the Pacific Northwest. This episode covers a lot of ground: Anne and Cara discuss singleness, sense of place, British chick lit, book boundaries, and of course, what Cara should read next.   Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Cara should read next!Connect with Cara: Blog | Facebook | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1830m 5s

Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface

In this episode Anne chats with Meredith Schwartz, a self-described Type A, INFJ, and unapologetic listmaker who is trying desperately (and a big compulsively) to hold together all the crazy aspects of her life. There's nothing vanilla about Meredith: she has strong opinions about her reading, which makes for a fabulous conversation.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Meredith should read next!Connect with Meredith: Instagram | Pinterest | FacebookConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1838m 39s

Ep 10: You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon

In this episode Anne chats with Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the blog Everyday Reading, former children's librarian, and modern mother who's raising her three kids to be readers.In this episode Anne and Janssen talk about how Janssen reads books like other people watch television, why Janssen's in danger of having her "real reader" badge taken away, and books with strong narrative drive and excellent plotting. They discuss happy books, books that require three boxes of Kleenex, and everything in between.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Janssen should read next!Connect with Janssen: Blog | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1840m 16s

Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems

In this episode Anne chats with fellow bookworm Leigh Kramer. In addition to being a full-time book nerd, Leigh is a San Francisco resident, fried pickle connoisseur, and lifetime White Sox fan.Anne and Leigh discuss the "nearly perfect novel" that Leigh adored and Anne hated, the book Leigh read at just the right time, how it drives Leigh crazy that some readers love a book she loathed, and a variety of very real bookworm problems. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Leigh should read next!Connect with Leigh: Blog | Instagram | TwitterConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1827m 54s

Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel

Anne talks to Preston Yancey about the power of reading, English major favorites, his deep and abiding love for chick lit, and what makes a great YA novel.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Preston should read next!Connect with Preston: Blog | Instagram | TwitterCheck out Preston's books: Out of the House of Bread | Tables in the WildernessConnect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1825m 5s

Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that "hook" you, and filling the Brown Girls' Bookshelf

Anne talks to Osheta Moore about falling down the rabbit hole of reading recommendations, her really weird interest in fanfiction, and the significance of her Brown Girls' Bookshelf. And of course they discuss what Osheta should read next. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Osheta should read next!Connect with Osheta: Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter. Check out Osheta's podcast Shalom in the City. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1832m 52s

Ep 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well

Anne talks to Tsh Oxenreider about the importance of where she reads, author stories on and off the page, books for book nerds, and her love of simple stories well told. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Tsh should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1838m 17s

Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you

Anne talks with author and speaker Deidra Riggs, whose book, Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, was published last October.Anne and Deidra discuss Deidra's wonderful childhood memories of reading, why she chose one of the greatest writers of all time as her "hated" book, how the right book just finds you sometimes, and why she's on the naughty list at her local library.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Deidra should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1830m 14s

Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction

Anne talks with attorney, blogger, and author Seth Haines, whose first work, Coming Clean.Anne and Seth have a great conversation about reading as escape, how they both hate so many books, first editions clubs, reading for the morning/noon/and night, and, of course, what he should read next.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Seth should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1832m 43s

Ep 3: Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey

Today's guest is Jacey Verdicchio from the Around The Table podcast.Anne and Jacey discuss books that make you feel smart / not-so-smart, and the inner battle between reading what you love vs. reading what you feel like you should love. Anne recommends three bittersweet books that Jacey can enjoy without second-guessing about her taste.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jacey should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1828m 27s

Ep 2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for

Anne chats with Sarah Kohrnak of the Brilliant Business Moms about the perils of high expectations, characters that you can root for, and what she should be reading next.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Sarah should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1818m 55s

Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)

Anne chats with Jamie Golden about books that provoke visceral reactions, books that inspire blissful crying jags and sleepless nights, and what books she should read next.Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Jamie should read next!Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  
07/09/1824m 22s
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