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What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Recommendations | Literary Matchmaking

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.
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Aug 8, 2017

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.

Also mentioned: 

• "The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch & the limits of Southern liberalism", by Malcolm Gladwell via The New Yorker
• Malcom Gladwell interviewed on KET

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Bethany should read next in the comments!

Connect with Bethany: 

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

Anne here - my book  Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything  is coming this September 19! This is the story of how my 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.

To get yourself in the mood for all things personality, take our reading personality quiz. it’s fast and free and easy to take, and hopefully a lot of fun as well. And if you want to know even more, I made a class for you! We'll spend an hour diving deeper into all nine types and give each set of readers their own book recommendations. The class is $15 — OR you can get it for free when you pre-order Reading People! You ALSO get a free audiobook download of the book when it comes out on September 19. This is a terrific deal and a rare opportunity to get the book in two different versions, PLUS my reading personality class at no additional cost.

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Aug 1, 2017

Today, Anne chats with Mary Gaertner, a listener of the show she met at the Popcast Live pre-party (hosted IN HER HOUSE!) 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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Mary should read next in the comments!

Connect with Mary's work at Girls On The Run: 

Website | Instagram

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

Revell Books has tons of new offerings for August; with several binge-worthy suspense titles that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Learn more about Revell and their new releases at RevellBooks.com

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Babbel is the #1 selling language learning app in the world. With interactive technology and short, convenient 10-15 minute lessons, you can learn wherever you are and whenever you can make time in your busy schedule. Visit Babbel.com/READNEXT and use the offer code READNEXT.

Jul 25, 2017

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 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Jul 18, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Amena should read next in the comments!

Connect with Amena:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Check out Amena's most recent spoken word album.

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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For a limited time, Baggallini is giving What Should I Read Next? listeners $50 off their first order! Just visit Baggalini.com/readnext and use Promo Code READNEXT. 

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Jul 11, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Aaron should read next in the comments!

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Jul 4, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Charity should read next in the comments!

Connect with Emily:

Twitter | Goodreads

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Revell Books has tons of new books for July – perfect for taking a mini vacation, right in your backyard. Choose your destination and get started today! All titles are available in paperback and ebook. Learn more about Revell's new releases at RevellBooks.com.

Jun 27, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Charity should read next in the comments!

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!"

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Jun 20, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Shawn should read next in the comments!

Connect with Shawn: 
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Books

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Readers, I wrote a book, and it’s time to finally let a few details out of the bag! Click here to read more, and click here to preorder Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, and its official release date is September 19th.

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Jun 13, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Donna should read next in the comments!

 

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

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

 

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Jun 6, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. Make sure to let us know what YOU think Claire should read next in the comments!

Connect with Claire:

Website | Twitter | FacebookInstagram | LinkedIn

Connect with Anne:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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May 30, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with Chelsea:

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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May 23, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with Cori on Instagram.

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Don't miss next week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee presented by Kindle, Thursday June 1st at 8pm on ESPN. Click here to learn more about how Kindle inspires a child’s love of reading.

May 16, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode, and let us know YOUR Summer reading plans in the comments!

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 

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Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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When the Challenge starts, you get an easy-to follow guide for prepping all of your meals- breakfast lunch dinner & snacks for the full 21-days. They’re throwing in lots of goodies too! Checklists, bonus recipes, a guide to eating out, a Facebook group page for accountability, and more.

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May 9, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

 

Connect with Kathleen Grissom:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

Happy Socks is the world’s favorite choice for colorful socks and underwear. They make a great gift, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner the Moms in your life will love them! For a limited time, our listeners can visit www.happysocks.com/readnext and use the promo code READNEXT for a 30% discount and free shipping. 

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With FabFitFun you receive a seasonal box of full-size products four times a year! Each FabFitFun box retails for $49.99 and always has a value of over $200! It’s the perfect way to treat yourself with the most amazing products of the season!

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Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or snag the perfect gift, CrateJoy’s subscription box marketplace has thousands of options to choose from. With dozens of categories like book clubs, new age, gaming, and fitness, there really is a box for everyone.

For book subscriptions that cater to female entrepreneurship, Young Adult fiction, Sci-fi, graphic novels, and more, be sure to check out the ‘What Should I Read Next?” collection at www.cratejoy.com/readnext.

May 2, 2017

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 here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Follow Alison's future-bookshop, Fabled:
Website | Instagram 

Check out Readerly:
Shop | Instagram 

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

From books, beauty, fandom, and more - Cratejoy is a subscription box marketplace where you’re guaranteed to find a box as unique as you are. To see the exclusive ‘What Should I Read Next?’ collection, visit cratejoy.com/readnext.

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With FabFitFun you receive a seasonal box of full-size products four times a year! It’s the perfect way to treat yourself with the most amazing products of the season.
Become a member today and get $10 off your first box when you use code “READNEXT” at  fabfitfun.com.

Apr 25, 2017

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. 

And if you want another shot at attending a WSIRN liveshow... scroll down. ;) 

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with The Novel Neighbor:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

*** We have another LIVE event coming your way very soon.***

Many of you know Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden from the pop culture podcast The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. They’re hitting the road soon for their Popcast Summer Tour, and their first stop is Anne's town: Louisville, KY. Knox and Jamie's live show is on Saturday, June 24 at the Tim Faulkner gallery, and Anne will be special-guesting. Tickets for the show and VIP after-party are limited! Go to knoxandjamie.com/louisville and get ‘em before they’re gone.  

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Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free, with free shipping, by going to Blueapron.com/readnext.

 

Apr 18, 2017

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 into poetry... 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 here for the full list of titles, poets, poems discussed in today's episode. 

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   

Are you following @whatshouldireadnext on Instagram yet? We're going to give away one of Dave's poetry collections there later this week.... so give it a follow and keep your eyes peeled.

 

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Apr 11, 2017

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. ;) 

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For the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to let Jamie know what YOU should read next, click here.

Connect with Jamie:
Blog | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram 

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Apr 4, 2017

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. 

Make sure to leave a comment with YOUR recommendation for what Uli should read next!

Connect with Uli:
Website | Subway Book Review | Eye Level Magazine

Full list of titles and articles mentioned in this episode on the podcast website.

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Mar 28, 2017

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!

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Mar 21, 2017

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 I 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. ;) 

The full list of titles discussed in this episode can be found on the website shownotes page. 

 

Connect with Knox:
Website | Twitter | Instagram 

Check out The POPcast: 
iTunes | WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

Have a suggestion for what Knox should read next? Let us know in the comments

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Mar 14, 2017

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!  

Have a suggestion for what Jessie should read next? Let us know on the WSIRN website!

You can connect with Jessie on the following platforms: 
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

For a full list of titles discussed in this episode, visit the shownotes page

 

Big thanks to our sponsors this week: 

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Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that! 

Mar 7, 2017

Welcome to another Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next. 

Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! Carolyn is one of my favorite people to talk books with, and I'm so excited to include YOU in the conversation today. As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn's job. In this episode, we take a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course we 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. 

Connect with Carolyn on Instagram

Books mentioned in this episode:

• The Brothers K, by David James Duncan
• Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Rechl
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruch Reichl
• A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
• A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
• Meet the Austins series, by Madeleine L’Engle
• East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
• News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (MMD book pick)
• Ruined, by Ruth Everhart
• Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
• Author Rainbow Rowell
• Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
• Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
• Author John Green
• The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
• What I Saw & How I Lied, by Judy Blundell
• An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard
• The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan
• The Mothers, by Brit Bennett
• My Mrs. Brown, by William Norwich
• Author Kent Haruf, especially Our Souls at Night

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What do YOU think Carolyn should read next? Share your recommendations, plus your thoughts on MY recommendations, in comments on the podcast site!

Feb 28, 2017

It's Tuesday, readers! New What Should I Read Next, coming up. 

Today’s guest is Laura Tremaine. You may know her 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, I think we can all agree she's a delight. I always love to hear her thoughts on what she’s reading, even though—or maybe especially BECAUSE—our taste is not the same. 

A lot of bookish ground is covered in this episode. We discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a huge commercial success (any guesses?) We 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.

With that much ground to cover, there's no time to waste - let's dive in!

There's plenty of Laura's energy out there on the internet! Get to know her a little better: 

Laura Tremaine
WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Smartest Person in the Room podcast
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

 

Many thanks to today's sponsor PrepDish! Head here to get your totally free two-week trial

What do YOU think Laura should read next? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Feb 21, 2017

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 a full list of the book titles discussed in today's episode, and leave us a comment telling us what YOU think Eli should read next!

 

Thank you to today's sponsors:

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Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that!

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