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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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Sep 27, 2016

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, how he avoids wasting time on bad books, and of course, what he should read next. 

Make sure to check out Erik's productivity podcast, Beyond The To-Do List! Catch up with his day-to-day on Twitter and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode:

Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, by Richard Rohr
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, by Nick Bilton
How To Be Here: A Guide to Creating A Life Worth Living, by Rob Bell
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real & Imagined), by Chuck Klosterman
The Complete Jane Austen, by Jane Austen
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, by Ian Morgan Cron
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Vol I, & Vol II, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Also mentioned: 

• Magic Lessons, Elizabeth Gilbert's podcast

Dying to recommend your fave productivity book to Erik? Have strong feelings about the Enneagram? Tell us in comments here

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Sep 21, 2016

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 we can't wait to get our hands on.

Anne also brings you short interviews I 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.

Head over to Anne's blog to check out her fall book preview.

Books mentioned in this episode:

You asked, and we listened! Books mentioned in the podcast are now arranged alphabetically -- no more spoilers!

A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Frazzled, by Booki Vivat
The Girl Before, by Rena Olsen
The Girl Who Drank The Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
The Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold
Lady Cop Makes Trouble, by Amy Stewart
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
The Perfect Girl, by Gilly Macmillan
Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
The Sound And The Fury, by William Faulkner
This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From, By Jamie Lee Curtis

Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple
The Trespasser, by Donna French
What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan
Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin
The Witch’s Boy, by Kelly Barnhill
The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Modern Mrs Darcy newsletter
20 books everyone will be talking about this fall on Modern Mrs Darcy

What’s on YOUR fall reading list? Is there a new release you’re especially looking forward to? Tell us in comments here

Sep 20, 2016

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 (for reasons I still don't understand, although as you'll see, Holland has her theories) 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.   

Follow Holland and all her bookstore-owning shenanigans at The Novel Neighbor's website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

You asked, and we listened! Books mentioned in the podcast are now arranged alphabetically -- no more spoilers!

Books discussed in this episode: 

All The Light You Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
Fate & Furies, by Lauren Groff
The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes
Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes
The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
The Muse, by Jessie Burton
The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
The One-In-A-Million Boy, by Monica Wood
Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
Someone Else’s Love Story, by  Joshilyn Jackson
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
Unwind, Neal Shusterman
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• The Novel Neighbor bookstore in St. Louis
• Books On The Nightstand podcast

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Do you have ideas for what Holland should read next? Tell us at the podcast site!

Sep 13, 2016

Today we welcome Melody Warnick to the show! She’s a Blacksburg-based author, who really got our attention with the fact that she's that she’s been tracking her reading in an excel spreadsheet since 2004. If that makes you jealous -- you're not alone! But if you find that intimidating, don’t worry—Melody’s not analytical about choosing what to read next (and we can’t wait for you to hear how she approaches a big stack of library books.)

You can check out Melody's new book on her website, and follow her journalism on Psychology Today. See what she's up to on social media via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Books discussed in this episode:

This is Where You Belong: The Art & Science of Loving the Place You Live, by Melody Warnick
Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
The Golem & The Jinni, by Helene Wecker
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The world, by Tracy Kidder
The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie, by Alan Bradley
A Night To Remember, by Walter Lord
Middlemarch, by George Eliot
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia
The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama
I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh
Miller's Valley, Anna Quindlen
The Excellent Lombards, by Jane Hamilton
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Have a bonus book recommendation for Melody? Tell us in the comments at the podcast site

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Sep 6, 2016

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. Anissa says she has Very High Standards, so Anne says recommending books to her was a privilege—and also kind of terrifying.

Books discussed in this episode: 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
Into Thin Air, by John Krakauer
Missoula, by John Krakauer
SuperBetter, by Jane McGonigal
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes
Before The Fall, by Noah Hawley
The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez
How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon
Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organizing, by Marie Kondo
Where'd You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Be Frank With Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers, by Brit Bennett

Jane McGonigal TEDTalks: 
The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
Gaming can make a better world

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Do YOU have an idea for what Anissa should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Aug 30, 2016

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.

If you enjoyed Kristin and Kurt's conversation as much as I did, hop on over to Kristin's blog, Home Sweet Life, to keep up with their adventures. 

ALSO, stay tuned till the end of the episode, because today we’re also hearing from you, the listeners! We asked you in the podcast newsletter to tell us all about the best (and worst) books you read this summer. We stitched together a sampling of your responses, so stick around after Kristen and Kurt to hear your Summer reading stories!

Do YOU have book you think Kristin and Kurt should read next? Tell us in the comments at the podcast site!

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts, by Julian Rubinstein
The Harry Potter series
Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

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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 and get 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!

Aug 23, 2016

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! 

After the show (once you're good and hungry) head over to Eat At Home to check out Tiffany's recipes and meal plans, and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Fried Green Tomates at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
• The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
• The Sweet Life in Paris, by David Lebovitz
• At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon
• The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
• Italian For Beginners, by Kristen Harmel
• The Sweetness of Forgetting, by Kristen Harmel
• Babette's Feast, by Isak Dinesen
• Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

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Do YOU have an idea for what Tiffany should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site!

Aug 16, 2016

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. 

You can learn more about Katherine on her website and blog, read more about her upcoming book, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family, by Katherine Willis Pershey
Very Married: Field Notes On Love & Fidelity, by Katherine Willis Pershey
Consider The Birds, by Debbie Blue
• Ursula Under, by Ingrid Hill
The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
• The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti
• The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
• All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

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Do YOU have an idea for what Katherine should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Aug 9, 2016

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.

You can catch up with Rose online at Rosie's Reviews, Ruminations & Reflections, as well as her Twitter and Instagram. Plus, friend her on Goodreads to see if she ends up liking today's recommendations!

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Harry Potter audiobooks, by J. K. Rowling and narrated by Jim Dale
The Help by Kathrynn Stockett
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
• The Cormoran Strike series by J. K. Rowling, beginning with The Cuckoo’s Calling 
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
The Time in Between by Maria Duenas
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Also mentioned in this episode:

• Pushing Daisies (TV show), also narrated by Jim Dale!
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Do YOU have an idea for what Rose should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site!

Aug 2, 2016

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 Rees

Also 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 here

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Jul 26, 2016

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.

If you'd love to travel the world and eat great food vicariously, you'll want to connect with Julie on twitterfacebook, and especially instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
The Martian by Andy Weir
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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Do YOU have an idea for what Julie should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Jul 19, 2016

Today Anne chats with Adam Verner. Get ready to die of envy, readers, because 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. But unlike most of us, 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. Most guests limit themselves to titles they've read in the past year or two or they say they'll never be able to narrow it down!

Read more about Adam on his blog, which is also where you can check out his impressive audiography

Books discussed in this episode: 

Hood by Stephen Lawhead
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
The Good Earth and Dragon Seed by Pearl Buck
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors
Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler 
Silence by Shusaku Endo
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard
• "Living Like Weasels", an essay by Annie Dillard
White Fang by Jack London
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigahara
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
The Award by Danielle Steele
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene 
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff
• In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 
• The Starbridge series, beginning with Glittering Images, by Susan Howatch 
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Also mentioned in this episode:

• Leslie's blog Scraping Raisins

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Do YOU have an idea for what Adam should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site!

Jul 12, 2016

Today Anne chats with Amy Johnson, who grew up in a big family in a small town in rural Colorado. (How small was that town? 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. She’s read a ton, and choosing books for her was a joy and a challenge.

Connect with Amy on her blog Sunlit Pages, instagram, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown
Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
• Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Do YOU have an idea for what Amy should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Jul 5, 2016

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.

Like most guests, she had a terrible time narrowing it down to three favorites, and I had so many ideas for her I had just as hard a time narrowing down my recommendations, but we figure it out.

Connect with Stacey on Instagram and Twitter.

Books discussed in this episode: 

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays by Michael Paterniti
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
The Expats: A Novel by Chris Pavone

Also mentioned:

The 2016 Summer Reading Guide
The Summer Reading Club
Book of the Month Club

Today's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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Today's episode is also sponsored by Hooked on Phonics.

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Do YOU have an idea for what Stacey should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Jun 28, 2016

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. 

Connect with Andrea on instagram and at the Browsers Bookshop website.

Books discussed in this episode: 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work by Kathleen Norris
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
In Short Measures: Three Novellas by Michael Ruhlman
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America by Michael Ruhlman
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Also mentioned:

Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir with Ed Cyzewski
Talking about books I don't like

Sponsors:

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Do YOU have an idea for what Andrea should read next? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next site

 

Jun 21, 2016

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.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Also mentioned:

• Ep. 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense) with Jamie Golden
• Ep. 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well with Tsh Oxenreider
The Modern Mrs Darcy 2016 Summer Reading Guide
How busy people make time to read by Laura Vanderkam

Today's episode is sponsored by Prep Dish.

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We're currently loving the Prep Dish's paleo plan at my house. You can try it too, for free, because Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started and get 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!

What do you think Kendra should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Jun 14, 2016

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.   

Books discussed in this episode: 

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Know When to Hold 'Em: The High Stakes Game of Fatherhood by John Blase
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougal
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw by Bob Friel

Sponsors:

Today's episode is sponsored by Ibotta.

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Today's episode is also sponsored by Audible. 

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That audiobook Anne mentioned just finishing? It was When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood. You can try it or any of Audible's 250,000+ titles at Audible.com

Do YOU have an idea for what Tim should read next? Tell us in show notes here

Jun 7, 2016

Today I'm talking with Breanne Mosher, a self-described history nerd and travel lover who lives in Nova Scotia with her family.

Breanne is a "regular reader" (and a passionate one!) who documents her family's adventures (with beautiful photos) at This Vintage Moment, where she explores the everyday extraordinary.

Connect with Breanne on her blog and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
The Emily Starr Collection by L. M. Montgomery
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gary Mckeown
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Sponsors: 

Today's episode is sponsored by Prep Dish.

Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. 

We're currently loving the Prep Dish's paleo plan at my house. You can try it too, for free, because Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started and get 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!

What do you think Breanne should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

May 31, 2016

Today’s guest is Malisa Price. Malisa is 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. We talk about her tipping point, her taste, and her attempts to branch out with her reading in today’s episode.

Books discussed in this episode: 

• My Life in France by Julia Child
• Love Does by Bob Goff
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook by Ellen McCarthy
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide. (View the 2012 edition Malisa references here.)
Books find their way to you when you need them.

Sponsors:

Today's episode is sponsored by Ibotta.

Ibotta is the hot new app that puts cash in your pocket every time you shop. No promo codes, no coupons. Download the Ibotta app for free from the app store and get $10 just for trying it with the code READ. 

Do YOU have an idea for what Malisa should read next? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next site!

May 24, 2016

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. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: A Veronica Mars Mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Mr. Kiss and Tell: A Veronica Mars Mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
No One Knows by J. T. Ellison
The Nest by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

Also mentioned in this episode:

WSIRN Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of novels, and finding new fiction with Seth Haines
• The film Sliding Doors
The 8 uncomfortable lines I want to cut from the books I'm reading these days

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Do YOU have an idea for what Mallory should take on her honeymoon? What did you read on YOUR honeymoon or last beach vacation? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next podcast site

May 17, 2016

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?

This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed making it. And don't worry: we promise we won't make you wait so long for the next special episode where we check in with our favorite guests.  

 

Previous episodes we're circling back to: 

• Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense) with Jamie Golden
• Ep 2: Perils of high expectations and characters that you can root for with Sarah Korhnak
• Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs
• Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that “hook” you, and filling the Brown Girls’ Bookshelf with Osheta Moore
• Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel with Preston Yancey
• Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems with Leigh Kramer

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Popcast with Jamie Golden and Knox McCoy
I went on a blind date with a book
Shalom in the City podcast with Osheta Moore

Speaking of feedback ...

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What's your favorite episode so far? Which previous guest would you especially like to hear back from? Tell us in comments on the podcast site.

May 13, 2016

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.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Mother Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary
The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick
Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

12 terrific books for tween girls

Sponsors: 

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book they love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

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What books did you love when you were eight years old? Do YOU have an idea for what Lucy should read next? Tell us in comments over on the site

May 10, 2016

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. We talk about big fat books and a few Southern classics. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
No Greatness Without Goodness by Randy Lewis
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Lethal Beauty (A Mia Quinn Mystery Book 3) by Lis Wiehl
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
Five Days at Memorial by Sherri Fink

Sponsors:

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If you have an idea for what Sarah should read next, visit http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/20 and leave your suggested titles there. Thank you! 

May 3, 2016

Today Anne chats with Brian Sztabnik, an Englishteacher,basketball coach, and podcaster who lives on Long Islandwith hiswife and two sons.

Anne and Brian discuss great literary fiction, booksaboutcreative pursuits, reading with others, and highschoolEnglish.When Anne says this episode takes her straightbackto AP high school English with Mr. Kalb she means it inthebest way possible.  

Connect with Brian on his site Wisdom of Man,and check out his podcast at TalksWithTeachers. You can also follow him on twitter and instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

TalkLikeTED by CarmineGallo
Divergent by VeronicaRoth
Twilight byStephenieMeyer
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
Mudbound by HillaryJordan
Heart of Darkness byJosephConrad
The War of Art byStevenPressfield
Let the Great WorldSpin byColum McCann
Slaughterhouse Five byKurtVonnegut
Lincoln's Virtues by WilliamLeeMiller
Extreme Ownership: How U.S.NavySEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
To Kill a Mockingbird byHarperLee
Macbeth byWilliamShakespeare
The Grapes of Wrath byJohnSteinbeck
Frankenstein byMaryShelley
City on Fire by GarthRiskHallberg
Where'd YouGo,Bernadette by Maria Semple
Euphoria by Lily King
The Getaway Car byAnnPatchett
The Patron Saint of Liars byAnnPatchett

Also mentioned in this episode: 

Our boys need us on Edutopia.
• The documentary Man on Wire.

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Apr 26, 2016

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.

Connect with Jessica on her site The Mom Creative, facebooktwitter and instagram.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• I recommended Jessica's hated book to Janssen Bradshaw in episode 10 here.
Expert investigates 10-year-old's reincarnation claims on The Today Show.
When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel
• I recommended Everything I Never Told You to Seth Haines in episode 4 here.
How a non-fiction writer finds his next subject: Erik Larson on the "dark country of no ideas."

Sponsors

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book they love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

 

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