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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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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.

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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

Sponsors: Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. 

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Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

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.

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 REFER50. 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.)

Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

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:

Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

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.

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

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