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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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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

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