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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

Sponsors: 

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The Casper is an obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price, and buying one is completely risk-free. Casper offers free delivery and free returns to the U.S. and Canada, with a 100-night home trial. If you don’t love it, they’ll pick it up and refund you everything.

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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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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!

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

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