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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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Oct 25, 2016

Today we have a special episode: we're revisiting seven guests from previous episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What are they reading now? What did they love? And what did they, uh, not love as much?

What book recommendations YOU have picked up after listening to the show! Did you love them? Hate them? Let Anne know in the comments on the podcast site.

Previous episodes we're circling back to: 

Ep 3: Books that made you feel smart (and not so smart), with Jacey Verdiccio
Ep 12: Life is hard but reading doesn't have to be, with Cara Strickland
Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living, with Adam Verner 
Ep 34: Books that marry fiction & reality, with Rose Booth
Ep 35: You had me at cheese! with Katherine Willis Pershey
Ep 36: Comfort food (but with books), with Tiffany King
Ep 44: Like speed dating but with authors, with Annie Jones

Books mentioned in this episode:
• Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy 
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, & Learning the Hard Way, by Shauna Niequist
A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg
Delancey, by Molly Wizenberg
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, by Laurie R. King
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson
Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn
The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
The Time In Between, by Maria Duenas
Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart
The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
• Babette's Feast, by Isak Dinesen
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
The Children, by Anne Leary 
Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead
Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel

Also mentioned in this episode:
• Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (movie)
• Babette's Feast (movie)

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Oct 18, 2016

Today's guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Columbian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, "absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing up. Anne and Ana discuss the joys and challenges of reading across borders, unpack Ana's love for the genre she's been loving recently, and explore why a Kindle is an absolutely magical device for international readers. 

You can connect with Ana on her blog, Twitter, and Instagram

Do and Ana have similar taste? Have a book recommendation for her burning in your soul? Shout it out on the podcast site! (And feel free to list all the ways e-readers make YOUR life magical.)

Books discussed in this episode:

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
Claire of the Sea Light, by Rumaan Alam
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
Harry potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling &
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Rich & Pretty, by Rumaan Alam
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
1984, by George Orwell

Also mentioned:

•Junot Díaz' critique of liberal arts programs:
   - MFA vs. POC (via The New Yorker)
   - Junot Díaz's Syllabi & Reading List for His MIT Writing Class (via Open Culture)

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Oct 11, 2016

Today we meet a indie bookstore owner and kindred bookish spirit, Annie Jones. In this episode, Anne and Annie talk about her wildly unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and the way meeting an author in person can change the way you experience a book. And unlike a lot of WSIRN guests -- Annie is not afraid to say she hates a book (or... a lot of books.) 

Are you in Georgia (or looking to take a road trip)? Check out Annie's gorgeous shop in Thomasville, The Bookshelf. If you're not local, you can still keep up with The Bookshelf on Instagram, and through their podcast From The Front Porch. Connect with Annie on her website and personal Instagram.

Know of a dysfunctional literary family that Annie needs to get to know? Tell her in the comments on our site!

Books discussed in this episode:

• Crossing To Safety, by Wallance Stegner
• Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
• The Hamster Princess, by Ursula Vernon
• The Popularity Papers, by Amy Ignatow
• The Mighty Odds, by Amy Ignatow
• The Martian, by Andy Weir
• The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
• Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave 
• Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
• Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel
• The Mothers, by Britt Bennett
• Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
• Walt, by Russell Wangersky
• Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell
• You’ll Grow Out Of It, by Jessi Klein
• Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
• Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Madeleine L’Engle
• Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
• Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
• My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
• The After-Party, by Anton DiSclafani
• What We Keep, by Elizabeth Berg
• The Children, Anne
• This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper

Also mentioned:

• Annie's bookstore podcast From the Front Porch

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Oct 4, 2016

Today we're happy to welcome reader and podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab what's new and hot in fiction for fear of missing out, instead of intentionally selecting it. One of her big strengths is "input," and she loves reading about all kinds of topics to scratch that informational itch. And she's obsessed with Hamilton, so of course we go there.

You can connect with Sarah on twitter, instagram, and facebook, and follow Pantsuit Politics on twitter @pantsuitpolitic.

Have an information-rich book to recommend? Need to squeal some more about Hamilton? Join us in the comments here

Books discussed in this episode:

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M. McPherson
The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
The Girls, Emma Cline
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
The Nest, by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
This is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
11.22.63, by Stephen King

Also mentioned:

Pantsuit Politics podcast
• Sarah’s guest post on MMD: "Bundling books & friends, two of my favorite things."
Hamilton: Cast Recording
• Quote from Natalie Babbitt via Overdue Podcast Ep. 199 - “[People might be surprised to find out] that I believe that writing books is a long way from being important. The most important thing anyone can do is be a teacher. As for those of us who write books, I often think we should all stop for 50 years. There are so many wonderful books to read and not enough time to get around to all of them, but we writers just keep cranking them out. All we can hope for is that readers can find just a little time for them anyway."

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