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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 30, 2017

In today’s episode, Anne chats with Chelsea Humphrey about what a surprisingly broad category "suspense/thriller" actually is. Of course there's some Gone Girl chatter - but they're going deeper, talk about how psychological suspense connects with the various struggles women experience every day.

Also covered: being a sucker for a beautiful book cover and a book with a great map in the front pages, redemptive narratives, and legitimately good romance novels that were not what we were expecting.

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with Chelsea:

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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May 23, 2017

Why is it SO HARD to describe a book you REALLY LOVE? Anne tries to figure it out with today's guest Cori Jara, a case worker in Eureka CA. Cori is a lifelong reader who loved the written word so much she became a creative writing major. But after college books lost their luster for Cori for a while—reading felt too much like work. So several years ago, she started keeping a detailed spreadsheet about what she was choosing to read. That spreadsheet led to an epiphany: she diagnosed why her reading life had gotten dull, and what she could do about it.

In this episode Anne and Cori talk the prosaic, like what it’s like to move to a town with a smaller library, and the unforgettable—like a book that makes you want to skip dinner, bedtime, and the rest of your life until you finish it.

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with Cori on Instagram.

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Amazon Kindle. Learn more about the ways Kindle inspires a child’s love of reading by visiting amazon.com/kindleforkids.

Don't miss next week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee presented by Kindle, Thursday June 1st at 8pm on ESPN. Click here to learn more about how Kindle inspires a child’s love of reading.

May 16, 2017

WARNING: today's episode might make you long for a warm sandy beach, a cozy cabin, or a French villa... wherever your heart longs to vacation, that's where you'll want to be. That's right, Anne is talking SUMMER READING today with the help of WSIRN insider Melissa Klassen! Melissa makes magic happen behind the scenes for WSIRN and the Modern Mrs Darcy blog, so you'll get a little peek behind the curtain. 

In this episode, Anne and Melissa discuss Summer’s big releases, the backlist titles they'll be bringing with them to the pool, their favorite Summer reading memories, and at the end there's a Summer Reading Lightning Round that you won't want to miss. We're also giving you a peek behind the scenes of the SIXTH annual Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide! Keep your eyes peeled for the guide's release on May 17th.

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode, and let us know YOUR Summer reading plans in the comments!

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

Feels like May 17th is just too far away? Tide yourself over with some throwback reading guides from the past 3 years of Modern Mrs. Darcy: 

2016 | 2015 | 2014 

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Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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May 9, 2017

Today's conversation won't go the direction you're expecting - and we think you're going to love it for just that reason. The guest is Kathleen Grissom, author of the hugely bestselling books The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. Kathy (she said we could call her Kathy) is a reading discussion pro: she has talked to more than ONE THOUSAND book clubs since The Kitchen House was published!

Today, she and Anne chat about hardcovers versus paperbacks, "reading books like popcorn", historical fiction with a touch of redemption, take a deep dive into Kathy's fascinating intuitive writing process, and of course Anne puts on her matchmaking hat and recommends what Kathy should read next. 

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

 

Connect with Kathleen Grissom:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or snag the perfect gift, CrateJoy’s subscription box marketplace has thousands of options to choose from. With dozens of categories like book clubs, new age, gaming, and fitness, there really is a box for everyone.

For book subscriptions that cater to female entrepreneurship, Young Adult fiction, Sci-fi, graphic novels, and more, be sure to check out the ‘What Should I Read Next?” collection at www.cratejoy.com/readnext.

May 2, 2017

If YOU have ever dreamed of opening your own bookstore, you’re about to learn exactly how another reader is making that dream come true. Meet Alison Frenzel, a reader from Waco Texas who is in the process of bringing her bookish business idea into the real world! 

Alison and Anne discuss their nostalgic reading habits, what books and chocolate cake have in common, and the extroverted reader's perspective. And when it's time to talk bookshop, Alison has some solid business advice for Anne's favorite fictional bookshop owner, Kathleen Kelly.

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Follow Alison's future-bookshop, Fabled:
Website | Instagram 

Check out Readerly:
Shop | Instagram 

Connect with Anne:
Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   

 

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

From books, beauty, fandom, and more - Cratejoy is a subscription box marketplace where you’re guaranteed to find a box as unique as you are. To see the exclusive ‘What Should I Read Next?’ collection, visit cratejoy.com/readnext.

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