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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 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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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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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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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:

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Apr 25, 2017

WSIRN just hosted our first LIVE event at the fabulous bookstore The Novel Neighbor in St Louis. (Many thanks to shop owner Holland Saltsman for having us!). Anne surprised three readers from the audiences with their very own book-matchmaking session! If you weren't able to make it, today's episode will hopefully make you feel just a little bit like you were sitting in the bookshop with Anne, having a group book-therapy session. 

And if you want another shot at attending a WSIRN liveshow... scroll down. ;) 

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

Connect with The Novel Neighbor:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.

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

*** We have another LIVE event coming your way very soon.***

Many of you know Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden from the pop culture podcast The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. They’re hitting the road soon for their Popcast Summer Tour, and their first stop is Anne's town: Louisville, KY. Knox and Jamie's live show is on Saturday, June 24 at the Tim Faulkner gallery, and Anne will be special-guesting. Tickets for the show and VIP after-party are limited! Go to knoxandjamie.com/louisville and get ‘em before they’re gone.  

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Apr 18, 2017

Today's guest is Dave Harrity, a writer, college professor, and real-life friend of Anne's in Louisville. But there's something else you should know about David, and you have to promise not to click away when we tell you....

It’s National Poetry Month, and Dave is a published poet. We know a lot of readers think they’re just not into poetry... and after this episode if you’re still not convinced, that’s fine! But Anne and Dave's discussion is totally accessible for non-poetry-lovers.

Today, Anne and Dave discuss how to read without "consuming", why poetry is just as valuable to readers as it is to writers, and Dave's origin story not just as a reader but as a budding poet in high school. So place a little faith in Anne, a little faith in Dave, give this episode a listen... and chime in the comments section with your own poetry experience (good or bad)!

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

You can connect with Dave on his website (be sure to check out his books) and on Instagram.

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

Are you following @whatshouldireadnext on Instagram yet? We're going to give away one of Dave's poetry collections there later this week.... so give it a follow and keep your eyes peeled.

 

Today's Sponsors:

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Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free, with free shipping, by going to Blueapron.com/readnext.

Apr 11, 2017

Today's guest hails from Austin, TX, and enjoys the simple things in life: wine, books, chips & salsa. As host of The Happy Hour podcast, it might be fair to say Jamie Ivey is a happiness "professional."

Most of our guests come with anecdotes about childhoods reading under the covers or sneaking books to the dinner table, but today Jamie gives her perspective as a NON-lifetime reader! Anne and Jamie also chat about the 5 different ways you can feel about a book, relationship-centric stories, and good news if you're looking to squeeze more reading time into the day — they share our favorite techniques for reading in the bathtub. ;) 

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Plus, once you’ve completed the survey, you can enter a monthly drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Remember, even if you've taken our show's podcast listener survey before, the current one is new and different! Thanks for helping WSIRN be the best it can be. 

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For the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to let Jamie know what YOU should read next, click here.

Connect with Jamie:
Blog | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

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

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Apr 4, 2017

Have you ever been at a bus stop, on a train, or in a waiting room, and casually craned your neck trying to peek the title of a stranger's book? Going a step further - have you ever straight-up ASKED a stranger about the book they're reading? For most of us, that sounds intimidating. For today's guest, Uli Beutter Cohen, it sounded like a fascinating years-long project. Uli is the creator behind Subway Book Review on Instagram, a project dedicated to sharing book reviews from strangers on the train, accompanied by gorgeous black and white photos.

In today's episode, Anne gets a deeper look who Uli is as a reader, creator, and New Yorker, and recommends 3 books she thinks Uli should pick up next. 

Make sure to leave a comment with YOUR recommendation for what Uli should read next!

Connect with Uli:
Website | Subway Book Review | Eye Level Magazine

Full list of titles and articles mentioned in this episode on the podcast website.

Thanks to this episode's sponsors:

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Mar 28, 2017

Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top Shelf Text, where she celebrates the most beautiful titles she's been reading lately.

Today, Anne delves into who Madeleine is as an INFJ "regular reader" who just needs some alone time with a book to unwind. Topics include the struggle to find bookish friends IRL, judging books by their covers, discovering the next mystery comfort-read, and their embarrassing bookworm confessions.

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Madeleine should read next!

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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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 with 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!

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Mar 21, 2017

Today’s guest is an early member of the WSIRN family. If you were a listener back at the veeeery beginning of our show, you have Knox to thank for getting the first 11 episodes into your ears as our behind-the-scenes producer! You may ALSO know him as the cohost of The POPcast with Knox and Jamie, a weekly dose of pop culture mayhem.

In this episode Knox and I discuss star-studded audiobooks, how much nostalgia a book can take before it's overkill, and more... while Anne tries to stay cool about her fear of getting RED lighted on a future episode of the POPcast. If you don’t have a clue what we're talking about, you'll just have to hit that PLAY button. ;) 

The full list of titles discussed in this episode can be found on the website shownotes page. 

 

Connect with Knox:
Website | Twitter | Instagram 

Check out The POPcast: 
iTunes | WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

Have a suggestion for what Knox should read next? Let us know in the comments

 Special thanks to this week's sponsors: 

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Join the tea club by April 6th and get 1 FREE Reading Nook blend tea (or alternative of your choice). Just enter "Friend of Modern Mrs Darcy" in the "how did you hear about us" box when you join and your bonus will be applied after your signup is processed. Click here to visit Plum Deluxe and get started.

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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 with 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!

 

Mar 14, 2017

We're delighted to welcome Jessie Weaver on the show for episode 70! Jessie is a married mother of two who loves to read, which sounds pretty normal, right? She lives in the Chattanooga area with her family... AND a gaggle of teenage boys in a private school dorm. Anne and Jessie talk about this very different "lifestyle", how being a dorm parent changes Jessie's reading life, and the brave topic of lifetime favorites.  Plus, last year Jessie got most of her book recommendations from the internet and KNOWS she isn’t the only one. What has this meant for her reading life? You'll just have to listen to find out. 

About that title: Anne didn't realize until she listened through the final edit that she had inadvertently recommended (okay, gushed about) the same book in three of the last five episodes. Do you know which one it is? She hopes so!  

Have a suggestion for what Jessie should read next? Let us know on the WSIRN website!

You can connect with Jessie on the following platforms: 
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

For a full list of titles discussed in this episode, visit the shownotes page

 

Big thanks to our sponsors this week: 

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Prep Dish: A healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. Choose from gluten-free, paleo, auto-immune protocol, or the Whole 30-compliant reset plan.

Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with 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! 

Mar 7, 2017

Welcome to another Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next. 

Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! Carolyn is one of my favorite people to talk books with, and I'm so excited to include YOU in the conversation today. As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn's job. In this episode, we take a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course we dive into Carolyn's reading life—like how her reading journey began in a Baskin-Robbins (ice cream and books, does it get better than that?), This Is Us read-alikes, and the many beautiful, perilous ways the library might start to run your life. 

Connect with Carolyn on Instagram

Books mentioned in this episode:

• The Brothers K, by David James Duncan
• Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Rechl
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruch Reichl
• A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
• A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
• Meet the Austins series, by Madeleine L’Engle
• East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
• News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (MMD book pick)
• Ruined, by Ruth Everhart
• Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
• Author Rainbow Rowell
• Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
• Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
• Author John Green
• The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
• What I Saw & How I Lied, by Judy Blundell
• An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard
• The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan
• The Mothers, by Brit Bennett
• My Mrs. Brown, by William Norwich
• Author Kent Haruf, especially Our Souls at Night

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What do YOU think Carolyn should read next? Share your recommendations, plus your thoughts on MY recommendations, in comments on the podcast site!

Feb 28, 2017

It's Tuesday, readers! New What Should I Read Next, coming up. 

Today’s guest is Laura Tremaine. You may know her from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... but no matter where you first heard Laura's voice, I think we can all agree she's a delight. I always love to hear her thoughts on what she’s reading, even though—or maybe especially BECAUSE—our taste is not the same. 

A lot of bookish ground is covered in this episode. We discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a huge commercial success (any guesses?) We touch on how competition and insecurity in the reading world gets real. Judy Blume, Reese Witherspoon, book clubs, and how plot summaries are THE WORST.

With that much ground to cover, there's no time to waste - let's dive in!

There's plenty of Laura's energy out there on the internet! Get to know her a little better: 

Laura Tremaine
WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Smartest Person in the Room podcast
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

 

Many thanks to today's sponsor PrepDish! Head here to get your totally free two-week trial

What do YOU think Laura should read next? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Feb 21, 2017

Today’s guest, Eli Sykes, is a food scientist who describes his job as “getting to eat snacks all day,” so it’s safe to say Eli is living the dream. We’ve had a lot of English majors on the show, but this episode looks into what it’s like to be married to an English major, because, you guessed it—Eli’s wife is one. Anne and eli discuss how a teacher sparked the reading flame in his heart (and exactly what book fanned it), a certain unnamed author who gets a lot of love around here, and how he “just wants more Mr. Collins in his reading life.” 

Click over to the podcast website for a full list of the book titles discussed in today's episode, and leave us a comment telling us what YOU think Eli should read next!

 

Thank you to today's sponsors:

Whether you need a landing page, a professional blog, or an online store, Squarespace allows you to create a custom platform where you can make your latest goals into a reality. Start your free trial today, at Squarespace.com and enter offer code READNEXT to get 10% off your first purchase.

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. Choose from gluten-free, paleo, auto-immune protocol, or the Whole 30-compliant reset plan.

Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with 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!

Feb 14, 2017

Today's completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of Sorta Awesome podcast. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9 (just like Anne) and a textbook ENFP, she LOVES The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to listen to. In this episode, Anne and Megan talk personality types, broken hearts, and how working on a podcast can affect the reading life.

For a full list of the books discussed on this episode, visit the show's website here.

Check out Megan's podcast, Sorta Awesome:
Website | iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter 

You can also connect with Megan on her personal Twitter and Instagram

Thank you to today's sponsors:

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What do YOU think Megan should read next? Tell us in comments!

Feb 7, 2017

Today’s guest is Graylin Porter, World-Lit-major-with-a-Masters-in-Modern-&-Contemporary-Lit-turned-children’s-librarian who is expecting a new addition to her family very very soon (hint: it’s a baby!). Graylin shares a peek behind the librarian curtain, including the struggles of keeping a children’s section stocked, what she will miss most about the library when she leaves her position later this year, and the one genre her book club knows they can count on her to read. 

For the full list of titles mentioned in this episode, visit the shownotes on the podcast site. 

Head over to the comments section to let us know what YOU think Graylin should read next!

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Jan 31, 2017

It's time for something a bit different - in today's "from the mailbag" episode, Anne discusses the myriad ways readers track their book lives, from Goodreads, to bullet journals, to excel spreadsheets, to #bookstagram. Fifteen WSIRN listeners' favorite recording techniques are highlighted, and Anne shares a little bit about her own favorite tracking strategies. 

For pictures from our listeners and even more info, visit the corresponding blog post on Modern Mrs. Darcy.

If you keep a bullet journal, or want to learn more about it, check out Anne's just-released class Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers

 

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Jan 24, 2017

Today's guest is Elise Blaha Cripe, who you may know as the creative professional behind the Get to Work Book planner, or the host of podcast Elise Gets Crafty. Most importantly, Elise is one of those people who can’t NOT talk about books—who loves to be reading, and loves to share what she reads. Today we talk about Elise’s love of big, thick books, the three places she gets her book recommendations, and how the true sign of a great book is if it makes Elise forget she has a phone.

Visit Elise at her website, and connect with her on Instagram & Goodreads.

What do YOU think Elise should read next? Let her know in the comments.

You can find the full list of books mentioned in this episode in the shownotes on the podcast website.

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Jan 17, 2017

Hello readers, it's a very special Tuesday! We have officially reached What Should I Read Next's Anniversary episode. It's been a full year since Episode 1!

The first episode of What Should I Read Next aired on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Our guest was Jamie Golden. Her favorites were Persuasion, Me Before You, and 11/22/63. She hated Go Set a Watchman, and *Anne* recommended The Man in the High Castle, A Man Called Ove, and Bel Canto. For the record, she enjoyed them all.

We have 61 (!!) episodes behind us now. We’ve talked all things books and reading in every one—what we love, and what we hate. In 52 of those episodes guests have told Anne 3 books they love, 1 book they hate, and what they’re reading now, and she's recommended what they should read next. Anne gets great recommendations from this podcast—from the guests and from YOU, the listeners—every week. But as the host of this show, she's never sat in the hot seat herself. Until today.

For our anniversary, we’re doing this special episode of What Should Anne Should Read Next, so you can hear her talk a little more at length about what I love, and maybe what she hates, and why, and so we can share YOUR recommendations for my very own TBR.  

It's a fun one!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
• Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
Gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson
• Still Life, by Louise Penny
• A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny
• Deep Work, by Cal Newport
• So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lahkshmi
• Garden of Lamentations, by Deborah Crombie
• Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
• Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
• Divided Kingdom, by Rupert Thomson
• Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay
• Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
• Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
• Here if You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup
• On Living, by Kerry Egan
• Leaving Church, by Barbara Brown Taylor
• Eating My Words, by Mimi Sheraton
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl
• The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, by Amy E. Reichert
• The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg
• The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries series, by Julia Spencer Fleming
• The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam S. McHugh
• Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team, by Daniel Lenihan
• Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
• Come to the Edge, by Christina Haag
• We’re All In This Together, by Amy Jones
• As You Wish, by Carey Elwes
• The Darling Dahlias, by Susan Wittig Albert
• Hunting & Gathering, by Hannah
• A Very Special Year, by Thomas Montasser
• The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon
• Significant Objects, by Jason Grote
• Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns
Author Fannie Flagg
• Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
• The Whole Town's Talking, by Fannie Flagg

Also mentioned:

“As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between Taste and Judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don’t like.

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don’t like it; I can see this is good and, though at present I don’t like it, I believe that with perseverance I shall come to like it; I can see that this is trash but I like it; I can see that this is trash and I don’t like it.”

–W. H. Auden, A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume VI: Prose: 1969-1973, Ed. Edward Mendelson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), 222.

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What do YOU think Anne should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

 

Jan 10, 2017

Today we’re catching up with the very first guest of What Should I Read Next! Even if you're a longtime listener, you still might not recognize his voice... and that’s because the first time Anne recorded this show, it was on her iPhone, in a moving vehicle, in the middle of nowhere, and the guest? Her husband, Will Bogel. That episode never aired, and the file got trashed a long time ago. But today Will is back to celebrate the anniversary of the show he helped test-drive a year ago! It's been a fun journey so far, and we at WSIRN are so grateful that you've taken the ride with us. 

Here's to the next year of WSIRN, readers! Enjoy the episode.

You can say hi to Will on his Twitter.

For a full list of the titles mentioned in this episode, click through to the podcast website. 

Thanks to our sponsor PrepDish. You can take care of your meal planning for the whole year RIGHT NOW with a premium PrepDish subscription. That premium subscription includes easy to access meal plan archives, nutrition facts, lots of recipes, and two additional meal plans—the autoimmune protocol plan and the reset plan, which is whole 30 compliant.

The yearly premium subscription is usually $150 but Allison at PrepDish wants to help you kick your year off right, so she’s offering 50% off that premium prescription right now. That makes it $74.50, which is less than $1.50 a week. That’s a slam dunk for my family.

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Jan 3, 2017

Happy 2017, listeners! We have a DYNAMIC episode to kick off the WSIRN New Year. Today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks (and Bogel Family favorites) Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights.  But that’s just the beginning of her bio, which is one of the most interesting you'll ever read. She’s a retired Roller Girl. Prague is her favorite city. Duran Duran is her favorite band. And her life is also made better by her husband Dave, sports movies, leopard print, lousy truck stop (decaf) coffee, bear crawl, and Jane Eyre. 

Make sure to check out Mel's website, Well Fed: Ingredients For A Happy Life, read about her books down below, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram

For a full list of the titles mentioned in this episode, visit the podcast shownotes page.

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Get started now at prepdish.com/readnextpremium, and use the code READNEXT, to save 50% on that premium subscription.

Dec 27, 2016

 Our guest this week is Danielle Mayfield. Danielle lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. You may know her as the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, a book of essays that was recently released by HarperOne.

Danielle often writes about heavy hitting topics like refugees, theology, and downward mobility, but today she and Anne are running away from the heavy stuff and are searching for good comfort reads instead. They're chatting about literary baby names, the wildly differing opinions people have about what makes a book "escapist", and book scenes so jarring they had to set them aside... forever. 

You can connect with Danielle on Twitter, Facebook, or her website. And don't forget to check out her recently released book, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

For a full list of the titles discussed in this episode, visit the shownotes page on the website. 

The one year anniversary of What Should I Read Next is right around the corner, so OF COURSE we’ve got some fun anniversary episodes in the works, including an episode where YOU get to recommend what ANNE should read next. Here’s how to be a part of it: 

Option 1: Go to the Talk To Me page and record your short message there. Tell Anne what she should read, and why.

Option 2: Email our producer, Brenna @ modernmrsdarcy.com, and tell her what Anne should read next in an email message. Anne won't hear your suggestions until we record this special episode! You’ll hear what she really thinks, unfiltered, and with no advance notice.

 

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To get started, go to modernmrsdarcy.com/challenge and pick the path that’s right for you. If your reading life has lost its oomph, reading for fun is right for you, with 12 categories we chose with you in mind. If you want to stretch yourself in 2017, choose reading for growth, which has its own 12 categories. If you want to read everything, challenge yourself to tackle both lists.

I can’t wait to read with you in 2017!

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Dec 20, 2016

Today's guest is Jamie Durham, a full-time missionary living in Tijuana, Mexico. Jamie and her well-traveled family of 5 have to cross an international border to get to a their nearest library! In this episode, Jamie and Anne dive into how this unconventional setup changes the way Jamie approaches her to-be-read list, the dreaded "you have hit your hold limit" library message, reading difficult literature as a Highly Sensitive Person, and more! 

What do YOU think Jamie should read next? Tell us in the comments. 

For a full list of the titles discussed in this show, visit the shownotes page on the podcast website. 

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Dec 13, 2016

Today’s guest is Shaney Swift, a massage therapist and social justice advocate from Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been around What Should I Read Next for a while, you know Anne can be a bit of a personality-type geek, and Shaney shares that enthusiasm -- so prepare for a lot of nerding out! Today Anne and Shaney discuss  scanning and deep-diving reading styles, books that help us understand our differences, and what to read next when you feel like your life is in limbo. 

You can connect with Shaney via Twitter and Instagram!

For the full list of books mentioned on today's podcast, click over to the show notes blogpost.

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Dec 6, 2016

This is a WSIRN first— a repeat guest! Today Anne chats with friend of the show and bookstore owner Holland Saltsman about everything you didn't know you wanted to know about opening an independent bookstore, how to support indies this holiday season, the best three books we each read this year, and their favorite bookish gifts for this holiday season (and all year 'round.) We hope you enjoy this episode, and get a ton of great holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life.

If you want to find EVEN MORE great new gift-worthy titles, check out the Fall Releases episode of WSIRN in which Holland and Anne gushed about all the new treasures that hit bookshelves recently. And don't miss the full MMD 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers.

For a full list of all the titles and goodies mentioned in this episode, click over to the shownotes page. 

Check out The Novel Neighbor website, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

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