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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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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!

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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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

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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.

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

Thank you to our sponsor, Squarespace.

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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.

Sponsor: 

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. 

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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This episode is brought to you by the 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge. Reading is personal, and your reading list should reflect that. So this year, we’re offering our choose-your-own-adventure reading challenge. It’s free and easy to join!
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

Sponsors:

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Nov 29, 2016

Around here, we don’t think you need an excuse to love Jane Austen, but boy does today's guest Rebecca Smith have a great one -- she is Jane Austen's great great great great great niece!  Rebecca is a longtime reader, a former writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, and she currently teaches creative writing in the U.K. She’s the author of Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas and the recently published book The Jane Austen Writer’s Club. 

For a full list of titles discussed in this episode, plus a list of all Rebecca's titles, visit the shownotes page on the podcast website.  You can connect with Rebecca on Twitter or via the Bloomsbury website

Your time has come, Austen lovers - what do you recommend reading after Jane?

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Nov 22, 2016

Today we're back to literary matchmaking, with listener Melodee Skiles here to representing all the avid audiobook lovers who want to know what to LISTEN to next! 
Melodee is a stay-at-home mom who owns an online literature tutorial business. Books are (clearly) her bag, and while she's taking a short break from tutoring, she wants to revitalize her love of literature by reading outside the bounds of the texts she teaches at work. Like many of us, some of Melodee's warmest memories are of her parents reading aloud to her, so today she and Anne are delving into what her favorites have been, what her least favorites have been, and what brilliant audiobook discoveries are right around the corner. (Wink, wink.)

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Find the full list of books discussed on this episode on the website shownotes page.

Alright, audiobook lovers, what do YOU want to recommend to Melodee? Let us know in the comments!

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Nov 18, 2016

Here to help close out the Reading For A Lifetime week is Jenny Williams, who illustrates beloved literary heroines for a living as the charming artist and entrepreneur behind Carrot Top Paper Shop (yes, that's an Anne of Green Gables reference!) 

Jenny is a true kindred spirit, and when you listen you’ll see why that description is so completely perfect for her. In this episode, Anne and Jenny talk all about why we love our literary heroines of literature so much (think Anne, Elizabeth, Jane, Hermione), wrestle with what makes for a modern heroine, and of course, talk about their favorite books, and what they're reading now. It's a fun, important, and timely topic. You're in for a grand old time. 

Give Carrot Top Paper Shop a look-see, and follow the store on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. To check out what Jenny is up to the rest of the time, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads!

(psssst -- interested in getting a heroine print of your own? Join Jenny's "Kindred Spirit Club" to claim a free gift with your first purchase of $15 or more!)

For the full list of titles mentioned in this episode, check out the shownotes page on the podcast website.

Nov 17, 2016

It's Day 4 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series on WSIRN, and if our comment section has made one thing known, it's this: Adults LOVE Kid Lit. Not just for kids, not just in a theoretical sense, but in honest-to-goodness, just-for-the-joy-of-it, everyday-reading-life practice.

The guest here to chat with Anne about reading KidLit for fun? The beloved and oft-requested Gretchen Rubin! You all know her as the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better than Before, but what you might not know is Gretchen is a voracious reader of children's literature who is a member of THREE book clubs dedicated solely to children's lit! In this episode, Gretchen and Anne explore how Kid Lit transcends age group, why you should giving yourself permission to indulge in books written for children, how to find other adults with the same passion, and then they drop a blue million great book recommendations on you. Ready your TBRs, readers. 

You can check out Gretchen's blog and backlist on her website, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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

Sponsors: 

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Nov 16, 2016

Day 3 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series is all about "guilty pleasure" kid lit - the series we read and re-read not because they were Great Literature, but because they were gosh-darn fun!

Numerous comments from WSIRN listeners pointed us to The Babysitters Club Club, a podcast that explores the Babysitters Club books, a hallmark of nostalgic guilty pleasure reading, week by week, book by book. The hosts, Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, each have their own interesting stories of how they found the series, and why—as thirty-something men—they've chosen to devote a large chunk of their time and attention to the books.

In this episode we dive into what this series means to readers of all ages, why these books have such staying power, which babysitter we most identify with, and what Jack and Tanner are reading when they're not reading The Babysitters Club.

Ready to go binge episodes of The Babysitter's Club Club? Subscribe via iTunes, follow the show on Twitter and Facebook, and get a daily dose of ridiculous by follow Jack and Tanner on Twitter. #BeeTheory 

Did your childhood favorites foretell what genres you enjoy now as an adult? Head to the comments on the podcast site and spill your memories!

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

Nov 15, 2016

Day 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and our guest Leigh Collazo has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic.  Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over 30 different countries at an international school in China. Today she shares all about why the middle school years are her favorite when it comes to finding the right books for the right readers.

It doesn't matter what age you are—this episode is inspiring for anyone with young readers, or pre-teens, or teens, or who's ever been any of those ages. Make sure to come join the conversation in the comments on the podcast site.

Make sure to check out all of Leigh's incredible bookish resources on her blog Mrs. ReaderPants, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest

Books mentioned in this episode:

Visit the podcast shownotes page for a full list of the titles mentioned! (plus a link to Leigh's MARVELOUS "Find Your Genre" quiz!

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Tell us about your favorite YA, tween, and teen reads in the comments!!

Nov 14, 2016

Today kicks off our special WSIRN 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics this week: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for grown-ups, and more.

Who better to jump-start the series than Sarah Mackenzie? Sarah is a friend, devoted reader, and Kid Lit Expert Extraordinaire. You may know her as the host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and site, or as the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace. Her mission is to help YOU help the kids in your life fall in love with books, and this episode will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to do just that.

You can connect with Sarah on the Read Aloud Revival website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Plus, make sure to check out her free read-aloud booklist!

Head over to the podcast site for the full (LONG) list of titles Sarah and Anne talked about today, including the books recommended to the kids! 

Thanks to today's sponsor Brightly, a site that helps parents raise kids who love to read. 

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Tell us all about your family reading recommendations in the comments on the podcast site!

 
Nov 8, 2016

This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there's a book vlogger out there for every literary palate. Max is a great example of this; his videos cover serious award winners, challenging experimental works, and deep dives into substantial modern literature.

In today's episode, Max & Anne discuss stories with unique structural elements, books that swing wildly between 1 and 5 star ratings, and the best way to find a Booktube creator who shares your taste. 

Curious about the world of Booktube? Max's channel is a great place to start your exploration. Plus, keep up with his book life on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Do you have a book you're dying to recommend to Max? What about a favorite Booktuber you recommend? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Books discussed in this episode: 

• The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
• Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
• Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce
• Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
• The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
• Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
• So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
• My Brilliant Friend (Neopolitan novels), by Elena Ferrante
• Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
• The Best American Short Stories 2016, edited by Junot Diaz
• Dead Souls, by J. Lincoln Fenn
• Before We Visit the Goddess, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
• The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
• Blindess, Jose Saramago
• Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
• Lucky, Alice Sebold
• The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
• A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
• All At Sea, Decca Aitkenhead
• When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

Also mentioned: 

NPR interview with Yaa Gyasi
• Jessica Jones (Netflix series)
• The Lovely Bones (movie)

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Nov 1, 2016

It's bibliotherapy time! Today's guest is Erin Swann, is an attorney who lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family. Erin's always been a reader, but when she went through a major transition a few years back she rediscovered the theraputic value of a welcoming book. Join Erinn and Anne as they discuss armchair travel, fictional characters as friends, and more. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

• A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L’Engle
• A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson
• Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
• The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
• Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín
• Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
• The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, by Helene Hanff
• Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
• Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
• Emma: A Modern Retelling, by Alexander McCall Smith
• Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
• Joy in the Morning, by Betty Smith
• Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, By Leonard S. Marcus
• My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, by Luisa Weiss
• My Life in France, by Julia Child
• 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff

Also mentioned: 

Brooklyn (movie adaptation)

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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

Sponsors:

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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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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

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

Aug 30, 2016

Kurt and Kristin are a husband and wife who want to read more together. Their question for Anne is a fun twist on a familiar theme — “What should WE read next?”

Kristin has been a lifetime lover of books; Kurt has only recently become a serious reader (thanks in part to 15 years of nudging from his wife). They want to find books that they can read and talk about together! Both enjoy high-quality fiction, but you can probably guess which one of them loves Blood Meridian and which one loves A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Anne's challenge is to help them find books in the tiny sliver of their overlapping interests.

If you enjoyed Kristin and Kurt's conversation as much as I did, hop on over to Kristin's blog, Home Sweet Life, to keep up with their adventures. 

ALSO, stay tuned till the end of the episode, because today we’re also hearing from you, the listeners! We asked you in the podcast newsletter to tell us all about the best (and worst) books you read this summer. We stitched together a sampling of your responses, so stick around after Kristen and Kurt to hear your Summer reading stories!

Do YOU have book you think Kristin and Kurt should read next? Tell us in the comments at the podcast site!

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts, by Julian Rubinstein
The Harry Potter series
Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

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Aug 23, 2016

It's Tuesday, and time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next!

Our guest today is Tiffany King, a dear friend you might know from her food blog, Eat At Home. Tiffany is a busy woman -- a homeschool mom for 19 years, and the creator of her own business -- so when she reads, she craves something cozy and comforting. "“I don’t tend to go really deep with my fiction," she says, "and I don’t feel bad about that."

If you love comforting fiction with mouth-watering culinary themes, today's episode is just for you. Grab a snack and join us! 

After the show (once you're good and hungry) head over to Eat At Home to check out Tiffany's recipes and meal plans, and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Fried Green Tomates at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
• The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
• The Sweet Life in Paris, by David Lebovitz
• At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon
• The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
• Italian For Beginners, by Kristen Harmel
• The Sweetness of Forgetting, by Kristen Harmel
• Babette's Feast, by Isak Dinesen
• Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

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

Aug 16, 2016

Our guest today is Katherine Willis Pershey. Katherine is a friend whose taste Anne trusts: she's recommended several excellent titles to Anne over the years (and we talk about a handful of those in this episode). Today it's Anne's turn to do the recommending. If you love books that dive into human nature, authors that approach serious subjects through the back door, a good redemption story, or just excellent storytelling, redemption stories, there's sure to be a book for you in today's episode. 

You can learn more about Katherine on her website and blog, read more about her upcoming book, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family, by Katherine Willis Pershey
Very Married: Field Notes On Love & Fidelity, by Katherine Willis Pershey
Consider The Birds, by Debbie Blue
• Ursula Under, by Ingrid Hill
The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
• The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti
• The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
• All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler

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

Aug 9, 2016

Our guest today is Rose Booth, a technology merchandising director and cinephile who sometimes "feels like she's dating books." Rose loves female protagonists who flout convention and books where reality meets fiction, but she's also eager to fall in love with titles from one popular genre that she hasn't had any luck with—yet.

You can catch up with Rose online at Rosie's Reviews, Ruminations & Reflections, as well as her Twitter and Instagram. Plus, friend her on Goodreads to see if she ends up liking today's recommendations!

Books discussed in this episode: 

• Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Harry Potter audiobooks, by J. K. Rowling and narrated by Jim Dale
The Help by Kathrynn Stockett
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
• The Cormoran Strike series by J. K. Rowling, beginning with The Cuckoo’s Calling 
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
The Time in Between by Maria Duenas
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Also mentioned in this episode:

• Pushing Daisies (TV show), also narrated by Jim Dale!
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Do YOU have an idea for what Rose should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site!

Aug 2, 2016

Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with seven guests from the first twenty-three episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they love? What did they hate? (Because yeah, that happened.) 

This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed making it. 

Previous episodes we're circling back to: 

• Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface with Meredith Schwarz
• Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir with Ed Cyzewski
• Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading with Caroline Starr Rose
• Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction with Grace Martin
• Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books with Andi Cumbo-Floyd
• Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place with Jessica Turner
• Ep 23: Honeymoon reading with Mallory Rees

Also mentioned in this episode:

How to take a reading vacation.
• For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Find out more about Read Savannah with Liane Moriarty (and me!) right here

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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

Sponsors:

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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.

For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers seasonal recipes along with pre-portioned ingredients right to your doorstep so you can make delicious, home-cooked meals.

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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

Jun 28, 2016

Today Anne chats with Andrea Griffith, a former medical librarian, mom of two daughters, and independent bookstore owner, and she came to me with a plea: she misses reading at whim, is craving depth, and wants help finding great books that aren't relentlessly new, new, new. 

Connect with Andrea on instagram and at the Browsers Bookshop website.

Books discussed in this episode: 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work by Kathleen Norris
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
In Short Measures: Three Novellas by Michael Ruhlman
The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America by Michael Ruhlman
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Also mentioned:

Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir with Ed Cyzewski
Talking about books I don't like

Sponsors:

Today's episode is sponsored by Ibotta.

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Today's episode is also sponsored by Audible. 

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That 36-hour audiobook Anne mentioned? It's Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. You can try it or any of Audible's 250,000+ titles at Audible.com

Do YOU have an idea for what Andrea should read next? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next site

 

Jun 21, 2016

Today Anne chats with Kendra Adachi, who you may know from her blog, The Lazy Genius Collective, or her Lazy Genius podcast. She’s a mom of three in North Carolina who wants to find books that are good enough to make her turn off the tv, which is saying something because she loves her tv.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Also mentioned:

• Ep. 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense) with Jamie Golden
• Ep. 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well with Tsh Oxenreider
The Modern Mrs Darcy 2016 Summer Reading Guide
How busy people make time to read by Laura Vanderkam

Today's episode is sponsored by Prep Dish.

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We're currently loving the Prep Dish's paleo plan at my house. You can try it too, for free, because 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!

What do you think Kendra should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

Jun 14, 2016

Today’s guest is Tim Gardner. Tim's wife Emily contacted Anne and asked if she could do a little literary matchmaking for Tim. They'd both realized that a little reading break at the end of the work day made for a smoother transition between work and home, but he wasn't sure what to read next. They came to the right place.   

Books discussed in this episode: 

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Know When to Hold 'Em: The High Stakes Game of Fatherhood by John Blase
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougal
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston
The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw by Bob Friel

Sponsors:

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Today's episode is also sponsored by Audible. 

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Do YOU have an idea for what Tim should read next? Tell us in show notes here

Jun 7, 2016

Today I'm talking with Breanne Mosher, a self-described history nerd and travel lover who lives in Nova Scotia with her family.

Breanne is a "regular reader" (and a passionate one!) who documents her family's adventures (with beautiful photos) at This Vintage Moment, where she explores the everyday extraordinary.

Connect with Breanne on her blog and Instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
The Emily Starr Collection by L. M. Montgomery
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gary Mckeown
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Sponsors: 

Today's episode is sponsored by Prep Dish.

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. You’ll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. 

We're currently loving the Prep Dish's paleo plan at my house. You can try it too, for free, because 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!

What do you think Breanne should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

May 31, 2016

Today’s guest is Malisa Price. Malisa is a mom of two who lives in Raleigh, and she’s a regular reader who does it for the love of it, not for her job, although not that long ago she didn’t consider herself a reader at all. We talk about her tipping point, her taste, and her attempts to branch out with her reading in today’s episode.

Books discussed in this episode: 

• My Life in France by Julia Child
• Love Does by Bob Goff
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook by Ellen McCarthy
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide. (View the 2012 edition Malisa references here.)
Books find their way to you when you need them.

Sponsors:

Today's episode is sponsored by Ibotta.

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Do YOU have an idea for what Malisa should read next? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next site!

May 24, 2016

Today Anne chats with Mallory Rees, who's getting married next month and is looking for good books to take on her honeymoon.

Regardless of your marital status, you'll enjoy this one if you love a good pageturner—or if you've ever taken, or want to take, a beach vacation. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line: A Veronica Mars Mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Mr. Kiss and Tell: A Veronica Mars Mystery by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams
No One Knows by J. T. Ellison
The Nest by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

Also mentioned in this episode:

WSIRN Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of novels, and finding new fiction with Seth Haines
• The film Sliding Doors
The 8 uncomfortable lines I want to cut from the books I'm reading these days

Sponsors: Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. 

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Do YOU have an idea for what Mallory should take on her honeymoon? What did you read on YOUR honeymoon or last beach vacation? Tell us in comments at the What Should I Read Next podcast site

May 17, 2016

It's finally happening! Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with six guests from the first ten episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they think about them? And what books are they still resisting?

This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed making it. And don't worry: we promise we won't make you wait so long for the next special episode where we check in with our favorite guests.  

 

Previous episodes we're circling back to: 

• Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense) with Jamie Golden
• Ep 2: Perils of high expectations and characters that you can root for with Sarah Korhnak
• Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs
• Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that “hook” you, and filling the Brown Girls’ Bookshelf with Osheta Moore
• Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel with Preston Yancey
• Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems with Leigh Kramer

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Popcast with Jamie Golden and Knox McCoy
I went on a blind date with a book
Shalom in the City podcast with Osheta Moore

Speaking of feedback ...

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What's your favorite episode so far? Which previous guest would you especially like to hear back from? Tell us in comments on the podcast site.

May 13, 2016

For today’s bonus episode we have a very special guest: Anne chats with her 8-year-old daughter Lucy. Lucy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her parents and her three siblings. She’s a third grader who loves music, sports, and all kinds of animals, and her picks today are going to remind you about all the books that made YOU first fall in love with reading.

Books discussed in this episode: 

The Mother Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary
The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick
Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

12 terrific books for tween girls

Sponsors: 

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book they love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

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What books did you love when you were eight years old? Do YOU have an idea for what Lucy should read next? Tell us in comments over on the site

May 10, 2016

Today's guest is Sarah Russell Giglio. Sarah lives in Shreveport, Louisiana: she’s a newlywed who loves cooking and The Bachelor and Bachelorette, and by day she’s a criminal defense attorney. We talk about big fat books and a few Southern classics. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
No Greatness Without Goodness by Randy Lewis
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Lethal Beauty (A Mia Quinn Mystery Book 3) by Lis Wiehl
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
Five Days at Memorial by Sherri Fink

Sponsors:

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May 3, 2016

Today Anne chats with Brian Sztabnik, an Englishteacher,basketball coach, and podcaster who lives on Long Islandwith hiswife and two sons.

Anne and Brian discuss great literary fiction, booksaboutcreative pursuits, reading with others, and highschoolEnglish.When Anne says this episode takes her straightbackto AP high school English with Mr. Kalb she means it inthebest way possible.  

Connect with Brian on his site Wisdom of Man,and check out his podcast at TalksWithTeachers. You can also follow him on twitter and instagram.

Books discussed in this episode: 

TalkLikeTED by CarmineGallo
Divergent by VeronicaRoth
Twilight byStephenieMeyer
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
Mudbound by HillaryJordan
Heart of Darkness byJosephConrad
The War of Art byStevenPressfield
Let the Great WorldSpin byColum McCann
Slaughterhouse Five byKurtVonnegut
Lincoln's Virtues by WilliamLeeMiller
Extreme Ownership: How U.S.NavySEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
To Kill a Mockingbird byHarperLee
Macbeth byWilliamShakespeare
The Grapes of Wrath byJohnSteinbeck
Frankenstein byMaryShelley
City on Fire by GarthRiskHallberg
Where'd YouGo,Bernadette by Maria Semple
Euphoria by Lily King
The Getaway Car byAnnPatchett
The Patron Saint of Liars byAnnPatchett

Also mentioned in this episode: 

Our boys need us on Edutopia.
• The documentary Man on Wire.

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

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Apr 26, 2016

Today Anne chats with Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours. Jessica lives in Nashville with her family, where she works full time outside the home and blogs regularly at The Mom Creative.

Of all the guests I’ve talked to, Jessica’s the most consistent with her picks. We have a lot of fun talking about compelling stories and character-driven plots in her favorite genre. She also hates a book that many listeners adore, and she’s not afraid to say why.

Connect with Jessica on her site The Mom Creative, facebooktwitter and instagram.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• I recommended Jessica's hated book to Janssen Bradshaw in episode 10 here.
Expert investigates 10-year-old's reincarnation claims on The Today Show.
When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel
• I recommended Everything I Never Told You to Seth Haines in episode 4 here.
How a non-fiction writer finds his next subject: Erik Larson on the "dark country of no ideas."

Sponsors

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Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book they love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

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Apr 19, 2016

Today Anne talks with Andrea Cumbo-Floyd, a writer, teacher, editor, and farmer based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  ("Sometimes more of one of those than the other," she says.) Andi is the author of Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words

Andi and Anne discuss about strong female characters, genre-bending novels, and reading diverse books. Her favorites are all over the place, and she has strong feelings about her hated pick, which makes for a fun conversation.

Connect with Andrea on her site and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

Head Off and Split by Nikki Finney
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Dead by James Joyce
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
The Killing Moon by Nora Jemison
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Also mentioned in this episode: 

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Talking about books I don't like.
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs.

Sponsors:

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

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Apr 12, 2016

Today Anne chats with Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago.

Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. Anne also chats a bit with Grace’s mom Lara about raising readers and helping kids choose good books for themselves.    

Books discussed in this episode:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Divergent by Veronica Roth
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by David Eagleman

Sponsors:

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

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Apr 9, 2016

Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of SheReads.org, an online reading site and book club for women. Under Marybeth and Ariel's leadership, She Reads does a terrific job of highlighting excellent titles you've never heard of. 

These women are writers as well as curators and reviewers: Ariel is the author of Flight of Dreams and The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. (Loved them both.) Marybeth is the author of The Things We Wish Were True, coming September 1. (Can't wait to read it!)

This is a special episode: it's WSIRN's first freewheeling conversation about book recommendations and the reading life. Anne talks with Marybeth and Ariel about how they became a go-to book resource for thousands of readers, why you have to be a little bossy to recommend books (and why Marybeth and Ariel are overqualified for the job), and how they keep reading FUN even when—and especially when—it's a job.    

Check out their reading site at SheReads.org, or on facebook and twitter. Readers will also want to follow them individually. Follow Marybeth on facebook, instagram, and twitter. Connect with Ariel on facebook, instagram, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Help by Katherine Stockett
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
The Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon (audio edition)
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher
No One Knows by J. T. Ellison
Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

Also mentioned in this episode: 

Why the 40-something woman is at risk of an affair by Jane Green
• The She Reads book club at SheReads.org
When our selection process gets personal by Marybeth Whalen

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Apr 5, 2016

Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children's author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico. 

Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline's very favorite genre, why Caroline is so reluctant to talk about books she doesn't like, and her snob-free approach to reading.   

Connect with Caroline on her blogfacebook, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

The Physician by Noah Gordon
The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery by L. M. Montgomery
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
New Found Land by Allan Wolf
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Saving Lucas Biggs by David Teague and Marisa de los Santos
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

Also mentioned in this episode: 

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Talking about books I don't like.
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs.

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Mar 29, 2016

In this episode Anne chats with Ed Cyzewski, author of multiple books including Pray, Write, Grow, Creating Space, Write without Crushing Your Soul, and A Path to Publishing.

Anne and Ed discuss memoir, creativity, and how chronic fatigue from sleepless nights (hello, toddlers) can really put a damper on your reading life.

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Books discussed in this episode:

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning
All Is Grace by Brennan Manning
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman
The New York Regional Mormom Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
'Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren Winner
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
100 Days in the Secret Place by Gene Edwards
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work by Kathleen Norris
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• Modern Mrs Darcy's daily kindle deals
The Contemplative Writer

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Mar 21, 2016

In this episode Anne chats with Cara Strickland, a writer, food critic, and anxious cook who lives in the Pacific Northwest. This episode covers a lot of ground: Anne and Cara discuss singleness, sense of place, British chick lit, book boundaries, and of course, what Cara should read next.    

Connect with Cara on her blogfacebook, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
• Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Leadby Brené Brown
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life by Colin Ellard
Altar Call by Hope Lyda
Hip to Be Square by Hope Lyda
Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Hope Lyda
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cook by Kathleen Flinn
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Also mentioned in this episode: 

You Are Here stories
• One of Cara's restaurant reviews
One of Cara's food features
The Necklace by Guy du Maupassant

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Mar 15, 2016

In this episode Anne chats with Meredith Schwartz, a self-described Type A, INFJ, and unapologetic listmaker who is trying desperately (and a big compulsively) to hold together all the crazy aspects of her life. There's nothing vanilla about Meredith: she has strong opinions about her reading, which makes for a fabulous conversation.   

Connect with Meredith at Penelope Loves Lists, where she serves as creative director. You can also find her on instagram, pinterest, and facebook.

Books discussed in this episode:

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
• Sweet Dreams romances
 Sweet Valley High Series by  Francine Pascal
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Still Life by Louise Penny
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Physician by Noah Gordon
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Brothers K by David James Duncan
The Likeness by Tana French
In the Woods by Tana French
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein
Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
Morningside Heights by Cheryl Mendelson

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Mar 8, 2016

In this episode Anne chats with Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the blog Everyday Reading, former children's librarian, and modern mother who's raising her three kids to be readers.

In this episode Anne and Janssen talk about how Janssen reads books like other people watch television, why Janssen's in danger of having her "real reader" badge taken away, and books with strong narrative drive and excellent plotting. They discuss happy books, books that require three boxes of Kleenex, and everything in between.

Connect with Janssen on her bloginstagram, and twitter

Books discussed in this episode:

• One Summer by Bill Bryson
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Lake House by Kate Morton
• The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
• The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
• What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
• So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Do YOU have a recommendation for Janssen? Visit the What Should I Read Next podcast site and leave a comment there.)

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• What avid readers do differently

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Mar 1, 2016

In this episode Anne chats with her friend and fellow bookworm Leigh Kramer. In addition to being a full-time book nerd, Leigh is a San Francisco resident, fried pickle connoisseur, and lifetime White Sox fan. She has strong opinions about her books, which makes for a delightful conversation. 

Anne and Leigh discuss the "nearly perfect novel" that Leigh adored and Anne hated, the book Leigh read at just the right time, how it drives Leigh crazy that some readers love a book she loathed, and a variety of very real bookworm problems. 

Connect with Leigh on her bloginstagram, and twitter

Books discussed in this episode:

• The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
• The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
• One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
• The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
• Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal by April Yamasaki
• Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
• Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
• Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
• This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Also mentioned in this episode: 

The Red Couch Book Club
Loot Crate

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Feb 23, 2016

Anne talks to Preston Yancey about the power of reading, English major favorites, his deep and abiding love for chick lit, and what makes a great YA novel.

Connect with Preston on his bloginstagram, and twitter. Check out Preston's books Out of the House of Bread and Tables in the Wilderness

Books discussed in this episode:

• Paradise Lost by John Milton
• The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
• The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
• Life of Pi by Yann Martel
• Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
• The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
• The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
• The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
• The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar
• Little Children by Tom Perrotta
• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
• Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
• Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
• Bleak House by Charles Dickens
• Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
• Angels in America by Tony Kushner
• The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
• Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
• I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
• Elegant Universe by Brian Green
• The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages by Beryl Smalley
• Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
• Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
• Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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Feb 16, 2016

Anne talks to Osheta Moore about falling down the rabbit hole of reading recommendations, her really weird interest in fanfiction, and the significance of her Brown Girls' Bookshelf. And of course they discuss what Osheta should read next. 

Connect with Osheta on her bloginstagram, facebook, and twitter. Osheta also has her own podcast, coming this spring. Check out Shalom in the City right here.  

Books discussed in this episode: 

I also recommended the twitter account @blackchicklit. Visit their blog here.

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Feb 9, 2016

Anne talks to Tsh Oxenreider about the importance of where she reads, author stories on and off the page, books for book nerds, and her love of simple stories well told. And of course they discuss what Tsh should read next. 

Books discussed in this episode: 

 

Also mentioned in this episode:

• The perfect summer reading for every Myers-Briggs personality type
• The 2016 Reading Challenge (This is why Tsh is currently reading a book she owns but hasn't read yet.)

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Feb 2, 2016

Anne talks with author and speaker Deidra Riggs, whose book, Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, was published last October.

Anne and Deidra discuss Deidra's wonderful childhood memories of reading, why she chose one of the greatest writers of all time as her "hated" book, how the right book just finds you sometimes, and why she's on the naughty list at her local library.

Books Discussed in this Episode

The Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
These is my Words by Nancy Turner
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Life in Motion by Misty Copeland
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
 
Also mentioned in this episode: 
 
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Jan 26, 2016

Anne talks with attorney, blogger, and author Seth Haines, whose first work, Coming Clean, was published in October.

Anne and Seth have a great conversation about reading as escape, how they both hate so many books, first editions clubs, reading for the morning/noon/and night, and, of course, what he should read next.

Books discussed in this episode: 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Coming Clean by Seth Haines
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Slade House by David Mitchell
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
 
Also mentioned in this episode:
 
The 2016 reading challenge (this is why I'm reading a book that intimidates me).
 
Connect with Seth on his blog, instagram, and twitter.
 
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Jan 19, 2016

Anne talks with Jacey Verdicchio from the Around The Table podcast about books that make her feel smart, books that make her feel not so smart and all the other books that she just loves to read.

We discuss the inner battle between reading what you love and reading what you feel like you should love. I recommend three bittersweet books that Jacey can enjoy without second-guessing herself about her taste.

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Everyone is Beautiful: A Novel by Katherine Center
Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
The Unfortunates: A Novel by Sophie McManus
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill

Also mentioned in this episode: 

The bored housewife as plot point
For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five

Connect with Jacey on her blog, her podcast Around the Table,  instagram, and twitter.

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Jan 10, 2016

Anne chats with Sarah Kohrnak of the Brilliant Business Moms about the perils of high expectations, characters that you can root for, and what she should be reading next.

Books mentioned in this episode:

• Jane Austen's novels
• The Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny
• Jojo Moyes's novels
• The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
• What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
• To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
• Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
• Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
• Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
• The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
• The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
• The Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
• The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
• The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
• The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
• Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
• The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
• All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
• Kate Morton's new release The Lake House

Also discussed in this episode: 

• The sweet spot between Serious Literature and fluff on Modern Mrs Darcy
• Brené Brown's fantastic TED talks on the power of vulnerability and listening to shame

Jan 10, 2016

Anne chats with Jamie Golden about books that provoke visceral reactions, books that inspire blissful crying jags and sleepless nights, and what books she should read next.

Books mentioned in this episode: 

• Persuasion by Jane Austen
• Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
• 11/22/63 by Stephen King
• Misery by Stephen King
• Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
• You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
• Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
• The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
• The Martian by Andy Weir
• A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
• The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
• Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
• This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
• Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

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• Start your free Audible trial here to listen to the fantastic audio version of A Man Called Ove (or any title of your choosing) for free.

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