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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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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:

Today's episode is sponsored by Around the World Stories.

Around the World Stories brings multicultural education into your home in a fun and memorable way. Children greatly benefit from learning about the world they live in and audio stories are one of the best ways to teach them. Lessons come and go, but a good story sticks.

Each original audio story is aimed at kids aged 4 to 10, and focuses on the adventures of children from other cultures. Each weekly story comes a parent guide with country-specific background, discussion points and activities to continue the conversation at home.

To find out more—and to try a free MONTH of stories—visit AroundTheWorldStories.com and use the code READNEXT to get started.

Today's episode is also sponsored by Hooked on Phonics. 

With Hooked On Phonics, your child will learn to read, guaranteed!

Download the Hooked on Phonics app FREE from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon today, or visit Hooked on Phonics online for an exclusive offer.

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.

Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free—with free shipping. Just visit Blue Apron here to get started

Today's episode is also sponsored by Hooked on Phonics.

With Hooked On Phonics, your child will learn to read, guaranteed!

Download the Hooked on Phonics app FREE from iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon today, or visit Hooked on Phonics online for an exclusive offer.

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.

Ibotta is the hot new app that puts cash in your pocket every time you shop. No promo codes, no coupons. Download the Ibotta app for free from the app store and get $10 just for trying it with the code READ.

Today's episode is also sponsored by Audible. 

Audible.com is offering What Should I Read Next listeners a free 30 day trial membership. Click here to start your free trial today.

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.

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 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:

Today's episode is sponsored by Ibotta.

Ibotta is the hot new app that puts cash in your pocket every time you shop. No promo codes, no coupons. Download the Ibotta app for free from the app store and get $10 just for trying it with the code READ.

Today's episode is also sponsored by Audible. 

Audible.com is offering What Should I Read Next listeners a free 30 day trial membership. Click here to start your free trial today.

That audiobook Anne mentioned just finishing? It was When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood. You can try it or any of Audible's 250,000+ titles at Audible.com

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.

Ibotta is the hot new app that puts cash in your pocket every time you shop. No promo codes, no coupons. Download the Ibotta app for free from the app store and get $10 just for trying it with the code READ. 

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. 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

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 ...

Take that listener survey right here.

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.

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 REFER50. 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.)

Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

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:

Today's episode is sponsored by Audible. Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Don't forget to follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram!

If you have an idea for what Sarah should read next, visit http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/20 and leave your suggested titles there. Thank you! 

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.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book theylove;subscribers pick one from that curated list and get itshippedstraight to their door with free shipping. It'safun,convenient, and affordable way to discover books you mightnotfind otherwise.

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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

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.

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.)

 

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.)

Try Audible for yourself: 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

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Do YOU have an idea for what Andi should read next? Tell her in comments here!
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.)

Try Audible for yourself: 

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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

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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. 

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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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