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What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Recommendations | Literary Matchmaking

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.
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May 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.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I ReadNextlisteners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with thecodeREADNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50each.The 50% offer is good through May 3 so don't wait! (After May3you'll get 30% off your new membership. Still worth it.)

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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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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

Sponsors:

This special 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.

Not sure what you should get? Guest Ariel Lawhon's latest novel Flight of Dreams is an April selection.

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

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.

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

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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.

Connect with Ed on his blogfacebooktwitter, and instagram

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

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

 

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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).
 
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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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