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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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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.

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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! 

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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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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that curious kid in your life? Check out Little Passports, the award-winning educational subscription that will show them the world! What Should I Read Next listeners can find special holiday deals and get a peek inside the monthly packages at LittlePassports.com/READ.

 

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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