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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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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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Thank you for reawakening my love for reading. My “TBR” list keeps growing.

Thanks for the reading fun!

By Abby not Abigail - Nov 14 2019
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Love learning more about reading recommendations with Anne!

iTunes Ratings

3303 Ratings
Average Ratings
3027
156
51
34
35

Excellent

By JoTaylor2019 - Nov 20 2019
Read more
Thank you for reawakening my love for reading. My “TBR” list keeps growing.

Thanks for the reading fun!

By Abby not Abigail - Nov 14 2019
Read more
Love learning more about reading recommendations with Anne!

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What Should I Read Next?

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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.

Ep 205: Books that won’t let you stop reading

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Readers, sometimes podcasting doesn’t go as planned. Schedules conflict, last-minute emergencies strike, the flu sneaks up on us, Anne loses her voice during pollen season… and any of those situations can end with a guest cancelling their recording at the last-minute. That happened recently here at What Should I Read Next HQ, and we needed someone to record on short notice, RIGHT AWAY, to avoid a hole in our release schedule.

Luckily there was an obvious answer — tapping into our Patreon community. We asked who would be available to record within 48 hours. Enter Addie Yoder, self-described “farm wife”, who needed book recommendations to fill her time during harvest season. We couldn’t imagine a more fall-appropriate guest! 

Today, Addie and Anne chat about libraries that aren’t free, books that lend us a little distance from real life when we need it, and the best time of year for a happily-ever-after.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/205


You can follow Addie’s farm and reading life on Instagram @addie.yoder


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day! Join Addie and all of the other delightful readers over on Patreon.


Thanks to today's sponsor:

  • Away makes it easy to travel and travel in style. Each bag comes with a TSA-approved combination lock, removable laundry bag, and an optional ejectable battery to keep your phone charged. So you stay organized, safe, and fully connected. WSIRN listeners can get $20 off a suitcase at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT with promo code READNEXT20 at checkout!

Oct 15 2019

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Ep 206: How to bypass the book hangover

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Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took action again… by reaching out to WSIRN for help. 

Today, Jerrell and Anne chat about parenthood, complex family stories, the tricky task of avoiding book hangovers, and much more.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/206


You can connect with Jerrell on Instagram @jerrelleverett


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day like last week's guest Addie who jumped in when we had a scheduling issue and needed to record immediately!


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • The Great Courses Plus is the streaming service that allows you to get curious about different time periods, different cultures and all kinds of different subjects like psychology, space, music, and literature. WSIRN listeners can get a full month of FREE unlimited access at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!
  • ThirdLove is dedicated to helping you find the perfect fitting bra right at home–no matter your size or shape. . Right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!
  • Brooklinen was the first Direct to consumer bedding company, meaning they work directly with manufacturers and directly with customers, no middlemen -just a great product and service. WSIRN listeners get 10% off AND free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.

Oct 22 2019

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Ep 3: Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey

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Today's guest is Jacey Verdicchio from the Around The Table podcast.

Anne and Jacey discuss books that make you feel smart / not-so-smart, and the inner battle between reading what you love vs. reading what you feel like you should love. Anne recommends three bittersweet books that Jacey can enjoy without second-guessing about her taste.

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 Jacey should read next!

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

Jan 19 2016

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Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending

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Today’s guest is Bethany Armstrong, a lifelong reader who describes herself as the kind of kid who always had a book in her hand. After studying literature in college, Bethany suffered through a period of bookish burnout. But a surprising thing re-invigorated Bethany’s reading experience... you'll have to listen to find out what it was. 

Today Bethany’s reading life is thriving, and in this episode she and Anne dive into the specifics—they talk about how it’s alllllll about the story, and why it’s important to Bethany to keep the balance in her reading life. And when Bethany shares the book she hates … well, she's sure some of you will want to come after her with pitchforks when you find out what it is.

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

Connect with Bethany: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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

Aug 08 2017

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Ep 185: What should you read this summer?

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Most weeks on What Should I Read Next, I’ll do a little literary matchmaking with one guest… but this week, I’m joined by the show's producer, Brenna Frederick, to hook SEVERAL What Should I Read Next listeners up with their perfect Summer read.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/185


Find your next great Summer read in the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide:

https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2019/

May 21 2019

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Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction

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

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.

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 Seth should read next!

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

Jan 26 2016

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Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die

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If you entered the new year dreaming of a fresh approach to your reading life, today’s guest Jim Mustich is sharing decades of wisdom to help kick off your best reading year ever.

Anne and Jim chat about his new book 1000 Books to Read Before You Die, and why reading 1000 books might not be as daunting as it first sounds, then Jim takes on the book matchmaking mantle recommends which of the 1000 books he thinks *Anne* should prioritize in the new year.

Here's to another year of literary matchmaking, listeners! Thanks for being here with us.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what books you would include in a read-before-you-die list: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/165


Learn more about Jim’s book: www.1000bookstoread.com

Jim's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1000bookstoreadbeforeyoudie

Jim's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesmustich


Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest

Jan 01 2019

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Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer

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It’s time to get your library holds all set up for a long summer of reading! Whether you’re looking for a contemporary page-turner, something spine-chilling, a chunky classic, a dose of reality, or if you’re suspending expectations in hope of some bookish serendipity… Anne is here with friend of the show and bookseller Annie Jones to discuss the alllll the hot titles they can’t help but want to shove in their friends hands. 

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/132

And while you're at it make sure you check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/

You could be featured in an upcoming episode! Tell us about your favorite library tips and tricks. How do you get the most out of your library's resources? Is there a perfect balance to your library hauls? Talk back: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talk

Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel

Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext

Connect with Annie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anniebjones05/

The Bookshelf: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/

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May 15 2018

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Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time

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Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast Snark Squad, where they rehash books, tv, and movies with a sharp eye and a lot of laughs. True to character, Marines and Nicole brought the giggles to WSIRN -- they're about how the internet has changed reading forever, destroying their childhood favorites, controversial star rating opinions, books that really sucker punch you in the feels, and more.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Marines and Nicole should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/147

Make sure to give Snark Squad Pod a listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/snark-squad-pod/id1331049036?mt=2

And snoop around the Snark Squad blog archives: https://www.snarksquad.com/

Connect with Marines:

 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mynameismarines

Twitter: @mynameismarines

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7013001-mari

Connect with Nicole: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SweeneySays

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sweeneysays


If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest

Aug 21 2018

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Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read

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If both Netflix and the bookshelf hold equal value in your heart, you’ll totally relate to today’s guest. Patience Randle loves a book with cinematic appeal, especially if it comes with a comfy chair and a great cup of coffee.

Today, Patience and Anne chat about books that would make great screenplays, Patience's favorite places to enjoy a good book and a brew, future novel-writing dreams, what would happen if the apocalypse came to their hometowns, and so much more!

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Patience should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/143

Check out Patience's blog, and make sure to follow her gorgeous bookish Instagram @inkandfable!

Blog: http://www.patiencerandle.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inkandfable

Jul 31 2018

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Ep 112: Your best reading year yet

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"I want to read more" is a common refrain in January, so here's some good news: today's episode is full of tips and tricks to help you maximize your time and strategize your next best read!

If you've been listening to WSIRN for a while, you've heard Anne talk more than once about supply-side vs demand-side readers. The brilliant mind behind that concept is author and podcaster Laura Vanderkam, who you may know from her books 168 Hours, I Know How She Does It, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, or her new podcast Best of Both Worlds

On today's WSIRN episode Laura shares the strategies she uses to improve her own reading life (one of which includes reading War And Peace in the grocery store), a new perspective on free time, her bucket list books, and LOTS more.

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!

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

Connect with Laura: TwitterWebsite | Ted Talk

Jan 02 2018

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Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)

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Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta's Moore's creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching up with Osheta to find out about the podcast that was just a baby project when they first chatted, the perfect library haul formula, how a reading life can change in 2 years, and how Osheta's one especially important bookshelf has grown over time. 

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/129/

Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel

Follow WSIRN on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext

Check out Osheta Moore's podcast, Shalom Sessions: http://shalominthecity.com/shalom-sessions


Thanks to today's sponsors

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Apr 24 2018

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Ep 204: Nonfiction that reads like a thrilling novel

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Today Anne talks books with David Krohse, an Iowa reader who’s woven a love of literature into all aspects of his life — the waiting room of his chiropractic practice, the bar with a group friends, and quality time spent with his wife. David loves larger than life nonfiction, especially if it reads like an intense thriller, so Anne is hooking him up with exactly that. 


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/204


You can join David's Inspired Book and Brew Crew on Facebook!


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview!

More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration.


Thanks to today's sponsor:

  • Prep Dish is a time-saving whole-food based meal planning service with great-tasting menus that reflect the flavors and produce of the season. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXTl!

Oct 08 2019

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Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone

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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.

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 Elise should read next!

Connect with Elise: Website | Instagram | Goodreads.

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

Jan 24 2017

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Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers

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Pop quiz - what is true of only 14 of the 110 Nobels awarded for Literature since the category's founding in 1901? Answer: only 14 women have received the honor.

Today’s guests Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett are intent on giving brilliant female authors their due. Every month, their podcast Reading Women shines a spotlight on a different genre or type of author - some favorite past themes include Women in Translation, Southern Literature, and Women of Color.

So what better way to celebrate female authors on What Should I Read Next than a little roundtable literary matchmaking? Autumn, Kendra, and Anne chat about reading women as little girls, their favorite recent books by female authors, and introduce each other to hidden gems. Ready your TBR list!

Take the WSIRN listener survey: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/survey

And let us know what YOU'RE reading this Summer, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talk

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/130

Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel

Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext

Tune in to Reading Women podcast: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com

May 01 2018

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Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist

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Literary podcast nerds rejoice–Ann Kingman of Books On The Nightstand fame is behind the mic once more! We asked you to call and write in about the people you want to give the gift of a good read this year… and WOW, you all delivered! Ann and Anne are dishing out rapid-fire recommendations for young AND old readers with highly varied literary interests. You’ll also get to hear what Ann’s been up to since Books on the Nightstand shut its doors, and both their favorite bookish-but-NOT-book gifts for the holiday or any other season.


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what bookish gifts YOU are giving this year: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/161


Listen to archived episodes of Books on the Nightstand at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-on-the-nightstand/id278076085?mt=2

Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest

Nov 27 2018

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Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book

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Anne chats with Ian Morgan Cron, noted Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, author of The Road Back to You and host of the Typology podcast, about how their favorite literary characters (and maybe a few movie characters) fit into the framework of the super-hot-right-now Enneagram personality system. From Hermione Granger to Jay Gatsby to Marianne Dashwood to Samwise Gamgee... today we cover a LOT of literary ground. 

If you don’t know anything about the Enneagram personality framework, don’t worry! This episode is totally newbie-friendly.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, a friendly comment section, and helpful Enneagram resources: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/141

Ian's website: http://www.iancron.com

Subscribe to Ian's show Typology.

Jul 17 2018

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Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living

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Today Anne chats with Adam Verner. 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. So 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.

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 Adam should read next!

Connect with Adam: Blog | Audiography

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

Jul 19 2016

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Ep 80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life

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Why is it SO HARD to describe a book you REALLY LOVE? Anne tries to figure it out with today's guest Cori Jara, a case worker in Eureka CA. Cori is a lifelong reader who loved the written word so much she became a creative writing major. But after college books lost their luster for Cori for a while—reading felt too much like work. So several years ago, she started keeping a detailed spreadsheet about what she was choosing to read. That spreadsheet led to an epiphany: she diagnosed why her reading life had gotten dull, and what she could do about it.

In this episode Anne and Cori talk the prosaic, like what it’s like to move to a town with a smaller library, and the unforgettable—like a book that makes you want to skip dinner, bedtime, and the rest of your life until you finish it.

Click 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 Cori should read next!

Connect with Cori on Instagram

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

May 23 2017

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Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you

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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.

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 Deidra should read next!

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

Feb 02 2016

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Ep 213: Art, fear, and discovering great books

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Anne chats with reader and children’s book writer Kate DiCamillo about the books that inspired her to dream up stories, the hopeful work of writing for children, and what she learns from readers about her own books. She has so much to share about the value of friendship with other people who work differently than you do, and her advice is applicable whether you’re an aspiring author or simply a reader looking to build a bookish community in your own personal life. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/213

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.

You can find Kate on Facebook and on Twitter @KateDiCamillo.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • ThirdLove believes that every woman deserves to feel comfortable and confident every day. WSIRN listeners can find your perfect fit with 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!


  • This holiday season, give the ones you love something cozy. Visit Brooklinen.com to check out their Days of Giving, where they'll have promotions on a different surprise item every day. Brooklinen is SO confident in their product that all their sheets, comforters, and towels come with a lifetime warranty! 


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Dec 10 2019

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Ep 212: Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones

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Hopefully you haven’t put that wrapping paper away yet… because today we’re bringing you even MORE bookish gift-giving ideas!

This episode is specially geared toward the people many WSIRN listeners consider the hardest to buy for — your nonfiction readers, true crime lovers, political thriller fanatics, and doorstop history book deep-divers. Sometimes these are called “dad books” or “dude books”, and our inbox was definitely FULL of people desperate for recommendations for their dads, brothers, and grandfathers… but genre knows no gender, and around here the expert we trust for nonfiction, crime, and intrigue is none other than Traci Thomas from The Stacks podcast!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/212

Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.

Hear more of Tracy at The Stacks Podcast, and find her on Twitter @stackspodcast and Instagram @thestackspod. And be sure to check out The Stacks' book drive to support Rocketship Delta Prep


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • PrepDish helps you get fully prepared dinners on the table in just about 30 minutes. They offer a variety of meal plans to fit any lifestyle including Paleo, Gluten Free, and Keto. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXTl!


  • Bombas socks are soft… like “made-with-the-softest-cotton-in-the-world” soft. And whether you’re giving a pair or getting a pair for yourself, for every pair you buy Bombas will give a pair to a local homeless shelter. Visit Bombas.com/READNEXT to get 20% off any purchase during their big holiday sale, November 18th – December 5th.


  • Kopari’s deodorant keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage oil and coconut oil. WSIRN listeners can get 15% off your monthly subscription at KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT!

Dec 03 2019

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Ep 211: Good reads from the Great North

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Anne has a delightful & deep conversation with guest Sarah Bessey about writing personal nonfiction, and what might spur an author to write a book unlike anything they’ve written in the past. Last week, Anne talked about books can expand hearts and minds, and Sarah has so much to share with about what books have shifted her perspectives for the better. CanLit lovers rejoice — they're also touching on the books everyone is talking about in Canada!

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/211


To give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • This holiday season, give the ones you love something cozy. Brooklinen.com is having their biggest sale ever and it’s happening right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, until December 3rd.


  • Legacy Box makes it so easy to get my photos, negatives and VHS tapes organized into an easily shareable digital format. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, forget about doorbusters and head over for the best deal of the year — WSIRN listeners can get an unprecedented 60% off your first Legacy Box order!

Nov 26 2019

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Ep 210: Book gifts are the BEST gifts

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Break out the wrapping paper, because our yearly WSIRN holiday recommendation episode is here! Listeners wrote and called in to let us know who they wanted to give the gift of reading to this Winter, and today, Anne is joined by Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor in St Louis to recommend the perfect titles for your distractable teens and tweens, reluctant-reader spouses, impossible-to-buy-for parents, and that friend who seems to have already read everything.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/210


NOTE FROM ANNE: Here's a dissenting opinion on Malcolm Gladwell's newest from Traci Thomas of The Stacks Podcast. I recommended this to Jamie in episode 209 but really wish I had seen this post first and would have to say Traci changed my mind.


To give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


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Nov 19 2019

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Ep 209: Cracking the audiobook code

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Today’s guest is Jamie Freeman, a reader who was led to audiobooks by her favorite true crime podcasts… and has since made serious space in her life to read with her earbuds in. 

Anne and Jamie chat about spine-tingly crime nonfiction, historical romance, their favorite audiobook narrators, and tackle a frequently asked question: how to get into an audiobook when you’re finding it hard to focus. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/209


You can find Jamie on Instagram @jamie.of.all.trades


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


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Nov 12 2019

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Ep 208: The underappreciated art of literary forgery

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Charlie Lovett joins Anne to discuss the enduring power of not only stories but the books themselves, how books connect people of all ages, and of all times, how we can preserve literature for future generations, the joy of a book as a physical object, the art of literary forgery, marginalia, symbolism, and much much more.

Anne met Charlie along with 150 other readers at the ever-charming bookstore Bookmarks NC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as part of an event for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club, where members learn to read better, together, and one of the many things we do is read a core selection together every month, and then meet on video to discuss it at the end of the month, often with the author. Our October selection was Charlie’s novel The Bookman’s Tale*, and not only did Charlie join us, but for the first time ever, we got to have our author chat in person.

*Don't worry, this conversation is spoiler-free.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/208


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


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Nov 05 2019

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Ep 207: An all-you-can-read buffet

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This week's guest is Jennifer Pai, a reader with a particular soft spot for anything that could might be called spooky. Whether it’s thrilling suspense, witchy fantasy, or outright horror, she’s here for it.

Anne and Jennifer chat about atmospheric reads, sleeper hits, gleefully enjoying books other people hate, and the perfect October reads to pair with a comfy blanket and mug of hot cider. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/207


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna.


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Oct 29 2019

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Ep 206: How to bypass the book hangover

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Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took action again… by reaching out to WSIRN for help. 

Today, Jerrell and Anne chat about parenthood, complex family stories, the tricky task of avoiding book hangovers, and much more.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/206


You can connect with Jerrell on Instagram @jerrelleverett


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day like last week's guest Addie who jumped in when we had a scheduling issue and needed to record immediately!


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Oct 22 2019

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Ep 205: Books that won’t let you stop reading

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Readers, sometimes podcasting doesn’t go as planned. Schedules conflict, last-minute emergencies strike, the flu sneaks up on us, Anne loses her voice during pollen season… and any of those situations can end with a guest cancelling their recording at the last-minute. That happened recently here at What Should I Read Next HQ, and we needed someone to record on short notice, RIGHT AWAY, to avoid a hole in our release schedule.

Luckily there was an obvious answer — tapping into our Patreon community. We asked who would be available to record within 48 hours. Enter Addie Yoder, self-described “farm wife”, who needed book recommendations to fill her time during harvest season. We couldn’t imagine a more fall-appropriate guest! 

Today, Addie and Anne chat about libraries that aren’t free, books that lend us a little distance from real life when we need it, and the best time of year for a happily-ever-after.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/205


You can follow Addie’s farm and reading life on Instagram @addie.yoder


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day! Join Addie and all of the other delightful readers over on Patreon.


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Oct 15 2019

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Ep 204: Nonfiction that reads like a thrilling novel

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Today Anne talks books with David Krohse, an Iowa reader who’s woven a love of literature into all aspects of his life — the waiting room of his chiropractic practice, the bar with a group friends, and quality time spent with his wife. David loves larger than life nonfiction, especially if it reads like an intense thriller, so Anne is hooking him up with exactly that. 


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/204


You can join David's Inspired Book and Brew Crew on Facebook!


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview!

More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration.


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Oct 08 2019

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Ep 203: What happens in book club stays in book club

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In today’s episode, Anne talks with Emily Carter about a genre they both used to think they were too smart to be reading. When Emily entered a season when she was busy and stressed, and she discovered that the genre she’d once categorically dismissed was full of books that were exactly what her lackluster reading life needed.

Fellow repentant "book snobs" will relate to this conversation about what we miss out on as readers when we seal ourselves off from whole sections of the bookstore, how our misperceptions can be corrected with the help of our fellow readers, and how we can take smart chances on books outside our readerly comfort zones. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/203


You can connect with Emily on her blog: https://thesecondarrowblog.wordpress.com


If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview!

More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration.


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Oct 01 2019

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Ep 202: The art (and awfulness) of the cliffhanger

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In today's double-feature, Anne chats books with sisters Mia & Micah. But unlike most of our episodes with multiple guests, they aren’t looking to find titles they’ll enjoy together. Mia & Micah already read the same books frequently, so we’re looking to individualize their reading lives with totally separate recommendations. 

Mia is looking to introduce a little romance to her bookshelves… without leaving her comfort zone of action and adventure behind. Meanwhile Micah battles a classic middle-sibling problem... all her books end up being hand-me-downs, so she’s looking for a good mystery novel (or better yet, a series) that’s exactly suited to HER taste first and foremost. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/202


Get another double feature of What Should I Read Next by becoming a supporter on Patreon at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Right now we're sharing new interviews with past guests to hear if they loved or hated Anne's recommendations and of course, what they are reading now.

If you didn't catch our producer Brenna's Instagram takeover during our 200th episode celebration @whatshouldireadnext, be sure to check out the highlights! Her listener Q&A that gives you a fun look at how each episode comes together.


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Sep 24 2019

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Ep 201: The hidden value of a terrible reading experience

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Today, Brian Eichenberger dives straight into a hotly debated issue, discussing horrible books that taught him and Anne lessons they still think about allllll the time. Brian is the kind of reader who wants to chew on big ideas, follow characters from childhood to old age to see what makes people tick, and who loves big juicy family sagas. But he also has a taste for the unusual, so Anne recommends 3 titles that hopefully hit more than one target.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/201

You can follow Brian on Twitter @beichen22, and check out his podcast Story Guys at wearethestoryguys.com/podcast or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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Sep 17 2019

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Ep 200: The good, the bad, and the unread

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In today's milestone 200th episode, Anne and her producer Brenna catch up with the guests of 8 fan-favorite episodes to see what recommendations were hits, which flopped, and what changed in their reading lives after the show. Some guests approached their bookshelves with fresh eyes, some overcame their genre fears, and some realized that stepping out of their comfort zone just wasn’t what they were interested in — and finally felt at peace with the decision.

Thanks for 200 fantastic episodes, we couldn't have done it without you, our wonderful listeners.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books and episodes mentioned in today's episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/200


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Sep 10 2019

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Ep 199: The perils of public book recommendations

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The WSIRN intro sounds straightforward enough - Anne chats with a reader about books they love, books they hate, and books they could pick up next. Simple. But long-time listeners know this show was originally supposed to be a tight 20 minutes… and today, each episode is easily twice that long. It turns out, a person’s reading taste reveals a lot about who they are as individuals, and digging into those discussions is worth much more to the WSIRN team than hitting a timestamp.

Today’s guest is no stranger to seemingly-mundane belongings that hold deep meaning - Tara Anderson hosts the NPR show 5 Things, where she gets to know people by discussing five items that matter to them. A guest's treasured items might be books, but they might also be a houseplant, a special coat, heirloom knitting needles, even something as practical as a rice cooker. There are no home appliances in this episode, but Anne is investigating what Tara’s 3 favorite titles say about what she wants out of life, and what new books will take her there. 

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/199


Follow Tara on Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to go check out her newest project at musicboxpod.org


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Sep 03 2019

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Ep 198: Reading for the FUN of it

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Ever since Anne visited today’s guest, Annie F. Downs, on her podcast That Sounds Fun a little while ago to talk about Summer Reading, she's been wanting to talk all things books and reading with Annie on What Should I Read Next. It's finally happening - and the conversation is going unexpected places.

Anne and Annie are chatting about the author who made Annie a better storyteller, her surprising love for reading what she calls “Dead Men’s writing”, totally fangirling about all the literary good Dolly Parton has done in the world, and Anne recommend a few books she didn’t expect to recommend when the conversation started...

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/198


Learn more about Annie:

Website: www.anniefdowns.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/anniefdowns

Twitter: twitter.com/anniefdowns

Instagram: www.instagram.com/anniefdowns


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Aug 27 2019

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Ep 197: Rebuilding a bookshelf in Paradise, California

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Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves are different now, and every book purchase feels weighty.

Anne is connecting Amelia with three books that will hopefully take some of that heaviness off her shoulders and let her choose a different world to escape into, just for a few hours. 

CONTENT WARNING: Amelia tells her story of surviving an enormous natural disaster in heartbreaking detail, and it might be too much for anxious or sensitive listeners. If you need to skip the detailed descriptions, our book discussion starts about 20 minutes in, and mentions of the traumatic events are less detailed after that point. 


Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/197


You can find information about the Paradise, CA mobile clinic, MedSpire, at http://www.medspire.org, and contribute a tax-deductible donation at http://www.medspire.org/donate


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Aug 20 2019

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Ep 196: What the cool kids are reading

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Today you’ll get to know Anudeep Reddy, a reader who grew up in a competitive school environment where engaging books were in short supply, so he had to get creative with his reading from a young age. He’s an imaginative reader who appreciates the escapist quality of a good novel, but has struggled lately to find books that call out for him to live between their pages. 

Fantastic escapist reading can be found in any genre, so today Anne recommends three books to Anudeep that you’d find on completely different bookstore shelves. They're also exploring books that combine adventure and philosophy stories, streamlining reading decisions, and what it’s like to date a librarian.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/196


Catch up on all of the episodes in Volume II of One Great Book, Anne's short-form podcast where she recommends just one great book in 10 minutes or less.


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Aug 13 2019

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Ep 195: Wanted: book enthusiast at large

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Today’s guest Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, bookseller, and a big fan of memoirs of people living “everyday lives”. She certainly has experience with an interesting “everyday life” as a Book Enthusiast at Large—yes, that is her job title—for Parnassus Books in Nashville.

Anne and Mary Laura chat about the reading and writing life, working through her readerly guilt of hating beloved childhood classics, and the delight of a book flight (or as Mary Laura would say, "reading symphonies").

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/195

Connect with Mary Laura: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


Catch up on all of the episodes in Volume II of OGB my short-form podcast where we explore just one great book in 10 minutes or less.


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Aug 06 2019

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Ep 194: No plot, no problem!

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For Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. She also spent a year roaming a hotel, doing a job that sounds like it belongs in the pages of a novel. Today Nicole shares some of the stories she heard during her time there, and the literary community-building project she started and has continued to this day.

Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/194

Follow Nicole and her sister's reading lives on Instagram @bibliosisters.

Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • Postmates is your personal food delivery, grocery delivery - whatever-kind-of delivery service, all year round. WSIRN listeners can download the app and use code READNEXT for $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days!

Jul 30 2019

47mins

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