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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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Found My Best Books

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Listening to this podcast has expanded my awareness of wonderful authors I would have missed out on. It is the podcast I always make sure is downloaded and ready when I am headed to the lake or outside to garden. The variety of guests are fun and the candid conversations between book lovers is refreshing. I am aware there are independent bookstores all over I want to explore in future travels. We often discuss the content of this podcast at our book club and trust the recommendations.

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Clever format with excellent reading suggestions

iTunes Ratings

3671 Ratings
Average Ratings
3349
176
60
40
46

Found My Best Books

By Minus 12 lbs. - Jun 01 2020
Read more
Listening to this podcast has expanded my awareness of wonderful authors I would have missed out on. It is the podcast I always make sure is downloaded and ready when I am headed to the lake or outside to garden. The variety of guests are fun and the candid conversations between book lovers is refreshing. I am aware there are independent bookstores all over I want to explore in future travels. We often discuss the content of this podcast at our book club and trust the recommendations.

Very substantive

By Ellens8 - May 27 2020
Read more
Clever format with excellent reading suggestions
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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal

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Today, Anne's exploring a genre that’s on the rise these days... ecofiction! Reader Katy Yocom is constantly on the hunt for absorbing novels with plots that not only incorporate the natural world, but ones in which the story absolutely depends upon it. Anne's challenge today is to pick 3 well-written titles for Katy that paint a lush portrait of natural life without losing that “page turning” appeal. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/231


You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1


Readers, this is an exciting time of year at WSIRN: Summer Reading Guide season is almost here!

Our email subscribers get the our ninth (!!!) annual guide when it comes out, but Patreon supporters get it first. They're invited to join us for our live “unboxing” on May 12. This year we're offering two times to make it easier for you to attend live. Our patrons also get the guide that day, two days before it's publicly available.

If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the perfect time. Visit patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now to sign up. We’d love to see you there.

-Anne


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Apr 21 2020

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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

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Anne is joined by Gaithersburg, Maryland mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of those community book events. At the time of recording, they were still crossing their fingers that they’d get to meet in person at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Between then and now, that event has been canceled due to COVID-19. (There will be some online programming, so watch the website for more information if you're intrigued.)

We're also digging into Jud's eclectic personal reading life, from westerns to middle grade fiction to historical nonfiction, to a book he describes as JAW DROPPINGLY GOOD… and Anne recommends 3 books to him like a human, not an algorithm. That’s a joke, but also a totally real concern when literary matchmaking. Listen in to hear Anne explain the difference in the episode. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/232


Readers, we send an email every Tuesday with 3 bookish things I love, 1 thing I don’t, and what I’m reading now. If you want fun, informative, and delightful links to all things books and reading with a little dose of my personal reading habits then sign up for the weekly newsletter.

And be sure to do that now because in 2 weeks we’re sending all subscribers my ninth annual Summer Reading Guide. This is THE answer to what you should read next this summer. So sign up now.

-Anne


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Apr 28 2020

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Rank #6: 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/

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

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May 15 2018

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: Ep 217: Making up for lost time in your reading life

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Around here we believe that when you improve your reading life, it does good things for the rest of your life. Today’s guest Pamela Hernandez has found creative ways to pull together reading goals and fitness goals in her personal training business. Pamela loves to read about women who mirror herself and her clients–seasoned female characters who live life on their terms, work to make the best of their life circumstances, and thrive. Today Anne recommending 3 books that fit the bill, plus a self-help book that hopefully won’t leave Pamela shaking her head in disappointment. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/217


You can follow Pamela on Instagram @thrivefit, and hear more from her on her podcast Fit in 417, where book segments are part of the regular rotation. 

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. Next week we'll be livestreaming a Winter Book Preview so become a supporter today.

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Jan 07 2020

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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


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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Ep 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)

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

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 Kendra should read next!

Connect with Kendra: BlogPodcast

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

Jun 21 2016

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #18: 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

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

May 01 2018

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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.

Nov 19 2019

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Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

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Elyssa Gould is an academic librarian and “recovering English major”, whose goal is to get caught up on her own backlist while she’s separated from her natural habitat, the library. Today, Anne shuffles around Elyssa’s 100 or so unread books into a few smaller stacks, for a DIY literature "curriculum" that should keep her busy at home for as long as necessary. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/237


You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakes


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Jun 02 2020

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Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

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It’s a weird time to be in the market for a new book. When it’s safer to stay home, and many libraries and bookstores have temporarily shut their doors to the public, what’s a reader to do… but turn to their home bookshelves! Your TBR shelf's time has COME! 

Today Annd chats with Karla Osorno, a WSIRN listener whose 600+ precious unread books have been weighing her reading life down. Not only is Karla searching for her next read in these stacks, but she wants to lighten the mental load by eliminating the titles that just aren’t right for her. You’ll come away from today’s episode with questions and ideas you can apply to your own book collections.

Everyone at WSIRN HQ hopes you are well, and that your bookshelves are a source of solace when the going gets tough. 


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/236


You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.


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May 26 2020

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Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

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Today we continue our celebration of Summer reading with Zibby Owens, host of the podcast Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books. Anne and Zibby are chatting about what they’re excited to read this Summer, whether those books are brand new or quite old. Get ready for a slew of summer-ready non-fiction recommendations for your TBR. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/235

You can visit Zibby at ZibbyOwens.com, and listen to Anne's episode of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books here: https://zibbyowens.podbean.com/e/anne-bogel-dont-overthink-it

May 19 2020

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Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

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Readers, summer reading is so close you can almost taste it. Anne has been investigating upcoming summer releases for months now, on the lookout for new and notable titles that should be on your summer reading list. Prepping for the Summer Reading Guide brings up an important question — what makes a book a “summer read”? What’s the perfect balance of frothy to grounded, fun to thought-provoking, or relatable to rich-people-problems?

Today we've brought in author Jennifer Weiner, proud author of several quintessential summer reads, to discuss her criteria for a great poolside book, the upside-down and backwards season the publishing world is about to have, and her appropriately-titled new book Big Summer


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/234


 You can learn more about Jen’s books at jenniferweiner.com, and keep up with her on Instagram @jenniferweinerwrites and on Twitter @jenniferweiner.


Thanks to this week's sponsor:

  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients. Plus, their sources are out there for the whole world to see because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Daily changes can lead to big results, so start today — Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three month at RItual.com/READNEXT!

May 12 2020

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Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

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Anne chats with education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy about literacy in the justice system, and how her work with incarcerated students has been affected by social distancing. Hanan came to WSIRN looking for an escapist reading experience, but she didn’t mean happy endings and rainbows. She escapes her day to day life by submerging herself in someone else’s complex, difficult world (fiction or non!)

If you read lists of ‘escapist fiction’ that’s full of peppy romance and thrilling action thinking “ehhh that won’t do it for me,” maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for in Anne's picks for Hanan today. Happy reading!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/233


You can follow Hanan's reading life on Instagram @hanansbookshelf: https://www.instagram.com/hanansbookshelf


Readers, the ninth annual Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide comes out next week! The Summer Reading Guide is similar to WSIRN–it's about helping you cut down ALL of the new titles to the a manageable number and hopefully helping you decide on a winner. 

Before the guide is officially released Anne and Brenna are doing a live video event with members of our Patreon community. I'll give you a preview of all of the books and what excites me about them.

The Summer Reading Guide Unboxing takes place May 12th at both noon and 7pm eastern (we're doing it twice to make it easier for you to attend).

This is one of the events our community looks forward to the most. The bookish enthusiasm is off the charts. If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the time. Go to Patreon to learn more about the unboxing event and even watch the video replay of last year’s unboxing. Then sign up and join us on May 12th. 


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!

May 05 2020

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Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

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Anne is joined by Gaithersburg, Maryland mayor Jud Ashman to give you an insiders’ look at what goes into the planning and establishment of those community book events. At the time of recording, they were still crossing their fingers that they’d get to meet in person at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. Between then and now, that event has been canceled due to COVID-19. (There will be some online programming, so watch the website for more information if you're intrigued.)

We're also digging into Jud's eclectic personal reading life, from westerns to middle grade fiction to historical nonfiction, to a book he describes as JAW DROPPINGLY GOOD… and Anne recommends 3 books to him like a human, not an algorithm. That’s a joke, but also a totally real concern when literary matchmaking. Listen in to hear Anne explain the difference in the episode. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/232


Readers, we send an email every Tuesday with 3 bookish things I love, 1 thing I don’t, and what I’m reading now. If you want fun, informative, and delightful links to all things books and reading with a little dose of my personal reading habits then sign up for the weekly newsletter.

And be sure to do that now because in 2 weeks we’re sending all subscribers my ninth annual Summer Reading Guide. This is THE answer to what you should read next this summer. So sign up now.

-Anne


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus! WSIRN listeners have access to a great offer: a FREE MONTH of unlimited access to the entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!


  • Legacybox is a super simple mail-in service to have all your home movies and pictures digitally preserved on a thumb drive, DVD or in the cloud. WSIRN listeners can save 50% during their Mother's Day sale at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT (while supplies last.)

Apr 28 2020

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Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal

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Today, Anne's exploring a genre that’s on the rise these days... ecofiction! Reader Katy Yocom is constantly on the hunt for absorbing novels with plots that not only incorporate the natural world, but ones in which the story absolutely depends upon it. Anne's challenge today is to pick 3 well-written titles for Katy that paint a lush portrait of natural life without losing that “page turning” appeal. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/231


You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1


Readers, this is an exciting time of year at WSIRN: Summer Reading Guide season is almost here!

Our email subscribers get the our ninth (!!!) annual guide when it comes out, but Patreon supporters get it first. They're invited to join us for our live “unboxing” on May 12. This year we're offering two times to make it easier for you to attend live. Our patrons also get the guide that day, two days before it's publicly available.

If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the perfect time. Visit patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now to sign up. We’d love to see you there.

-Anne


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Ritual uses high-quality ingredients that are vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see because you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!


  • Like softness? Comfort? Essentials to help you relax? Brooklinen has it all. You can get 10% off your first order and free shipping right now when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.

Apr 21 2020

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Ep 230: Don't overthink your reading life

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A note from Anne — I’ve been soooo looking forward to sharing today’s episode with you. Today we’re sharing the live audio from my book tour stop at the Strand in New York City. This evening in their gorgeous rare books room was MAGICAL. The room was packed with avid readers (and quite a few What Should I Read Next alums, which is what we like to call our past guests). It couldn't have been a better night, and I am so happy and thankful that now you get to listen in in today's episode.

But. I can't talk about that night—or this episode—without telling you that sharing it feels bittersweet. This was my second—and last, for now—book tour stop for Don't Overthink It and one of the Strand's last events before closing their doors due to covid-19. My heart goes out to the Strand, its employees, and all of New York City. I hope to see you all again soon.

For the time being, it's a solace to be able to bring you the live audio from that night at the Strand. This episode is ALL ABOUT What Should I Read Next; I’m reflecting on the show in a way that I really haven’t done publicly. I hope you find it interesting, illuminating, and entertaining. In the next segment I’m joined by a Strand bookseller to do some on-the-fly literary matchmaking for our live audience.

Let us know how we did in the comments at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/230


Visit The Strand online at www.strandbooks.com, and follow their gorgeous Instagram account @strandbookstore.


More What Should I Read Next Live:

As Anne mentions in this episode we have a special One Great Book style bonus episode that's available to everyone over on our Patreon page. Anyone can listen to that here.

But now would also be a great time to become a Patreon supporter. This week we're having our quarterly live stream with Patreon supporters. Join us as we chat about what's happening behind the scenes, what we're reading now, and give recommendations for what some of you should read next.

We'll do another live event next month as we kick off summer reading season with the Summer Reading Guide Unboxing. This is the most fun event we do all year.

We hope you will join us now over on Patreon.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreat CoursesPlus.com, and quarterly plans are available for just $10 per month!


  • With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether you’re creating better sleep habits, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT.

Apr 07 2020

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Ep 229: Works of literary fabulousness

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Why do some books with heavy topics leave you feeling uncomfortable, while other books tackling difficult subject matter make you feel understood and connected to humankind? Today, guest Mandy Lambert and host Anne Bogel pick apart the ingredients of Mandy's favorite and least favorite books to discover the subtle difference between a hard book that pays off in the end, and a hard book that’s just… hard.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/229


You can hear more from Mandy on her blog: thisbrightlife.home.blog


Bonus episodes for you:

Readers, it is a difficult and confusing time. So this past week, we released two bonus episodes on Patreon to meet you where you are, plus some special events.

The first bonus episode is available to everyone. It's a book recommendation that has helped Anne during times of great loss and grief, and we think a lot of readers could use it in their life right now. Give it a listen at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, and feel free to share it with readers and other loved ones in your life.

Second, a patron-exlusive episode recommending 5 happy, hopeful reads, something many of you have written in to tell us you need right now. You can find this exclusive episode at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext/posts, along with 31 other bonus episodes and livestream replays!

Finally, if you are looking for bookish community during an isolated time, now is a wonderful time to check out everything happening in our Patreon community. We are holding our quarterly Spring livestream on April 9th, which is a community get-together with Anne and Brenna to chat about what we've been reading off our home bookshelves, and share recommendations with other readers. We hope you can will join us!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Rothy’s is the company making stylish shoes and bags for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable—really! Get your own at Rothys.com/READNEXT.


  • If you need something engaging to fill your days, now is the perfect time to sign up for The Great Courses Plus. Become a better news consumer with Fighting Misinformation: Digital Media Literacy. Or keep the kids learning about math, science, and history while they’re out of school. WSIRN listeners get a free trial at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com, and it’s only $10 a month when you sign up for a quarterly plan!


  • The simple addition of a new towel turns a bathroom into a spa, softer loungewear turns function into luxury, and quality bedding turns a bed into a retreat. Turn your own space into an oasis with 10% off your first order and free shipping at Brooklinen.com when you use promo code READNEXT!

Mar 31 2020

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Ep 228: HELP! I can't stop quitting books

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So, you hate the book you’re reading. Or maybe you just feel blah about the book you’re reading. Or maybe the book you’re reading is good, but a different book on your shelf just looks so appealing, and you can’t help reaching for it… suddenly, you have a stack of 5 half-read books on your nightstand, and you’re still browsing the library catalog for something new. If you relate to any of those scenarios, today’s episode is for you. Guest Jamie Wright is a self-proclaimed “book quitter”, and she’s asked for Anne's help turning things around. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/228


Readers, whether you are looking for an escape from the news or for something to entertain kids who are suddenly at home we, have Spotify playlists of back episodes of What Should I Read Next for all your binging, relaxing, or bibliotherapying needs. Find them all at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/spotify.


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Mar 24 2020

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Ep 227: Putting your money where your literary values are

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Guest Sterling Hardaway values efficiency and growth in his reading life, which has led him to a hefty serving of nonfiction to learn new exciting things, fiction that sidesteps predictable tropes to deliver a truly unique reading experience, and seeking out authors whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. Anne's challenge today is recommending 3 books that won’t tread the same old ground, and offer him something new

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/227


You can keep up with what Sterling reads next on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ster724


Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out now!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:


  • ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!


  • With Noom, you pick the goals that are right for you—whether it’s building strength to keep up with your busy life, or practicing more self-care and feeling confident—and Noom personalizes a program to help your aspirations become reality. Sign up for your trial today at Noom.com/READNEXT!


  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients—and their sources are out there for the whole world to see, because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Ritual is offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!

Mar 17 2020

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Ep 226: Dig in to a feast for your literary senses

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As audiobooks have become more available and more popular over the years, they’ve become a bigger part so many of your daily routines. Today Anne chats with everyday expert Leanne Hunt about the history of audiobooks and her decades-long connection with the format. Leanne came looking for book recommendations that explore the inner life of characters, and lush sensory descriptions of setting and expression, so pull out those TBR lists if you are ready to be truly transported.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/226


You can learn more about Leanne’s life and writing at blindhorsewoman.blogspot.com

Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out now!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:


  • Rothy’s has quickly grown to a most-loved, gotta-have-them brand. And it’s no surprise because they’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable! Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.
  •  Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!
  • Whether you’re adding a comfy reading chair or replacing a well-worn sofa, your furniture should fit your needs and suit your unique style. That’s where Joybird comes in. WSIRN listeners get 25% off your first custom furniture order by using the code READNEXT at Joybird.com/READNEXT.

Mar 10 2020

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Ep 225: What your neighborhood should read next

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We're always hearing from listeners about connections made either on the show or in the blog or instagram comment sections. Today’s guest Elizabeth Barnhill had one of these delightful stories to share. She popped into Anne's DMs recently to say “Anne, I wanted to let you know that you are a bookstore matchmaker. I was listening to your show 2 years ago when you interviewed Alison Frenzel about opening up Fabled bookshop in my hometown…” 

We'll can let Elizabeth and Alison share the rest of that story, as they both join Anne to chat about what it’s been like to open an indie in Waco, TX. Then Anne is setting Elizabeth up with 3 titles to read between all the advanced readers copies that she reads for a living now. 

You can meet Anne at Fabled Bookshop on Tuesday March 24! Visit our events page to get tickets and get the lowdown on all Anne's spring travels.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/225

You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram @wacoreads , and ogle the gorgeous Fabled bookshop @fabledbookshop. Visit Fabledbookshop.com to plan your own trip!


Readers you know what we do here. Each week Anne helps a guest (and hopefully some of you) choose your next read. We hope this week you’re planning on making your next read Anne's new book Don’t Overthink Itwhich is out March 3rd!


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. And now they also offer premium denim with the same flexibility and comfort as yoga pants! WSIRN listeners get 20% off their first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT.
  •  Make learning part of your daily routine with The Great Courses Plus. Check out everything from stories about storytellers to baking tips and all that’s in between. WSIRN listeners have access to a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!
  • Anything you can do at the Post Office you can do at Stamps.com. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a 4-week trial PLUS free postage AND a digital scale without any long-term commitment! Just click on the Microphone at the TOP of Stamps.comand type in READNEXT.

Mar 03 2020

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Ep 224: Confronting the Bookshelf of Shame

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Like many readers, today’s guest Lacey Yong is creative. But her writing hobby is beginning to clash with her book selections, so she came to WSIRN with the question “how do I pick books that inspire me to write, without being too influenced by authors who write in my genre?” It’s a tricky problem, but one we can work through.

Lacey is also ready to tackle the titles on what her husband jokingly calls her “bookshelf of shame.” Longtime listeners, you know Anne has thoughts about that phrasing...

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/224


Connect with Lacey Yong on Instagram @lacey.yong!

Readers you know what we do here. Each week I help a guest, and hopefully some of you choose your next read. Well I hope this week you’re planning on making your next read my new book Don’t Overthink It. Don’t Overthink It comes out March 3rd so right now you still have a chance to preorder yourself a copy and snag the bonuses we’ve put together for all those who preorder here


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!
  • Like softness? Comfort? Essentials to help you relax? Brooklinen has it all. Go on, make yourself comfortable with 10% off your first order and free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.
  • Away suitcases are thoughtfully designed to last a lifetime. Start your risk-free, 100 day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essential at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT, including their best-selling suitcases, today!

Feb 25 2020

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Ep 223: Five stars for negative book reviews

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Anne has recommended books in translation to many guests in the past, but this week we’re venturing away from reading in English, with Parisian reader Florence Breuvert. Because she reads in both French and English, Florence often gets to choose between reading a work in translation, or reading an author’s words in their original language. Today, Anne's challenge is recommending Florence’s next reads in both languages. Anne and Florence also discuss a very precious personal book collection, what makes a classic a classic, and her ongoing quest to buy fewer books.


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/223


Connect with Florence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shouldireadit


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. Choose from boot-cut, straight leg, skinny, cropped, and more - they even have a pair with 8 (yes, 8!) pockets. And now they also offer premium denim with the same flexibility and comfort as yoga pants. WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first order at BetaBrand.com/READNEXT!
  • Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free ingredients in their vitamins — and their sources are out there for the whole world to see, because they believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. They're offering WSRIN listeners 10% off your first three month at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
  • Legacybox is a super simple mail-in service to have all your home movies and pictures digitally preserved on a thumb drive, DVD or in the cloud. You pack and send in your memories, and LegacyBox will return both the originals and your new digital copy, so you can enjoy easy access to your favorite trips down memory lane. WSIRN listeners can get get 40% off your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT!

Feb 18 2020

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Ep 222: Ordinary lives make extraordinary books

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Today we listen in on Anne's recent event in Huntsville, Alabama in collaboration with Snail On the Wall and the Rocket City Moms Book Club. Shannan Malone hosts a conversation about Anne's new book, Don’t Overthink It, and Anne holds a LIVE literary matchmaking session with Erin, a reader from the event audience who loves books about the simple life. We hope you enjoy hearing what WSIRN is like — live and off the cuff.

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/222


Connect with Shannan on Instagram.

Connect with Erin on Instagram.

Learn more about The Snail on the Wall: website | Instagram

Learn more about Rocket City Mom: website | Facebook


Our next live stream with our Patreon supporters is this week! Join Anne and Brenna and ask them anything live and off the cuff just like today's episode. The livestream is February 13th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question. Read more about this event here.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Rothys makes stylish shoes for women and girls out of recycled plastic water bottles. They’re stylish, sustainable, comfortable, and even washable — perfect for life on the go. Check out all the amazing styles available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT!
  • Learn from the brightest minds around the world with The Great Courses Plus, a streaming service that unlocks unlimited access to objective, reliable, fascinating information… on virtually any subject. The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners a free trial, plus half off their 3-month plan… that’s just $10 a month–for unlimited knowledge, at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!
  • Whether you’re having date night at your place, or hosting Gal-entines day, your furniture should suit your needs - but also feel uniquely you. That’s where Joybird comes in. WSIRN listeners can get 25% off your first order of furniture that matches your own fearless style Joybird.com/READNEXT.

Feb 11 2020

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Ep 221: Swipe right for book love

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Amy Rohn joins Anne to talk about literal literary matchmaking, the ups and downs of her life as a reader in search of real-life romance. We’re exploring what she looks for in a partner, whether they’re a reader or not, and truly baffling stories from her attempts at talking to men on dating apps about books. 

Plus, discussing Amy's newfound love affair with nonfiction after a lifetime of sticking to fantastical fiction, bookstore architecture, stylish prose, the book she had a huge grudge against in middle school. Of course, Anne plays matchmaker herself, recommending three titles Amy may enjoy reading next!

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/221


Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter at Patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and and invites to our quarterly ask us anything live events. The next live stream is February 13th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Tap into this power of knowledge by signing up for The Great Courses Plus. They’re offering WSIRN listeners their best deal ever: A free trial, plus half off their 3-month plan. That’s just $10 a month!
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Feb 04 2020

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Ep 220: The books that keep pulling me back

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Every week, we promise to give you the information you need to choose your next read. Sometimes, that means information about a specific title (like the premise, interesting backstory, or a sense of the atmosphere.) But other times, the information you need is only discovered through thoughtful reflection on your reading patterns, and developing personalized adjustments.

Today’s guest Erin Schlesener spent a looooong time experimenting before she found a reading routine that fit her needs. Once she had the how locked in, the question shifted to what she should read. Those of you who consider yourselves “slow” readers, you know this struggle — you know you’ll only get through about a dozen books this year, how do you narrow them down to what will be most enjoyable to you? Well, we're tackling that problem today, and Anne is recommending 3 titles to Erin that won’t frustrate or disappoint. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/220


Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next andbecome a supporter atPatreon.com/whatshouldireadnext! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and and invites to our quarterly ask us anything live events. The next live stream is February 5th, so become a supporter on Patreon and start thinking up your question.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Whoever you are, and whatever you need to pack, Away has luggage that works for how you travel. Find your next suitcase at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT.
  • With Betabrand, you never have to sacrifice comfort for style. Their Dress Yoga Pants have all the style of dress pants with the stretch, fit, and feel of yoga pants. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT.
  • Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a 4-week Stamps.com trial, plus free postage and a digital scale without any long-term commitment! Just click on the Microphone at the TOP of the Stamps.com homepage and type in READNEXT.

Jan 28 2020

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Ep 219: Required reading revisited

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You might remember way back in Ep 60, guest Mel Joulwan and I talked about her love for books with a "strong sense of place". Mel realized she loves to travel in her literary life, and in the years since we chatted on WSIRN she’s made that the priority in big, delightful ways, along with her husband Dave Humphries. Mel and Dave are joining us today to chat about their reading journey together, fulfilling their long-time dream to move across the Atlantic, and their new destination-reading podcast aptly named Strong Sense of Place. Plus, they're recommending 3 books with great atmosphere they think I'll enjoy.


Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/219


Hear more about Mel and Dave's new project Strong Sense of Place on their podcast that debuted this week, or via their website, Instagram, and Twitter!


Readers, on today’s episode we’re talking about travel reading. Well I have my own travel coming up and I want to make sure you’re in the loop. My book tour for Don’t Overthink It is booked. I’m going to wonderful bookstores I’ve been to in the past and I’m excited to say we have great events planned at new and new-to-me stores and cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, and Madison CT. Don’t Overthink It is out March 3rd and in-person events start that week. Get the details at modernmrsdarcy.com/events. I hope to see you live and in person at one of these book tour stops this spring!


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 opportunities to help us make the show–like today's title which was chosen by our Patreon supporters.


Thanks to this week's sponsors:

  • Go on..., make yourself comfortable. Brooklinen is SO confident in their product that all their sheets, comforters, loungewear and towels come with lifetime warranty! WSIRN listeners can get 10% off your first order and free shipping with promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.
  • Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 750,000 families digitally preserve their past. WSIRN listeners, get started preserving your past today with an incredible 40% off your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT!
  • Ritual is making obsessively-researched and clinically-backed vitamins a new normal. Daily changes can lead to big results, so start small today. Ritual is offering WSIRN listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!

Jan 21 2020

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Ep 218: A WSIRN Marriage Story

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It’s always fun to read through your guest applications. You fill our inbox with stories, goals, hilarity, and so much heart. One particularly memorable application didn’t come from today’s guest Anna Mittler — it came from one of her best friends, Charlotta, asking if we could make WSIRN a part of Anna’s upcoming bachelorette party. It took a full year to stitch the pieces together and get this episode to your ears, and we hope you love Anna’s story as much as we loved making it happen. 

Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/218


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Jan 14 2020

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Found My Best Books

By Minus 12 lbs. - Jun 01 2020
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Listening to this podcast has expanded my awareness of wonderful authors I would have missed out on. It is the podcast I always make sure is downloaded and ready when I am headed to the lake or outside to garden. The variety of guests are fun and the candid conversations between book lovers is refreshing. I am aware there are independent bookstores all over I want to explore in future travels. We often discuss the content of this podcast at our book club and trust the recommendations.

Very substantive

By Ellens8 - May 27 2020
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Clever format with excellent reading suggestions