Rank #1: Ep 112: Your best reading year yet
"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: Twitter | Website | Ted Talk
Rank #2: Ep 177: When your reading life is a roller coaster
Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s guest Kate Mitchell has experienced polar opposites in her reading life, going from a period of time when reading was literally her job, to stretches where reading was literally impossible because of chronic illness. Kate is sharing some of the wisdom she’s gained on her roller coaster of a reading life with us all, including practical tips for how to accept reality and adapt your reading life if you’re having a rough go of it yourself. Anne and Kate also chat about what realism looks like in the fantasy genre, books wayyyy too big to keep in your purse, and Kate gives Anne the student-debt-free cheat sheet to reading like you’ve got a Masters degree in literature. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/177 Hear more from Kate about her reading life and chronic illness at katethealmostgreat.com. Get closer to the creative process by joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family on Patreon. Visit https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext for bonus episodes, outtakes, exclusive booklists, livestream chats with Anne, and more. Thanks to today's sponsors:You can find new and archival episodes of WSIRN, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium. Get a free month of Stitcher Premium with the code WONDERY.With Prep Dish, you shop once, prep once—Then enjoy delicious home cooked meals for the whole week in just 20-30 minutes a day. Check out PrepDish.com/READNEXT for a free 2-week trial.
Rank #3: Ep 3: Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey
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
Rank #4: Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer
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/ Shelf Subscription service: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/subscriptions/
Rank #5: Ep 165: 1000 Books to read before you die
Author Jim Mustich chats about reading on a whim, the year it took him over a decade to write, and recommends books Anne should prioritize in 2019.
Rank #6: Ep 135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect
Guest and author Jen Hatmaker is known for speaking publicly about a LOT of things, but reading isn’t one of them! At least, not the books she’s really reading on her own time—and today you’re going to hear how different those titles are from what you probably EXPECT her to enjoy reading. Today Jen and I get to chat about about the intricacies of her home library, the book that gave her nightmares, the books she's afraid to read on the bus, the finer points of humor writing, our foodie favorites, and more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Jen know what YOU think she should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/135 ____________________________________________________________ Connect with Jen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast
Rank #7: Ep 64: The next best thing to reading
It's time for something a bit different - in today's "from the mailbag" episode, Anne discusses the myriad ways readers track their book lives, from Goodreads, to bullet journals, to excel spreadsheets, to #bookstagram. Fifteen WSIRN listeners' favorite recording techniques are highlighted, and Anne shares a little bit about her own favorite tracking strategies. For pictures from our listeners and even more info, visit the corresponding blog post on Modern Mrs. Darcy. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
Rank #8: Ep 173: Clocking in at the reading factory
After a year of focusing on reading over 100 books while recovering from a running injury, today’s guest Natalie Van Waning is sprinting enthusiastically toward many readers’ worst nightmare: Looooooong books. We're talking doorstop, tweak your wrist getting them off the shelf, 40-hours-on-Audible long books. Natalie asked Anne to help her focus on quality instead of quantity, so get ready for sweeping multi-generational sagas, tour-guide novels, and heart-tugging family stories. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/173 You can connect with Natalie on her blog: http://imchattynatty.blogspot.com/ Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Thanks to today's sponsors:PrepDish is the healthy, whole food based meal planning subscription that delivers weekly meal plans right to your inbox. Go to PrepDish.com/READNEXT to check out all of the meal plans and to start your free 2-week trial.
Rank #9: Ep 178: The Next Right Thing for your reading life
Decision-making is a HUGE part of WSIRN's purpose. Podcaster and author Emily P. Freeman is an expert in the art of decision-making (she’s literally written the book on it), but when assigned school reading hijacked alllllll her personal reading time... deciding what to read next for pleasure got a little more complicated. Today, Anne helps Emily find her way back to confident personal reading decisions. Plus, they discuss what to do when you pick up the totally-wrong book by a totally-great author, biographical historical fiction, the first YA book ever written, and Emily’s newest book The Next Right Thing. On Friday, Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book entered the world. Unlike What Should I Read Next, which tailors recommendations to a specific reader's taste, One Great Book highlights books Anne loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time. We have 8 books planned for this first volume (the more-bookish term for "season"). New episodes drop on Fridays. Make sure to subscribe to One Great Book on your preferred podcast player! If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive bonus episodes corresponding with each new One Great Book episode, highlighting an extra title that hasn't been released yet so you can be in the know AND be the first on your library holds list. To sign up for bonus episodes, visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/178 Make sure to check out Emily’s podcast The Next Right Thing, and her new book of the same name. Find all the info you need on her website www.emilypfreeman.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, both @emilypfreeman. Thanks to today's sponsors:The Great Courses Plus is the streaming learning service that recruits some of the best college professors to teach in depth, relatable courses. Start your Free Trial, and get 50% off your monthly plan now - by going to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT.Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is aluminum-free, vegan, and does not contain silicones, sulfates, parabens, GMOs, or baking soda. Go to KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT to save five-dollars off your first deodorant order when you subscribe!
Rank #10: Ep 4: Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction
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
Rank #11: Ep 170: Fascinating fiction for the relentlessly practical reader
Cult survivor Anna LeBaron shares how literacy saved her life, and Anne recommends novels that won't feel like a waste of time.
Rank #12: Ep 166: Just don't call it a book club
A small-town reader shares her vision for a unique social reading experience, and asks Anne to match her with books that will ease her into the nonfiction world.
Rank #13: Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list
Holland Saltsman from the Novel Neighbor in St Louis joins Anne to talk about their favorite books of the year, supporting local bookstores, and the bookish gifts they can’t wait to give and receive this year. Whether you’re shopping for a book lover, making your own wish list, or want to indulge in a whole bunch of readerly enthusiasm, this episode will be a treat. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles and bookish gifts discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU will be giving this year! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Holland and The Novel Neighbor: Website | Twitter
Rank #14: Ep 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)
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: Blog | Podcast Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
Rank #15: Ep 175: Your library called and they want their books back
Michelle Wilson has noticed a specific character type that is missing from her bookshelves... and she is on the hunt for more. She and Anne chat about characters age 50+ in possession of NO magical powers, yelling at characters who make terrible decisions, reading as broadly as possible, and what it's like to be in not one, not two, but THREE book clubs (mmmmmaybe more.) Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/175 What Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you bonus episodes, outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, livestream chats, and access to the epic master spreadsheet holding the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family. Thanks to today's sponsors:You can find new and archival episodes of WSIRN, completely ad-free, on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/READNEXT and use promo code READNEXT during checkout!Get unlimited access to thousands of lectures and courses with The Great Courses Plus. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT to start your free trial today!Blinkist distills the best nonfiction books into 15 minute chunks so you from great authors on the go. Go to Blinkist.com/READNEXT to start your free 7 day trial.
Rank #16: Ep 174: The heart wants to read what the heart wants to read
Guest Kate Daley is a house painter from New South Wales, Australia, who has been living for the past two and a half years... in a camper van! Today she chats with Anne about the genre that sent her into an intense reading rut, a family reading competition, and where she manages to fit a home library in while living in cramped quarters. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/174 You can connect with Kate on Instagram: @when_kate_reads What Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, online hangouts, BONUS EPISODES, and... access to our epic spreadsheet that holds the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Backers also will get to participate in certain aspects of the creative process from call-ins, to special episode ideas, in fact our current backers even helped us title this episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family.
Rank #17: Ep 79: The books we can't wait to read this summer
WARNING: today's episode might make you long for a warm sandy beach, a cozy cabin, or a French villa... wherever your heart longs to vacation, that's where you'll want to be. That's right, Anne is talking SUMMER READING today with the help of WSIRN insider Melissa Klassen! Melissa makes magic happen behind the scenes for WSIRN and the Modern Mrs Darcy blog, so you'll get a little peek behind the curtain. In this episode, Anne and Melissa discuss Summer’s big releases, the backlist titles they'll be bringing with them to the pool, their favorite Summer reading memories, and at the end there's a Summer Reading Lightning Round that you won't want to miss. We're also giving you a peek behind the scenes of the SIXTH annual Modern Mrs Darcy summer reading guide! Keep your eyes peeled for the guide's release on May 17th. 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 about your Summer reading plans! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Feels like May 17th is just too far away? Tide yourself over with some throwback reading guides from the past 3 years of Modern Mrs. Darcy: 2016 | 2015 | 2014
Rank #18: Ep 169: Books that mess you up in all the right ways
Best friends Phimy and Erika ask Anne to pick three possible next picks for their democracy-driven LA book club, and discuss the book that taught them radical self-care.
Rank #19: Ep 5: Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you
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
Rank #20: Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about
We're delighted to welcome Jessie Weaver on the show for episode 70! Jessie is a married mother of two who loves to read, which sounds pretty normal, right? She lives in the Chattanooga area with her family... AND a gaggle of teenage boys in a private school dorm. Anne and Jessie talk about this very different "lifestyle", how being a dorm parent changes Jessie's reading life, and the brave topic of lifetime favorites. Plus, last year Jessie got most of her book recommendations from the internet and KNOWS she isn’t the only one. What has this meant for her reading life? You'll just have to listen to find out. About that title: Anne didn't realize until she listened through the final edit that she had inadvertently recommended (okay, gushed about) the same book in three of the last five episodes. Do you know which one it is? She hopes so! 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 Jessie should read next! Connect with Jessie: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram