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What Should I Read Next?

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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  • 24.11.2020
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    Ep 260: A little free library with a life of its own

    Sara Jones takes her role as “neighborhood library curator” seriously. In addition to selecting books for her own reading life, Sara Jones carefully curates her Little Free Library collection to reflect the reading tastes and needs of her community. She likes to feature a healthy mix of books for kids and adults, and she’s always on the lookout for fiction that her neighbors will find irresistible as they’re walking by. Today, Anne helps Sara stock her Little Free Library with crowd-pleasing books her neighbors will love, from charming picture books to unputdownable contemporary fiction. If you’ve ever strolled by a Little Free Library and wondered how it works or how to start your own, this episode is for you. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/260 to see the full list of titles discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Thanks to today's sponsors:Whether you have picky eaters at home or kids with specific dietary needs, you know the importance of paying attention to ingredients. That’s why Ritual created a brand new multivitamin, Essential for Kids, to help fill gaps in the diets of ages 4-12 without making a single compromise to quality or taste.Ritual is offering wSIRN listeners 10% off during your first 3 months at ritual.com/readnext.It’s easy to personalize a gift from Rothy’s because their shoes come in an ever-changing array of colors, prints and patterns. They’re seamlessly knit with thread made from plastic water bottles, so they’re ultra-comfortable as soon as you slip them on. No break-in period necessary. Comfy, cute, and sustainable, Rothy’s make a perfect present. Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.From wardrobe essentials to everything that makes your space feel like home, you’ll find timeless pieces designed to stand the test of time with Jenni Kayne’s curated items. Get 20% off your first order at JenniKayne.com with code READNEXT at checkout.

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  • 17.11.2020
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    Ep 259: The formula for a 5-star read

    The sci-fi genre feels like home, but Emily Van Ark also enjoys books in any genre that deliver on a fabulous premise. In her day job as a data scientist, Emily nalyzes data in order to find patterns and make recommendations for improving people’s lives... and Anne's job this week is to do some helpful data analysis for her reading life (with less math and more conversation). Emily also shared a bunch of sci-fi recommendations to expand Anne's reading horizons.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/259 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Thanks to today's sponsors:Rothy’s shoes are seamless and fully machine washable, making them ultra comfortable and ultra convenient. Every time they need a refresh, you can simply toss them in the washing machine! They’re simple, comfy, and they go with everything. Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.The Great Courses Plus makes it easy to learn new information or skills with courses taught by the world’s best professors and experts. You can learn on your own time, and at your own pace. The Great Courses Plus is offering WSIRN listeners FREE trial access to their entire library at TheGreatCourses.com/READNEXT!Trying a variety of styles with Third Love is easy, and helps you figure out what works best for your shape and wardrobe. Every bra is backed by their 60 day Perfect Fit Promise — if you don’t love it, return it for free! ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering my listeners 10% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!

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  • 10.11.2020
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    55:56
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    Ep 258: Reading for peace, joy, and escapism

    Reading for pure escapism means something different for every reader. Some of us turn to puzzle-like mysteries, some of us immerse ourselves in fantastical worlds. Today’s guest stays away from doom scrolling by reading lots and lots and lots of romance. “Recovering English major” Jenna Lowenstein still enjoys the occasional literary fiction read, but these days she’s picking up the books she wants to read instead of forcing the books she feels like she should read. From spicy romance novels to thrillers with deep themes, books help Jenna set aside her high-pressure job in politics and engage with the world ...without looking at her news app. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/258 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can follow Jenna on Twitter & Instagram @just_jennaThanks to today's sponsors:Every month, ButcherBox ships a curated selection of high-quality meat right to our door, and you customize our box to include everybody’s favorites. Right now, ButcherBox is offering WSIRN listeners an entire Turkey FREE with your first box at ButcherBox.com/READNEXT.Away suitcases are thoughtfully designed to last a lifetime — and they'll fix or replace your suitcase ASAP if anything ever breaks. AwayTravel.com/READNEXT today and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials.From comfort, to kindness, and everything in between, Bombas socks aren’t just giveable—they were made to give. Bombas is offering WSIRN listeners 20% off your first order at Bombas.com/READNEXT.

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  • 03.11.2020
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    Ep 257: Let’s build your holiday book list

    Our annual holiday recommendations episode is here! A few weeks ago, you called us with your bookish gift buying questions and dilemmas, and today Anne is answering those questions alongside Beth Buss, the general bookstore manager at Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit in downtown Winston-Salem North Carolina. Beth and Anne will help you find just the right gifts for their loved ones of all ages and reading tastes, from classic kid lit to science fiction… and everything in between.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/257 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Learn more about Bookmarks, including the Book Build project Beth mentions, on their websit bookmarksnc.org. If none of our recommendations fit the reader in your life their Signed First Editions Club or their Kids’ Club would also make great gifts. And keep an eye on their events page as they continue to have great online events and are looking forward to the next Bookmarks Festival–a bookish bucket list event.Thanks to today's sponsors:From wardrobe essentials to everything that makes your space feel like home, you’ll find timeless pieces designed to stand the test of time with Jenni Kayne’s curated items. Get 20% off your first order at JenniKayne.com with code READNEXT at checkout.Over 850,000 families have trusted LegacyBox to digitally preserve their past and they have a team of over 200 trained technicians. Get started preserving your past today, with an incredible 40% OFF your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT.With memory foam cups, no-slip straps, and a scratch-free band, Thirdlove bras look and feel great under any top. ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 10% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!

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  • 30.10.2020
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    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”Click to listen to Dr. Death Season 2: wondery.fm/DrDeathS2_ReadNext

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  • 27.10.2020
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    Ep 256: The perks and pitfalls of omnivorous reading

    Reader Cliff Cullen was in the middle of his best reading year ever when...the pandemic hit. His one-time favorite reading habits, like listening to audiobooks during his commute, have had to change—but his voracious appetite for books remains the same. Today, Anne recommends books in a wide variety of genres to suit Cliff’s eclectic reading taste and push the boundaries of his typical book selections. Also discussed: “themed” reading based on seasons or settings, reading your cookbooks, and the special accomplishment of reading every single book by your favorite author. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/256 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can follow Cliff’s cookbook adventures on Instagram @cookingwithclifton. Our next livestream with our Patreon members is this Thursday. Join Brenna and Anne to ask them anything and to participate in a little live literary matchmaking. Find out more at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext.Thanks to today's sponsors:Away suitcases are thoughtfully designed for a lifetime of use, and if you decide it’s not for you, you can return any non-personalized item for a full refund during thir 100 day trial period—no ifs, ands, or asterisks. Start your 100-day trial and shop the entire Away lineup of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases, at awaytravel.com/readnext.With Ritual, your multivitamins are delivered to your door every month with free shipping, always. You can start, snooze, or cancel your subscription anytime, and if you don’t love Ritual within your first month, they’ll refund your first order! Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off during your first 3 months at ritual.com/readnext.Brooklinen is the perfect place to find all the comforts for home, including ultra-soft towels — they offer varying levels of plushness, so you can choose the towel experience that feels most spa-like to you! WSIRN listeners can use promo code READNEXT for 10% off your first order at Brooklinen.com.

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  • 20.10.2020
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    Ep 255: Spine-tingling reads for a confirmed scaredy-cat

    Valencia Taylor is self-proclaimed book-pusher looking for reads that fall on the line between just-spooky-enough and way-too-scary, compelling stories that teach her something new about the world, and a way to keep track of her reading life. Of course, as a fellow book-pusher, Anne has plenty of recommendations and practical tips to share...Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/255 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can follow Valencia’s reading life on Instagram @vtaylor42Thanks to today's sponsors:Even though back-to-school looks different this season, fall is still a great time to learn a new skill or do a deep dive in a topic that interests you. Start your free trial of The Great Courses Plus today at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT to gain access to their entire library!Rothy’s shoes come in an ever-changing array of colors, prints and patterns. They’re seamlessly knit with thread made from plastic water bottles, so they’re ultra-comfortable as soon as you slip them on. No break-in period necessary. They’re simple, comfy, and they go with everything. No decisions required. Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.Betabrand pants look good, feel comfortable, and they’re easy to wear with any outfit. Whatever your style, they have the pants to match. What Should I Read Next listeners can take 25% off your first order at Betabrand.com/READNEXT.

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  • 13.10.2020
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    Ep 254: A plethora of political(ish) book recs

    Anne is joined by Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers of Pantsuit Politics podcast to discuss fiction and nonfiction recommendations that have shaped their understanding of politics, history, and what it means to be a human in this world. They're each sharing "political" books they personally love and often recommend, because they are fascinating, thought-provoking, and sometimes surprisingly page-turning. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/254 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Readers, the holidays are fast approaching and around here we’re of the opinion books make the perfect gift, whether you’re shopping for friends, family, coworkers, or teachers. But choosing the right title can be tough, so it’s become a tradition on WSIRN to have a special guest join me on the show to help us match YOUR loved one with the perfect readerly gift. If you want our help building your bookish shopping list, there are two ways to participate: Leave me a voicemail from your phone or computer at speakpipe.com/whatshouldireadnext ‬sharing who you’d like a gift recommendation for, a couple of books they love, a book or genre you know they don’t like, and any little details you think are useful. Please make sure to keep your message under 1 minute! You can also email our producer Brenna at [email protected] with the same details - who your giftee is, their favorites, their least favorites, and whatever else you think would be helpfulWe’ll squeeze as many submissions as we can into the upcoming holiday episode, and hook you up with the perfect bookish gifts! Thanks to today's sponsors:Even though back-to-school looks different this season, fall is still a great time to learn a new skill or do a deep dive in a topic that interests you. Start your free trial of The Great Courses Plus today at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT to gain access to their entire library!Beta Brand pants look good, feel comfortable, and they’re easy to wear with any outfit. Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. Find out why women are buying 5 different pairs of these pants. What Should I Read Next listeners can take 25% off your first order.Trying a variety of styles with Third Love is easy, and helps you figure out what works best for your shape and wardrobe. Every bra is backed by their 60 day Perfect Fit Promise — if you don’t love it, return it for free! ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering my listeners 10% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!

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  • 29.09.2020
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    Ep 253: A whole bunch of book recs, from our team of readers to you

    Hey readers! Get your TBRs ready, because today’s episode contains a TON of book titles for a wide array of reading tastes, from a few voices which might sound familiar if you’ve been a long-time WSIRN listener.A few weeks ago, we asked the Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next team to share their own summer reading recaps for a special Patreon bonus episode. Today, as we honor the change of the seasons (or perhaps cling fiercely to our page-turning beach reads), we’re sharing the full audio of that bonus episode here.If you’re a patreon member who’s already listened—well, first of all, thank you! And KEEP LISTENING, because today you’ll hear Brenna and Anne will be sharing some of our favorite summer reads as well, a brand new addition to the original bonus episode. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/253 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.We share bonus episodes like this one every week on Patreon – there’s over 20 hours of bonus audio waiting for you. Our community members get those regular extra doses of book talk, plus bonus content like our printable Summer Reading Guide and our new Fall Book Preview digital magazine, PLUS our video Unboxing events and member-only Ask Us Anything sessions. We’d love to have you join our community of avid readers: Become a member today at Patreon.com/WHATSHOULDIREADNEXT!Thanks to today's sponsors:Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-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. Daily changes can lead to big results so start small today. Ritual is offering my listeners 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!Trying a variety of styles with Third Love is easy, and helps you figure out what works best for your shape and wardrobe. Every bra is backed by their 60 day Perfect Fit Promise — if you don’t love it, return it for free! ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering my listeners 10% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Rothy’s shoes are seamless and fully machine washable, making them ultra comfortable and ultra convenient. Every time they need a refresh, you can simply toss them in the washing machine! They’re simple, comfy, and they go with everything. Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available right now at Rothys.com/READNEXT.

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  • 22.09.2020
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    Ep 252: Books that send you racing to Google

    Today's guest wants surprising books with unique story structures, new information, and plot twists that will make her say, “what did I just read?” Shelly Akins is a proud Arizonian who is always reading. And when she isn’t reading, she loves attending the Tuscon Festival of Books, a huge literary festival where both book talk and fangirling are welcomed.We eagerly await the day we can gather for book festivals again, but in the meantime, Shelly finds community in her Book Challenge Group, which is not a traditional book club. Talking books with fellow readers has helped Shelly hone in on her personal reading taste and decide what she wants more of in her reading life. Today, Anne's recommending three titles to surprise and delight this avid reader!Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/252 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can follow Shelly's reading life on Instagram @shellyreads.stuff.Thanks to today's sponsors:A few simple touches can do the trick, and with Brooklinen, your bedroom, bathroom, and even pajamas will make everyday routines feel cozy and comforting. Use promo code READNEXT for 10% off your first order at Brooklinen.com.Even though back-to-school looks different this season, fall is still a great time to learn a new skill or do a deep dive in a topic that interests you. Start your free trial of The Great Courses Plus today at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT to gain access to their entire library!Albert is the personal finance app that helps you find a happy balance and make the most of what you have. With a subscription to Albert Genius, you’ll always have a team of real human beings looking out for you, combined with convenient, intuitive technology. Install Albert from the App Store or Google Play today to find your happy balance, and get a bonus of up to $40 when you start an annual subscription to Albert Genius.

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  • 15.09.2020
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    Ep 251: I love books and books love me back

    Today’s guest is a self-proclaimed “book glutton” who reads in between everyday moments at home, at work, and even while she’s walking. Grettel Castro is a biostatistician living in Miami, Florida. She emigrated to the United States from Cuba at the age of 14, but her voracious appetite for reading started much earlier. Readers, I’m sure many of you will relate to Grettel’s story of falling in love with books as a young reader, as well as her current mixed feelings on big literary award-winning novels. Grettel loves backlist books, or as she says, older novels that have “simmered” for a while, and has mixed feelings on which books take home the big literary awards... so today, in addition to getting tips on reading with an open novel in my hands, I’m recommending three great books with literary staying power. Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/251 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can snoop on Grettel's reading life on Instagram @6wordsbookreviewsWe're going back to Book School! This season we’re learning to read better, together—excessively nerdy and super enjoyable classes that will help you go deeper with your books, brighten your book talk, and have more fun in your reading life!Book School is part of the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club, so you’ll get to pair what you’re learning with the books we’re reading and the authors we’re chatting with this fall. Book school is under way so join now.Thanks to today's sponsors:Over 850,000 families have trusted Legacy Box to digitally preserve their past. Their team digitizes everything by hand and sends back perfectly preserved digital copies on a thumb drive—ready to watch, share, and enjoy whenever you want, without ever needing to pull boxes out of the basement again. WSIRN listeners get an incredible 40% OFF your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT!Even though back-to-school looks different this season, fall is still a great time to learn a new skill or do a deep dive in a topic that interests you. Start your free trial today to gain access to their entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Bombas socks do more than keep your feet cozy. They help give back to the most vulnerable members of our community. For every pair of socks you buy Bombas gives a pair of socks to someone in need. Right now you can get twenty percent off your first purchase.

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  • 08.09.2020
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    Ep 250: I want a book that reads like a love letter

    Today’s guest has a story that sounds like the beginning of a juicy historical fiction novel.As a teenager, Liz Maguire came across a batch of 1920s love letters at a flea market. This launched an obsession with collecting vintage letters and preserving people’s personal correspondence as a piece of history. Of course, this project has had a marked affect on her reading life, so Liz has come to Anne looking for books that measure up to the detailed, intimate depictions of the real stories found in her vintage letters.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/250 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.You can learn all about Liz’s project at fleamarketloveletters.com and see the letters yourself on Instagram @fleamarketlovelettersThanks to today's sponsors:Bombas makes the most comfortable socks in the history of feet, and they do more than keep your feet cozy. They help give back to the most vulnerable members of our community. Because for every pair of socks you purchase, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need. Give a pair when you buy a pair, and get 20% off your first purchase at Bombas.com/READNEXT!Ritual uses vegan-certified, non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-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. Daily changes can lead to big results so start small today with 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!

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  • 01.09.2020
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    Ep 249: Who would read the dictionary for fun? (we would)

    An encounter with The Baby-Sitters Club #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day launched today's guest into a lifelong love of reading AND a special fondness for middle grade novels. Afoma Umesi is a freelance writer, editor, and children’s book blogger living in Nigeria. Anne has her work cut out for her to recommend middle grade books Afoma hasn’t read yet, plus selecting an adult title to suit her taste.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/249 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Make sure to visit Afoma's website: http://afomaumesi.comAnd give her a follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/afomaumesiThanks to today's sponsors:Trying a variety of styles with Third Love was easy and helps you figure out what works best for your shape and for your wardrobe. Every bra is backed by their Perfect Fit Promise–giving you 60 days to wear it and wash it and if you don’t love it, return it for free. Third Love is offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Rothy’s shoes come in an ever-changing array of colors, prints and patterns. They’re seamlessly knit with thread made from plastic water bottles, so they’re ultra-comfortable as soon as you slip them on. No break-in period necessary. Another major bonus? Rothy’s are fully machine washable! Every time they need a refresh, you can simply toss them in the washing machine. Check out all the amazing shoes and bags available at Rothys.com/READNEXT.Albert is the personal finance app that helps you find a happy balance and make the most of what you have, for your book budget and the rest of your budget. With a subscription to Albert Genius, you’ll always have a team of real human beings looking out for you, combined with convenient, intuitive technology. Install Albert from the App Store or Google Play today to find your happy balance, and get a bonus of up to $40 when you start an annual subscription to Albert Genius.

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  • 25.08.2020
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    Ep 248: Reading on island time

    Today I’m talking with Jennifer Cordeiro, who lives in Bermuda, a small island with two bookstores and one library. Jennifer has encountered her fair share of #bookwormproblems, both in her own reading life and in her job at her small island bookstore where hurricanes, tourism, shipping dilemmas, and special orders mean you never know which books you’ll see on the shelves.Jennifer's personal bookshelves are currently overstuffed with more than ONE THOUSAND unread titles, and today my job is to help her choose what to read next. Plus, we talk about the occupational hazards of working in a bookstore, the joys of mood reading, and a surprising hometown connection.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/248 to see the full list of titles we discussed, an episode transcript, and more.Follow Jennifer on Instagram @bdajen1.Our Fall Book Preview is coming up on September 1! Join us live when I share 42 (get it?) of this season’s eagerly-anticipated new releases, featuring a mix of titles I’ve read and loved, titles I can’t wait to read, and titles the book industry is abuzz about for the season to come. This year for the first time you'll also get the companion Fall Book Preview magazine. This event and companion magazine are exclusively for our MMD Book Club members and WSIRN Patreon "Book Lover" members. If you're not already a WSIRN member, now is a great time to join. Click here to find out more.Thanks to today's sponsors:Explore the world with the streaming, learning service–The Great Courses Plus. What Should I Read Next listeners get an unlimited access trial by going to thegreatcoursesplus.com/readnextBeta Brand pants look good, feel comfortable, and they’re easy to wear with any outfit. Whatever your style, Betabrand has the pants to match. Find out why women are buying 5 different pairs of these pants. What Should I Read Next listeners can take 25% off your first order.

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  • 18.08.2020
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    Ep 247: Finding the common thread in two friends' wildly different TBRs

    Today's episode is all about the joy of reading in relationships. Our guests Emma Gorin and Dinah Fay have been friends since 9th grade—that’s over 20 years. They haven’t always kept in touch as much as they'd like to, but books have always given them an easy way to reconnect.Emma and Dinah put in their submission to be on WSIRN with the explicit goal of connecting over a great read that they’ll both enjoy—which is a bit of a challenge because while they both love to read, their reading tastes are quite different. With two guests today we cover a lot of readerly ground, chatting about English class in the age of Covid-19, a book-gifting tradition, queer YA romances, and rich audiobook experiences. We also cover A LOT OF TITLES.To see that full list of titles, be sure to visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/247 where we have a list of all the books we discussed, a transcript of the episode and more.Follow Emma on Instagram @Emma.g_sings123.On September 1st we're hosting a Fall Book Preview live for members of the What Should I Read Next patreon community. Parties like this are so much fun as Anne shares books she's read and loved, ones she's looking forward to, and some titles book world is abuzz about for the season to come. All in all we’ll preview 42 books so you can preorder some titles, place your library holds, and load up your TBR for the cooler nights to come.Become a member today at patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext and mark your calendars for September 1st. It’s gonna be great. Thanks to today's sponsors:Explore the world with the streaming, learning service–The Great Courses Plus. What Should I Read Next listeners get an unlimited access trial by going to thegreatcoursesplus.com/readnextBrooklinen is the perfect place to find all the comforts of home including their ultra-soft towels–they're next-level luxurious. Go to Brooklinen.com to find everything you need to live your most comfortable life and use the code READNEXT for 10% off your first order.Legacybox is the world’s largest digitizer of home movies and photos and has helped over 850,000 families digitally preserve their past. Get started future-proofing your memories today so you can gather the family and begin the trip down memory lane. Go to Legacybox.com/READNEXT to get an incredible 40% OFF your first order.

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  • 11.08.2020
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    Ep 246: Does your reading life need a mid-year checkup?

    On today's episode Anne helps Courtney Wallace, a Cincinnati reader, with a reading practice we hear surprisingly little about—her recent mid-year checkup on her reading goals. Lots of people talk about goals for the reading life—both numerical and content goals—at the start of every year. And we all see plenty of year-in-review summaries from readers. But when Courtney's guest submission mentioned her mid-year assessment we realized how rarely we stop to take stock of how our reading life has been thus far, while there’s still plenty of time to work on those reading goals before years’ end.So today we review Courtney’s reading year so far and discuss what she hopes the rest of the year holds, giving you plenty of reading reflection inspiration along the way. We also discuss the importance of the book community, and particularly in-person events, as well as one simple thing she’s doing to slow down and appreciate what she’s reading.Back-to-school season is similar to the New Year for many of us; it’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Hopefully you'll pull some inspiration from Courtney’s mid-year checkup to evaluate your own reading year so far and make any course corrections you need heading into this new season.Connect with Courtney on Instagram @IncessantBookworm.Speaking of back-to-school, as we're turning our attention to fall we want to look head to what books are coming out this fall. And this fall is loaded with great titles. September 1st we'll be giving our patreon community a little preview of the top 40 titles I've loved, the ones I'm looking forward to, and the titles that have the book industry abuzz. Join our community to take part in the Fall Book Preview live on September 1st.Thanks to our sponsors:Bombas is the sock that gives back. Get super comfy socks in whatever your style–no shows, ankle, calf length, or knee-high–and twenty percent off your first purchase and Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need.Betabrand makes work wear that's as comfortable as your favorite workout gear. Their dress pant yoga pants are super comfortable and super stylish. What Should I Read Next listeners can get 25% off your first order.

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  • 04.08.2020
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    Ep 245: Finding the right mix for your reading life

    Over the years, Anne has been called many thing–podcaster, author, and now... Book Yoda, a name bestowed upon her by today's guest and Lazy Genius blogger Kendra Adachie.You remember Kendra from all the way back in Episode 27: Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv), over FOUR years ago. Her reading life has changed a lot since then, in no small part because of her first visit to WSIRN. That first visit did wonders for her reading life and gave her new insight into what kinds of books she loves, and WHY. Lately though, her reading life has felt like a roller coaster—you might relate—and we’re gonna talk about WHY, and what to do about it.They discuss winnowing your TBR list, being a Lazy Genius in your reading life, and the unique method Kendra uses to pick her books. Plus, as always, Anne delivers three book recommendations that will hopefully pull Kendra out of her current reading rut.If you've been feeling the strain of decision fatigue, lack of focus, or just not being able to finish a book lately, I hope you'll find some helpful tips in this episode to refresh and restore your reading life.Find out more about Kendra and her Lazy Genius Way (her philosophy and the title of her new book) on her website thelazygeniuscollective.com.Visit our website for a full list of the books we talked about and to read along with a transcript of the show.Our next livestream for our Patreon community is coming up. Join us September 1st for our Fall Book Preview–similar to the Summer Reading Guide Unboxing event we did in May, but instead of sharing all the titles I have read and loved, I’m sharing the books that publishers, booksellers, and other book people–including me–are excited about for the fall season. Now is the perfect time to join our community. Head to patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext to download our printable highlight reel, set up you bonus feed, and get ready for the Fall Book Preview.

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    Ep 244: You love to read–don’t ruin it

    Today's guest is looking for brain candy. That’s Elizabeth Cooper's delightful term for books that are FUN, with a killer premise, pages that practically turn themselves, and totally satisfying endings.Elizabeth’s past as a reader holds some surprising twists and turns itself — including a plot twist you're probably not expecting. Plus her method for choosing what to read next, is definitely a What Should I Read Next first. And of course Anne recommends three books that hopefully provide that brain candy reading experience Elizabeth is looking for.Visit the podcast website at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/244 for the full list of titles we discussed.Follow Elizabeth on Instagram: https://instagram.com/flutterandsprout_elizabeth

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    Ep 243: Predicting the next great American classic

    Charlandra Jenkins is a Florida reader on the hunt for stories that reflect her life, love, grief, and humanity back to her. For Charlandra, new book releases and recent bestsellers by Black authors are a joy, but she’s also yearning for some history… backlist titles by women of color that say “hey! we’ve always been here, we’ve always existed”. Today, Anne recommend 3 backlist titles suited to Charlandra’s taste for complex, fully-realized female characters finding their way through life, and finding themselves along the way. They discuss Charlandra’s enduring love for Zora Neale Hurston, novels that carry the reader through grief... and you’ll definitely want to hear about the book Charlandra expects will become a classic of our time. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/243Follow Charlandra's reading adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rantiesnplanties

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    Ep 242: Sharing Good Reads with good friends

    Anne is joined by Suzanne Skyvara, Goodreads VP of Marketing & Editorial, and Danny Feekes, Goodreads Managing Editor, to have an in-depth chat about how star ratings, reviews, and other nuggets of information we share online help connect our fellow readers to their next great read, support the authors we love, and change the way we see the world. Anne, Suzanne, and Danny went so overboard with book recommendations that we had to cut 5 or 6 books to keep this episode a manageable length! We’re releasing all those extra recommendations as a bonus episode this Friday for our Patreon supporters. If you want to hear what recommendations ended up on the cutting room floor, become a patron today: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnextAs you'll hear in the episode Anne has become a much more active Goodreads user in the past year, click here to follow her there.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/242

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    Ep 241: Memoirs, milk cows, and reading on horseback

    Raelene Bradley has let books be her guide as she and her husband fulfill their longtime dream of living off the land with a family farm. Raelene’s stories of reading in the fields with her horse as a child, and audiobooks to accompany milking time are stuff of readerly dreams.Today, Anne and Raelene chat about the surprising disappointments from Raelene’s biggest reading year ever, and I’m helping her on her journey away from quantity and toward quality, by recommending she read a touching memoir, lush historical fiction, and a little something… unexpected.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/241Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext

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    Ep 240: Saving the world, one series at a time

    Reader and author KJ Dell’Antonia picked up a lot of the wrong books during a difficult time in her life, and those experiences changed her perspective on a hotly debated literary topic: trigger warnings. She talks with Anne about that shift, moving beyond bedtime reading, covert audiobook operations, and how mystery novels could save your local bookstore... Content warning — in this episode, KJ and Anne talk about cancer, specifically breast cancer. It’s not the whole episode, and the conversation doesn’t go into detail, but we want you to be aware before diving in.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/240Anne had the pleasure of joining KJ and her cohost Jess Lahey recently on their podcast #AmWritingKJ’s new novel The Chicken Sisters comes out on July 28.KJ's website: kjdellantonia.comReaders, right now our Patreon community is a veritable celebration of summer reading. We’ve shared some wonderful bonus episodes recently, on topics like fantastic new romance novels, absorbing summer nonfiction, and our publicly-available episode covering spectacular books by Black authors. Our latest bonus episode is a casual home library chat with Anne and her husband Will about what summer reading is like for each of them this year.Become a patron now to gain access to a huge archive of bonus episodes, and join Brenna and Anne during our upcoming livestream on July 2nd: patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext

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    Ep 239: The read-alike problem

    Chris Abi Zeid is counting down the days before a big life event that will significantly alter his reading life. But for a few more weeks he still has precious reading hours. All he needs is his next read–and listeners, he has one huge requirement. He needs a book with a big, beefy, juicy plot. Complicated characters are great, but they need to go somewhere and do something for Chris to be satisfied.Anne's challenge today is finding the three perfect titles that will carry Chris toward his next big adventure.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/239Follow Chris on Instagram @chrisabzz.

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    Ep 238: Windows, mirrors, and why We Need Diverse Books

    Today’s guest Lamar Giles credits his love of reading to his mom who was always willing to buy him a book. Today Anne and Lamar chat about children’s books, horror novelist Stephen King, great novels where the setting is a character in its own right, and the importance of mirrors on the bookshelf.This episode was recorded and aired last year as Episode 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you. This is the perfect listen for early summer, when you might have young readers at home looking for something to keep them busy. But it’s also a great time to revisit this one as we also have a deep conversation about We Need Diverse Books the non-profit of which Lamar’s a founding member, and the important work that’s still to be done in the literary world.Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/238In this episode, Lamar talks about juggling two book releases in 2019. He’s back at it again this year with another 2 releases: Not So Pure And Simple, a YA book came out in January and The Last Mirror on the Left a sequel to last year’s middle grade novel The Last Last-Day-of-Summer is due out in October. You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles.

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  • 17.06.2020
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    Ep 237: When the library is closed, what's a reader to do?

    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/237You can admire Elyssa's handcrafts at Instagram.com/elyssamakes

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    Ep 236: What SHOULDN'T I read next?

    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/236You can connect with Karla on her website KarlaOsorno.com.

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    Ep 235: A crate full of summer reads

    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/235You 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

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    Ep 234: The recipe for a delicious summer read

    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.

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  • 17.06.2020
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    Ep 233: Escaping into someone else's story

    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/233You can follow Hanan's reading life on Instagram @hanansbookshelf: https://www.instagram.com/hanansbookshelfReaders, 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.

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    Ep 232: Really good fiction is about EVERYTHING

    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/232Readers, 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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    Ep 231: Lush literary novels with page-turning appeal

    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/231You can read more about Katy’s book Three Ways to Disappear at KatyYocom.com and follow her on Instagram @katyyocom1Readers, 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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    Ep 230: Don't overthink your reading life

    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/230Visit 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.

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    Ep 229: Works of literary fabulousness

    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/229You can hear more from Mandy on her blog: thisbrightlife.home.blogBonus 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!

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

    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/228Readers, 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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    Ep 227: Putting your money where your literary values are

    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/227You can keep up with what Sterling reads next on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ster724Readers 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 It–which is out now!

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

    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/226You 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 It–which is out now!

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    Ep 225: What your neighborhood should read next

    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/225You 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 It–which is out March 3rd!

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    Ep 224: Confronting the Bookshelf of Shame

    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/224Connect 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.

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    Ep 223: Five stars for negative book reviews

    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/223Connect with Florence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shouldireadit

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    Ep 222: Ordinary lives make extraordinary books

    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/222Connect with Shannan on Instagram.Connect with Erin on Instagram.Learn more about The Snail on the Wall: website | InstagramLearn more about Rocket City Mom: website | FacebookOur 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.

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    Ep 221: Swipe right for book love

    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/221Give 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.

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    Ep 220: The books that keep pulling me back

    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/220Give 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.

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    Ep 219: Required reading revisited

    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/219Hear 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.

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    Ep 218: A WSIRN Marriage Story

    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/218Give 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.

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    Ep 217: Making up for lost time in your reading life

    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/217You 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. Thanks to today's sponsors:Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish or become in 2020 The Great Courses Plus has you covered. This online learning service offers thousands of lectures that can help you professionally or personally. WSIRN listeners can get 3 months of unlimited access for just $30 at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Rothy’s creates stylish, comfortable, and washable shoes for women and girls. Rothy’s are seamlessly knit using thread made from plastic water bottles, so they're sustainable and there's zero break-in period in these shoes! Rothy’s always come with free shipping and free returns and exchanges–no risk, no worries. Visit Rothys.com/READNEXT to give them a try!

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    Ep 216: A sneak peek at Don't Overthink It

    The new year is here and that means another milestone is just around the corner. Anne's newest book Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy Into Your Life comes out on March 3rd. In celebration and anticipation on today's episode Anne is sharing chapter 13 Small Shifts Toward Simple Abundance.Anne chose this chapter because there's a funny story in here that inspired the beautiful cover design AND because while most people are familiar with the negative aspects of overthinking—worry, rumination, second-guessing–in the book she also wanted to talk about setting overthinking aside in order to bring more peace, joy, and love into our lives. Overthinkers too often think themselves out of life’s simple pleasures, but she wanted to examine how to smartly think our way into them. This chapter is a joy and we can't wait to share it with you.Preorder bonuses:Companion Don’t Overthink It course we created to complement the book. Full of great strategies and stories you can put to work in your own life right away. The book may not come out till March, but preorderers will get this course as soon as mid-January. Free audiobook version of Don’t Overthink It.Free ebook edition of my book I’d Rather Be Reading. An invitation to join my launch team, which is gonna be a blast, AND participants get to read Don’t Overthink It early. Pre-order your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. Or for a signed copy order from my local store, Carmichael's, and to get the book and a box full of beautiful goodies check out the Page 1 Don't Overthink It bundle.And when you preorder, save your receipt! You’ll need it to claim your bonuses. After you preorder, go to overthinkbook.com to enter your information and claim your bonuses.

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    Ep 215: Finding the right way to track YOUR reading

    Today we’re revisiting a topic near and dear to our hearts here at WSIRN HQ, and a PERFECT conversation for this time of the year, when the best-of lists start rolling out and everyone is gearing up for a new calendar year of reading. Anne chatted with 14 different readers about how they track their books, and we hope their perspectives will give you some new ideas to start your 2020 reading year strong! Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and photos of some tracking methods mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/215Sign up for the Reading Challenge at ModernMrsDarcy.com/CHALLENGE and get your own MMD Reading Journal!Thanks to our sponsors:ThirdLove makes great fitting bras that real women love—because a good-fitting bra makes everything you put on your body look better. WSIRN listeners can head over to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT for 15% off!Ritual’s Essentials have the nutrients most of us don’t get enough of from food—all in their clean, absorbable forms. WSIRN listeners can visit Ritual.com/READNEXT for 10% off during your first three months!

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    Ep 214: Deconstructing your best reading year yet

    Today you get to hear from a guest who is very near and dear to the show, Anne's husband Will.Will has been involved with What Should I Read Next since BEFORE the beginning of the show. First he was the sounding board, then he was the trial guest, then he dropped into your feed for the first time in episode 61—and if you haven’t listened to that yet, start downloading it while you listen to this.But none of that is why we had him back on the show. Will engineered his best reading year to date and when Anne mentioned this people began begging her to bring him back on the show.This is such a fun conversation—Anne and Will talk about finding your own “reading lane,” reading journals and revisiting star ratings, and the very specific type of book Will can’t help picking up but is often disappointed in.I mention rethinking star ratings in this episode. Since we recorded, I shared my updated thoughts here: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/star-ratings/Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/214Give 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. The next livestream happens early January so become a supporter today.

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    Ep 213: Art, fear, and discovering great books

    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/213Give 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.

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

    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/212Give 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.

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