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June 4, 2019
Ep 187: Traveling the world without leaving your hometown
Hannah Christmas is a stay at home mom whose reading life changed forever when she had a baby. Not only how much she read, or when she read, but the big-picture long-term-plan way she wanted to share her love of reading with the world. Today Anne and Hannah chat about the treatment for a serious overdose of books set in New York City, fresh blood in the bookselling world, literary handcrafts, and much much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/187 You can check out Hannah’s literary embroidery at etsy.com/shop/EmbroiderhouseFive. Thanks to today's sponsors: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. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial!Openfit is a brand new, super simple streaming service that allows you to work-out from the comfort of your living room in as little as 10 minutes a day. WSIRN listeners get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to Openfit, when you text READ to 303030Ritual’s Essentials have the nutrients most of us don’t get enough of —all in their clean, absorbable forms. Start your ritual today and get 10% off during your first three months.
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54 min
May 28, 2019
Ep 186: Finding the book that feels like it was written just for you
Lamar Giles joins Anne to chat about his two great literary loves: children’s books, and... horror novelist Stephen King? If you don’t think those things go together, Lamar is prepared to talk you into changing your mind, and maybe about more than just that. Get ready for a great chat about transcending stereotypes, how books can build up the self-worth of young readers, great novels where the setting becomes a character in its own right, and so so much more.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/186 You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles. Thanks to today's sponsors:Unlock a world of knowledge with The Great Courses Plus. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get a FREE trial of unlimited access to their entire library. Sign up at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is a cleaner alternative to traditional deodorants. Go to KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT to save $5 off your first deodorant order when you subscribe!Get your job in front of the most relevant, qualified candidates with LinkedIn Jobs. Post a job today at LinkedIn.com/READNEXT and get $50 off your first job post!
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50 min
May 21, 2019
Ep 185: What should you read this summer?
Most weeks on What Should I Read Next, I’ll do a little literary matchmaking with one guest… but this week, I’m joined by the show's producer, Brenna Frederick, to hook SEVERAL What Should I Read Next listeners up with their perfect Summer read. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/185 Find your next great Summer read in the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2019/ Thanks to today's sponsors:Away's approach is simple: they create special objects that are designed to be resilient, resourceful, and essential to the way you travel today. WSIRN listeners can receive $20 off a suitcase at awaytravel.com/READNEXT20 by using promo code READNEXT20 during checkout!
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49 min
May 20, 2019
Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long
What Should I Read Next listeners, today we're introducing you to a new podcast called Life is Short with Justin Long. Actor Justin Long (Ed, Dodgeball, The Breakup, He's Just Not That Into You) sits down with some of today’s most interesting personalities, like Olivia Wilde, Dax Shepard, and Neil Patrick Harris. From entertainment and pop culture to national news, Justin Long covers it all with thoughtful questions, and witty commentary. Subscribe now wherever you listen to podcasts and find out more at https://wondery.com/shows/justin-long/
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8 min
May 14, 2019
Ep 184: You’ll never conquer your TBR—and that’s a good thing
Today’s guest is Will Schwalbe, devoted reader and host of the But That's Another Story podcast. Will believes if we all asked the question “what are you reading” more often, it could change the world, and has a few absolutely delightful literary superstitions... Anne and Will chatting all about the downside of conquering your TBR, misremembering poetry, bookstore serendipity, and Will’s attempt to convince ANNE to read a super ambitious classic she just haven’t had the nerve to pick up yet.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/184 Check out But That's Another Story on the podcast platform of your choice! Connect with Will on his website: http://willschwalbe.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillSch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.schwalbe
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45 min
May 7, 2019
Ep 183: Baking, books, and other everyday magic
Anne and guest Karuna Riazi chat about magical realism, reading at weddings, middle grade literature, and perfectionist-proof book journaling.
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55 min
April 30, 2019
Ep 182: Matching the right (audio)book to the right listener
Anne and guest Michele chat about the delightful experience of "reading with your ears", and recommend audiobooks to WSIRN listeners.
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50 min
April 23, 2019
Ep 181: Taking your reading life from good to great
Today’s guest Holli Petersen has created a very special family book club that might inspire you to pick up the phone and call a bookish loved one as soon as the episode is over. She also totally hated one of Anne's favorite titles for the first 100 pages, before a turn of events melted her heart… Anne has mentioned this title DOZENS of times on the show, any guesses what that title might be? What we love most about WSIRN is putting the right book in the hands of the right reader, so Anne wants to recommend some of the best Summer releases especially to YOU! Head over to our Patreon posts page to find out how to be part of our upcoming Summer Reading episode. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/181 Thanks to today's sponsor:For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/READNEXT and use promo code READNEXT during checkout!
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55 min
April 16, 2019
Ep 180: Rearranging your life to read 600 books a year
Today’s guest is reading speed-demon Liberty Hardy, professional book nerd and host of Book Riot’s All the Books podcast. Together, Liberty and Anne are going deep into a book labyrinth, discussing truly committed bookworm questions like “how do you avoid back strain while reading for hours on end?”, “how do I smuggle 1000 books out of my house safely?” and “what does Kate Atkinson’s grocery list look like?” They're also playing a Tom Stoppard-inspired literary game that miiiight destroy your TBR. Check out Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book. New episodes drop on Fridays! If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive weekly bonus episodes. To sign up for bonus episodes, and all sorts of other WSIRN behind-the-scenes goodness visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/180 You can check out Liberty's writing at Book Riot, follow her super-bookish and super-kitten-filled Instagram @FranzenComesAlive, and see what books she's talking about on Twitter @MissLiberty. Watch the clip from Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead that inspired our game. Thanks to today's sponsor: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. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXT.
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56 min
April 9, 2019
Ep 179: Life is short & my TBR is way too long
Anne helps an introverted reader find a sensical through-line in her eclectic reading habits.
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44 min
April 2, 2019
One Great Book Trailer
We have a new podcast! WSIRN is about helping readers find their next read. In each episode, the recommendations are geared toward a particular reader’s style, and Anne always looks for titles they haven’t read before. Our new podcast is a short format show called One Great Book. In every episode, Anne pulls one standout selection off her personal bookshelves and tell you all about it. She's highlighting books she 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 (commonly known as a season, on podcasts that are not of the bookish variety), and the first two books are available now in your favorite podcast player. New episodes drop on Fridays starting this week.
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2 min
April 2, 2019
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!
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57 min
March 26, 2019
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.
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46 min
March 19, 2019
Ep 176: Books in the freezer, & other horror stories
Anne goes out of her comfort zone, recommending creepy comfort reads to horror lover Mallory O'Meara.
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51 min
March 12, 2019
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.
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44 min
March 5, 2019
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.
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37 min
February 26, 2019
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
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47 min
February 19, 2019
Ep 172: How many re-reads is too many re-reads?
Sean Larkin is a self-proclaimed “slow reader”, stay-at-home-parent, and freelance photographer. If you don’t relate to 100-book reading goals or refreshing your feed for the latest book news, Sean is the kindred reading spirit you’ve been waiting to hear from! Anne chats with Sean about the book that made him nostalgic for a time period before he was born, calculating price-per-page at the library book sale, the longstanding bookish obsession he’s passing on to his wife and kids, and much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/172 You can check out Sean's photography work on Instagram and his website.  Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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44 min
February 12, 2019
Ep 171: A podcaster, a barrister, and a joiner walk into a bookstore
Scottish bookseller Ruth Anderson takes Anne behind the scenes - in person - of her newly opened used bookshop, and describes life in Scotland's National Book Town.
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39 min
February 5, 2019
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.
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46 min
January 29, 2019
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.
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52 min
January 22, 2019
Ep 168: A century of good books (in a single year)
Anne recommends books to a reader who is challenging herself to read 1 book from each of the past 100 years in 2019.
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47 min
January 15, 2019
Ep 167: Reading is supposed to be FUN
A mom shares how reading has helped her child feel safer in the world, and asks Anne to match her with whimsical fiction to pry her out of a nonfiction rut.
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41 min
January 8, 2019
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.
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44 min
January 1, 2019
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.
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54 min
December 18, 2018
Ep 164: The couple that reads together ... needs to find books they'll both LOVE
A history buff husband and English teacher wife ask Anne to connect the dots between their disparate reading tastes.
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43 min
December 11, 2018
Ep 163: Wonderful, wonder-filled reading in the great outdoors
Anne recommends books to a nature lover who takes her reading on the trail.
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31 min
December 4, 2018
Ep 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read
Today’s guest Traci Thomas has had a hard time finding her niche in the online bookish community, because, as she puts it, she “reads like a dad”. But I have a hunch lots of listeners will relate to her obsession with true crime and the literary search for truth. We’re chatting about books that strengthen your sense of belonging, Traci’s reluctance to read fiction, and the best bad ending she has EVER read. If you recognize her voice, there’s a reason for that… she hosts snappy podcast book club The Stacks, a show focused on giving you real life conversations about all things book.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what YOU think Traci should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/162 To check out Traci's show The Stacks: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-stacks/id1362164483?mt=2 Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestackspod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestackspod_ Connect with Traci: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitracial/ Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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52 min
November 27, 2018
Ep 161: Books on the Nightstand and on your wishlist
Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand joins Anne to recommend literary gifts for listener's loved ones.
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68 min
November 20, 2018
Ep 160: Books that capture the magic of everyday life
Anne recommends quirky, serendipitous reads to author John Cohen, and digs into his past as a nurse and screenwriter.
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37 min
November 13, 2018
Ep 159 : How to cope with the longest book hangover ever
Jane Austen superfan Shawntaye talks literary dinner parties, her 10 years of book journaling, and Anne recommends a book you've definitely never heard of.
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45 min
November 6, 2018
Ep 158: The life-changing magic of clearing your unread shelf
If you have a gigantic pile of books that you own but haven’t yet read looming somewhere in your house, today's guest Whitney Conard totally gets you. Anne is chatting with Whitney about the Instagram endeavor #TheUnreadShelfProject, saying goodbye to reading shame, the right and not-quite-right times to read (for instance, in math class) and then, at Whitney’s invitation, Anne takes a hard look at Whitney’s unread shelf to help her decide what she should read next. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Whitney should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/158 Connect with Whitney on Instagram at her handle @theunreadshelf and her hashtag #TheUnreadShelfProject2018. Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Thanks to today's sponsors: • WSIRN listeners can get a free trial membership with Beachbody, including their new 14-day results plan. You get full access to this entire platform – all the workouts, the nutrition information, the results plan. Just text READ to 303030. • Whether you need a strapless bra, the plunge cut, or want to try out their new cotton t-shirt bra, you can try any ThirdLove style and feel 100% confident you’ll love it. Go to THIRDLOVE.com/readnext now to get 15% off your first purchase!
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54 min
October 30, 2018
Ep 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read
Today Anne chats with a reader who turned her family’s difficult story into a book that has brought joy and hope to countless readers. Georgia Hunter got curious about her family history, and a few questions put to the right relatives uncovered something she didn’t expect—a sweeping multi-generational drama just begging to be written down. So, she did. That story became We Were the Lucky Ones, a historical fiction novel Anne discussed with Clara Breitenmoser in Ep 131, and at WSIRN Live! from The Novel Neighbor in Ep 76. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Georgia should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/157 Connect with Georgia:  Website: http://www.georgiahunterauthor.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/georgiahunter Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/georgiahunter Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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49 min
October 23, 2018
Ep 156: Expert tips for a pretty, peaceful, practical bookshelf
Clear your calendars -- today’s episode might inspire you to rethink and rearrange your whole home library. Myquillyn Smith, author of home decor books Cozy Minimalist Home and The Nesting Place, joins Anne to chat about the revelation of ribbon on a bookshelf, spunky iconoclastic women in fiction, why she doesn’t have a library card, and books that give you a kick in the pants... what she does to dust jackets might horrify you, but you’ll be laughing all the way. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Myquillyn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/156 Visit Myquillyn at TheNester.com, and follow her on Instagram @thenester. • The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful (Amazon | Barnes & Noble) Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
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42 min
October 16, 2018
Ep 155: When stolen audible credits spur a beautiful bookish relationship
Today’s guests ask Anne to bridge the divide between an imaginative-fiction lover and a scientific-NONfiction lover. Ashley and Brent are a father-daughter reading duo who share an Audible account and a love for an untold story. Anne, Ashley, and Brent cover everything from Ashley’s mega-popular most HATED book, how they survive differing tastes to make reading a family affair, and the story of who stole whose Audible credits... Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Ashley and Brent should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/155 Follow Ashley's reading life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigworld_books Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
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39 min
October 9, 2018
Ep 154: Books so inspiring you might be afraid to read them
Today, guest RuthAnn Deveney lead Anne into the world of special-interest reading, discussing how her passion for victim advocacy brought powerful literature into her life that she wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. They also chat about sensitive-reader self-care how books are like spicy food, books that would be much better as the 10 minute TED Talks that inspired them… and so much more. Be aware that today’s episode contains some conversation about human trafficking and physical abuse. If you know these topics are triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think RuthAnn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/154 Check out RuthAnn's Dressember page or go a step further and join her team!  If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest You can join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
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54 min
October 2, 2018
Ep 153: Revolutionizing your reading life, 10 minutes at a time
Kari Sweeney is a working mom of four who has developed a VERY unique system to keep her reading life running like clockwork. Kari and Anne chat about wishy washy star ratings, the right season for the right book, reading at the grocery store... and Kari is sharing her secret to getting the hottest new books the week they release -- for FREE. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Kari should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/153 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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40 min
September 25, 2018
Ep 152: Under-appreciated books that may be perfect for your TBR
Get ready for a serious TBR-filler. Today’s guest Elham Ali flips the script to recommend Canadian literature to Anne… but turnabout is fair play, and Anne won't let her leave without some of HER favorite CanLit recommendations. It's a bookish road trip around the Great White North, full of juicy book-marketing gossip, literary sin revelry, and much much more. Stick around until AFTER the credits to hear one last clip about Elham meeting an unexpected reading hero on the bus. It’s so good, you do NOT want to miss it. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Elham should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/152 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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51 min
September 18, 2018
Ep 151: Knockout books for a recovering completionist
Today's guest populates the “candy aisle” of the bookstore. Maria Ribas is a literary agent who specializes in gorgeous full-color cookbooks and snappy self-help! So yes, she totally has it covered in the nonfiction department, but her fiction game could use a little freshening… and that’s where Anne comes in. Whether you like exploring the stories behind a great recipe, letting a lush historical novel sweep you away, or pumping yourself up with a snarky self-help book, today’s episode will nourish your readerly soul. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Maria should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/151 Connect with Maria: Blog: http://cooksplusbooks.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/maria_ribas Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariaribas00 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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57 min
September 11, 2018
Ep 150: I have a confession... I'm not a reader
Until recently, reading was a means to an end in language arts teacher Julie Mushkin's life - and the type of book that totally turned things around for her may surprise you. Today, Anne and Julie are recommending books perfectly suited for both teens AND adults, chatting about serious book projects, what to do when you have no reading stamina, and infiltrating the not-so-secret world of teens... Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Julie should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/150 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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45 min
September 4, 2018
Ep 149: Ask Anne Anything
WSIRN’s producer Brenna Frederick is in the virtual studio today, and she’s bringing an armload of YOUR questions to the table, gathered from email, instagram, and the comment section. What did Anne do with her life before she became a blogger and podcaster? What movie is TOTALLY better than the book it’s based on? How do guests get themselves on the show? Are audiobooks really considered “reading”? They're answering all these questions and more, plus dropping a bunch of book recommendations straight from their bookish heart to yours. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU'RE thinking about reading next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/149 Drop our producer a friendly note at brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com If you'd like to be on the show, you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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46 min
August 28, 2018
Ep 148: Rebuilding your life (and your library)
We’ve talked more than once on WSIRN about how the power of reading aloud forges family bonds… and today’s guest, Laura Summerhill, puts that thought into action in a brilliant and life-affirming way. But she’s also been out of the pleasure reading game for a long, long time while working on her PhD, and today Anne attempts to reconnect her with what everyone’s been talking about in the book world while she’s been gone. Anne is going on book tour! Find out if she's coming to your area: http://annebogel.com/events Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Laura should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/148 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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45 min
August 21, 2018
Ep 147: Ruining your childhood one book at a time
Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast Snark Squad, where they rehash books, tv, and movies with a sharp eye and a lot of laughs. True to character, Marines and Nicole brought the giggles to WSIRN -- they're about how the internet has changed reading forever, destroying their childhood favorites, controversial star rating opinions, books that really sucker punch you in the feels, and more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Marines and Nicole should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/147 Make sure to give Snark Squad Pod a listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/snark-squad-pod/id1331049036?mt=2 And snoop around the Snark Squad blog archives: https://www.snarksquad.com/ Connect with Marines:  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mynameismarines  Twitter: @mynameismarines Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7013001-mari Connect with Nicole:  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SweeneySays Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sweeneysays If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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49 min
August 14, 2018
Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card
Today, Anne has an incredible conversation with Chatti Phal-Brown about how war, family, trauma, joy, and hope for the future have shaped her reading life. Chatti requests recommendations from a genre almost NEVER discussed on the show, and her least favorite book might surprise you... CONTENT WARNING: Today’s episode gets emotional at times, and Chatti speaks candidly about topics like genocide, sexual assault, and racism. If those topics might be triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Chatti should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/146 You can hear more from Chatti on her blog ChattiTheBrave.com, follow her on Instagram @chattithebrave, and browse her GORGEOUS handcrafted body products on Instagram @remyandrose. If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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56 min
August 10, 2018
Ep 145: Confess Your Literary Sins
Today we have a special bonus episode for you! Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life comes out in a little less than a month. Today she's reading you the first chapter. And YOU get to play along in a fun, social, and bibliotherapeutic way. The first essay is titled Confess Your Literary Sins, and in it, Anne shares how (and why) readers somehow feel compelled to reveal all the guilty secrets of their reading lives—to her. But she's learned over the years that it feels so much better—and is so much more fun—to get these secrets out into the open. So listen to the short episode, download the intro and first chapter, and get ready to spill YOUR bookish secrets with the hashtag #confessyourliterary sins. Click here to visit Anne's blog for more info (and to see her favorite illustration from her new book). And psst—that preorder deadline is August 14: don't miss it! Get the lowdown right here. Happy listening, and happy reading!
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15 min
August 7, 2018
Ep 144: Wanna read more? Quit your job.
Today, Anne tackles guest Travis Meserve's bookstore anxiety - where should you look in the store to find your next read? How do you get past the nerves and talk to your friendly local bookseller? And is there a secret key to understanding the bestsellers table up front? Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Travis should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/144 You can read more about Travis' reading life and world travels on his blog, MeserveReserve.com. If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
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52 min
July 31, 2018
Ep 143: The quest for the perfect coffeeshop read
If both Netflix and the bookshelf hold equal value in your heart, you’ll totally relate to today’s guest. Patience Randle loves a book with cinematic appeal, especially if it comes with a comfy chair and a great cup of coffee. Today, Patience and Anne chat about books that would make great screenplays, Patience's favorite places to enjoy a good book and a brew, future novel-writing dreams, what would happen if the apocalypse came to their hometowns, and so much more! Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Patience should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/143 Check out Patience's blog, and make sure to follow her gorgeous bookish Instagram @inkandfable! Blog: http://www.patiencerandle.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inkandfable
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44 min
July 24, 2018
Ep 142: The moment you became a reader
In episode 138, we met NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank, who filled WILDLY different roles despite working within the same library system. Today, Anne explores a smaller-town librarian experience through the eyes of Sarah Peden, a children’s librarian from Humboldt, Tennessee. Sarah is full of stories about the long road to librarianship, strange patron requests, small town scandals that echo for decades, and so much more delicious library gossip. And if you’ve ever wondered who wins in battle Wikipedia vs the Librarian… she’s weighing in with her opinions. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment with a story about YOUR library experiences when you were a child: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/142 You can follow Sarah on Instagram, @sarahthelibrarygirl.
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33 min
July 17, 2018
Ep 141: The Enneagram of your favorite book
Anne chats with Ian Morgan Cron, noted Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, author of The Road Back to You and host of the Typology podcast, about how their favorite literary characters (and maybe a few movie characters) fit into the framework of the super-hot-right-now Enneagram personality system. From Hermione Granger to Jay Gatsby to Marianne Dashwood to Samwise Gamgee... today we cover a LOT of literary ground.  If you don’t know anything about the Enneagram personality framework, don’t worry! This episode is totally newbie-friendly. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, a friendly comment section, and helpful Enneagram resources: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/141 Ian's website: http://www.iancron.com Subscribe to Ian's show Typology.
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50 min
July 10, 2018
Ep 140: What IS literary fiction, anyway?
Today’s guest Cindy Wang-Brandt has gone through a lot of shifts in her life - spiritual, political, familial… which around here, begs a question: what do those shifts do to a person’s reading life? Join Anne and Cindy in an examination of how identities are reflected in what books we choose, the lenses we bring to what we read, what “counts” as literary fiction, stories that help us understand the chaotic world around us, and so much more. Click over to the podcast website to tell Cindy what YOU think she should read next, or tell us about your own reading life shifts: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/140 Subscribe to Cindy's podcast Parenting Forward: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parenting-forward-stories-strategies-solutions-for/id1403686245?mt=2 Connect with Cindy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cindy_w_brandt Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext
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50 min
July 3, 2018
Ep 139: Snooping other people’s bookshelves + the patron saint of WSIRN
Anne chats with Eric Zimmer, host of The One You Feed podcast, which features interviews with thoughtful people who have big ideas about making a “conscious, creative effort toward a life worth living.” Anne and Eric talk about his favorite comic strip character, embarrassing library visits, books for the meditative reader, the patron saint of WSIRN, noir detective novels, and much much more. Click over to the podcast website to tell Eric what YOU think he should read next, or tell us about your own favorite comic strip character: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/139 Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Connect with Eric at www.oneyoufeed.net.
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49 min
June 26, 2018
Ep 138: The Librarians Are In!
Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius work in unique roles at the New York Public Library system, and together host the wonderful podcast The Librarian Is In. Today Anne, Gwen, and Frank have a heart-to-heart chat about the ways librarians' roles have shifted over the past decade, how libraries adapt to meet their patrons needs, and opportunities for you to give back to your library in valuable ways. Click over to the podcast website to leave a comment about your favorite library tips, tricks, and memories: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/138 Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Want more Gwen and Frank? Listen to The Librarian Is In wherever you get your podcasts! You can also follow Frank's branch on Instagram @jefferson_market_library, or follow NYPL on Twitter @NYPLrecommends.  Thanks to today's sponsors: • Forever35 is a podcast about taking care of yourself — without taking yourself too seriously. Listen to Forever35 on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
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53 min
June 19, 2018
Ep 137: Bibliotherapy for the toughest times
Leigh Kramer is a former medical social worker, and the author of a brand new novel about life, love, and loss called A Storied Life. Today Anne digs deep with former social worker and current author Leigh Kramer to discuss a tough, nuanced topic: grief. From instructive texts, to descriptive fiction, to tales-of-caution, the bookshelf has a lot to say about this universal human emotion. This is a great conversation, but you should know that some of the books we discuss grapple with things like cancer, death, miscarriage, and other trauma. If these topics are triggering for you, or if you are currently recovering from a loss, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply putting this episode aside for a later time. Connect with Leigh: Book | Blog | Instagram 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/137
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41 min
June 12, 2018
Ep 136: One Great Book
Readers, welcome to our first impromptu and improvised episode of What Should I Read Next! Today Anne tells you a little about our new class, Get More Out of Your Library. Click here for more details, and click here to learn more about the MMD Book Club and sign up before the Wednesday class. In this episode, Anne also tells you a small-world bookish story, and shares One Great Book for your TBR. We hope you enjoy today's episode! We'll be back next week with a new Tuesday episode. ____________________________________________________________ Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Sign up for the free WSIRN newsletter at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter
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13 min
June 5, 2018
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
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48 min
May 29, 2018
Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge
Ben Huntington is a young audiobook fanatic who chews through stories at an exhilarating rate - we’re talking reading the Hobbit in one week! Today, Anne recommends a ton of great audiobook series to keep his reading list full all summer. This is an episode the whole family can enjoy, full of books perfect for road trip entertainment! And stay tuned till the end for follow up commentary from Ben and his mom, including funny jokes and helpful resources for topics discussed today. 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 Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Ben know what YOU think he should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/134
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29 min
May 22, 2018
Ep 133: Authors who get where you're coming from
Guest Sachi Argabright discovered a rich vein of books by Asian American authors who inspire her, and it’s given her reading life wings. In today's episode, Anne tops up her list with unique and soon-to-be-released titles so she can stay in that happy place for a long time to come.  They also discuss travel, reading goals, book organization (see her gorgeous "favorites bookshelf" on the shownotes page of our site), and much much more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/133 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
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55 min
May 15, 2018
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/
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50 min
May 8, 2018
Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen
Jane Austen devotees will get a big kick out of today’s guest - Clara Breitenmoser is originally from New Zealand, currently lives in England, and now spends her days smack in the middle of a favorite literary landmark. Anne and Clara talk about heritage preservation, tracking reading with the help of our friends, excellent foodie memoirs, and also dive into Clara’s tough special request: She wants to read more books about characters in their 20s, without romance as the central theme. Take the WSIRN listener survey: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/survey And let us know what YOU'RE reading this Summer, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talk Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/131 Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Check out Clara's travel blog here: cafesandcultureblog.wordpress.com
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48 min
May 1, 2018
Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers
Pop quiz - what is true of only 14 of the 110 Nobels awarded for Literature since the category's founding in 1901? Answer: only 14 women have received the honor. Today’s guests Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett are intent on giving brilliant female authors their due. Every month, their podcast Reading Women shines a spotlight on a different genre or type of author - some favorite past themes include Women in Translation, Southern Literature, and Women of Color. So what better way to celebrate female authors on What Should I Read Next than a little roundtable literary matchmaking? Autumn, Kendra, and Anne chat about reading women as little girls, their favorite recent books by female authors, and introduce each other to hidden gems. Ready your TBR list! Take the WSIRN listener survey: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/survey And let us know what YOU'RE reading this Summer, for a chance to be featured in an upcoming episode: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talk Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/130 Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Tune in to Reading Women podcast: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com
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42 min
April 24, 2018
Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)
Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta's Moore's creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching up with Osheta to find out about the podcast that was just a baby project when they first chatted, the perfect library haul formula, how a reading life can change in 2 years, and how Osheta's one especially important bookshelf has grown over time.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/129/ Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Check out Osheta Moore's podcast, Shalom Sessions: http://shalominthecity.com/shalom-sessions Thanks to today's sponsors ThirdLove: Go to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase!
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49 min
April 17, 2018
Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot
If the word “biography” doesn’t fill you with excitement, maybe today’s guest Tracie Haddock’s enthusiasm can convince you to give them another shot. She even calls one famous biographer her “adopted grandfather”—although what she’s REALLY looking for are great biographies about amazing women, because she just hasn’t found enough out there. In this episode, Anne and Tracie discuss books about extraordinary people living during fascinating times, whether or not to be stingy with star ratings, unreliable NON-fiction authors, books so engrossing they’ve made Tracie’s family fend for themselves at dinnertime, and much much more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/128-episode/ Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext
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42 min
April 10, 2018
Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)
Everything’s upside down this week - WSIRN guest Jordan Bradley needs help QUITTING books! Years of higher education taught him to just push through a bad reading experience - but now it’s time to recalibrate. In today’s episode, Anne and Jordan talk futuristic fiction, vast histories, far-flung expeditions, and together chart a course toward Jordan's happier reading ever-after. Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know: Sign up at http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter 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 Jordan should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Jordan on Instagram, take a peek at Jordan and Raeleen's farm on Instagram, and check out their business WallQuotes.com.
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42 min
April 3, 2018
Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart
Today's guest is Roxanne Coady, proprietor of RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, Connecticut and host of the Just The Right book podcast. Years ago, Roxanne did what many of WSIRN listeners have dreamed of doing - she left her old career behind, and started a bookstore. Join Anne as she investigates how Roxanne found a calling that appealed to her heart rather than her head, emotionally resonant narratives, nonfiction that holds your hand through tough times, PLUS - you'll learn about the origin of book subscription boxes which trust us, you want to hear about. Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know: Sign up at http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter 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 Roxanne should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Roxanne: Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Make sure to check out RJ Julia's Just The Right Book subscription service.  Thanks to today's sponsor: Sun Basket delivers delicious meal kits right to your door, making healthy cooking easy and convenient for a busy household. Go to SunBasket.com/READNEXTtoday to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
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40 min
March 27, 2018
Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict
Do you ever feel a little out of place in the world of online readers? Perhaps you're more of a dabbler? You might relate to today's guest!  Dana Hartness is fascinated by “reading culture” but feels like she doesn’t belong because her interests are so far-flung, and most of the time she’d rather just curl up with Netflix. Today, Anne tries to connect the dots between Dana's WILDLY different favorites, and recommend 3 books that will give Netflix a run for its money.  In this episode, Dana mentions LOVING Anne's daily Kindle Deal emails. You can sign up to get daily deals in your inbox here.  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 Dana should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Dana and check out her adorable jewelry shop: Instagram | Shop
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33 min
March 20, 2018
Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own
Today’s episode is a FESTIVAL of book recommendations for all ages. You might recognize children’s lit enthusiast extraordinaire Sarah Mackenzie from Episode 49 during our Reading for a Lifetime series, when she came on the show to help Anne recommend books to some truly adorable bookish kids. Today, they’re doing more of the same, but Anne also gets to recommend 3 books that Sarah can incorporate into her ADULT reading life when she’s not running Read Aloud Revival or sharing books with her kids. Do having a reading perspective you've never heard featured on WSIRN? Visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest to apply to for the show! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rissie should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Sarah: Check out Read Aloud Revival: Website | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
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59 min
March 13, 2018
Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)
Today’s guest is a reader who loves to laugh. Rissie Lundberg wrote in to the show to tell us she’s been a listener from the very beginning, but has NEVER heard her favorite titles discussed on the air. We knew we had to have her on the show to remedy that situation as soon as possible. Rissie is a high school math teacher with a bookish bent - she even assigns English literature as math homework! Today, Anne investigates what titles Rissie discusses with her math students, and they chat about books that WON’T make you cry, books rooted in vocation, knockout audiobooks, and much more. Do having a reading perspective you've never heard featured on WSIRN? Visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest to apply to for the show! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Rissie should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Rissie: Instagram
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39 min
March 6, 2018
Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library
You might recognize today’s guest if you’re a reality tv buff - Scott Flanary WON season 29 of The Amazing Race! But he also happens to be a huge book nerd, and that’s what we get to talk about today. Scott says his home-base genre used to be chick lit, but after recently discovering a new favorite niche genre, he's ready to travel even further in his bookish journey. Today I get to chat with Scott about how book clubs can help you connect deeply with your community, book-to-stage adaptations, childhood favorite heroines, and YES I ask some of the questions you reality tv fans have been dying to hear answers to, like… how does an introvert find time to recharge during a hectic filming schedule? 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 Scott should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Scott: Twitter | Instagram
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59 min
February 27, 2018
Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book
Today’s guests take getting lost in a good book to a TOTALLY different level. Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg host By The Book podcast, a bookish comedy show where they live by the rules of different self-help bestseller, for two weeks at a time. Kristen and Jolenta have lived to the letter of books like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Secret, The Miracle Morning, and more. Anne's high-stakes job this week is recommending 3 titles for them to live through NEXT. (No pressure.) Today’s episode includes a very brief discussion of disordered eating. If this is a topic you need to skip for your safety, the discussion starts when the book French Women Don’t Get Fat is mentioned around halfway through the show. Fast-forward three minutes to miss it. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Liz should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Check out By The Book podcast: Website | Apple Podcasts | Twitter Connect with Kristen and Jolenta on Twitter.
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52 min
February 20, 2018
Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things
Today's guest Elizabeth Smith is an English Major lives a life that will inspire envy in a a lot of WSIRN listeners. She and her family homeschool, run a theatre company, tend a hobby farm, and herd sheep. No more juicy details here though - it’s better when Liz tells it. Anne and Liz also chat about the BEST way to experience Shakespeare, books for people who thrive on melancholy, and how to get more out of your local independent bookstores. 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 Liz should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Elizabeth: Blog | Instagram | Theatre Website | Theatre Facebook
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50 min
February 13, 2018
Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough
Today's guest Carly Friedman is a working mom, an advisor at her local university, and has a totally unique goal for her 2018 reading life. We'll give you one hint: backlist. Today Anne and Carly chat about nonfiction titles for people who love to learn, Carly's budding romance with audiobooks, novels with a strong sense of place and time, what moves a book from your bookshelf to your bedside table, and so much 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 Carly should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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54 min
February 6, 2018
Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family
Anne and today's guest Dena Abramson Babb have a lot in common. Both were the girl in class who loved to choose the heftiest books possible from school reading lists, and now as adults they've infused their family cultures with reading. There's a little something special about today's episode, too - you'll get to snoop behind the scenes of the launch of Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, because Dena played a special part in the process.  Discussed in today's episode: nonfiction that transports who into a whole new world, making reading accessible for a dyslexic child, books for self-aware readers, the rhythms of a reading family, and 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 Dena should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Dena: Website | Facebook
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59 min
January 30, 2018
Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly
Today’s guest Rachael Robinson lives in Southern California, but Anne met her for the very first time in her own kitchen. (They'll get to that in the episode). Rachael describes herself as an “extreme” book lover who discovered her reading obsession when her son was born and Netflix just wasn’t cutting it for entertainment. Today Anne and Rachael chat about Rachael's best reading year ever, #BookClubProblems, last-minute cross-country bookish adventures, and so much more. But make sure to stick around for the end of the show, because as a special treat, Anne got the chance to have a second conversation Rachael and see what she ACTUALLY thought of one of the books Anne recommended to her. 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 Rachael should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Rachael: Blog | Instagram | Goodreads
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40 min
January 23, 2018
Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds
Readers, if you're intrigued by the behind-the-scenes of the publishing industry, this one's for you. In today's new episode I chat with John August, a screenwriter, devoted reader, and author of a brand-new (or soon-to-be) middle grade novel. As of this morning, John also has a brand new podcast out in the world: it’s called LAUNCH, and as someone who loves all the details about how books are born, I can’t wait to listen. This six-episode podcast tracks the launch of John’s novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, John covers it all, from conceiving the idea to landing an agent to the editorial process to printing and pub date to book tour and beyond. We chat a little about the process today, as well as the difference between writing movies and writing books, stories that bridge two worlds, and John's unusual method of working, which is unlike any method I've previously heard of.  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 John should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with John: Website | Twitter | Instagram | LAUNCH podcast | Scriptnotes podcast
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52 min
January 16, 2018
Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections
Time FLIES when you're reading a good book... and, turns out, when you're podcasting.  Today marks WSIRN's second anniversary! We thought it would be fun to rewind allllll the way back to our VERY FIRST GUEST, ever-colorful personality and the co-host of The Popcast: Jamie Golden. Today you’ll get to hear some secrets about what Anne originally had planned for the show (and which of these plans we threw out the window) a totally true bookshop story about Tom Hanks, a literary pop culture lightning round, and Jamie’s pitch for WSIRN: After Dark. Plus, of course, some fresh recommendations to perk up Jamie’s reading life - and maybe yours - in 2018. 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 Jamie should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Jamie: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Check out The Popcast: Website | Twitter | Facebook
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69 min
January 9, 2018
Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves
We asked 14 different podcast listeners how they organize their bookshelves … and we're sharing their ideas with you. (Some readers even provided photos of their methods— link below!) Ever-popular genre and color organization came up of course, but we also get to hear about the uniquely-displayed special interest book collections some of you have, including a bookshelf entirely dedicated to one specific period of history, and another home library entirely organized with book-lending in mind. And yes, of course, at the end of today’s episode Anne shares some stories about her own shelves. Click over to the podcast website to see pictures of some of the shelves we peeked into this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know how you organize your own shelves! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram    Thanks to today's sponsors:
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31 min
January 2, 2018
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
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51 min
December 26, 2017
Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club
Today's episode is a cozy family affair! Anne chats with Emily and Daniela Loose, a mother-daughter duo from New Hampshire who have been reading together for Emily’s entire life. Emily went off to college this fall, and they're learning to navigate the pain of waiting way too long to talk to your book buddy about what you’re reading (texting in all caps about a book you just read is TOTALLY acceptable.) Topics this week: books for book people, Swedish children’s books, the pleasures of re-reading, and reading Dr Seuss for the first time—as an adult. 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    2018 Reading Challenge Readers, get more out of your reading life this year with the 2018 Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge. The goal of the 2018 Reading Challenge is to read amazing books in 2018. To do that, you need amazing books and time to read them. We can help. We’ve created 12 categories this year designed to give you the best possible reading experience, and we’ve created free, downloadable tools for you that are pretty, practical, and all kinds of motivating. Click here to get started and to get your free reading challenge kit. We can't wait to read with you in 2018!
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54 min
December 19, 2017
Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies
It's our first guest from Down Under! Today Anne talks books with Fiona Thoms, a party-planning, paleo cooking, PTA president mum of three kids who lives in Sydney, Australia. You may recognize Fiona’s voice from Episode 62, because she recommends two books to Anne in our special What Should ANNE Read Next episode. Today's topics: the pleasures and perils of the Australian literary life, reading fictional books about real-life travel destinations, how Fiona's life bears an uncanny resemblance to the Liane Moriarty novel Big Little Lies, and more. See the full list of titles discussed today and tell Fiona your recommendations for what she should read next on the podcast site. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram    Connect with Fiona: Instagram
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62 min
December 12, 2017
Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst
Today's guest is Annie Spence, author of Dear Fahrenheit 45: Love and Hate in the Stacks, a collection of breakup notes and love letters to books she encounters in her day-to-day as a public librarian. This week Anne learns all about how Annie became a public librarian. They also discuss the difficulty of recommending books when you’re in a HUGE reading slump yourself, bizarre nonfiction, and seasonal reading patterns. 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 Annie: Blog | Twitter | Book
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47 min
December 5, 2017
Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville
Anne kicked off her first visit to Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, NC in a big way - a WSIRN liveshow! You can read more details about what the show was like in this Modern Mrs. Darcy post. This episode is a fast and furious speed round of literary matchmaking for SEVERAL guests at the live event - get ready to live vicariously through your fellow WSIRN fans (and prepare your Goodreads - your TBR might grow 10 sizes today.) 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! Anne's second book, a collection of essays about the reading life, comes out in September 2018, and it's very likely there will be more WSIRN liveshows coming YOUR way! If there's anywhere you'd love Anne to visit, email our producer Brenna at brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Connect with Malaprop's Bookstore: Website | Twitter | Facebook
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34 min
November 28, 2017
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
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48 min
November 21, 2017
Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience
Shannon Navin is a Columbus mom and technology professional who came to Anne with a specific request: to recommend great books that Shannon and her ten-year-old son can enjoy TOGETHER. Anne and Shannon discuss the magic of bonding over books with children, what you need to have a great reading experience at any age, and what it looks like to establish your own reading life. 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 Katherine should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Connect with Shannon: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads
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30 min
November 14, 2017
Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better
Today Anne chats with Rider Strong, a director & screenwriter (you might know him from Boy Meets World) who spends free time reuniting with readerly college friends on his books and reading podcast Literary Disco. As a busy dad, Rider says his reading life “needs work”, and the books he wants to read have multiplied from a single shelf to an entire room. Today Rider and Anne discuss being baffled by YA, the making of a bookish best friend, good TV vs. good books, & much 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 Katherine should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Give Rider's podcast Literary Disco a listen.
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60 min
November 7, 2017
Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back
Alexandra Rodriguez is an English teacher and grad student in the Indianapolis area whose reading life underwent a big change a few years ago. Today, Anne explores how reading 150 books in a year represented a silver lining for Alexandra during a really difficult time, and how a nudge from an old boss pointed her to take her literary life in a new direction.  Also discussed: Diverse Books Club, books that make you laugh and cry almost at the same time, light-hearted books that carry meaningful lessons, and authors that don’t hold anything back.   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 Katherine should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Connect with Alexandra at Booked Up Blog - Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  and Diverse Books Club - Instagram | Goodreads Thanks to this week's sponsors: ThirdLove What if you could skip all the hassle and find a perfect-fitting bra in minutes? Just take ThirdLove’s online Fit Finder quiz and they’ll recommend the bra that’s right for your size and shape. And best of all, you can try one of ThirdLove’s amazingly comfortable bras FREE for 30 days! Just pay $2.99 for shipping. Go to ThirdLove.com/BEGIN now to find your perfect-fitting bra. Daily Harvest Daily Harvest sends superfood eats straight to your door. With Daily Harvest, it’s insanely easy to prepare smoothies or activated breakfast bowls… in just 30 seconds! Each cup comes ready to blend or heat. Just add water or any kind of milk you’d like. Daily Harvest freezes all their ingredients at peak freshness, sealing in their nutritional value. Their produce is organic and unrefined—and it looks as amazing as it tastes. Visit the Daily Harvest site and enter promo code READNEXT to get three items FREE in your first box! Click here to get started.
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48 min
October 31, 2017
Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes
Today Anne chats with Katherine Riling, a mom, math teacher, and new Alaska resident whose go-to genre is historical fiction — but she doesn’t want to read it ALL the time. Katherine's three favorites are seasonally appropriate, and have something strangely specific in common… Also discussed: libraries vs. used bookstores, copycat books that miss the mark, the perfect climate for curling up with a thick book, & 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 Katherine should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Thanks to today's sponsors: Virtue Labs is a new haircare brand with a vision: To give everyone the best hair scientifically possible – via an incredible new protein called Alpha Keratin 60ku. Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code READNEXT at checkout for 10% off, plus free shipping. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have nutritious, Instagram-worthy meals every day, without having to hit the farmer’s market and chop up a million fruits and veggies? Now you can get all your superfoods super fast, with Daily Harvest. Go to Daily Harvest and enter the promo code READNEXT to get three items FREE in your first box.
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48 min
October 24, 2017
Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters
Anne is joined by a familiar voice -- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and, most recently, The Four Tendencies, a new personality framework in which she investigates how different people—or in today’s case, fictional characters—respond to internal and external expectations. Gretchen visited the show last Fall in Episode 52 for KidWeek, as a VORACIOUS reader of children’s literature. But today Anne and Gretchen broadening her horizons to talk about books for all ages -- and books where specific “tendencies” are on display. Also discussed: literary obsessions, teen historical fiction, human nature, and Gretchen's specialties -- habits and happiness.  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 Gretchen should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Gretchen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast Sponsoring this episode: With Prep Dish you shop once, prep once, and eat stress-free meals all week. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with an easy to use grocery list and instructions for prepping ALL your meals ahead of time. You get your groceries, spend 1 to 3 hours prepping, and then you’re set—for the whole week. Try PrepDish free for two weeks! To get started, visit PrepDish.com/readnext.
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54 min
October 17, 2017
Ep 101: What Anne wishes she'd known (100 episodes later)
Anne and WSIRN's producer Brenna Frederick take a look back at memorable moments from the first 100 episodes of What Should I Read Next. From behind-the-scenes moments to reading-saved-my-life emails, memorable two-star reviews, bloopers, frequently asked questions, and what Anne wishes she handled differently in the first one hundred episodes. PLUS they give a sneak peek at what lies in WSIRN's future. Readers, thanks for joining us on this amazing ride, and for reminding us today and every Tuesday why it is so good to be among people who are reading. Click over to the podcast website to check out the list of past episodes discussed, and leave us a comment to share your favorite WSIRN stories. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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68 min
October 10, 2017
Ep 100: When everyone loves that book but you
This week Anne chatts with Keith Watts, a Seattle resident who credits Star Wars with making him a reader, and Top Gun for making him a history major. Keith and Anne discuss what it’s like to grow up in a house full of books as a kid, and how he later had to assume responsibility for shaping his own reading life as an adult. Today we get into how and why Keith's preferred reading format has changed with his stage of life, and why he passionately believes one of the most popular books of the last few years is objectively terrible. Anne was especially excited to talk to Keith because he’s devoted to a genre some of you listeners have said doesn’t get enough love here on What Should I Read Next. Today, we’re making amends. 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 Keith should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram *** Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything released September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed my life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold.
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57 min
October 3, 2017
Ep 99: Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)
Today's guest, Caroline Weaver, is known as The Pencil Lady, because by day she owns and operates CW Pencil Enterprise, a shop dedicated exclusively to pencils and pencil-related goods in Manhattan’s lower east side.  Caroline loves contemporary literary fiction, books that pack an emotional punch, and that special moment when a book can make her feel something she can’t describe. She and Anne discuss her very personal strategy for finding books perfect for HER, as well as some surprising book-adjacent topics... like the importance of a handwritten letter, and how to pick the perfect pencil for your morning crossword. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles (and pencils!) discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Caroline should read next! Connect with Caroline & CW Pencil Enterprise: Website | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Thanks to this week's sponsors:  Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything came out September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed her life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold. *** Prep Dish is a subscription-based meal planning service that puts your meal planning on autopilot, so you can focus on making and enjoying healthy and tasty meals. You can try PrepDish, and you can do it for free, because Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a totally free two-week trial. To get started and get this amazing deal go to PrepDish.com/readnext. *** What​ ​if​ ​you​ ​could​ ​skip​ ​all​ ​the​ ​hassle and​ ​find​ ​a​ ​perfect-fitting​ ​bra​ ​in​ ​minutes?​ If that sounds good, you’ve​ ​got to check​ ​out​ ​ThirdLove. Just take ThirdLove​’s online Fit Finder quiz and they’ll recommend the bra that’s right for your size and shape. And best of all, you can try one of ThirdLove​’s amazingly comfortable bras FREE for 30 days! Just pay $2.99 for shipping. Visit ThirdLove.com/READNEXT to try it for yourself.
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59 min
September 26, 2017
Ep 98: Loving that literary lifestyle
This week Anne chats with Rikki and Michaela, two Seattle area friends and serious book lovers who knew each other for YEARS before they discovered they shared a love of reading. In today’s episode Anne, Rikki, and Michaela discuss what it means to live a literary lifestyle, why they believe in reading with the seasons, and how scary it can be to recommend your favorite book to your best friend. They also explore how they create meaningful, interactive experiences to bring favorite books to life, like their literary dinner parties.  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 Rikki and Michaela should read together next! Connect with Rikki & Michaela at The Ardent Biblio: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything released September 19! This is the story of how her long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed my life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships without going through quite so many hard knocks yourself. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local indie, or wherever books are sold.
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53 min
September 19, 2017
Ep 97: How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves
Today Anne takes you behind the scenes of how her book Reading People came into being. Guided by questions from newsletter subscribers, we're delving into the intricacies of how the book was made, from working with agents and editors, to how the book got matched up with a publisher, to how the cover was designed. Anne also gets personal with an exploration of her writing habits, what she learned along the way, and even where the initial idea came from. Get your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, wherever books are sold. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  If you want to chime in for future episodes like this, you can—just sign up for the newsletter at whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter.
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26 min
September 15, 2017
Ep 96: Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!
We’re in serious countdown mode: Anne's book Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything comes out on Tuesday, September 19. This is the story of how Anne's long journey digging into 7 popular personality frameworks changed her life for the better, and how you can put those frameworks to work for yourself to make real, lasting change in your life, in your work, and in your relationships. Anne had the privilege of narrating the audio version of Reading People herself, and today she's reading the introduction and chapter one just for you. Pre-order your copy now at your local indie, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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34 min
September 12, 2017
Ep 95: Really weird stories you should totally read
In today's episode, Anne and guest Nicholas Siegel cover a lot of ground. MFA fiction is a phrase that has been thrown around on the podcast before; today they dive into what exactly that means. Nicholas also pitches a book in a way that TOTALLY changes Anne's perception of it. Also discussed: literary magazines, when to finish a book that you're not enjoying, and stories that are perhaps best described as “just plain weird." 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 Nicholas should read next! Connect with Nicholas: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook| Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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51 min
September 5, 2017
Ep 94: Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)
In today's episode, Anne looks for small business owner Esther Dairiam's origin story. Like so many great plots, Esther’s turns on an epiphany she had on a trip to Paris five years ago. She left convinced that what her adopted city of Chicago needed was its own destination for culinary books and events, and not finding anything like it already in business, she sought to open that business herself.  Anne and Esther talk about food, of course, and the way it brings people together. You'll hear lots of cookbook and food titles today, but they also discuss the characteristics of a great memoir, the inclusivity of food AND books, and the favorite books of Esther's childhood. 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 Esther should read next! Connect with Esther and her shop Read It & Eat: Facebook |Instagram | Twitter | Website Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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49 min
August 29, 2017
Ep 93: Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling
Today’s guest, Kristin Economos, has an incredible story to tell, one many people will resonate with. After experiencing a season of severe anxiety, Kristin says her return from a decade-long reading sabbatical brought her back to life. She got professional help, and she ALSO soothed her anxiety with books. Fictional stories that transported her to other times and places, and nonfiction reads about mental health and anxiety that taught her strategies and helped her feel less alone. Kristin’s experience with reading kicked off a personal project that she calls her "30 by 30" challenge, which Anne investigates in this episode. Also discussed: Kristin’s preferred kind of escapist reading, the kinds of books her book club enjoys, and a bookish brunch that will either have you drooling with envy or planning your own. 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 Kristin should read next! Connect with Kristin: Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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47 min
August 22, 2017
Ep 92: When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list
Today’s guest pointed out that we haven’t talked to an abundance of East Coast readers, and today we’re making amends. Karen Weiss is a nurse practitioner in Maine who gets many of her best book recommendations from her teenage patients, and she returns the favor — it's rare for a patient of any age to leave her office without a book recommendation. Karen loves chatting books so much she talked herself into a job at her local independent bookstore, so of course I needed to find out her secret. We also discuss Karen's take on the book—or books—she hates, stunning writers, well-written mysteries, and the awful feeling when a bestseller betrays you. 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 Karen should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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48 min
August 8, 2017
Ep 91: The books you can't stop recommending
Today’s guest is Bethany Armstrong, a lifelong reader who describes herself as the kind of kid who always had a book in her hand. After studying literature in college, Bethany suffered through a period of bookish burnout. But a surprising thing re-invigorated Bethany’s reading experience... you'll have to listen to find out what it was.  Today Bethany’s reading life is thriving, and in this episode she and Anne dive into the specifics—they talk about how it’s alllllll about the story, and why it’s important to Bethany to keep the balance in her reading life. And when Bethany shares the book she hates … well, she's sure some of you will want to come after her with pitchforks when you find out what it is. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles and articles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Bethany should read next! Connect with Bethany: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
August 1, 2017
Ep 90: Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)
Today, Anne chats with Mary Gaertner, a listener of the show she met at the Popcast Live pre-party. Mary drove to the Louisville show from Cincinnati, and spent the car ride choosing her What Should I Read Next books - 3 books she loved, 1 book she hated, and what she's reading now. When Mary told Anne her books - especially the book she HATED - Anne knew need to come on the show! So … we made it happen. Mary and Anne discuss copycat books, strong female protagonists, escapism, genres that left them dubious, the special feeling of reading a unique book for the first time, and 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 Mary should read next! Connect with Mary's work at Girls On The Run: Website | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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43 min
July 25, 2017
Ep 89: Ask Anne Anything!
Today is a What Should I Read Next milestone - our very first mailbag episode! We invited our newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers for their burning questions, and Anne did her best to answer. If you've ever been curious about the inner workings of the WSIRN team, what Anne's typical day looks like, what book changed her life, or how to get on the show yourself, today's episode holds the answers to these questions (and MANY more)! Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
July 18, 2017
Ep 88: Overlooked books that deserve to shine
Today's guest is Amena Brown, a spoken-word poet who writes all her poems to jazz music. When she was a little girl, Amena dreamed of becoming a stand-up comedian, and that doesn’t seem like a stretch! Amena brought a lot of big laughs to the show today, as she and Anne discussed their favorite comedic memoirs by fabulously funny women, pushing the limits of a book’s form, and FEELINGS in books that are hard to find words for. Plus, Anne give a book recommendation… that isn’t a book at all. Anne also announces the winners of the Deluxe Reading Journal Kit giveaway! A huge thank-you to everyone who has left iTunes reviews in the past few weeks - it really does make a difference.  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 Amena should read next! Connect with Amena: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Check out Amena's most recent spoken word album. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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47 min
July 11, 2017
Ep 87: Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret
Today Anne chats with Aaron White, a runner, content developer, INTJ, and married father of two who lives in Minnesota. Aaron's lifetime favorite book will make some of you jump up and cheer, and maybe make some of you yell back at your podcast player (and not in a happy way). Anne and Aaron discuss that AWFUL FEELING when you’ve read what feels like a bunch of underwhelming books in a row, nostalgic fantasy favorites, and how adding a book to your permanent collection can be a Very Big Deal. 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 Aaron should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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44 min
July 4, 2017
Ep 86: Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers
Promoting literacy is a both a paycheck and a free-time passion for today's guest. Emily Kinard comes from a family where it’s completely normal for her grandmother and mom to give her book recommendations, and for her to return the favor. And if she sees you a reading a book she loves on the plane, she won’t hesitate to strike up a conversation about it—because there’s nothing like a good book for bringing people together. In today's episode, Anne and Emily discuss the etiquette of writing in books, #SlowReaderProblems, bonding with strangers over a good book, reading the book before you watch the movie, and 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 Emily should read next! Connect with Emily: Twitter | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
June 27, 2017
Ep 84: When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)
WSIRN goes international once more! Today's guest is Charity Dušíková, an art teacher and mother residing in a small town in the Czech Republic*. Anne and Charity talk about the impact of big life changes on their reading lives, what to do when you HATE your best friend’s favorite book, what it takes for a book that collects dust on your shelves to finally get picked up and read, and 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 Charity should read next! Connect with Charity on her blog.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram  *Charity asked to add the following footnote: "Ostrava is an industrial city with a history of mining and with a steel industry. Though the mining has ceased, the steel industry is still at work (hence the connection to Detroit). My dear Ostrova has much more to offer than just mining and steel!"
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58 min
June 20, 2017
Ep 84: You know you're a Serious Reader when...
Anne first met today's guest Shawn Smucker and his wife Maile while they were on an epic cross-country road trip with the whole family, in a big blue bus named Willie. If that sounds like interesting reading, Shawn wrote a book about the experience! It’s called How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, and the title is NOT just a metaphor.  Today Anne delves into the special significance certain books and authors hold for Shawn and his family. Other topics covered include the fascinating art of ghost-writing, journaling's place in the writing life, and multi-sensory reading experiences.  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 Shawn should read next! Connect with Shawn: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Books Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
June 13, 2017
Ep 83: An epic birthday bookstore road trip
If you’re a longtime listener, you’ve heard from today's guest Donna Hetchler before—she hopped on episode 64 and chatted with Anne about the unconventional way she tracks what she reads, in our special episode devoted to how 15 WSIRN listeners track their books. In today's one-of-a-kind episode, Anne investigates Donna's plans for a very special road trip. They also discuss stories with whit and whimsy, books that stand the test of time, and Donna also had a unique request when it came to helping her choose what to 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 Donna should read next! Check out Donna's blog, I Am Your Rabbit, where she chats about entertainment, personal finance, health, and wellness.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
June 6, 2017
Ep 82: Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels
Today's guest is That-Reader-Who-Is-Impossible-To-Recommend-Books-To... because it seems she's read it EVERYTHING! Claire Diaz Ortiz has a very specific favorite genre that makes her go "crazy with excitement", and Anne faces a real challenge finding any titles under that umbrella that Claire hasn't already devoured.  In this episode, Claire and Anne discuss what it means to be an "obsessive reader" and how to spot others out in the wild, the way our personalities influence how we read, the feeling of hating a book that you know isn't BAD but nevertheless isn't for you, and of course we dive into the genre that makes Claire's heart sing.  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 Claire should read next! Connect with Claire: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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53 min
May 30, 2017
Ep 81: The suspense is thrilling me
In today’s episode, Anne chats with Chelsea Humphrey about what a surprisingly broad category "suspense/thriller" actually is. Of course there's some Gone Girl chatter - but they're going deeper, talk about how psychological suspense connects with the various struggles women experience every day. Also covered: being a sucker for a beautiful book cover and a book with a great map in the front pages, redemptive narratives, and legitimately good romance novels that were not what we were expecting. 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 Chelsea should read next! Connect with Chelsea: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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44 min
May 23, 2017
Ep 80: Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life
Why is it SO HARD to describe a book you REALLY LOVE? Anne tries to figure it out with today's guest Cori Jara, a case worker in Eureka CA. Cori is a lifelong reader who loved the written word so much she became a creative writing major. But after college books lost their luster for Cori for a while—reading felt too much like work. So several years ago, she started keeping a detailed spreadsheet about what she was choosing to read. That spreadsheet led to an epiphany: she diagnosed why her reading life had gotten dull, and what she could do about it. In this episode Anne and Cori talk the prosaic, like what it’s like to move to a town with a smaller library, and the unforgettable—like a book that makes you want to skip dinner, bedtime, and the rest of your life until you finish it. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Cori should read next! Connect with Cori on Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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47 min
May 16, 2017
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
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38 min
May 9, 2017
Ep 78: Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time
Today's conversation won't go the direction you're expecting - and we think you're going to love it for just that reason. The guest is Kathleen Grissom, author of the hugely bestselling books The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. Kathy (she said we could call her Kathy) is a reading discussion pro: she has talked to more than ONE THOUSAND book clubs since The Kitchen House was published! Today, she and Anne chat about hardcovers versus paperbacks, "reading books like popcorn", historical fiction with a touch of redemption, take a deep dive into Kathy's fascinating intuitive writing process, and of course Anne puts on her matchmaking hat and recommends what Kathy 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 Kathleen should read next! Connect with Kathleen Grissom: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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44 min
May 2, 2017
Ep 77: How to save The Shop Around the Corner
If YOU have ever dreamed of opening your own bookstore, you’re about to learn exactly how another reader is making that dream come true. Meet Alison Frenzel, a reader from Waco Texas who is in the process of bringing her bookish business idea into the real world!  Alison and Anne discuss their nostalgic reading habits, what books and chocolate cake have in common, and the extroverted reader's perspective. And when it's time to talk bookshop, Alison has some solid business advice for Anne's favorite fictional bookshop owner, Kathleen Kelly. 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 Alison should read next! Follow Alison's future-bookshop, Fabled: Website | Instagram  Check out Readerly: Shop | Instagram  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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47 min
April 25, 2017
Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)
WSIRN just hosted our first LIVE event at the fabulous bookstore The Novel Neighbor in St Louis. (Many thanks to shop owner Holland Saltsman for having us!). Anne surprised three readers from the audiences with their very own book-matchmaking session! If you weren't able to make it, today's episode will hopefully make you feel just a little bit like you were sitting in the bookshop with Anne, having a group book-therapy session.  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 where you'd like our next liveshow to be! Connect with The Novel Neighbor: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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92 min
April 18, 2017
Ep 75: If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read
Today's guest is Dave Harrity, a writer, college professor, and real-life friend of Anne's in Louisville. But there's something else you should know about David, and you have to promise not to click away when we tell you.... It’s National Poetry Month, and Dave is a published poet. We know a lot of readers think they’re just not intopoetry... and after this episode if you’re still not convinced, that’s fine! But Anne and Dave's discussion is totally accessible for non-poetry-lovers. Today, Anne and Dave discuss how to read without "consuming", why poetry is just as valuable to readers as it is to writers, and Dave's origin story not just as a reader but as a budding poet in high school. So place a little faith in Anne, a little faith in Dave, give this episode a listen... and chime in the comments section with your own poetry experience (good or bad)! Click over to the podcast website for the full list of books, poets, and poems discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Dave should read next! You can connect with Dave on his website (be sure to check out his books) and on Instagram. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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60 min
April 11, 2017
Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!
Today's guest hails from Austin, TX, and enjoys the simple things in life: wine, books, chips & salsa. As host of The Happy Hour podcast, it might be fair to say Jamie Ivey is a happiness "professional." Most of our guests come with anecdotes about childhoods reading under the covers or sneaking books to the dinner table, but today Jamie gives her perspective as a NON-lifetime reader! Anne and Jamie also chat about the 5 different ways you can feel about a book, relationship-centric stories, and good news if you're looking to squeeze more reading time into the day — they share our favorite techniques for reading in the bathtub. ;)  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 Jamie should read next! Connect with Jamie: Blog | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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40 min
April 4, 2017
Ep 73: Don't judge a person by their (book) cover
Have you ever been at a bus stop, on a train, or in a waiting room, and casually craned your neck trying to peek the title of a stranger's book? Going a step further - have you ever straight-up ASKED a stranger about the book they're reading? For most of us, that sounds intimidating. For today's guest, Uli Beutter Cohen, it sounded like a fascinating years-long project. Uli is the creator behind Subway Book Review on Instagram, a project dedicated to sharing book reviews from strangers on the train, accompanied by gorgeous black and white photos. In today's episode, Anne gets a deeper look who Uli is as a reader, creator, and New Yorker, and recommends 3 books she thinks Uli should pick up next.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of books and articles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Uli should read next! Connect with Uli: Website | Subway Book Review | Eye Level Magazine Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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50 min
March 28, 2017
Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions
Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top Shelf Text, where she celebrates the most beautiful titles she's been reading lately. Today, Anne delves into who Madeleine is as an INFJ "regular reader" who just needs some alone time with a book to unwind. Topics include the struggle to find bookish friends IRL, judging books by their covers, discovering the next mystery comfort-read, and their embarrassing bookworm confessions. 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 Madeleine should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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48 min
March 21, 2017
Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse
Today’s guest is an early member of the WSIRN family. If you were a listener back at the veeeery beginning of our show, you have Knox to thank for getting the first 11 episodes into your ears as our behind-the-scenes producer! You may ALSO know him as the cohost of The POPcast with Knox and Jamie, a weekly dose of pop culture mayhem. In this episode Knox and Anne discuss star-studded audiobooks, how much nostalgia a book can take before it's overkill, and more... while Anne tries to stay cool about her fear of getting RED lighted on a future episode of the POPcast. If you don’t have a clue what we're talking about, you'll just have to hit that PLAY button. ;)  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 Knox should read next! Connect with Knox: Website | Twitter | Instagram  Check out The POPcast: iTunes | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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42 min
March 14, 2017
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
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43 min
March 7, 2017
Ep 69: The library is running my life
Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn's job. In this episode, Anne takes a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course dive into Carolyn's reading life—like how her reading journey began in a Baskin-Robbins (ice cream and books, does it get better than that?), This Is Us read-alikes, and the many beautiful, perilous ways the library might start to run your life.  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 Carolyn should read next! Connect with Carolyn: Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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51 min
February 28, 2017
Ep 68: Plot summaries are the WORST
You may know Laura Tremaine from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... but no matter where you first heard Laura's voice, we can all agree she's a delight. Anne and Laura discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a HUGE commercial success (any guesses?) They also touch on how competition and insecurity in the reading world gets real, Judy Blume, Reese Witherspoon, book clubs, and how plot summaries are THE WORST. 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 Laura should read next! Connect with Laura: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook The Smartest Person in the Room podcast: Website | Facebook | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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41 min
February 21, 2017
Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time
Today’s guest, Eli Sykes, is a food scientist who describes his job as “getting to eat snacks all day,” so it’s safe to say Eli is living the dream. We’ve had a lot of English majors on the show, but this episode looks into what it’s like to be married to an English major, because, you guessed it—Eli’s wife is one. Anne and eli discuss how a teacher sparked the reading flame in his heart (and exactly what book fanned it), a certain unnamed author who gets a lot of love around here, and how he “just wants more Mr. Collins in his reading life.”  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 Eli should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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39 min
February 14, 2017
Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop
Today's completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of Sorta Awesome podcast. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9 (just like Anne) and a textbook ENFP, she LOVES The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to listen to. In this episode, Anne and Megan talk personality types, broken hearts, and how working on a podcast can affect the reading life. 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 Megan should read next! Connect with Megan: Twitter | Instagram.  Check out Sorta Awesome podcast: Website | iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
February 7, 2017
Ep 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime
Today’s guest is Graylin Porter, World-Lit-major-with-a-Masters-in-Modern-&-Contemporary-Lit-turned-children’s-librarian who is expecting a new addition to her family very very soon (hint: it’s a baby!). Graylin shares a peek behind the librarian curtain, including the struggles of keeping a children’s section stocked, what she will miss most about the library when she leaves her position later this year, and the one genre her book club knows they can count on her to read.  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 Graylin should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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39 min
January 31, 2017
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
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58 min
January 24, 2017
Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone
Today's guest is Elise Blaha Cripe, who you may know as the creative professional behind the Get to Work Book planner, or the host of podcast Elise Gets Crafty. Most importantly, Elise is one of those people who can’t NOT talk about books—who loves to be reading, and loves to share what she reads. Today we talk about Elise’s love of big, thick books, the three places she gets her book recommendations, and how the true sign of a great book is if it makes Elise forget she has a phone. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Elise should read next! Connect with Elise: Website | Instagram | Goodreads. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
January 17, 2017
Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...
Hello readers, it's a very special Tuesday! We have officially reached What Should I Read Next's Anniversary episode. It's been a full year since Episode 1! There are 61 episodes under our belt, and in 52 of those episodes Anne has recommended what our fascinating guests should read next. But as the host of this show, she's never sat in the hot seat herself. Until today. For our anniversary, we’re doing this special episode of What Should Anne Should Read Next, so you can hear her talk a little more at length about what I love, and maybe what she hates, and why, and so we can share YOUR recommendations for my very own TBR.  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 Anne should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram   Have a question or comment for the show? Email brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com
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60 min
January 10, 2017
Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...
Today we’re catching up with the very first guest of What Should I Read Next! Even if you're a longtime listener, you still might not recognize his voice... and that’s because the first time Anne recorded this show, it was on her iPhone, in a moving vehicle, in the middle of nowhere, and the guest? Her husband, Will Bogel. That episode never aired, and the file got trashed a long time ago. But today Will is back to celebrate the anniversary of the show he helped test-drive a year ago! It's been a fun journey so far, and we at WSIRN are so grateful that you've taken the ride with us.  Here's to the next year of WSIRN, readers! 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 Will should read next! Connect with Will: Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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40 min
January 3, 2017
Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it
Happy 2017, listeners! We have a DYNAMIC episode to kick off the WSIRN New Year. Today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks (and Bogel Family favorites) Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights. But that’s just the beginning of her bio, which is one of the most interesting you'll ever read. She’s a retired Roller Girl. Prague is her favorite city. Duran Duran is her favorite band. And her life is also made better by her husband Dave, sports movies, leopard print, lousy truck stop (decaf) coffee, bear crawl, and Jane Eyre.  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 Melissa should read next! Connect with Melissa: Website | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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50 min
December 27, 2016
Ep 59: Prescribing books for what ails you
Our guest this week is Danielle Mayfield. Danielle lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. You may know her as the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith,a book of essays that was recently released by HarperOne. Danielle often writes about heavy hitting topics like refugees, theology, and downward mobility, but today she and Anne are running away from the heavy stuff and are searching for good comfort reads instead. They're chatting about literary baby names, the wildly differing opinions people have about what makes a book "escapist", and book scenes so jarring they had to set them aside... forever.  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 Danielle should read next! Connect with Danielle: Website | Twitter | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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47 min
December 20, 2016
Ep 58: "You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters
Today's guest is Jamie Durham, a full-time missionary living in Tijuana, Mexico. Jamie and her well-traveled family of 5 have to cross an international border to get to a their nearest library! In this episode, Jamie and Anne dive into how this unconventional setup changes the way Jamie approaches her to-be-read list, the dreaded "you have hit your hold limit" library message, reading difficult literature as a Highly Sensitive Person, and 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 Jamie should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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51 min
December 13, 2016
Ep 57: What's your reading personality?
Today’s guest is Shaney Swift, a massage therapist and social justice advocate from Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been around What Should I Read Next for a while, you know Anne can be a bit of a personality-type geek, and Shaney shares that enthusiasm -- so prepare for a lot of nerding out! Today Anne and Shaney discuss scanning and deep-diving reading styles, books that help us understand our differences, and what to read next when you feel like your life is in limbo.  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 Shaney should read next! Connect with Shaney: Twitter | Instagram! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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29 min
December 6, 2016
Ep 56: There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays
This is a WSIRN first— a repeat guest! Today Anne chats with friend of the show and bookstore owner Holland Saltsman about everything you didn't know you wanted to know about opening an independent bookstore, how to support indies this holiday season, the best three books we each read this year, and their favorite bookish gifts for this holiday season (and all year 'round.) We hope you enjoy this episode, and get a ton of great holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life. 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 books you're gifting this year! Check out The Novel Neighbor website, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram    If you want to find EVEN MORE great new gift-worthy titles, check out the Fall Releases episode of WSIRN in which Holland and Anne gushed about all the new treasures that hit bookshelves recently. And don't miss the full MMD 2016 Gift Guide for Book Lovers.
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48 min
November 29, 2016
Ep 55: Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen's 5x great niece)
Around here, we don’t think you need an excuse to love Jane Austen, but boy does today's guest Rebecca Smith have a great one -- she is Jane Austen's great great great great great niece! Rebecca is a longtime reader, a former writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, and she currently teaches creative writing in the U.K. She’s the author of Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas and the recently published book The Jane Austen Writer’s Club.  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 Rebecca should read next! Connect with Rebecca: Bloomsbury webpage | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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30 min
November 22, 2016
Ep 54: What Should I LISTEN to Next?
Today we're back to literary matchmaking, with listener Melodee Skiles here to representing all the avid audiobook lovers who want to know what to LISTEN to next!  Melodee is a stay-at-home mom who owns an online literature tutorial business. Books are (clearly) her bag, and while she's taking a short break from tutoring, she wants to revitalize her love of literature by reading outside the bounds of the texts she teaches at work. Like many of us, some of Melodee's warmest memories are of her parents reading aloud to her, so today she and Anne are delving into what her favorites have been, what her least favorites have been, and what brilliant audiobook discoveries are right around the corner. (Wink, wink.) 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 Melodee should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram    WSIRN highly recommends Audible as an accessible, bountiful resource for audiobooks online. Right now, you can get your first audiobook FREE, along with a free 30-day trial. Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/ReadNext to get your free download.
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43 min
November 18, 2016
Ep 53: The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)
Here to help close out the Reading For A Lifetime week is Jenny Williams, who illustrates beloved literary heroines for a living as the charming artist and entrepreneur behind Carrot Top Paper Shop. In this episode, Anne and Jenny talk all about why we love our literary heroines of literature so much (think Anne, Elizabeth, Jane, Hermione), wrestle with what makes for a modern heroine. 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 own favorite literary heroines! Connect with Jenny: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads! Check out Carrot Top Paper Shop: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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24 min
November 17, 2016
Ep 52: There's nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)
It's Day 4 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series on WSIRN, and if our comment section has made one thing known, it's this: Adults LOVE Kid Lit. Not just for kids, not just in a theoretical sense, but in honest-to-goodness, just-for-the-joy-of-it, everyday-reading-life practice. The guest here to chat with Anne about reading KidLit for fun? The beloved and oft-requested Gretchen Rubin! You all know her as the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better than Before, but what you mightnot know is Gretchen is a voracious reader of children's literature who is a member of THREE book clubs dedicated solely to children's lit! In this episode, Gretchen and Anne explore how Kid Lit transcends age group, why you should giving yourself permission to indulge in books written for children, how to find other adults with the same passion, and then they drop a blue million great book recommendations on you. Ready your TBRs, readers.  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 kidlit titles you have loved reading as an adult! Connect with Gretchen: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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31 min
November 16, 2016
Ep 51: Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)
Day 3 of our special Reading For A Lifetime series is all about "guilty pleasure" kid lit - the series we read and re-read not because they were Great Literature, but because they were gosh-darn fun! Here to talk about not-so-serious gateway children's literature are Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring, hosts of The Babysitters Club Club podcast. They each have their own story of how they found the series, and why—as thirty-something men—they've chosen to devote a large chunk of their time and attention to the books. In this episode Anne, Jack, and Tanner dive into what this series means to readers of all ages, why these books have such staying power, which babysitter they most identify with, and what Jack and Tanner are reading when they're not reading The Babysitters Club. 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 if your childhood favorites foretold the genres you enjoy now as an adult. Connect with Jack: Twitter Connect with Tanner: Twitter Check out The Babysitters Club Club: iTunes, follow the show on Twitterand Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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34 min
November 15, 2016
Ep 50: Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)
Day 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and our guest Leigh Collazo has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic. Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over 30 different countries at an international school in China. Today she shares all about why the middle school years are her favorite when it comes to finding the right books for the right readers. 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 books have hooked the kids in your life. Connect with Leigh: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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36 min
November 14, 2016
Ep 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)
Today kicks off our special WSIRN 5-day miniseries: What Should I Read Next for Kids, and Kids at Heart. We’re focusing on a variety of young and young at heart topics this week: children’s literature, coming of age stories, literary heroines, kid lit for grown-ups, and more. Who better to jump-start the series than Sarah Mackenzie? Sarah is a friend, devoted reader, and Kid Lit Expert Extraordinaire. You may know her as the host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast and site, or as the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace. Her mission is to help YOU help the kids in your life fall in love with books, and this episode will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to do just that. 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 favorite read-along memory - whether it's someone reading to you, or reading to a child in your life. Connect with Sarah: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Check out Sarah's free read-aloud booklist. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
November 8, 2016
Ep 48: It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake
This week guest Maxwell Dunn (WellDoneBooks on YouTube) introduces Anne to a whole new wonderful world of book lovers online—the Booktube community! Booktube is known best for its voracious YA fans, but there's a book vlogger out there for every literary palate. Max is a great example of this; his videos cover serious award winners, challenging experimental works, and deep dives into substantial modern literature. In today's episode, Max & Anne discuss stories with unique structural elements, books that swing wildly between 1 and 5 star ratings, and the best way to find a Booktube creator who shares your taste.  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 Max should read next! Connect with Max:  YouTube | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
November 1, 2016
Ep 47: Needing books, with a capital "N"
It's bibliotherapy time! Today's guest is Erin Swann, is an attorney who lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her family. Erin's always been a reader, but when she went through a major transition a few years back she rediscovered the therapeutic value of a welcoming book. Join Erin and Anne as they discuss armchair travel, fictional characters as friends, and 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 Erin should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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28 min
October 25, 2016
Ep 46: What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)
Today we have a special episode: we're revisiting seven guests from previous episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What are they reading now? What did they love? And what did they, uh, not love as much? Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode. What book recommendations YOU have picked up after listening to the show! Did you love them? Hate them? Let Anne know in the comments on the podcast site. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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23 min
October 18, 2016
Ep 45: Heartwarming books for dire situations
Today's guest is Ana Salazar. Ana is a Columbian who’s now living in Peru, and she’s been, as she says, "absolutely obsessed” with reading for her whole life, so much so that her parents had to physically drag her away from bookstores when she was growing up. Anne and Ana discuss the joys and challenges of reading across borders, unpack Ana's love for the genre she's been loving recently, and explore why a Kindle is an absolutely magical device for international readers.  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 Ana should read next! Connect with Ana: Blog | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
October 11, 2016
Ep 44: Like speed dating, but with authors
Today we meet a indie bookstore owner and kindred bookish spirit, Annie Jones. In this episode, Anne and Annie talk about her wildly unlikely path to bookstore ownership, her love of dysfunctional family literature, and the way meeting an author in person can change the way you experience a book. And unlike a lot of WSIRN guests -- Annie is not afraid to say she hates a book (or... a lot of books.)  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 Annie should read next! Connect with Annie: Website | Instagram Check out Annie's bookshop The Bookshelf and her podcast From The Front Porch. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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55 min
October 4, 2016
Ep 43: Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover
Today we're happy to welcome reader and podcaster Sarah Stewart Holland to the show. You may already know Sarah from her blog Bluegrass Redhead or her show, Pantsuit Politics. Sarah is drawn to nonfiction and wants to read more fiction, but tends to grab what's new and hot in fiction for fear of missing out, instead of intentionally selecting it. One of her big strengths is "input," and she loves reading about all kinds of topics to scratch that informational itch. And she's obsessed with Hamilton, so of course we go there. 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 Sarah should read next! Connect with Sarah:  Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Check out Pantsuit Politics: Website | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
September 27, 2016
Ep 42: Life's too short to waste on bad books
Today we fellow podcaster Erik Fisher to the show! Erik is known as the productivity guru because of his wonderful podcast Beyond the To Do List, the first podcast Anne ever listened to, AND the first podcast she ever appeared on!  Erik is a HUGE reader, and in this episode we talk about how he’s made the switch back to paper books after a flirtation with e-reading, personality types, and how he avoids wasting time on bad books. 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 Erik should read next! Connect with Erik:  Twitter | Instagram Check out Erik's productivity podcast Beyond The To-Do List. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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44 min
September 21, 2016
Ep 41: The books we can't wait to read this fall
Today's bonus podcast episode of What Should I Read Next is focused on fall's hot new releases. Bookstore owner Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor (from yesterday's Ep 40—listen here!) and Anne talk about the titles we've read and are psyched about, plus the ones they can't wait to get their hands on. Anne also brings you short interviews she did in Savannah with friends and authors (including Susan Meissner, Ariel Lawhon, and Greer Macallister) who share which books they can't wait to read this season. 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 fall reading plans! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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19 min
September 20, 2016
Ep 40: Spouses of Readers Anonymous
When Anne first thought of starting a podcast, her bookstore-owning friend Holland Saltsman was one of the very first people she wanted to have on. And she was one of the first people Anne interviewed for the show. And the audio quality on that recording was so poor Anne was terrified to give it another go for almost a full year. Holland is one of Anne's favorite people to talk books with, because she's smart, and funny, and tells it like it is. She's been excited about this one for a long time.    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 Holland should read next! Connect with Holland: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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42 min
September 13, 2016
Ep 39: Judging a book by its first sentence
Today we welcome Melody Warnick to the show! She’s a Blacksburg-based author, who  has been tracking her reading in an excel spreadsheet since 2004. If you find that intimidating, don’t worry—Melody’s not analytical about choosing what to read next (wait until you to hear how she approaches a big stack of library books.) 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 Melody should read next! Connect with Melody: Website | Journalism | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
September 6, 2016
Ep 38: Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books
Today Anne chats with Anissa Davis, a family physician who lives with her family in California. She likes smart, funny, contemporary fiction with diverse protagonists, and she wants to be blown away by more books. Many of you will relate when Anissa says sometimes finding great fiction feels like kissing a lot of frogs before you find your prince.  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 Anissa should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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40 min
August 30, 2016
Ep 37: Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer
Kurt and Kristin are a husband and wife who want to read more together. Their question for Anne is a fun twist on a familiar theme — “What should WE read next?” Kristin has been a lifetime lover of books; Kurt has only recently become a serious reader (thanks in part to 15 years of nudging from his wife). They want to find books that they can read and talk about together! Both enjoy high-quality fiction, but you can probably guess which one of them loves Blood Meridian and which one loves A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Anne's challenge is to help them find books in the tiny sliver of their overlapping interests. 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 Kristin and Kurt should read together next! Connect with Kristin on her blog Home Sweet Life. Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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49 min
August 23, 2016
Ep 36: Comfort food, but with books
It's Tuesday, and time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next! Our guest today is Tiffany King, a dear friend you might know from her food blog, Eat At Home. Tiffany is a busy woman -- a homeschool mom for 19 years, and the creator of her own business -- so when she reads, she craves something cozy and comforting. "“I don’t tend to go really deep with my fiction," she says, "and I don’t feel bad about that." If you love comforting fiction with mouth-watering culinary themes, today's episode is just for you. Grab a snack and join us!  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 Tiffany should read next! Connect with Tiffany: Eat At Home | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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35 min
August 16, 2016
Ep 35: Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches
Our guest today is Katherine Willis Pershey. Katherine is a friend whose taste Anne trusts: she's recommended several excellent titles to Anne over the years (and we talk about a handful of those in this episode). Today it's Anne's turn to do the recommending. If you love books that dive into human nature, authors that approach serious subjects through the back door, a good redemption story, or just excellent storytelling, redemption stories, there's sure to be a book for you in today's episode.  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 Katherine should read next! Connect with Katherine: Website | Book | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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25 min
August 9, 2016
Ep 34: Books that marry fiction and reality
Our guest today is Rose Booth, a technology merchandising director and cinephile who sometimes "feels like she's dating books." Rose loves female protagonists who flout convention and books where reality meets fiction, but she's also eager to fall in love with titles from one popular genre that she hasn't had any luck with—yet. 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 Rose should read next! Connect with Rose: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
August 2, 2016
Ep 33: What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?
Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with seven guests from the first twenty-three episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they love? What did they hate? (Because yeah, that happened.)  This episode is tons of fun—I hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed making it.  Previous episodes we're circling back to:  • Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface with Meredith Schwarz • Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir with Ed Cyzewski • Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading with Caroline Starr Rose • Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction with Grace Martin • Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books with Andi Cumbo-Floyd • Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place with Jessica Turner • Ep 23: Honeymoon reading with Mallory Rees Also mentioned in this episode: • How to take a reading vacation. • For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five. • Find out more about Read Savannah with Liane Moriarty (and me!) right here Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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35 min
July 26, 2016
Ep 32: Literature as fun escape and daily companion
Today Anne chats with Julie Smith, who you may know from her delightful travel blog Drive on the Left. Julie is an enthusiastic reader. She’s also an American expat living in London, and while this sounds awfully glamorous, Anne was surprised to hear that while her London life has its joys, it presents challenges to her reading life as well. 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 Julie should read next! Connect with Julie: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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28 min
July 19, 2016
Ep 31: Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living
Today Anne chats with Adam Verner. Adam reads for a living -- literally. When he was a kid and people asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up he’d say read books. So Adam grew up and turned his theatrical background into a job as a professional audiobook narrator. Adam is also one of the few readers who's been decisive/brave/committed enough to choose his three all-time favorite books for the show. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Adam should read next! Connect with Adam: Blog | Audiography Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
July 12, 2016
Ep 30: 4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder
Today Anne chats with Amy Johnson, who grew up in a big family in a small town in rural Colorado. (Amy says there were literally more books in her home than people in her town.) These days, Amy lives in Salt Lake City with her family, and describes herself as an ISTJ Type A Upholder. 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 Amy should read next! Connect with Amy: Blog | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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45 min
July 5, 2016
Ep 29: Work, money, love, and mystery
Today Anne chats with Stacey Loscalzo, a mother of two girls, book reviewer for Great New Books, and former reading specialist in New Jersey, just outside New York City. Stacey always has a book going, and she’s looking for titles that will compel her to READ when she has ten minutes to spare—instead of checking Facebook. 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 Stacey should read next! Connect with Stacey: Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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40 min
June 28, 2016
Ep 28: Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly
Today Anne chats with Andrea Griffith, a former medical librarian, mom of two daughters, and independent bookstore owner, and she came to me with a plea: she misses reading at whim, is craving depth, and wants help finding great books that aren't relentlessly new, new, new.  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 Andrea should read next! Connect with Andrea: Instagram | Browsers Bookshop Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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39 min
June 21, 2016
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
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37 min
June 14, 2016
Ep 26: Great adventure books
Today’s guest is Tim Gardner. Tim's wife Emily contacted Anne and asked if she could do a little literary matchmaking for Tim. They'd both realized that a little reading break at the end of the work day made for a smoother transition between work and home, but he wasn't sure what to read next. They came to the right place. 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 Tim should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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22 min
June 7, 2016
Ep 25: Very personal stories
Today I'm talking with Breanne Mosher, a self-described history nerd and travel lover who lives in Nova Scotia with her family. She documents her family's adventures (with beautiful photos) at This Vintage Moment, where she explores the everyday extraordinary.  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 Breanne should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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34 min
May 31, 2016
Ep 24: Life-changing books
Today’s guest is Malisa Price, a mom of two who lives in Raleigh, and she’s a regular reader who does it for the love of it, not for her job, although not that long ago she didn’t consider herself a reader at all. Anne and Malisa talk about her tipping point, her taste, and her attempts to branch out with her reading. 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 Malisa should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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23 min
May 24, 2016
Ep 23: Honeymoon reading
Today Anne chats with Mallory Rees, who's getting married next month and is looking for good books to take on her honeymoon. Regardless of your marital status, you'll enjoy this one if you love a good pageturner—or if you've ever taken, or want to take, a beach vacation.  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 Mallory should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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27 min
May 17, 2016
Ep 22: What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)
It's finally happening! Today we have a very special episode: Anne is chatting again with six guests from the first ten episodes of the show to find out what they actually did read next. What books did they read? What did they think about them? And what books are they still resisting? 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 recommendations you've loved - or hated - from the show! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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29 min
May 13, 2016
Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading
For today’s bonus episode we have a very special guest: Anne chats with her 8-year-old daughter Lucy. Lucy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her parents and her three siblings. She’s a third grader who loves music, sports, and all kinds of animals, and her picks today are going to remind you about all the books that made YOU first fall in love with reading. 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 Lucy should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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19 min
May 10, 2016
Ep 20: Sweeping sagas and strong female leads
Today's guest is Sarah Russell Giglio. Sarah lives in Shreveport, Louisiana: she’s a newlywed who loves cooking and The Bachelor and Bachelorette, and by day she’s a criminal defense attorney. In this episode, Anne and Sarah talk about big fat books and a few Southern classics.  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 Sarah should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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20 min
May 3, 2016
Ep 19: Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English
Today Anne chats with Brian Sztabnik, an English teacher, basketball coach, and podcaster who lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons. Anne and Brian discuss great literary fiction, books about creative pursuits, reading with others, and high school English. 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 Brian should read next! Connect with Brian: Website | Podcast |Twitter |Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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37 min
April 26, 2016
Ep 18: Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place
Today Anne chats with Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours. Jessica lives in Nashville with her family, where she works full time outside the home and blogs regularly at The Mom Creative. Of all the guests I’ve talked to, Jessica’s the most consistent with her picks. We have a lot of fun talking about compelling stories and character-driven plots in her favorite genre. She also hates a book that many listeners adore, and she’s not afraid to say why. 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 Jessica should read next! Connect with Jessica: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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41 min
April 19, 2016
Ep 17: Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books
Today Anne talks with Andrea Cumbo-Floyd, a writer, teacher, editor, and farmer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. ("Sometimes more of one of those than the other," she says.) Andi is the author of Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words.  Andi and Anne discuss about strong female characters, genre-bending novels, and reading diverse books. Her favorites are all over the place, and she has strong feelings about her hated pick, which makes for a fun conversation. 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 Andrea should read next! Connect with Andrea: Website | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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33 min
April 12, 2016
Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction
Today Anne chats with Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago. Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. Anne also chats a bit with Grace’s mom Lara about raising readers and helping kids choose good books for themselves.   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 Grace should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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29 min
April 9, 2016
Ep 15: The audacity to tell people what to read
Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of SheReads.org, an online reading site and book club for women. Under Marybeth and Ariel's leadership, She Reads does a terrific job of highlighting excellent titles you've never heard of.  These women are writers as well as curators and reviewers: Ariel is the author of Flight of Dreams and The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. Marybeth is the author of The Things We Wish Were True. This is a special episode: it's WSIRN's first freewheeling conversation about book recommendations and the reading life. Anne talks with Marybeth and Ariel about how they became a go-to book resource for thousands of readers, why you have to be a little bossy to recommend books (and why Marybeth and Ariel are overqualified for the job), and how they keep reading FUN even when—and especially when—it's a job.    Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode. Check out She Reads: SheReads.org | Facebook | Twitter Connect with Marybeth: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Ariel: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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37 min
April 5, 2016
Ep 14: A snob-free approach to reading
Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children's author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico.  Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline's very favorite genre, why Caroline is so reluctant to talk about books she doesn't like, and her snob-free approach to reading.    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 Caroline should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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46 min
March 29, 2016
Ep 13: Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir
In this episode Anne chats with Ed Cyzewski, author of multiple books including Pray, Write, Grow, Creating Space, Write without Crushing Your Soul, and A Path to Publishing. Anne and Ed discuss memoir, creativity, and how chronic fatigue from sleepless nights (hello, toddlers) can really put a damper on your reading life. 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 Ed should read next! Connect with Ed: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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31 min
March 21, 2016
Ep 12: Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be
In this episode Anne chats with Cara Strickland, a writer, food critic, and anxious cook who lives in the Pacific Northwest. This episode covers a lot of ground: Anne and Cara discuss singleness, sense of place, British chick lit, book boundaries, and of course, what Cara 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 Cara should read next! Connect with Cara: Blog | Facebook | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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30 min
March 15, 2016
Ep 11: What's going on beneath the surface
In this episode Anne chats with Meredith Schwartz, a self-described Type A, INFJ, and unapologetic listmaker who is trying desperately (and a big compulsively) to hold together all the crazy aspects of her life. There's nothing vanilla about Meredith: she has strong opinions about her reading, which makes for a fabulous conversation.   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 Meredith should read next! Connect with Meredith: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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38 min
March 8, 2016
Ep 10: You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon
In this episode Anne chats with Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the blog Everyday Reading, former children's librarian, and modern mother who's raising her three kids to be readers. In this episode Anne and Janssen talk about how Janssen reads books like other people watch television, why Janssen's in danger of having her "real reader" badge taken away, and books with strong narrative drive and excellent plotting. They discuss happy books, books that require three boxes of Kleenex, and everything in between. 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 Janssen should read next! Connect with Janssen: Blog | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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40 min
March 1, 2016
Ep 9: The reality of bookworm problems
In this episode Anne chats with fellow bookworm Leigh Kramer. In addition to being a full-time book nerd, Leigh is a San Francisco resident, fried pickle connoisseur, and lifetime White Sox fan. Anne and Leigh discuss the "nearly perfect novel" that Leigh adored and Anne hated, the book Leigh read at just the right time, how it drives Leigh crazy that some readers love a book she loathed, and a variety of very real bookworm problems.  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 Leigh should read next! Connect with Leigh: Blog | Instagram | Twitter Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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27 min
February 23, 2016
Ep 8: The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel
Anne talks to Preston Yancey about the power of reading, English major favorites, his deep and abiding love for chick lit, and what makes a great YA novel. 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 Preston should read next! Connect with Preston: Blog | Instagram | Twitter Check out Preston's books: Out of the House of Bread | Tables in the Wilderness Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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25 min
February 16, 2016
Ep 7: Books that uplift and inspire, the books that "hook" you, and filling the Brown Girls' Bookshelf
Anne talks to Osheta Moore about falling down the rabbit hole of reading recommendations, her really weird interest in fanfiction, and the significance of her Brown Girls' Bookshelf. And of course they discuss what Osheta 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 Osheta should read next! Connect with Osheta: Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter.  Check out Osheta's podcast Shalom in the City.  Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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32 min
February 9, 2016
Ep 6: Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well
Anne talks to Tsh Oxenreider about the importance of where she reads, author stories on and off the page, books for book nerds, and her love of simple stories well told.  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 Tsh should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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38 min
February 2, 2016
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
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30 min
January 26, 2016
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
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32 min
January 19, 2016
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
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28 min
January 10, 2016
Ep 2: The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for
Anne chats with Sarah Kohrnak of the Brilliant Business Moms about the perils of high expectations, characters that you can root for, and what she should be reading 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 Sarah should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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18 min
January 10, 2016
Ep 1: Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)
Anne chats with Jamie Golden about books that provoke visceral reactions, books that inspire blissful crying jags and sleepless nights, and what books she 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 Jamie should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram
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24 min
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