What Should I Read Next?

By Anne Bogel | Wondery

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Description

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

Episode Date
Ep 136: One Great Book
00:13:02

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.

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

Sign up for the free WSIRN newsletter at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter

Jun 12, 2018
Ep 135: When your reading life is nothing like people expect
00:51:45

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

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

Connect with Jen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast

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Jun 05, 2018
Ep 134: Audiobooks for the whole family to binge
00:33:47

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

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

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May 29, 2018
Ep 133: Authors who get where you're coming from
00:57:15

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

May 22, 2018
Ep 132: The books we can't wait to read this summer
00:53:32

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/

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May 15, 2018
Ep 131: Living in the land of Jane Austen
00:53:16

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


Thanks to today's sponsors

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Bombas has put 2 years of research and development into their socks, and for every sock purchase you make Bombas donates a to a homeless shelter. You can save 20% today by visiting bombas.com/readnext and entering the code READNEXT at checkout.

May 08, 2018
Ep 130: Must-read books by women writers
00:44:44

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


Thanks to today's sponsors

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Bombas has put 2 years of research and development into their socks, and for every sock purchase you make Bombas donates a to a homeless shelter. You can save 20% today by visiting bombas.com/readnext and entering the code READNEXT at checkout.

May 01, 2018
Ep 129: Tips and tricks for distracted readers (and listeners)
00:51:09

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

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

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

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

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


Thanks to today's sponsors

ThirdLove: Go to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! 

Beachbody on Demand: Right now WSIRN listeners can get a special free trial membership of Beachbody on Demand! Simply text READ to 303030.

Apr 24, 2018
Ep 128: When contemporary fiction feels like a crapshoot
00:45:32

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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Apr 17, 2018
Ep 127: Seeking professional help (for quitting books)
00:47:20

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.


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Apr 10, 2018
Ep 126: Books that appeal to your head AND your heart
00:42:05

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:

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Apr 03, 2018
Ep 125: Gateway books to hook a Netflix addict
00:36:01

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


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!

Beachbody. WSIRN listeners can get a FREE Beachbody trial membership when you text READ to 303030.

Mar 27, 2018
Ep 124: The challenge of making your reading life your own
01:02:49

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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Mar 20, 2018
Ep 123: Books that will totally make you cry (with laughter)
00:41:21

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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Mar 13, 2018
Ep 122: This AMAZING episode will have you RACING to the library
01:01:23

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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Mar 06, 2018
Ep 121: “The Secret” to a great self help book
00:54:18

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. 


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Beachbody is known for programs like P90X and Insanity - and now all of their workouts are available streaming online with Beachbody on Demand, along with access to complete meal plans and PDFs to print off and track your fitness progress. WSIRN listeners can get a free trial membership when you text READ to 303030.

Feb 27, 2018
Ep 120: Books that make you feel big things
00:53:35

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.

Readers, We want to get to know you better! WSIRN is competing with other shows to get the most responses to a quick survey. It only takes a few minutes of your time and you can do it straight from your smartphone. Help us out and support the show by going to wondery.com/SURVEY


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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

True Religion's precision fit makes them the most comfortable and flattering jeans on the market. Go to TrueReligion.com and enter my code READNEXT for $50 off your order. 

Get more out of your reading life. Audible is offering WSIRN listeners a free audiobook with a 30-day trial membership. Just go to audible.com/READNEXT and browse the unmatched selection of audio programs – download a title free and start listening. Easy.

 

Feb 20, 2018
Ep 119: A book snob breakthrough
00:56:07

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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

When you have healthy meals regularly delivered to your door with Sun Basket, it’s easy to stay on track. Go to Sunbasket.com/READNEXT today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!.

Feb 13, 2018
Ep 118: The rhythm of a reading family
01:01:43

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


Thanks to today's sponsors:

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Feb 06, 2018
Ep 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly
00:43:09

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 


Thanks to today's sponsors:

When it comes to bra shopping, it’s all about finding the right fit for you. And there’s only one lingerie brand that offers bras in sizes double-A through G and half-cup sizes: ThirdLove. This year, change the way you think about bras! Go to Thirdlove.com/READNEXT now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase!

Beachbody, producers of P90-X, now has a streaming service called Beachbody on Demand. Not only can you stream the P90X workouts, but there’s a whole catalog of workout programs from yoga, to weight training, even a program specifically for pre and postnatal women. There’s truly something for everyone! Right now, WSIRN listeners (and readers!) can get a free trial membership when you text READ to 303030

Jan 30, 2018
Introducing Women's Work
00:12:21

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new podcast from my friend Tsh Oxenreider. You may know Tsh from her podcast The Simple Show--or you may know her from this podcast where she was a guest way, way back in episode 6.

In this new podcast called Women’s Work, Tsh asks women—from all walks of life who do all sorts of work—their stories. More than a business show, this is a STORY show; a podcast that sings the often unsung praises of the millions of women who make our world a better place.

This brief introduction has a clip of Tsh and her first guest Sarah Stewart Holland who you may remember from episode 43 "Fiction FOMO and curing a Hamilton hangover."

Visit the Women's Work website to listen to the trailer, subscribe to email updates, and get more information.

Happy listening!


Jan 25, 2018
Ep 115: Books that bridge two worlds
00:54:25

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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Jan 23, 2018
Ep 114: Missed bookstore connections
01:09:24

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


Jan 16, 2018
Ep 113: The next best thing to reading: how 14 WSIRN listeners organize their bookshelves
00:31:49

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   

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Jan 09, 2018
Ep 112: Your best reading year yet
00:52:53

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

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

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

Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

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

Connect with Laura: TwitterWebsite | Ted Talk


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Jan 02, 2018
Ep 111: A lifetime mother-daughter book club
00:57:35

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   


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Dec 26, 2017
Ep 110: When your life resembles Big Little Lies
01:04:30

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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Dec 19, 2017
Ep 109: Reading slumps are the worst
00:51:17

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!

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 Annie: BlogTwitter | Book

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Dec 12, 2017
Ep 108: What Should I Read Next LIVE from Asheville
00:37:45

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 BookstoreWebsite | Twitter | Facebook


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Dec 05, 2017
Ep 107: Bookish gifts for everyone on your list
00:52:33

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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Nov 28, 2017
Ep 106: The anatomy of an excellent reading experience
00:30:55

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

Nov 21, 2017
Bonus: Thanksgiving Binge
00:05:00

Anne chats with Eric Zimmer of The One You Feed about their favorite episodes on each other's podcasts!

Feast on these shows @ www.Wondery.com/Thanksgiving  


What Should I Read Next? Binge:

The Popcast with Knox and Jamie - Ep 212 The Nos of Social Media

Sorta Awesome with Megan Tietz - Ep 121 Boundaries for the holidays

The West Wing Weekly - Ep 1 Pilot

Another Round - Ep 55 #1000BlackGirlBooks

Note to Self - I Didn't See Your Text


The One You Feed Binge:

Good Life Project - Interview with Dani Shapiro

Hardcore History - Blueprint for Armageddon

Buddha at the Gap Pump - Culadasa

On Being - John O’Donohue

Sound Opinions - Ep 606 The Year That Punk Broke

Nov 16, 2017
Ep 105: Reading makes the whole day better
01:04:19

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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Nov 14, 2017
Ep 104: Books that don't hold anything back
00:48:35

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


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Nov 07, 2017
Ep 103: Accidental book theft & other bookworm crimes
00:48:58

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


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Oct 31, 2017
Ep 102: A new way to think about fictional characters
00:54:11

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


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Oct 24, 2017
Ep 101: What Anne wishes she'd known (100 episodes later)
01:08:16

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

Oct 17, 2017
When everyone loves that book but you
00:57:42

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

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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.



Oct 10, 2017
Nobody hates a beautiful book (or a handwritten letter)
00:59:50

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: 

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Oct 03, 2017
Loving that literary lifestyle
00:53:27

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.

Sep 26, 2017
How a book REALLY gets made, from idea to the bookstore shelves
00:26:24

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 indieBarnes and NobleAmazon, wherever books are sold.

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

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Sep 19, 2017
Listen to Anne read Chapter 1 of her new book Reading People!
00:34:57

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 indieBarnes and NobleAmazon, or wherever books are sold.

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


Sep 15, 2017
Really weird stories you should totally read
00:51:39

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 | FacebookInstagram | WSIRN Instagram 

Sep 12, 2017
Paris epiphanies (and other bookish destinations)
00:49:17

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 

Sep 05, 2017
Books to help you manage anxiety + a book brunch that will have you drooling
00:47:47

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 

Aug 29, 2017
When you feel betrayed by the bestseller list
00:48:39

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 

Aug 22, 2017
The books you can't stop recommending
00:45:07

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

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

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

Connect with Bethany: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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

Aug 08, 2017
Immersive books that make you want to read them again (for the first time)
00:43:24

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 

Aug 01, 2017
Ask Anne Anything!
00:45:30

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 

Jul 25, 2017
Overlooked books that deserve to shine
00:47:03

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 

Jul 18, 2017
Popcorn books, page-turning thrills, and reader regret
00:44:47

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 

Jul 11, 2017
Eclectic tastes, slow readers, and talking about books with strangers
00:46:19

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 

Jul 04, 2017
When your best friend hates your favorite book (and you hate hers)
00:58:38

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!"

Jun 27, 2017
You know you're a Serious Reader when...
00:46:03

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 

Jun 20, 2017
An epic birthday bookstore road trip
00:45:02

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

Jun 13, 2017
Obsessive readers and bookish kindred spirit angels
00:53:03

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

Jun 06, 2017
The suspense is thrilling me
00:44:12

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  

May 30, 2017
Books that make you want to skip dinner, work, and the rest of your life
00:47:22

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

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

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

Connect with Cori on Instagram

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

May 23, 2017
The books we can't wait to read this summer
00:38:31

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 

May 16, 2017
Super-relevant (super-enjoyable) fiction for our time
00:44:38

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  

May 09, 2017
How to save The Shop Around the Corner
00:47:46

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  

May 02, 2017
Book people are the best people (LIVE!)
01:32:35

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  

Apr 25, 2017
If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read
01:00:53

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 

Apr 18, 2017
Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!
00:40:09

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 

Apr 11, 2017
Don't judge a person by their (book) cover
00:50:40

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  

Apr 04, 2017
Embarrassing bookworm confessions
00:48:19

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  

Mar 28, 2017
A super-elegant apocalypse
00:42:35

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 POPcastiTunes | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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




Mar 21, 2017
The book Anne can't shut up about
00:43:45

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 JessieWebsite | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads 

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

Mar 14, 2017
The library is running my life
00:51:22

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 CarolynInstagram

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Mar 07, 2017
Plot summaries are the WORST
00:41:06

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 



Feb 28, 2017
Just the right book at just the right time
00:39:19

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   


Feb 21, 2017
Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop
00:46:45

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   

Feb 14, 2017
The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime
00:39:38

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   

Feb 07, 2017
The next best thing to reading
00:58:49

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  

Jan 31, 2017
Books so good you'll forget you have a phone
00:46:39

Today's guest is Elise Blaha Cripe, who you may know as the creative professional behind the Get to Work Book planner, or the host of podcast Elise Gets Crafty. Most importantly, Elise is one of those people who can’t NOT talk about books—who loves to be reading, and loves to share what she reads. Today we talk about Elise’s love of big, thick books, the three places she gets her book recommendations, and how the true sign of a great book is if it makes Elise forget she has a phone.

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

Connect with Elise: Website | Instagram | Goodreads.

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


Jan 24, 2017
Your TBR will never be the same ...
01:00:55

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!

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Have a question or comment for the show? Email brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com

Jan 17, 2017
When the plot comes full circle...
00:40:18

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

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Jan 10, 2017
The last page can make it or break it
00:50:37

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!

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Jan 03, 2017
Prescribing books for what ails you
00:47:29

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!

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Dec 27, 2016
"You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters
00:51:09

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!

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Dec 20, 2016
What's your reading personality?
00:29:55

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!

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Dec 13, 2016
There's nothing like a bookstore at the holidays
00:48:11

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 TwitterInstagramFacebook

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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.

Dec 06, 2016
Choosing contemporary novels with staying power (for Jane Austen's 5x great niece)
00:30:37

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!

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Nov 29, 2016
What Should I LISTEN to Next?
00:43:40

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!

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Nov 22, 2016
The best of literary heroines (Reading For A Lifetime Pt 5)
00:24:06

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: InstagramTwitterGoodreads!

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Nov 18, 2016
There's nothing better than a great book, with Gretchen Rubin (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 4)
00:31:05

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 ProjectHappier 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!

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Nov 17, 2016
Gateway books to lifetime reading (Reading For A Lifetime, Pt 3)
00:34:19

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

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Nov 16, 2016
Growing up with the help of a good book (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 2)
00:36:26

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: BlogTwitterFacebookGoodreadsPinterest

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Nov 15, 2016
How to help kids fall in love with reading (Reading for a Lifetime, Pt 1)
00:45:05

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: WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram

Check out Sarah's free read-aloud booklist.

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Nov 14, 2016
It's good to be a Special Readerly Snowflake
00:45:35

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:  YouTubeTwitterInstagramGoodreads

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Nov 08, 2016
Needing books, with a capital "N"
00:28:51

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!

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Nov 01, 2016
What DID they read next (and how did they feel about it?)
00:23:22

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.

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Oct 25, 2016
Heartwarming books for dire situations
00:45:05

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!

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Oct 18, 2016
Like speed dating, but with authors
00:55:35

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.

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Oct 11, 2016
Fiction FOMO and curing Hamilton hangover
00:45:20

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

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Oct 04, 2016
Life's too short to waste on bad books
00:44:35

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:  TwitterInstagram

Check out Erik's productivity podcast Beyond The To-Do List.

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Sep 27, 2016
The books we can't wait to read this fall
00:19:18

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!

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Sep 21, 2016
Spouses of Readers Anonymous
00:42:18

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: WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter

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Sep 20, 2016
Judging a book by its first sentence
00:46:27

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 | InstagramTwitterFacebookGoodreads

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Sep 13, 2016
Secrets, cheap tricks, and paradigm-shifting books
00:40:42

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!

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Sep 06, 2016
Reading as a couple + the best books YOU read this summer
00:49:17

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.

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Aug 30, 2016
Comfort food, but with books
00:35:10

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 HomeTwitter | InstagramFacebookPinterest

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Aug 23, 2016
Internet brain, redemption stories, and books with terrible elevator pitches
00:25:55

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 | TwitterInstagram

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Aug 16, 2016
Books that marry fiction and reality
00:45:19

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: BlogTwitterInstagram | Goodreads

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Aug 09, 2016
What DID they read next (and what did they think about it?
00:35:15

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


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Aug 02, 2016
Literature as fun escape and daily companion
00:28:04

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

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Jul 26, 2016
Lifetime favorite books and reading for a living
00:45:16

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

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Jul 19, 2016
4-star books with 4-star endings for an ISTJ Type A Upholder
00:45:46

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

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Jul 12, 2016
Work, money, love, and mystery
00:40:25

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

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Jul 05, 2016
Books that no one's writing about in Entertainment Weekly
00:39:50

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  



Jun 28, 2016
Books good enough to make you turn off the tv (even if you love tv)
00:37:41

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

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

Connect with Kendra: BlogPodcast

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Jun 21, 2016
Great adventure books
00:22:21

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   



Jun 14, 2016
Very personal stories
00:34:08

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!

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Jun 07, 2016
Life-changing books
00:23:21

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!

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May 31, 2016
Honeymoon reading
00:27:05

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. 


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May 24, 2016
What DID they read next (and how did they like it?)
00:29:54

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!

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May 17, 2016
The books that made you fall in love with reading
00:19:34

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!

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May 13, 2016
Sweeping sagas and strong female leads
00:20:17

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!

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May 10, 2016
Great literary fiction, inspirational favorites, and high school English
00:37:07

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!

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May 03, 2016
Compelling, character-driven books steeped in time and place
00:41:02

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!

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Apr 26, 2016
Smart, slightly eccentric, diverse books
00:33:58

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 SecretsThe 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!

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Apr 19, 2016
Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction
00:29:58

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!

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Apr 12, 2016
The audacity to tell people what to read
00:37:57

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 MistressMarybeth 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.

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Apr 09, 2016
A snob-free approach to reading
00:46:01

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!

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Apr 05, 2016
Memoir, creativity, talent, and more memoir
00:31:00

In this episode Anne chats with Ed Cyzewski, author of multiple books including Pray, Write, GrowCreating SpaceWrite 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!

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Mar 29, 2016
Life is hard - but reading doesn't have to be
00:30:05

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!

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Mar 21, 2016
What's going on beneath the surface
00:38:39

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!

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Mar 15, 2016
You can be a Serious Reader and still love Matt Damon
00:40:16

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!

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Mar 08, 2016
The reality of bookworm problems
00:27:54

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!

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Mar 01, 2016
The power of books, English major favorites, and what makes a great YA novel
00:25:05

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!

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Check out Preston's books: Out of the House of Bread | Tables in the Wilderness

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Feb 23, 2016
Books that uplift and inspire, the books that "hook" you, and filling the Brown Girls' Bookshelf
00:32:52

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!

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Check out Osheta's podcast Shalom in the City

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Feb 16, 2016
Books for book nerds, author backstories, and simple stories told well
00:38:17

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!

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Feb 09, 2016
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you
00:30:14

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!

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Feb 02, 2016
Reading as escape, hating lots of books, and finding new fiction
00:32:43

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!

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Jan 26, 2016
Books that "smart" people like, books you truly love, and books that embrace the grey
00:28:27

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!

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Jan 19, 2016
The perils of high expectations and characters you can root for
00:18:55

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!

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Jan 10, 2016
Books that inspire crying jags and sleepless nights (in the best sense)
00:24:22

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!

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Jan 10, 2016