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December 3, 2019
Hopefully you haven’t put that wrapping paper away yet… because today we’re bringing you even MORE bookish gift-giving ideas! This episode is specially geared toward the people many WSIRN listeners consider the hardest to buy for — your nonfiction readers, true crime lovers, political thriller fanatics, and doorstop history book deep-divers. Sometimes these are called “dad books” or “dude books”, and our inbox was definitely FULL of people desperate for recommendations for their dads, brothers, and grandfathers… but genre knows no gender, and around here the expert we trust for nonfiction, crime, and intrigue is none other than Traci Thomas from The Stacks podcast! Click over to the podcast website for the transcript and full list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/212 Give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next and become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Hear more of Tracy at The Stacks Podcast, and find her on Twitter @stackspodcast and Instagram @thestackspod. And be sure to check out The Stacks' book drive to support Rocketship Delta Prep.  Thanks to today's sponsors:PrepDish helps you get fully prepared dinners on the table in just about 30 minutes. They offer a variety of meal plans to fit any lifestyle including Paleo, Gluten Free, and Keto. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXTl! Bombas socks are soft… like “made-with-the-softest-cotton-in-the-world” soft. And whether you’re giving a pair or getting a pair for yourself, for every pair you buy Bombas will give a pair to a local homeless shelter. Visit Bombas.com/READNEXT to get 20% off any purchase during their big holiday sale, November 18th – December 5th. Kopari’s deodorant keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage oil and coconut oil. WSIRN listeners can get 15% off your monthly subscription at KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT!
November 26, 2019
Anne has a delightful & deep conversation with guest Sarah Bessey about writing personal nonfiction, and what might spur an author to write a book unlike anything they’ve written in the past. Last week, Anne talked about books can expand hearts and minds, and Sarah has so much to share with about what books have shifted her perspectives for the better. CanLit lovers rejoice — they're also touching on the books everyone is talking about in Canada! Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/211 To give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Thanks to today's sponsors:This holiday season, give the ones you love something cozy. Brooklinen.com is having their biggest sale ever and it’s happening right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, until December 3rd. Legacy Box makes it so easy to get my photos, negatives and VHS tapes organized into an easily shareable digital format. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, forget about doorbusters and head over for the best deal of the year — WSIRN listeners can get an unprecedented 60% off your first Legacy Box order!
November 19, 2019
Break out the wrapping paper, because our yearly WSIRN holiday recommendation episode is here! Listeners wrote and called in to let us know who they wanted to give the gift of reading to this Winter, and today, Anne is joined by Holland Saltsman of The Novel Neighbor in St Louis to recommend the perfect titles for your distractable teens and tweens, reluctant-reader spouses, impossible-to-buy-for parents, and that friend who seems to have already read everything. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/210 A dissenting opinion on Malcolm Gladwell's newest from Traci Thomas of The Stacks Podcast. I recommended this to Jamie in episode 209 but really wish I had seen this post first and would have to say Traci changed my mind. To give yourself the gift of more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Thanks to today's sponsors:The Great Courses Plus is an educational streaming service that makes learning easy and accessible. WSIRN listeners can get a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Ritual Essential for Women is the multivitamin, reimagined. From D3 to Omega 3, Ritual's Essential for Women helps fill gaps in a woman’s diet. WSIRN listeners can get 10% off during your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT.Bombas socks are “made-with-the-softest-cotton-in-the-world” soft. Whether you’re giving a pair or getting a pair for yourself, for every pair you bye Bombas will give a pair to a local homeless shelter. Get 20% off any purchase at Bombas.com/READNEXT during their big holiday sale, November 18th - December 5th.
November 12, 2019
Today’s guest is Jamie Freeman, a reader who was led to audiobooks by her favorite true crime podcasts… and has since made serious space in her life to read with her earbuds in.  Anne and Jamie chat about spine-tingly crime nonfiction, historical romance, their favorite audiobook narrators, and tackle a frequently asked question: how to get into an audiobook when you’re finding it hard to focus.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/209 You can find Jamie on Instagram @jamie.of.all.trades If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Thanks to today's sponsors:OPENFIT is a brand new, super simple streaming service that allows you to work-out from the comfort of your living room in as little as 10 minutes a day. Text the code READ to 303030 and join a fitness journey personalized just for you. (Standard message and data rates may apply)ThirdLove offers more than 80 bra sizes, including their signature half-cup sizes, and use lightweight, super thin memory foam cups that mold to your shape. WSIRN listeners can get 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Brooklinen was the first direct to consumer bedding company, meaning they work directly with manufacturers and directly with customers, no middlemen—just a great product and service. Get 10% off AND free shipping, anytime you shop at Brooklinen.com with promo code READ.
November 5, 2019
Charlie Lovett joins Anne to discuss the enduring power of not only stories but the books themselves, how books connect people of all ages, and of all times, how we can preserve literature for future generations, the joy of a book as a physical object, the art of literary forgery, marginalia, symbolism, and much much more. Anne met Charlie along with 150 other readers at the ever-charming bookstore Bookmarks NC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as part of an event for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club, where members learn to read better, together, and one of the many things we do is read a core selection together every month, and then meet on video to discuss it at the end of the month, often with the author. Our October selection was Charlie’s novel The Bookman’s Tale*, and not only did Charlie join us, but for the first time ever, we got to have our author chat in person. *Don't worry, this conversation is spoiler-free. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/208 If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Thanks to today's sponsors:The Great Courses Plus is an educational streaming service makes learning so easy and accessible with thousands of lectures on practically any topic you can think of and objective, in-depth information from some of the best teachers in the world. WSIRN listeners have access to this fantastic offer: a full month for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT! Prep Dish has been Anne's secret weapon for healthy, stress-free meals for years. It couldn’t be easier to try it for yourself. Text the word MEALPLAN to 33777 to get your free week! Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is a cleaner alternative to traditional deodorants. It’s aluminum-free, vegan, and does not contain silicones, sulfates, parabens, GMOs, or baking soda. Kopari’s deodorant keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage oil and coconut oil. WSIRN listeners get 15% off your monthly subscriptio at KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT!
October 29, 2019
This week's guest is Jennifer Pai, a reader with a particular soft spot for anything that could might be called spooky. Whether it’s thrilling suspense, witchy fantasy, or outright horror, she’s here for it. Anne and Jennifer chat about atmospheric reads, sleeper hits, gleefully enjoying books other people hate, and the perfect October reads to pair with a comfy blanket and mug of hot cider.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/207 If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! Supporters get bonus episodes, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and livestreams with Anne and WSIRN's producer, Brenna. Thanks to today's sponsors:Literati mails FIVE teacher-approved books to your child every month, making it easy to find unique and interesting books for your kids and making the choices their’s as opposed to something you’ve pushed into their hands. WSIRN listeners can get $20 off your first box with code READ NEXT!From keeping cool and dry on your morning run to staying comfortable in your office’s freezing air conditioning, Bombas’ socks are ready to work as hard as you do. And for every pair of socks you buy, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need. WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first purchase!Ritual’s Essentials have the nutrients most of us don’t get enough of from food—all in their clean, absorbable forms. No shady additives or ingredients that can do more harm to your body than good. Right now Ritual is offering WSIRN listeners 10% off during your first three months!
October 22, 2019
Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took action again… by reaching out to WSIRN for help.  Today, Jerrell and Anne chat about parenthood, complex family stories, the tricky task of avoiding book hangovers, and much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/206 You can connect with Jerrell on Instagram @jerrelleverett If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, AND occasionally they get to save the day like last week's guest Addie who jumped in when we had a scheduling issue and needed to record immediately! Thanks to today's sponsors:The Great Courses Plus is the streaming service that allows you to get curious about different time periods, different cultures and all kinds of different subjects like psychology, space, music, and literature. WSIRN listeners can get a full month of FREE unlimited access at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!ThirdLove is dedicated to helping you find the perfect fitting bra right at home–no matter your size or shape. . Right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Brooklinen was the first Direct to consumer bedding company, meaning they work directly with manufacturers and directly with customers, no middlemen -just a great product and service. WSIRN listeners get 10% off AND free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com.
October 15, 2019
Anne helps farm wife Addie find great happily-ever-afters to get her through harvest season.
October 8, 2019
Today Anne talks books with David Krohse, an Iowa reader who’s woven a love of literature into all aspects of his life — the waiting room of his chiropractic practice, the bar with a group friends, and quality time spent with his wife. David loves larger than life nonfiction, especially if it reads like an intense thriller, so Anne is hooking him up with exactly that.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/204 You can join David's Inspired Book and Brew Crew on Facebook! If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview! More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration. Thanks to today's sponsors:The Great Courses Plus is the streaming service that gives you the freedom to learn more about virtually any topic. WSIRN listeners get a full month of unlimited access for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Prep Dish is a time-saving whole-food based meal planning service with great-tasting menus that reflect the flavors and produce of the season. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXTl!Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is aluminum-free, vegan, and does not contain silicones, sulfates, parabens, GMOs, or baking soda. Instead, it keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage and coconut oils. As a WSIRN listener, you'll get $5 off your first deodorant order when you subscribe oat KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT!
October 1, 2019
In today’s episode, Anne talks with Emily Carter about a genre they both used to think they were too smart to be reading. When Emily entered a season when she was busy and stressed, and she discovered that the genre she’d once categorically dismissed was full of books that were exactly what her lackluster reading life needed. Fellow repentant "book snobs" will relate to this conversation about what we miss out on as readers when we seal ourselves off from whole sections of the bookstore, how our misperceptions can be corrected with the help of our fellow readers, and how we can take smart chances on books outside our readerly comfort zones.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/203 You can connect with Emily on her blog: https://thesecondarrowblog.wordpress.com If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We're sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and invites to special events like our Fall Book Preview! More fun book recommendations happen on our Instagram feed where we use the hashtag #readerrecs to gather your recommendations for a reader who's looking for a little literary inspiration. Thanks to today's sponsors:Literati mails FIVE teacher-approved books to your child every month! No more guessing or searching or reading the same books over and over. Each box is based on a theme, like The Spirit of Adventure, or The Animal Kingdom. For a limited time, go to LiteratiBooks.com/READNEXT and use promo code READNEXT for $20 off your first box.ThirdLove uses data points generated by millions of women who have taken their Fit Finder quiz, to design bras with breast size and shape in mind for a perfect fit and premium feel. WSIRN listeners get 15% off your first purchase at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Ritual’s Essentials have the nutrients most of us don’t get enough of from food—all in their clean, absorbable forms. No shady additives or ingredients that can do more harm to your body than good. WSIRN listeners get 10% off during your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
September 24, 2019
Anne helps sisters Mia & Micah individualize their reading lives.
September 17, 2019
Today, Brian Eichenberger dives straight into a hotly debated issue, discussing horrible books that taught him and Anne lessons they still think about allllll the time. Brian is the kind of reader who wants to chew on big ideas, follow characters from childhood to old age to see what makes people tick, and who loves big juicy family sagas. But he also has a taste for the unusual, so Anne recommends 3 titles that hopefully hit more than one target. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/201 You can follow Brian on Twitter @beichen22, and check out his podcast Story Guys at wearethestoryguys.com/podcast or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Thanks to today's sponsors:OpenFit is a brand new, super simple streaming service that allows you to work-out from the comfort of your living room in as little as 10 minutes a day. WSIRN listeners can get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to OPENFIT when you text READ to 303030.ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order!Audible has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks and audio entertainment—including Audible Originals, stories created exclusively for audio including documentaries, exclusive audiobooks, and scripted shows that you can’t hear anywhere else. Start listening with a 30-day Audible trial.
September 10, 2019
In today's milestone 200th episode, Anne and her producer Brenna catch up with the guests of 8 fan-favorite episodes to see what recommendations were hits, which flopped, and what changed in their reading lives after the show.
September 3, 2019
The WSIRN intro sounds straightforward enough - Anne chats with a reader about books they love, books they hate, and books they could pick up next. Simple. But long-time listeners know this show was originally supposed to be a tight 20 minutes… and today, each episode is easily twice that long. It turns out, a person’s reading taste reveals a lot about who they are as individuals, and digging into those discussions is worth much more to the WSIRN team than hitting a timestamp. Today’s guest is no stranger to seemingly-mundane belongings that hold deep meaning - Tara Anderson hosts the NPR show 5 Things, where she gets to know people by discussing five items that matter to them. A guest's treasured items might be books, but they might also be a houseplant, a special coat, heirloom knitting needles, even something as practical as a rice cooker. There are no home appliances in this episode, but Anne is investigating what Tara’s 3 favorite titles say about what she wants out of life, and what new books will take her there.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/199 Follow Tara on Instagram and Twitter, and make sure to go check out her newest project at musicboxpod.org  Thanks to today's sponsors:Brooklinen sells luxury sheets, towels and bedding without the luxury markup—which helped make them the winner of the “Best of Online Bedding” category by Good Housekeeping. Get 10% off AND free shipping when you use promo code READNEXT at Brooklinen.com. Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is aluminum-free, vegan, and does not contain silicones, sulfates, parabens, GMOs, or baking soda. Instead, it keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage oil and coconut oil. WSIRN listeners can save $5 off your first subscription deodorant order at KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT!
August 27, 2019
Ever since Anne visited today’s guest, Annie F. Downs, on her podcast That Sounds Fun a little while ago to talk about Summer Reading, she's been wanting to talk all things books and reading with Annie on What Should I Read Next. It's finally happening - and the conversation is going unexpected places. Anne and Annie are chatting about the author who made Annie a better storyteller, her surprising love for reading what she calls “Dead Men’s writing”, totally fangirling about all the literary good Dolly Parton has done in the world, and Anne recommend a few books she didn’t expect to recommend when the conversation started... Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/198 Learn more about Annie: Website: www.anniefdowns.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/anniefdowns Twitter: twitter.com/anniefdowns Instagram: www.instagram.com/anniefdowns Thanks to today's sponsors:Postmates is your personal food delivery, grocery delivery - whatever-kind-of delivery service, all year round! For a limited time, Postmates is giving WSIRN listeners $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days. Simply download the app and use the code READNEXT to get started.ThirdLove has all of your undergarment needs covered—from their classic t-shirt bra to a lacy plunge or strapless. Find your perfect-fitting bra on ThirdLove... and get 15% off your first purchase!Legacy Box is a full service digital preservation service. Legacybox takes all your old analog memories and digitizes them, sending you a thumbdrive, DVD or digital download in return! WSIRN listeners get 40% off your first order, so there’s never been a better time to digitally preserve your memories!
August 20, 2019
Today’s guest, Amelia Mattingly, went through a gut-wrenching experience that ripped her book collection away from her – shelves and all – along with countless other precious signifiers of home. As a result of this experience, the books she craves are different now, and every book purchase feels weighty. Anne is connecting Amelia with three books that will hopefully take some of that heaviness off her shoulders and let her choose a different world to escape into, just for a few hours.  CONTENT WARNING: Amelia tells her story of surviving an enormous natural disaster in heartbreaking detail, and it might be too much for anxious or sensitive listeners. If you need to skip the detailed descriptions, our book discussion starts about 20 minutes in, and mentions of the traumatic events are less detailed after that point.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/197 You can find information about the Paradise, CA mobile clinic, MedSpire, at http://www.medspire.org, and contribute a tax-deductible donation at http://www.medspire.org/donate Thanks to today's sponsors:Unlock a world of knowledge with The Great Courses Plus. Right now, they’re giving WSIRN listeners a special, limited-time offer: a FREE month of unlimited access to their entire library at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/READNEXT!Send your kids back to school with Bombas socks to keep them comfy, colorful, and ready to take on the school year. WSIRN listeners get 20% off your first purchase at Bombas.com/READNEXT!OpenFit takes all the complexity out of losing weight and getting fit. During the Openfit 30-day challenge, WSIRN listeners get a special extended 30-day free trial membership to OpenFit when you text READ to 303030
August 13, 2019
Imaginative reader Anudeep seeks Anne's help finding escapist books that will sweep him away to another world.
August 6, 2019
Today’s guest Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, bookseller, and a big fan of memoirs of people living “everyday lives”. She certainly has experience with an interesting “everyday life” as a Book Enthusiast at Large—yes, that is her job title—for Parnassus Books in Nashville. Anne and Mary Laura chat about the reading and writing life, working through her readerly guilt of hating beloved childhood classics, and the delight of a book flight (or as Mary Laura would say, "reading symphonies"). Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/195 Connect with Mary Laura: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Catch up on all of the episodes in Volume II of OGB my short-form podcast where we explore just one great book in 10 minutes or less. Thanks to today's sponsors:If you want to travel easier check out the full line of Away sizes and colors. WSIRN listeners can get $20 off a suitcase by using promo code READNEXT20 during checkout!ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order!
July 30, 2019
For Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. She also spent a year roaming a hotel, doing a job that sounds like it belongs in the pages of a novel. Today Nicole shares some of the stories she heard during her time there, and the literary community-building project she started and has continued to this day. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/194 Follow Nicole and her sister's reading lives on Instagram @bibliosisters. Thanks to today's sponsors:Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is a cleaner alternative to traditional deodorants. WSIRN listeners can save $5 off your first deodorant order when you subscribe at KopariBeauty.com/READNEXT.Legacy Box is the world’s largest and most trusted digitizer of home movies and photos. They have over a decade of experience and do all of the work by hand, right here in the USA. WSIRN listeners can get 40% off your first order at LegacyBox.com/READNEXT!Postmates is your personal food delivery, grocery delivery - whatever-kind-of delivery service, all year round. WSIRN listeners can download the app and use code READNEXT for $100 of free delivery credit for your first 7 days!
July 23, 2019
Keren Form is a self-professed mega nerd who loves everything from LOTR, and board games, and epic science fiction. Today, Keren and Anne chat about what it really means to be a nerd, and how her wholehearted enthusiasm has sent her on many life-enriching adventures. If you hear “science fiction” or “fantasy” and think “nope, not for me,” you might still find something to love in this episode — Anne's recommendations could just as easily be recommendations of a history lover, or a crime drama fanatic, or a romance-loving YA fan.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/193 You can follow Keren’s travels and gaming enthusiasm on Instagram. Thanks to today's sponsors:ThirdLove knows there’s a perfect bra for everyone, so right now they are offering WSIRN listeners 15% off your first order at ThirdLove.com/READNEXT!Bombas, and they are the most comfortable socks in the history of feet — and for every Bombas purchase you make, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need! WSIRN listeners can get 20% off your first purchase at Bombas.com/READNEXT.Ritual contains nine nutrients that are difficult to get enough of every day, even with a healthy diet. Right now, WSIRN listeners can get 10% off your first three months at Ritual.com/READNEXT!
July 16, 2019
Rita and Xoe Amer are a mother-daughter duo who have bonded over books since Xoe was young. She’s all grown up now, but the shared love of reading remains. Today Anne, Rita & Xoe discuss their reading and writing roots, hidden literary gems from the past, and the great conversations that come from bad books.   Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/192 You can check out Rita and Xoe's mother-daughter podcast, Foibles, at foibles.podbean.com or by searching "Foibles" on your favorite podcast app. Thanks to today's sponsor:Prep Dish offers a variety of meal plans to fit any lifestyle including Paleo, Gluten Free, and Keto. Start your free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXT and take care of your meal planning for the whole summer!
July 9, 2019
Anne helps a reader OBSESSED with one mega-popular book series to the exclusion of all other reading options.
July 2, 2019
Anne gives a jump-start to a newly retired woman's expanding reading life.
June 25, 2019
Today’s guests Brenna Sherrill & Ryan Pait describe themselves as platonic soulmates, book-loving best friends who grew up together, went to school together, read together (sometimes out loud!) and even live together. Today Anne, Brenna, and Ryan chat about a truly magical college class, Ryan’s most embarrassing moment meeting a literary icon, the book Ann Patchett thinks EVERYONE should read, and of course Anne recommends three books she think they’ll enjoy reading together and discussing to death, because that’s their style. Becoming a WSIRN patron means LOADS of additional audio content, including weekly bonus episodes of One Great Book, monthly behind-the-scenes episodes, audio of certain live events, like Anne's recent conversation with Celeste Ng, and now we can add FREE AUDIOBOOKS to that list! For a limited time we’ve partnered with Libro.fm to give all Hardback-tier supporters a free audiobook! Summer is made for audiobook listening, so this is the perfect time for you to become a new patron. Go to patreon.com/whatshouldIreadnext to join in the fun! Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/189 You can find Brenna and Ryan on Instagram, @ryanpait and @brennasherrill. You can find Ryan’s writing at The Houstonian and the Chautauquan Daily. Thanks to today's sponsors:More than 610 million members visit LinkedIn to build their network, grow in their profession, and discover new job opportunities. As a WSIRN listener, you can get $50 off your first job post at linkedin.com/readnext.
June 18, 2019
Today, we meet Michelle Moreno, who I hope will inspire anyone out there who wants to make their bookstore dreams a reality. Anne got to talk to Michelle right after her very first pop-up shop, while she was still on the high of her first time putting books directly into the hands of her community. Anne and Michelle are discussing the books she chose for her first foray into handselling, the high of putting books directly into the hands of her community, the connection she finds between reading and plant care, and the moment she found her identity - on a bookshelf. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/188 You can browse Michelle's book-and-plant shop on Instagram @la.maceta.store Thanks to today's sponsors:Away’s approach is simple: they create special objects that are designed to be resilient, resourceful, and essential to the way you travel today. WSIRN listeners can receive $20 off a suitcase at AwayTravel.com/READNEXT20 by using promo code READNEXT20 during checkout!
June 4, 2019
Hannah Christmas is a stay at home mom whose reading life changed forever when she had a baby. Not only how much she read, or when she read, but the big-picture long-term-plan way she wanted to share her love of reading with the world. Today Anne and Hannah chat about the treatment for a serious overdose of books set in New York City, fresh blood in the bookselling world, literary handcrafts, and much much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/187 You can check out Hannah’s literary embroidery at etsy.com/shop/EmbroiderhouseFive. Thanks to today's sponsors:With Prep Dish, you shop once, prep once—Then enjoy delicious home cooked meals for the whole week in just 20-30 minutes a day. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial!
May 28, 2019
Lamar Giles joins Anne to chat about his two great literary loves: children’s books, and... horror novelist Stephen King? If you don’t think those things go together, Lamar is prepared to talk you into changing your mind, and maybe about more than just that. Get ready for a great chat about transcending stereotypes, how books can build up the self-worth of young readers, great novels where the setting becomes a character in its own right, and so so much more.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/186 You can discover more about Lamar’s books at www.lamargiles.com, follow him on Twitter @LRGiles. Thanks to today's sponsors:Get your job in front of the most relevant, qualified candidates with LinkedIn Jobs. Post a job today at LinkedIn.com/READNEXT and get $50 off your first job post!
May 21, 2019
Most weeks on What Should I Read Next, I’ll do a little literary matchmaking with one guest… but this week, I’m joined by the show's producer, Brenna Frederick, to hook SEVERAL What Should I Read Next listeners up with their perfect Summer read. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/185 Find your next great Summer read in the Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2019/
May 14, 2019
Today’s guest is Will Schwalbe, devoted reader and host of the But That's Another Story podcast. Will believes if we all asked the question “what are you reading” more often, it could change the world, and has a few absolutely delightful literary superstitions... Anne and Will chatting all about the downside of conquering your TBR, misremembering poetry, bookstore serendipity, and Will’s attempt to convince ANNE to read a super ambitious classic she just haven’t had the nerve to pick up yet.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/184 Check out But That's Another Story on the podcast platform of your choice! Connect with Will on his website: http://willschwalbe.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillSch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.schwalbe
May 7, 2019
Anne and guest Karuna Riazi chat about magical realism, reading at weddings, middle grade literature, and perfectionist-proof book journaling.
April 30, 2019
Anne and guest Michele chat about the delightful experience of "reading with your ears", and recommend audiobooks to WSIRN listeners.
April 23, 2019
Today’s guest Holli Petersen has created a very special family book club that might inspire you to pick up the phone and call a bookish loved one as soon as the episode is over. She also totally hated one of Anne's favorite titles for the first 100 pages, before a turn of events melted her heart… Anne has mentioned this title DOZENS of times on the show, any guesses what that title might be? What we love most about WSIRN is putting the right book in the hands of the right reader, so Anne wants to recommend some of the best Summer releases especially to YOU! Head over to our Patreon posts page to find out how to be part of our upcoming Summer Reading episode. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/181 Thanks to today's sponsor:For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/READNEXT and use promo code READNEXT during checkout!
April 16, 2019
Today’s guest is reading speed-demon Liberty Hardy, professional book nerd and host of Book Riot’s All the Books podcast. Together, Liberty and Anne are going deep into a book labyrinth, discussing truly committed bookworm questions like “how do you avoid back strain while reading for hours on end?”, “how do I smuggle 1000 books out of my house safely?” and “what does Kate Atkinson’s grocery list look like?” They're also playing a Tom Stoppard-inspired literary game that miiiight destroy your TBR. Check out Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book. New episodes drop on Fridays! If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive weekly bonus episodes. To sign up for bonus episodes, and all sorts of other WSIRN behind-the-scenes goodness visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/180 You can check out Liberty's writing at Book Riot, follow her super-bookish and super-kitten-filled Instagram @FranzenComesAlive, and see what books she's talking about on Twitter @MissLiberty. Watch the clip from Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead that inspired our game. Thanks to today's sponsor:With Prep Dish, you shop once, prep once—Then enjoy delicious home cooked meals for the whole week in just 20-30 minutes a day. WSIRN listeners can get a free 2-week trial at PrepDish.com/READNEXT.
April 9, 2019
Anne helps an introverted reader find a sensical through-line in her eclectic reading habits.
April 2, 2019
We have a new podcast! WSIRN is about helping readers find their next read. In each episode, the recommendations are geared toward a particular reader’s style, and Anne always looks for titles they haven’t read before. Our new podcast is a short format show called One Great Book. In every episode, Anne pulls one standout selection off her personal bookshelves and tell you all about it. She's highlighting books she loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time. We have 8 books planned for this first volume (commonly known as a season, on podcasts that are not of the bookish variety), and the first two books are available now in your favorite podcast player. New episodes drop on Fridays starting this week.
April 2, 2019
Decision-making is a HUGE part of WSIRN's purpose. Podcaster and author Emily P. Freeman is an expert in the art of decision-making (she’s literally written the book on it), but when assigned school reading hijacked alllllll her personal reading time... deciding what to read next for pleasure got a little more complicated. Today, Anne helps Emily find her way back to confident personal reading decisions. Plus, they discuss what to do when you pick up the totally-wrong book by a totally-great author, biographical historical fiction, the first YA book ever written, and Emily’s newest book The Next Right Thing. On Friday, Anne's brand new podcast One Great Book entered the world. Unlike What Should I Read Next, which tailors recommendations to a specific reader's taste, One Great Book highlights books Anne loves that you may have missed or forgotten about, but that you’ll be glad to discover—again, or for the first time. We have 8 books planned for this first volume (the more-bookish term for "season"). New episodes drop on Fridays. Make sure to subscribe to One Great Book on your preferred podcast player! If one episode per week isn't enough, our Patreon community will get exclusive bonus episodes corresponding with each new One Great Book episode, highlighting an extra title that hasn't been released yet so you can be in the know AND be the first on your library holds list. To sign up for bonus episodes, visit http://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/178 Make sure to check out Emily’s podcast The Next Right Thing, and her new book of the same name. Find all the info you need on her website www.emilypfreeman.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, both @emilypfreeman.
March 26, 2019
Many listeners and past guests on WSIRN have shared their stories of reading dry spells due to chronic illness, anxiety, and disability. Today’s guest Kate Mitchell has experienced polar opposites in her reading life, going from a period of time when reading was literally her job, to stretches where reading was literally impossible because of chronic illness. Kate is sharing some of the wisdom she’s gained on her roller coaster of a reading life with us all, including practical tips for how to accept reality and adapt your reading life if you’re having a rough go of it yourself. Anne and Kate also chat about what realism looks like in the fantasy genre, books wayyyy too big to keep in your purse, and Kate gives Anne the student-debt-free cheat sheet to reading like you’ve got a Masters degree in literature. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/177 Hear more from Kate about her reading life and chronic illness at katethealmostgreat.com. Get closer to the creative process by joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family on Patreon. Visit https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext for bonus episodes, outtakes, exclusive booklists, livestream chats with Anne, and more. Thanks to today's sponsor:With Prep Dish, you shop once, prep once—Then enjoy delicious home cooked meals for the whole week in just 20-30 minutes a day. Check out PrepDish.com/READNEXT for a free 2-week trial.
March 19, 2019
Anne goes out of her comfort zone, recommending creepy comfort reads to horror lover Mallory O'Meara.
March 12, 2019
Michelle Wilson has noticed a specific character type that is missing from her bookshelves... and she is on the hunt for more. She and Anne chat about characters age 50+ in possession of NO magical powers, yelling at characters who make terrible decisions, reading as broadly as possible, and what it's like to be in not one, not two, but THREE book clubs (mmmmmaybe more.) Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/175 What Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you bonus episodes, outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, livestream chats, and access to the epic master spreadsheet holding the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family. Thanks to today's sponsor:For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/READNEXT and use promo code READNEXT during checkout!
March 5, 2019
Guest Kate Daley is a house painter from New South Wales, Australia, who has been living for the past two and a half years... in a camper van! Today she chats with Anne about the genre that sent her into an intense reading rut, a family reading competition, and where she manages to fit a home library in while living in cramped quarters. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/174 You can connect with Kate on Instagram: @when_kate_reads What Should I Read Next is now on Patreon to bring you outtakes, peeks behind the scenes, printable goodness, online hangouts, BONUS EPISODES, and... access to our epic spreadsheet that holds the loves, hates, and recommendations from each episode. Backers also will get to participate in certain aspects of the creative process from call-ins, to special episode ideas, in fact our current backers even helped us title this episode. Get closer to the creative process by heading over to https://patreon.com/whatshouldireadnext now and joining WSIRN’s behind-the-scenes family.
February 26, 2019
After a year of focusing on reading over 100 books while recovering from a running injury, today’s guest Natalie Van Waning is sprinting enthusiastically toward many readers’ worst nightmare: Looooooong books. We're talking doorstop, tweak your wrist getting them off the shelf, 40-hours-on-Audible long books. Natalie asked Anne to help her focus on quality instead of quantity, so get ready for sweeping multi-generational sagas, tour-guide novels, and heart-tugging family stories. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/173 You can connect with Natalie on her blog: http://imchattynatty.blogspot.com/ Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
February 19, 2019
Sean Larkin is a self-proclaimed “slow reader”, stay-at-home-parent, and freelance photographer. If you don’t relate to 100-book reading goals or refreshing your feed for the latest book news, Sean is the kindred reading spirit you’ve been waiting to hear from! Anne chats with Sean about the book that made him nostalgic for a time period before he was born, calculating price-per-page at the library book sale, the longstanding bookish obsession he’s passing on to his wife and kids, and much more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/172 You can check out Sean's photography work on Instagram and his website.  Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
February 12, 2019
Scottish bookseller Ruth Anderson takes Anne behind the scenes - in person - of her newly opened used bookshop, and describes life in Scotland's National Book Town.
February 5, 2019
Cult survivor Anna LeBaron shares how literacy saved her life, and Anne recommends novels that won't feel like a waste of time.
January 29, 2019
Best friends Phimy and Erika ask Anne to pick three possible next picks for their democracy-driven LA book club, and discuss the book that taught them radical self-care.
January 22, 2019
Anne recommends books to a reader who is challenging herself to read 1 book from each of the past 100 years in 2019.
January 15, 2019
A mom shares how reading has helped her child feel safer in the world, and asks Anne to match her with whimsical fiction to pry her out of a nonfiction rut.
January 8, 2019
A small-town reader shares her vision for a unique social reading experience, and asks Anne to match her with books that will ease her into the nonfiction world.
January 1, 2019
Author Jim Mustich chats about reading on a whim, the year it took him over a decade to write, and recommends books Anne should prioritize in 2019.
December 18, 2018
A history buff husband and English teacher wife ask Anne to connect the dots between their disparate reading tastes.
December 11, 2018
Anne recommends books to a nature lover who takes her reading on the trail.
December 4, 2018
Today’s guest Traci Thomas has had a hard time finding her niche in the online bookish community, because, as she puts it, she “reads like a dad”. But I have a hunch lots of listeners will relate to her obsession with true crime and the literary search for truth. We’re chatting about books that strengthen your sense of belonging, Traci’s reluctance to read fiction, and the best bad ending she has EVER read. If you recognize her voice, there’s a reason for that… she hosts snappy podcast book club The Stacks, a show focused on giving you real life conversations about all things book.  Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and tell us in the comments what YOU think Traci should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/162 To check out Traci's show The Stacks: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-stacks/id1362164483?mt=2 Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestackspod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestackspod_ Connect with Traci: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bitracial/ Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
November 27, 2018
Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand joins Anne to recommend literary gifts for listener's loved ones.
November 20, 2018
Anne recommends quirky, serendipitous reads to author John Cohen, and digs into his past as a nurse and screenwriter.
November 13, 2018
Jane Austen superfan Shawntaye talks literary dinner parties, her 10 years of book journaling, and Anne recommends a book you've definitely never heard of.
November 6, 2018
If you have a gigantic pile of books that you own but haven’t yet read looming somewhere in your house, today's guest Whitney Conard totally gets you. Anne is chatting with Whitney about the Instagram endeavor #TheUnreadShelfProject, saying goodbye to reading shame, the right and not-quite-right times to read (for instance, in math class) and then, at Whitney’s invitation, Anne takes a hard look at Whitney’s unread shelf to help her decide what she should read next. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Whitney should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/158 Connect with Whitney on Instagram at her handle @theunreadshelf and her hashtag #TheUnreadShelfProject2018. Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Thanks to today's sponsors: • WSIRN listeners can get a free trial membership with Beachbody, including their new 14-day results plan. You get full access to this entire platform – all the workouts, the nutrition information, the results plan. Just text READ to 303030. • Whether you need a strapless bra, the plunge cut, or want to try out their new cotton t-shirt bra, you can try any ThirdLove style and feel 100% confident you’ll love it. Go to THIRDLOVE.com/readnext now to get 15% off your first purchase!
October 30, 2018
Today Anne chats with a reader who turned her family’s difficult story into a book that has brought joy and hope to countless readers. Georgia Hunter got curious about her family history, and a few questions put to the right relatives uncovered something she didn’t expect—a sweeping multi-generational drama just begging to be written down. So, she did. That story became We Were the Lucky Ones, a historical fiction novel Anne discussed with Clara Breitenmoser in Ep 131, and at WSIRN Live! from The Novel Neighbor in Ep 76. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Georgia should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/157 Connect with Georgia:  Website: http://www.georgiahunterauthor.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/georgiahunter Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/georgiahunter Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
October 23, 2018
Clear your calendars -- today’s episode might inspire you to rethink and rearrange your whole home library. Myquillyn Smith, author of home decor books Cozy Minimalist Home and The Nesting Place, joins Anne to chat about the revelation of ribbon on a bookshelf, spunky iconoclastic women in fiction, why she doesn’t have a library card, and books that give you a kick in the pants... what she does to dust jackets might horrify you, but you’ll be laughing all the way. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Myquillyn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/156 Visit Myquillyn at TheNester.com, and follow her on Instagram @thenester. • The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful (Amazon | Barnes & Noble) Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
October 16, 2018
Today’s guests ask Anne to bridge the divide between an imaginative-fiction lover and a scientific-NONfiction lover. Ashley and Brent are a father-daughter reading duo who share an Audible account and a love for an untold story. Anne, Ashley, and Brent cover everything from Ashley’s mega-popular most HATED book, how they survive differing tastes to make reading a family affair, and the story of who stole whose Audible credits... Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Ashley and Brent should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/155 Follow Ashley's reading life on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigworld_books Apply to be a guest on WSIRN: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest Join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
October 9, 2018
Today, guest RuthAnn Deveney lead Anne into the world of special-interest reading, discussing how her passion for victim advocacy brought powerful literature into her life that she wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. They also chat about sensitive-reader self-care how books are like spicy food, books that would be much better as the 10 minute TED Talks that inspired them… and so much more. Be aware that today’s episode contains some conversation about human trafficking and physical abuse. If you know these topics are triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think RuthAnn should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/154 Check out RuthAnn's Dressember page or go a step further and join her team!  If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest You can join the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club at www.members.modernmrsdarcy.com
October 2, 2018
Kari Sweeney is a working mom of four who has developed a VERY unique system to keep her reading life running like clockwork. Kari and Anne chat about wishy washy star ratings, the right season for the right book, reading at the grocery store... and Kari is sharing her secret to getting the hottest new books the week they release -- for FREE. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Kari should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/153 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
September 25, 2018
Get ready for a serious TBR-filler. Today’s guest Elham Ali flips the script to recommend Canadian literature to Anne… but turnabout is fair play, and Anne won't let her leave without some of HER favorite CanLit recommendations. It's a bookish road trip around the Great White North, full of juicy book-marketing gossip, literary sin revelry, and much much more. Stick around until AFTER the credits to hear one last clip about Elham meeting an unexpected reading hero on the bus. It’s so good, you do NOT want to miss it. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Elham should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/152 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
September 18, 2018
Today's guest populates the “candy aisle” of the bookstore. Maria Ribas is a literary agent who specializes in gorgeous full-color cookbooks and snappy self-help! So yes, she totally has it covered in the nonfiction department, but her fiction game could use a little freshening… and that’s where Anne comes in. Whether you like exploring the stories behind a great recipe, letting a lush historical novel sweep you away, or pumping yourself up with a snarky self-help book, today’s episode will nourish your readerly soul. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Maria should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/151 Connect with Maria: Blog: http://cooksplusbooks.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/maria_ribas Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariaribas00 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
September 11, 2018
Until recently, reading was a means to an end in language arts teacher Julie Mushkin's life - and the type of book that totally turned things around for her may surprise you. Today, Anne and Julie are recommending books perfectly suited for both teens AND adults, chatting about serious book projects, what to do when you have no reading stamina, and infiltrating the not-so-secret world of teens... Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Julie should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/150 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
September 4, 2018
WSIRN’s producer Brenna Frederick is in the virtual studio today, and she’s bringing an armload of YOUR questions to the table, gathered from email, instagram, and the comment section. What did Anne do with her life before she became a blogger and podcaster? What movie is TOTALLY better than the book it’s based on? How do guests get themselves on the show? Are audiobooks really considered “reading”? They're answering all these questions and more, plus dropping a bunch of book recommendations straight from their bookish heart to yours. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU'RE thinking about reading next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/149 Drop our producer a friendly note at brenna@modernmrsdarcy.com If you'd like to be on the show, you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
August 28, 2018
We’ve talked more than once on WSIRN about how the power of reading aloud forges family bonds… and today’s guest, Laura Summerhill, puts that thought into action in a brilliant and life-affirming way. But she’s also been out of the pleasure reading game for a long, long time while working on her PhD, and today Anne attempts to reconnect her with what everyone’s been talking about in the book world while she’s been gone. Anne is going on book tour! Find out if she's coming to your area: http://annebogel.com/events Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Laura should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/148 If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
August 21, 2018
Anne chats with Marines Alvarez and Nicole Sweeney, bookworm best friends who like to keep their reading life SOCIAL. Together they host the podcast Snark Squad, where they rehash books, tv, and movies with a sharp eye and a lot of laughs. True to character, Marines and Nicole brought the giggles to WSIRN -- they're about how the internet has changed reading forever, destroying their childhood favorites, controversial star rating opinions, books that really sucker punch you in the feels, and more. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Marines and Nicole should read together next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/147 Make sure to give Snark Squad Pod a listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/snark-squad-pod/id1331049036?mt=2 And snoop around the Snark Squad blog archives: https://www.snarksquad.com/ Connect with Marines:  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mynameismarines  Twitter: @mynameismarines Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7013001-mari Connect with Nicole:  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SweeneySays Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sweeneysays If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
August 14, 2018
Today, Anne has an incredible conversation with Chatti Phal-Brown about how war, family, trauma, joy, and hope for the future have shaped her reading life. Chatti requests recommendations from a genre almost NEVER discussed on the show, and her least favorite book might surprise you... CONTENT WARNING: Today’s episode gets emotional at times, and Chatti speaks candidly about topics like genocide, sexual assault, and racism. If those topics might be triggering for you, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply setting this episode aside and tuning in next week. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Chatti should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/146 You can hear more from Chatti on her blog ChattiTheBrave.com, follow her on Instagram @chattithebrave, and browse her GORGEOUS handcrafted body products on Instagram @remyandrose. If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
August 10, 2018
Today we have a special bonus episode for you! Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life comes out in a little less than a month. Today she's reading you the first chapter. And YOU get to play along in a fun, social, and bibliotherapeutic way. The first essay is titled Confess Your Literary Sins, and in it, Anne shares how (and why) readers somehow feel compelled to reveal all the guilty secrets of their reading lives—to her. But she's learned over the years that it feels so much better—and is so much more fun—to get these secrets out into the open. So listen to the short episode, download the intro and first chapter, and get ready to spill YOUR bookish secrets with the hashtag #confessyourliterary sins. Click here to visit Anne's blog for more info (and to see her favorite illustration from her new book). And psst—that preorder deadline is August 14: don't miss it! Get the lowdown right here. Happy listening, and happy reading!
August 7, 2018
Today, Anne tackles guest Travis Meserve's bookstore anxiety - where should you look in the store to find your next read? How do you get past the nerves and talk to your friendly local bookseller? And is there a secret key to understanding the bestsellers table up front? Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Travis should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/144 You can read more about Travis' reading life and world travels on his blog, MeserveReserve.com. If you'd like to be on the show you can apply to be a guest at: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/guest
July 31, 2018
If both Netflix and the bookshelf hold equal value in your heart, you’ll totally relate to today’s guest. Patience Randle loves a book with cinematic appeal, especially if it comes with a comfy chair and a great cup of coffee. Today, Patience and Anne chat about books that would make great screenplays, Patience's favorite places to enjoy a good book and a brew, future novel-writing dreams, what would happen if the apocalypse came to their hometowns, and so much more! Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment telling us what YOU think Patience should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/143 Check out Patience's blog, and make sure to follow her gorgeous bookish Instagram @inkandfable! Blog: http://www.patiencerandle.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inkandfable
July 24, 2018
In episode 138, we met NYPL librarians Gwen and Frank, who filled WILDLY different roles despite working within the same library system. Today, Anne explores a smaller-town librarian experience through the eyes of Sarah Peden, a children’s librarian from Humboldt, Tennessee. Sarah is full of stories about the long road to librarianship, strange patron requests, small town scandals that echo for decades, and so much more delicious library gossip. And if you’ve ever wondered who wins in battle Wikipedia vs the Librarian… she’s weighing in with her opinions. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, and leave a comment with a story about YOUR library experiences when you were a child: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/142 You can follow Sarah on Instagram, @sarahthelibrarygirl.
July 17, 2018
Anne chats with Ian Morgan Cron, noted Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, author of The Road Back to You and host of the Typology podcast, about how their favorite literary characters (and maybe a few movie characters) fit into the framework of the super-hot-right-now Enneagram personality system. From Hermione Granger to Jay Gatsby to Marianne Dashwood to Samwise Gamgee... today we cover a LOT of literary ground.  If you don’t know anything about the Enneagram personality framework, don’t worry! This episode is totally newbie-friendly. Click over to the podcast website for a list of books mentioned in this episode, a friendly comment section, and helpful Enneagram resources: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/141 Ian's website: http://www.iancron.com Subscribe to Ian's show Typology.
July 10, 2018
Today’s guest Cindy Wang-Brandt has gone through a lot of shifts in her life - spiritual, political, familial… which around here, begs a question: what do those shifts do to a person’s reading life? Join Anne and Cindy in an examination of how identities are reflected in what books we choose, the lenses we bring to what we read, what “counts” as literary fiction, stories that help us understand the chaotic world around us, and so much more. Click over to the podcast website to tell Cindy what YOU think she should read next, or tell us about your own reading life shifts: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/140 Subscribe to Cindy's podcast Parenting Forward: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/parenting-forward-stories-strategies-solutions-for/id1403686245?mt=2 Connect with Cindy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cindy_w_brandt Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext
July 3, 2018
Anne chats with Eric Zimmer, host of The One You Feed podcast, which features interviews with thoughtful people who have big ideas about making a “conscious, creative effort toward a life worth living.” Anne and Eric talk about his favorite comic strip character, embarrassing library visits, books for the meditative reader, the patron saint of WSIRN, noir detective novels, and much much more. Click over to the podcast website to tell Eric what YOU think he should read next, or tell us about your own favorite comic strip character: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/139 Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Connect with Eric at www.oneyoufeed.net.
June 26, 2018
Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius work in unique roles at the New York Public Library system, and together host the wonderful podcast The Librarian Is In. Today Anne, Gwen, and Frank have a heart-to-heart chat about the ways librarians' roles have shifted over the past decade, how libraries adapt to meet their patrons needs, and opportunities for you to give back to your library in valuable ways. Click over to the podcast website to leave a comment about your favorite library tips, tricks, and memories: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/138 Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Want more Gwen and Frank? Listen to The Librarian Is In wherever you get your podcasts! You can also follow Frank's branch on Instagram @jefferson_market_library, or follow NYPL on Twitter @NYPLrecommends.  Thanks to today's sponsors: • Forever35 is a podcast about taking care of yourself — without taking yourself too seriously. Listen to Forever35 on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
June 19, 2018
Leigh Kramer is a former medical social worker, and the author of a brand new novel about life, love, and loss called A Storied Life. Today Anne digs deep with former social worker and current author Leigh Kramer to discuss a tough, nuanced topic: grief. From instructive texts, to descriptive fiction, to tales-of-caution, the bookshelf has a lot to say about this universal human emotion. This is a great conversation, but you should know that some of the books we discuss grapple with things like cancer, death, miscarriage, and other trauma. If these topics are triggering for you, or if you are currently recovering from a loss, please take care of yourself by listening with caution, or simply putting this episode aside for a later time. Connect with Leigh: Book | Blog | Instagram Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Jen know what YOU think she should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/137
June 12, 2018
Readers, welcome to our first impromptu and improvised episode of What Should I Read Next! Today Anne tells you a little about our new class, Get More Out of Your Library. Click here for more details, and click here to learn more about the MMD Book Club and sign up before the Wednesday class. In this episode, Anne also tells you a small-world bookish story, and shares One Great Book for your TBR. We hope you enjoy today's episode! We'll be back next week with a new Tuesday episode. ____________________________________________________________ Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Sign up for the free WSIRN newsletter at https://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter
June 5, 2018
Guest and author Jen Hatmaker is known for speaking publicly about a LOT of things, but reading isn’t one of them! At least, not the books she’s really reading on her own time—and today you’re going to hear how different those titles are from what you probably EXPECT her to enjoy reading. Today Jen and I get to chat about about the intricacies of her home library, the book that gave her nightmares, the books she's afraid to read on the bus, the finer points of humor writing, our foodie favorites, and more. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to leave a comment letting Jen know what YOU think she should read next: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/135 ____________________________________________________________ Connect with Jen: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast
May 29, 2018
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
May 22, 2018
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 15, 2018
It’s time to get your library holds all set up for a long summer of reading! Whether you’re looking for a contemporary page-turner, something spine-chilling, a chunky classic, a dose of reality, or if you’re suspending expectations in hope of some bookish serendipity… Anne is here with friend of the show and bookseller Annie Jones to discuss the alllll the hot titles they can’t help but want to shove in their friends hands.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/132 And while you're at it make sure you check out the 2018 Summer Reading Guide: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/ You could be featured in an upcoming episode! Tell us about your favorite library tips and tricks. How do you get the most out of your library's resources? Is there a perfect balance to your library hauls? Talk back: whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/talk Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Connect with Annie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anniebjones05/ The Bookshelf: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/ Shelf Subscription service: https://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/subscriptions/
May 8, 2018
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
May 1, 2018
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
April 24, 2018
Between her 2016 appearance on WSIRN and today, reader Osheta's Moore's creative projects have blossomed in beautiful ways. Today, Anne is catching up with Osheta to find out about the podcast that was just a baby project when they first chatted, the perfect library haul formula, how a reading life can change in 2 years, and how Osheta's one especially important bookshelf has grown over time.  Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode: http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/129/ Follow Anne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneBogel  Follow WSIRN on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatshouldireadnext Check out Osheta Moore's podcast, Shalom Sessions: http://shalominthecity.com/shalom-sessions Thanks to today's sponsors ThirdLove: Go to ThirdLove.com/READNEXT now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase!
April 17, 2018
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
April 10, 2018
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.
April 3, 2018
Today's guest is Roxanne Coady, proprietor of RJ Julia bookstore in Madison, Connecticut and host of the Just The Right book podcast. Years ago, Roxanne did what many of WSIRN listeners have dreamed of doing - she left her old career behind, and started a bookstore. Join Anne as she investigates how Roxanne found a calling that appealed to her heart rather than her head, emotionally resonant narratives, nonfiction that holds your hand through tough times, PLUS - you'll learn about the origin of book subscription boxes which trust us, you want to hear about. Readers, we’re starting to add events to the calendar for summer and fall 2018, and when we’re ready to go public our newsletter subscribers will be the first ones to know Make sure you’re on the list so YOU stay in the know: Sign up at http://whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com/newsletter Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Roxanne should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Roxanne: Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Make sure to check out RJ Julia's Just The Right Book subscription service.  Thanks to today's sponsor: Sun Basket delivers delicious meal kits right to your door, making healthy cooking easy and convenient for a busy household. Go to SunBasket.com/READNEXTtoday to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
March 27, 2018
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
March 20, 2018
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
March 13, 2018
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
March 6, 2018
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
February 27, 2018
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.
February 20, 2018
Today's guest Elizabeth Smith is an English Major lives a life that will inspire envy in a a lot of WSIRN listeners. She and her family homeschool, run a theatre company, tend a hobby farm, and herd sheep. No more juicy details here though - it’s better when Liz tells it. Anne and Liz also chat about the BEST way to experience Shakespeare, books for people who thrive on melancholy, and how to get more out of your local independent bookstores. Click over to the podcast website for the full list of titles discussed in this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know what YOU think Liz should read next! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram Connect with Elizabeth: Blog | Instagram | Theatre Website | Theatre Facebook
February 13, 2018
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
February 6, 2018
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
January 30, 2018
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
January 23, 2018
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
January 16, 2018
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
January 9, 2018
We asked 14 different podcast listeners how they organize their bookshelves … and we're sharing their ideas with you. (Some readers even provided photos of their methods— link below!) Ever-popular genre and color organization came up of course, but we also get to hear about the uniquely-displayed special interest book collections some of you have, including a bookshelf entirely dedicated to one specific period of history, and another home library entirely organized with book-lending in mind. And yes, of course, at the end of today’s episode Anne shares some stories about her own shelves. Click over to the podcast website to see pictures of some of the shelves we peeked into this episode, and leave us a comment to let us know how you organize your own shelves! Connect with Anne: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | WSIRN Instagram    Thanks to today's sponsors:
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