What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Reco

What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Reco

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

Episodes

Ep 76: Book people are the best people (LIVE!)  

WSIRN just hosted our first LIVE event at the fabulous bookstore The Novel Neighbor in St Louis. (Many thanks to shop owner Holland Saltsman for having us!). Anne surprised three readers from the audiences with their very own book-matchmaking session! If you weren't able to make it, today's episode will hopefully make you feel just a little bit like you were sitting in the bookshop with Anne, having a group book-therapy session. 

And if you want another shot at attending a WSIRN liveshow... scroll down. ;) 

Click here for the full list of titles discussed in today's episode. 

Connect with The Novel Neighbor:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.

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

*** We have another LIVE event coming your way very soon.***

Many of you know Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden from the pop culture podcast The Popcast with Knox and Jamie. They’re hitting the road soon for their Popcast Summer Tour, and their first stop is Anne's town: Louisville, KY. Knox and Jamie's live show is on Saturday, June 24 at the Tim Faulkner gallery, and Anne will be special-guesting. Tickets for the show and VIP after-party are limited! Go to knoxandjamie.com/louisville and get ‘em before they’re gone.  

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Ep 75: If Google wrecked your brain, here's what you should read  

Today's guest is Dave Harrity, a writer, college professor, and real-life friend of Anne's in Louisville. But there's something else you should know about David, and you have to promise not to click away when we tell you....

It’s National Poetry Month, and Dave is a published poet. We know a lot of readers think they’re just not into poetry... and after this episode if you’re still not convinced, that’s fine! But Anne and Dave's discussion is totally accessible for non-poetry-lovers.

Today, Anne and Dave discuss how to read without "consuming", why poetry is just as valuable to readers as it is to writers, and Dave's origin story not just as a reader but as a budding poet in high school. So place a little faith in Anne, a little faith in Dave, give this episode a listen... and chime in the comments section with your own poetry experience (good or bad)!

Click here for the full list of titles, poets, poems discussed in today's episode. 

You can connect with Dave on his website (be sure to check out his books) and on Instagram.

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

Are you following @whatshouldireadnext on Instagram yet? We're going to give away one of Dave's poetry collections there later this week.... so give it a follow and keep your eyes peeled.

 

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Check out this week’s menu and get your first three meals free, with free shipping, by going to Blueapron.com/readnext.

Ep 74: Finally falling in love with reading - at 30!  

Today's guest hails from Austin, TX, and enjoys the simple things in life: wine, books, chips & salsa. As host of The Happy Hour podcast, it might be fair to say Jamie Ivey is a happiness "professional."

Most of our guests come with anecdotes about childhoods reading under the covers or sneaking books to the dinner table, but today Jamie gives her perspective as a NON-lifetime reader! Anne and Jamie also chat about the 5 different ways you can feel about a book, relationship-centric stories, and good news if you're looking to squeeze more reading time into the day — they share our favorite techniques for reading in the bathtub. ;) 

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You can help keep WSIRN free and accessible by visiting podsurvey.com/READNEXT and taking a quick, easy, anonymous survey, so we can find advertisers that are well matched to you, your interests, and the show. 
Plus, once you’ve completed the survey, you can enter a monthly drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Remember, even if you've taken our show's podcast listener survey before, the current one is new and different! Thanks for helping WSIRN be the best it can be. 

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For the full list of titles discussed in this episode, or to let Jamie know what YOU should read next, click here.

Connect with Jamie:
Blog | Podcast | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

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

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Ep 73: Don't judge a person by their (book) cover  

Have you ever been at a bus stop, on a train, or in a waiting room, and casually craned your neck trying to peek the title of a stranger's book? Going a step further - have you ever straight-up ASKED a stranger about the book they're reading? For most of us, that sounds intimidating. For today's guest, Uli Beutter Cohen, it sounded like a fascinating years-long project. Uli is the creator behind Subway Book Review on Instagram, a project dedicated to sharing book reviews from strangers on the train, accompanied by gorgeous black and white photos.

In today's episode, Anne gets a deeper look who Uli is as a reader, creator, and New Yorker, and recommends 3 books she thinks Uli should pick up next. 

Make sure to leave a comment with YOUR recommendation for what Uli should read next!

Connect with Uli:
Website | Subway Book Review | Eye Level Magazine

Full list of titles and articles mentioned in this episode on the podcast website.

Thanks to this episode's sponsors:

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Ep 72: Embarrassing bookworm confessions  

Happy Tuesday, readers! Meet Madeleine Riley, a 24-year-old special education teacher in New England who runs a colorful bookstagram account, Top Shelf Text, where she celebrates the most beautiful titles she's been reading lately.

Today, Anne delves into who Madeleine is as an INFJ "regular reader" who just needs some alone time with a book to unwind. Topics include the struggle to find bookish friends IRL, judging books by their covers, discovering the next mystery comfort-read, and their embarrassing bookworm confessions.

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

Thanks to this week's sponsors:

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Ep 71: A super-elegant apocalypse (with Knox McCoy)  

Today’s guest is an early member of the WSIRN family. If you were a listener back at the veeeery beginning of our show, you have Knox to thank for getting the first 11 episodes into your ears as our behind-the-scenes producer! You may ALSO know him as the cohost of The POPcast with Knox and Jamie, a weekly dose of pop culture mayhem.

In this episode Knox and I discuss star-studded audiobooks, how much nostalgia a book can take before it's overkill, and more... while Anne tries to stay cool about her fear of getting RED lighted on a future episode of the POPcast. If you don’t have a clue what we're talking about, you'll just have to hit that PLAY button. ;) 

The full list of titles discussed in this episode can be found on the website shownotes page. 

 

Connect with Knox:
Website | Twitter | Instagram 

Check out The POPcast: 
iTunes | WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

Have a suggestion for what Knox should read next? Let us know in the comments

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Ep 70: The book Anne can't shut up about  

We're delighted to welcome Jessie Weaver on the show for episode 70! Jessie is a married mother of two who loves to read, which sounds pretty normal, right? She lives in the Chattanooga area with her family... AND a gaggle of teenage boys in a private school dorm. Anne and Jessie talk about this very different "lifestyle", how being a dorm parent changes Jessie's reading life, and the brave topic of lifetime favorites.  Plus, last year Jessie got most of her book recommendations from the internet and KNOWS she isn’t the only one. What has this meant for her reading life? You'll just have to listen to find out. 

About that title: Anne didn't realize until she listened through the final edit that she had inadvertently recommended (okay, gushed about) the same book in three of the last five episodes. Do you know which one it is? She hopes so!  

Have a suggestion for what Jessie should read next? Let us know on the WSIRN website!

You can connect with Jessie on the following platforms: 
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

For a full list of titles discussed in this episode, visit the shownotes page

 

Big thanks to our sponsors this week: 

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Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that! 

Ep 69: The library is running my life  

Welcome to another Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new episode of What Should I Read Next. 

Today we welcome the marvelous Carolyn McCready to the show! Carolyn is one of my favorite people to talk books with, and I'm so excited to include YOU in the conversation today. As an acquisitions editor, reading is truly Carolyn's job. In this episode, we take a little peek behind the scenes of the publishing industry, and of course we dive into Carolyn's reading life—like how her reading journey began in a Baskin-Robbins (ice cream and books, does it get better than that?), This Is Us read-alikes, and the many beautiful, perilous ways the library might start to run your life. 

Connect with Carolyn on Instagram

Books mentioned in this episode:

• The Brothers K, by David James Duncan
• Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Rechl
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruch Reichl
• A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
• A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
• Meet the Austins series, by Madeleine L’Engle
• East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
• News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (MMD book pick)
• Ruined, by Ruth Everhart
• Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
• Author Rainbow Rowell
• Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
• Okay For Now, by Gary D. Schmidt
• Author John Green
• The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
• What I Saw & How I Lied, by Judy Blundell
• An American Childhood, by Annie Dillard
• The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan
• The Mothers, by Brit Bennett
• My Mrs. Brown, by William Norwich
• Author Kent Haruf, especially Our Souls at Night

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What do YOU think Carolyn should read next? Share your recommendations, plus your thoughts on MY recommendations, in comments on the podcast site!

Plot summaries are the WORST (with Laura Tremaine)  

It's Tuesday, readers! New What Should I Read Next, coming up. 

Today’s guest is Laura Tremaine. You may know her from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... but no matter where you first heard Laura's voice, I think we can all agree she's a delight. I always love to hear her thoughts on what she’s reading, even though—or maybe especially BECAUSE—our taste is not the same. 

A lot of bookish ground is covered in this episode. We discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a huge commercial success (any guesses?) We touch on how competition and insecurity in the reading world gets real. Judy Blume, Reese Witherspoon, book clubs, and how plot summaries are THE WORST.

With that much ground to cover, there's no time to waste - let's dive in!

There's plenty of Laura's energy out there on the internet! Get to know her a little better: 

Laura Tremaine
WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Smartest Person in the Room podcast
WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

Subscribe via Stitcher

Books mentioned in this episode:

• Starring Sally J. Friedman As Herself, by Judy Blume
• IT, by Stephen King
• 11/22/63, by Stephen King
• The Stand, by Stephen King
• The Shining, by Stephen King
• Carrie, by Stephen King
• On Writing, by Stephen King
• The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth
• Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
• The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
• All The Ugly & Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood
• My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
• Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout
• The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
• Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
• Columbine, by Dave Cullen
• A Mother’s Reckoning, by Sue Klebold
• The Dry, by Jane Harper

Many thanks to today's sponsor PrepDish! Head here to get your totally free two-week trial

What do YOU think Laura should read next? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Ep 67: Just the right book at just the right time  

Today’s guest, Eli Sykes, is a food scientist who describes his job as “getting to eat snacks all day,” so it’s safe to say Eli is living the dream. We’ve had a lot of English majors on the show, but this episode looks into what it’s like to be married to an English major, because, you guessed it—Eli’s wife is one. Anne and eli discuss how a teacher sparked the reading flame in his heart (and exactly what book fanned it), a certain unnamed author who gets a lot of love around here, and how he “just wants more Mr. Collins in his reading life.” 

Click over to the podcast website for a full list of the book titles discussed in today's episode, and leave us a comment telling us what YOU think Eli should read next!

 

Thank you to today's sponsors:

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. Choose from gluten-free, paleo, auto-immune protocol, or the Whole 30-compliant reset plan.

Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that!

Ep 66: Books that glitter, sparkle, and pop (with Megan Tietz)  

Today's completely awesome guest is Megan Tietz, host of Sorta Awesome podcast. Some things to know about Megan - she’s an enneagram 9 (just like Anne) and a textbook ENFP, she LOVES The Great Gatsby, and she is a bright, bubbly joy to listen to. In this episode, Anne and Megan talk personality types, broken hearts, and how working on a podcast can affect the reading life.

For a full list of the books discussed on this episode, visit the show's website here.

Check out Megan's podcast, Sorta Awesome:
Website | iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter 

You can also connect with Megan on her personal Twitter and Instagram

Thank you to today's sponsors:

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Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that!

 

What do YOU think Megan should read next? Tell us in comments!

Ep 65: The joy of buying books on someone else’s dime  

Today’s guest is Graylin Porter, World-Lit-major-with-a-Masters-in-Modern-&-Contemporary-Lit-turned-children’s-librarian who is expecting a new addition to her family very very soon (hint: it’s a baby!). Graylin shares a peek behind the librarian curtain, including the struggles of keeping a children’s section stocked, what she will miss most about the library when she leaves her position later this year, and the one genre her book club knows they can count on her to read. 

For the full list of titles mentioned in this episode, visit the shownotes on the podcast site. 

Head over to the comments section to let us know what YOU think Graylin should read next!

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Escape the winter blues with exciting new fiction from Revell Books! Their new releases like Purgatory Road, Moving Target, and A Moonbow Night will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Ep 64: The next best thing to reading  

It's time for something a bit different - in today's "from the mailbag" episode, Anne discusses the myriad ways readers track their book lives, from Goodreads, to bullet journals, to excel spreadsheets, to #bookstagram. Fifteen WSIRN listeners' favorite recording techniques are highlighted, and Anne shares a little bit about her own favorite tracking strategies. 

For pictures from our listeners and even more info, visit the corresponding blog post on Modern Mrs. Darcy.

If you keep a bullet journal, or want to learn more about it, check out Anne's just-released class Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers

 

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. Choose from gluten-free, paleo, auto-immune protocol, or the Whole 30-compliant reset plan. 

Prep Dish’s founder Allison is giving What Should I Read next listeners a free two-week trial. To get started with this amazing deal click here to go the PrepDish site and use the code READNEXT to get your free two-week trial. You can’t beat that!

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Ep 63: Books so good you'll forget you have a phone (with Elise Blaha Cripe)  

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

Visit Elise at her website, and connect with her on Instagram & Goodreads.

What do YOU think Elise should read next? Let her know in the comments.

You can find the full list of books mentioned in this episode in the shownotes on the podcast website.

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Ep 62: Your TBR will never be the same ...  

Hello readers, it's a very special Tuesday! We have officially reached What Should I Read Next's Anniversary episode. It's been a full year since Episode 1!

The first episode of What Should I Read Next aired on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Our guest was Jamie Golden. Her favorites were Persuasion, Me Before You, and 11/22/63. She hated Go Set a Watchman, and *Anne* recommended The Man in the High Castle, A Man Called Ove, and Bel Canto. For the record, she enjoyed them all.

We have 61 (!!) episodes behind us now. We’ve talked all things books and reading in every one—what we love, and what we hate. In 52 of those episodes guests have told Anne 3 books they love, 1 book they hate, and what they’re reading now, and she's recommended what they should read next. Anne gets great recommendations from this podcast—from the guests and from YOU, the listeners—every week. But as the host of this show, she's never sat in the hot seat herself. Until today.

For our anniversary, we’re doing this special episode of What Should Anne Should Read Next, so you can hear her talk a little more at length about what I love, and maybe what she hates, and why, and so we can share YOUR recommendations for my very own TBR.  

It's a fun one!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
• Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
Gods in Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson
• Still Life, by Louise Penny
• A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny
• Deep Work, by Cal Newport
• So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
Love, Loss, and What We Ate, by Padma Lahkshmi
• Garden of Lamentations, by Deborah Crombie
• Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
• Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
• Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
• Divided Kingdom, by Rupert Thomson
• Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay
• Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
• Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
• Here if You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup
• On Living, by Kerry Egan
• Leaving Church, by Barbara Brown Taylor
• Eating My Words, by Mimi Sheraton
• Garlic & Sapphires, by Ruth Reichl
• The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, by Amy E. Reichert
• The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg
• The Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries series, by Julia Spencer Fleming
• The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction, by Adam S. McHugh
• Submerged: Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team, by Daniel Lenihan
• Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
• Come to the Edge, by Christina Haag
• We’re All In This Together, by Amy Jones
• As You Wish, by Carey Elwes
• The Darling Dahlias, by Susan Wittig Albert
• Hunting & Gathering, by Hannah
• A Very Special Year, by Thomas Montasser
• The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon
• Significant Objects, by Jason Grote
• Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns
Author Fannie Flagg
• Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
• The Whole Town's Talking, by Fannie Flagg

Also mentioned:

“As readers, we remain in the nursery stage so long as we cannot distinguish between Taste and Judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like; this I don’t like.

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five: I can see this is good and I like it; I can see this is good but I don’t like it; I can see this is good and, though at present I don’t like it, I believe that with perseverance I shall come to like it; I can see that this is trash but I like it; I can see that this is trash and I don’t like it.”

–W. H. Auden, A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Volume VI: Prose: 1969-1973, Ed. Edward Mendelson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015), 222.

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What do YOU think Anne should read next? Tell us in comments at the podcast site

 

Ep 61: When the plot comes full circle...  

Today we’re catching up with the very first guest of What Should I Read Next! Even if you're a longtime listener, you still might not recognize his voice... and that’s because the first time Anne recorded this show, it was on her iPhone, in a moving vehicle, in the middle of nowhere, and the guest? Her husband, Will Bogel. That episode never aired, and the file got trashed a long time ago. But today Will is back to celebrate the anniversary of the show he helped test-drive a year ago! It's been a fun journey so far, and we at WSIRN are so grateful that you've taken the ride with us. 

Here's to the next year of WSIRN, readers! Enjoy the episode.

You can say hi to Will on his Twitter.

For a full list of the titles mentioned in this episode, click through to the podcast website. 

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Ep 60: The last page can make it or break it (with Melissa Joulwan)  

Happy 2017, listeners! We have a DYNAMIC episode to kick off the WSIRN New Year. Today’s guest is Melissa Joulwan. If you already know Melissa, it’s probably as the author of her popular cookbooks (and Bogel Family favorites) Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights.  But that’s just the beginning of her bio, which is one of the most interesting you'll ever read. She’s a retired Roller Girl. Prague is her favorite city. Duran Duran is her favorite band. And her life is also made better by her husband Dave, sports movies, leopard print, lousy truck stop (decaf) coffee, bear crawl, and Jane Eyre. 

Make sure to check out Mel's website, Well Fed: Ingredients For A Happy Life, read about her books down below, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram

For a full list of the titles mentioned in this episode, visit the podcast shownotes page.

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Ep 59:   Prescribing books for what ails you (with D.L. Mayfield)  

 Our guest this week is Danielle Mayfield. Danielle lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. You may know her as the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith, a book of essays that was recently released by HarperOne.

Danielle often writes about heavy hitting topics like refugees, theology, and downward mobility, but today she and Anne are running away from the heavy stuff and are searching for good comfort reads instead. They're chatting about literary baby names, the wildly differing opinions people have about what makes a book "escapist", and book scenes so jarring they had to set them aside... forever. 

You can connect with Danielle on Twitter, Facebook, or her website. And don't forget to check out her recently released book, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

For a full list of the titles discussed in this episode, visit the shownotes page on the website. 

The one year anniversary of What Should I Read Next is right around the corner, so OF COURSE we’ve got some fun anniversary episodes in the works, including an episode where YOU get to recommend what ANNE should read next. Here’s how to be a part of it: 

Option 1: Go to the Talk To Me page and record your short message there. Tell Anne what she should read, and why.

Option 2: Email our producer, Brenna @ modernmrsdarcy.com, and tell her what Anne should read next in an email message. Anne won't hear your suggestions until we record this special episode! You’ll hear what she really thinks, unfiltered, and with no advance notice.

 

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I can’t wait to read with you in 2017!

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Ep 58: "You've hit your hold limit" and other disasters  

Today's guest is Jamie Durham, a full-time missionary living in Tijuana, Mexico. Jamie and her well-traveled family of 5 have to cross an international border to get to a their nearest library! In this episode, Jamie and Anne dive into how this unconventional setup changes the way Jamie approaches her to-be-read list, the dreaded "you have hit your hold limit" library message, reading difficult literature as a Highly Sensitive Person, and more! 

What do YOU think Jamie should read next? Tell us in the comments. 

For a full list of the titles discussed in this show, visit the shownotes page on the podcast website. 

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Ep 57: What's your reading personality?  

Today’s guest is Shaney Swift, a massage therapist and social justice advocate from Chicago, Illinois. If you’ve been around What Should I Read Next for a while, you know Anne can be a bit of a personality-type geek, and Shaney shares that enthusiasm -- so prepare for a lot of nerding out! Today Anne and Shaney discuss  scanning and deep-diving reading styles, books that help us understand our differences, and what to read next when you feel like your life is in limbo. 

You can connect with Shaney via Twitter and Instagram!

For the full list of books mentioned on today's podcast, click over to the show notes blogpost.

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